Cultural figures who died from COVID-19 as the U.S. nears one million : NPR

Famous people who died from covid

these are just a few of the many cultural figures, pioneers, and creative forces that the us. uu. lost due to covid-19.

mike longo, age 83: distinguished jazz pianist and longtime musical director of dizzy gillespie died on March 22, 2020.

Nashom Wooden, 50 – A force in New York City nightlife, the dazzling performance artist and drag legend passed away on March 23, 2020.

terrence mcnally, 81 – tony award-winning playwright and true gentleman of the theater passed away on March 24, 2020.

floyd cardoz, 59 – the chef, who combined regional Indian cuisine with French and American flavors, passed away on March 25, 2020.

Orlando McDaniel, 59 – The track star whose speed got him drafted to the Denver Broncos, died March 27, 2020.

joe diffie, 61 – The country’s tongue-in-cheek traditionalist died on March 29, 2020.

alby kass, 89 – Yiddish folk singer and California resort operator died on March 31, 2020.

Jennifer Arnold, 67 – Broadway’s costume designer with a deep sense of humor died on April 1, 2020.

adam schlesinger, 52 – The prolific songwriter and co-founder of fountains of wayne passed away on April 1, 2020.

ellis marsalis, 85 – jazz pianist, educator, and patriarch of new orleans’ most famous musical family, passed away on april 1, 2021.

Patricia Bosworth, 86 – Known for her intense energy and biographies of Hollywood stars, the actress-turned-author died on April 2, 2020.

lee fierro, 91 – the actress, best known for her role as mrs. kintner in jaws, died April 5, 2020.

helène aylon, 89 – the pioneering artist brought a feminist bent to her work on gender, eco-activism, and god. she died on April 6, 2020.

john prine, 73 – one of the country’s great lyricists, postman turned bard died on April 7, 2020.

charles gregory ross, 68 – emmy nominated hairdresser, who frequently collaborated with tyler perry on his movies and tv shows, died on april 8, 2020.

teresa m. Korn, 93: The first woman accepted into Carnegie Tech’s engineering program and author of books on computer science and mathematics died on April 9, 2020.

Helen Damico, 89 – Beowulf scholar, who changed the way historical and fictional women were studied in her field, died on April 14, 2020.

margit feldman, 90 – the holocaust survivor recounted her experiences in margit: a teenager’s journey through the holocaust and beyond. she died on April 14, 2020.

ella king russell torrey, 94 – Eleanor Roosevelt’s newspaper editor, human rights activist, and public information officer passed away on April 14, 2020.

Iris Love, 86 – The dynamic archaeologist, best known for her rediscovery of the Temple of Aphrodite, died on April 17, 2020.

bernice silver, 106 – puppeteer “queen of potpourri” died on April 18, 2020.

madeline kripke, 76 – with some 20,000 editions in her west village apartment, she owned one of the largest private collections of dictionaries in the world. the book collector died on April 25, 2020.

frog zoe mungin, 30 – brooklyn teacher and aspiring author who was denied testing and treatment twice before her condition worsened, died on April 27, 2020.

alyce gullattee, 91 – one of the nation’s leading voices on substance abuse and a d.c. legend, died on April 30, 2020.

motoko fujishiro huthwaite, 92 – the last living monuments that a woman helped save cultural treasures during the second world war. she died on May 4, 2020.

Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, 91 – The former White House butler, who served 11 presidential administrations, died on May 16, 2020.

annie glenn, 100 – speech disorder advocate and wife of astronaut and senator john glenn died on May 19, 2020.

maria j. Wilson, 83 – The Maryland Zoo’s first senior African-American keeper died on May 21, 2020.

pat dye, 80 – auburn football coach died June 1, 2020.

marlene sekaquaptewa, 79 – the gifted quilt maker and Hopi political leader died on June 24, 2020.

nick lamb, 41 – Broadway actor and tony nominee died on July 5, 2020.

Helen Jones Woods, 96 – Innovative trombonist for International Rhythm Brides, one of America’s first integrated female big bands, died on July 25, 2020.

trini lopez, 83 – best known for her upbeat version of “if i had a hammer,” the musician and actor died on August 11, 2020.

tom seaver, 75 – the n.y. Mets pitcher and hall of famer died on August 31, 2020.

arnie robinson jr., 72 – two-time Olympic medalist in the long jump died on December 1, 2020.

phyllis eisenstein, 74 – Hugo Award-nominated author passed away on December 7, 2020.

Harold Budd, 84 – The composer, whose music hovered between ambient, minimalist songwriting and dream-pop, passed away on December 8, 2020.

carol sutton, 76 – the new orleans star appeared in more than 100 movies, plays and television shows. she died on December 10, 2020.

charley pride, 86 – country music’s first black superstar died on December 12, 2020.

Kim Chernin, 80 – The feminist writer who explored body dysmorphia and the modern woman’s search for self-identity died on December 17, 2020.

pang xiong sirirathasuk sikoun, 76 – Known for her intricate paj ntaub quilts, the Hmong artist celebrated the rich history and spirit of her culture. she died on December 22, 2020.

dawn wells, 82 – Best remembered for her role as mary ann summers on the sitcom gilligan’s island, the actress died on December 30, 2020.

Phil Spector, 81 – Innovative producer and convicted murderer, responsible for pop music’s “wall of sound” and the death of Lana Clarkson, died on January 16, 2021.

Sekou Smith, 48 – The NBA reporter and analyst passed away on January 26, 2021.

chloris leachman, 94 – One of Hollywood’s most decorated and versatile performers, the actress passed away on January 27, 2021.

carmen vázquez, 72 – the writer and defender of lgbtq+ causes passed away on January 27, 2021.

anne feeney, 69 – the lawyer, activist and folk singer embraced the power of music to make the world a better place. she died on February 3, 2021.

judy irola, 77 – the pioneering filmmaker, documentary filmmaker, and educator was the third woman accepted into the American society of cinematographers. she died on February 21, 2021.

mo pinel, 80 – Known for his innovative and sometimes controversial bowling ball designs, the mechanical engineer died on March 5, 2021.

john davis, 66 – one of the true vocalists behind milli vanilli, died on May 24, 2021.

j. r. Richard, 71 – Houston Astros pitcher passed away on August 4, 2021.

carol fran, 87 – Louisiana blues vocalist passed away on September 1, 2021.

andré leon talley, 73 – The glamorous fashion journalist and former editor-in-chief of vogue passed away on January 18, 2022.

meat loaf, 74 – The singer and actor, best known for his 1977 album bat out of hell, died on January 20, 2022.

dj kay slay, 55 – the celebrated hip-hop artist with a flair for the drama passed away on April 17, 2022.

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