Celebrity Deaths in 2021: 33 Famous Stars We’ve Lost This Year

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2021 has been a year packed full of chaos. In the midst of it all, we have lost some of the most remarkable people in the entertainment industry. These deaths leave a huge gap in our world and it’s important to take a moment to recognize all that we’ve lost.

Though the following list only begins to scratch the surface of the celebrities we’ve lost this year, their deaths saddened us to our core.

33. Charlie Watts (June 2, 1941- August 24, 2021)

Charlie Watts was a musician who was world-renowned as the lead drummer of the Rolling Stones from 1963 until he passed away in 2021.

Charlie Watts was one of the only Rolling Stones members to perform on every one of their studio albums, gracing the tracks with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Rock legend Charlie Watts, the drummer of Rolling Stones, died at 80 after undergoing urgent heart surgeryRock legend Charlie Watts, the drummer of Rolling Stones, died at 80 after undergoing urgent heart surgery (Credit: MEGA / WENN)

He was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. He is well known as one of the greatest drummers of all time.

Charlie Watts was married to Shirley Ann Shepherd, and they had one daughter together in 1968. Charlie and his wife married before the Rolling Stones ever got together and stayed together until he passed away.

Keith Richards pays tribute to Charlie Watts on social mediaKeith Richards pays tribute to Charlie Watts on social media (Credit: WENN / Avalon)

His cause of death has not been confirmed, though we know in 2004 he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and on August 5, 2021, he announced that he was not participating in a tour due to a heart procedure.

Charlie Watts passed away at the age of 80 on August 24, 2021. At the time of his death, his net worth was $250 million.

32. Jackie Mason (June 9, 1928- July 24, 2021)

Jackie Mason was a standup comedian and actor. Born as Yacov Moshe Hakohen Maza, e grew up in Wisconsin and was one of six children, in a strict Orthodox Jewish household. His family consisted of generations of rabbis.

Jackie was famous for his hilarious and sometimes controversial comedy. He married his wife Jyll Rosenfeld on August 14, 1991. At the time, she was his 37-year-old manager.

He also voiced The Simpsons character Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, the father of Krusty the Clown, who appeared in 11 episodes until his 2014 death in the first episode of Season 26, “Clown in the Dumps.”

Legendary comedian Jackie Mason died at a New York hospital at the age of 93Legendary comedian Jackie Mason died at a New York hospital at the age of 93 (Credit: MEGA / WENN)

Prior to this marriage, he impregnated Ginger Reiter, a writer, and she had his only child, Sheba Mason, who is now a comedian as well.

On July 24, 2021, Jackie Mason passed away. His cause of death was not released, but he had many health issues including inflammation of the lungs at the time of his death. He was 93 years old. At the time of his death, his net worth was $9 million.

31. Biz Markie (April 8, 1964 – July 16, 2021)

Biz Markie, born Marcel Theo Hall, was a rapper, DJ, and record producer.

Biz Markie was most well known for his top hit “Just a Friend”, which was dubbed one of the top 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time by VH1.

“Just a Friend” rapper Biz Markie died after struggling with health issues related to a decade-long battle with Type 2 diabetes“Just a Friend” rapper Biz Markie died after struggling with health issues related to a decade-long battle with Type 2 diabetes (Credit: Johnny Louis / WENN)

Commonly known as the “Clown Prince of Hip Hop”, Biz Markie was married to Tara Hall. Though he never had any biological children, he was lovingly referred to as his stepdaughter’s father. He loved her as his own, as well as his niece.

On July 16, 2021, Biz Markie passed away after complications with diabetes. He’d gone into a rehabilitation facility in December 2020, after suffering from a stroke after a diabetic coma. At the time of his death, his net worth was between $1-$3 million.

30. Jeff LaBar (March 18, 1963- July 14, 2021)

Jeffrey Philip LaBar was a guitarist who played in the glam metal band Cinderella.

Jeff LaBar was born in Pennsylvania but grew up in Philadelphia. He married Gaile LaBar Bernhard and had one son with her. The couple divorced in 2007 and he later married Debinique LaBar.

American guitarist Jeff LaBar died on July 14, 2021, at the age of 58, in Nashville, TennesseeAmerican guitarist Jeff LaBar died on July 14, 2021, at the age of 58, in Nashville, Tennessee (Credit: Aaron Gilbert / WENN)

LaBar passed away on July 14, 2021. He was found unconscious in his Nashville home by his first wife, Gaile LaBar Bernhard. He was 58 at the time and the cause of his death is unknown. At the time of his death, his net worth was $3 million.

