Growing List Of Well Known People Who Have Contracted The Coronavirus

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Tuesday that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has grown to 163,539, a jump of more than 22,500 in the past 24 hours and the most of any country in the world. The death toll nationally is now 2,860. The World Health Organization reported today that the total number of cases has passed 750,000 globally, with the confirmed death toll from COVID-19 surpassing 36,000.

It’s getting quite somber with all the celebrities who are announcing their coronavirus infection and are seemingly locked up on their 100 acre compounds, unfortunately some have died. Here is a list of well known people (to be updated):


  • Mark Blum, 69. Stage and screen actor:  Gary Glass in “Desperately Seeking Susan;” also, Netflix’s “You,” Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle.” Died March 25.
  • Floyd Cardoz, 59. Celebrity chef, “Top Chef Masters” winner. Died March 25 after diagnosis of COVID-19. He had been feeling unwell for about a week since returning from a trip to his native India.
  • Manu Dibango, 86. Saxophonist from Cameroon, best-known for his 1972 hit “Soul Makossa,” whose hook Michael Jackson used in “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin.” Died March 24 in Paris.
  • Joe Diffie, 61. Country singer (“Honky-Tonk Attitude,” “Pickup Man”). Died March 29 in Nashville, two days after announcing he had the virus.
  • David Edwards, 48, and Lee Green, 49. Standout college basketball players in the 1990s for, respectively, Texas A&M and St. John’s. Deaths announced March 23, not officially confirmed as COVID-19 deaths.
  • Terrence McNally, 81. Playwright and screenwriter: “Love! Valour! Compassion!”, “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” “Master Class.”  Died March 24.
  • Maria Mercader, 54, CBS News producer and talent executive. Died March 29.
  • Alan Merrill, 69. Rock musician. Co-wrote and recorded original version of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” with his band the Arrows, and also played in Meat Loaf’s band. Died March 29.
  • Wallace Roney, 59. Jazz trumpeter. Died March 31.
  • Adam Schlesinger, 52. Musician and songwriter, member of “Stacy’s Mom” group, Fountains of Wayne and an Emmy-winning songwriter for TV’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”. Died April 1.
  • Ken Shimura, 70. Japanese comedian. Died March 29.

Reported cases

  • Albert II, Prince of Monaco, 62.
  • John Bessler, 52.  Law professor, husband of Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
  • Jackson Browne, 71. Singer-songwriter.
  • Charles, Prince of Wales, 71.
  • Andrew Cohen, 51. TV executite.
  • Jason Collins, 41. Former NBA player, Stanford basketball star.
  • Chris Cuomo, 49. CNN anchor.
  • James Dolan, 64. Owner of the New York Knicks.
  • Placido Domingo, 79. Opera singer.
  • Kevin Durant, 31. NBA player, formerly with Golden State Warriors. Three of his current teammates on the Brooklyn Nets also tested positive but were not identified.
  • Idris Elba, 47. Actor: “The Wire,” Heimdall in the Thor/Avengers movies and his third wife Sabrina Elba, 29.
  • Rudy Gobert, 27, and Donovan Mitchell, 23. NBA players, Utah Jazz.
  • Tom Hanks, 63, and Rita Wilson, 63. Actors.
  • Boris Johnson, 55. British prime minister.
  • Daniel Dae Kim, 51. Actor: “Lost,” “Hawaii Five-O”
  • Charlotte Lawrence, 19. Singer-songwriter, model.
  • Debi Mazar, 55. Actor: “L.A. Law,” “Goodfellas”
  • Patrick McEnroe, 53. Former Tennis Player and ESPN Commentator
  • Rand Paul, 57. U.S. senator from Kentucky.
  • John Prine, 73. Singer-songwriter.
  • Adam Schlesinger, 52. Singer-songwriter, co-founder of Fountains of Wayne.
  • Brian Stokes, 62. Actor and Tony Award winner.
  • Francis Suarez, 42. Mayor of Miami.
  • Sophie Trudeau, 44. Wife of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.
  • Colton Underwood, 28. “Bachelorette” contestant and subsequent star of TV’s “The Bachelor,” played on practice squads of NFL’s Chargers, Eagles and Raiders.
  • Harvey Weinstein, 68. Film producer, currently imprisoned in New York for sexual assault and rape.
  • Ali Wentworth, 55. Actress.
  • Christian Wood, 24.  NBA player, Detroit Pistons.

Suspected infections

These people have said they had symptoms but were not tested:

  • Kathy Griffin, 59. Comedian.
  • Greta Thunberg, 17. Environmental activist.

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