To begin with, the coronavirus outbreak rocked the entire world of entertainment, including venues and shows all over the world. Now the pandemic has started taking the lives of artists, entertainers, and other celebrities. Given below is a list of famous names among the tens of thousands of COVID – 19 deaths globally. To make things more gloomy, it has started to add further casualties and increasing the tally of celebrities who are testing positive for the fatal Coronavirus.
TERRENCE MCNALLY, PLAYWRIGHT (1938 – 2020)
The Times’ critic Charles McNulty in his appreciation mentioned “Timing is everything in the theater, and Terrence McNally, a Broadway maestro who exuded eternal gratitude for the life the stage had given him, knew the importance of making a meaningful exit,”
“Having survived the AIDS epidemic and lung cancer, he died of complications from Coronavirus on [March 24] at age 81. As the nation and the world are left reeling from the new pandemic, McNally, whose plays and musicals preached a gospel of living more fully through an awareness of loss, urges us through his death to take this disease seriously and to care for ourselves and one other — just as he instructed us to do in an earlier plague when he was a playwright at the top of his game.”
FLOYD CARDOZ, RESTAUANTEUR – CHEF (1960 – 2020)
The renowned chief Cardoz competed in “Top Chef” and won “Top Chef masters” he operated successfully numerous restaurants in India as well as New York. He died on March 25 due to severely getting affected by Coronavirus, as stated by his company in a statement. He was 59 years old.
Cardoz had reached New York from Mumbai through Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8. A week before this death, he was admitted into the hospital for fever in New Jersey, and later, he tested positive for COVID – 19.
MARK BLUM, ACTOR (1950 – 2020)
Blum, the actor, became famous for his roles in ‘Crocodile’ Dundee’ and Desperately Seeking Susan’ breathed his last on March 25 due to COVID – 19 at the age of 69.
Blum expired at New York-Presbyterian after having being diagnosed just before a week with Coronavirus, as stated by Janet Zarish, his wife for 15 years. Also, she stated that they have not traveled to any place in the recent past or knowingly been in physical contact with any person having the virus. However, she noted that Blum had asthma.
MANU DIBANGO, SAXOPHONIST (1933 – 2020)
Manu Dibango, the jazz musician, who fused African rhythms with funk and became one of the most charismatic musicians in world dance music, died on March 25 at age 86.
The Cameroon – born saxophonist rose to fame with his 1972 song “Soul Makossa,” as per the reports he died in hospital in the Paris region.
JEO DIFFIE, COUNTRY SINGER-SONGWRITER (1958 – 2020)
The 1990’s country scene star Diffie died on March 29 after being affected by COVID – 19, and as per to spokesperson Scott Adkins Diffe was 61 years old.
Diffie’s No one hits on Billboard include “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock From the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles.” A native of Tulsa, Okla., Diffie also wrote hits for others, including Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty, and Jo Dee Messina.
KEN SHIMURA, COMEDIAN (1950 – 2020)
The renowned Japanese comedian Shimura died on March 29 due to Coronavirus at the age of 70; he became Japan’s first known celebrity to be the victim of the disease.
Shimura, who fascinated fans of all generations with his slapstick comedy and funny faces, had been treated at a Tokyo hospital, according to the sources, Izawa office. He was first diagnosed with Pneumonia after contracting the Coronavirus.
ALAN MERRILL, MUSICIAN / SONGWRITER (1951 – 2020)
The song “I Love Rock and Roll,” which was co-written by Merrill, became the signature hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett. Merrill died on March 29 in New York due to Coronavirus. He was 69 years old at the time he died.
His daughter shared the news on social media, stated. “I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out. He seemed peaceful, and as I left, there was still a glimmer of hope that he wouldn’t be a ticker on the right-hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen,” she posted. “I walked 50 blocks home still with hope in my heart. The city that I knew was empty. … By the time I got in the doors to my apartment, I had received the news that he was gone.”
ANDREW JACK, DIALECT COACH/ACTOR (1944 – 2020)
Jack died on March 31 due to Coronavirus at a hospital near London, his personal assistant confirmed to TMZ.
The vernacular coach worked on accents along with stars Robert Downey Jr., Emma Thompson, Liam Hemsworth, and Pierce Brosnan and helped create the dialogues for the several fictional languages like ‘lord of the Rings’ movies.
The 76 -year also worked occasionally as an actor in movies such as Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” “Sherlock Holmes” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
“He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family was all ‘with’ him,” his wife, Gabrielle Rogers, wrote on Twitter. Rogers, who is also a voice, dialect, and acting coach, was reportedly quarantined in Australia when Jack died.
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