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Celebrity deaths from coronavirus: Stars who died of COVID-19 (list) –

As the list of celebrities with coronavirus grows, so does the number of stars who died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Here are the most famous people dead from coronavirus or related complications:

Andrew JackTMZ reports the celebrity dialect coach and actor, who played Major Ematt in the “Star Wars” movies, died of complications from coronavirus on March 31. The 76-year-old Hollywood veteran worked on dialects and accents with big names like Viggo Mortensen, Christian Bale, and Robert Downey, Jr. and was credited in “Avengers: Endgame,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Men in Black: International,” and “Die Another Day.”

Joe Diffie — The Grammy-winning country singer, known for hits like “Third Rock from the Sun” and “John Deere Green,” died March 29 of complications from coronavirus. He was 61.

Maria Mercader — The CBS News producer and TV journalist died March 29 of coronavirus at age 54. Mercader “courageously fought cancer and related illnesses for 20 years, enduring numerous treatments and surgeries,” CBS said in a statement.

Alan Merrill — The Arrows guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, best known for co-writing “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” (famously covered by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts), died March 29 of complications from coronavirus.

Ken Shimura — The Japanese comedian died March 29 after a weeks-long battle with coronavirus. He was 70.

Mark Blum — The stage and film actor, best known for roles in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” died of complications from the coronavirus on March 26. Blum was 69.

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Mark Blum attends the “Desperately Seeking Susan” 25th anniversary screening at Furman Gallery on September 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Getty Images)Getty Images

Floyd Cardoz — Cardoz competed on “Top Chef,” won “Top Chef Masters,” and operated successful restaurants in both India and New York. The chef died in New Jersey on March 25 of complications from the coronavirus, his company said. He was 59.

Terrence McNally –The Tony-winning playwright died March 24 of complications from coronavirus. He was 81. McNally, whose credits included “Master Class,” “The Ritz,” “Love! Valor! Compassion!” and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic COPD before getting COVID-19.

Manu Dibango — The African jazz-funk saxophone legend died of coronavirus on March 24. He was 86. Dibango, who was born in Cameroon and moved to Paris at 15, was best known for the 1972 hit “Soul Makossa,” sampled by Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” plus songs by Will Smith, Kanye West, Rihanna and A Tribe Called Quest.

Lucia Bosé — The Italian actress, who appeared in more than 50 movies including Fellini’s “Satyricon,” died March 23 at age 89. Spanish reports said she died of pneumonia and was infected with COVID-19.

Other notable deaths from coronavirus or complications of COVID-19 include:

  • Dave Edwards, former basketball player at Georgetown and Texas A&M
  • Lee Green, former St. John’s basketball player, police officer, and Brooklyn DJ, at age 49
  • Orlando McDaniel, former LSU football star and Denver Broncos player, at age 59
  • Michael Sorkin, New York architect and author, at age 71
  • Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor that first tried to warn of coronavirus in Wuhan

More than 800,000 people have been infected with coronavirus worldwide, including more than 164,000 in the U.S. According to Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 has caused more than 39,000 deaths globally.

Celebrities with coronavirus: See the list (updated)


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