PHOTOS: Famous people who have died from coronavirus


HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 01: John Prine performs at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on October 01, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) — The number of coronavirus infections around the world has reached more than 700 thousand as the virus continues to spread.

As of March 29, the pandemic has resulted in more than 33,000 deaths globally, with celebrities and other well-known names among them.

Here are some of the famous people lost to the virus:

John Prine

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 01: John Prine performs at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on October 01, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73. His family announced his death on Tuesday night. Revered for his wise and witty lyrics, he sang with a proud twang in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other quirky original tunes. Prine’s voice was rough around the edges, particularly after throat cancer disfigured his jaw, but he kept performing for decades. He won admiration and respect from the likes of Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson, and mentored generations of singers in Nashville. His characters were common people, facing the simple indignities, absurdities or pleasures of life. 

Ellis Marsalis Jr.

In this May 5, 2013, file photo, jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, father of musicians Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeao Marsalis and Jason Marsalis, acknowledges the crowd after performing at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, has died after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, one of his six sons confirmed. 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.

Adam Schlesinger

Adam Schlesinger
NEW YORK – MAY 04: Musician Adam Schlesinger poses for a photo at the ASCAP / Tribeca Music Lounge at The 2007 Tribeca Film Festival on May 4, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

Adam Schlesinger, the co-founder of pop-rock band Fountains of Wayne and an Oscar-nominated songwriter, has died from complications related to coronavirus. He was 52.

Schlesinger’s band, which was co-founded with Chris Collingwood, was best known for its 2003 hit “Stacy’s Mom,” a humorous track about a young boy who has a crush on his friend’s mother. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Andrew Jack

“Star Wars” actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack died at 76 after contracting COVID-19. Jack died Tuesday at a hospital in Surrey, England, the BBC reports. Jack’s agent, Jill McCullough, said he hadn’t been able to see his wife before he died because she was under quarantine in Australia.

Jack appeared in “The Last Jedi” and the “Force Awakens,” along with more than ten television series, but he was also well known in Hollywood for his work on dozens of blockbuster films as a dialect coach.

His credits as a dialect coach include “Avengers: Endgame,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Peaky Blinders,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Alien vs. Predator,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” among many others.

Terrance McNally

Terrance McNally
Terrence McNally attends the 73rd Annual Tony Awards Meet The Nominees Press Day at Sofitel New York on May 1, 2019, in New York City. (Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Terrence McNally, an American playwright whose career included winning Tony Awards for the plays “Love! Valour! Compassion!” and “Master Class” and the musicals “Ragtime” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” died of complications from COVID-19. He was 81. McNally was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic inflammatory lung disease.

Actor Mark Blum

Actor Mark Blum attends the Roundabout Theater 2005 Spring Gala in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

Mark Blum, an actor known for his roles in the films “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” as well as the recent TV series “You,” died due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 69.

Floyd Cardoz

Chef Floyd Cardoz prepares food for a Dinner with Floyd Cardoz and Anita Lopart of the Bank of America Dinner series curated by Chefs Club at Paowalla on Oct. 13, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed on “Top Chef,” won “Top Chef Masters,” died of complications from the coronavirus, his company said in a statement. He was 59. Cardoz, who operated successful restaurants in both India and New York, had traveled from Mumbai to New York through Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.

Joe Diffie

TWIN LAKES, WI – JULY 23: Joe Diffie performs on Day 3 of Country Thunder Milwaukee on July 23, 2016 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Country Thunder)

WKRN-TV reported the death of country singer Joe Diffie due to COVID-19.

The Grand Ole Opry member and Grammy winner is known for his hits in the ’90s including, “Honky Tonk Attitude,” “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox,” “John Deere Green,” “Third Rock From The Sun” and “Pickup Man.”

Alan Merrill

Alan Merrill
Alan Merrill. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The A2IM 2018 Libera Awards)

Famed guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Alan Merrill has died due to complications from the coronavirus, ET reported. The 69-year-old was best known for writing the hit song, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.” His daughter Laura Merrill said on Facebook: ” The Coronavirus took my father this morning. I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out.”

CNN contributed to this report.

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