29. Richard Donner (April 24, 1930- July 5, 2021)

Richard Donner was a filmmaker who was called “one of Hollywood’s most reliable makers of action Blockbusters” by Michael Barson, film historian.

Richard Donner was born in Bronx, New York, and served in the U.S. Navy as an aerial photographer after high school graduation. In 1986, he married Lauren Shuler, who was a film producer.

Richard Donner met his wife Lauren Schuler Donner in the early 1980s while making the 1985 American medieval dark fantasy film LadyhawkeRichard Donner met his wife Lauren Schuler Donner in the early 1980s while making the 1985 American medieval dark fantasy film Ladyhawke (Credit: Sheri Determan / WENN)

Together, the pair created Shuler-Donner Productions and created their legacy of films. They were best known for the X-Men franchises and Free Willy. The pair never had any children.

On July 5, 2021, at the age of 91, Richard Donner passed away in his home in California from cardiopulmonary failure. At the time of his death, his net worth was $100 million.

28. Stuart Damon (February 5, 1937 – June 29, 2021)

Stuart Damon was an actor who was well known for his role in General Hospital. His 30-year role as Dr. Alan Quartermaine won him an Emmy in 1999 and the hearts of many.

Stuart Damon was born in Brooklyn, New York. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who fled the Bolshevik Revolution. He married Deirdre Ann Ottewill on March 12, 1961.

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She was an actress, singer, and dancer. On Christmas in 2019, Deirdre passed away from Alzheimer’s disease. The couple had two children together.

On June 29, 2021, at the age of 84, Stuart Damon passed away from kidney failure. At the time of his death, his net worth was between $2-$4 million.

27. Johnny Solinger (August 7, 1965- June 26, 2021)

Johnny Preston Solinger was a singer/songwriter who was well known as being the lead vocalist of Skid Row for 16 years, from 1999 to 2015. After Skid Row, he has a brief country music solo career. His love for music never ended.

He married Paula Marcenaro in 2011. The couple never had any children, and she announced his death in 2021.

She told USA Today, “He passed yesterday while I was holding his hand.” (Willis). His death came a month after he announced that he was suffering from liver failure. He was 55 years old when he passed away.

Skid Row's lead vocalist John Preston Solinger died of liver failure at the age of 55Skid Row’s lead vocalist John Preston Solinger died of liver failure at the age of 55 (Credit: Aaron Gilbert / WENN)

“It is with a heavy heart I must let everyone know what’s going on with me and my health,” the singer wrote on Facebook about his health situation on May 8, 2021.

“I have been hospitalized for over the last month. I have been diagnosed with liver failure. And the prognosis is not so good. As with most musicians I do not have health insurance and it’s very difficult to get proper care without it.

His net worth at the time of his death is highly debated and is estimated to be somewhere between $2 and $15 million.

26. Clarence Williams III (August 21, 1939- June 4, 2021)

Clarence Williams III was an actor who starred in the popular police TV series The Mod Squad as well as many other important films such as Purple Rain, Tales from the Hood, and Reindeer Games.

In 1967, he married Gloria Foster, who he had worked with in the past on The Mod Squad and The Cool World. The pair filed for divorce in 1984 but left things on good terms.

Clarence Williams III died at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with colon cancerClarence Williams III died at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with colon cancer (Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN)

They remained friends for the rest of their lives and Clarence Williams III was the one to announce Gloria’s death in 2001. They never had any children.

On June 4, 2021, at the age of 81, Clarence Williams III passed away from colon cancer. At the time of his death, his net worth was $2 million.

“When I was a kid growing up in NYC Clarence Williams III was a face on TV that I identified with and that inspired me. From the Mod Squad to Purple Rain and Sugar Hill, he always performed with dynamic energy. Rest in power, king,” Lenny Kravitz wrote on Twitter.

25. Ray MacDonnell (March 5, 1928- June 10, 2021)

Ray MacDonnell was best known for his role in All My Children, a soap opera that he starred in from its first day until its last. He graced televisions all over for forty years as Dr. Joe Martin and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2004.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Ray MacDonnell had three children with his wife Patricia. He passed away on June 10, 2021, of natural causes at the age of 93.

