2021 isn’t going to let us off easy. America is still reeling from the devastating loss brought on by Covid-19 and just two months into the new year, we’ve lost several beloved celebrities and public figures. We honor and mourn the legacy of these celebrities who died in 2021.  

Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer is most remembered for his ramrod bearing and clipped delivery as Captain Von Trapp in the 1965 motion picture The Sound of Music. He also starred in movies like Beginners, All the Money in the World, and Knives Out. Plummer was known in Hollywood circles as an extraordinary artist with old-fashioned manners and a refreshing sense of humor. He passed away on February 5, 2021, at 91.

Dustin Diamond

Dustin Diamond was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer only three weeks before he died on February 1, 2021. Fans remember him for his role as Samuel ‘Screech’ Powers in the hit teen TV series ‘Saved by the Bell’. The actor was only 44 years old at the time of his death.


Sophie was more than just a Grammy-nominated producer, pop musician, and DJ. She was known professionally for bringing transcendent sounds to her music and for championing self-expression and the fluidity of identity in all art forms. She was also a model of inspiration for countless trans and nonbinary musicians. The 34-year-old musician died in Athens, Greece when she slipped while trying to climb up to catch a glimpse of the full moon.

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson was an Oscar-nominated and Tony and Emmy award-winning actress who many believed paved the way for black actresses in the 1970s. She died in January at the age of 96.

Larry King

Television broadcaster Larry King was known for his long-form interviews with well-known public figures. King died at the age of 87, on January 23. While initial reports attributed his death to coronavirus, his wife later confirmed that the cause was an infection. The former CNN anchor had famously interviewed every president from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump.

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