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Actors and Musicians Who Have Tested Positive for Covid-19

Updated on September 27, 2020
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Since its discovery in Wuhan, China in December 2019, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused great havoc across the world. While the pandemic of the coronavirus has left an impact across all sectors, the entertainment industry has felt some of the worst effects.

Over 33 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with the virus, and among them are celebrities and influential people. Here are some of the actors and musicians who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Sadly, some of the celebrities mentioned below have passed away from the detrimental effects of the virus.

Alan Merrill (American)

Famously known as Alan Merrill, Allan Preston Sachs was born on 19 February 1951 in New York City. He was a famous vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player. He inherited his musical talent from his parents, Helen Merrill and Aaron Sachs, who were jazz musicians.

After experiencing serious COVID-19 complications, Merrill passed away on 29 March, 2020 at 69 years of age. His daughter, Laura Merrill, gave a touching tribute of him on Facebook, and urged people not to joke about the novel coronavirus.

Aurlus Mabele (Congolese)

Aurlus Mabele was a Rhumba great from the Republic of the Congo. He was born on 26 October 1953, and produced numerous Congolese music hits, such as “Extra Ball”, “ Choc a Distance”, “Femme Ivoirienne,”, “Embargo”, “Evelyne”, “Rosine”, and “Liste Rouge”.

Unfortunately, the French-based Congolese singer and composer died of the novel coronavirus on 19 March 2020. Before getting the COVID-19 infection, Mabele was already dealing with the negative effects of a stroke he had suffered years ago. Liza Monet is his only daughter.

Charlotte Lawrence (American)

Charlotte Sarah Lawrence is a singer, composer and model from America. She was born on 8 June 2000 in Los Angeles to Christa Miller and Bill Lawrence. The young pop, and indie pop singer has released a couple of singles over the years, including “You’re the One That I Want”, “Psycopath”, “Everybody Loves You”, and “Joke’s on You”.

At only 19 years of age, Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19 on 17 March 2020. She announced the news on Instagram, and urged her fans to keep up-to-date with the latest coronavirus information, stay clean, and isolate themselves.

Daniel Dae Kim (American)

Kim Dae-hyun, popularly known as Daniel Dae Kim, is an actor and producer. He was born on 4 August 1968 in Busan, South Korea to Jung Kim and Dr. Doo-tae Kim. Kim has appeared in numerous television programs, such as “CSI”, “Star Trek”, “Charmed”, “ER”, “NYPD Blue” and “24”.

The famous actor posted a video on Instagram on 19 March 2020 confirming that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Kim was attending a New York set of “New Amsterdam” (NBC TV series) before he got the diagnosis. From his Hawaii home, the talented actor assured his fans that he was slowly recovering from the disease.

Idris Elba (English)

Idris Akuna Elba is an actor, musician, writer, disk jockey, rapper, and producer from Hackney, London. He is the son of a Sierra Leonean father and Ghanaian mother, and was born on 6 September 1972. Idris is famed for his roles in “American Gangster”, “Thor”, “Pacific Rim”, “Beasts of No Nation”, “Luther”, “The Jungle Book”, and many other films and TV shows.

On 15 March 2020, Idris confirmed on an online video that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease of 2019. At the time, Idris had no symptoms of the disease, but was isolating himself as required to prevent further spread.

His wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba, also confirmed that she had tested positive for the respiratory virus on 22 March 2020.

Indira Varma (British)

Indira Anne Varma is an actress from Britain. She was born on 27 September 1973 to Indian parents, who raised her in Bath, Somerset. Varma has appeared in multiple television shows and films, including “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love”, “Bride and Prejudice” and “Game of Thrones”.

The female star announced on 18 March 2020 that she was ill with the coronavirus. She urged her Instagram followers to stay safe, healthy and show kindness to others.

Joe Diffie (American)

Joe Logan Diffie was born on 28 December 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He was a famous American country musician, and more than 30 of his singles appeared on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Some of his most popular jams included “Not Too Much to Ask”, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”, and “Same Old Train”.

After a long career in the country music scene, Diffie died on 29 March 2020 from complications of the novel coronavirus. At the time, he was 61 years old.

John Prine (American)

Born on 10 October 1946, John Prine was a country folk singer-songwriter from Maywood, Illinois, USA. He started his career in 1971, and is well-known for his humorous country music style. Prine has been married three times, and his third wife, Fiona Whelan, is his manager.

