Celebrities who have died from coronavirus
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While many stars are recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19) as citizens around the world endure this unprecedented pandemic, others have sadly not been as fortunate.
We've lost a number of talented musicians, actors, and writers who have succumbed to the virus or complications caused by the virus.
Read below to learn more about some of the entertainers who've died over the past few weeks from coronavirus.
Adam Schlesinger died on April 1 following a battle with coronavirus. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
The Emmy- and Grammy-winning musician and songwriter, who was also known for his work on the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” died on April 1 at a hospital in upstate New York, his longtime lawyer Josh Grier told The Associated Press. He was in his early 50s.
Andrew Jack died just outside London in April from complications due to the novel coronavirus. He was 76. (Lucasfilm)
His rep, Jill McCullough, confirmed the news to the Evening Standard, stating that he died in a hospital outside of London and his family was not able to be with him in the U.K. because they are quarantined in Australia.
Alan Merrill died on March 29 in New York due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 69. (Neil H Kitson/Redferns)
Grammy-winning country star Joe Diffie died in March at the age of 61 following a battle with coronavirus. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM)
“GRAMMY-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away on Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19),” a statement from Diffie's rep read. “His family respects their privacy at this time.”
Japanese comedian Ken Shimura in Tokyo. Shimura died of the COVID-19 pneumonia, a first known celebrity victim of the virus in Japan. He was 70. (Kyodo News via AP, File)
He was diagnosed with pneumonia after contracting COVID-19. Shimura was hospitalized on March 20 after developing a fever and breathing troubles and was put on a ventilator. He reportedly tested positive for the virus on March 23.
One of America’s great playwrights, whose prolific career included winning multiple Tony Awards, died of complications from the coronavirus.
Terrence McNally, known for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” and the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” was 81.
Playwright Terrence McNally died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, of complications from the coronavirus. He was 81. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
McNally died on March 24 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., according to representative Matt Polk.
Actor Mark Blum, known for his work in theater as well as in films “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee” and the Netflix series “You,” died on March 25 at age 69 due to complications from the coronavirus.
Actor Mark Blum died at age 69 in March due to complications from the coronavirus. (Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
Manu Dibango, who fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music, died in March due to the coronavirus, according to his music publisher. He was 86. (AP, File)
Chef Floyd Cardoz died from complications due to coronavirus in late March. (Kris Connor/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
The author, restaurateur and winner of "Top Chef Masters" went to the hospital as a “precautionary measure” in mid-March after he was “feeling feverish,” he wrote in an Instagram post. He later tested positive for COVID-19.
Julie Bennett died on March 31 from complications due to coronavirus. (Image provided by Mark Scroggs)
Julie Bennett, who voiced Cindy Bear in "The Yogi Bear Show" cartoons, died on March 31 from complications due to coronavirus.
The actress passed away while hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being diagnosed, according to her talent agent Mark Scroggs. She was 88 years old.