We all know a VIP entrance list will not stop the coronavirus infection spread. Each day supportive celebrities have donated food, medical supplies or money to help in the current battle against this threat to humanity. However, the pandemic has also shocked the showbiz global scene as some of our beloved stars now perform in heaven.
Those who give. Generous Celebrities
Ryan Reynolds, the Canadian-American actor who brought to the cinemas the live version of Deadpool demonstrated having a big heart as he donated one million dollars to organizations fighting the pandemic in the United States and in his home country. Low-income families and older adults now can have a secure supply in the food banks Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. Along with his wife, American actress Blake Lively, they demonstrated being generous as well as being kind-hearted with humorous and lovable posts in social media.
Articles about Angelina Jolie and her open heart are just uncountable. This time, the Oscar-winner actress has given away one million dollars to No Kid Hungry, an organization whose main goal is ending childhood hunger in America. Jolie backs up the great efforts of No Kids Hungry on providing healthy food to more than 22 million children who used to receive this supply during school time before the closure. Mom of six children, Angelina also made other donations to fund schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kenya, and Namibia through the UN Refugee Agency.
One of the largest contributions were given by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pledging up to 105 million dollars invested in the containment of the virus and the creation of a vaccine. They focused on countries with a high risk of contamination such as in South Asia and Africa as the health services would collapse in case of a massive infection.
Italy, one of the most affected countries by the COVID-19, had the support of Giorgio Armani, the 85-year-old fashion designer involved in music records, fashion collections and luxury hotels worldwide. 1.4 million dollars were destined to hospitals in Milan, the Spallanzani Hospital and the Civil Protection Agency in Rome.
Bong Joon-ho, director of “Parasite” and Suga from BTS raised about 164 000 dollars to help their homeland Korea to fight the current pandemic. Funds were granted to the Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association and were used for the purchase of facemasks and hand sanitizer.
Those who left: Stars over the sky
Music industry farewells songwriter Adam Schlesinger, the 52-year-old member of Fountains of Wayne due to COVID complications. The Cameroonian jazz icon Manu Dibango remembered as Papy Groove also lost his life at the age of 86.
Emotive messages from Japanese citizens in social media show how valuable was Ken Shimura, the 70-year-old comedian who still was appearing regularly in television shows. Renowned actor Andrew Jack starring movies such as Star Wars, GoldenEye and Avengers also succumbed to the virus in March. The voice of Cindy Bear in “The Yogi Bear Show” interpreted by Julie Bennett also passed away due to the novel coronavirus.