We’re approaching the end of 2021, with just four months to go, and, sadly, we’ve waved goodbye to some much-loved stars this year, including Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts and Gerry and the Pacemakers’ Gerry Marsden.
In 2020 we said goodbye to many incredible stars, including Caroline Flack and Barbara Windsor.
Saying goodbye to our heroes and the stars we admire is never easy, and it’s important to take a moment to remember them.
They leave behind a legacy which will never be forgotten by friends, families and fans, and their contributions to the world will be enjoyed for years to come.
Here we remember the incredible stars who have passed away so far in 2021.
Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding died following a battle with breast cancer aged 39 on September 5.
Sarah’s mum Marie confirmed the heartbreaking news on her daughter’s Instagram page: “A message from Sarah’s mum
“It’s with deep heartbreak that today I’m sharing the news that my beautiful daughter Sarah has sadly passed away. Many of you will know of Sarah’s battle with cancer and that she fought so strongly from her diagnosis until her last day. She slipped away peacefully this morning. I’d like to thank everyone for their kind support over the past year.
“It meant the world to Sarah and it gave her great strength and comfort to know she was loved. I know she won’t want to be remembered for her fight against this terrible disease – she was a bright shining star and I hope that’s how she can be remembered instead.”
Gogglebox star Andy Michael passed away at the age of 61, Channel 4 and Studio Lambert confirmed on August 27 on behalf of his family.
The fan-favourite first appeared on Gogglebox on the very first episode in 2013, but announced their departure in 2014.
The Michael family had to leave the show because Andy was standing as a UKIP candidate.
However, he failed to secure the Hastings and Rye seat, so the family decided to do more episodes.
The statement, given to the PA news agency, said: “We are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gogglebox star Andy Michael at the age of 61 following a short illness.
“Andy passed away last weekend with his family by his side.”
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts died at the age of 80 on August 24.
A statement from his publicist, Bernard Doherty, read: “It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts.
“He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family. Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also, as a member of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest drummers of his generation.”
Watts joined Rolling Stones in 1963 after it was started by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Rolling Stones went on to have 13 UK No 1 albums, including critically adored likes of Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street.
Gogglebox star Mary Cook died at the age of 92 in hospital with her family by her side.
The Channel 4 series issued a statement on behalf of her family, saying: “We are extremely saddened to share that Gogglebox star Mary Cook passed away in hospital this weekend at the age of 92 with her family by her side.
“Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and dear friend to many, Mary, who worked in the hospitality trade, had been married and widowed twice.
“She will be dearly missed by the entire Gogglebox family, cast and crew.
“Our love and thoughts are with Mary’s family, friends, and Marina. The family have asked for privacy at this sad time.”
Mary was a regular on the show alongside Marina, who lived with her in the St Monica Trust retirement home.
The pair won over fans with their hilarious quips and rude sex talk.
Popular comedian Sean Lock died on August 18 at the age of 58, after a battle with cancer.
The 8 Out of 10 Cats star’s death was announced in a statement by his agent at Off The Kerb Productions.
Sean died surrounded by his family at home.
The statement went on: “Sean was one of Britain’s finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy.”
Actress Una Stubbs died at the age of 84 on August 12, following an illness.
Her agent confirmed that the former soap star died surrounded by her family while at home in Edinburgh.
She was known for appearing in the likes of EastEnders and Sherlock, as well as Worzel Gummidge and Till Death Us Do Part, but she first found fame in Sir Cliff Richard’s film Summer Holiday in the 1960s.
Alfred Hitchcock’s daughter Pat died at the age of 93 on August 9.
The actress was known for titles such as Psycho, Stage Fright and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
Her daughter Katie Fiala confirmed the news, explaining that Pat died at home in California.
Pat was born in London in 1928 but moved to the US when she was 10 – however she said she was raised as an English child.
Bad Boy Records producer Chucky Thompson died at the age of 53 on August 9.
The Hip-hop star’s publicist Tamar Juda wrote on Twitter: “It is with a very heavy heart that I can confirm the passing of Chucky Thompson.
“To anyone in his orbit, you know how generous he was with his energy, creativity and love.
“Both the music industry, and the world, has lost a titan.”
In an additional tweet, she wrote: “I’ll miss you so very much, Chucky. And thank you.”
Kool & the Gang member Dennis Thomas died in his sleep at the age of 70 on August 7.
The band’s official Facebook page released a statement confirming the sad news, referring to the much-loved star as “Dee Tee”.
The group were known for iconic songs such as Get Down On It and Ladies Night.
