UPDATED: 8:15 a.m. ET, Jan. 22, 2021 —
After months of seeing the coronavirus ravage other parts of the world, COVID-19‘s widespread effect on the U.S. has increasingly hit home for many Americans as states see as a continuous stream of people become diagnosed with the respiratory illness that turned into a global pandemic. And after a brief spate of the fake news that Black people were somehow immune to contracting the coronavirus, a steady and troubling number of Black folks — including those who are notable and famous — have not only since been diagnosed but many have also died of complications from it.
Comedian Dave Chappelle is the latest Black celebrity to contract the coronavirus, a reminder of the pandemic’s harsh effects on Black communities. A spokesperson confirmed his diagnosis with the Associated Press. He is said to be asymptomatic and resting in isolation.
A series of comedic appearances at the Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater in Austin, Texas have been cancelled for the indefinite future.
And now Dave Chappelle has tested positive for coronavirus. Horrible. https://t.co/mjqXZ8AAAP
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) January 22, 2021
Since the onset of the coronavirus Chappelle has held a socially distanced comedy show in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio. On an episode of “My Next Guest,” with David Letterman he shared that the shows have helped revitalize the tightly knit community in a time of great despair. Because of the warmer climate Chappelle opted to moved the shows to Austin.
During a 2020 November episode of “Saturday Night Live,” where Chappelle served as host he gave a timely, yet comedic analysis of the virus.
“Do you guys remember what life was like before Covid?” he said. “I do. There was a mass shooting every week. Anyone remember that? Thank God for Covid. Someone had to lock these murderous whites up and keep them in the house.”
After suffering the devastating loss of his mother from COVID-19 in 2020, NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns announced he tested positive on Jan. 15.
“Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID. I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol,” the 25-year-old Minnesota Timberwolves center shared on Twitter.
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) January 15, 2021
“I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions. We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us,” he continued.
Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley‘s husband Conan Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday days after he was placed in lockdown with his wife during the mob attack on Capitol Hill last week, CBS Boston reports. Pressley has tested negative. Harris was in the nation’s capitol accompanying Pressley for her swearing-in ceremony after she won her re-election in November.
On Wednesday Pressley thanked her supporters for well wishes on Twitter.
“Thank you for your notes of care and concern. I’m deeply frustrated my husband & staff were put in this position. We’re thinking of all the families across the nation impacted by COVID & the Jan. 6 attack. We wont’ stop fighting for accountability & relief,” she tweeted.
Thank you for your notes of care and concern. I’m deeply frustrated my husband & staff were put in this position.
We’re thinking of all the families across the nation impacted by COVID & the Jan 6 attack. We won’t stop fighting for accountability & relief.https://t.co/8m3shjlzfQ
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) January 13, 2021
Tim Lester, a former NFL star who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams, and Dallas Cowboys, died on Jan. 12 from COVID-19 complications. He was 52.
Ugh, what is going on. Rest in Peace to the Bus Driver, Tim Lester. 😔 pic.twitter.com/G42vNm0V5W
— SteelerNation (@SteeIerNation) January 12, 2021
New Jersey congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman announced she was diagnosed with the coronavirus on Monday. Watson Coleman, a cancer survivor, shared she believes she was exposed to COVID-19 last Wednesday during the U.S. Capitol attack, as several of her colleagues refused to wear a mask. Later on Monday she updated her followers letting them know that she was on her way to the hospital to seek an antibody treatment.
I want to update everyone. While I feel ok, on my doctor's advice I'm on my way to a local hospital for monoclonal antibody treatment.
I thank you for the outpouring of supportive messages.
The love you've sent has been overwhelming.
Please, wear a mask and social distance. https://t.co/TAK9Nf7lvN
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) January 11, 2021
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, has been hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia, the Alabama city announced. The 39-year-old had been experiencing mild symptoms and was self-quarantined until his hospitalization, AL.com reported. Scroll down to read more about Woodfin’s condition.
Mayor @randallwoodfin was admitted to a hospital tonight to address symptoms connected to COVID pneumonia, according to his doctor. Mayor Woodfin said he is receiving excellent care and is resting comfortably. He remains in good spirits and thanks everyone for their well wishes.
