Baseball Legend Hank Aaron and More Stars We’ve Lost in 2021


It’s never easy to say goodbye. Scroll down to see Us Weekly‘s tribute to the celebrities who died in 2021.

Cicely Tyson

The legendary actress, who was best known for her roles in Sounder and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, died at age 96 on January 28.


Cloris Leachman

The Mary Tyler Moore Show alum died at her home in California on January 27. Her rep confirmed the news to Us, saying Leachman passed in her sleep. She was 94. The actress, who appeared on Malcolm in the Middle and Raising Hope and starred in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Young Frankenstein, and Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, died of natural causes.

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Song Yoo-jung

The South Korean actress and model died at age 26 on January 23. Her agency remembered her as a “wonderful actress” with a “bright smile.” The cause of death was not immediately known.

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Larry King

The longtime TV and radio host, who was hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier in the month, died on January 23 at age 87. “With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” a statement shared via King’s Twitter account read. “Ora Media sends our condolences to his surviving children Larry, Jr., Chance, Cannon and the entire King family. Funeral arrangements and a memorial service will be announced later in coordination with the King family, who ask for their privacy at this time.” 

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Angie Jakusz

The Survivor alum died in New Orleans following a long battle with cancer on January 8. She was 40. “Angie was an incredibly passionate person with an extraordinary lust for life,” her loved ones wrote in an obituary published via Nola.com. “Whether she was sewing, painting, drawing, doing nail art or makeup, costuming, reading, snorkeling, scuba diving, traveling or just raising hell, she did it lovingly and with laser precision. She was a founding member of the New Orleans Noise Coalition and had been a contestant on season 10 of Survivor.”

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Joanne Rogers

The musician, the widow of Fred Rogers, died in Pittsburgh on January 14. She was 92. No cause of death was given at the time. “Fred Rogers Productions is deeply saddened by the passing of Joanne Rogers. The loving partner of Fred Rogers for more than 50 years, she continued their shared commitment to supporting children and families after his death as chair of the board of Fred Rogers Productions,” Fred Rogers Productions wrote in a statement. “Joanne was a brilliant and accomplished musician, a wonderful advocate for the arts, and a dear friend to everyone in our organization. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Joanne’s family and the thousands of people who had the privilege of knowing and loving her.”

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Peter Mark Richman

The actor died of natural causes at his home in Woodland Hills, California, on January 14. He was 93. The actor had more than 130 television credits, including recurring roles on Three’s Company and Dynasty. Suzanne Somers, who played his daughter on Three’s Company, said in a statement: “Comedy is musical. Peter Mark Richman and I understood the music from the very first time we appeared together on Three’s Company. He knew his ‘stuff.’ We lost a good one. Rest In Peace Peter Mark Richman.”

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Phil Spector

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed on January 17 that the music producer died “of natural causes” on January 16 while at “an outside hospital.” According to the release, “His official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner in the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.” Spector, who was 81 at the time of his death, was serving 19 years to life in prison after being convicted of actress Lana Clarkson’s murder in 2009.

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John Reilly

The General Hospital alum’s daughter Caitlin Reilly announced on January 10 that he had died at age 86. “I’m so grateful he was mine. I’m so grateful I got to love him. I’m so grateful I made it in time to hold him and say goodbye,” the TikTok personality wrote via Instagram.

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Deezer D

The actor, born Dearon Thompson, died on January 7 at the age of 55 after being found unresponsive at his Los Angeles home, TMZ reported. Deezer D was best known for playing nurse Malik McGrath on ER. Following his passing, many of his former costars including Noah Wyle paid tribute to him via social media. “I lost a dear friend yesterday,” Wyle wrote on January 8 via Instagram. “He was one of the most creative and charismatic men I’ve ever known and his gospel of positivity pulled us both up from many a dark place. I will miss him terribly.”

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Tommy Lasorda

The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager, who won two World Series titles with the team and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997, died at age 93 on January 7. He suffered a sudden heart attack at home and was pronounced dead an hour later at the hospital.

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Marion Ramsey

The former Broadway star died on January 7 at the age of 73. The actress, who was best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in the Police Academy franchise, had been ill in the days leading up to her death, Deadline reported.

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Tanya Roberts

The actress, who was best known for her appearance as a Bond girl opposite Roger Moore in 1985’s A View to a Kill and for playing Midge Pinciotti on That ’70s Show, collapsed at her home on Christmas Eve after walking her dogs. She was taken to the hospital and put on a ventilator. While her rep initially claimed she died on January 3, Roberts’ partner, Lance O’Brien, later learned while filming an interview with Inside Edition on January 4 that she was still alive. News broke on January 5 that Roberts ultimately didn’t recover and had indeed passed away.


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George Gerdes

The actor — known for his work in A Few Good Men, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The X-Files, Bosch and Grey’s Anatomy — died at age 72 on New Year’s Day after suffering a brain aneurysm. His life partner, Judy Johns, confirmed the news to The Hollywood Reporter three days later.

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Kerry Vincent

The Food Network Challenge judge died on January 2 at the age of 75 from an undisclosed illness.

“It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Kerry Vincent earlier this evening,” read a statement on the Facebook page for the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, a nonprofit organization that the Australian baker and cake designer co-founded. “Being a very private person when it came to all things not cake, she did not want to put her illness out there to the public. Unfortunately her fight has come to an end but she will no longer have any pain. She will be sorely missed by all who she has touched through the Sugar Arts as [well] as personally. There will be no services per her request. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”


Gerry Marsden

The lead singer of the British band Gerry and the Pacemakers died on January 3 after a short illness. He was 78. Marsden and his band came to fame in the early 1960s with hits including “Ferry Across the Mersey” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” The singer’s daughter, Yvette Marbeck, said that her father went into the hospital on December 26 after tests showed that he had a blood infection that had traveled to his heart. “It was a very short illness and too quick to comprehend really,” she told the Press Association. “He was our dad, our hero, warm, funny and what you see is what you got.”

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