Famous people who died in 2021
December 31, 2021 - A small selection of famous figures who died in 2021 include Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Zambia’s first president Kenneth Kaunda, South Africa’s last white president F.W. de Klerk, and U.S. statesman and soldier Colin Powell. The arts world lost actors Christopher Plummer and Jean-Paul Belmondo, drummer Charlie Watts and composer Stephen Sondheim, and sports fans remember German football legend Gerd Mueller.
Other noted political figures who passed away this year include Carlos Menem, flamboyant former President of Argentina, Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse, and Abdelaziz Bouteflika, former President of Algeria.
Stage and screen lost pioneering U.S. actress Cicely Tyson, renowned Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink, and acclaimed Shakespearean actor Antony Sher.
The music world lost Mary Wilson, an original member of The Supremes, Don Everly of the Everly Brothers, and Michael Nesmith of the Monkees.
Sports stars include baseball star Hank Aaron, former England striker Jimmy Greaves, and Formula 1 pioneer Frank Williams.
Other notable figures include U.S. astronaut Michael Collins, the pilot of the Apollo 11 moon mission, and charity fundraiser Captain Tom Moore, who in the run-up to his 100th birthday raised £33m for Britain’s National Health Service in the early days of Covid-19.