Stars Who Died In 2021: Peter Scolari, Willie Garson, Colin Powell & Extra

Peter Scolari, the actor who starred in ‘Bosom Buddies’ alongside a younger Tom Hanks, has handed away at age 66 from most cancers. He joins an inventory of stars who we misplaced too quickly in 2021.

The world misplaced many nice entertainers, politicians and extra in 2021, together with Colin Powell, the primary Black U.S. Secretary of State. Many different stars had been taken from us too quickly, together with Saved By The Bell star, Dustin Diamond, who was simply 44 years outdated when he died on Feb. 1. This yr additionally claimed the lifetime of Larry King, who’s recognizable to only about anybody as a chat present host. That 70s Present star, Tanya Roberts, additionally handed away, together with Hank Aaron and extra. Jazz legend Chick Corea handed away on the age of 76 in February, whereas a fellow music icon — The Supremes founding member Mary Wilson — additionally left us. Learn on to study in regards to the stars who handed this yr.

Peter Scolari


Peter Scolari, finest recognized for starring reverse Tom Hanks on the sitcom Bosom Buddies, died on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, on the age of 66, following a two-year battle with most cancers. His demise was confirmed by his supervisor Ellen Lubin Sanitsky at Wright Leisure, per Selection.

On Bosom Buddies, Peter and Tom performed Henry (Scolari) and Kip (Hanks), two younger skilled New Yorkers who work at an promoting company. They adopted drag personas as a way to transfer into a reasonable women-only residence, the Susan B. Anthony Resort. The present ran for 2 seasons on ABC, and was credited for launching each of their careers. Peter gained an Emmy in 2016 for his portrayal of Tad Horvath on Women, the daddy of Lena Dunham’s character. He was additionally nominated thrice for supporting actor Emmys for his position as Michael Harris on Newhart, Bob Newhart’s CBS comedy. Peter is survived by his spouse, Tracy Shayne, and their youngsters Nicholas, Joseph, Keaton, and Cali.

Colin Powell

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Colin Powell died from coronavirus issues on Oct. 18. (Michael Reynolds/EPA/Shutterstock)

Colin Powell’s household confirmed on Oct. 18, 2021 that the previous U.S. Secretary of State died from issues on account of COVID-19. He was 84 years outdated on the time of his demise. The household famous that Colin was totally vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus, however nonetheless suffered points from the horrific illness. “We misplaced a outstanding and loving husband, father, grandfather and an incredible American,” their assertion learn.

Willie Garson

Willie Garson
Willie Garson (Photograph: Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

Willie Garson, an actor finest recognized for enjoying Stanford Blatch in Intercourse and the Metropolis, died on Sept. 21 after battling pancreatic most cancers. The tragic information was confirmed by his son, Nathen Garson. “I love you a lot papa. Relaxation in peace and I’m so glad you bought to share all of your adventures with me and had been in a position to accomplish a lot. I’m so pleased with you,” Nathen stated. Willie was 57 when he handed, and he had filmed scenes for the upcoming Intercourse and the Metropolis revival, And Simply Like That, earlier than his demise.

After information of Willie’s demise broke, a lot of his Intercourse and the Metropolis co-stars, together with Kim CattrallCynthia Nixon, Mario Cantone, and Chris Noth, posted tributes about their beloved Willie. HBO shared a press release as properly, saying, “Willie Garson was in life, as on display, a faithful good friend and a shiny mild for everybody in his universe. He created probably the most beloved characters from the HBO pantheon and was a member of our household for almost twenty-five years.”

Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald. Picture: Jim Smeal/BEI/Shutterstock

Norm Macdonald, a comic, actor and former solid member of Saturday Night time Dwell, died at age 61 after a personal, nine-year battle with most cancers. Norm’s administration agency Brillstein Leisure confirmed the information to Deadline on September 14. After Norm’s passing was made public, stars like Seth Rogen and Jim Carrey paid tribute to him, and remembered him for his iconic work in comedy.

“Oh f**ok. I used to be an enormous fan of Norm Macdonald and I basically ripped off his supply after I first began performing,” Seth said on Twitter. “I might keep up particularly to observe him on discuss reveals. He was the funniest visitor of all time. We misplaced a comedy large immediately. One of many the all time greats. RIP.” In the meantime, Jim wrote, “My expensive good friend Norm MacDonald handed after a courageous 10 yr battle. He was one in every of our most treasured gems. An sincere and brave comedy genius. I like him.”

