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Celebrities who have died after being diagnosed with coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact around the world, with more than 250,000 people dying after contracting the disease.

High-profile figures including the Prince of Wales, Hollywood actor Tom Hanks and Prime Minister Boris Johnson are among the more than 3.5 million who have tested positive for Covid-19.

While Charles, Hanks and Mr Johnson have fully recovered from the illness, other well-known victims have not been as fortunate.

Here are some of the celebrities who have died after being diagnosed with the virus:

Dave Greenfield


Dave Greenfield, keyboard player with The Stranglers, died aged 71 after testing positive for coronavirus (Baz Warne/PA)

The Stranglers’s keyboard player died on May 3 and had contracted coronavirus following a prolonged stay in hospital for heart problems.

A long-standing member of the influential punk outfit, Greenfield was known for his distinctive sound and playing style, using instruments such as the harpsichord and Hammond electric organ.

He was 71.

Tim Brooke-Taylor


Goodies star Tim Brooke-Taylor died at the age of 79 after testing positive for coronavirus (John Stillwell/PA)

The Goodies star died at the age of 79 on April 12 after contracting the virus.

He was best known as part of the 1970s comic trio alongside Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie.

Following Brooke-Taylor’s death, Oddie paid tribute and described him as an “extremely amiable, nice bloke”.

Terrence McNally

A world renowned playwright, McNally’s career spanned six decades and earned him four competitive Tony awards, as well as a lifetime achievement award last year.

His works included the plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class as well as the books for musicals Ragtime and Kiss Of The Spider Woman.

He died due to complications from coronavirus on March 24 in a hospital in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 81, his publicist said.

Adam Schlesinger

The US musician was best known for being part of the band Fountains Of Wayne.

Schlesinger, 52, was diagnosed with Covid-19 and went on to die in a New York hospital on April 1.

Tom Hanks and Mark Ronson were among those who paid tribute.

John Prine


Influential folk singer John Prine is among the celebrities to have died after being diagnosed with coronavirus (Niall Carson/PA)

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