Christopher Plummer smiling

The world saw an unprecedented amount of loss in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with celebrities including music legends Charley Pride and John Prine and stage and screen star Nick Cordero falling victim to the deadly illness, in addition to tragic losses of the likes of Kobe Bryant and Naya Rivera in horrific accidents. While we all wished 2021 would be different, the coronavirus rages on, adding to what would already have been an inevitably tragic death toll on names we know and love.

From broadcast news icons to sports legends to groundbreaking creators in music, magic moguls, and beloved character actors and actresses, here are the stars we said goodbye to for the last time in 2021. Even for stars who are up there in age, it’s always too soon. We’ll miss all of these bold-faced names, but their respective legacies are sure to live on forever.

Updated on September 5, 2021: It’s been a tragic year for some of our favorite stars, and we want to pay our respects and remember these amazing celebrities and the projects they worked on. As such, we’ve updated this list to honor the industry greats who have died in 2021.

Actress Tanya Roberts smiling
Actor Craig muMs Grant smiles for a photo at Paleyfest
Beverly Cleary appearing on Today in 2016
Actor Paul Ritter attends the Friday Night Dinner photocall at Curzon Soho on March 09, 2020 in London.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, smiles at a ceremony to mark the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from him to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Windsor Castle on July 22, 2020 in Windsor, England. The Duke of Edinburgh has been Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles since its formation in 2007 and has served as Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments which now make up The Rifles since 1953. The Duchess of Cornwall was appointed Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles in 2007.
Rapper DMX poses at his DMX Summer Anthems Tour in 2013.
Actress Helen McCrory smiles on the red carpet of Quiz Show in February 2020.
Tawny Kitaen smiling
Charles Grodin smiling
Paul Mooneys smiling
Mark York as Billy Merchant on The Office
Samuel E. Wright smiling in blue shirt
Kevin Clark grinning, open mouth
Gavin MacLeod giving a salute
Musician B.J. Thomas smiling onstage
Gwen Shamblin and Joe Lara smiling
Ned Beatty smiling
Lisa Banes posing
John Paragon pulling a funny face
Rapper Gift of Gab of Blackalicious performing
Johnny Solinger performing with Skid Row
Stuart Damon smiling
Richard Donner smiling at camera
Suzzanne Douglas smiling
Charles Robinson smiling
Robert Downey Sr. looking serious
Biz Markie smiling
Jackie Mason smiling and waving
Drummer Joey Jordison smiling
ZZ Top's Dusty Hill performing
Trevor Moore
Dennis 'Dee Tee' Thomas smirking
Jay Pickett smirking
Markie Post smirking
Don Everly posing
Charlie Watts smirking
Michael Nader smiling
Ed Asner attending his 90th birthday party
Matthew Mindler smiling
Gregg Leakes smiling
Willard Scott smiling big at a Today show event
Sarah Harding smiling
Michael K. Williams posing
Zookeeper Erik Cowie with sunglasses on
Michael Constantine smiling