Tributes began pouring in immediately for the popular musician.
TikTok star Anthony Barajas died at the young age of 19 after being the victim of an unprovoked shooting at a cinema on July 26.
He had been watching a screening of The Forever Purge when a man opened fire inside the movie theatre.
Anthony was taken to hospital and put on life support and sadly died from his injuries on Saturday, July 31.
Merengue singer Johnny Ventura died at the age of 81 after suffering a heart attack on July 28.
His son Jandy confirmed: “The Ventura family is proud of all the legacy that my father could have left, we have our heads held high.”
Following Johnny’s death, Luis Abinader, president of the Dominican Republic, declared July 29, 30 and 31 days of national mourning.
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill died at the age of 72, his bandmates confirmed on July 28.
The musician had previously suffered a hip injury.
It caused him to drop out of a number of shows with the band across the US, and it wasn’t revealed whether the injury was linked to his death.
Dusty was one of the founding members of ZZ Top, and was also a vocalist in the band.
Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison died aged just 46 on July 26.
His family announced that the musician had died in his sleep, though no cause of death was released.
Previously, he was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis which stopped him being able to walk or play the drums, however he was able to beat the neurological disease with hard-work, therapy and rehabilitation.
Comedian Tom O’Connor died at the age of 81 on July 18, after a 14-year-long fight with Parkinson’s disease.
He was known as a game show presenter, fronting shows such as Crosswits and Name That Tune.
His daughter-in-law, ex-athlete Denise Lewis, confirmed his sad death.
Piers Morgan was among those who paid tribute, as did BBC Breakfast star Dan Walker.
Robert Downey Sr
Robert Downey Jr’s father died at the age of 85 on Wednesday, July 7, after suffering with Parkinson’s for a number of years.
He died in his sleep at home in New York.
Robert was a filmmaker, actor, writer and producer, and had appeared in titles such as Magnolia, Boogie Nights and To Live and Die in LA.
His most recent screen appearance was in 2015 in Saturday Night Live, though his cameo was uncredited.
Australian TV icon Jonathan Coleman died aged 65 after a four-year battle with prostate cancer on July 9.
Coleman had an hugely successful career in both Australia and the UK on TV and radio.
He started off his career as a presenter on the afternoon children’s program Simon Townsend’s Wonder World in 1979.
Coleman then had stints at Triple J and Triple M, before heading over to the UK to continue building his radio career.
Most recently, he’s been a firm fixture on Australia’s Channel 10’s morning show, Studio 10.
Chris Eubank’s son Sebastian died in Dubai aged 29 on July 9.
The mixed martial arts fighter was found dead on a beach.
Nicknamed the Alka Lion, Sebastian followed his dad and older brother Chris Jr into the sporing world, but his life has cruelly been cut short.
Speaking on his son’s heartbreaking death, boxing icon Eubank Snr said: “Never did I ever imagine I would write these words or experience the feeling I now have at the loss of my son.
“My family and I are devastated to hear of the death of Sebastian just days before what would have been his 30th birthday.”
Actress Suzanne Douglas died at the age of 64 following complications from cancer on July 6.
Suzzanne was best known for playing matriarch Jerri Peterson on The Parent ‘Hood, but recently appeared in the Netflix series When They See Us.
She’s also remembered for her portrayal of Cissy Houston in the Lifetime TV movie Whitney, which came out in 2015.
During her time on-screen, she had guest appearances on the likes of The Cosby Show, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Bones and The Good Wife.
She also played Tomika’s mother in cult classic movie School of Rock in 2003.
American actor Daniel Mickelson died aged 23, it was announced on July 5.
The screen star was an up-and-coming actor in America, having been cast in notable roles such as the horror film The Killer Clown Meets the Candy Man and 2019’s TV series Mani.
His younger sister, Meredith Mickelson, confirmed his tragic death on Monday evening, announcing the budding actor died on Sunday, July 4.
“My heart is shattered & to write this feels so wrong and I don’t even know what to say. Yesterday I lost my brother, best friend & the other half of my heart,” she said.
“There wasn’t a person I loved more on this earth. there’s no words that can do him justice that I could write. to know him was to love him.
“He was the happiest brightest smiley most sunshine human to exist and I’m so happy God chose me to be his sister for his whole amazing life.”
Gogglebox star Pete McGarry passed away aged 71 in June 2021.
The TV favourite passed away following a battle with a short illness, according to Channel 4, which broadcasts the show.
A statement issued on behalf of the family said: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Gogglebox star Pete McGarry passed away at the age of 71 this weekend with his family by his side after a short illness.”
