Many celebrities who died from COVID-19. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads globally, claiming thousands of lives, notable names are among those taken by the deadly virus. While many celebrities have been able to fully recover from coronavirus infections, some, sadly, haven't been as lucky.
The following is a growing list of high-profile celebrities whose deaths were confirmed to be related to coronavirus complications.
Bruce Williamson, 49
Former Temptations lead singer Bruce Williamson died from complications of COVID-19 at his Las Vegas home on Sept. 6, 2020, TMZ reported the following day. Bruce, who became a Temptation in 2006 and performed with the group until 2015, was 49.
Trini Lopez, 83
Actor and singer
Trini Lopez, who found fame in the 1960s with his mix of folk, Latin and rockabilly music — his biggest records were "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree" — died on Aug. 11 at a hospital in Rancho Mirage, California, from complications of COVID-19. He was 83.
Herman Cain, 74
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died at the age of 74 after he was hospitalized with COVID-19, his family confirmed July 30.
“You’re never ready for the kind of news we are grappling with this morning. But we have no choice but to seek and find God’s strength and comfort to deal with it,” Cain’s family wrote in a statement published on his website. “Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away. He’s entering the presence of the Savior he’s served as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta for, and preparing for his reward,” the continued.
The conservative businessman became ill after he contracted the the coronavirus earlier in the month.
Nick Cordero, 41
Nick Cordero, the Broadway actor who appeared in popular musicals such as “Waitress” and “A Bronx Tale” and inspired the world with his months-long struggle against the coronavirus, has died, his wife, Amanda Kloots, said Sunday. He was 41.
Born in Ontario, Canada, Cordero moved to New York in 2008 and was cast in the rock musical “The Toxic Avenger” at George Street Playhouse in New Jersey, which later moved off-Broadway to New World Stages.
He went on to appear in “Rock of Ages,” and was Tony Award-nominated for his featured role as Cheech in the 2014 musical “Bullets Over Broadway.” He joined the cast of “Waitress” in 2016, and left to originate the role of Sonny in “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” later that year.
John Prine, 73
On April 7, country-folk singer and songwriter John Prine, who was known for his raspy vocals and plain-spoken style, passed away from complications caused by COVID-19. He was 73. In addition to being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, John — a real songwriter's songwriter beloved by fans and musicians alike — was the recipient of a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 2020. He also has two other Grammys.
Manu Dibango, 86
Jazz singer and saxophonist
Singer-songwriter and musician Manu Dibango, who was known for playing the saxophone and vibraphone, passed away on March 24 at 84 from COVID-19 complications. He was best known for his single "Soul Makossa," which came out in 1972.
Mark Blum, 69
Mark Blum, best known for playing opposite Madonna in the iconic 1985 film “Desperately Seeking Susan,” passed away March 26. He was 69.
The New Jersey native also co-starred in the 1986 hit “Crocodile Dundee,” followed by guest roles on a string of TV series, including “NYPD Blue,” “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing.” Most recently he appeared as bookseller Mr. Mooney on the Netflix cult hit “You.” He was also a veteran of the Broadway stage.
“With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week,” the theater company tweeted. “Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you.”
His “Desperately Seeking Susan” co-stars Rosanna Arquette and Madonna also shared their condolences via social media.
Joe Diffie, 61
Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” died March 29 . He was 61.
Diffie announced two days prior that he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis. Diffie’s publicist Scott Adkins confirmed that the singer died in Nashville, Tenn., due to complications from COVID-19.
The Tulsa, Okla., native was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years. His hits included “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die),” “Bigger Than the Beatles” and “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets).”
Diffie’s mid-’90s albums “Honkey Tonk Attitude” and “Third Rock From the Sun” went platinum and scored 18 top 10 singles — with five going all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
Alan Merrill, 69
On March 29, singer, songwriter and guitarist Alan Merrill died from complications caused by the novel coronavirus. He was 69. Along with being the writer and lead vocalist of the original version of the track "I Love Rock 'n' Roll, which was first recorded by the Arrows in 1975 and later made famous by Joan Jett, Alan was known as the first Western musician to reach pop star status in Japan.
Andrew Jack, 76
“Star Wars” actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack died March 30 at Britain’s Surry Hospital, his agent confirmed. He was 76.
Jack starred in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” as Resistance General Caluan Ematt. He also worked as a dialect coach on films such as “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and many Marvel films, as well as the upcoming Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson.
His agent, Jill McCullough, confirmed his passing to the Evening Standard, saying that he passed in a hospital bed while his family was stuck in quarantine in Australia.
Jay Benedict, 69
Actor Jay Benedict, who appeared in “Aliens” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” died at 68.
“It is with profound sorrow that we must announce Jay’s death on the 4th of April due to complications arising from a COVID-19 infection,” reads an announcement on his website. His agency, TSG, also shared the news “with great sadness,” saying, “Our thoughts are with his family.” No further details were given.
Benedict appeared in a number of major films, including roles as Newt’s father in James Cameron’s “Aliens,” and as “rich twit” in the final film of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Princess Maria Teresa ,86
According to a statement from her brother, Prince Sixto Enrique, Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma is the world's first royal to die from the coronavirus. She passed away in Paris on March 26 at 86. Maria Teresa is a distant cousin of Spain's King Felipe VI.