Unfortunately, in 1998, the talented singer discovered that his right part of the neck had squamous cell cancer. He underwent surgery, but a couple of nerves in his tongue were severed and radiation therapy inflicted damage on his salivary glands. Fortunately, Prine was able to perform again after many sessions of speech therapy. However, in 2013, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on his left lung. The tumor was removed successfully, and Prine was able to get back to his musical work after just six months.

Sadly, Prine was hospitalized again on 26 March 2020 after displaying COVID-19 symptoms. The 71-year old was intubated on 28 March due to the critical ailment.

Kristofer Hivju (Norwegian)

Kristofer Hivju was born on 7 December 1978 in Norway to Erik Hivju and Lieselotte Holmene, who are actors too. Some of the television shows and movies that Hivju has appeared in are “Game of Thrones”, “The Witcher”, “The Thing”, “The Last King” and “Twin”.

After sharing a picture on Instagram on 16 March 2020, the Norwegian actor announced that he was among the victims of the novel coronavirus. He also said that he was self-isolating at his house with minor disease symptoms.

Manu Dibango (Cameroonian)

Emmanuel N’Djoke Dibango is a musician and songwriter from Cameroon. He was born on 12 December 1933 and his musical style fuses jazz, funk and time-honored Cameroonian music. Dibango’s father was a civil servant while his mother was a fashion designer. Some of the famous hits from the Cameroonian artist are “Soul Makossa”, and “Big Blow”.

On 18 March 2020 Dibango broke the news of his positive COVID-19 test on Facebook. According to his close aides, the Cameroonian musician was admitted in a hospital in France for a different ailment when he suffered the infection.

Sadly, Dibango's journey on earth came to an end when he died of covid-19 complications on 24 March 2020. At the time of his demise, he was 86 years old.

Mwana FA (Tanzanian)

Born as Khamis Mwinjuma, Mwana FA is a rapper from Tanzania. Some of the most popular hits from the Bongo Flava artist are ‘Yalaiti”, “Bado Nipo Nipo”, “Kiboko Yangu”, "Habari Ndio Hiyo” and “Asanteni Kwa Kuja”.

Mwana FA shared an Instagram video on 19 March 2020 stating that he had contracted the Coronavirus. He assured his fans that he was doing well in spite of the positive test, and called on them to take care of one another.

Olga Kurylenko (French)

Olga Konstiantinivna Kurylenko is an actress and model from France. She was born on 14 November 1979 in Berdiansk, Ukraine to Konstantin and Marina Alyabusheva. She has appeared in many films and TV shows, including “Quantum of Solace”, “The Courier”, “Johnny English Strikes Again”, “Vampire Academy”, and “Magic City”.

Olga Kurylenko discovered that she had the coronavirus disease on 15 March 2020. She informed her fans about the news on her Instagram page, and urged them to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.

Rachel Matthews (American)

Rachel-Lynn Matthews is an actress from Los Angeles, California, USA. She was born on 25 October 1993 to Leslie Landon and Brian Matthews, and her uncle is the famous filmmaker, Christopher Landon. Matthews is famous for her roles in “Happy Death Day”, “Happy Death Day 2U”, “Frozen II”, “Batwoman”, and “Looking for Alaska”.

The American actress shared the news of her positive coronavirus test on 16 March 2020. Matthews announced the news on her Instagram stories, and said that she was staying in self-quarantine.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (Americans)

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks, popularly known as Tom Hanks, is an actor and filmmaker from America. As one of the highest-grossing North American actors, Hanks was born on 9 July 1956 in California to Janet Marylyn and Amos Mefford Hanks. Some of the actor’s most popular films are “Forest Gump”, “Cast Away”, “Captain Philips” and “Apollo 13”.

Tom Hanks’ current and second wife is Rita Wilson, who was born on 26 October 1956 as Margarita Ibrahimoff. In addition to being an actress, Rita Wilson is also a singer, composer and producer. She is well-known for her appearance on “Volunteers”, “Runaway Bride”, “Gloria Bell” and “Everything is Copy”.

On 11 March 2020, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 while they were in Australia. Hanks reported that the both of them had displayed symptoms of feeling tired, body aches and slight fevers.


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