McGarry, along with wife Linda and her son, George Gilbey, originally joined the Channel 4 programme for its second series in 2013.
They left the show in 2014 when George broke their contract to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house, in which he placed fourth.
They later returned to the programme for the seventh series in 2016 and have continued to appear as series regulars and firm favourites.
John Langley, creator and producer of reality TV show Cops, died after suffering a heart attack in Mexico on June 26.
The 78-year-old was in the area competing in an off-road race, according to reports.
John was a fan of racing and created a Cops off-road desert racing team.
Cops premiered on Fox in 1989 and ran for 25 seasons, before moving over to Spike for a few years.
The show ran for another three seasons on Paramount Network and was cancelled last year following the death of George Floyd.
Former Skid Row singer Johnny Solinger died from liver failure on June 26 aged 55.
Solinger revealed to his fans he was suffering from liver failure in May this year.
He wrote on his social media post: “It is with a heavy heart I must let everyone know what’s going on with me and my health.
“I have been hospitalised for over the last month. I have been diagnosed with liver failure. And 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.”
Solinger was Skid Row’s lead singer when the band reformed in 1999 after splitting three years earlier.
He left the band in April 2015 and was replaced by singer Tony Harnell.
Former BBC children’s television presenter Mike Amatt died on Monday, June 28 at the age of 71.
The talented star was best known for his role in Playschool, which he wrote and starred in.
In addition, Mike illustrated and created the cartoon characters Mop and Sniff for the popular 1980s show of the same name.
He also starred as himself alongside the sheepdog and cat.
American actress Lisa Banes died aged 65 after getting struck by a motorised scooter in a hit and run on June 14.
The screen star, known best former roles in box office hits Gone Girl and Cocktail, was hospitalised on June 4 after being hit by a scooter as she walked across a pedestrian crossing.
She suffered from a head injury, and subsequently died on June 14.
Lisa’s big break came in 1984 when starred in The Hotel New Hampshire, and she went on to star opposite Tom Cruise in the romantic drama Cocktail.
More recently, she played Marybeth Elliott – mother to Rosamund Pike’s Amy Elliott – in the David Fincher adaptation of the novel Gone Girl.
Hollywood actor Ned Beatty passed away at the age of 83 on June 13.
Ned has appeared in many iconic movies like Superman, Network and played the character Lotso in Toy Story 3.
He is known as one of the most respected actors of his time, and played Lex Luthor’s sidekick in Superman as Otis in the 1978 film and sequel two years later.
In Network, he played Arthur Jensen and was only on set for one day for his 6-minute scene.
Dallas rapper Lil Loaded died on May 31 aged 20.
Authorities had not yet confirmed how Lil Loaded, real name Dashawn Robertson, had died when this article was written.
He had been arrested on suspicion of murder back in October 2020, after the shooting and killing of 18-year-old Khalil Walker.
Loaded was charged in March 2021 with one count of manslaughter after the teen died.
According to court records, the rapper was due in court the first week of June for an admonishment hearing.
Tarzan: The Epic Adventure actor Joe Lara died aged 58 in a plane crash on May 29.
The star had been travelling with his wife Gwen Shambling Lara and five other people near Nashville when the incident took place.
Joe became a household name in 1989 after landing the lead role of Tarzan in CBS film Tarzan in Manhattan.
He reprised the role for two years in 1996 for a spin-off TV series.
He also appeared in American Cyborg: Steel Warriors, Warhead, Armstrong and Doomsdayer.
Hammer Horror film legend Shane Briant died aged 74 from a “long and terrible illness” on May 27.
Briant studied law at Trinity College Dublin, but went on to become a professional actor and novelist.
The actor was best known for starring in Hammer Films productions; Straight on Till Morning, Demons of the Mind, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.
He also played one of the lead roles in Children of the Wolf, alongside Sheelagh Cullen and Yvonne Mitchell at London’s Apollo Theatre.
As well as TV shows and movies, Briant also published seven novels in Australia and one in the United States.
Actor Robert Hogan, best known for his TV roles in shows like The Wire and Law & Order, died aged 87 on May 27 after suffering complications from pneumonia.
The screen star was best known for his roles in cult TV shows like The Wire, Murder, She Wrote and Law & Order.
His career spanned six decades, and he starred in some of the best-loved TV shows of the decade, including M*A*S*H, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Operation Petticoat.
Robert appeared in over 100 different TV shows, and also landed parts on Days of Our Lives, Another World, and The Young Marrieds.
