If there’s one thing we’re all learning from the current global pandemic, it’s that we’ve really taken all our social interactions for granted, and coronavirus does not discriminate. Thousands of people around the world have tested positive and tragically died as a result COVID-19, including a handful of high profile celebrities, athletes and leaders. Here’s a list of all the celebrity deaths and diagnoses as a result of coronavirus – which will no doubt be developing. Hear all the details below:
Singer-songwriter Adam Schlesinger, best known for being the frontman of US rock band Fountains of Wayne, reportedly died at the age of 52 after being diagnoses with coronavirus.
76-year-old actor Andrew Jack has also sadly passed away from COVID-19. Jack appeared in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens as Resistance Major General Ematt, in addition to providing a voice role for the character Moloch in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Spain’s Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma was the first royal in the world to die after testing positive for COVID-19. She was 86 years old.
69-year-old singer-songwriter Alan Merrill, who is perhaps best known for co-writing Joan Jett’s hit ‘I Love Rock n’ Roll’, has also died as a result of coronavirus. His daughter Laura Merrill broke the news with an emotional Facebook post.
Other high profile deaths include country singer Joe Diffie, Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, Desperately Seeking Susan actor Mark Blum, chef Floyd Cardoz, playwright Terrence McNally, African jazz-funk saxophone player Manu Dibango, Italian actress Lucia Bose and more.
Prince Charles is reportedly on the “other side” of COVID-19 after he tested positive for the virus, displaying mild symptoms.
TV host Andy Cohen recently reunited with his infant son Benjamin 10 days after he tested positive for coronavirus.
Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
One of the first celebrity duos to contract coronavirus was iconic Hollywood couple Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. The pair recently tested positive for COVID-19 while filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic in the Gold Coast. Despite their diagnosis, Hanks and Wilson appear to be doing just fine.
The most recent celebrity to test positive for coronavirus is Idris Elba, who took to Twitter this morning to tell his followers, “This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing. No panic.”
Earlier this week, James Bond actress Olga Kurylenko confirmed that she had coronavirus. Kurylenko told her Instagram followers, “Locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus. I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms. Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”
Aussie singer Thelma Plum confirmed last night that she had also tested positive for COVID-19. She wrote in an Instagram post, “All I can do is stress how important it is to be kind and compassionate to each other during this time & that we need to be looking out for & prioritising the most vulnerable people. This means skip that party, bar, restaurant or show you really want to go to & practice social distancing. I cannot stress enough how much this virus has the potential to severely harm our communities (particularly our Indigenous communities). We need to know that the public health system is going to care for our communities.”
Speaking of Australian celebs, entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins recently tested positive for coronavirus after meeting Rita Wilson. Despite feeling as though he has “no symptoms at all,” Wilkins is currently self-isolating.
Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju has become the latest celebrity to test positive for coronavirus. The Norwegian actor, who played Tormund Giantsbane on the hit fantasy series, announced the news via Instagram, revealing he has quarantined himself at home. “Greetings from Norway!” he wrote. “Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. We are in good health – I only have mild symptoms of a cold.”
Rachel Matthews, who voices Honeymaren in Frozen 2, revealed in an Instagram story that she has tested positive for coronavirus.
American singer songwriter Charlotte Lawrence also took to Instagram to tell her followers she had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Daniel Dae Kim
Daniel Dae Kim, who you might recognise from the iconic TV series Lost, has also contracted the virus. He told his followers: “Looks like I’ll be OK, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful.”
79-year-old Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo recently announced he has tested positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post he wrote, “I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a 6 foot distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!”
Utah Jazz basketball player Rudy Gobert made headlines last week when he joked about getting coronavirus, touching all the microphones during a press conference, before testing positive for the virus. He was slammed for his irresponsible actions and issued an apology via social media, telling his followers, “At the time I had no idea I was infected. I was careless and make no excuse.”
Following Rudy Gobert’s positive diagnosis, fellow Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell also tested positive for COVID-19. Mitchell was understandably annoyed with Gobert, telling the media, “It took a while for me to kind of cool off and I read what he said and I heard what he said, so I’m glad he’s doing OK.”
Juventus star Daniele Rugani tested positive for the virus last week, leading Serie A to suspend their season. Speaking on the club’s TV channel, Rugani said, “I’m fine. I haven’t had the symptoms you read about in the news. I was lucky despite it being a good hit, because I was the first in our environment to get it. I hope it will serve to raise awareness.”
Chelsea football player Callum Hudson-Odoi has also been infected by coronavirus, throwing the premier league into turmoil. After Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta also tested positive for COVID-19, squads and coaching staff were put into self-isolation.
Other athletes and sportspeople with coronavirus include Colombian cyclist Fernando Gaviria, Russian ProTour cyclist Dmitry Strakhov, NBA players Christian Wood and Kevin Durant, Italian football player Blaise Matuidi, and Sean Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints.
That’s not to mention the many government officials, who – along with some of their spouses – have tested positive for COVID-19. These include Prince Albert II of Monaco, Australia’s home affairs minister Peter Dutton, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Begona Gomez, the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Gomez, and others based in the UK, the US, Iran, France, Brazil and Poland.
As mentioned in much of our coronavirus coverage, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself and others right now, and follow the advice of the World Health Organisation to help prevent the escalation of this pandemic.
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