Singer Mary Wilson, actors Christopher Plummer, Hal Holbrook, Dustin Diamond, Cicely Tyson and Cloris Leachman, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, heavyweight boxer Leon Spinks, former Secretary of State George Shultz, broadcaster Larry King, baseball legend Hank Aaron, NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer, Joanne Rogers, widow of TV icon Mr. Rogers, Magician Siegfried Fischbacher, Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, actor Dearon "Deezer D" Thompson and actress Tanya Roberts are among the first famous people who have died in 2021.
From left to right, Ann Jordan, her husband Vernon Jordan, and Buffy Cafritz, arrive for the formal Artist's Dinner honoring the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., on December 3, 2016. Jordan, a renowned civil rights icon and former adviser to President Bill Clinton, died on March 2 at the age of 85. Pool Photo by Ron Sachs/UPI
Irv Cross, former professional football player, speaks out against the current NFL retirement system and its lack of adequate pension, health and disability benefits for former NFL players, in Washington, D.C., on June 20, 2011. Cross, the first Black person in history to work as a full-time sports analyst on national TV, died on March 1, at the age of 81. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh (L) gives as thumbs up after being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by first lady Melania Trump during President Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on February 4, 2020. Limbaugh died on February 17, at the age of 70. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Johnny Pacheco take part in ceremonies on April 11, 2006, announcing the Latin Grammy Awards will be held for the first time ever in New York City. The co-founder of Latin music label Fania Records, died on February 16 at the age of 85. Photo by Ezio Petersen/UPI
San Diego Chargers head coach Marty Schottenheimer watches from the sideline as the Chargers beat the Broncos 48-20, in San Diego, on December 10, 2006. The NFL icon who won 200 games as head coach, died on February 9 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease, at the age of 77. Photo by Earl S. Cryer/UPI
Mary Wilson arrives at the NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, on February 17, 2012. The Motown legend, known for being a founding member of The Supremes with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, died on February 8, at the age of 76. Photo by Danny Moloshok/UPI