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Old 03-21-2020, 07:02 PM
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who is the most famous person killed by covid-19 so far?


Maybe this isn't the best place for this, but I'm not familiar with any really famous people who have died from the virus yet.

Have I missed something, or have we not yet had our "Rock Hudson" of Covid-19
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Old 03-21-2020, 09:46 PM
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The closest thing to that is probably the 21-year-old Brazilian soccer coach who turned out to also have leukemia.

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Old 03-21-2020, 09:57 PM
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Or the Dr in China who tried to warn the public about Covid-19.
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Old 03-21-2020, 10:13 PM
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Old 03-21-2020, 10:29 PM
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Or the Dr in China who tried to warn the public about Covid-19.
Forgot all about him. D'oh!

I personally believe he was deliberately silenced, although in what exact manner we will probably never know.

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Old 03-21-2020, 11:42 PM
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Forgot all about him. D'oh!

I personally believe he was deliberately silenced, although in what exact manner we will probably never know.
Why would they want to kill him to silence him? Well before he died, the facts about the virus and the associated disease were well-known, and the Chinese government was not in denial about them.
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Here is a list of famous dead victims (so famous I have never heard of any of them except the Chinese doctor Li Wenliang)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...virus_pandemic
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:06 PM
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Probably Terrence McNally, at least for now...
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Old 03-24-2020, 03:47 PM
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African jazz great Manu Dibango dies in France of virus

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Old 03-24-2020, 04:08 PM
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He's the first one I heard of (excluding the doctor in China, who became famous only because of the outbreak). Dibango was the artist behind the song "Soul Makossa." That song had the refrain "ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma koo sah" which Michael Jackson borrowed for "Wanna Be Starting Something."
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Old 03-24-2020, 04:17 PM
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Probably Terrence McNally, at least for now...
Aw, shit, I hadn't heard this yet. :-(
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Old 03-24-2020, 05:25 PM
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The former president of Real Madrid Sanz died from the disease this weekend.

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Mark Blum, the actor who played hot tub salesman Gary Glass in the movie "Desperately Seeking Susan", was also in "Mozart in the Jungle". https://www.nj.com/entertainment/202...ronavirus.html
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So far, I'd say Terrence McNally. But there will be more.
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Mark Blum, the actor who played hot tub salesman Gary Glass in the movie "Desperately Seeking Susan", was also in "Mozart in the Jungle". https://www.nj.com/entertainment/202...ronavirus.html
I see his Wikipedia entry says something like "and other underlying health factors" as cause of death, which I suspect might be true. However, with these things I don't think we will get anywhere near an accurate picture of how many were already in poor health and this pushed them over.

For example, even the 81 year-old Terrence McNally was "lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic inflammatory lung disease.."

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There's this guy: a pastor who claimed Covid was just a plot to bring down Trump.

Although when I googled "pastor dies of Covid who claimed it was a hoax", turned out there was more than one!

They may not have been famous before. Perhaps they will be now.

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Is the fact that this thread remains so barren an illustration that access to excellent medical care generally leads to positive outcomes? Given the lengthy list of rich and/or famous folks who have tested positive, and the death rate, one would think that we’d have at least a handful of very famous folks in the death count.
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Princess from Spain died at 86

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Is the fact that this thread remains so barren an illustration that access to excellent medical care generally leads to positive outcomes? Given the lengthy list of rich and/or famous folks who have tested positive, and the death rate, one would think that we’d have at least a handful of very famous folks in the death count.
There aren't that many famous people.

One study says an average person can recognize 5000 people's faces. I don't know if we recognize more people by face or by name, but let's assume it's the same. That means an average person recognize 1 in 1.5 million people of the world. Or if that's 5000 people in the US, that's still one in 65,000. So 65,000 Americans might die before anyone you recognize dies. Right now the death toll is around 30,000 worldwide and 2200 Americans.

Of course the rich & famous are getting infected at a higher rate than the average population, because they meet more people & travel more. But they are probably tested early, and some may still die.

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Old 03-29-2020, 10:33 AM
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I'm not sure there will be a "Rock Hudson" of this pandemic - not because I think famous and wealthy people won't die , but because I don't think "fame" is what it used to be. Rock Hudson died in 1985 and even people who had never seen one of his movies would have heard of him from his TV show in a time where there were basically three networks, not hundreds of cable stations. I mean, looking at that list one of the notable people is someone who won "Top Chef Masters" - has anyone who is not a fan of that show ever heard of him? I don't know - but lots of people who never watched Julia Child on TV had heard of her in 1985.

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I'm not sure there will be a "Rock Hudson" of this pandemic - not because I think famous and wealthy people won't die , but because I don't think "fame" is what it used to be.
There are plenty of people who are famous. Again, nobody really famous has died yet because very few people have died so far. By the time Rock Hudson died of HIV/AIDS, over 10,000 Americans had died of it. (He died in October 1985; cumulative death toll by end of 1985 was 13,278 according to this page). COVID-19 has "only" killed ~2200 Americans so far.