— City of Birmingham (@cityofbhamal) January 5, 2021
Legendary actor Louis Gossett Jr., was diagnosed with the coronavirus but left his local hospital this week out of fear, where he saw a series of COVID-related deaths during his stay according to TMZ. The Oscar winner checked out on Tuesday after staff reportedly begged him to stay out concern for his health. Gossett is 84-years-old and a cancer survivor. He is currently at home isolating under the care of his son. His supporters are asking people to share encouraging messages on social media using the hashtag, #LoveLetterToLou.
Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore announced Monday that she tested positive for the coronavirus. The Democratic Congresswoman said that while she was “feeling well,” she cautioned people to take the proper precautions.
I encourage every person to continue taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing.
— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) December 28, 2020
Previously, Joe Biden adviser Rep. Cedric Richmond tested positive for the coronavirus. He later tested positive for a second time and planned to isolate for 14 days to recover. Richardson travelled to Georgia as well as the president-elect, but was not in close contact. Biden ultimately tested negative.
Biden adviser Cedric Richmond tests positive for COVID-19 https://t.co/K0dzaPGdpc
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) December 17, 2020
Olympic gold medalist Arnie Robinson Jr. died on Dec. 2 from complications relating to COVID-19 at age 72. Robinson was known as one of the greatest long jumpers in history.
Arnie Robinson Jr., who won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, died on Dec. 2 at his home in San Diego. He was 72. https://t.co/lYnpSbWkzO
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) December 16, 2020
Country music legend Charley Pride and actress Carole Sutton died after contracting the coronavirus. Scroll down to read more about them.
On behalf of the QUEEN SUGAR family, we celebrate the life of the stellar Carol Sutton. It was our honor to welcome this veteran actress of stage + screen to our show as Aunt Martha in Episode 409, “Stare at the Same Fires.” We bless her. May she rise and rest in peace and power. pic.twitter.com/OMbRExLvMz
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 12, 2020
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) December 13, 2020
Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton tested positive for the coronavirus, according to CBS News. Hamilton will have to sit out the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain. He was tested three times last week which all resulted negative, with the last test taking place on Sunday. “But he up woke Monday morning with mild symptoms and was informed at the same time that a contact prior to arrival in Bahrain had subsequently tested positive,” the Mercedes team said in a released statement. “Lewis, therefore, took a further test and returned a positive result. This has since been confirmed by a retest.”
It was in that context that it was announced Nov. 9 that Ben Carson, the world-renowned health physician who is also the Housing and Urban Development secretary, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Word spread quickly on social media about Carson’s diagnosis. The health disclosure came just days after Donald Trump‘s election loss was made official on Saturday, a truth that also affects Carson’s role in the presidential administration that’s being brought to a close by Joe Biden‘s successful candidacy.
A reminder that Ben Carson is a doctor https://t.co/Oa253NHBAf
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 9, 2020
Carson is the latest Trump insider to test positive for the coronavirus. Scroll down here to read more about Carson contracting the Covid-19.
Prior to that, Vivica A. Fox announced the 56-year-old actress made the announcement ahead of her hosting duties for the E! network’s live coverage of the red-carpet pre-Emmy Awards show in September.
“I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight!” Fox said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I have tested positive for coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home.”
BIG PRAYERS for Vivica Fox after she tested positive for Covid 19 tonight.
I love you so much @MsVivicaFox
Sending all my powers to you, Queen. Stay uP! pic.twitter.com/Mh1WGSNkm8
— WRITER KOLA BOOF (@KolaBoof3) September 20, 2020
It was immediately unclear how Fox contracted the coronavirus.
Luckily, that wasn’t the case for Hollywood superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who announced that he, his wife and their two young daughters had all tested positive for the coronavirus. While he said they had all recovered, he also admitted on an Instagram video that he and his wife “had a rough go” with COVID-19 and encouraged people to wear masks so they don’t meet the same fate that he and his family did. His daughters are 2- and 4-years-old.
Other notable Black folks who contracted the coronavirus include former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who died from it in July; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; comedian D.L. Hughley; and even basketball legend Patrick Ewing came down with it.
The diagnoses have effectively shattered misconceptions about who can contract the coronavirus. Previously, it was believed that the elderly with underlying health conditions were most at risk. And while that remains true, there has seemingly been a surge of cases involving younger age groups and people who had no pre-existing health conditions before their COVID-19 diagnoses.
