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RIP: Who We Lost in December 2021

by John Maxwell

Join us in a look back at some of the most notable lives that ended in December 2021.

Read the full Legacy obituaries for the life stories of the people featured in this video:

Joan Didion (1934–2021), award-winning novelist and journalist


Stonewall Jackson (1932–2021), Grand Ole Opry star

Sam Jones (1933–2021), Boston Celtics legend

Yvonne Wilder (1937–2021), “West Side Story” actor

bell hooks (1952–2021), acclaimed feminist author

Desmond Tutu (1931–2021), who helped end apartheid in South Africa

Vicente Fernández (1940–2021), beloved Mexican singer and actor

Al Unser Sr. (1939–2021), four-time Indy 500 winner

Wanda Young (1943–2021), singer with the Marvelettes

Anne Rice (1941–2021), ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ author

Larry Sellers (1949–2021), “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” actor

Les Emmerson (1944–2021), writer of the classic rock anthem “Signs”

Carmen Salinas (1939–2021), iconic Mexican actress

Bob Dole (1923–2021), longtime U.S. senator from Kansas

Sally Ann Howes (1930–2021), “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” star

Claude Humphrey (1944–2021), Hall of Fame defensive end

Joe Simon (1936–2021), Grammy-winning R&B singer

John Madden (1936–2021), legendary NFL coach and broadcaster

Eddie Mekka (1952–2021), played Carmine on “Laverne & Shirley”

Demaryius Thomas (1987–2021), Denver Broncos wide receiver

Michael Nesmith (1942–2021), member of the Monkees

Harry Reid (1939–2021), former U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Tiffini Hale (1975–2021), “All New Mickey Mouse Club” star

Betty White (1922–2021), beloved star of “The Golden Girls”

Revisit last month’s video:

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