Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Cliff Simon (died March 9th, aged 58)

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South African athlete and actor Cliff Simon was killed in a kiteboarding accident on Topanga Beach in California. The news of his passing was confirmed by his wife Colette Simon in a Facebook post on the actor’s account. “He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you loved to hate, Ba’al, from Stargate SG-1. But as he said, ‘acting is what I do, it’s only a part of who I am.’ And he was SO much more — a true original, an adventurer, a sailor, swimmer, dancer, actor, author,” wrote Colette. “There is a gaping hole where he once stood on this earth. He was loved by too many to mention and had a great impact on so many lives.”

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Simon, who was a gymnast and swimmer, moved the U.K. in the ‘80s to pursue his dreams of being in the Olympics. He then relocated to the U.S. in 2000 to get more acting projects. Aside from Stargate SG-1, Simon also appeared on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, FX’s The Americans, and Amazon Prime Video’s Personal Space.

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