(14 February 1928 – 1 January 2021)
English actor who had a career spanning more than five decades, was definitely best known for his portrayal of Alan Bradley, the Coronation Street show's main antagonist until the character was killed off (from 1986 to 1989), has died after several years battling Alzheimer's disease in hospital at the age of 92, leaving behind actress wife Sue Nicholls - his co-star in Coronation Street, his friend and longtime agent has confirmed.Mark Eden was also worlwide known for a 1965 David Lean's epic romantic drama film ''Doctor Zhivago'' alongside Omar Sharif, Julie Christie and Klaus Kinski, TV v Series ''London Belongs to Me'' (1977) alongside Derek Farr, Madge Ryan and Fiona Gray, and also for TV Drama - Adventure series, ''Doktor Who'' (1963). Mark Eden also worked with iconic American rock band the Beach Boys and wrote a very successful musical about them. His late son David (1957-2017), from his first marriage to actress Joan Long, was also an actor. Eden's granddaughter Emma Griffiths Malin, is an English actress and also a distinguished film director. His autobiography Who's Going to Look at You? about his Journey from 'no Hope Street' to Coronation Street and the most hated man in Britain, was published in early 2010.
Cause of death: Alzheimer's disease.
(May 18, 1960 – 1 January 2021)
American lawyer, banker, farmer, and Republican politician, who was represents the 38th District in the Senate of Virginia (since 2014), has died ad the age of 60 from COVID-19 complications at the VCU Medical Center Richmond, Virginia, U.S., his legislative office confirmed. Ben Chafin first served in the Virginia House of Delegates in early 2013 where he represent the fourth district, before being elected to represent the 38th district in the state Senate (2014), with 59.55% of the vote. He was married to his wife retired teacher Lora Lee Carr for almost 40 years and a father of three.Chafin, a Russell County native, has always pushed hard to bring new jobs and investment to his 38th district.
Cause of death: COVID-19.
(November 30, 1950 – January 2, 2021)
American Hall of Fame basketball player who played for 12 seasons for Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns, before start coaching NBA teams in Phoenix, Seattle and Sacramento, has died of glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of brain cancer in Scottsdale, Arizona, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed. Westphal was 70 years old.
Westphal was an outstanding shooter, a very intelligent playmaker playmaker and a top defensive player, who played alongside John Havlicek, Dave Cowens and Jo Jo White for the Celtics’ 1974 NBA champions, and became a five-time NBA All-Star between the 1976-77 and 1980-81 seasons. He coached Phoenix Suns to the league playoff final in 1993. Westphal was also two-time NBA All-Star Game head coach (1993, 1995) and NAIA champion (1988). Westphal's number 44 will forever hold its place in Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor. Westphal was inducted as player into the Kansas City College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018, and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2019.
Cause of death: glioblastoma (brain cancer).
(June 24, 1919 – January 3, 2021)
Don Salls, World War II veteran, former college fullback and defensive football player (Alabama), and longtime head football coach at Jacksonville State University (JSU), has died peacefully at the age of 101. His death was confirmed by his stepdaughter, Tracy and Ken Gaddy, executive director of the Paul W. Bryant Museum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Salls was also a battle stars and Purple Heart military decoration recipient, because he was wounded (shot in the hand during combat operations) and then, unfortunately diagnosed with a broken back. During his successful nearly two-decade long career at Jacksonville State, Salls won almost 100 games at Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville’s all-time winner), and winning three college conference championships. After leaving coaching, he worked as a teacher in the Jacksonville school’s education department until retirement in early 1981. In 1992, as one of the greatest Alabama athletes, Don Salls was inducted into the Birmingham 's Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Cause of death: natural causes.