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Rock Hudson was a totally different thing because it was about the revelation that he was gay. It was a shock to people that they couldn't just tell themselves "only perverts and weirdos can get it, so it has nothing to do with me." Rock Hudson was part of a huge shift in how we thought about AIDS and how we thought about gayness.

By that measure, the answer to this question is Tom Hanks.
He didn't die, but his announcement that he had CORVID-19 made a lot of people realize "oh shit, this is real" and "this could impact me and people I love".
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As a sports fan, the count among the athletes that I recognize (at least by team or club) is pretty high, perhaps even approaching triple figures. Admittedly, these are mostly athletes that are young and in incredible shape, which certainly helps their chances. But we are also hearing of numerous young people with no pre-existing conditions perishing from COVID.
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Country singer Joe Diffie died today at the age of 61.
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There's this guy: a pastor who claimed Covid was just a plot to bring down Trump.

Although when I googled "pastor dies of Covid who claimed it was a hoax", turned out there was more than one!

They may not have been famous before. Perhaps they will be now.
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“Now, here’s a theory,” said Hampton. “It was brought to my attention that this virus thing, people die from the flu more than they’ve died from this virus.
Effectively, the lies from the right-wing bullshit machine, including Fox News likely killed this guy, and probably will kill a few others in his church.
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John Prine is in critical condition .
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Ken Shimura just died of COVID-19. He was a major, major star of comedy in Japan and basically my personal favorite of any entertainer there.

This is going to fuck up Japan bigtime.

I am crushed. Fucking, fucking sucks.
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It's confirmed that he died? I don't see that online.
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No. Tested positive, in isolation at home. Some of the entries were just people who had it and I misunderstood the thread.
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Hopefully I won't need to avoid jukeboxes in the future.
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Possibly Ellis Marsalis.

Or Adam Schlesinger, singer from Fountains of Wayne and film and stage composer.

Sadly though, this is just the beginning. There will be others and one of them is likely to be even more famous.
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He’s running on empty.
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Donald Trump's refusal to follow CDC guidelines resulted in his death several weeks ago. He's been replaced by an Animatron originally destined for the Hall of Presidents at Disney World. It has been reported that Disney folks figured they might as well get some use out of the electronic dummy before Mickey World gets permanently mothballed.

As members of the press have noted, Trump's Animatronic visage has been trotted out to recent press briefings. Aids have been seen wheeling it in, replacing batteries and lubricating the machine's jaw joints. Extra spray tan has been strategically applied to cover the loose wires going to the brain pan. Nonetheless, the robot has successfully convinced millions of dimwitted Americans that everything is just hunky-dory in Peoria. It has been noted that if you watch closely the words you hear are not the words coming out of his mouth. There have been some lip-sync/deep fake issues. Give 'em another couple of weeks, they'll work the bugs out. Come November, those of us left will properly hail and glorify our new King-for-Life, our Grand Imperial Poobah, Our Most Magnificent Trump!
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John Prine is in critical condition .
Unfortunately, John Prine has died of the disease. I've been dreading this since I heard he had been hospitalized.

The New York Times has section on Those We've Lost to the Coronavirus (Coronavirus coverage is outside the paywall). In terms of fame, John Prine is high up on the list.

Perhaps not the most famous, but perhaps the most heartbreakingly ironic is Dr. John Murray, a physician who pioneered many of the respiratory therapies that are being used to treat the disease.
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The New York Times has section on Those We've Lost to the Coronavirus (Coronavirus coverage is outside the paywall). In terms of fame, John Prine is high up on the list.
Thanks for this link Billdo. Interesting. Not many names that I recognize, and NFL kicker Tom Dempsey is not on their list as of just now.

ETA — the only name on that list that I recognize is Joe Diffie.

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Rock Hudson was a totally different thing because it was about the revelation that he was gay. It was a shock to people that they couldn't just tell themselves "only perverts and weirdos can get it, so it has nothing to do with me." Rock Hudson was part of a huge shift in how we thought about AIDS and how we thought about gayness.

By that measure, the answer to this question is Tom Hanks.
He didn't die, but his announcement that he had CORVID-19 made a lot of people realize "oh shit, this is real" and "this could impact me and people I love".
To me its Rudy Gobert. March 11 was a harrowing night: within one hour he got it, the NBA shut down, Trump gave that awful speech that almost totally crashed the Dow Jones, and Tom Hanks got it. Within 24 hours the world was completely different. But its when Gobert got it and the NBA shut down I knew we were suddenly in deep shit.

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Unfortunately, John Prine has died of the disease. I've been dreading this since I heard he had been hospitalized.
I've been a huge John Prine fan for years and his music played a huge part in some very important times in my life. This is hitting me really hard, I'm sure combined with all the generalized stress of everything going on right now. I'm so sad.
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Linda Tripp has just died.

Wait, at first it was said she was very ill with the virus. Now it is being reported she died of an undisclosed terminal illness.

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I've been a huge John Prine fan for years and his music played a huge part in some very important times in my life. This is hitting me really hard, I'm sure combined with all the generalized stress of everything going on right now. I'm so sad.
My reaction exactly.

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Wait, at first it was said she was very ill with the virus. Now it is being reported she died of an undisclosed terminal illness.
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