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COVID-19 and Fame

Ask anybody on the planet, “What do Tom Hanks, Boris Johnson, and Prince Charles have in common?” and they will instantly shout – “Corona.”

Ask these same people, “Who were the three Prime Ministers that died of Coronavirus last month?” Few will respond, “Well…there was Nur Hassan Husein from Somalia, Mahmoud Jabril from Libya and Joachim Yhombi-Opango from Congo – who died (respectively) in London, Cairo, and Paris.”

As of May 4, no fewer than eleven movie stars had contracted COVID-19, nine with fatal results. Other victims include retired Commanders of the Turkish and Polish Armies, a well-known rapper, and a mafia hitman. Almost half of the famous COVID-19 victims have been athletes, not surprisingly from countries that report unusually high rates of infection (see list below).

History is largely written in the lives of famous disease victims. The “black death” of 1348 claimed only eleven well-known people, including the King of Spain, the Royal Consorts of England and France, four famous painters, and two Archbishops of Canterbury. In contrast, 62 famous people died during the “Spanish Influenza” pandemic, accounting for 39% of known causes of death in this population from 1918 to 1920!

COVID-19 in Athletes

  – fatal
  – soccer
– American football
– basketball
– cricket

Argentina

Ezequiel Garay 

Brazil

 Jonathas de Jesus

Denmark

 Thomas Kahlenberg

 Peter Madsen

England

 Callum Hudson-Odoi

 Norman Hunter 

 John Rowlands 

France

 Eliaquim Mangala

 Arnold Sowinski 

Gambia

 Omar Colley

Germany

 Jannes Horn

 Timo Hubers

 Luca Kilian

 Fabian Nurnberger

 Stefan Thesker

Italy

 Zaccaria Cometti 

 Fabio Depaoli

 Innocezo Donina

 Alessandro Favelli

 Luciano Federici 

 Manolo Gabbiadini

 Antonino La Gumina

 Daniele Rugani

 King Udoh

Netherlands

 Henk Overgoor

Norway

 Morten Thorsby

Pakistan

 Zafar Sarfraz   

Poland

 Bartosz Bereszynski

Serbia

 Dusan Vlahovic

Somalia

 Mohammed Farah

South Korea

 Hyun-jun Suk

Spain

 Baldiri Alavedra

 Mikel Arteta

 Goyo Benito

 Jose Luis Capon

 Jose Luis Gaya

 Benito Joanet

 Miguel Jones

Sweden

 Albin Ekdal

United States

 Tom Dempsey

 Rudy Gobert

 Orlando McDaniel

 Donoval Mitchell

 Christian Wood

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