The cases don’t account for the reports of a growing number of Black people who have been diagnosed with or died of complications from the coronavirus that have seeming flooded this writer’s social media timelines as friends and others grieve their loved ones across the country.
One of the clearest indications that Black people could indeed contract the coronavirus came when it began to affect players in the NBA, a professional sports league that is made up of more than 74 percent of players who are Black. After that came announcements from celebrities who offered cautionary tales to the public about how they may have contracted the illness and ways to prevent others from repeating their errors.
There was also an alarming report out of Milwaukee at the start of the pandemic showing middle-aged Black men have made up the majority of coronavirus cases in the Wisconsin city.
The nation’s system of prisons and jails has also been affected, leaving the disproportionate number of Black inmates increasingly susceptible to the coronavirus. That was especially true in New York, including at the infamous Rikers Island complex where CBS News reported that the coronavirus infection rate is “more than seven times higher than the rate citywide and 87 times higher than the country at large.”
— Molly Griffard (@MollyGriffard) March 24, 2020
In addition, the nation’s police departments were at risk for the same reasons as the jails and prisons. Most recently, Donafay Collins, a commander with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan, died following complications from the coronavirus. He was 63 years old.
BREAKING NOW! @WayneCountySO Commander Donafay Collins has passed away due to contracting the #coronavirus. 18 others in the Sherriff’s office have tested positive. Collins leaves behind a wife and 4 children. More on @WWJ950. Listen live https://t.co/rjkMApPyfq pic.twitter.com/J4HFqi1kFQ
— Vickie Thomas (@VickiethomasWWJ) March 26, 2020
More than a dozen other Wayne County Sheriff’s Office employees have also been diagnosed following a pattern seen at other police departments, including the NYPD, where the New York Post reported that more than 300 cops have tested positive.
Scroll down to see a list of notable Black folks who have contracted the coronavirus as the world tries to flatten the global curve of cases to restore some semblance of societal normalcy. They follow in alphabetical order.
1. Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist
It was unclear how Bolt contracted the coronavirus, but CNBC reported that he celebrated hi 34th birthday last week “with a big bash mask-free.” Bolt took the COVID test the day after his party and soon learned he had contracted the respiratory disease.
“Just to be safe I quarantined myself and just taking it easy,” he said.
2. Gil Bailey, radio pioneer
Gil Bailey, the radio broadcaster and personality known as “The G0dfather” died April 13. His death came from complications after contracting the coronavirus, according to Jamaica Observer. The native Jamaican rose to prominence on radio stations with Caribbean music programming in the New York City area.
3. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta mayorSource:Getty
4. Herman Cain, former presidential candidateSource:Getty
Herman Cain died July 30 at the age of 74 after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. The former presidential candidate, who was once considered by President Donald Trump for the Federal Reserve, was hospitalized in Atlanta on July 1, just two days after testing positive for COVID-19. Less than two weeks before receiving his diagnosis, Cain attended a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was surrounded by other attendees, none of whom were wearing a mask or protective gear.
5. Ben CarsonSource:Getty
If this picture of Ben Carson and his wife could tell 1,000 words, chances are the first three might be, “wear a mask.”
Carson has contracted the coronavirus, officials announced Nov. 9, a little more than a week after he was seen in this photo at a Trump rally not wearing any personal protective equipment. Again, Carson is a medical doctor.
Carson “is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery,” his spokesperson told ABC News.
Carson, who is also a member of the president’s coronavirus task force, announced his diagnosis after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows tested positive following a campaign event they both attended at the White House on Election Night.
6. Dave Chappelle, comedianSource:Getty
The award-winning comedian contracted COVID-19 after hosting a series of socially distanced comedy shows in Ohio and Texas during the pandemic. Chappelle is asymptomatic and is said to be recovering in isolation.
7. Rep. Bonnie Watson ColemanSource:Getty
New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman announced her positive diagnosis on Jan. 11, days after the attack at the U.S. Capitol. Watson Coleman, a cancer survivor, shared with her followers that she believes she was exposed while members of Congress were barricaded inside the chambers. “Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I decided to take a Covid test. I have tested positive,” she tweeted.
8. Manu DibangoSource:Getty
Manu Dibango, the legendary afro-jazz saxophonist from Cameroon known for his 1972 hit, “Soul Makossa,” died March 24 following complications from the coronavirus. He was 86.