Kevin Clark, the actor who played drummer Freddy Jones in School of Rock, tragically died after being hit by a car while cycling aged 32 on May 26.
School of Rock, which starred Jack Black, came out in 2003 and was his only movie credit.
Kevin was just 14 when he was cast in the role, but he later decided to abandon acting for music.
He focused on his career as a professional drummer, and played in several bands throughout his career.
His most recent endeavour was as the drummer int he group Jessie Bess and the Intentions.
Samuel E. Wright
Samuel E. Wright, who lent his voice to Sebastian the Crab in Disney classic The Little Mermaid, passed away aged 74 on May 24.
As part of his iconic role in The Little Mermaid, Samuel performed the lead vocals to Under The Sea, which was later awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
He also played Kron the Iguanodon in the 2000 Disney live-action film Dinosaur.
Outside voice acting, Samuel was also a keen stage performer, and played Mufasa in the original run of The Lion King on Broadway.
Musical legend Freddy Marks died at the age of 71 on May 20.
He was best known for starring in children’s programme Rainbow, which ran on TV screens from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Freddy and the other cast members appeared alongside Bungle and Zippy as they regularly played catchy tunes for children.
Back in 2016, Freddy married his co-star Jane at London’s Claridge’s hotel.
Jane was also previously married to bandmate Rod Burton.
Actress Romy Walthall died aged 57 on May 19 after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.
Walthall’s career launched when she won the Mother/Daughter USA pageant in 1980, going on to sign for elite agency Ford Models.
After touring Europe for shoots she discovered a passion for theatrics, and returned to Los Angeles where she started working as an actress.
Her big break came when she was cast in Thief of Hearts in 1984, later landing a role in A Bunny’s Tale.
She also starred as John Travolta’s secretary Kimberly in the cult classic Face/Off.
Walthall also enjoyed success on the small screen, appearing in shows like The X-Files, Love Boat: The Next Wave and Man of the People.
US actor and talk show host Charles Grodin passed away aged 86 on May 18, after a battle with bone marrow cancer.
He was best known for his roles in films like Beethoven and The Heartbreak Kid.
In the mid-90s, he also landed his own talk show, The Charles Grodin Show on CBNC, giving voice to issues of the day.
In the years that followed Grodin stepped out of the spotlight to become a stay-at-home dad to raise his two children.
British actor Tony Armatrading passed away from cancer aged 59 on May 10.
Armatrading was best known for appearing in Notting Hill, and also had a role in a series of Star Wars video games.
He enjoyed an impressive career which included a string of TV appearances including on Channel 4 soap Brookside and iconic police drama The Bill.
As well as his TV roles, he also had a role in the blockbuster film The Saint.
Actress and media personality Tawny Kitaen died aged 59 on May 7.
Tawny was an American actress who played Tom Hanks’ girlfriend in the 1984 film Bachelor Party.
She also starred in the likes of erotic-adventure flick The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik-Yak Witchboard, White Hot and Dead Tides.
She was also a video girl for the rock band Whitesnake in the 1980s, and starred in the music videos for the songs The Deeper the Love, Here I Go Again, Still of the Night and Is This Love.
Aside from acting, Tawny had a somewhat dramatic life, as OJ Simpson admitted he had a year-long affair with her during his relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson.
She was also married to Whitesnake singer David Coverdale between 1989 and 1991, then baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 ti 2002.
Irish actor Tom Hickey passed away aged 77 on May 1.
He had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease back in 2013, according to the Irish Mirror.
Tom was best known for his role as Benjy Riordan on long-running TV series The Riordans for 16 years.
His career spanned more than 60 years, and his biggest jobs included movies such as Breakfast on Pluto and Inside I’m Dancing.
Steel Magnolias and Moonstruck actress Olympia Dukakis passed away at the age of 89 on May 1.
Olympia acted in over 130 stage productions, over 60 films and in 50 TV series.
She shot to fame thanks to her Oscar-winning turn in Moonstruck, where she played the mother of Cher’s character in 1987.
She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her role in Sinatra and Emmy Award nominations for Lucky Day, Joan of Arc and More Tales of the City.
American actor and stuntman Nathan Jung died aged 74 on April 24.
He is best known for his portrayal of Genghis Khan in the original Star Trek series.
Due to his height he was usually cast in ‘heavy’ or ‘enforcer’ type roles during this career.
The six-foot-four actor appeared on M*A*S*H, Starsky & Hutch, General Hospital, and Manimal.
