From Mila Ximénez to Verónica Forqué: the celebrities who said goodbye in 2021

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There are many celebrities who have left us in 2021, each one more respected and with a great professional legacy behind them. Society continues to mourn the death of these familiar faces that, with their departure, have left a void between us that is difficult to replace.

The family Rivera faced, on January 22, the first media death of the year. Antonio Rivera ‘Riverita’, known for being the brother of the iconic Paquirri, lost his life at 75 years of age and as a result of cancer, which he finally failed to overcome. A dejected family gave him the best of farewells with an emotional funeral that brought together the teacher’s brothers and nephews. However, his inheritance was the subject of family controversy before the discontent of the bullfighter’s closest circle due to the fact that he named Canales Rivera universal heir.

José Rivera, 'Riverita'./Gtres
José Rivera, ‘Riverita’./Gtres

Just a week later, it was Blanca Crusset’s turn. His son, Carlos Herrera, mourned the loss of his fundamental pillar, who passed away at 91 years of age. The person in charge of closing the month of January was Inés Sastre. The model was the one who communicated through his social networks the death of his father, Eduardo Sastre, although he preferred not to reveal the reasons for his death.

On February 16, Loreto and Marta Valverde experienced one of the most complicated days of their lives when, like Sastre, they lost their beloved and admired father. The actor and singer left us on February 16 with an impeccable artistic career behind him.

On March 1, the seventh art was dyed in mourning to watch over Quique San Francisco. After more than two months in hospital due to necrotizing pneumonia, the comedian lost his life at the age of 65, leaving the Flores family mired in desolation due to the special bond they had with the actor since he began a sentimental relationship with Rosario, who did not manage to reach a good port.

Quique San Francisco in a file image./Gtres
Quique San Francisco in a file image./Gtres

The next day we woke up to one of the least expected news in the universe Triumph operation. With only 39 years old, Álex Casademunt he died in a car accident in Mataró, Barcelona. As soon as they learned of the event, the vast majority of their companions moved to the Catalan town to shelter a family devastated by the sad loss. Among the attendees, the presence of David Bustamante stood out, who could not contain his tears at any time of the day.

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Funeral of Álex Casademunt./Gtres
Funeral of Álex Casademunt./Gtres

March 12 became one of the most complicated days for Julio Iglesias who, from a distance, had to fire his former representative, Alfredo Fraile, who died at the age of 78 as a result of Covid-19.

April was a difficult month for the United Kingdom after the death of Philip of Edinburgh on the 9th. About to celebrate his centenary, the Duke left at Windsor Castle surrounded by his closest friends. His funeral made Prince Harry reconnect with his family, in which he sought comfort for those difficult moments.

The Duke of Edinburgh in a file image./Gtres
The Duke of Edinburgh in a file image./Gtres

Another of the most shocking deaths this year was that of Pedro Trapote Mateo. The rancher died suddenly at the age of 54 on April 27 at the Las Majadillas farm, in the Sevillian town of Castillo de las Guardas.

On May 22, the Obregón family and, specifically, Ana, suffered a new setback. When they had not yet recovered from the death of Álex Lecquio, they had to fire Ana María Obregón Navarro, the matriarch of the clan. He died at the age of 95 at the Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid, where he spent a long time in hospital due to his delicate state of health.

A sudden illness took the life of Isabel Cobo on June 13. She was a close friend of the Duchess of Alba, Plácido Domingo and Ainhoa ​​Arteta, and she was married for 14 years with the Marquis of Menamejí.

June 23 was one of the worst days for Mediaset’s family and, specifically, for Sálvame’s. Mila Ximenez He lost his life at the age of 69 after several months fighting a delicate lung cancer that he could not overcome. Without a doubt, this has become one of the great losses of 2021, since in addition to the media impact it had, it dragged a large number of known faces of Telecinco to absolute sadness. To this day, her colleagues continue to remember her with great affection and admiration, even from time to time they try to honor her in a way that is as emotional as it is special.

