Eight celebrities who have died from coronavirus

From world leaders and royalty to musicians, sports stars and actors, the coronavirus has hit millions around the world, including the rich and famous celebrities.

Here is a roundup of celebrities who have died of COVID-19.

Jazz great Ellis Marsalis died on April 1 aged 85 after contracting the virus.

Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango, 86, and revered American playwright Terrence McNally, 81, both died on March 24, following coronavirus complications.

Tim Brooke-Taylor, 79, a British comic actor best known for TV show The Goodies and radio show I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, died on Sunday.

John Prine, 73, an American folk legend widely considered one of his generation’s most influential songwriters, died on April 8.

Senegal’s Pape Diouf, 68, ex-president of French football club Olympique de Marseille, died March 31 in Dakar.

Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz died March 21, aged 76.

Former Republic of Congo president Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango died in France on March 30, aged 81.

Mahmud Jibril, former head of the Libyan rebel government that overthrew dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, died on April 5.

(AFP/The PUNCH)