Beloved actor Raymond MacDonnell, best known for his role as Dr. Joe Martin on the daytime soap opera All My Children, pictured with his on-screen wife Lee MeriwetherBeloved actor Raymond MacDonnell, best known for his role as Dr. Joe Martin on the daytime soap opera All My Children, pictured with his on-screen wife Lee Meriwether (Credit: MEGA / WENN)

At the time of his death, his net worth was $3 million.

24. Ernie Lively (January 29, 1947 – June 3, 2021)

With his wife, Elaine Lively, and his five children by his side, Ernie Lively passed away from cardiac complications in Los Angeles.

Blake Lively‘s father appeared in Passenger 57, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Turner & Hooch. He also played the father of a character played by his own real-life daughter, Blake, in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films.

Ernie Lively and his daughter Blake Lively at the premiere of "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2"Ernie Lively and his daughter Blake Lively at the premiere of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 28, 2008, in New York City (Credit: Patricia Schlein / WENN)

Suffering a heart attack in November 2013, he was being treated with experimental stem-cell therapy to repair his heart.

Born Ernest Wilson Brown Jr. in Baltimore, Maryland, he married Elaine in 1979 and adopted her three children from her previous marriage to Ronnie Lively: Lori Lynn, Robyn Elaine, and Ronald Jason Lively.

Blake Lively with her mother Elaine (née McAlpin) and her father, Ernie Lively (né Ernest Wilson Brown Jr.)Blake Lively with her mother Elaine (née McAlpin) and her father, Ernie Lively (né Ernest Wilson Brown Jr.) at the ceremony in honor of Blake’s husband, Ryan Reynolds, when he received the 2,596th Walk of Fame star on December 15, 2016, in Hollywood, California (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

When marrying Elaine, he took her last name Lively, which was actually Elaine’s married surname from her first marriage.

Ernie and Elaine welcomed two children, Eric Lawrence and Blake Ellender, in July 1981 and August 1987.

23. Samuel Edward Wright (November 20, 1946 – May 24, 2021)

Known for voicing Sebastian the crab in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, he received a Tony Award nomination for his performance as the ill-fated Mufasa in the original Broadway production of The Lion King. Just 72 years old, he died from prostate cancer at his home in Walden, New York.

American actor and singer Samuel Edward Wright voiced Sebastian the crab in Disney’s animated classic The Little MermaidAmerican actor and singer Samuel Edward Wright voiced Sebastian the crab in Disney’s animated classic The Little Mermaid (Credit: Joseph Marzullo / WENN)

He also portrayed as jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in the 1988 American biographical film Bird about jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker (played by Forest Whitaker).

22. Mark York (November 27, 1965 – May 19, 2021)

Confined to a wheelchair due to an automobile accident in 1988, he is best known for his role as Billy Merchant in NBC’s The Office.

Making his first appearance in “The Injury,” the twelfth episode of the second season of the American comedy television series, the paraplegic actor did not allow his disability to prevent him from having “an outgoing, uplifting, positive attitude and personality.”

Mark York as property manager Billy Merchant in NBC's The OfficeMark York as property manager Billy Merchant in NBC’s The Office (Credit: NBC)

“He always tried to look at what he could accomplish and do, not what he couldn’t do,” his obituary said. “He had experienced many travel opportunities and many dreams for the future.”

The American actor, who died of natural causes, also had roles in CSI: NY, 8 Simple Rules, and the 2001 American science fiction drama film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

21. Charles Sidney Grodin (April 21, 1935 – May 18, 2021)

Fondly remembered for his role as a short-tempered dad in the 1992 American family comedy film Beethoven, Charles Grodin also played Lenny Cantrow in Elaine May’s The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and supporting roles in the 1970 American black comedy war film Catch-22 and the 1978 American fantasy-comedy film Heaven Can Wait.

“A brilliant comedy actor,” tweeted Albert Brooks. “I had the wonderful experience of working with him in my first feature ‘Real Life’ and he was amazing. Rest In Peace, Chuck.”

Naomi Watts and Charles Grodin attend the opening night gala world premiere of "Captain Phillips"Naomi Watts and Charles Grodin attend the opening night gala world premiere of “Captain Phillips” during the 51st New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on September 27, 2013, in New York City Credit: PNP / WENN

“Chuck was as good a person as he was an actor,” Robert De Niro said in a statement. “‘Midnight Run’ was a great project to work on, and Chuck made it an even better one. He will be missed. I am very very sad to hear of his passing.”

With an estimated net worth of $12 million at the time of his death, he died at the age of 86 of bone marrow cancer at his home in Connecticut.

