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Celebrities who have died after contracting coronavirus
A number of famous faces have sadly died after contracting coronavirus (Picture: Getty)

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact around the world, with more than 250,000 people dying after contracting the disease.

The Covid-19 death toll in the UK passed 32,000, with many more affected, including a string of famous faces. 

Among those who have tested positive for the condition are Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, Prince Charles and Boris Johnson.

However, while they have recovered from the illness, other high-profile names have tragically not been as fortunate.

Here are some of the celebrities who have sadly died after contracting coronavirus.

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Fred the Godson

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Fred The Godson attends Pretty Lou's Charity Concert at Irving Plaza on April 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Fred the Godson died on 23 April, aged 35 (Picture: WireImage)

Fred the Godson died on 23 April, aged 35, after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

The rapper, real name Fredrick Thomas, passed away in New York just weeks after confirming his positive diagnosis. 



He had worked with artists including Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar and Pusha T, with tributes pouring in from around the world.

Patricia Bosworth

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Carolyn Contino/BEI/REX (619593z) Patricia Bosworth 'Fur - An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus' film screening, New York, America - 05 Nov 2006 November 5, 2006 New York, NY Patricia Bosworth Special screening of FUR, Chelsea West, New York City. Photo?Carolyn Contino/BEImages
Patricia Bosworth passed away aged 86 (Picture: Rex)

Patricia Bosworth died at the age of 86, on 2 April, in New York. The Nun’s Story star’s stepdaughter revealed her cause of death was pneumonia brought on by coronavirus.

The actress turned writer counted Audrey Hepburn among her co-stars, and later wrote biographies of Hollywood greats, including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift.

Eddie Large

Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX (8986819f) Eddie Large 'Good Morning Britain' TV show, London, UK - 08 Aug 2017
Eddie Large died at the beginning of last month (Picture: Rex)

Comedian Eddie Large sadly passed away on 2 April, aged 78. He died after contracting Covid-19 in hospital, while being treated for heart failure. 

He was laid to rest in Bristol on 24 April – with comedy partner Syd Little sharing a eulogy at his funeral.

Tim Brooke-Taylor

LONDON - OCTOBER 17: Tim Brooke-Taylor arrives at the VIP West End premiere of Monty Python's Spamalot held at the Palace Theatre on October 17, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Tim Brooke-Taylor died on 12 April (Picture: Getty)

Tim Brooke-Taylor’s death was confirmed on 12 April, after he was diagnosed with the virus aged 79.

The Goodies star’s agent shared the news in a statement, which read: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce Tim’s death early today from Covid-19.

‘We’re grateful that we have so much of his work to view, read and listen to.’

Tim was best known for his role in The Goodies, as well as his time as a panellist on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue for over 40 years.

Dave Greenfield

Undated handout photo courtesy of Baz Warne of Dave Greenfield of The Stranglers, who has died aged 71 after testing positive for coronavirus. PA Photo. Issue date: Monday May 4, 2020. Greenfield, originally from Brighton, died on the evening of May 3, and contracted the virus following a prolonged stay in hospital for heart problems. A long-standing member of the influential punk outfit, Greenfield was known for his distinctive sound and playing style, using instruments such as the harpsichord and Hammond electric organ. See PA story DEATH Greenfield. Photo credit should read: Baz Warne/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Tributes poured in for Dave Greenfield on social media (Picture: PA)

Dave Greenfield died on 3 May, after he caught Covid-19 during a prolonged stay in hospital for heart problems.



The 71-year-old was the keyboardist for The Stranglers, whom he had performed with ever since 1975. 

A statement on the band’s website on Monday read: ‘We are deeply and profoundly saddened to announce the untimely passing of keyboard legend Dave Greenfield on the evening of 3rd May 2020.

‘Following a stay in hospital for heart problems, Dave tested positive for the Covid-19 virus last Sunday but he sadly lost his battle last night.

‘Dave was a lovable, friendly and eccentric character who always had time to chat.’

