All The Celebrity Deaths And Diagnoses As A Result Of COVID-19

COVID-19 doesn't discriminate.

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:

Adam Schlesinger

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.

Andrew Jack

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.

Maria Teresa

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.

Alan Merrill

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

Prince Charles is reportedly on the “other side” of COVID-19 after he tested positive for the virus, displaying mild symptoms.

Andy Cohen

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.

Idris Elba

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.”

Olga Kurylenko 

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!”

Thelma Plum

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.”

Richard Wilkins

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. 

Kristofer Hivju

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

Rachel Matthews, who voices Honeymaren in Frozen 2, revealed in an Instagram story that she has tested positive for coronavirus.

Charlotte Lawrence

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.”

Plácido Domingo

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!”

Rudy Gobert

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.”

Donovan Mitchell

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.”

Daniele Rugani

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.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi

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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The Kindness Coming Out Of Coronavirus Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

It's not all bad.

Sadly, the ongoing coronavirus crisis is impacting all humans on a global scale, leading to mass panic and frankly, some pretty unkind behaviour. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen people resort to violence, racism and panic buying of household goods like toilet paper. 

However, it’s not all bad. Coronavirus has forced many of us into isolation and social distancing which, ironically, has brought us closer together. 

Listen to us break it all down on It’s Been A Big Day For… below:

Despite a national lockdown, Italian residents have been venturing out onto their balconies to sing and play instruments in solidarity. According to The Guardian, it’s not just the southern cities of Salerno and Naples who are taking part in the singalongs. Residents in other parts of Europe including Spain and Sweden have also been offering DJ sets and creating a beat with pots and pans from their apartment buildings and tower blocks. 

In the Spanish city of Seville, one workout instructor ran a class from the rooftop of his apartment building. Another quarantined block held a huge game of bingo between units, and some even emerged on their balconies just to applaud the country’s healthcare workers.

All over the world, we’ve also seen members of the public step up and kindly offer a helping hand to those in need. Social media posts show strangers offering to do grocery shopping or even give a friendly phone call to those who are currently quarantined due to coronavirus.

Big businesses are also trying to treat society with kindness. Woolworths will be offering dedicated shopping hours for the elderly and those with disabilities, so they don’t have to compete with the panic buying masses. And across the pond, Bulgaria is raising the salaries of medics working directly with those affected by coronavirus.

Italian psychologist Francesco Morelli had a rather awe-inspiring take on the coronavirus crisis. He said, “In a social phase in which thinking about oneself has become the norm, this virus sends us a clear message…to re-emerge in us the feeling of helping others, of belonging to a collective, to be part of something bigger to be responsible for and that in turn be responsible to us.”

“Let’s stop looking for culprits or wonder why this has happened, and start thinking about what we can learn from all this. We all have a lot to reflect on and strive for. With the universe and its laws it seems that humanity is already quite indebted and that this epidemic is coming to explain it to us, at an expensive price.”

They’re wise words, and something we should all try to remember as we continue to take care of ourselves and treat others with kindness during the coronavirus crisis. If all else fails, just watch this video of Arnold Schwarzenegger and his mini ponies:

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10 Podcasts To Keep You Company If You're Feeling A Little Lonely

Coronavirus crisis got you down?

If you’ve found yourself recently quarantined to your living room or study, working from home or isolated from social interactions. You’re not alone.

As coronavirus continues to spread at an alarming rate, workplaces around the world are being locked down to prevent the situation from escalating. It’s better to be safe than sorry, but it does leave us feeling, well, a little lonely. 

The great thing about the digital age we live in, is there is plenty of entertainment, right at our fingertips – including an assortment of fantastic podcasts to treat your ears to. Here are 10 podcasts to get you through quarantine and keep you company while you stay healthy and safe:

It’s Been A Big Day For…

Forgive us for tooting our own horn, but GOAT’s daily podcast It’s Been A Big Day For…is the perfect, bite-sized pop culture download for when you want to catch up on the latest news, have a ponder, or even a bit of a giggle. Lately, It’s Been A Big Day For…has been covering everything from coronavirus, to female empowerment, reality TV and the #MeToo movement with exclusive interviews all wrapped up in a sweet, little 10-minute episode. 

Crime Junkie

If you love true crime, you need to subscribe to Crime Junkie. Hosted by Ashley Flowers and co-hosted by Brit Prawat, Crime Junkie tells the spine-chilling story of a different murder, missing persons case, serial killer, conspiracy theory and unsolved crime, each week. Not only do Flowers and Prawat present the facts, but they tell the story in a way that has you coming back for more with each new episode. 

Portland, Unpacked

If you’ve got the travel bug, you’re going to want to add Portland, Unpacked to your podcast rotation. Hosted by well-known Australian actor, commentator and DJ, Faustina Agolley, this fascinating series of six episodes reveals the myriad layers that make up Oregon’s largest city. Listeners will explore Portland’s history, diversity, sustainability and ethos of collaboration, and be inspired to visit this creative capital of the Pacific Northwest.

Who? Weekly

In need of a laugh? Look no further than Who? Weekly, the podcast that tells you “everything you need to know about the celebrities you don’t.” Twice a week, hosts Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger breakdown the b-list antics of some of Hollywood’s most random celebrities, covering topics like the difference between Mena Suvari and Mira Sorvino, Billy Joel’s ex Katie Lee, and Presley Gerber’s face tattoo. 

Decoder Ring

Have you ever wondered where ‘Baby Shark’ came from? Or why gender reveal parties are so popular now? Decoder Ring is all about cracking the cultural mysteries that have bothered us for years. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.

Thinking Between The Thighs

2020 is all about self-love – that’s why we’re showing ourselves some by adding GOAT’s podcast Thinking Between The Thighs to this list. Hosted by Sophie Giles, Thinking Between The Thighs is your quick-fix sex ed podcast tackling everything from masturbation and fantasies, to Queer sex, STIs and sending nudes. The best part is, Giles speaks to actual experts to answer the sex questions we’ve all Googled. It’s cheeky, it’s fun, and it’s a lovely learning experience. 

Spectacular Failures

Learn from other people’s mistakes with the Spectacular Failures podcast. Each episode, host Lauren Ober tackles some of the most spectacular business failures of all time – and how they could have been avoided. We’re talking hilariously half-baked decisions, corporate crookedness and more from the likes of Toys R Us, U-Haul, Kodak and more. Not only is this pod enlightening, but incredibly entertaining – and at times, truly shocking. 

Fake Heiress

If you love sinking your teeth into a juicy scandal, Fake Heiress is the podcast for you. Weekly episodes cover the rise and fall of Anna Delvey, who conned New York high society into believing that she was a multi-millionaire heiress. Hosts Vicky Baker and Chloe Moss dig deeper into the scandal.

The Moth 

The art of storytelling lives on with The Moth, a podcast that re-airs live event The Moth Radio Hour – incredible, real life stories, told by everyday people. Some topics recently covered include life after love, stories of learning to co-exist, crowded places and spaces and ones that make us question our worldviews. 

Mystery Show

If lighthearted is what you’re after, The Mystery Show is sure to deliver. It might have originally launched back in 2015, but this podcast holds up five years on. Host Starlee Kine endeavours to solve real life mysteries with each episode, covering topics like Jake Gyllenhaal’s actual height, the overnight disappearance of a neighbourhood video store, and why Britney Spears was holding this mysterious book.

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