Who Died in 2021?


Sierra Ayers, Reporter


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  • Larry King was an American television and radio host. He hosted the talk show Larry King Live on CNN until 2010 and Larry King Now until 2020. He was known for his easygoing interviewing style and interviewed all kinds of different people, from influential political figures to everyday people. He passed away on January 23rd at the age of 87 from sepsis, an infection that causes an extreme response leading to death.

  • Virgil Abloh was a fashion designer loved by the industry. He created Off-White and was the head of Louis Vuitton men’s wear. He was known for his creative and exciting style, and was an incredibly influential face among the fashion industry. He died on Novemeber 28th at the age of 41 after a two year battle with a rare cancer called cardiac angiosarcoma.

  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was the husband of Queen Victoria, queen of England. He served many years in the military and later married Victoria, naming him Duke of Edinburgh. He passed away on April 9th from old age, as he neared his 100th birthday.

  • Stephen Sondheim was an American composer and lyricist. He was an incredibly prestigious being, influencing various screenwriters and artists to create like he did. He is best known for stage plays like, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (1962), “Anyone Can Whistle” (1964), and “Company” (1970), and is known to have redefined the Broadway muscial form with these creative and award winning productions. He passed away on November 26th at the age of 91 in his home.

  • Colin Powell was the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership among Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy. He was an American politician, statesman, diplomat, and United States Army officer, who became a symbol of hope among minorities for his ability to use the military as a ladder of opportunity. He unfortunately passed away on October 18th due to COVID-19 at the age of 84.

  • Tommy Lasorda was an American professional baseball pitcher and manager. He managed the Los Angeles Dodgers and led the team through two World Series championships and managed four pennant-winning clubs. He became an international star after introducing Dodgers players from all over the world, further making baseball a more diverse and welcoming sport. He passed away on January 7th at the age of 93 due to a heart attack.

  • Charlie Watts was an English musician who achieved high level fame as the drummer of the Rolling Stones from 1963 to his death in 2021. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest drummers of all time, and was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. He passed away on August 24th at the age of 80 with no cause of death released to the public, but many speculate his past throat cancer symptoms resurfacing.

  • Michael K Williams was a well-known American actor. He is best known for his role as Omar in The Wire, and many other HBO shows. He has also starred in countless films over his long career of acting, producing, and dancing which gave him the recognition he deserved over the years. He passed away on September 6th at the age of 54 after an accidental drug overdose.

  • Beverly Cleary was an American author of children’s books and young adult fiction. She is best known for her books, “Henry Huggins” and the Ramona series. She centers her work around ordinary children in search of fun and friendship, and bring a humorous feeling to all children to young adult literature. She passed away on March 25th at the incredible age of 104. She will forever live through her legacy from her works and characters she left behind at 104 years old.

  • Cicely Tyson was an American film, television, and stage actress who took the industry by storm over 7 decades. She is best known for her empowering portrayals of African-American women that shattered racial stereotypes in the 1970s, further making her an icon for civil rights. She is best recognized in media like “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Sounder.” She passed away peacefully on January 28th at the age of 96, no other cause of death was given.

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Unfortunately every year we lose some amazing icons who shaped our world to be how it is today. Here are the most influential deaths of 2021.