(WJW) – The coronavirus pandemic has shown us that no one is immune.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson were the first celebrities known who tested positive for the virus.
However, the coronavirus has claimed the lives of thousands of others, including some famous faces.
Singer-songwriter John Prine died April 7 at the age of 73.
In the song, “When I get to heaven,” he wrote:
“When I get to heaven, I’m gonna shake God’s hand
Thank him for more blessings than one man can stand”
Prine was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March.
The Grammy winner is considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
ELLIS MARSALIS JR.
Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. died April 1 of coronavirus.
He was 85 years old.
Marsalis’ wife, Dolores, died in 2017. He is survived by his sons Branford, Wynton, Ellis III, Delfeayo, Mboya and Jason.
Fountains of Wayne founder and singer Adam Schlesinger died April 1 at the age of 52.
He died from complications of coronavirus.
He also wrote music for “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “That Thing You Do!”
Country music star Joe Diffie died March 29 at the age of 61 due to coronavirus complications, according to his publicist.
Known for hits like, “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (when I Die)” and “Pickup Man,” Diffie had a string of hits in the 90s.
He had just announced he tested positive for coronavirus two days before he died.
Japanese comedian Ken Shimura died March 29 after a long battle with coronavirus.
He reported symptoms March 17 and had been hospitalized since March 20.
He was 70-years-old.
CBS News producer and talent executive Maria Mercader died of COVID-19 in New York March 29, CBS said.
She was 54.
Mercader worked at CBS for three decades, getting her start in the network’s page program, CBS said in a release.
Mercader “courageously fought cancer and related illnesses for 20 years, enduring numerous treatments and surgeries,” CBS said. “To her colleagues and family, she was an inspiration and a symbol of hope each time she returned to work after the latest medical setback threatened to end her life.”
Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, Alan Merrill passed away on March 29 due to complications from the coronavirus.
The 69-year-old was best known for writing the hit song, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
69-year-old actor Mark Blum died March 25 of coronavirus complications.
He was in several films including, “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” as well as recent appearances in shows like “Succession,” “You,” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”
World-renowned chef Floyd Cardoz died March 25 in New Jersey.
He had been diagnosed with coronavirus March 18.
He was 59.
American playwright and screenwriter Terrence McNally died March 24 at the age of 81.
He died in a hospital in Sarasota.
His cause of death is listed as complications from coronavirus.
He was also battling COPD and was a lung cancer survivor.
Actor Jay Benedict died April 4 from coronavirus complications.
He was 68-years-old.
“Star Wars” actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack died at 76 after contracting COVID-19.
He died March 31 after he was diagnosed with coronavirus.