(24 September 1942 – 3 January 2021)
English musician, Gerry and the Pacemakers singer, and British television personality, who was best known for great hits like “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” "Ferry Cross the Mersey" and "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" has sadly died following short illness ( heart infection) at Arrow Park Hospital in Arrowe Park, Merseyside, England, his longtime close friend, British broadcaster Pete Price announced on social media. He was 78 years old. The BBC also confirmed the singer’s death. The iconic Marsden’s most successful cover “You’ll Never Walk Alone” became a Number One hit in the U.K. for four consecutive weeks in 1963, and soon was adopted as the most famous “soccer anthem” of Liverpool F.C. In the late 1960s, Gerry Marsden reformed the Gerry and the Pacemakers with a new line-up and up until eaarly 2018, continued to tour venues across the UK. As an actor, Marsden was best known for Zodijak (2007), alongside Robert Downey Jr., and drama film An American Rhapsody (2001)alongside Nastassja Kinski. He was awarded the MBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his work with charitable and welfare organisations, in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honors.
Cause of death: heart infection.
(October 15, 1955 – January 3, 2021)
American actress, producer, and former model Tanya Roberts (born Victoria Leigh Blum), who is best known for her role as a James Bond girl Stacey Sutton in 1985's "A View to a Kill" alongside Roger Moore and Julie Rogers in the 1970s iconic television series ''Charlie's Angels'', alongside Farrah Fawcett, and also as a Midge Pinciotti in television period sitcom ''That '70s Show'', alongside Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, has died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, her and close friend and representative Mike Pingel confirmed Roberts ’death. Less than two weeks ago, Roberts ’collapsed suddenly while walking her dog near his home in Hollywood Hills, California.The cause of death of the famous actress has not yet been revealed. Roberts began her successful career in the early 1970s as a model in many tv commercials and made her film debut in 1975 with the horror flick ''Forced Entry'' directed by director Jim Sotos. Tanya Roberts also picked up parts in comedies like 1986's ''Body Slam'' alongside Dirk Benedict and erotic thrillers-drama like 1990's ''Night Eyes'' alongside Andrew Stevens. She also made many appearances in various TV series, like the 1994's crime drama ''Burke’s Law'' dieected by James L. Conway.
Cause of death: has not yet been revealed.
(13 February 1932 – 4 January 2021)
Hammer Horror's 'number one leading lady' and Doctor Who star, a renowned British film and television actress Barbara Shelley (born Barbara T. Kowin) has died at Hospital where she was admitted in December 2020, after contracting COVID-19, her longtime agent and close friend, Thomas Bowington confirmed. She was 88 years old. In the 1960s it became Hammer Film Productions Ltd. number-one female star without competition, and worlwide known for appearing in a string of Hammer horror films including 1964's ''The Gorgon'' directed by Terence Fisher, alongside Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Richard Pasco, 1966's ''Dracula: Prince of Darkness'' directed by Terence Fisher, alongside Andrew Keir and again Christopher Lee and 1967's science fiction horror film ''Quatermass and the Pit'' directed by Roy Ward Baker, alongside James Donald, Andrew Keir and Julian Glover. Although a native of London, Barbara Shelley began her successful film career in Italy, appearing in the 1954's Italian crime musical melodrama ''Tragic Ballad'', 1955's Italian musical crime melodrama ''New Moon'', 1956's Italian-West German melodrama ''Supreme Confession'', and 1956's Italian comedy film ''Totò, Peppino and the outlaws'' directed by Camillo Mastrocinque. Barbara Shelley was also known for TV roles in series including British ITC mystery spy thriller television series ''The Saint'', 1960s British television series ''The Avengers'', historical-fiction drama television series ''The Borgias'', BBC science fiction television programme ''Blake's 7'' and British courtroom drama series ''Crown Court'', and later played Hester Samuels in British soap ''EastEnders''.
Couse of death: complications from COVID-19.
