The Rockstars Who Died From Coronavirus
The world as we know it today has changed a lot since the beginning of 2020. While counting down the seconds for the new year, people all around the world bid farewell to 2019 and hoped that a better year was expecting them, but little did they know that a global pandemic was at their doorstep.
Covid-19 affected everyone all over the globe, some more and some less. Most people, including those in the music industry, were affected economically as they were not allowed to perform due to the new regulations. However, there were also some that lost their lives to the deadly virus that we are still battling every day.
Lou ‘L.A.’ Kouvaris
Lou ‘L.A.’ Kouvaris was an American musician with Greek origins and he’s best known as the original guitarist of Mark Reale’s band Riot. He was actually supposed to perform with Riot V -as the band renamed themselves following Reale’s passing- in Greece and Cyprus in March 2020. However, he passed away on March 28, 2020, after contracting Covid-19.
Gaetano Tommy DeVito is best known as the founding member, lead guitarist, and vocalist of one of the most popular rock bands of the ’60s and ’70s, the Four Seasons. His contributions to the rock world have been praised by millions and his unfortunate passing on September 21, 2020, after contracting Covid-19 left both his loved ones and fans heartbroken.
David Paul Greenfield was one of the most influential figures of the early British punk rock scene. He became the keyboardist, singer, and songwriter of the well-known rock band The Stranglers in 1975 and remained with the band until his death. The news about his passing came on May 3, 2020, and he was mourned by millions all over the world.
Trinidad López III who’s best known as Trini Lopez was one of the most popular rock n’ roll figures of the ’60s and ’70s who formed his own band at the age of 15. His popularity led Gibson to ask him in 1964 to design his own guitar, and he ended up designing two, which are now considered to be collector’s items and are proudly owned by Dave Grohl and Noel Gallagher. Unfortunately, he passed away on August 11, 2020, after contracting Covid-19.
John Davis is best known for his career as the backup singer for the iconic R&B duo Milli Vanilli and The Real Milli Vanilli. He’s famous for his collaborations with various musicians and although he’s not an actual ‘rockstar’ per se, he was highly valued in the music industry. Sadly, he passed away on May 24, 2021, at the age of 66 due to Covid-19.
Although not a musician, Phil Spector was one of the most famous producers in rock history. He’s known for his work with the Beatles, Tina Turner, the Ramones, Leonard Cohen, and many more. However, he was also convicted of murder and spent his last years in prison. He passed away January 16, 2021, after contracting Covid-19 and his death was announced by his daughter.