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Lung disease victim : These celebrities died of coronavirus infection

More and more celebrities are also getting infected with the corona virus. Some artists even lost their lives to lung disease in the past few days and weeks. Colleagues and fans mourn these stars:

US musician Adam Schlesinger (52). The Emmy and Grammy award winner Schlesinger was last connected to a ventilator in a hospital. Schlesinger played in the bands "Ivy" and "Fountains of Wayne". The native New Yorker composed the music and songs for numerous film and television series.

Including the romantic comedy "Mitten ins Herz - Ein Song für dich" (2007) with Hugh Grant, the television series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" and the Sesame Street production "Elmo the Musical".

Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis (85). He taught himself the clarinet and piano as a child. He performed in clubs, played in bands, studied music education and taught jazz musicians such as Harry Connick Jr. and Terence Blanchard. In his name, the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music was opened in New Orleans in 2011.

Afro jazz star Manu Dibango (86). Born in Douala, Cameroon, the saxophonist and composer came to France at the age of 15. He became famous for his Afro-Jazz style, which combined the traditional music of his homeland with modern jazz elements. "Soul Makossa" is the name of the world-famous piece from 1972, with which he was also successful in the USA and went on tour.

US playwright Terrence McNally (81). McNally, born in Florida in 1939, has written pieces such as “Corpus Christi”, “The Lisbon Traviata” and “Master Class”, which have been performed with success around the world. He has received numerous awards, including several Tony theater awards.

Film and theater actor Mark Blum (69). He became known for films such as Desperately Seeking Susan and Crocodile Dundee. He played regularly in the New York off-Broadway theater "Playwright Horizons", which expressed the grief of colleagues on Twitter: "Thanks for everything you've done for our theater, Mark," it says. "We will miss you."

Star Wars actor Andrew Jack (76). He played the supporting role of General Ematt in the films "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (Episode VII) and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (Episode VIII). Jack also worked as a coach for dialects in major film productions - or he taught actors in "Lord of the Rings" the sophisticated fantasy languages ​​of the trilogy.

According to his agent, Jack's wife, Gabrielle Rogers, was unable to visit him before he died because she was stuck in quarantine in Australia.

US musician Alan Merrill (69). He wrote the hit "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" in 1975 as a member of the band Arrows. In 1982 singer Joan Jett released a cover of the song, which became a worldwide hit. Jett now mourned Merrill via Twitter. "With great thanks and sadness I wish him a safe journey on the other side."

American country singer Joe Diffie (61). He had a series of hits in the 1990s including "Pickup Man," "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)" and "John Deere Green". His first album "A Thousand Winding Roads" from 1990 was very successful, it contained the hit "Home. Diffie had only announced two days before his death that he had tested positive for the corona virus.

Architect and designer Vittorio Gregotti (92). Gregotti, born in 1927, was best known for his works in Milan's Bicocca district, for the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, ​​the new opera house in Aix-en-Provence and the Belem cultural center in Portugal. Gregotti was one of the “greatest architects”, wrote Milan's Mayor Beppe Sala on Twitter. His city owed him a lot.

US country and folk musician John Prine (73). He was considered one of the most influential songwriters of his generation - not only in the country and folk scene. His texts were often characterized by a poetic quality. Folk and rock superstar Bob Dylan called Prine one of his favorite songwriters. Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters also praised Prine for his "extraordinarily eloquent music".

His hits include the anti-Vietnam War song "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore". On his last album, which came out in 2018, Prine imagined what he would do in paradise: "I would drink a cocktail - vodka and ginger ale - and smoke a 15-kilometer cigarette."

European athletics champion Donato Savia (56). In 1984 he became European indoor champion over 800 meters in Gothenburg. He also took part in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul. Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora praised the athlete on Facebook as a "great Italian". Sabia died in the southern Italian city of Potenza - just a few days after his father's death. He also suffered from a Sars CoV-2 infection. (with dpa / AFP)

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