(13 November 1953 – 5 January 2021)
Australian tennis coach Bob Brett, the former coach of tennis legends Boris Becker , Goran Ivanisevic, Johan Kriek, Nicolas Kiefer, Mario Ančić, and Marin Čilić, who worked as a coach on the Association of Tennis Professionals tour for around three decades and was also founder and head of the prestigious tennis academy in San Remo, Italy, has sadly died after a long cancer battle in Paris, France, his close friend Mats Thyren confirmed. World famous tennis coach was 67 years old. Brett had been admitted to a clinic hospital in Paris since December 2020 for liver cancer that spread quickly to the other organs of the legendary Australian coach. From 1989 to 1991, The Australian trenerska ikona helped Germany's legend Boris Becker win Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open and led him to the top of the ATP world rankings. From early 2000, Bob Brett also has been working alongside Japanese men’s tennis stars including Shuzo Matsuoka and Kei Nishikori. Last year, Bob Brett established a non-profit association, the Kent Yamazaki & Bob Brett Tennis Foundation, a Western Australia based tennis community . The Foundation constantly supports financially and socially disadvantaged youth and for junior tennis players who show elite potential in Australia.
Cause of death: liver cancer.
(26 February 1946 – 5 January 2021)
Manchester City legedary midfielder Colin Bell, nicknamed by City's fans "The King of the Kippax" or simply "Colin the King" has sadly died at the age of 74, after a short non-Covid-related illness, the Manchester City have announced. Colin Bell starting his career at Bury F.C. (1963–1966), but he moved to F.C. Manchester City, through the 1965-66 season in a nearly £ 50,000 deal. From 1966 to 1979, the iconic City soccer star played nearly five hundred games for a beloved club and scoring a total of 152 goals. City named stand at Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City F.C. after him in 2004. Over a 13-year spell with the Manchester City, he won the First Division title, FA Cup 1968–69, League Cup 1969–70, and European Cup Winners' Cup, 1969–70. Bell was part of the England soccer squad 48 times and scored a total of 9 goals. Colin Bell was also: Manchester City Player of the Year 1968, PFA Football League Division 1 Team of the Year (1974–75), selected as one of the Football League 100 Legends (1998), and Manchester City Hall of Fame (2004). Bell was deemed by international association soccer news website Goal.com to be England's twenty-sixth best ever soccer player and listed as the greatest ever Manchester City soccer player on the London Times website. In 2004, Colin Bell was awarded an MBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for services to the British community. He finished his career in 1980 with a brief spell in the United States playing for professional soccer club San Jose Earthquakes in the North American Soccer League.
Cause of death: unknown (short non-Covid-related illness).
(May 29, 1952 – death announced on 6, December 2020)
British actor, known for his roles in many British television series such as ITV soap opera ''Coronation Street'', crime-action television drama series ''The Professionals'' and television drama series of five episodes ''Scum and Boys from the Blackstuff'', has died peacefully at the age of 68, Igbon's niece, Lee-Ann Igbon have announced on social media.The cause of death has not yet been revealed. The Coronation Street star born in Hulme, Manchester, enjoyed his first big break in early 1979 starring in crime - drama television film ''Scum'', the cinematic re-make of the controversial borstal ( youth detention centre ) TV film directed by Alan Clarke, alongside Ray Winstone, Mick Ford, and Julian Firth, where he played prisoner Meakin. Igbon also starred in a number of other celebrated British television dramas including 1982's ''Brookside'', a British soap opera set in Liverpool,produced by Mersey Television(now Lime Pictures) and 1986's sitcom ''Auf Wiedersehen, Pet'', about seven English construction workers who leave Country to search for employment in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Cause of death: unknown.
