The main deaths in the world in 2021

The year 2021 was marked by the disappearance of Prince Felipe, former Argentine President Carlos Menem or Abimael Guzmán, the founder of Shining Path. Below, AFP offers a recap of some of the deceased in the world:


– 16: Phil SPECTOR, 81 years old, American music producer, of the Beatles among others, died in prison where he was serving time for murder.

– 23: Larry KING, 87, American journalist and CNN star.


– 05: Christopher PLUMMER, 91, Canadian actor who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for “Beginners”.

– 08: Jean-Claude CARRIERE, 89 years old, French writer and screenwriter who collaborated extensively with Luis Buñuel.

– 10: Larry FLYNT, 78, porn mogul and founder of “Hustler” magazine.

– 14: Carlos MENEM, 90 years old, president of Argentina between 1989 and 1999 who marked a stage in the country with his neoliberal economic policy.

– 15: Johnny PACHECO, 85 years old, Dominican musician, composer and producer, one of the fathers of salsa.

– 16: Gustavo NOBOA, 83 years old, former president of Ecuador (2000-2003), architect of the dollarization of its economy.

– 22: Lawrence FERLINGHETTI, 101, American poet and editor of the so-called beat generation.


– 02: Bunny WAILER, 73, Jamaican singer and percussionist and reggae legend.

– 09: James LEVINE, 77 years old, musical director of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, punctuated by scandal of sexual abuse.


– 09: Prince FELIPE, Duke of Edinburgh, 99 years old, husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England for more than 73 years.

– 09: DMX, (Earl SIMMONS), 50 years old, American rapper.

– 14: Bernard MADOFF, 82, sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009 for the largest pyramid scheme in history.

– 20: Idriss DEBY, 68, president of Chad since 1991, wounded at the front by rebels after his sixth re-election.

– 24: Alber ELBAZ, 59 years old, Israeli-American creator, in charge of Lanvin for 14 years, died of covid.


– 04: Richard ERNST, 87 years old, Swiss Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the invention of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

– 17: Kenneth KAUNDA, 97, nicknamed the “African Gandhi” and considered the father of Zambian independence, who presided between 1964 and 1991.

– 29: Delia FIALLO, 96 years old, Cuban soap opera writer, author of hits like “Cristal” or “Kassandra”.

– 30: Donald RUMSFELD, 88, head of the Pentagon with George W. Bush, controversial architect of the war in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq.


– 05: Raffaella CARRÁ, 78 years old, Italian singer and presenter, also very popular in Spain and Latin America.

– 07: Dilip KUMAR, 98 years old, star of the golden age of Indian cinema.

– 07: Carlos Alberto ‘Lole’ REUTEMANN, 79 years old, successful Argentine Formula 1 driver, with 12 wins and 45 podiums.

– 28: Johnny VENTURA, 81 years old, Dominican singer and songwriter, one of the greatest exponents of merengue.


– 09: Patricia HITCHCOCK, 93, British actress, only child of Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville.

– 20: Raul CAUVIN, 82 years old, Belgian comic book writer.

– 24: Hissène HABRE, 79 years old, former president of Chad (1982-1990), died of covid in Senegal where he was imprisoned for crimes against humanity.

– 24: Charlie WATTS, 80 years old, drummer for the Rolling Stones.

– 29: Jacques ROGGE, 79 years old, Belgian, president of the International Olympic Committee (2001-2013).

– 29: Lee “Scratch” PERRY, 85, Jamaican musician and Bob Marley producer.


– 02: Mikis THEODORAKIS, 96 years old, composer of “Zorba the Greek” and symbol of the resistance to the dictatorship of the colonels.

– 06: Jean-Paul BELMONDO, 88 years old, legend of French cinema.

– 11: Abimael GUZMAN, 86, founder of the Maoist armed group Sendero Luminoso, nicknamed the “Pol Pot de los Andes”, died in prison where he was serving a life sentence and was cremated by the Peruvian government.

– 17: Abdelaziz BUTEFLIKA, 84 years old, president of Algeria between 1999 and 2019.


– 13: Agnes TIROP, 25 years old, Kenyan athlete with a double world medal of 10,000 meters, stabbed to death. Her husband is accused.

– 18: Colin POWELL, 84, first African-American to lead US defense and diplomacy.


– 06: Marília MENDONÇA, 26, Brazilian singer, Latin Grammy winner, died in a plane crash.

– 11: Frederik DE KLERK, 85, the last white president of South Africa who precipitated the end of apartheid by liberating Nelson Mandela, with whom he shares a Nobel Peace Prize.

– 28: Almudena GRANDES, 61 years old, a reference in Spanish literature who became known with the controversial and successful erotic novel “Las Ages de Lulú”.

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The main deaths in the world in 2021