Jane Powell

Jane Powell. Picture: Carolyn Contino/BEI/Shutterstock

Hollywood is mourning the lack of one in every of its Golden Period film stars.Jane Powell sadly handed away on the age of 92 at her dwelling in Wilton, Connecticut, on September 16. Her good friend Susan Granger confirmed the unhappy information to the New York Occasions and the Related Press. The actress, who was born Suzanne Lorraine Burce, broke into the business after her flip in 1944’s Music of the Open Street. She is arguably finest recognized for her position in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and for starring reverse Fred Astaire in Royal Marriage ceremony.

Michael Okay. Williams

Michael Okay. Williams. Picture: Stewart Cook dinner/Shutterstock

Michael Okay. Williams sadly handed away on the age of 54. The actor, who was finest recognized for his lengthy working position on HBO’s The Wire, was present in his front room in New York Metropolis on Sept. 6, 2021. “We responded to his residence at 440 Kent Ave at 2pm. He was discovered deceased in his front room. The medical expert will decide the reason for demise,” Lt. John Grimpel of NYP’s Media Relations Division stated by way of electronic mail.

Followers would recall Michael performed Omar Little on the favored HBO Sequence which ran from 2002 to 2007. The character was recognized to be a ‘stick up’ man within the metropolis of Baltimore who focused street-level drug sellers. “Mike is a wonderful man, however a gangster he isn’t,” Williams mirrored on his character again in 2015.

Michael Constantine

Michael Constantine. Picture: Dave Allocca/Starpix/Shutterstock

My Large Fats Greek Life actor Michael Constantine, who was best-known for enjoying the proud father in My Large Fats Greek Marriage ceremony, died on the age of 94. He performed Seymour Kaufman within the 1970 ABC collection Room 222, for which he gained an Emmy, nevertheless it was his flip as household patriarch Gus Portokalos that cemented his placve in Hollywood historical past. He handed away in Studying, Pennsylvania, on August 31 following a protracted sickness, his agent, Julia Buchwald confirmed.

Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory attends the ‘Quiz’ TV present photocall on the Soho Resort in London on February 24, 2020 [Anthony Harvey/Shutterstock].

Helen McCrory was revered and beloved by generations of audiences for her work in movies like The Queen, The Depend of Monte Cristo, and the Harry Potter franchise. On April 16, her expensive husband, actor Damian Lewis, shared the heartbreaking information that Helen had handed away following a personal battle with most cancers. “I’m heartbroken to announce that after a heroic battle with most cancers, the gorgeous and mighty girl that’s Helen McCrory has died peacefully at dwelling, surrounded by a wave of affection from family and friends,” he wrote. “She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and understand how fortunate we’re to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thanks.”



DMX, who rose to fame within the ’90s as a legendary rapper who additionally acted, was solely 50 years when he handed away on April 9, 2021. He died every week after struggling a coronary heart assault inside his New York dwelling; DMX’s lawyer, Murray Richman, confirmed the center assault however didn’t know what had triggered it.

DMX’s demise was additionally confirmed in a press release from his household: “We’re deeply saddened to announce immediately that our beloved one, DMX, start identify of Earl Simmons, handed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital together with his household by his aspect after being positioned on life assist for the previous few days. Earl was a warrior who fought until the very finish.” You may learn the total assertion given to PEOPLE, right here.

DMX’s debut album launched his debut album It’s Darkish and Hell is Scorching in 1998, which offered a formidable 251,000 copies within the U.S. inside the first week of its launch. He went on to launch seven extra studio albums all through his lifetime. DMX’s most well-known songs embody “X Gon’ Give It to Ya,” “The place the Hood At?” and “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.”

Prince Philip

Prince Phillip

Prince Philip, who additionally glided by his royal title The Duke of Edinburgh, was 99 years outdated when he handed away on April 9, 2021. “It’s with deep sorrow that her Majesty the Queen declares the demise of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness handed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Palace. Additional bulletins might be made sooner or later. The Royal Household will be part of folks world wide in mourning his loss,” Buckingham Palace wrote in a press release.

Philip had been Queen Elizabeth II‘s husband since 1947, and collectively they welcomed 4 youngsters: Charles, the Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, Anne, Princess Royal, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. He was additionally the grandfather of Prince Harry, Prince William, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Zara Tindall, James, Viscount Seven, Girl Louise Windsor and Peter Phillips.

Philip got here from Greek and Danish royalty as a member of the Home of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.

Beverly Cleary

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Beverly Cleary seen after receiving Nationwide Medal of the Arts from President George W. Bush presents a Nationwide Medal of the Arts to throughout a ceremony within the Oval Workplace on the White Home in Washington Photograph credit score: Shutterstock.