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Funeral of Mila Ximénez / Gtres
Funeral of Mila Ximénez / Gtres

Italy adopted black as its official color after learning of the death of the incomparable Raffaella Carrá. The great music legend in Spain left on July 5 at the age of 78 due to a dreaded cancer, a disease that he kept secret until the last moment. Far from wanting to make her farewell something simple and insignificant, her compatriots venerated her with a massive funeral lasting several days, the least that could be expected from the last goodbye to the sought-after artist.

Raffaella Carrá in a file image./Gtres
Raffaella Carrá in a file image./Gtres

That same day, Carlos Herrera echoed a fatal news that he announced on his COPE program, the death of the legendary journalist Tico Medina from heart failure that led to a flooding of the lungs.

Twelve days later, the film industry suffered one of its most notable losses, that of Pilar Bardem. The little that is known of her death is that it was due to a lung disease not related to Covid, which claimed the artist’s life at the age of 82.

Pilar Bardém in an archive image./Gtres
Pilar Bardém in an archive image./Gtres

On the 27th, he mourned the Royal Family and the journalistic sector for the death of Menchu ​​Álvarez del Valle, paternal grandmother of Queen Letizia and considered one of the most popular voices on Asturian radio. Although there were several media that reported the Queen’s sadness, she, along with her two daughters, became the great absentee from the funeral.

The month of August was marked by the death of Bibiana Algaba, María del Monte’s mother. His loss was a new setback for the coplera artist, who in just one year had lost two brothers.

September was, without a doubt, Isabel Pantoja’s most terrifying month. On the 14th, desolate and dejected, she said goodbye to her close friend Marcelina Férnández, a great reference in Andalusian fashion better known as Lina, and on the 28th, five days before the great event of the year, the wedding of Anabel Pantoja, the clan lamented the death of Doña Ana, who lost her life at the age of 90 in Cantora, her habitual residence, and surrounded by all her loved ones. His loss unleashed the aforementioned family confrontation between Kiko Rivera and her cousin Anabel, a conflict that seems to have been forgotten.

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Doña Ana and Isabel Pantoja in a file image./Gtres
Doña Ana and Isabel Pantoja in a file image./Gtres

The death of Begoña Sierra, founder of the iconic Madrid venue Bingo Las Vegas, on October 4, fell like a jug of cold water on her family and friends. Kiko Hernández, who was already adding the death of his intimate, Mila Ximénez, was not able to face the two losses, which led him to temporarily withdraw from television.

On October 18, it was time to fire Concha Márquez Piquer. Respiratory failure caused by a lung infection took his life at the age of 75.

Jerez was dyed in mourning on the 26th, the date of the death of Mercedes Domecq Ybarra. The city of Cadiz said its last goodbye to the widow of the rancher and rejoneador Fermín Bohórquez after she lost her life after a long season fighting against a complicated disease. This loss caused a stir in the Osborne family due to the close family bond they had with the deceased.

The world of writing, music and sports fired three of its great references. On November 27 the literary sector said goodbye to the writer Almudena Grandes, on December 11 tennis mourned the loss of Manolo Santana, which was a new blow for Alba, who fired her father six months after the death of her mother, and the next day, the ranchera lost its characteristic joy after the death of the legendary Vicente Fernández.

These losses generated an environment as sad as it was bleak, but nothing to do with what was experienced in the seventh art when the death of Verónica Forqué was made public. The artist left us on December 13 at the age of 66 at her home in Madrid and her departure was so sudden and surprising that today there are many who still do not believe that she is no longer with us.

And it is that when it seemed that the death of the sought-after Spanish actress was going to be the one that closed a year marked by great losses, Il Divo announced that Carlos Marín’s life had been turned off as a result of the Covid. Without a doubt, a most devastating year that has taken from us great national and international figures, whose memories will always be present.

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