9. Dennis Dickson
Dennis Dickson may not be a household name, but the longtime NYPD employee’s death is notable because he was one of a growing number of people working at the New York Police Department who tested positive for the coronavirus. Dickson, who died March 26 at the age of 62, worked for the NYPD for 14 years at headquarters. That means he could have been exposed to other members of the force.
10. Kevin DurantSource:Getty
Kevin Durant was one of four players for the Brooklyn Nets who tested positive for the coronavirus that has also infected members of other NBA teams. The other players on the Nets who tested positive have not been identified. “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine,” Durant told The Athletic in an interview. “We’re going to get through this.”
11. Larry Edgeworth
Prayers to the family of NBC’s Larry Edgeworth 💔🙏🏽 and my former colleagues at 30 Rock. He died after testing positive for #coronavirus. Larry would always offer to help me ...even after I moved to CBS. He just wanted to see another brother win. #IAmMyBrothersKeeper Rest 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/TyXbiHs30d— DeMarco Morgan (@DeMarcoReports) March 20, 2020
Larry Edgeworth, who worked for the TV network as an audio technician for 25 years, died March 19 of complications after contracting the coronavirus. He was 61 years old. He reportedly had an existing health condition that likely exacerbated the coronavirus symptoms that led to his death.
12. Kenneth “Babyface” EdmondsSource:Getty
The world-renowned music producer announced that he and his family all tested positive for the coronavirus but survived it and beat the respiratory illness that has killed thousands of people. He made the announcement via Instagram and admitted the ordeal was “an incredibly scary thing to go through.”
13. Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba
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. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
After actor Idris Elba announced on March 16 that he had contracted the coronavirus, his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, made her own announcement days later. Her disclosure prompted discussion over whether it was right to quarantine with her husband or if the two should’ve practiced social distancing.
14. Patrick Ewing, basketball legendSource:Getty
Patrick Ewing, the head coach of Georgetown University’s men’s basketball team and NBA legend, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The New York Knicks’ all-time leading scorer tweeted the announcement on Friday, May 22.
“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” the tweet said in part. “This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”
It was unclear how Ewing contracted the disease that has disproportionately affected Black people.
15. Ronald Fenty, Rihanna’s dadSource:Getty
Ronald Fenty, the father of superstar singer Rihanna, counted himself as one of the lucky survivors of the coronavirus. He told the Sun about the unenviable experience he went through for about two weeks before he was able to recover. Rihanna, who paid for and sent dozens of ventilators to her native island Barbados, also sent one to her 66-year-old dad.
16. Vivica A. Fox, actressSource:Getty
Vivica A. Fox announced on Sept. 20 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of her hosting duties for the E! network’s live coverage of the red-carpet pre-Emmy Awards show. Fox’s co-hostess, Giuliana Rancic, also announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19. It was unclear if their cases were related.
17. Jimmy Glenn, legendary boxing trainerSource:Getty
Jimmy Glenn, the legendary boxing trainer who worked with some of the sport’s top fighters, died following complications from the coronavirus. He was 89 years old. Glenn had become a celebrated bar owner in New York City’s Times Square called Jimmy’s Corner. The Boxing Scene website reported Glenn’s death first.
18. Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was the first NBA player revealed to have tested positive for COVID-19. He initially was called out for not taking coronavirus warnings seriously, considering he did things like touch the surfaces of microphones during a press conference to joke about the situation. The state health department cleared Gobert on March 27 after he completed a period of self-quarantining.
19. Louis Gossett Jr., actor, philanthropistSource:Getty
The legendary actor was diagnosed with COVID-19 but left a local Georgia hospital out of fear, according to a report from TMZ. Gossett, 84, is recovering at home under the care of his son. He told TMZ, “Please wear masks, social distance, isolate, pray and listen within. We cannot survive without one another.”
20. Lee Green
It is with much sadness to inform all in my SJU family that we lost Lee Green to Covid-19 today. A Parade All-American who played 3 years at #SJUBB Lee was our warrior on those teams. A true lock em up defender that relished shutting down the best opponents. RIP Lee🙏🏻 #gone2soon pic.twitter.com/X4TIPbVvoU— Ron Linfonte (@SJU5) March 24, 2020
Lee Green’s name is not known widely, but the former college basketball star for St. John’s University is notable here because of his death on March 23 at the relatively young age of 49 following complications from the coronavirus. His age was especially important as it upends the narrative that older and elderly people were the ones dying from the respiratory illness.
