Top 10 Saddest Deaths of 2021

The Top Ten
1 Betty White Betty White Ludden (January 17, 1922 - December 31, 2021), known professionally as Betty White, was an American actress, animal rights activist, author, comedian, radio host, singer, and television personality.

R.I.P. to the remaining Golden Girl, who was an icon in television, as well as a very talented, kindhearted person. We will always remember the laughs she brought us and all the wonderful things she did.

This wonderful woman was just a few weeks away from turning 100. May you always stay golden in heaven.

She was almost 100 years old. She shall be in Heaven.

2 Prince Philip

R.I.P. You were a lifesaver to England.

3 Larry King Larry King (1933 - 2021) was an American television and radio host, whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and 10 Cable ACE Awards.

He was the G.O.A.T. interviewer in the history of pop culture, as well as the longest-serving talk host for a single TV series. He was 87, and it's assumed he lost his battle to COVID-19. R.I.P. to the king of interviews.

He must have lived a long, healthy life!

4 Cloris Leachman Cloris Leachman was an American actress and comedian. In a career spanning nearly eight decades she has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award, and an Academy Award for her role in The Last Picture Show.

One of the best and longest-serving actresses and comedians of all time. She had COVID-19 the year before what would have marked 80 years in the spotlight. R.I.P.

She looked pretty in one of her photos from the 1950s!

She was a hero to me. I'll never forget her.

5 Dusty Hill Joseph Michael "Dusty" Hill (May 19, 1949 - July 27, 2021) was the bassist, keyboardist, and co-vocalist with the American rock group ZZ Top. He died on July 27, 2021 at the age of 72.
6 Beverly Cleary Beverly Atlee Cleary (April 12, 1916 - March 26, 2021) was an American writer of children's and young adult fiction. One of America's most successful authors, 91 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide since her first book was published in 1950. Some of Cleary's best known characters are... read more

I still have pretty much all of her books, some even original prints from when they were made.

7 Cicely Tyson
8 Sabine Schmitz
9 George Segal
10 Charlie Watts Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts was an English drummer, best known as a member of the Rolling Stones. Originally trained as a graphic artist, he started playing drums in London’s rhythm and blues clubs, where he met Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards.

The drummer of the Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts, passed away on August 24th after pulling out of a tour. He was 80. R.I.P.

R.I.P. Charlie Watts. The least flashy, but one of the greatest drummers of all time.

The Contenders
11 Christopher Plummer Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer CC (December 13, 1929 – February 5, 2021) was a Canadian actor. His career spanned seven decades, gaining him recognition for his performances in film, stage, and television. He received multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, two Tony Awards, two Primetime... read more
12 DMX Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX and Dark Man X, was an American rapper and actor. He was born on December 18, 1970. He passed away on April 9th, 2021 after suffering a heart attack.

One of the original rappers, Dark Man X or DMX, passed away from a heart attack due to a history of drug overdose. He was 50. R.I.P.

13 Michael Collins

One of the Apollo 11 astronauts, Michael Collins was the one who stayed in orbit as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon in 1969.

People often forget him. Even my mother thought Apollo 11 flew itself until I told her (I am a huge nerd).

14 John Madden

The man for whom the Madden Stadium was named passed away halfway between Christmas and New Year's Eve. R.I.P.

15 Carlos do Carmo

The founder of the Fado subgenre in jazz, Carlos do Carmo, passed away on New Year's Day from natural causes due to a lung aneurysm. He was 81. R.I.P.

16 Eric Carle

One of the G.O.A.T. children's book illustrators and authors. He wrote books like The Grouchy Ladybug, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and many more. He passed away from kidney failure aged 91. R.I.P. Eric Carle 1920-2021.

17 Liam Reilly
18 Nikki Grahame

Popular actress and model Nikki Grahame, known for competing on Big Brother UK, just passed away on April 9th, the same day Prince Philip and DMX did. Not to mention, she was one of the shortest models in the U.S. (at roughly 5'1"). She was 38. R.I.P.

19 Biz Markie

The clown prince of hip hop. A legend we'll never forget. R.I.P.

I really miss this guy. Hope he shoots up to #1.

20 Desmond Tutu
21 Shani Mahadevappa
22 Michael Apted
23 Don Salls
24 Mike Reese

The congressman of Pennsylvania, Mike Reese, passed away on January 3rd, 2021. R.I.P. Mike Reese.

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