He also had roles in CHiPS, Riptide, and Hunter as well as Sanford and Son where he played Helen Funai’s cousin, Saburyo.
Digital Underground lead singer and rap legend Shock G was found dead in his hotel room at the age of 57 on April 22.
TMZ reported that his cause of death was unknown, but there were reportedly no signs of trauma.
The rap legend was famous for the song The Humpty Dance and his alter ego “Humpty Hump”.
He was also famed for his collaborations with Tupac, featuring on his song I Get Around in 1993.
Former Bay City Rollers frontman Les McKeown passed away suddenly at home aged 65 on April 20.
The Scottish pop singer fronted the Edinburgh band during their most successful period in the 1970s.
Their most successful hits included I Only Wanna Be With You, Bye Bye Baby and Give a Little Love.
Songwriter and music producer Jim Steinman passed away aged 73 on April 19.
He worked on some of the biggest albums of the 20th century, including Meat Loaf’s legendary Bat Out Of Hell.
Over the course of his career, Jim also worked with the likes of Celine Dion and Bonnie Tyler.
Total Eclipse of the Heart, Tyler’s most famous song of all time, was his handiwork.
Acclaimed actress Helen McCrory died aged 52 on April 16 following a battle with cancer.
The British actress was best known for her role as Aunt Polly in Peaky Blinders and and as Narcissa Malfoy in three Harry Potter films.
Helen’s incredible career began in the 1990s when she first appeared in stage productions, including Price And Prejudice and Macbeth.
She went on to star in a number of films and TV shows, including political thriller Roadkill. She was also the voice of Stelmaria in the BBC drama His Dark Materials.
The Sopranos actor Joseph Siravo died at the age of 64 on April 11 following a battle with cancer.
Joe had a number of impressive acting credits to his name, including his role as Tony Soprano’s dad.
He also had roles on the big screen, landing parts in films such as Jennifer Lopez’s Maid in Manhattan, and animated films Shark Tale and The Wild.
Joe also had some theatre credits under his belt, appearing in the first ever Jersey Boys national tour, more than 2000 performances as Angelo DeCarlo.
He also starred in Broadway shows Conversations with My Father, The Boys from Syracuse, The Light in the Piazza and Oslo.
Big Brother Legend Nikki Grahame died at the age of 38 on April 9 after a long battle with anorexia.
The TV legend shot to fame in 2006 when she took part in Big Brother 7 alongside Aisleyne Horgan Wallace and Pete Bennett.
Throughout her life, Nikki had battled insecurities and an eating disorder.
She was very candid about her relationship with food and bravely opened up about her struggles in 2009’s Dying To Be Thin and later Fragile in 2012.
It is understood Nikki was receiving treatment at a private hospital when she passed away.
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, sadly passed away on April 6, Buckingham Palace confirmed.
In a statement, the Palace confirmed: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.
“Further announcements will be made in due course.”
Teen Wolf star James Hampton died aged 84 on April 7 from complications from his battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
His final acting credit dating back to 2016, Hampton spent his twilight years coaching acting students in his hometown of Fort Worth in Texas.
Over the span of his career, Hampton was praised for his talent, earning a Golden Globe nomination in 1975 for the Most Promising Newcomer thanks to his role in The Longest Yard.
Hampton appeared in tens of films and TV shows over the course of his career, but his most notable role was of Harold Howard in the 1985 hit fantasy film Teen Wolf.
Twin Peaks actor Walter Olkewicz died aged 72 on April 6.
For the past two decades he had struggled with a series of health issues including issues with his joints.
Olkewicz had multiple knee operations which resulted in infection leading to him to become bedridden.
This forced him to halt his acting career.
During his long career, he appeared in Steven Spielberg’s 1941 and Joel Schumacher’s 1994 hit The Client.
He also had impressive roles on the small screens, including in Gary David Goldberg’s The Last Resort and in NBC’s Partners in Crime.
Actor Paul Ritter died from a brain tumour aged 54 on April 5.
Paul starred in all six series of Friday Night Dinner, and he was due to appear in the 10th anniversary special later this year.
As well as being well-known for his role of Martin Goodman, he also starred in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince as wizard Eldred Worple.
Paul also starred alongside Daniel Craig in James Bond Quantum of Solace.
As well as receiving praise for his stints on the silver screen, he enjoyed critical acclaim for his stage work, including Coram Boy.
Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter died aged 80 on March 24.
Jessica was well known for playing the formidable Lucille Bluth on comedy series Arrested Development.
She was loved by many and enjoyed an incredible acting career which spanned over five decades.