20. Alber Elbaz (June 12, 1961 – April 24, 2021)

Best known for his work at Yves Saint Laurent and Lanvin, the Israeli fashion designer died of Covid-19 at the age of 59.

“It was with shock and enormous sadness that I heard of Alber’s sudden passing. Alber had a richly deserved reputation as one of the industry’s brightest and most beloved figures,” Richemont chairman Johann Rupert said in a statement.

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“I was always taken by his intelligence, sensitivity, generosity, and unbridled creativity. He was a man of exceptional warmth and talent, and his singular vision, sense of beauty, and empathy leave an indelible impression,” the head of the luxury fashion company added.

19. Helen Elizabeth McCrory OBE (August 17, 1968 – April 16, 2021)

Best known for her role as Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films and Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders, Damian Lewis’s wife Helen McCrory died at the age of 52 after her battle with cancer.

Helen McCrory and her husband Damian Lewis attend the "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" UK PremiereHelen McCrory and her husband Damian Lewis attend the “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” UK Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 30, 2019, in London, England (Credit: WENN)

Meeting when they were performing in Five Gold Rings at London’s Almeida Theatre, Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory married on July 4, 2007.

They have two children, daughter Manon McCrory-Lewis, 14, and son Gulliver Lewis, 13. The couple had a combined net worth of $25 million at the time of her death.

“I’ve never known anyone so consciously spread happiness,” the Homeland actor wrote about his wife in The Sunday Times, adding that she “made their day better.”

Actor Damian Lewis and his pregnant girlfriend Helen McCroryActor Damian Lewis and his pregnant girlfriend Helen McCrory arrive at the European premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” at Odeon Leicester Square on July 3, 2006, in London, England (Credit: David Mepham / WENN)

“I’ve never known anyone able to enjoy life as much. Her ability to be in the present and enjoy the moment was inspirational. Nor was she interested in navel-gazing. No real self-interest in self-reflection; she believed in looking out, not in. Which is why she was able to turn her light so brightly on others,” Damian added.

18. Earl “DMX” Simmons (December 18, 1970 – April 9, 2021)

Best known for his album “…And Then There Was X,” which was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2001 Grammys, Earl Simmons was pronounced dead on April 9, 2021.

DMX, born Earl Simmons, died at White Plains Hospital in New York on April 9, 2021, after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest earlier in the monthDMX, born Earl Simmons, died at White Plains Hospital in New York on April 9, 2021, after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest earlier in the month (Credit: Adam Bielawski / WENN)

Known by his stage name DMX (“Dark Man X”), he suffered a drug overdose earlier in the month. Becoming addicted to crack cocaine when he was 14 years old, DMX had entered drug rehabilitation several times.

17. Paul Ritter (December 20, 1966 – April 5, 2021)

Most recently known for his role as deputy chief engineer Anatoly Dyatlov in the 2019 historical drama television miniseries Chernobyl, British actor Paul Ritter (born Simon Paul Adams) died of a brain tumor in his home, surrounded by his family, at the age of 54.

Also remembered for his role Eldred Worple in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Guy Haines in the 2008 James Bond movie “Quantum of Solace,” and Martin Goodman in the Channel 4 comedy series “Friday Night Dinner,” he had an estimated net worth of $8 million at the time of his death.

Jessica Hynes and Paul Ritter attend the Broadway opening night of "The Norman Conquests"Jessica Hynes and Paul Ritter attend the Broadway opening night of “The Norman Conquests” at Circle In The Square Theatre on April 23, 2009, in New York City (Credit: Joseph Marzullo / WENN)

16. Jessica Walter (January 31, 1941 – March 24, 2021)

Best known for her role as the matriarch of the Bluth family on the sitcom Arrested Development, Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter died in her sleep at age 80 at her home in Manhattan.

Jessica Walter was married to Tony Award-winning actor Ron Leibman from 1983 until his death in 2019Jessica Walter was married to Tony Award-winning actor Ron Leibman from 1983 until his death in 2019 (Credit: Joseph Marzullo / WENN)

Having an estimated net worth of $4 million at the time of her death, Jessica Walter also provided the voice of Malory Archer on the adult animated sitcom Archer (2009–20).

15. George Segal (February 13, 1934 – March 23, 2021)

Best known for his role as Nick in the 1966 American black comedy-drama film “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, based on Edward Albee’s acclaimed play, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

He also starred in films such as Ship of Fools (1965), King Rat (1965), The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967), Where’s Poppa? (1970), The Hot Rock (1972), Blume in Love (1973), A Touch of Class (1973), California Split (1974), For the Boys (1991), and Flirting with Disaster (1996).