Beloved youngsters’s writer Beverly Cleary handed away on the ripe outdated age of 104 on March 25, 2021. She began out as a youngsters’s librarian and started writing books in 1950 after her younger patrons couldn’t discover any books that associated to their very own lives as elementary faculty college students. Beverly ended up penning the traditional collection on Henry Huggins, in addition to his neighbors Beezus and Ramona Quimby. Her over books have offered 85 million copies and been translated into 29 languages, displaying that her great storytelling was beloved world wide.

Jessica Walter

Jessica Walter on the Walt Disney Tv Upfront Presentation on the Tavern on the Inexperienced in New York on Might 14, 2019 [Shutterstock].

Beloved actress Jessica Walter handed away on the age of 80 years outdated on March 24 at her dwelling in New York Metropolis, Deadline reported on March 25. Jessica’s profession spanned greater than 5 many years, incomes followers from a number of generations from her work in collection like Amy PrentissTrapper John, M.D., Arrested Improvement, and the animated collection Archer. In 1975, Jessica earned the Emmy Award for Excellent Actress in a Restricted Sequence for her position Amy Prentiss.

Within the latter half of her profession, Jessica was finest recognized for her position as Lucille Bluth on the comedy collection Arrested Improvement. For her work, Jessica earned an Emmy nomination for Excellent Supporting Actress in a Comedy Sequence in 2005. Alongside along with her outstanding profession on display, she additionally served because the 2nd Nationwide Vice President of the Display Actors Guild, per Deadline. She was additionally elected to the SAG Board of Administrators for greater than a decade.

Jessica is survived by her daughter, Brooke Bowman, and grandson, Micah Heymann. “It’s with a heavy coronary heart that I verify the passing of my beloved mother Jessica,” Brooke shared in a press release obtained by Deadline. “A working actor for over six many years, her biggest pleasure was bringing pleasure to others by means of her storytelling each on display and off. Whereas her legacy will dwell on by means of her physique of labor, she will even be remembered by many for her wit, class and total joie de vivre.”

George Segal

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George Segal handed away on account of issues from bypass surgical procedure on Mar. 23. (Shutterstock)

The Goldbergs star George Segal sadly handed away on the age of 87 on Mar. 23. The actor, who performed Albert “Pops” Solomon on the collection, died from “issues of bypass surgical procedure”, based on his spouse Sonia. “The household is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal handed away on account of issues from bypass surgical procedure,” she wrote in a press release, Selection reported.

George’s longtime supervisor additionally commented on his demise, saying, “I’m saddened by the truth that my shut good friend and consumer of a few years has handed away. I’ll miss his heat, humor, camaraderie and friendship. He was a beautiful human.”

George is thought for showing all eight seasons of The Goldbergs, and has had success in his profession over time, even incomes an Academy Award nomination for Greatest Supporting Actor for his work within the 1966 movie Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Born in Nice Neck, NY, he additionally appeared in a number of different movies, tv collection, and Broadway reveals over time, together with Bye Bye Braverman, A Contact of Class, The Owl and the Pussycat, The place’s Poppa?, Look Who’s Speaking, and lots of extra.

Elgin Baylor

Elgin Baylor
Elgin Baylor. Picture: Shutterstock

Former Lakers star Elgin Baylor handed away on the age of 86 on March 22 from pure causes, his spouse, Elaine Baylor, informed the NBA in a press release. “Elgin was the love of my life and my finest good friend,” stated Elaine. “And like everybody else, I used to be in awe of his immense braveness, dignity and the time he gave to all followers. At the moment we ask that I and our household be allowed to mourn his passing in privateness.”

Elgin was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1958 and was named Rookie of the 12 months. He would go on to play 14 seasons for the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers, when the crew moved to California. Elgin NBA All-Star honors 11 occasions earlier than retiring from basketball in 1971. However he didn’t depart the league behind. Elgin additionally served as a coach for the New Orleans Jazz and Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Clippers.

He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Corridor of Fame in 1977. His No. 22 jersey was retired by the Lakers in 1983; a statue honoring Elgin was unveiled in 2018 on the Staples Middle. He’s survived by Elaine and three youngsters: daughters Krystal and Alison, and son Alan.

Chick Corea

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Chick Corea died from a “uncommon type of most cancers” on Feb. 9, 2021. (Photograph Credit score: AP)

Chick Corea, a well-known pianist and composer who had a legendary impression on jazz, sadly handed away at 79 years outdated on Feb. 9. He died from “a uncommon type of most cancers” that was “solely found very lately,” which the music icon’s crew shared on his Fb web page two days after his passing. Main as much as his demise, Chick penned a heartfelt message for his followers:

“I need to thank all of these alongside my journey who’ve helped preserve the music fires burning shiny. It’s my hope that those that have an inkling to play, write, carry out or in any other case, accomplish that. If not for your self then for the remainder of us. It’s not solely that the world wants extra artists, it’s additionally simply plenty of enjoyable.”

