Tragically, it has been proven time and again that taking a COVID-19 vaccine is far from any guarantee that one can still contract the virus and suffer greatly from it.
Unfortunately for his family and friends, that was evidenced once again when it was announced that vaccinated, Emmy Award-winning hair and makeup designer/stylist Marc Pilcher lost his battle with COVID-19 at the age of 53, according to the Daily Caller.
Pilcher’s agent, Curtis Brown, confirmed the news in a statement, as Variety reported.
“It is with the deepest of hearts we confirm that Marc Elliot Pilcher, Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winning hair and makeup designer/stylist, passed away after a battle with COVID-19 on Sunday 3rd October 2021,” Brown wrote.
Pilcher had not only received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, but he also repeatedly tested for the virus in order to be eligible to travel overseas to the United States to accept an award for work he did on a recent Netflix hit.
Notably, Pilcher had no underlying health problems at all, and given his relatively young age, it remains a mystery as to how COVID-19 had such a devastating effect on him.
Reportedly, Pilcher began feeling ill upon his return home from the U.S., and quickly succumbed to the virus, dying on Sunday.
It wasn’t reported whether or not anyone he had traveled with also contracted the virus and/or fell ill after returning home from the awards show in Los Angeles, California.
A rising star
In the statement announcing Pilcher’s unfortunate death, it recounted his experience in London showbusiness and noted some of the big stars he was able to work with over the years as he made his way onto bigger and better shows.
“In the early 2000s, Marc entered the film and television industry and worked on TV shows and features as a hairdresser, stylist and makeup artist,” the statement read.
It added: “During this time, he worked with artists including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Shirley MacLaine, Ralph Fiennes, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Madonna, Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Williams, Kristen Scott Thomas and Sir Ian McKellen amongst many others.”
Tributes to Pilcher poured in on social media after the news of his death broke, with Phoebe Dynevor, an actress on the last show he worked on, writing, “At a loss for words.”