21. Charles Gregory, Tyler Perry’s makeup artrist
“Mr. Charles Gregory was a hairstylist that had worked with” Tyler Perry “for many years” before he died April 8 after he “lost his battle with COVID-19,” the filmmaker wrote on Instagram.
22. Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driverSource:Getty
The seven-time Formula One world champion tested positive for the coronavirus on Nov. 30 and will sit out the upcoming Sakhir Grand Prix. Hamilton was tested three times in the week prior, all which resulted in negative results. He is currently in isolation, complying with the COVID-19 health protocols in Bahrain.
23. Samuel Hargress Jr., owner of legendary Harlem nightclub
Thank You for your friendship Sam! 💔#RIP💔 Harlem's Paris Blues Jazz Club has been a celebrated local music joint since 1969, playing live jazz and blues nightly. It's owner and manager, Mr. Samuel Hargress Jr., has been in the club nearly every day for the past 51 years. 💫🔥💫 pic.twitter.com/oSM9Cbzzdb— B Michael (@bmichaelAmerica) April 15, 2020
Samuel Hargress Jr., the owner and operator of legendary New York City jazz and blues nightclub, Paris Blues, died following complications after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 83 years old. Hargress opened the club in 1969 and ran it for 51 years. The Harlem Bespoke blog reported his death.
24. Conan Harris, Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s husbandSource:Getty
Rep. Ayanna Pressley‘s husband Conan Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 12 days after he was placed in lockdown with his wife during the mob attack on Capitol Hill last week. Harris is one of several people infected inside the Capitol due to members of Congress who refused to wear masks.
25. Mike Huckaby, techno music pioneer and DJ
R.I.P Mike Huckaby. You will forever continue to change so many peoples lives with your music, technique and mentoring. These clips of Huck are from ‘Detroit The Blueprint Of Techno’ 💔 pic.twitter.com/8t8c83Uy2K— Dark Entries Records (@darkentriesrecs) April 25, 2020
“DJ Mike Huckaby, whose soulful, studied work made him one of the prominent early figures in Detroit techno and house music, died [April 24] after a lengthy hospitalization following a stroke,” the Detroit Free press reported. Huckaby tested positive for the coronavirus while he was hospitalized. He was 54 years old.
26. Callum Hudson-OdoiSource:Getty
Callum Hudson-Odoi, a professional soccer player in the Premier League with the Chelsea football club, was diagnosed with the coronavirus. He made the announcement on March 12. He is just 19 years old.
27. DL Hughley, comedian
He thanks people for prayers – extreme exhaustion and dehydration – but it turns out they ran a battery of tests and I also tested positive for covid-19. he said it “blew me away” and that he was asymptomatic – no flu-like symptoms – not shortness of breath, no cough, no fever, still doesn’t have one – no loss or smell of taste – “apparently, I just lost consciousness.”
He said he would be quarantined for 14-days.
28. Ahmed Ismail Hussein, Somali singer, 92
BREAKING: One of Somalia’s greatest artists has died in London after contracting Corona Virus. Ahmed Ismail Hussein “Hudeydi” known as the “King of Oud” has been in hospital for four days. He was 92. pic.twitter.com/iCii8vYVVv— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) April 8, 2020
Ahmed Ismail Hussein, the legendary Somali singer and musician who was also popularly known as “Hudeydi,” was hospitalized in the UK after contracting the coronavirus. Nicknamed the “King of Oud,” a reference to the Arabic instrument resembling a guitar, died in a London hospital. His date of death was not immediately reported, but it was announced April 8.
29. Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler
Tonight on @fox5dc at 10p -— 𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙬𝙣 𝙔𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙮 (@ShawnYancyTV) May 20, 2020
He served at the pleasure of 11 U.S. Presidents... during his 55 years at the White House.
Last weekend, he passed from COVID-19.
My exclusive interview with the granddaughter of White House butler, Wilson Jerman is next! pic.twitter.com/SBiXbQLiud
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, a former longtime butler who worked in the White House, died in May following complications from the coronavirus. He was 91 years old. Jerman served 11 presidents, including Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black commander-in-chief. Fox News reported that “Jerman worked at the White House from 1957 to 2012 as a cleaner, a doorman, and butler.”
30. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced on an Instagram video that he and his family had overcome the coronavirus after testing positive at an undisclosed date.
“I can tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family, and for me personally too,” he said in part of the video. “And I’ve gone through some doozies in the past. I’ve gotten knocked about and gotten my ass kicked a little bit, but testing positive for COVID-19 is much different than overcoming nasty injuries or being evicted or even being broke.”
31. Brad “Scarface” JordanSource:Getty
The rapper more popularly known as Scarface from the legendary Geto Boys announced on March 26 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. The 49-year-old Houstonian had reportedly been suffering from symptoms for weeks before he got confirmation of his condition.
32. DeAndre Jordan, NBA starSource:Getty
DeAndre Jordan tweeted on June 29 that he tested positive for COVID-19, which will prevent him from participating in the continuation of the NBA’s 2019-20 season that was suspended because f the coronavirus. Jordan is among multiple other NBA players who have tested positive for the respiratory disease that has caused a global pandemic and abruptly ended major sporting competitions.
33. Tim Lester, NFL starSource:Getty
Tim Lester, a former NFL star who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Los Angeles Rams, and Dallas Cowboys, died on Jan. 12, 2021, from COVID-19 complications. He was 52.
34. James Mahoney, pulmonologist
Dr. James Mahoney at University Hospital of Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/SXBxNlzApr— Lieutenant Kijé (@BrianLemaire2) May 19, 2020
Dr. James Mahoney, a pulmonologist who delayed his retirement in order to help his colleagues fight the coronavirus, died after contracting COVID-19. Mahoney died April 27 at the age of 62 following a 40-year career in medicine. The New York Times reported that Mahoney “had spent his whole career at a poorly financed public hospital” and “went to extraordinary lengths to help patients.”
35. Ellis Marsalis Jr.Source:Getty
The legendary jazz musician died April following complications from the coronavirus. He was 85 years old.
36. DeRay McKessonSource:Getty
Civil rights activist DeRay McKesson announced on April 16 that “just tested positive for COVID-19.” He went on to tweet that he experienced some of the respiratory illnesses’ milder symptoms and added that doctors told him to expect a full recovery.
37. Von MillerSource:Getty
It was announced on April 16 that NFL star Von Miller had contracted the coronavirus. NFL Network reporter Ian Rappaport tweeted that Miller was “at home resting and in good spirits.”
38. Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell is another member of the Utah Jazz who tested positive. The 23-year-old NBA All Star announced that he was participating in a challenge called #StayHomeFor to encourage people to socially distance and stay at home as the coronavirus continues to spread. The state health department cleared Mitchell on March 27 after he completed a period of self-quarantining.
39. Wisconsin Rep. Rep. Gwen MooreSource:Getty
Moore tweeted on Dec. 28 that she tested positive for the coronavirus. The 69-year-old Wisconsinite did not announce how she contracted it and suggested she was experiencing mild symptoms, if any at all, and vowed that her work on Capitol Hill would not be interrupted.
“I encourage every person to continue taking measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing,” Moore tweeted.
40. Lloyd Porter, small business owner in Brooklyn
Devastated to hear Lloyd Porter has pass away from covid19. Lloyd was a pillar in Brooklyn. His coffee shop Breadstuy is where I met some of my closest friends. He sometimes hired people with records that couldn't easily find work. He believed in community. Rest well Brother— Blitz Bazawule (@BlitzAmbassador) May 7, 2020
Lloyd Porter, who owned and operated the famed Bread Stuy bakery in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, has died after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
41. Charley Pride, country music legendSource:Getty
Charley Pride went from growing up picking cotton in Mississippi to playing professional baseball in the Negro League to getting drafted in the Army to going back to baseball to finally signing a recording contract in Nashville on his way to becoming the first major country music star who is Black. It was a remarkable rise to fame that ended Dec. 12 after he succumbed to the deadly coronavirus. Pride was 86 years old.
42. Biden Adviser, Rep. Cedric RichmondSource:Getty
Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat who represents Louisiana, tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 16. Richmond is also an adviser who will serve as director of the Office of Public Engagement. Biden tested negative after being made aware of Richmond’s diagnosis.