Chick, who composed classics like “Spain” and “500 Miles Excessive,” continued, “And to my wonderful musician mates who’ve been like household to me so long as I’ve recognized you: It has been a blessing and an honor studying from and enjoying with all of you. My mission has at all times been to carry the enjoyment of making anyplace I may, and to have accomplished so with all of the artists that I like so dearly—this has been the richness of my life.”

Larry Flynt

‘Hustler’ journal founder Larry Flynt indicators copies for followers. Photograph credit score: AP

Iconic Hustler journal founder Larry Flynt handed away from coronary heart failure at his Hollywood Hills dwelling on Feb. 9, 2021. He was 78-years-old. Flynt based the graphic grownup magazine in 1974, and consequently grew to become the goal of numerous obscenity instances. He was a champion of First Modification rights, and one in every of his authorized battles made all of it the way in which to the Supreme Courtroom in 1981. Larry had been confirmed to a wheelchair since a 1978 assassination try the place he was shot. He was a frequent critic of Donald Trump and brazenly supported Hillary Clinton within the 2016 presidential election. Flynt’s biggest concern was {that a} Republican would pack the Supreme Courtroom with conservatives, which is what Trump did by naming three arch-conservative judges Brett KavanaughNeil Gorsuch and Amy Coney-Barrett to the excessive courtroom for all times, tipping the stability of SCOTUS in favor of proper wing points.

Mary Wilson

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Mary Wilson died on Feb. 8, 2021 on the age of 76. (Tammie Arroyo / / MEGA)

Mary Wilson, who was a founding member of The Supremes, “handed away immediately” on the night of Feb. 8, 2021, her publicist confirmed. She was at dwelling in Nevada and surrounded by her daughter, son, grandchildren, sister and brother. The circumstances of her demise weren’t initially revealed, however her publicist did verify that funeral and memorial companies might be non-public as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Mary was a Motown legend, who helped open the door for future artists.

Christopher Plummer

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Christopher Plummer. Picture: AP Pictures

A real Hollywood icon Christopher Plummer handed away at 91, his household confirmed to Deadline on February 5. He handed peacefully at his dwelling in Connecticut, with Elaine Taylor, his spouse of 53 years, dutifully by his aspect. In a press release to Deadline, Lou Pitt, his longtime good friend and supervisor of 46 years stated; “Chris was a rare man who deeply beloved and revered his occupation with nice outdated vogue manners, self deprecating humor and the music of phrases. He was a Nationwide Treasure who deeply relished his Canadian roots. By means of his artwork and humanity, he touched all of our hearts and his legendary life will endure for all generations to return. He’ll eternally be with us.”

Christopher was finest recognized for his roles in motion pictures like Knives Out, All The Cash In The World, and Newbies, for which he acquired an Academy Award for Greatest Supporting Actor in 2012. Nonetheless, he’ll seemingly be finest recognized for his position Captain Von Trapp alongside Julie Andrews in The Sound Of Music. 

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond. Picture: SplashNews

On Feb. 1, 2021, Dustin Diamond’s rep confirmed to HollywoodLife that the actor had died at simply 44 years outdated. The unhappy information got here simply three weeks after Dustin came upon that he had been recognized with carcinoma, in any other case often known as lung most cancers. His illness was already in stage IV on the time of his analysis, and he instantly started chemotherapy. Dustin confirmed his most cancers analysis to followers on Jan. 14, however his well being quickly started to say no. Sadly, the most cancers unfold rapidly, and Dustin was useless simply two and a half weeks later.

Larry King

Larry King. Picture: MEGA

Iconic TV character Larry King, 87, sadly died on January 23. The longtime host had been hospitalized in early January 2021 as he battled COVID-19, and the tragic information of his demise was introduced on his Twitter account. “With profound unhappiness, Ora Media declares the demise of our co-founder, host, and good friend Larry King, who handed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Middle in Los Angeles,” the tweet learn. Larry rose to fame with the all-night nationwide call-in radio program, The Larry King Present which ran from 1978 to 1994. He quickly grew to become a family identify due to his present Larry King Dwell on CNN, which was recognized for its unique interviews with among the largest stars on the earth.

Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron. Picture: AP

Baseball Corridor of Fame legend Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron has sadly handed away on the age of 86. The Main League Baseball star, whose 755 profession dwelling runs lengthy stood because the league’s file, died on January 22. The Atlanta Braves revealed in a press release that Hank died peacefully in his sleep. “We’re completely devastated by the passing of our beloved Hank,” the crew’s chairman Terry McGuirk stated. “He was a beacon for our group first as a participant, then with participant improvement, and at all times with our neighborhood efforts. His unbelievable expertise and resolve helped him obtain the best accomplishments, but he by no means misplaced his humble nature. Henry Louis Aaron wasn’t simply our icon, however one throughout Main League Baseball and world wide. His success on the diamond was matched solely by his enterprise accomplishments off the sector and capped by his extraordinary philanthropic efforts.”

Siegfried Fischbacher

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Siegfried Fischbacher. Picture: AP

Siegfried Fischbacher, who was one-half of the German-American massive cat illusionist act Siegfried and Roy, died on January 13 at his dwelling in Las Vegas. He was 81 when he handed away following a battle with pancreatic most cancers. The Sin Metropolis famous person lately underwent an operation to take away a tumor, and was launched from hospital simply weeks earlier than his demise, a rep for the legendary magician informed The Submit. His passing comes simply eight months after his longtime stage associate Roy Horn died of issues associated to COVID-19. The pair met on board a cruise ship in 1957, bonding over Roy’s pet cheetah. Their act, which was half magic present, half tiger-taming, launched in Las Vegas within the late 60s, and had a 14-year run on the Mirage Resort & On line casino. Their residency stays probably the most profitable in Vegas historical past, and catapulted the pair to world stardom.

Angie Jakusz

Angie Jakusz. Picture: CBS

Survivor star Angie Jakusz sadly misplaced her battle with most cancers on the age of 40. The tragic information was confirmed by an obituary printed by her household on Louisiana information web site, noting that she died on January 8. “Angie was an extremely passionate individual with a rare lust for all times,” the obituary learn. “Whether or not she was stitching, portray, drawing, doing nail artwork or make-up, costuming, studying, snorkeling, scuba diving, touring or simply elevating hell, she did it lovingly and with laser precision.” She was simply 25-years-old when she competed on the extreme actuality present in 2005, and was later recognized with a uncommon type of squamous cell colorectal most cancers in 2017.

John Reilly

John Reilly. Picture: MEGA

Iconic cleaning soap opera star John Reilly sadly handed away on the age of 86. The “Basic Hospital” actor died on January 9, his daughter Caitlin Reilly confirmed. “John Henry Matthew Reilly AKA Jack. The brightest mild on the earth has gone out,” she wrote in an Instagram publish. “Think about the perfect individual on the earth. Now think about that individual being your dad. I’m so grateful he was mine.” His three-decade lengthy profession included an 11-year stint as Sean Donely on “Basic Hospital” together with appearances on “Because the World Turns,” “Sundown Seaside,” “Passions” and “Dallas.”

Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts
Tanya Roberts. Picture: AP

That 70s Present star Tanya Roberts sadly handed away on January 4 on the age of 65. The circumstances surrounding her demise had been complicated to say the least. It was reported on January 3 that she had died after collapsing in her dwelling on Christmas Eve. Her associate Lance O’Brien believed she had handed away, telling TMZ, “As I held her in her final moments, she opened her eyes.” Simply sooner or later later, her rep Mike Pingel informed the outlet that Tanya was really alive. Regardless of the seemingly pleased information, the TV star died later that night time. Tributes poured in from mates and former co-stars, like Topher Grace who tweeted, “I used to be so unhappy to listen to that Tanya Roberts has handed away. She was a Bond lady, one in every of Charlie’s Angels, and really a pleasant individual to work with. I had by no means acted earlier than and, to be sincere, a little bit nervous round her. However she couldn’t have been kinder. We’ll miss you Midge.”

Kerry Vincent

Meals Community decide Kerry Vincent sadly died on January 2 on the age of 75. The “Meals Community Problem” decide, and “Save My Bakery”,  host was often known as the “Queen of Truffles”. Her demise was introduced by the Oklahoma State Sugar Artwork Present, a nonprofit group she co-founded. “It’s with nice unhappiness that I’ve to report the passing of Kerry Vincent earlier this night. Being a really non-public individual when it got here to all issues not cake, she didn’t need to put her sickness on the market to the general public,” the publish learn. “Sadly her combat has come to an finish however she is going to now not have any ache. She might be sorely missed by all who she has touched by means of the Sugar Arts in addition to personally.”

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