Having a net worth of $10 million dollars at the time of his death, he’s also remembered for his comic roles as Jack Gallo on the sitcom television series Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003) and as Albert “Pops” Solomon on The Goldbergs (2013–2021).

Actors Wendie Malick, George Segal, Laura San Giacomo, and David Spade attend George Segal being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of FameActors Wendie Malick, George Segal, Laura San Giacomo, and David Spade attend George Segal being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 14, 2017, in Hollywood, California (Credit: FayesVision / WENN)

George Segal passed away in Santa Rosa, California, at age 87 following complications from bypass surgery.

14. Jahmil French (July 29, 1991 – March 1, 2021)

Best known for his role as Dave Turner in the Canadian teen drama television series “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” Jahmil French also starred in Netflix’s “Soundtrack,” the Pop series “Let’s Get Physical,” and the film “Boost.”

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of a dear friend and client Jahmil French,” his agent Gabrielle Kachman said in a statement. No details on the cause of death were made available.

Jahmil French visits Build to discuss the series "Soundtrack" Jahmil French visits Build to discuss the series “Soundtrack” at Build Studio on December 18, 2019, in New York City (Credit: WENN / Avalon)

“He will be remembered by many for his passion for the arts, his commitment to his craft, and his vibrant personality. I ask that you keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time,” Kachman added.

13. Mary Wilson (March 6, 1944 – February 8, 2021)

Best known as a founding member of The Supremes, the most successful Motown act of the 1960s known for hits such as Baby Love and You Can’t Hurry Love, Mary Wilson remained with the group until the American female singing group disbanded in 1977.

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The other original members were Florence Ballard, Diana Ross, and Betty McGlown. Dying at the age of 76 in her sleep from hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at her home in Henderson, Nevada, Mary Wilson had a net worth of $8 million at the time of her death.

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12. Christopher Plummer (December 13, 1929 – February 5, 2021)

The winner of an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a British Academy Film Award, the Canadian actor is best known for playing Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965) opposite Julie Andrews.

Christopher Plummer also portrayed Arthur Case in the 2006 American heist thriller film Inside Man.

Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, and producer Brian GrazerJodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, and producer Brian Grazer on the set of Inside Man on December 6, 2005 (Credit: David Lee / WENN)

Married three times, he had a net worth of $20 million dollars at the time of his death. Some of his other high-profile films are The Man Who Would Be King (1975), David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and All the Money in the World.

11. Dustin Diamond (January 7, 1977 – February 1, 2021)

Best known for his role as Samuel “Screech” Powers throughout the Saved by the Bell franchise, Dustin Neil Diamond died after a three-week fight with stage 4 small cell carcinoma.

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He was 44 and had a net worth of around $300,000 at the time of his death. Not finding success after the end of Saved by the Bell, he filed for bankruptcy in California in 2001 and released a sex tape titled “Screeched – Saved by the Smell” in 2006.

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10. Sophie Xeon (September 17, 1986 – January 30, 2021)

Nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic Album for her debut album Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides in 2018, Scottish musician Sophie Xeon was a record producer, singer, songwriter, and DJ.

Mononymously known as Sophie, she died after falling from the rooftop of a three-story building while attempting to take a photograph of the full moon. No foul play was suspected in her death.

Record producer, DJ and singer Sophie (born Sophie Xeon) slipped and fell from the balcony of an apartment where she was stayingRecord producer, DJ and singer Sophie (born Sophie Xeon) slipped and fell from the balcony of an apartment where she was staying (Credit: WENN / Avalon)

“True to her spirituality she had climbed up to watch the full moon and accidentally slipped and fell,” a representative of the transgender musician said about her sudden death in Athens. “She will always be here with us.”

9. Cicely Tyson (December 19, 1924 – January 28, 2021)

The first African American woman to receive an honorary Oscar, she was also Oscar-nominated for her role as a sharecropper’s wife in the 1972 American DeLuxe Color drama film “Sounder.”

She won a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016, and touched TV viewers’ hearts in the 1974 American television film “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”

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Also the winner of three Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award, she had a net worth of $10 million dollars at the time of her death. Cicely Tyson was 96 years old and no cause of the death was given.

8. Cloris Leachman (April 30, 1926 – January 27, 2021)

The winner of an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Daytime Emmy Award, American actress and comedian Cloris Leachman died of natural causes in Encinitas, California. She was 94.

