We lost a lot of great people in the year 2021. With COVID-19 still on its rampage and taking the lives of so many, it’s been a tough year for a lot of us, nearly as tough as 2020.
In this article, we remember the many stars we’ve lost in the year 2021, remember them fondly, and hope for better days ahead. May they all rest in peace.
Aaron was the Baseball Hall of Famer who broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record and lived a life as an ambassador to the game. He died January 22 at the age of 86.
An Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor who portrayed iconic author Mark Twain in one-man shows for more than six decades. He died January 23 at the age of 95.
A longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with a number of public figures, newsmakers, and more. He died January 23 at age 87.
Leachman, a comedic and legendary actress in film and television for seven decades, died on January 27 at age 94.
An award-winning icon of both the stage and screen who broke barriers for Black actresses to come. She died January 28 at age 96.
Diamond was best known for playing the role of Screech on the hit ’90s show Saved By the Bell. He died February 1 after a cancer diagnosis and he was 44 years old.
The Oscar-winning actor perhaps best known for his role as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music died February 5 at age 91.
One of the founding members of the hit girl group The Supremes. Wilson died February 8 at age 76.
A conservative icon in the media, Limbaugh died February 17 after announcing he had an aggressive form of lung cancer. He was 70 years old.
Ottens was the Dutch inventor of the iconic cassette tape. He died March 6 at the age of 94.
Peretti was known as the famed jewelry designer behind the designs of Tiffany & Co. She died March 18 at age 80.
An actor whose career spanned more than six decades and received an Oscar nomination in 1966 for his role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. He died March 23 at age 87.
A prolific actress known for her role on the hit show Arrested Development. She died March 24 at age 80.
Beloved children’s book author best known for being one of America’s most successful authors, selling more than 85 million copies and translating into 29 different languages. She was 104 years old and died on March 25.
The Duke of Edinburgh and lifelong companion of Queen Elizabeth II died April 9 at 99 years old.
Another very talented actress who won an Oscar for her role in the 1987 film Moonstruck died on May 1 at age 89.
Unser was a racecar driver who won the 1968, 1975, and 1981 Indianapolis 500s. He is forever known as one of 10 drivers to win the Indy 500 at least three times, and the first driver to win the race in three different decades. He died May 2 at age 87.
Known as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer for his ’50s hits such as “Stagger Lee” and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy.” He died May 9 at age 88.
The talented artist behind The Very Hungry Caterpillar and several other popular children’s books. He died May 23 at age 91.
Perhaps best known for voicing the crab, Sebastian, in The Little Mermaid and singing one of the film’s songs “Under the Sea,” Wright died May 24 at age 74.
This Grammy-winning singer may be best known for his performance of “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” for the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. He died May 29 from complications of lung cancer at age 78.
Actor known for his roles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Love Boat. He died May 29 at age 90.
Bonner was best known for his role as the over-confident sales manager on the show WKRP in Cincinnati. He died June 16 at age 79.
An accomplished Hollywood producer and director known for his work on the Lethal Weapon franchise and The Goonies. He died July 5 at age 91.
Actor and filmmaker, and also the father of famed actor Robert Downey Jr., died July 7 at age 85.
Established comedian known for his decades-long career in stand-up. He died July 24 at age 93.
Popeil was known for his infomercial advertisements on TV back in the ’80s, dominating the late-night and weekend TV schedules. He died July 28 at age 86.
Known as the bassist of band ZZ Top, he died July 28 at age 72.
Grant was known for his roles in the shows Breaking Bad and The Lone Ranger. He died July 28 at age 85.
Pickett was an actor known for starring in hit soap operas such as General Hospital and Days Of Our Lives. He died July 30 at age 60.
Thomas was best known for being the co-founder of the R&B group Kool & the Gang. The group was best known for hits like “Celebration,” “Jungle Boogie” and “Cherish,” and the group billed themselves as having performed “longer than any R&B group in history.” Thomas died August 7 at the age of 70.
Hall was a famed singer-songwriter who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. He died August 20 at the age of 85.
Vovkovinskiy was crowned as the tallest living man in the US back in 2010. He died August 20 at age 38. He stood at 7 feet, 8.33 inches tall, and ultimately died from heart disease.
Everly was the last of the Everly Brothers duo, who died August 21 at age 84. He and his brother, Phil, rose to fame with hits such as “Bye Bye Love,” “All I Have to Do is Dream” and “Wake Up Little Susie” in the late ’50s.
Watts was best known as the drummer for the hit rock band The Rolling Stones. He died August 24 at age 80.
Veteran actor best known for his role on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, he died August 20 at 91.
Constantine became widely known for his role as the father in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. He died August after a long battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 94 years old.
Known as the former longtime weatherman for “Today” who was beloved for his outgoing and joyful personality, Scott died September 4 at age 87.
A Saturday Night Live veteran best known for his role as an anchor during the “Weekend Update” segments. He died September 14 at age 61 after battling cancer for several years.
Estus was a bassist known for playing in the ’80s group Wham!. He had collaborations with some of the greats in the music industry, including Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Aaron Neville, and more. He died October 11 at age 65.
An actress best known for playing the role of Barney Fife’s girlfriend, Thelma Lou, on The Andy Griffith Show. She died October 16 at age 95.
Tyler was best known as the coffee shop manager Gunther on the hit show Friends. He died October 24 at age 59 following a battle with prostate cancer.
Stockwell was an actor best known for his roles on TV shows such as Quantum Leap. He died November 7 aged 85.
Frishberg was the writer behind Schoolhouse Rock’s famous song “I’m Just a Bill.” He passed away on November 17 at age 88.
This Broadway musical icon was the genius behind several shows and songs such as West Side Story and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. He died November 26 at age 91 and was in the process of producing new works.
Best known for his role on the hit show Laverne & Shirley, Mekka died November 27 at age 69.
Best remembered for his longtime contributions in politics, Bob Dole died December 5 at age 98. He had previously been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Emmerson was the songwriter and lead singer of the group Five Man Electrical Band and was best known for writing their only international hit, “Signs.” He was 77.
It’s impossible to include every single loss we’ve experienced this past year, but we’re raising a glass and remembering to all those who have passed on, whether they are mentioned on this list or not. Cheers to a much better, healthier, and prosperous 2022.
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