Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Don Sutton (died January 19th, aged 75)

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Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton died in his sleep at his home in California. Sutton lost his left kidney after being diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2002 and part of his lungs was removed the following year. In 2019, he fractured his left femur.

Sutton spent most of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which retired his famed No. 20 jersey in 1998, the same year he was elected to the National Baseball (MLB) Hall of Fame. He also pitched for the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and the California Angels.

During his time in the MLB, he won 324 games, pitched 58 shutouts, and struck out 3,574 batters ― the seventh-most in MLB history. Following his playing career, Sutton worked as a broadcaster for several teams, notably for Atlanta Braves. He called Braves games on TV and radio for almost three decades.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”