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List of showbiz icons and styles that we removed from the pandemic. (Last update: April 8)

John Prine, 73, Grammy-winning country musician (April 8)

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Grammy-winning singer John Prine, who wrote songs initially in his head when sending letters and then emerged from the Chicago resurrection scene in the 1970s to become one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, died on Tuesday. He is 73 years old.

Prine was hospitalized in Nashville on March 26 due to suffering from the symptoms of Covid-19, a respiratory disease caused by the novel corona virus, according to his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, who is also his manager. – Reuters

Full story: Country song singer John Prine died at 73 due to complications from Covid-19


Sergio Rossi, 85, legendary footwear designer (April 2)

Italian luxury shoe maker Sergio Rossi died at the age of 85 on April 3 in the small town of Cesena in central Italy, after being treated in a hospital with coronavirus.

Rossi was one of the founders of the high-class women’s footwear district in the Forlì and Cesena regions in the mid-20th century. – Reuters

Full story: Legendary shoe designer Sergio Rossi died of Covid-19


Ellis Marsalis, 85, legendary jazz pianist (April 1)

Great jazz Ellis Marsalis died April 1 at the age of 85 after contracting the corona virus, her son Branford said.

The famous American pianist and teacher – who appeared on many recordings during his music career for decades – is the father of trumpeter Wynton and saxophonist Branford. – AFP


Adam Schlesinger, 52, co-founder of Fountains Of Wayne and award-winning songwriter (April 1)

Adam Schlesinger, a musician and songwriter, highly appreciates his work as a member of Fountains Of Wayne and songwriter Emmy for TV Ex-Crazy Girlfriend, died of coronavirus complications. He is 52 years old.

Schlesinger has been nominated for Oscar, Tonys, Grammy, and Emmy and won the last two awards. He is considered the best among rock fans for the five albums he recorded with Fountains of Wayne between 1996 and 2011. – Reuters

Full story: Fountains Of Wayne Adam Schlesinger died of coronavirus complications at the age of 52


Andrew Jack, 76, ‘Star Wars’ actor and famous dialect coach (31 March)

Star Wars Actor Andrew Jack died in the UK from coronavirus. He is 76 years old.

The actor, who also works as a dialect coach, died at a hospital in Surrey on March 31, agent Jack Jill McCullough said in a statement. “Andrew lives in one of the oldest working houseboats on the River Thames, he is very independent but loves his wife, is also a dialect trainer,” McCullough said.

Jack appeared Star Wars: The Last Jedi as General Ematt, and also Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Jack’s clients for dialect training include Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth. – AP

Full story: ‘Star Wars’ actor Andrew Jack died of coronavirus at the age of 76 in Britain


Ken Shimura, 70, Japanese comedian (March 30)

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Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who was hospitalized after being infected with a new corona virus, has died, NHK television station reported on March 30. He is 70 years old.

Shimura, one of the most famous comedians in the country with a career since the early 1970s, has been hospitalized in Tokyo and died Sunday night, NHK said. – Reuters


Joe Diffie, 61, Grammy-winning country music star (March 29)

Joe Diffie, Grammy award-winning country music singer who had several top-hit songs in the 1990s, died of the corona virus on March 29. He is 61 years old.

Diffie has several hit songs during the 1990s including Pickup, Support Me Next to the Jukebox (If I Die) and John Deere Green. His first album, A Thousand Winding Roads, released in 1990 and included the hit song Home. – AFP

Full story: Grammy-winning country music star Joe Diffie died of Covid-19


Mark Blum, 69, actor and star of ‘Desperately Finding Susan’ (March 25)

Actor Mark Blum, who starred in Desperately looking for Susan, Dundee Crocodile and TV series You, died due to complications from coronavirus. He is 69 years old.

Blum played the role of husband of Rosanna Arquette, Roberta Glass, in the 1985s Desperately looking for Susan (who also starred in Madonna), and rival Paul Hogan in 1986 Dundee Crocodile. Other feature credits included Lovesick, Only between friends, Blind date and Presidio.

Blum had a recurring role in the first season of the Lifetime series You. Other TV credits included Give up Sweet, New Capitals, Frasier, NYPD Blue, Mozart in the Forest and Coin Heist. – Reuters

Full story: Actor Mark Blum, star of ‘Desperately Finding Susan’, died of Coronavirus


Manu Dibango, African jazz singer (March 24)

Manu Dibango, who united Africa’s rhythm with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music, died on April 24 with a coronavirus, according to his music publisher. He is 86 years old.

Soul Makossa was one of the earliest hits in the nascent world of music, including a hook that was easily copied by some of the biggest pop stars in the world. – AP

Full story: Big African jazz star Manu Dibango died of an illness associated with Covid-19

Terrence McNally, 81, Tony-winning screenwriter (March 24)

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Terrence McNally, American drama script writer, librettist and screenwriter whose long career earned him four Tony and Emmy awards, died on March 24 after complications from the coronavirus. He is 81 years old.

A writer whose subjects include love, homophobia and AIDS, including famous works by McNally Love! Courage! Affection! and The master class, along with the musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime.

Full story: US award-winning playwright Terrence McNally died of complications from Covid-19

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