Top profile people and celebrities who succumbed to complications caused by the novel coronavirus

How COVID-19 Claimed the Lives of notable people around the world?

As the coronavirus spreads globally, notable people around the world have died from the virus and its complications.

Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli (1926-2020)

Jazz great John “Bucky” Pizzarelli

John Paul “Bucky” Pizzarelli, the stalwart jazz guitarist and icon of the New Jersey music scene, died Wednesday from complications due to the coronavirus, according to multiple reports. He was 94.

Pizzarelli, a Paterson native, was a masterful player and one of the Garden State’s most well-traveled musicians, having jammed as a sideman alongside legends Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, Benny Goodman, Carly Simon and Les Paul, as well as fellow New Jersey jazz titan Sarah Vaughan. His A-list is likely considerably longer, though somewhat lost to time — much of his session work was uncredited throughout the ’50s and ’60s, as the New York Times reports.

American jazz musician Ellis Marsalis Jr. (1934 – 2020)

Educator Ellis Marsalis Jr. died Wednesday in New Orleans.

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

Marsalis was a towering figure of modern jazz. Through his teaching, he became the patriarch of a musical family that extended well beyond the four sons who followed in his footsteps, report Janet McConnaughey and Rebecca Santan for the Associated Press.

“Ellis Marsalis was a legend,” wrote Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans, where the musician spent most of his life, on Twitter Wednesday night. “He was the prototype of what we mean when we talk about New Orleans jazz.”

Marsalis was known for his talents on the piano—he played alongside such greats as Cannonball Adderley and recorded more than 15 albums—but he was proudest of his legacy as a mentor and educator who carefully shepherded the next generation of musicians, including four of his six sons.

Musician Adam Schlesinger (1967-2020)

Adam Schlesinger, Who Sang of Suburban Misfits, Dies of Coronavirus at 52

Co-founder of Fountains of Wayne had hit with ‘Stacy’s Mom’ and wrote for movies, TV and stage

Adam Schlesinger, who died on Wednesday, at fifty-two, of complications from covid-19, had an unusual public profile. He was a successful musician—very successful, by any reasonable measure. He played in acclaimed bands; he composed songs and scores for movies and Broadway and television shows. He won a Grammy and three Emmys, and was nominated for an Oscar and a couple of Tonys.

But Schlesinger was not a star. You couldn’t really even call him famous. In part, this was a factor of history. He was a co-founder of two pop-rock groups, Ivy and Fountains of Wayne, which earned major label deals and boutique stardom, then faded as the cultural center of gravity shifted from rock to hip-hop. Schlesinger’s career had an old-fashioned flavor. He was a craftsman in the Brill Building and Tin Pan Alley mold: a record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and, supremely, a songwriter, who thrived behind the scenes. He was never the lead singer of any band. Onstage, he cut a diffident figure, playing the bass and stepping to the microphone every now and then to sing harmony vocals.


Schlesinger’s death will undoubtedly bring him greater renown than he knew in life. With the terrible instant clarity that tragedy confers, it’s now easy to recognize him for what he was: a modest man of immodestly lavish talent. He was one of the great songwriters of his generation, with a body of work that stands next to those of far bigger boldface names.

Actor Andrew Jack (1944-2020)

Star Wars Actor Andrew Jack Dies from Coronavirus, Age 76

Country singer Joe Diffie (1958-2020)

Japanese comedian Ken Shimura (1950-2020)

Ken Shimura, Comedian Whose Sketches Delighted Japan, Dies at 70
His slapstick humor, physical comedy and naïve persona made him a household name in the country for decades.

A beloved comedian in Japan, he died on Sunday in the coronavirus pandemic at a hospital in Tokyo, the Izawa Office, which represented him, said. He was 70.

Shimura could make people laugh just by tweaking a traditional dance, mangling an English lesson or acting like a shogun fool.

Alan Merrill (1951-2020)

Musician Alan Merrill was best known for writing the song, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Actor Mark Blum (1950-2020)

Mark Blum, a veteran stage actor also known for films including “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “Crocodile Dundee,” has died due to complications from Covid-19, according to a statement released by the Screen Actors Guild.

Blum was 69. He died Wednesday.

He is best known for the 1985 film “Desperately Seeking Susan,” in which he played Gary Glass, the neglectful husband of Rosanna Arquette’s character. He most recently appeared in supporting TV roles on the HBO series “Succession,” the Netflix drama “You” and Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle.”

Rev. Jorge Ortiz-Garay (1970-2020)

Rev. Jorge Ortiz-Garay was the first Catholic priest in the United States to die from coronavirus.

Actress Patricia Bosworth

Patricia Bosworth, actor and author dies from Coronavirus disease

Actress-author Patricia Bosworth Dead, age 86