Jessica starred in numerous television shows, including Murder, She Wrote, Babylon 5, Three’s A Crowd, The Magician and also had a cameo in The Big Bang Theory.
She won her first Emmy for her incredible performance in Ironside spin-off Amy Prentiss.
George Segal passed away on March 23 aged 87 due to “complications from bypass surgery”.
Fan will recognise him as Albert “Pops” Solomon on all eight seasons of ABC sitcom The Goldbergs.
He also famously starred opposite Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in 1967’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
George is also well known for starring as Jack Gallo on NBC’s Just Shoot Me, which earned him two Golden Globe nominations, as well as turns in Bye Bye Braverman, Blume in Love, California Split and Look Who’s Talking.
Houston Tumlin, who was a child actor 15 years ago in Talladega Night: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, died on March 23 aged 28.
Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans told the publication that he had taken his own life inside his home in Pelham, Alabama.
He is best known for playing 10-year-old Walker Bobby, son of Will Ferrell’s character Ricky Bobby in the 2006 comedy film.
Designing Women actor Richard Gilliland died at the age of 71 on March 18 after a “short illness”.
Richard was married to his co-star Jean Smart, and the pair were due to work together this summer in a film called Breaking News in Yuba County.
They met on the Designing Women set in 1986, and Jean said in an interview she had “lured” him to her dressing room on the pretext of helping her with a crossword puzzle.
Richard has starred in many big productions, including Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Night Court, Judging Amy, 24, CSI, Criminal Minds, Dexter, Scandal, Desperate Housewives and Murder, She Wrote.
Yaphet Kotto, who starred in James Bond’s Live and Let Die, died aged 81 on March 15.
He began his career in theatre, making his professional acting debut at the age of 19 in Othello.
Yaphet got his breakthrough when he was cast as the main villain in the James Bond film Live and Let Die, playing Dr. Kananga / Mr. Big, a corrupt Caribbean Prime Minister who doubles as a drug lord.
He went on to star in cult-classic Alien and opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1987’s The Running Man, before starring alongside Robert De Niro in the comedy thriller Midnight Run as FBI Agent Alonzo Mosley.
Country music star Taylor Dee died aged 33 following a car crash in Texas.
The budding artist died from her injuries on March 14.
The country singer had been making a name for herself in the music industry after she had shot to fame in 2019 with her debut album The Buzz.
In an interview with Pro Country, The Buzz hitmaker explained that she had selected that song to show her “fun side”.
Upstairs, Downstairs star Nicola Pagett died “suddenly” at the age of 75 on March 3 after “stoically” battling a brain tumour.
She was best known for playing Elizabeth Bellamy in the 1970s series following the lives of the servants and their masters in London during the 1900s.
Nicola left after the second series, as she didn’t want to be known for just one role.
She also starred in telefilm Frankenstein: The True Story as Elizabeth Fanschawe, and as Anna Karenina in the 1977 miniseries.
She also went on to star in hit films like Operation: Daybreak, There’s a Girl in My Soup, and An Awfully Big Adventure.
Former Coronation Street actor Johnny Briggs died at the age of 85 after a long illness on February 28.
He was best known for playing Mike Baldwin in the ITV soap between 1976 and 2006, appearing in more than 2,300 episodes.
Johnny left after his character died, so that he could spend more time with his family. In recent years Johnny had been splitting his time between his home in North Somerset and Florida.
Actor Ronald Pickup, who is best known for his role as the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel star, died at the age of 81 on February 28 after a long illness.
Ronald began his TV career back in 1964, first training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London before becoming an Associate Member.
His first ever claim to fame was on the BBC’s famous science fiction series Doctor Who, playing a physician in part 4 of The Reign of Terror.
He went on to bag himself the lead role as bachelor Norman Cousins in the Box Office Smash The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film in 2012.
Other film roles included a government official in 1983 James Bond film Never Say Never and Darkest Hour.
Prince Markie Dee
Hip-hop legend Prince Markie Dee, who was part of the 80s rap group The Fat Boys, died aged 52 on February 18.
The musician whose real name is Mark Anthony Morales had also been a successful producer and songwriter during his showbiz career, as well as the Vice-President of the Uncle Louie Music Group.
His group The Fat Boys were crowned the winners of a talent show at New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall and by the time the 90s were approaching, they had quickly become one of the biggest names in rap.
The group went on to release a string of platinum-selling albums including their fourth record, Crushin’, before starring in the comedy film Disorderlies in 1987.
Coronation Street star Frank Mills passed away aged 93 on February 11.
