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As we begin 2021, we have already begun to lose celebs and public figures that have impacted us over the years. Sports legends like Denver Broncos great Floyd Little and Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal are among the legendary figures who have passed away in 2021.

On Monday, March 29th, Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama, the matriarch of the Obama family and step-grandmother to former United States President Barack Obama, passed away. Read more below.

List Of Celebrities + Public Figures Who Died in 2021

As we deal with the looming threat of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic along with the facts of life, we know that death is inevitable. However, the memories of these amazing people will always live on.

Check out the list below.

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List Of Celebrities + Public Figures Who Died in 2021  was originally published on wtlcfm.com

1. Barack Obama’s Grandmother Sarah Obama Passes Away At 99

Barack Obama’s Grandmother Sarah Obama Passes Away At 99 Source:Getty

Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama, the matriarch of the Obama family and step-grandmother to former United States President Barack Obama, passed away Monday (March 29) of a brief illness. The elder Obama, who the family affectionately referred to as “Mama Sarah” was 99 years old. Click here to read more.

2. R&B Singer Reggie Warren Of Troop Passes Away At 52

Reggie Warren, one of the original members of the ’80s R&B group TROOP, has passed away. He was 52. Read more here: https://trib.al/wf6FhEi

3. “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, a legendary boxing middleweight champion, dies March 13 at the age of 66

“Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, a legendary boxing middleweight champion, dies March 13 at the age of 66. Hagler’s wife said in a Facebook post that he “passed away unexpectedly at his home” in New Hampshire but did not disclose the cause of his death. Scroll down to find more information about Hagler’s life and impressive career in the ring.

4. NABJ Founding Executive Director Paul H. Brock

Paul H. Brock, the founding executive director of the The National Association of Journalists (NABJ) died on March 14 at the age of 89, according to the NABJ.

5. Singer Jo Thompson died in 2021 at 92 years old.

Singer Jo Thompson, a riveting jazz pianist who rose to fame against deying odds, died of COVID-19 complications on March 9. She was 92 years old.

6. Motown Legend Mary Wilson Of The Supremes Dead At 76

Mary Wilson, one of the founding members of The Supremes, the legendary trio who went on to make music history with the legendary Motown Records, has died at the age of 76. Read more here.

7. Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh Dead At 70

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh died on Wednesday nearly four months after announcing he had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He was 70 years old. Read more.

8. Civil Rights Trailblazer Vernon Jordan Dies At 85

Civil rights trailblazer and Vernon Jordan has died. The influential former president of the National Urban League was 85 years old. Read more here.

9. Antoine Hodge

Antoine Hodge, a bass-baritone who performed at the Metropolitan Opera, has died at 38 from complications of Covid-19.

10. Legendary NFL Coach Marty Schottenheimer dies at 77 in Charlotte

Former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer died Monday at 77 years old after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.

Scott Fowler sports columnist for the Charlotte Observer shared a statement from his family. Read it here.

11. Dustin Diamond Dead At 44

Dustin Diamond, best known for playing Samuel “Screech” Powers on the hit show Saved By The Bell, has died. Read more here.

12. Former Temple Owls Coach John Chaney Has Died At 89 Years Old

Legendary Temple Owls head coach John Chaney has passed away. Read more.

13. Cicely Tyson, Hollywood Trailblazer For Black Actresses, Has Died At 96 Years Old

Cicely Tyson, the Emmy and Tony-winning actress who set a standard for grace among Black actresses through her near seven-decade career, has passed away. Her manager, Larry Thompson confirmed to Variety the legendary actress passed on Thursday (January 28). She was 96. Read More Here.

14. Cloris Leachman Has Died At 94 Years Old

Actress and comedian Cloris Leachman died of natural causes Tuesday at her home in Encinitas, California, with her daughter Dinah, by her side. Read More.

15. Larry King Has Passed Away at the Age of 87

Iconic talk show host Larry King, known for interviewing celebrities, political figures and other prominent newsmakers on both radio and television, has died January 23 after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

16. Gregory Sierra of ‘Sanford and Son’ and ‘Barney Miller’ Dies at Age 83

Actor Gregory Sierra died on Jan. 4 in California “according to Orange County records.”  His death was recently confirmedthrough a family spokesperson. Read more.

17. Magician Siegfried Fischbacher (L)died of cancer at 81 years old

Magician Siegfried Fischbacher (L)died of cancer at 81 years old Source:Getty

The “Siegfried & Roy” magician Siegfried Fischbacher is dead. The Rosenheim native died on Jan. 13, 2021, at the age of 81, his sister confirmed to the German Press Agency on Jan. 14. 

(Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

18. Deezer D (Dearon Thompson)

Deezer D (Dearon Thompson) Source:Getty

Deezer D died on January 7th at the age of 55 died of a heart attack.

Deezer D played nurse Malik McGrath on  “ER.”

19. Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda

Hall of Fame Manager Tommy Lasorda Source:Getty

Former Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda passed away on January 7th, 2021 at 93. 

20. Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts Source:Getty

“That 70’s Show” actress Tanya Roberts died Jan. 3rd, 2021

21. Football Hall of Fame Running Back Floyd Little

Football Hall of Fame Running Back Floyd Little Source:Getty

Hall of Famer Floyd Little died of cancer at 78

22. Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal

Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal Source:Getty

Paul Westphal, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, dies at age 70 from Brain Cancer