Adam Schlesinger

FILE - APRIL 01: Musician Adam Schlesinger has reportedly died from complications of COVID-19 on April 1, 2020 at a New York area hospital. He was 52. NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Musician/composer, Adam Schlesinger visits SiriusXM Studios on April 19, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
Adam tragically died in New York on 1 April (Picture: Getty)

Fountains of Wayne singer Adam Schlesinger was diagnosed with coronavirus aged 52, and tragically died in a New York hospital on 1 April.

The musician also served as executive music producer on The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – with actress Rachel Bloom leading tributes.

‘I have so much to say about Adam Schlesinger that I am at a complete loss for words,’ she said.

‘He is irreplaceable.’

John Prine

epa08349649 (FILE) - US singer/songwriter John Prine attends the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, New York, USA, 13 June 2019 (reissued 08 April 2020). According to media reports, Prine died of coronavirus complications on 07 April 2020 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was 73. EPA/PETER FOLEY
Fans around the world paid tribute to the late John Prine (Picture: EPA)

Country singer John Prine was taken to hospital on 26 March, and sadly passed away on 7 April, aged 73.

A representative said his cause of death was complications from Covid-19.

Tributes for Prine poured in from the music world, with Bruce Springsteen penning: ’Over here on E Street, we are crushed by the loss of John Prine. John and I were “New Dylans” together in the early 70s and he was never anything but the lovliest guy in the world. 


‘A true national treasure and a songwriter for the ages. We send our love and prayers to his family.’

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack appearing on The Morning Show in August 2019 (Picture: Channel 7)
Andrew Jack died on 31 March, aged 76 (Picture: Channel 7)

Andrew Jack passed away on 31 March, aged 76, following complications from coronavirus.

The Star Wars actor died in a hospital in Chertsey, with his wife sadly unable to be by his side. 

As well as his stints in the sci-fi films, he also worked as dialect coach, alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Mark Blum

Crocodile Dundee actor Mark Blum died aged 69 (Picture: Getty)

Crocodile Dundee actor Mark Blum died aged 69, on 25 March, following Covid-19 complications.

A New York theatre company confirmed the devastating news, paying tribute to the late star. 

‘With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week,’ they wrote in a statement. 

‘Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theatre, and to theatres and audiences across the world. We will miss you.’

Joe Diffie

Mandatory Credit: Photo by imageSPACE/REX (9799875j) Joe Diffie 12th Annual ACM Honors, Show, Nashville, USA - 22 Aug 2018
Joe Diffie died of coronavirus just days after confirming he had tested positive (Picture: Rex)

Joe Diffie confirmed he had tested positive for coronavirus on 27 March, and died at the age of 61 just days later.

‘Grammy-winning country music legend Joe Diffie passed away today, Sunday, March 29, from complications of coronavirus (COVID-19),’ his spokesperson said at the time.

’His family respects their privacy at this time.’

Before his death, he urged fans to stay safe during the pandemic.


Ellis Marsalis Jr

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Skip Bolen/EPA/REX/Shutterstock (7692992y) New Orleans Jazz Pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr Performs on the Wwoz Jazz Stage on Day Three at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans Louisiana Usa 29 April 2012 the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Celebrates It's 43rd Anniversary This Year with 12 Different Stages in an Annual 10-day Cultural Celebration That Encompasses Every Style of Music Associated with the City of New Orleans That Includes Jazz Gospel Cajun Zydeco Blues Rhythm and Blues Rock Funk African Latin Caribbean Folk and Much More in Addition to Local Cuisine Culture Arts and Crafts United States New Orleans Usa New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Apr 2012
Legendary Jazz musician Ellis died aged 85 (Picture: Rex)

Jazz legend Ellis Marsalis Jr died aged 85, in New Orleans, after contracting Covid-19 while battling pneumonia.

His son Wynton, a prominent jazz musician, announced the news on Twitter, with a short tribute.

‘Ellis Marsalis, 1934 – 2020. He went out the way he lived: embracing reality,’ he wrote.

While Ellis Marsalis III added to The Associated Press: ‘I was with him in the hospital for six or seven hours yesterday. Branford was with him Monday, I was with him yesterday and [son] Jason was with him today. 

‘He passed right after Jason departed.’

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