Frank had a minor role as Ivor Mortlake in the ITV soap from 1976, and later rejoined the cast as the iconic Billy Williams, barmaid Betty’s love interest, in 1995.
He also acted in Midsomer Murders, Heartbeat, The Bill, Foyle’s War and The Palace.
Actress Rynagh O’Grady died suddenly aged 67 on February 8.
She was best known for playing shop owner Mary O’Leary in Channel 4’s Father Ted.
Rynagh was greatly respected across the Irish theatre scene and was also known for her directorial and writing skills.
In a statement, obtained by Dublin Live, the Abbey Theatre said: “We were deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of our beloved friend and colleague Rynagh O’Grady.
“We are thinking of her family and all who loved her.”
Singer Mary Wilson died at the age of 76 February 8.
Mary was best known for being one of the founding members of The Supremes at the age of 15.
The trio stayed together until they went their separate ways in 1977.
To this day, the group are still America’s most successful vocal group to date – with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
During the last few years Mary began returning to the spotlight. In 2019 she starred in the 28th season of Dancing With The Stars.
Hollywood legend Christopher Plummer died aged 91 on February 5.
Christopher spent the last 75 years as a stage and screen icon, appearing in more than 100 films.
He is perhaps best known for playing Captain John Von Trapp in the 1965 classic The Sound of Music.
Plummer went on to play the sinister Klingon General Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991.
One of Plummer’s last screen appearances came in 2019 comedy Knives Out, in which he played a mystery novelist who dies under curious circumstances.
Captain Sir Tom Moore
National hero Captain Sir Tom Moore passed away aged 100 on 2 February.
Captain Tom was admitted to hospital on January 12, where he received a pneumonia diagnosis.
His daughter Hannah announced her father had tested positive for coronavirus on January 31, stating he was back in hospital as he needed “additional help with his breathing”.
The WW2 veteran raised over £30 million for the NHS in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Skyrocketing to fame aged 12, Dustin Diamond became a household name thanks to his role as the loveable goofball Screech on Saved By The Ball.
After Saved By The Bell – and its many spin-offs – wrapped, he went on to enjoy a career as a stand-up comic and reality star, even appearing in the British version of Celebrity Big Brother.
Sadly, on February 1, Diamond died aged 44 after a brief battle with lung cancer, as his many fans and peers in the showbiz world paid tribute.
Pioneering actress Cicely Tyson died at the age of 96 on January 28.
Her groundbreaking career as an acclaimed star of film, YV and Broadway productions spanned 70 years.
Cicely started working in fashion in the early 1950s, but it wasn’t until the critically acclaimed 1972 release of Sounder, in which she played Rebecca Morgan, that Tyson’s star profile truly skyrocketed.
She landed many iconic roles, including in Jean Genet’s The Blacks and appearing alongside Sammy Davis Jr in A Man Called Adam.
Legendary American talk show host Larry King died on January 23 at the age of 87.
After years of working in news and sports broadcasting, King went on to launch his namesake Larry King Show in 1987.
In the decades that follow, he became CNN’s biggest star, thanks to Larry King Live, featuring discussions with some of the biggest names in showbiz.
King stepped down from the tole in 2010, telling his audience: “I… I, I don’t know what to say except to you, my audience, thank you. And instead of goodbye, how about so long.”
The Only Way is Essex star Mick Norcross died aged 57 on January 21.
Mick was the owner of Essex nightclub the Sugar Hut which regularly featured in the hit ITV2 series.
The swanky venue was famous for its wild parties and glamorous girls.
Mick left TOWIE in 2013, and went on to be a property developer.
Actress Mira Furlan passed away at the age of 65 on January 20.
Mira was born in the former Yugoslavia, but emigrated to the US in 1991.
Two years later she was cast as Delenn in Babylon 5, staying for five seasons until it ended in 1998.
Mira also starred as Danielle Rousseau in Lost in 2004, appearing in 25 episodes until 2010.
BBC Scotland star Andy Gray died from cancer at the age of 61 on January 18.
The actor played very popular character Pete in River City, which he sadly left in 2018 after being diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer.
Andy also appeared in a variety of other TV shows, including Naked Video, and City Lights.
He played a bank teller who dreamed of being a writer in the 1980s sitcom.
Music producer Phil Spector died at the age of 81 from Covid-related complications on January 16.
Phil had previously worked closely with some of the biggest names in the music industry – including The Beatles.
At the time of his death he was serving a 19 years-to-life sentence after he was found guilty of murdering Lana Clarkson.
