We’re only a month and a half into this new year, but some truly beloved, noteworthy public figures have already left us here in 2021.
All of these artists, athletes, politicians, and pop culture icons may be gone from this world. But they will never be forgotten. Ever.
For their fans and loved ones alike, true legends never die.
Their legacies live on; their stars will never fade; and their work will be cherished for generations to come, as those whose lives they touched pass the love and admiration on to future admirers.
Join us as we pay tribute to the lives we’ve lost in the year 2021.
May they rest in eternal peace and/or power.
1. Dustin Diamond
This one hits particularly hard for a generation of people who grew up watching him on Saturday morning television. Dustin Diamond, the former Saved by the Bell star, died of lung cancer at age 44 on February 1. His death comes just a couple of weeks after his diagnosis was made public, making the news all the more surprising and saddening. Diamond’s death also came following a period of estrangement from his former co-stars; Dustin and his character Samuel “Screech” Powers were not included in the recent revival of Saved By the Bell.
2. Cicely Tyson
What an actress and pioneer. Legendary actress Cicely Tyson, a Tony and Emmy winner who was perhaps best known for her Oscar-nominated role as a sharecropper’s wife in the 1972 film “Sounder,” died on January 28. She was 96 years old. There will never be another like her.
3. Christopher Plummer
On February 4, 2021, Christopher Plummer passed away at the age of 91. The legendary Canadian actor racked up more than 200 (!) theater, film and television credits over the course of his storied career, winning Tony, Emmy and Academy Awards along the way. A household name ever since he co-starred in the Sound of Music with Julie Andrews more than half a century ago, Plummer became known to another generation of fans with recent standout roles in works such as All the Money in the World and Knives Out.
4. Larry King
Larry King, a journalist who anchored eponymous radio and talk shows for decades, became synonymous with CNN, and interviewed just about every famous person on the planet, is sadly dead at the age of 87. May he rest in perpetual peace.
5. Hank Aaron
Baseball legend Henry Aaron, better known as Hank Aaron, who endured racist death threats as he broke Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record in 1974, died on January 22 at the age of 86. The ballplayer known as “Hammerin’ Hank” – a staunch civil rights advocate who spent 23 years in the major league, mostly with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves – died “peacefully in his sleep,” the Braves said, but no cause of death was given. He held the record for most career home runs until Barry Bonds broke it, allegedly with the aid of steroids.
6. Jessica Walter
Jessica Walter, the beloved, veteran actress who established one of the funniest and most memorable characters in TV history – Lucille Booth on Arrested Development – passed away in her sleep on Wednesday, March 24. She was 80 years old.
She was 80 years old.