(May 10, 1947 – January 7, 2021)
American actress, singer and Broadway veteran who appeared in the 1978's Eubie Blake's hit biographical jazz musical show “Eubie!” at the Ambassador Theatre, where it ran for 439 performances, but is best known fo for playing soft-spoken Sgt. Laverne Hooks in the series of American comedy films franchise ''Police Academy'', has died at the age of 73, in her Los Angeles home, her management company Roger Paul Inc.have announced on social media. The exact cause of death has not yet been revealed. In the early 1976, Ramsey had started a four-decade-long career in TV and film, with a guest appearance on CBS sitcom television series ''The Jeffersons'', alongside Isabel Sanford. That same yearRamsey became a regular on the sketch comedy/variety TV series ''Cos'' hosted by Bill Cosby. Marion Ramsey has also appeared in the 2003's TV Movie ''Recipe for Disaster'', alongside John Larroquette and Lesley Ann Warren, 2013's black-and-white silent film about the silent movie era ''Return to Babylon'', alongside Jennifer Tilly and María Conchita Alonso, and in the television films for American basic cable channel SyFy, such as 2015's science fiction horror thriller television film ''Lavalantula'' alongside Steve Guttenberg, Nia Peeples and Ione Skye and also in the 2016's sequel ''2 Lava 2 Lantula !'' directed by Nick Simon.Interestingly, Ramsey's voice was in real life is much bolder and completely different than the voice of her Police Academy character soft-spoken Sgt. Laverne Hooks.
Cause of death: unknown.
(October 27, 1936 – January 7, 2021)
American journalist and 1988's Pulitzer Prize winner for his bestseller book ''A Bright Shining Lie'', and his achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, who was also the first to obtain the ''Pentagon Papers'', a officially titled Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force, that was included a massive history of long-standing United States involvement in the Vietnam War, has died at the age of 84 of complications from Parkinson’s disease in Washington, D.C. The journalist's death was confirmed by his daughter, Catherine Sheehan Bruno. In the last 30 years of his life Sheehan had a lot of health problems including a pinched nerve and osteoarthritis. Energetic and driven, Neil Sheehan arrived in Vietnam in early 1962, at age 25, firmly believing in the justification of American intervention, but left Vietnam, four years later in 1966, completely disillusioned, shaken and anguished. In 1971, the Nixon administration tried to halt publication but the Supreme Court reject the government's position and establish a landmark First Amendment decision, emphasizing the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press.He also received the 1990's Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement.
Cause of death: complications from Parkinson’s disease.
(March 10, 1965 – January 7, 2021)
American actor, hip-hop performer, and motivational speaker, Deezer D, (born Dearon Thompson) who was best known as nurse Malik McGrath on the beloved Steven Spielberg-produced medical drama television series “ER,” has died at the age of only 55. The actor's death was confirmed by his brother Marshawn. He was found at his Los Angeles home, and has died from a suspected heart attack, although no official cause of death has been released yet. Deezer had previously survived major and very complicated heart surgery in 2009. Deezer was also well-known for his roles in the '' CB4'', 1993's comedy film directed by Tamra Davis, alongside chris rock, ''Fear of a Black Hat'', 1994's sports comedy film directed by Reginald Hudlin, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Berg, and Jamie Foxx, and also ''Romy and Michele's High School Reunion'', 1997's comedy film directed by David Mirkin, alongside Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow. He was almost 15 years a part of NBC’s legendary and highly watched Thursday night “must-see-TV” lineup for nearly 200 episodes. Deezer released his only full-length solo recording rap album, “Delayed, But Not Denied,” in early 2008, and was available on iTunes. Deezer D's latest song, "History Can't Be Stopped," was released posthumously just a day after his untimely death, on January 8, 2021.
Cause of death: suspected heart attack.