Before going to prison, Spector had an incredibly successful career in music, producing the Beatles album Let It Be, and several solo records by the band’s John Lennon and George Harrison.
Magician Siegfried Fischbacher died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer aged 81 on January 13.
The iconic Las Vegas performer was known for his jaw-dropping show containing tigers, alongside his partner Roy.
They were known as the legendary duo Siegfried & Roy, who inseparable both on and off stage for more than six decades.
Roy died in May 2020 aged 75 after complications from Covid-19, after which Siegfried said he had lost his “best friend”.
US soap star John Reilly died aged 84 on January 9.
He rose to fame in 1956 after taking on the role of Dr Dan Stewart on As The World Turns, he later joined General Hospital in 1984, playing Sean Donely for more than 70 episodes.
The Chicago-born star went on to play Alistair Crane between 2005 and 2008 in the hot show Passions, appearing in over 100 episodes.
John’s other credits include shows such as Dallas, Iron Man and Beverly Hills 90210.
Ed Bruce passed away aged 81 on January 8 from natural causes.
He was well known as a country singer, as well as an actor who appeared in the likes of Bret Maverick and The Chisholms.
But the star was perhaps most known for co-writing the famous hit song, Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be, with his then-wife, Patsy, in 1976.
Following on from its success, he went to have an incredibly successful career with six Billboard Top 10 hits in the 1980s, including the 1981 smash, You’re The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had.
American actor Dearon Thompson, known as Deezer, D died aged 55 on January 7 after he was reportedly found “unresponsive” at his home.
The star was best known for his portrayal of Nurse Malik Margrath on the hit series ER, in almost 200 episodes.
The Los Angeles native also starred in hit films such as Fear of a Black Hat from 1994, and the American comedy CB4 alongside Phil Hartman in 1993.
He also ventured into the music industry in 1999 when he released the album Living Up in a Down World.
His latest album Delayed, But Not Denied, which was released in August 2008.
Actress Marion Ramsey died at the age of 73 after a short illness on January 7.
The star was best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in all five of the Police Academy films.
Marion, who was born in Philadelphia, was originally a stage actor and starred on Broadway.
One of her most memorable roles was in the hit 1978 Broadway show Eubie!.
Chef and restauranteur Albert Roux passed away aged 85 on January 4.
Albert was the brother of legendary chef Michel father of Masterchef star Michel Jr, and had been unwell for quite some time.
A statement from the family said: “The Roux family has announced the sad passing of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a while, at the age 85 on 4th January 2021.
“Albert is credited, along with his late brother Michel Roux, with starting London’s culinary revolution with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967.”
Former Bond Girl Tanya Roberts died on January 4 at the age of 65.
In addition to starring in the James Bond franchise, she also had a role in Charlie’s Angels, where she replaced Shelly Hack.
She also appeared in the hit sitcom That 70s Show as Donna Pinciotti’s mum Midge, alongside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.
Roberts all appeared in a number of fantasy adventure films such as The Beastmaster and Hearts and Armour.
Queen of Hammer actress Barbara Shelley died at the age of 88 on January 4.
Barbara rose to fame during the 1950s and 60s for films such as The Gorgon, Dracula, Prince Of Darkness and Rasputin.
She also starred in The Mad Monk, Quatermass And The Pit, as well as Blood Of The Vampire, and Village Of The Damned.
Barbara also appeared in the Doctor Who episode Planet Of Fire, starring Peter Davison as the fifth Doctor.
Gerry Marsden died at the age of 78 on January 3, having suffered a short illness which related to an infection in his heart.
The musician was the frontman of the group Gerry and the Pacemakers, famed for 60s hits such as Ferry Cross the Mersey, amongst others.
The Merseybeat band toured the Liverpool music scene at the same time as The Beatles.
Gerry’s version of You’ll Never Walk Alone became the anthem for his hometown club of Liverpool.
George Gerdes passed away on January 1 after a brain aneurysm at the age of 72.
He rose to fame as a singer-songwriter before making the transition to the small screen in 1968, when he played the role of a thief in Come Back Baby.
George later starred as Pete Taylor in the hit series Our Family Honour, before being cast in Miami Vice.
But his most notable roles were in Grey’s Anatomy, The X-Files and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
British actor Mark Eden died at the age of 92 on January 1 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
Mark was best known for playing Alan Bradley on Coronation Street in the 1980s.
In addition to this role, he also appeared on BBC’s Doctor Who, playing character Marco Polo.
He also starred as Boucher in an episode of detective series Poirot.