2021 has only just begun, but we’ve already waved goodbye to some much-loved stars, including Gerry and the Pacemakers’ Gerry Marsden.

In 2020 we said goodbye to many incredible stars, including Caroline Flack and Barbara Windsor.

Saying goodbye to our heroes and stars we admire is never easy, and it’s important to take a moment to remember them.

They leave behind a legacy which will never be forgotten by friends, families and fans, and their contributions to the world will be enjoyed for years to come.

Here we remember the incredible stars who have passed away so far in 2021.

January

Andy Gray

Andy Gray played Pete McLean in River City
Andy Gray played Pete McLean in River City

BBC Scotland star Andy Gray died from cancer at the age of 61 on January 18.

The actor played very popular character Pete in River City, which he sadly left in 2018 after being diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer.

Andy also appeared in a variety of other TV shows, including Naked Video, and City Lights.

He played a bank teller who dreamed of being a writer in the 1980s sitcom.

Phil Spector

Phil Spector

Music producer Phil Spector died at the age of 81 from Covid-related complications on January 16.

Phil had previously worked closely with some of the biggest names in the music industry – including The Beatles.

At the time of his death he was serving a 19 years-to-life sentence after he was found guilty of murdering Lana Clarkson.

Before going to prison, Spector had an incredibly successful career in music, producing the Beatles album Let It Be, and several solo records by the band's John Lennon and George Harrison.

Siegfried Fischbacher

Siegfried Fischbacher
Siegfried Fischbacher

Magician Siegfried Fischbacher died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer aged 81 on January 13.

The iconic Las Vegas performer was known for his jaw-dropping show containing tigers, alongside his partner Roy.

They were known as the legendary duo Siegfried & Roy, who inseparable both on and off stage for more than six decades.

Roy died in May 2020 aged 75 after complications from Covid-19, after which Siegfried said he had lost his “best friend”.

John Reilly

John Reilly
John Reilly

US soap star John Reilly died aged 84 on January 9.

He rose to fame in 1956 after taking on the role of Dr Dan Stewart on As The World Turns, he later joined General Hospital in 1984, playing Sean Donely for more than 70 episodes.

The Chicago-born star went on to play Alistair Crane between 2005 and 2008 in the hot show Passions, appearing in over 100 episodes.

John’s other credits include shows such as Dallas, Iron Man and Beverly Hills 90210.

Ed Bruce

Ed Bruce
Ed Bruce

Ed Bruce passed away aged 81 on January 8 from natural causes.

He was well known as a country singer, as well as an actor who appeared in the likes of Bret Maverick and The Chisholms.

But the star was perhaps most known for co-writing the famous hit song, Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be, with his then-wife, Patsy, in 1976.

Following on from its success, he went to have an incredibly successful career with six Billboard Top 10 hits in the 1980s, including the 1981 smash, You're The Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had.

Deezer D

Dearon Thompson, also known as Deezer D
Dearon Thompson, also known as Deezer D

American actor Dearon Thompson, known as Deezer, D died aged 55 on January 7 after he was reportedly found “unresponsive” at his home.

The star was best known for his portrayal of Nurse Malik Margrath on the hit series ER, in almost 200 episodes.

The Los Angeles native also starred in hit films such as Fear of a Black Hat from 1994, and the American comedy CB4 alongside Phil Hartman in 1993.

He also ventured into the music industry in 1999 when he released the album Living Up in a Down World.

His latest album Delayed, But Not Denied, which was released in August 2008.

Marion Ramsey

Marion Ramsey
Marion Ramsey

Actress Marion Ramsey died at the age of 73 after a short illness on January 7.

The star was best known for playing Officer Laverne Hooks in all five of the Police Academy films.

Marion, who was born in Philadelphia, was originally a stage actor and starred on Broadway.

One of her most memorable roles was in the hit 1978 Broadway show Eubie!.

Albert Roux

Albert Roux

Chef and restauranteur Albert Roux passed away aged 85 on January 4.

Albert was the brother of legendary chef Michel father of Masterchef star Michel Jr, and had been unwell for quite some time.

A statement from the family said: "The Roux family has announced the sad passing of Albert Roux, OBE, KFO, who had been unwell for a while, at the age 85 on 4th January 2021.

"Albert is credited, along with his late brother Michel Roux, with starting London's culinary revolution with the opening of Le Gavroche in 1967."

Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts

Former Bond Girl Tanya Roberts died on January 4 at the age of 65.

In addition to starring in the James Bond franchise, she also had a role in Charlie’s Angels, where she replaced Shelly Hack.

She also appeared in the hit sitcom That 70s Show as Donna Pinciotti’s mum Midge, alongside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis.

Roberts all appeared in a number of fantasy adventure films such as The Beastmaster and Hearts and Armour.

Barbara Shelley

Barbara Shelley
Barbara Shelley

Queen of Hammer actress Barbara Shelley died at the age of 88 on January 4.

Barbara rose to fame during the 1950s and 60s for films such as The Gorgon, Dracula, Prince Of Darkness and Rasputin.

She also starred in The Mad Monk, Quatermass And The Pit, as well as Blood Of The Vampire, and Village Of The Damned.

Barbara also appeared in the Doctor Who episode Planet Of Fire, starring Peter Davison as the fifth Doctor.

Gerry Marsden

Gerry Marsden was known for the hits You'll Never Walk Alone and Ferry Cross the Mersey
Gerry Marsden

Gerry Marsden died at the age of 78 on January 3, having suffered a short illness which related to an infection in his heart.

The musician was the frontman of the group Gerry and the Pacemakers, famed for 60s hits such as Ferry Cross the Mersey, amongst others.

The Merseybeat band toured the Liverpool music scene at the same time as The Beatles.

Gerry’s version of You’ll Never Walk Alone became the anthem for his hometown club of Liverpool.

George Gerdes

George Gerdes
George Gerdes

George Gerdes passed away on January 1 after a brain aneurysm at the age of 72.

He rose to fame as a singer-songwriter before making the transition to the small screen in 1968, when he played the role of a thief in Come Back Baby.

George later starred as Pete Taylor in the hit series Our Family Honour, before being cast in Miami Vice.

But his most notable roles were in Grey’s Anatomy, The X-Files and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Mark Eden

Mark Eden and Sue Nicholls' tied the knot in 1993
Mark Eden and his wife Sue Nicholls

British actor Mark Eden died at the age of 92 on January 1 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Mark was best known for playing Alan Bradley on Coronation Street in the 1980s.

In addition to this role, he also appeared on BBC’s Doctor Who, playing character Marco Polo.

He also starred as Boucher in an episode of detective series Poirot.