Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Yaphet Kotto (died March 15th, aged 81)

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Yaphet Kotto, best known for his role as Lieutenant Al Giardello on the police procedural series Homicide: Life on the Street, died on March 15th at the age of 81 in the Philippines. His Filipina wife, Tessie Sinahon, announced the actor’s passing on Facebook but did not reveal the cause of his death.

In addition to his role as Lieutenant Giardello on the ‘90s NBC series, Kotto was also known for playing Dr. Kananga in the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die, Parker in the 1979 sci-fi horror movie Alien, William Laughlin in the 1987 sci-fi action flick The Running Man (1987), and Alonzo Mosely in the comedy thriller Midnight Run opposite Robert De Niro.