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Celebrities who died in 2021

As 2021 draws to a close, we will fondly remember all those who have sadly lost their lives during the year. Today we look back at some of the famous people who have died during the year.


  • Larry King (1933-2021)

The legendary broadcaster died in January aged 87. He died in hospital in Los Angeles, a few weeks after contracting coronavirus. However later US media reports said his cause of death was sepsis.

  • Gerry Marsden (1942-2021)

The lead singer of the band, Gerry and the Pacemakers passed away aged 78. He was famous for singing You'll Never Walk Alone, a Liverpool Football Club anthem and played at many a funeral over the years!


  • Dustin Diamond (1977-2021)

Best known for his role as Screech in Saved by the Bell, Dustin died aged 44, following a battle with stage 4 cancer.

  • Captain Sir Tom Moore (1921-2021)

The 100 year old national treasure, who raised almost £33m for the NHS by walking laps of his garden during the pandemic, died in February from coronavirus. His daughters Lucy and Hannah Moore said "The last year of our father's life was nothing short of remarkable, he was rejuvenated and experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of."

  • Christopher Plummer (1930-2021)

Best known for playing Captain von Trapp in the Sound of Music, the actor died at home aged 91 with his wife at his side.


  • Murray Walker (1923-2021)

The Formula 1 broadcaster died aged 97, following a 50 year career in broadcasting.


  • Alber Elbaz (1961-2021)

Fashion designer at Lanvin, Alber died from coronavirus aged 59.

  • Les McKeown (1955-2021)

Former lead vocalist for the Bay City Rollers, Les McKeown, died aged 65. His family did not disclose the cause of death and asked for “privacy after the shock of our profound loss.”

  • Helen McCrory (1968-2021)

The actress who starred in the Harry Potter and the James Bond franchises died in April aged 52. The wife of Damian Lewis died from cancer.

  • DMX (1970-2021)

The rapper died, aged 50, following a drug overdose earlier in the month that had left him in a vegetative state.

  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021)

Britain's Prince Philip died in April aged 99. The husband of Queen Elizabeth passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle.

  • Paul Ritter (1966-2021)

The British actor died of a brain tumour aged 54 at home surrounded by his family.

  • Nikki Grahame (1982-2021)

Nikki shot to fame following an appearance in Big Brother in 2006. She was well known for her rants and tantrums. She died aged 38 following a long-running battle with eating disorders.


  • Samuel E Wright (1946-2021)

Samuel, famous for voicing the legendary crab Sebastian in the Little Mermaid film died aged 74 at his home in New York in May.

  • Charles Grodin (1935-2021)

Aged 86, the iconic Hollywood actor died of bone marrow cancer at his home in the US. He was best known for his role in the film Beethoven.

  • Norman Lloyd (1914-2021)

At the age of 106, Norman died at his Los Angeles home. He starred in the film 'Dead Poets Society'.


  • Charlie Watts (1941-2021)

The Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie, died in hospital in August 2021 aged 80 years.

  • Sean Lock (1963-2021)

The UK's funny man, Sean Lock, passed away at home from cancer in August 2021.


  • Willie Garson (1964-2021)

Famous for his portrayal of Stanford Blatch in the Sex and the City films and series, he died aged 57 on 21 September.

  • Michael K Williams (1966-2021)

Michael, aged 54, was discovered at his US home on 6 September following a suspected drugs overdose. He was famous for his acting role in 'The Wire'.

  • Sarah Harding (1981-2021)

Following her year long battle with cancer, the Girls Aloud singer Sarah died peacefully at home in September aged 39 years.


  • Halyna Hutchins (1979-2021)

The death of Halyna Hutchins shocked the world, when she died on the set of the film, Rust, after a gun held by Alec Baldwin went off during a rehearsal. As a cinematographer, aged 42 years, her colleagues paid tribute to her 'brilliant talent'.

  • James Michael Tyler (1962-2021)

Best known for his role as Gunther in the tv series Friends, James died peacefully at home in Los Angeles, aged 59, following a battle with prostate cancer.

  • Sir David Amess (1952-2021)

David was killed tragically in October, following a stabbing at his constituency surgery. Having been an MP for 38 years, David was 69 at the time of his death.


  • Lionel Blair (1928-2021)

Lionel Blair's career spanned seven decades. He was an entertainer, an actor, tap dancer and is probably best known for his role as team captain on TV gameshow Give Us A Clue. He died aged 92.


  • Michael Nesmith (1942-2021)

Michael found fame with the pop group The Monkees in the 1960s. He died, aged 78, having just completed a farewell tour.

  • Carlos Marin (1968-2021)

The Il Divo singer, Carlos, died aged 53, having been taken to hospital in Manchester.

  • Desmond Tutu (1931-2021)

Desmond Tutu was an anti-apartheid veteran, who spoke out against the country's previous brutal system of oppression against black people. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.