43. Arnie Robinson Jr., Olympian
Arnie Robinson Jr., who won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, died on Dec. 2 at his home in San Diego. He was 72. https://t.co/lYnpSbWkzO— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) December 16, 2020
Olympic gold medalist Arnie Robinson Jr., died from COVID-19 on Dec. 2 at the age of 72. He is known as one of the greatest long jumpers in the world, securing the gold at the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal. He leaped 27 feet and 4¾ inches on the first jump of the competition.
Over his career he won seven national titles and was the world’s top-ranked long jumper from 1976-1979. He retired from his profession in 1979 and took up coaching at San Diego Mesa College in 1982, where taught for 28 years after retiring from teaching in 2010.
44. Wallace RoneySource:Getty
Wallace Roney, a Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter who was associated with and influenced by the legendary Miles Davis, died March 31. His death was caused by complications after he contracted the coronavirus. He was just 59 years old. Pictured: Wallace Roney plays trumpet with his orchestra during a performance in the 22nd Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park, New York, New York, Aug. 23, 2014. The orchestra played a composition by Wayne Shorter written for, but not performed by, Miles Davis.
45. Marcus Smart
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart also tested positive for COVID-19. The 26-year-old posted a video on Instagram revealing the news and he encouraged everyone to practice social distancing.
46. Troy Sneed, gospel singerSource:Getty
Gospel singer Troy Sneed died April 27 following complications from contracting the coronavirus. He was just 54 years old.
47. Oliver “DJ Black N Mild” Stokes Jr.
New Orleans bounce DJ and radio personality Black N Mild has died after testing positive for coronavirus. For the past 25 years, he also deejayed at countless clubs, parties and other private events across the southeast. pic.twitter.com/2e6mnKhiXQ— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) March 21, 2020
New Orleans radio personality Oliver Stokes Jr. who went by the name of DJ Black N Mild died March 19, one day after he tested positive for the coronavirus. He was 44 years old.
48. Carole Sutton, actressSource:Getty
Actress Carol Sutton, whose performances in the TV series “Queen Sugar” and the movie “Steel Magnolias” earned her high praise, has died. Sutton was 76 years old. Her cause of death on Dec. 10 was reported as Covid-19.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell remembered Sutton as “the Queen of New Orleans theater” in a moving statement issued Dec. 13, when the death was officially announced.
49. Jeffrey “DJ Jazzy Jeff” Townes
Hip-hop pioneer DJ Jazzy Jeff had hinted that he was suffering from the coronavirus weeks before he confirmed it on the “Tamron Hall Show” on April 14. He detailed his experience to the hostess and said he first started feeling symptoms in late March after attending a ski event in Idaho.
50. Karl-Anthony Towns, NBA starSource:Getty
The Minnesota Timberwolves star announced he tested positive for COVID-19 on Jan. 15, prior to a match against the Memphis Grizzlies. Towns, 25, suffered immensely due to the virus in 2020, losing his mother and six other family members in the pandemic.
51. Karl-Anthony Towns’ parents, Jacqueline Cruz and Karl-Anthony Towns Sr.
NBA All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns revealed on March 24 that his mother had tested positive for the coronavirus days before it was reported on March 26 that his father was suffering from the same illness. His mother, Jacqueline Cruz, was placed in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator. She died on April 13. His father, Karl Sr., was reportedly recovering after being quarantined.
52. Juan Williams, Fox News HostSource:Getty
Fox News host Juan Williams was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday. Williams 66, serves as the liberal leaning voice on the conservative networks daily show “The Five.” On Nov. 18 Williams left for vacation and returned to Fox News studios on Monday, where he was tested and received a negative result. On Wednesday he returned to “The Five.”
In a statement obtained by The New York Times, the network said the show would tape from home “for the foreseeable future.”
53. Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, AlabamaSource:Getty
Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, has been hospitalized with COVID-19 pneumonia. The 39-year-old first-term mayor was admitted to the hospital on the night of Jan. 4, 2021. The City of Birmingham tweeted the news and said Woodfin “is receiving excellent care” and “remains in good spirits and thanks everyone for their well wishes.”
AL.com reported that Woodfin had been experiencing mild symptoms and was self-quarantined until his hospitalization.
The former school board member and city prosecutor was elected the city’s youngest mayor in 2017.