American television sitcom The Facts of Life cast members Lisa Whelchel (as Blair Warner), George Clooney (as George Burnett), MacKenzie Astin (as Andy Moffet), Kim Fields (as Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey), seated, Mindy Cohn (as Natalie Green), Cloris Leachman (as Beverly Ann Stickle), Nancy McKeon (as Joanne "Jo" Polniaczek)American television sitcom The Facts of Life cast members Lisa Whelchel (as Blair Warner), George Clooney (as George Burnett), MacKenzie Astin (as Andy Moffet), Kim Fields (as Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsey), seated, Mindy Cohn (as Natalie Green), Cloris Leachman (as Beverly Ann Stickle), Nancy McKeon (as Joanne “Jo” Polniaczek) (Credit: NBC)

Born on April 30, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, she is best remembered for her roles as lonely housewife Ruth Popper in The Last Picture Show (1971), the delightfully neurotic Phyllis Lindstrom on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein (1974), and Madame Defarge in History of the World, Part I (1981).

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In the early 2000s, she starred as Lois’s (Jane Kaczmarek) tyrannical mother Ida on Fox’s television sitcom “Malcolm in the Middle.” The multiple Emmy winner had a net worth of $10 million at the time of her death.

7. Mira Furlan (September 7, 1955 – January 20, 2021)

Best known for her roles as Delenn, the Minbari ambassador to Babylon 5, in the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993–1998), and as French woman Danielle Rousseau in Lost (2004–2010), Mira Furlan died at the age of 65 due to complications with West Nile Virus.

Photographed at the opening night of the Hollywood Film Festival at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2015, in Hollywood, California, Croatian actress Mira Furlan died at her home in Los Angeles on January 20, 2021, due to complications with West Nile VirusPictured at the opening night of the Hollywood Film Festival at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2015, in Hollywood, California, Croatian actress Mira Furlan died at her home in Los Angeles on January 20, 2021, due to complications with West Nile Virus (Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN)

The Croatian actress and singer, who also starred as Ankica Vidmar in When Father Was Away on Business (1985) and as Mirza Alijagić in The Abandoned (2010), had a net worth of $3 million at the time of her death.

6. Joanne Rogers (March 9, 1928 – January 14, 2021)

Joanne Rogers, who was an accomplished pianist, died on January 14 at the age of 92. She was married to Fred Rogers, the creator of the preschool TV series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

She is survived by her sons, James and John, and three grandsons. Her estimated net worth was around $3 million at the time of her death.

5. Angie Jakusz (March 27, 1980 – January 8, 2021)

A contestant on season 10 of CBS Survivor, Angie Jakusz succumbed to a rare form of colorectal cancer on January 8. She was 40.

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At her death, she left behind her husband of nine years, Steven Calandra.

4. Marion Ramsey (May 10, 1947 – January 7, 2021)

The Police Academy star died on January 7 at the age of 73 after a short illness. She was best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy films.

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She had a net worth of approximately $1 million. No cause of death was given.

3. Tanya Roberts (October 15, 1955 – January 4, 2021)

Tanya, who was famous for her roles as a Bond Girl in 1985’s A View to Kill, as Julie Rogers in the Charlie’s Angels TV series, and as Midge in That ‘70s Show, died on January 4 at the age of 65.

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She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital and had been placed on a ventilator since Christmas Eve after collapsing at her home following a hike.

Tanya had a net worth of $10 million at the time of her death.

2. Barbara Shelley (February 13, 1932 – January 4, 2021)

Nicknamed the Queen of Hammer, Barbara Shelley was best known for appearing in horror movies produced by Hammer Films. She died on January 3 at the age of 88.

Her agent clarified in a statement that she didn’t die of COVID-19. “It wasn’t COVID that took her; she had underlying issues.”

Her estimated net worth was $1.2 million.

1. Kerry Vincent (June 1, 1945 – January 2, 2021)

A specialist cake designer and a judge on Food Network Challenge, Kerry Vincent died on January 2 at the age of 75 after losing her battle with an undisclosed illness. She is survived by her husband, Doug Vincent, founder of Angel Flight of Oklahoma.

Kerry Vincent died on January 2, 2021 after battling an undisclosed illnessKerry Vincent died on January 2, 2021, after battling an undisclosed illness (Credit: WENN)

Kerry had a net worth of $14 million at the time of her death.

The entertainment world has lost some magnificent people this year. May they all rest in peace and may their legacies live on.

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