It was excruciating to say goodbye to so many symbols and saints last year. We’ve effectively bid goodbye to a modest group of prominent people, although we’re only a few months into the year, and we’re hoping we don’t reach 2020 levels. Artist and performer George Gerdes passed away on New Year’s Day after suffering a brain aneurysm. We’ve recently lost British regal patriarch Prince Philip, Harry Potter heroine Helen McCrory, The Parent Hood star Suzzanne Douglas, entertainer, chief Robert Downey Sr., and rapper Biz Markie. We’re going to pay tribute to the icons who passed away in 2021.
Jay Pickett, an entertainer and film director, best known for his roles at Port Charles and General Hospital, died on Friday, July 30, while producing his next movie. He was 60 at the time. According to the official Treasure Valley Facebook page, Pickett died abruptly while getting set to record a scene on the spot in Idaho, where he was highlighted and filled in as a creator and writer.
Rick Aiello, an entertainer and the son of Oscar winner Danny Aiello, died of pancreatic cancer on July 26 at a medical centre in Warwick, New York. He was 65 years old at the time. With nearly 60 acting appearances, Aiello took after his father’s strides, showing up nearby him in Spike Lee’s fabulous Do the Proper Thing in 1989. His father was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of Salvatore “Sal” Fragione, and Aiello played Officer Long in Lee’s Jungle Fever, a role he’d had for two or three years.
Justin Timberlake paid tribute to his long-time backup vocalist on August 6, just before her death, with a catastrophic Instagram post. The performer, who also collaborated with Kelly Clarkson and Janet Jackson, battled cancer on and off for a long time.
According to CBS Los Angeles, Mat George, a popular web recording presenter, was killed in a car accident in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 17. He was only 26 at the time. Michaela Okland, the late star’s co-star, also confirmed his death on Twitter. She began her message by saying, “I would prefer you, folks, here [sic] this from me rather than a news story.” “Mat was slain in a rapid in and out last evening; I don’t have any other words at this time. I wish I could contact every single person who knew him, but the news is out, and I can’t do it at this time.”
Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas
At the age of 70, the Kool and the Gang’s most ardent follower died. “On August 7, 2021, Dennis Thomas (known as “Dee Tee”), darling spouse, father, and a fellow benefactor of Kool and the Gang, died gently in his rest at 70 years old in New Jersey,” the band said on Facebook.
The actor, who appeared in the films Gone Girl and Cocktail, died at 65 after being hit by a motorcycle. “We are heartbroken at Lisa’s sudden and senseless death,” her director, David Williams, told NBC News. “She was a lady of amazing soul, generosity, and liberality, as well as devotion to her work.
Whether in front of an audience or camera, and perhaps more so to her better half, family, and pals. We were honoured to have her in our life.”
The rapper, who was best known for his classic song “Simply a Friend,” died on July 16 at 57. “It is with a lot of sadness that we report, last evening, with his better half Tara close by, Hip Hop pioneer Biz Markie gently passed,” his representative said in a statement to People. “We are grateful for the calls and requests of help that we have received throughout this tough period.”
Robert Downey Sr.
On July 6, the entertainer and chief, whose credits include Putney Swope and Greaser’s Palace, passed away after battling with Parkinson’s disease for so long. He was 85 at the time. “Last evening, father departed gently in his rest following quite a while of facing the assaults of Parkinson’s. He was a genuine free thinker movie producer and remained stunningly hopeful all along,” his child, Marvel star Robert Downey Jr., said on Instagram.
John ‘Strap’ Cornell
John ‘Strap’ Cornell, a television and film icon, died peacefully at the age of 80, on July 23, 2021, after battling Parkinson’s disease for 20 years. Cornell was honoured by his family as someone who “made the lives he met a lot more opulent, not only via presents, but also by his liberality of soul, humour, quietude, and honour,” according to a declaration.
Lil Loaded, who was 20 years old at his death, died on May 31. According to his lawyer, Ashkan Mehryari, the Texas rapper who released the song “6locc 6a6y” in 2019, suicide by self-destruction. According to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, the cause of death, according to the latest news, does not appear to be fixed in stone.