2021 Celebrity Deaths Memorial thread

This is thread is going to be dedicated to the beloved celebrities we’ve lost this year.
I’ll be posting many of the more well-known ones here, day-by-day, for people to discuss and pay tribute to. Not all, many 'cause there are so many each day. However, if I have posted a day and am missing someone you know died that day too, then feel free to post your own tribute too.

Bear with me though, we’re halfway through the year, so this may take a while.

If you want to pay tribute and learn more about any of these people we’ve lost this year, then feel free to join the @Funeral-Goers tag.


Okay, I’ll be starting the year below…

@Discussions and maybe @ScreenSloths

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January 1st

Barry Austin Aged 52 Died of a heart attack

Barry Austin was a man from Castle Bromwich, West Midlands, England, who was widely reputed to be the fattest man in the United Kingdom.



Carlos do Carmo Aged 81 Died of a ruptured aneurysm

Carlos Manuel de Ascenção do Carmo de Almeida ComIH, better known as Carlos do Carmo, was a Portuguese fado singer. Here’s him singing Fly me to the Moon.



Simone Chrisostome Aged 97 Death unknown

Simone Chrisostome was a French Resistance member. She fought for the organization and survived the German concentration camps Ravensbrück and Fünfeichen.

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Mark Eden Aged 92 Died from complications with Alzheimer’s disease

Douglas John Malin, known professionally as Mark Eden, was an English actor. He was best known for his portrayal of villainous Alan Bradley in Coronation Street from 1986 to 1989. As well as playing Marco Polo in 1964’s Doctor Who.


Seizō Fukumoto Aged 77 Died of lung cancer

He is a Japanese actor known for the films The Last Samurai and 13 Assassins, as well as many other titles.



George Gerdes Aged 72 Died of a brain aneurysm

George Gerdes was an American singer-songwriter and character actor. He was born in Queens, New York City. He formed a group, the Alumicron Fab Tabs, with friend Loudon Wainwright III, before graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 1969. Known for acting in the film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.


Floyd Little Aged 78 Died of cancer

Floyd Douglas Little was an American professional football player who was a halfback for the Denver Broncos, initially in the American Football League and later the National Football League.



Sun Qiaolu Aged 25 Died of a heart attack

Sun Qiaolu was a Chinese actress who rose to fame as a child. Known for a few films, one of them being Acrobatic Fairies.

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January 2nd

Cléber Eduardo Arado Aged 48 Died from COVID-19

Cléber Eduardo Arado was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward.

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Oleg Danilov Aged 71 Died from COVID-19

Oleg Danilov was a Russian playwright and screenwriter. Known for writing Kontrakt so smertyu and Igra, as well as others.



Vladimir Borisovich Korenev Aged 80 Died from COVID-19

Vladimir Borisovich Korenev was a Soviet and Russian film and theater actor and teacher. He was awarded People’s Artist of Russia.



W B Park Aged 84 Died of heart failure

William Bryan Park was an international cartoonist and illustrator. Park had over 60 cartoons published in The New Yorker magazine.



Kerry Vincent Aged 75 Died from an undisclosed illness

Kerry Vincent was an Australian television personality and baker. She was a judge on several Food Network shows, as well the co-founder of the annual Oklahoma Sugar Art Show.



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January 3rd

Eric Jerome Dickey Aged 59 Died from cancer

Eric Jerome Dickey was an American author. He wrote several crime novels involving grifters, ex cons, and assassins, the latter novels having more diverse settings, moving from Los Angeles to the United Kingdom to the West Indies, each having an international cast of characters.



Oleg Danilov Aged 96 Death unknown

Renate Lasker-Harpprecht was a German author and journalist. She survived the Holocaust, having been imprisoned at Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.



Shani Mahadevappa Aged 88 Died from COVID-19

Shani Mahadevappa was an Indian film actor in the Kannada film industry. Some of his notable films include Shankar Guru, Kaviratna Kalidasa, Sri Srinivasa Kalyana, Shivashankar, Guru Brahma.



Gerard Marsden Aged 78 Died from a heart infection

Gerard Marsden MBE was an English singer-songwriter, musician and television personality, best known for being leader of the Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers. One of their songs was I like it.



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This. Is. Awesome! Uh…not that they died, but…

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HAHAHA. A memorial thread for them, you mean?

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Yes, exactly. I saw the tag, and my morbid side started screaming.

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HEHEHE. Yay.

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January 4th

Lee Heung-kamy Aged 88 Possibly died from suffered from chronic disease

Lee Heung-kam was a Cantonese opera and TVB actress from Hong Kong. Known for being in the entertainment industry since 1960 when she was 14 years old.



Jonas Neubauer Aged 39 Died from Arrhythmia

Jonas Neubauer was an American Tetris player, seven-time champion at the Classic Tetris World Championship, and taproom manager.



Tanya Roberts Aged 65 Died of sepsis

Victoria Leigh Blum, known professionally as Tanya Roberts, was an American actress, producer, and model. Known for playing Midge Pinciotti in the *That ‘70s Show’ and Julie Rogers in the Charlie’s Angel TV series.