(December 29, 1939 – January 8, 2021)
Legendary American country music singer-songwriter and actor Ed Bruce (born William Edwin Bruce Jr.), who was recorded several Top Ten country hits, including 1975's legendary song "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys", written by him and his wife Patsy Bruce (country songwriter and manager) and 1982's country number one hit written by Wayland Holyfield and Randy Hatch, "You're the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had", has died in Clarksville, Tennessee, from natural causes, according to his longtime publicist and close friend Jeremy Westby. He was 81 years old. He signed with MCA record label in early 1980, where he would score a string of big solo successes that included hit songs "Diane," "Evil Angel" and "Love's Found You And Me." Bruce returned to RCA Records (then owned by Radio Corporation of America) in 1984, and scored a No. 3 country music hit with "You Turn Me On Like A Radio" in early 1985. Ed Bruce was also an actor, best known for 2009's biographical crime drama ''Public Enemies'', alongside Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, 2010's drama film '' Country Strong'', alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, and 2016's epic road comedy-drama film '' American Honey'', alongside stars Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf. Ed Bruce also co-starred in the 1981's NBC's Western television series ''Bret Maverick'' with Hollywood icon, actor James Garner. In the late 1980s, he hosted the Hollywood's motorsports television show ''American Sports Cavalcade'', and tv show ''Truckin’ USA''. Less than two years ago, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement honor from the Arkansas Country Music Awards.
Cause of death: natural causes.
(7 June 1952 – 10 January 2021)
Legendary French car and motorbike rally driver, first presenter of the Koh-Lanta reality show on TF 1, and former director of the Paris-Dakar rally (between 1995 and 2004), which is open to amateur and professional drivers, Hubert Auriol, Nicknamed "the African" (because he was born in Addis Abeba) and ''the King of the Dakar'', who won the Paris-Dakar rally by car with a Citroen ZX Rallye Raid in 1992 and twice in motorbike with a BMW R80G / S (1981 and 1983), has sadly died from a cardiovascular accident following a lengthy severe illness and COVID-19 infection, in intensive care at Garches Hospital, according to his family. He was 68 years old. He began competing in motocross in the early 1970s. Auriol has taken part in The Paris-Dakar rally events 17 times, of which 9 events on a motorcycle and seven on a car. It was under his direction, between 1995 and 2004, that the Paris-Dakar rally would set off for the first time outside France and even twice from Dakar (1997 and 2000). In 2008, in North of Africa, Auriol founded the Africa Eco Race, as an answer to the cancellation of 2008 Paris-Dakar rally, due to security threats in Mauritania. In 2019, he published an autobiography entitled ''Straight On Main Track'' (TDSPP), and also he co-writing a autobiography e book ''Paris-Dakar: a males’s story''. He also holds the record of the being one the world's fastest people, in the company of France racing driver Henri Pescarolo, Patrick Fourtick and British Arthur Powell, to circumnavigate the whole world in a simple propeller plane, in early 1987. They are in historical a flight that lasted only 88 hours, broke the record set five decades earlier by American business magnate and record-setting pilotr Howard Hughes. For his motorcycling achievements, in 1995, Auriol was awarded the National Order of Merit, and the Legion of Honor (the highest French order of merit), In 2012, as one of the most world's successful and iconic motorcycle racers, He was named an FIM (The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) Legend for his great contribution to the development of world motorcycling, and also was enthroned at the FIA Hall of Fame, in 2019. Hubert Auriol lived in Suresnes in the western suburbs of Paris with his wife Caroline and three daughters Julie, Jenna and Leslie.
Cause of death:
coronary heart assault and complications from COVID-19.
(12 July 1924 – 11 January 2021)
Mrs Eve Branson, the British billionaire, ex-ballet dancer, philanthropist, child welfare advocate, founder of the Virgin Group (British multinational venture capital conglomerate), and one of directors of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, has died from COVID-19 complications in Fulham, England, her son Richard Branson, business magnate, investor and author announced. She was 96 years old. In February 1970, she gave her son Richard Branson the first £ 100, and he turned that humble start-up capital into his £ 3billion fortune and large business empire. Eve Branson was also founder and director of the Eve Branson Foundation. This charitable organisation provides communities of young people in Morocco with business consulting, income-generating projects and ongoing training, with tools to learn and share new knowledge. As a twenty-year-old girl, Branson served in the Women's Royal Naval Service ( the women's branch of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy), during World War II. After the war ended, she toured Germany as a ballet dancer with ENSA, the Navy, Army and Air Force organisation established to provide entertainment for British armed forces personnel. In early 2013, Branson published her autobiography in the style of a fast-paced adventure novel, entitled '' Mum's the Word: The High-Flying Adventures of Eve Branson ''.
