Celebrity Deaths: 2021’s Fallen Stars

Cicely Tyson Dead

Cicely Tyson

The legendary actress passed away at the age of 96 on Jan. 28, just two days after she released her memoir, Just As I Am.

Cloris Leachman

Legendary actress passed away at the age of 94 on Wednesday, Jan. 27, E! News can confirm. The star’s longtime manager, Juliet Green, told E! News she died of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, Calif.

Sekou Smith

The NBA reporter and analyst died at age 48 on Jan. 26 after battling COVID-19.

Larry King

The TV and radio host passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, his production company announced in a tweeted statement. He was 87 years old.

Hank Aaron

The 86-year-old baseball legend passed away in his sleep, the Braves confirmed on Friday, Jan. 22.

Harry Brant

The 24-year-old son of supermodel Stephanie Seymour and publisher Peter Brant died on Jan. 17 of an accidental overdose. “We will forever be saddened that his life was cut short by this devastating disease,” Harry’s family told the NYT. “He achieved a lot in his 24 years, but we will never get the chance to see how much more Harry could have done.”

Phil Spector

Music producer Phil Spector passed away on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the age of 81. He was serving a 19-year prison sentence for murder.

Siegfried Fischbacher

Just eight months after Roy Horn‘s death, Siegfried Fischbacher of Siegfried & Roy passed away at the age of 81. He died at his Las Vegas home on Jan. 13 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

AnnaRose King

The filmmaker died on Jan. 3 following a years-long battle with lung cancer. The daughter of late TV executive Roger King, AnnaRose was 35 years old.

John Reilly

The star of General Hospital and Passions died on Jan. 9 at the age of 84. His daughter, social media personality Caitlin Reilly, confirmed the news but did not specify a cause of death.

“The brightest light in the world has gone out,” she captioned an Instagram throwback photo of the pair embracing. “Imagine the best person in the world. Now imagine that person being your dad. I’m so grateful he was mine.”

Tommy Lasorda

The legendary Los Angeles Dodgers manager passed away on Jan. 7 at the age of 93, the baseball team announced.

Tanya Roberts

Days after false reports about her passing, the That ’70s Show and A View to a Kill actress was confirmed dead by her partner, Lance O’Brien.

Alexi Laiho

In a Jan. 4 Facebook post, it was announced that the Children of Bodom and Bodom After Midnight front man died at his home in Helsinki, Finland the previous week. While the cause of death was not revealed, the statement noted the 41-year-old artist “had suffered from long-term health issues during his last years.”

Gerry Marsden

In a statement to the Associated Press (via NBC News), Marsden’s family revealed the singer died Sunday, Jan. 3 “after a short illness in no way connected with Covid-19.” The family members noted the wife, daughters and grandchildren of the Gerry and the Pacemakers lead are “devastated.”

Kerry Vincent

The Food Network star died Jan. 2 at the age of 75. According to a Facebook post shared by the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show, which Vincent co-founded, she passed away after battling an unspecified illness.

“Being a very private person when it came to all things not cake, she did not want to put her illness out there to the public,” the statementread. “Unfortunately her fight has come to an end but she will no longer have any pain. She will be sorely missed by all who she has touched through the Sugar Arts as will as personally. There will be no services per her request. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”

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