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While many stars are recovering from coronavirus (COVID-19) as citizens around the world endure this unprecedented pandemic, others have sadly not been as fortunate.
We’ve lost a number of talented musicians, actors and writers who have succumbed to the virus or complications caused by the virus.
Read below to learn more about some of the entertainers who’ve died over the past few weeks from coronavirus.
The Emmy- and Grammy-winning musician and songwriter, who was also known for his work on the TV show “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” died on April 1 at a hospital in upstate New York, his longtime lawyer Josh Grier told The Associated Press. He was in his early 50s.
His rep, Jill McCullough, confirmed the news to the Evening Standard, stating that he died in a hospital outside of London and his family was not able to be with him in the U.K. because they are quarantined in Australia.
“Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away on Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19),” a statement from Diffie’s rep read. “His family respects their privacy at this time.”
He was diagnosed with pneumonia after contracting COVID-19. Shimura was hospitalized on March 20 after developing a fever and breathing troubles and was put on a ventilator. He reportedly tested positive for the virus on March 23.
One of America’s great playwrights, whose prolific career included winning multiple Tony Awards, died of complications from the coronavirus.
Terrence McNally – known for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” and the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” – was 81.
McNally died on March 24 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., according to representative Matt Polk.
Actor Mark Blum, known for his work in theater as well as in films “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee” and the Netflix series “You,” died on March 25 at age 69 due to complications from the coronavirus.
The author, restaurateur and winner of “Top Chef Masters” went to the hospital as a “precautionary measure” in mid-March after he was “feeling feverish,” he wrote in an Instagram post. He later tested positive for COVID-19.
Julie Bennett, who voiced Cindy Bear in “The Yogi Bear Show” cartoons, died on March 31 from complications due to coronavirus.
The actress passed away while hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after being diagnosed, according to her talent agent Mark Scroggs. She was 88 years old.
Actress Patricia Bosworth died on April 2 from coronavirus complications at the age of 86. Bosworth’s stepdaughter confirmed the sad news.
The actress was known for her role in “The Nun’s Story” opposite Audrey Hepburn, as well as for penning biographies on Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift.
Known for his roles in “Gomer Pyle, USMC” and “The Edge of Night,” Forrest Compton died at the age of 94.
He died on April 5 and the cause of death was coronavirus complications, Compton’s friends confirmed.
Jay Benedict is among the stars to have lost their battle to coronavirus.
Known for his roles in “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Alien,” Benedict died from coronavirus complications at the age of 68 on April 4.
Lee Fierro, who played Mrs. Kinter in 1975’s “Jaws” and its sequel, died from coronavirus complications.
The actress was 91 years old and, according to her friends, was living at an assisted living facility.
Legendary country musician John Prine died from coronavirus complications at the age of 73.
On March 26, a message on Prine’s Twitter announced that he’d been hospitalized for symptoms, followed by a message on March 29, announcing that Prine was placed on a ventilator.