Cause of death: COVID-19.
(June 15, 1968 – January 12, 2021)
Twenty days after Kevin Greene’s tragic death, another member of the mid-90s Iconic Steelers has sadly died. Tim Lester (born Timothy Lee Lester ), former NFL's football running back, nicknamed the “Bus Driver”, known for blocking for Jerome Bettis, has died of COVID-19 complications, Lester's alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University announced. A Miami native, he attended Eastern Kentucky University , where he was a two-time College first- football team all-Ohio Valley Conference selection, which operates in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. He was only 52 years old. Lester was drafted in the 1992 NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting by the Los Angeles Rams. After two seasons spent in Los Angeles, Lester played 4 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1995–1998), where he used as a lead blocker and finishing his Steelers ’four-year career with fifteen carries to go along with twenty-six receptions. Lester played with the Steelers Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Arizona after the 1995 season, when The Cowboys defeated the Steelers by the score of 27–17. Lester finished his eight-year professional football career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1999. Tim Lester, Eastern Kentucky Athletics and Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Famer, founded New Found Life Youth Football and the youth team of the Milton Steelers, Atalanta. Many Lester's former teammates post on socialmedia their condolences and sadness.
Cause of death: COVID-19.
(26 November 1943 – 13 January 2021)
Belgian motocross racer, 250cc class six-time world champion during the 1960s and early 1970s, who also played a very important role in the introduction and promotion of the motocross races in the US, as Motocross pioneer by participating in the Edison Dye’s annual Inter-Am tours motocross series in early 1970's, has died from complications Covide-19 after he spent several days in a comatose state at hospital in Gilly, Belgium, his family announced. He was 77 years old. In early 1964, Robert became the youngest motocross world champion, as a 22-old privateer riding a 250cc class Czech motorcycle CZ. Joël Robert was at the vanguard of generations of great Belgian riders that would dominate the FIM World Championships the late 1970s, and the1980s, 1990s and 2000s, including, Gaston Rahier, Andre Malherbe, Eric Geboers, Joel Smets, and a ten-time world champion, Stefan Everts. Joël Robert was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame of the American Motorcyclist Association along with Swedish motocross racer Torsten Hallman in 2000. Robert also acted as a longtime successful manager for Belgium’s Motocross des Nations team.
Cause of death: COVID-19.
(April 16, 1927 – January 14, 2021)
Broadway, film and television veteran character actor, Peter Mark Richman (born Marvin Jack Richman), who from the mid-1950s until his last roles in 2011's thriller film '' Mysteria '' appeared in over 30 films and had guest starring roles on more than 130 television series, including a recurring role as Chrissy's dad, Rev. Snow on the classic sitcom ''Three's Company'', has passed away of natural causes in Los Angeles, California, U.S., his family announced. He was 93 years old. Richman, a Philadelphia native, before becoming an actor, has played football for several years in a Pennsylvania Eastern Pro Conference league. Peter Mark Richman has also appeared in the 1956's William Wyler’s American Civil War drama “The Friendly Persuasion,” alongside iconic Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire and Anthony Perkins, ''The Black Orchid'', 1959's Martin Ritt's drama film, alongside Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn,''Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan'' 1989's Rob Hedden's slasher film, as Charles McCulloch, alongside Jensen Daggett and Scott Reeves and as Arthur Dunwell in the 1991's David Zucker's comedy film “Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear”, alongside Leslie Nielsen and Priscilla Presley. He also had recurring roles in “Beverly Hills 90210” and the soap opera Dynasty as Andrew Laird. He is survived by his wife, actress Helen (Landess) Richman and five children, as well as six grandchildren.
Cause of death: natural causes.