Covid-19: Ann Sullivan, John Prine & Other Icons The World Lost

Gone Too Soon
1/18

Gone Too Soon

The Covid-19 outbreak has changed our world and turned it upside down. Life as we know it, might never be the same again and needless to say, the effects of this pandemic will be felt for decades to come.

Not to say that some lives matter more than others, but the outbreak took away some of our beloved icons, trailblazers and trendsetters who had achieved tremendous success in their lifetime and were gone too soon.

Here are a few who lost the battle to Covid-19.

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Ann Sullivan
2/18

Ann Sullivan

Veteran animator Ann Sullivan, who worked on Disney classics such as 'The Little Mermaid' and 'The Lion King', died from complications due to the coronavirus on April 16 at the age of 91.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sullivan's retirement community, the Woodland Hills-based campus of the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF), confirmed the news of her death.

Sullivan left her job to raise four children, but she re-entered the business in 1973, when she started at Filmnation and Hanna Barbera.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Zafar Sarfraz
3/18

Zafar Sarfraz

Former Pakistani first-class cricketer Zafar Sarfraz became the first professional player in the country to die after contracting the novel coronavirus on April 14. The 50-year-old first fell ill in April and was put on a ventilator at a hospital in Peshawar after his condition deteriorated.

"Sarfraz was healthy and lively but some 10 days ago he developed symptoms of the coronavirus and did not survive," said a family member who spoke to AFP.

Sarfraz, a middle-order batsman, played 15 first-class games in Peshawar and retired in 1994

(With inputs from AFP)

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Allen Garfield
4/18

Allen Garfield

Actor Allen Garfield, best known for his roles in films such as 'Nashville' and 'The Stunt Man', died of the coronavirus on April 9 at the age of 80.

Garfield's 'Nashville' co-star Ronee Blakely shared the news of his death in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

"RIP Allen Garfield, the great actor who played my husband in 'Nashville', has died today of Covid; I hang my head in tears; condolences to family and friends; I will post more later; cast and crew, sending love," Blakely wrote.

(With inputs from PTI)

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John Prine
5/18

John Prine

John Prine, an American folk legend widely considered one of his generation's most influential songwriters, died following complications of coronavirus on April 8 at the age of 73.

On April 3 Prine's wife Fiona had posted on social media the beloved country and folk star was on his eighth day in the ICU on a ventilator, and had pneumonia in both lungs.

Once dubbed the "Mark Twain of American songwriting," over his five decades in the music business Prine carved an image as an off-the-cuff wordsmith who forged melancholy tales with a dose of surrealist wit.

(With inputs from AFP)

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Lee Fierro
6/18

Lee Fierro

Actor Lee Fierro, best known for playing Mrs Kintner in Steven Spielberg's ‘Jaws’, died of complications due to coronavirus.

The actor had moved from her home on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, where ‘Jaws’ was filmed, and was living in Ohio at an assisted-living facility.

Fierro is survived by her five children, seven grand-children and seven great-grandchildren

(With inputs from PTI)

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Patricia Bosworth
7/18

Patricia Bosworth

Patricia Bosworth, an actress who once starred alongside Audrey Hepburn and later wrote biographies on several stars including Marlon Brando and Montgomery Clift, died due to the coronavirus on Sunday. She was 86.

Bosworth's stepdaughter, Fia Hatsav, told The New York Times that pneumonia brought on by the virus was the cause of death.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Sergio Rossi
8/18

Sergio Rossi

Celebrated Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi died at the age of 84 from complications over novel coronavirus on Saturday.

The shoemaker died on Thursday in Italy's Cesena, a city in Emilia-Romagna, one of the regions hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Riccardo Sciutto, CEO of the Sergio Rossi Group, shared the news of the designer's demise on Instagram.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Bill Withers
9/18

Bill Withers

Bill Withers, the legendary performer who defined 1970s soul with timeless hits like "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lean on Me" died on Friday , his family said in a statement. He was 81 years old.

The Grammy-winning artist succumbed to heart complications, according to his family, which said it was "devastated" over the loss.

"A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other," they said.

(With inputs from AFP)

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Ellis Marsalis Jr.
10/18

Ellis Marsalis Jr.

Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, died late Wednesday after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, leaving six sons and a deep legacy. He was 85.

"Pneumonia was the actual thing that caused his demise. But it was pneumonia brought on by Covid-19," Ellis Marsalis III confirmed in an Associated Press phone interview. Four of the jazz patriarch's six sons are musicians: Wynton, trumpeter, is America's most prominent jazz spokesman as artistic director of jazz at New York's Lincoln Center.

