Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Sylvain Sylvain (died January 13th, aged 69)

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Musician Sylvain Sylvain, real name Sylvain Mizrahi, passed away after fighting cancer for two and a half years. He was a founding member of the American rock band New York Dolls, which gained a cult following partly because of its members’ androgynous look complete with makeup and high heels.

The band, whose original members included vocalist David Johansen, drummer Billy Murcia, and guitarists Johnny Thunders, Rick Rivets, and Arthur “Killer” Kane, has been credited with heavily influencing rock and New Wave music. Formed in 1971, the band split in 1977, reformed in 2004, and broke up again in 2011.

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Interesting facts about BTS
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  • 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.
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