The most prominent deceased in the world in 2021

The year 2021 saw the departure of Prince Philip, Charlie Watts and Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The following is a summary of the most prominent departed people in the world in 2021.


Phil Spector (81 years): An American music producer who worked with international singers and bands, most notably “The Beatles” and revolutionized pop music with what was known as “sound wall” effects. He died in prison, where he was serving a sentence for murder.

Larry King (87 years old): The king of interviews and the star of American audio-visual media has spent more than 60 years behind the radio, and his program, which ran from 1985 to 2010 on CNN, became a mandatory passage for political officials and celebrities.


Christopher Plummer, 91, is a Canadian actor who made his debut with “The Sound of Music,” which won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and a Golden Globe for “Beginners.”

Jean-Claude Carrier (89 years): French screenwriter with about 60 scripts in addition to about 80 books, and he worked alongside film directors, including Luis Buñuel and Milos Forman.

Carlos Menem, 90: A former president of Argentina ideologically defines himself as a follower of Peronism, a movement based on the politics and legacy of former President Juan Peron.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (101 years old): An American poet who was one of the most prominent faces of American poems during the twentieth century, in addition to being a publisher and bookshop.

– Philippe Jacotier (95 years): French-speaking Swiss poet, translator and literary critic.


Bunny Wheeler, 73, is a Jamaican singer, percussionist, and reggae legend.

Djibril Tamsir Nyani (89 years old): A prominent Guinean thinker and historian.

James Lawrence Levine, 77, music director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, has been the subject of allegations of “harassment” and “sexual abusive behaviour”.


Prince Philip, 99: Prince Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth for more than 73 years.

Earl Simmons, 50, is an American rapper known as DMX.

Bernard Madoff, 82, is behind the largest financial fraud in history, worth tens of billions of dollars, at the age of 82, and died in a North Carolina prison, where he was serving a 150-year sentence.

– Idriss Deby (68 years): President of Chad since 1991. He was wounded at the front during a confrontation with rebels the day after his sixth re-election.

Albert Elbaz, 59, is an American fashion designer who headed the Lanvin Group for 14 years until 2015.

Christa Ludwig, 93, is an opera singer who won the French Legion of Honor in 2010 for her career that spanned nearly half a decade.


Richard Earnest, 87, is considered one of the developers of the nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 1991 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Kenneth Kunda (97 years): nicknamed “African Gandhi” for his adoption of the non-violent movement to gain the independence of Zambia, which he headed between 1964 and 1991.

Donald Rumsfeld (88 years): US Secretary of Defense during the era of George W. Bush and architect of the war in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq.


Dilip Kumar (98 years old): One of the biggest stars of the golden age of Indian cinema.

Henri Verne (102 years old): Belgian writer, creator of the Bob Moran adventure book series.


Patricia Hitchcock, 93, is the only daughter of Alfred Hitchcock and British actress Alma Revell.

Raoul Coffin, 82, is a Belgian writer, author of Les Tonic Bleu picture books.

Hissene Habré (79 years old): a former Chadian president (1982-1990) who died of Covid in Senegal, where he was imprisoned for crimes against humanity.

Charlie Watts, 79, drummer for the Rolling Stones.

Jacques Rogge, 79, was the former Belgian president of the International Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2013.

Lee “Scratch” Berry, 85, is a Jamaican music producer and producer, Bob Marley.


Mikis Theodorakis, 96, is a music composer for the movie “Zorba the Greek” and a former left-wing MP.

Jean-Paul Belmondo (88 years): One of the biggest stars of French cinema.

Abimal Guzmán, 86, is the founder of the “Shining Path” organization, which declared the Revolutionary War in Peru.

– Abdelaziz Bouteflika (84 years): President of Algeria (1999-2019) resigned from power under the weight of the Algerian movement and army demonstrations.


Agnes Terup, 25, a bronze medalist in the 10,000 meters at the World Championships in Athletics, was found stabbed to death by a knife at her home in Iten Training Center in western Kenya. The Kenyan police confirmed at the time that they had begun searching for her husband, the main suspect in her murder.

Colin Powell (84 years): The first black US Secretary of State during the George W. Bush era.


Frédéric de Klerk, 85, the last white South African president who precipitated the fall of apartheid by releasing Nelson Mandela, with whom he shared the Nobel Peace Prize.

Wilbur Smith, 88, is the author of South African adventure novels with translation around the world.


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