RIP: Recall of influential people who died in 2021

Other politicians the world has said goodbye to this year include former US Vice President Walter F. Mondale, former South African President FW de Klerk, former Senator Bob Dole, former President South Korean Roh Tae-woo, radio host Rush Limbaugh, former Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, former Danish Prime Minister Poul Schlueter and Iranian Ambassadors Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour and Ardeshir Zahedi.

Also among those who died this year was a man who held the title of home run king of baseball for years. Hank Aaron, who died in January, suffered racist threats as he tried to break Babe Ruth’s record and is still considered one of the game’s greatest players.

Other sports figures who died in 2021 included Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, college football coach Bobby Bowden, Olympic swimmer Clara Lamore Walker, NBA players Paul Westphal and race car racer Elgin Baylor. Bobby Unser, Golfer Lee Elder, Track and Field Star Milkha Singh. and boxer Leon Spinks.

Among the artists who died this year was a children’s author whose books have been enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Beverly Cleary, who died in March, channeled memories of her youth in Oregon to create beloved characters such as Ramona Quimby, her sister Beatrice “Beezus” Quimby and Henry Huggins.

Other arts and entertainment actors who died this year include actors Betty White, Cicely Tyson, Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Christopher Plummer, Olympia Dukakis, Ned Beatty, Jane Powell, Sonny Chiba, Gavin MacLeod, George Segal, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Johnny Briggs and Dustin Diamond; the magician Siegfried Fischbacher; Bollywood star Dilip Kumar; Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts; playwright Stephen Sondheim; ballerina and actress Carla Fracci; rappers DMX and Biz Markie; artist Arturo Di Modica; telenovela writer Delia Fiallo; authors Anne Rice, Eric Carle, Joan Didion, bell hooks and Norton Juster; reggae musician Bunny Wailer; comedians Norm Macdonald and Paul Mooney; singers Pervis Staples and Sabah Fakhri; ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill; and filmmaker Richard Donner.

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