(With inputs from AP)

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Adam Schlesinger
11/18

Adam Schlesinger

Emmy winner Adam Schlesinger, best known as the co-founder of the 2000s pop-rock band 'Fountains of Wayne', succumbed to coronavirus complications on Wednesday. He was 52.

The composer was admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 infection and was on ventilator.

He had won three Primetime Emmys: two for original music and lyrics for the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards and, another for original music and lyrics for "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" in 2015. Schlesinger also penned the iconic song "That Thing You Do", which was part of the 1996 film of the same name, starring Tom Hanks.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Floyd Cardoz
12/18

Floyd Cardoz

Cardoz is an icon who is close to every Mumbaikar’s heart. The chef was known for his mega successful restaurants like 'Bombay Canteen', 'O Pedro' and 'Bombay Sweet Shop' in Mumbai. The famous ‘Tabla’ in New York was also Cardoz’s brainchild.

The 59-year-old co-founder of Hunger Inc. Hospitality, that runs the Mumbai restaurants, tested positive for Covid-19 in the USA on March 18. The culinary star passed away on March 26. He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter.

As soon as the news of Cardoz’s passing started trickling in, several friends of the chef, like Danny Meyer, Padma Lakshmi, Chelsea Peretti and others mourned his demise and paid heartfelt homage to the culinary icon.

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Alan Merrill
13/18

Alan Merrill

Musician Alan Merrill, co-writer and singer of the original version of 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll," breathed his last on Sunday due to complications from coronavirus, at the age of 69.

The news was shared by his daughter, Laura Merril, on her Facebook page. "The Coronavirus took my father this morning," she wrote.

"I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out. He seemed peaceful and as I left there was still a glimmer of hope that he wouldn't be a ticker on the right-hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen.," continued Laura in her Facebook post.

The late musician was a member of the band 'The Arrows.' Reportedly, it was while in the band, he wrote the song 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' which the band released in 1975.

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Joe Diffie
14/18

Joe Diffie

Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like ‘Home’ and ‘Pickup Man,’ died after testing positive for Covid-19 on Monday.

Diffie, on Friday, announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis. Diffie's publicist Scott Adkins said the singer died Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, due to complications from the virus.

Diffie is survived by his wife, Tara Terpening Diffie, and seven children from four marriages

(With inputs from AP)

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Ken Shimura
15/18

Ken Shimura

Days after being hospitalised for coronavirus, veteran Japanese comedian Ken Shimura died of pneumonia caused by the virus on Sunday, reported Japan Times.

The 70-year-old comic was admitted to the hospital on March 20 for symptoms of fever and severe pneumonia and was declared coronavirus positive on March 23.

He was the first Japanese celebrity to contract the highly contagious virus.

Shimura's death sent shock waves throughout Japan, where many people, especially the younger population, are seen as lacking a sense of urgency about the virus.

(With inputs from AP)

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Mark Blum
16/18

Mark Blum

Actor Mark Blum, best known for featuring in movies such as "Desperately Seeking Susan" and "Crocodile Dundee", died of complications from Covid-19 on Friday.

The news of his death was shared by Rebecca Damon, the executive vice-president of Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

"It is with such deep sorrow that I'm writing to share the news that our friend and former board member Mark Blum has passed away as a result of complications from the coronavirus.

Blum started his career in the 1970s and made a mark on theatre scene with critically-acclaimed performance in Playwrights Horizons production of Albert Innaurato's "Gus and Al".

(With inputs from PTI)

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Manu Dibango
17/18

Manu Dibango

Veteran Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango died on Tuesday after contracting the new coronavirus, and became one of the first worldwide stars to succumb to the disease.

A message on his official Facebook page confirmed that his death had come after he contracted Covid-19.

"His funeral service will be held in strict privacy, and a tribute to his memory will be organized when possible," the message said.

"OH NO NOT YOU MANU DIBANGO," Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour wrote on Twitter. "I don't have the words to express all my sadness." French Culture Minister Franck Riester also paid tribute to him on Twitter.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Terrence Mcnally
18/18

Terrence Mcnally

Terrence McNally, a revered American playwright, librettist and screenwriter whose long career earned him four Tony awards and an Emmy, died on Tuesday following coronavirus complications.

An openly gay writer whose subject matter included love, homophobia and AIDS, McNally's notable plays included "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and "Master Class", along with the musicals "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and "Ragtime."

Tributes quickly poured in from Broadway, with Lin-Manuel Miranda of "Hamilton" fame dubbing the prolific McNally "a giant in our world, who straddled plays and musicals deftly. Grateful for his staggering body of work and his unfailing kindness."

(With inputs from AFP)

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