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[SHOCKING!] Celebrities who have died from the coronavirus and COVID-19 complications

Celebrities who have died from the coronavirus and COVID-19 complications
Being a star does not secure you from the worldwide coronavirus pandemic
The following is an increasing list of top-profiled celebrities whose demise were confirmed to be related to coronavirus complications.

Manu Dibango, 86

Jazz singer and saxophonist


Manu Dibango, best known for his 1972 B-side hit “Soul Makossa,” died on March 24 from complications of the coronavirus.
According to a March 24 statement on the jazz great’s official Facebook page. “His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible.”

Mark Blum, 69



Mark Blum, native of New Jersey known for playing opposite Madonna in the iconic 1985 film “Desperately Seeking Susan,” passed away March 26. He was 69.
“I’m so deeply sad for his family and for his fans,” Arquette tweeted. “He was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you Rest In Peace and power mark. God bless you.”

Terrence McNally, 81



“A huge part of me is gone,” said Chita Rivera, 87, who starred in McNally’s “The Rink,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “The Dancer’s Life” and “The Visit,” in a statement. “He helped to make me who I am as a person . . . Only God knows how much I will miss him.”
McNally is survived by his husband, Tom Kirdahy, 57, whom he wed in 2003 in Vermont. The family requests donations to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Dramatist Guild Foundation.Chita Rivera, Terrence McNally And Joan RIvers
American playwright Terrence McNally (center) is kissed on each cheek by Chita Rivera (L) and Joan Rivers (R) at an event in January 1998 in New York City.

Floyd Cardoz, 59


Chef Floyd Cardoz dead at 59 from coronavirus complications

Floyd Cardoz, the man behind acclaimed NYC restaurants Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar, died March 25. The Mumbai, India-born chef was 59.
According to a recent post on his Instagram accountCardoz was admitted to a New York hospital last week after his return from a trip to India on March 8. He told his followers that a fever had stirred him up to see a doctor. A statement on social media from his hospitality group, Hunger Inc., confirmed the news of his hospitalization March 17.
Cardoz’s friend and former business partner shared his sorrow on Twitter.
“Love you so much @floydcardoz,” wrote Meyer.

Joe Diffie, 61

Country singer

(FILE) Country Star Joe Diffie Positive For COVID-19 2014 Watershed Festival - Day 2

Country singer Joe Diffie, who had numerous hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” died March 29. He was 61.
Diffie declared 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 affirmed that the singer died in Nashville, Tenn., due to complications the from COVID-19.
He is survived by his wife, Tara Terpening Diffie, and seven children from his four marriages.

Ken Shimura, 70


Beloved Japanese comedian Ken Shimura died March 27, a week after contracting the coronavirus. He was aged 70.
“He was well-known among a wide range of generations and was the No. 1 source of pride for locals,” Minoru Hasegawa, 69, a fellow native of Shimura’s home city, told the Japan Times.
Shimura was admitted to the hospital on March 20 after developing a fever and being diagnosed with pneumonia. He tested positive for the virus on March 23, becoming the first Japanese celebrity to announce his infection, and to pass from the disease..

Alan Merrill, 69



Alan Merrill, who co-wrote the Joan Jett banger “I Love Rock and Roll,” died March 29 at 69.
“I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out,” his daughter Laura Merrill wrote in a heartbreaking Facebook post.
“How could this be?” she added. “I was just at his show a couple of weeks ago,” she added. “I had just photographed his portrait that will be used for his new album. Had conversation with him earlier. He played down the ‘cold’ he thought he had. I’ve made a million jokes about the ‘Rona’ and how it’ll ‘getcha’… boy do I feel stupid.”
“I’ve just learned of the awful news that Alan Merrill has passed,” Jett, 61, tweeted Sunday.
Merrill is also survived by his wife, Joanna Lisanti, who took to Facebook to share the devastating details of the events leading up to his death.

Andrew Jack, 76


“Star Wars” actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack has died due to complications from the coronavirus, his agent confirmed. He was 76.
The actor died in Britain’s Surry Hospital on Tuesday. Jack starred in both “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” as Resistance General Caluan Ematt.
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.
His wife later posted a tribute to Jack.
Anthony Daniels, the actor behind the droid C-3PO, who also worked with Jack on “Star Wars,” also expressed his grief.

Wallace Roney, 59

Jazz trumpeter

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Jazz A Vienne 2011

Wallace Roney, a trumpeter renowned for his interpretations of Miles Davis’ iconic jazz compositions, died at 59, his fiancĂ©e Dawn Felice Jones confirmed on April 1.
Roney passed at a hospital in Paterson, NJ, where he was admitted last week, the Guardian reports.
The Grammy winner — a leader in a post-bop or fusion style — trained at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Howard University and Berklee College of Music.
He is survived by two children, Barbara and Wallace Jr., from his marriage to late pianist Geri Allen.

Adam Schlesinger, 52


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Adam Schlesinger, a member of Fountains of Wayne and songwriter, died Wednesday as a result of coronavirus complications. He was 52.

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