Albert Roux Aged 85 Died following a long illness

Albert Henri Roux OBE was a French-British restaurateur and chef. He and his brother Michel operated Le Gavroche in London’s Mayfair, the first restaurant in the UK to gain three Michelin stars.

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Gregory Sierra Aged 83 Died from cancer

Gregory Joseph Sierra was an American actor known for his roles as Detective Sergeant Chano Amengual on Barney Miller, Julio Fuentes, the Puerto Rican neighbor of Fred G. Sanford on Sanford and Son, and as Marruja in The Castaway Cowboy.

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Karl-Heinz Vosgerau Aged 93 Death Unknown

Karl-Heinz Vosgerau was a German actor, mostly in television. He had been acting from 1956 to 2007, in many German titles.

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January 5th

Osian Ellis Aged 92 Death Unknown

Osian Gwynn Ellis CBE was a Welsh harpist, composer and teacher. He was principal harpist of the London Symphony Orchestra, a founding member of the Melos Ensemble, and a harp teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. Many composers wrote music for him.



Karl Gamma Aged 93 Death Unknown

Karl Gamma was a Swiss alpine skier. He competed in the men’s slalom at the 1948 Winter Olympics.



John Georgiadis Aged 81 Likely died from a brain tumor

John Alexander Georgiadis was a British violinist and conductor. He was twice Concert Leader with the London Symphony Orchestra during the 1960s and 70s, a member of both the ensembles London Virtuosi and the Gabrieli String Quartet as well as conductor for both the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and as Director of Orchestral Studies at the Royal Academy of Music.



James Greene Aged 89 Died following a short illness

James Greene was a Northern Irish actor who appeared in numerous plays and series on British television over a period of 40 years. He often played lawyers, clergymen, army officers and latterly judges. Greene was a continuity announcer on Ulster Television from 1959 until 1965.

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Kim Tschang-yeul Aged 91 Death Unknown

Kim Tschang-yeul was a South Korean artist in France known for his abstract paintings of water droplets.

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His Art:

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John Richardson Aged 86 Died from COVID-19

John Richardson was an English actor who appeared in movies from the late 1950s until the early 1990s. Known for many older films.

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January 6th

Alan Burgess Aged 100 Death Unknown, died in his sleep

Alan Thomas Burgess was a New Zealand cricketer who played first-class cricket for Canterbury from 1940 to 1952. He was a tank driver in World War II. From June 2020 to January 2021, Burgess was the world’s oldest living first-class cricketer.



Bobby Few Aged 85 Death Unknown

Bobby Few was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. Here’s an example of his talent from 1979.



Gerald Hiken Aged 93 Death Unknown

Gerald Hiken was an American actor. Known for playing small, one-off, roles on TV shows last century (1950s to 1980s)



Victor Thulare III Aged 40 Died from COVID-19

Kgoshikgolo Thulare III, also known as King Victor Thulare III was the king of the Pedi people in South Africa. He was best known as being an economic freedom fighter for land and justice.



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January 7th

Michael Apted Aged 79 Death Unknown

Michael David Apted, CMG was an English television and film director and producer. Apted began working in television and directed the Up documentary series. He later directed Coal Miner’s Daughter, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.



Deezer D Aged 55 Died from a heart attack

Dearon Thompson, known professionally as Deezer D, was an American actor, rapper, and motivational speaker. He is best known for his role as Nurse Malik McGrath in the American medical drama television series ER, and for his roles in the films CB4 and Fear of a Black Hat.



Valeri Khlevinsky Aged 77 Death Unknown

Valeri Mikhailovich Khlevinsky was a Soviet and Russian theater and film actor and theatre teacher. He was awarded the People’s Artist of Russia in 2002. He was born in Dzerzhinsk, and died, aged 77, in Moscow.



Marion Ramsey Aged 73 Death Unknown

Marion Ramsey was an American actress and singer. She was a regular on the series Cos but is best known for her role as the soft-spoken Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy films.



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January 8th

Ed Bruce Aged 81 Died of Natural Causes

William Edwin Bruce Jr. was an American country music songwriter, singer, and actor. He was known for writing the 1975 song “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and recording the 1982 country number one hit “You’re the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had”.



Steve Carver Aged 75 Died from COVID-19

Steve Carver was an American film director, producer, and photographer. Known for directing Capone and The Wolves.

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Květa Eretová Aged 94 Death Unknown

Květa Eretová was a Czech chess player, who was awarded the title Woman Grandmaster by FIDE in 1986. She was ten times Czechoslovak women’s chess champion.



Diana Millay Aged 85 Died of Pneumonia

Diana Claire Millay was an American actress. She primarily worked in television, guest-starring in nearly 100 primetime shows, and playing continuing roles on two daytime soap operas, Dark Shadows and The Secret Storm.



Dorine Mokha Aged 31 Died of Malaria

Dorine Mokha was a Congolese dancer. He was considered to be one of the greatest Congolese contemporary choreographers.



Grace Robertson Aged 90 Died from a stroke

Grace Robertson OBE was a British photographer who worked as a photojournalist and published in Picture Post and Life. Her photographic series, including “Mother’s Day Off” and “Childbirth”, mainly recorded ordinary women in postwar Britain.



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