From renowned literati Toni Morrison to America's favourite Luke Perry, 2019 witnessed a lot of celebrity deaths. Here's a comprehensive list.
French film composer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars and scored such classics as "Yentl" (1983), died aged 86.
US actor Luke Perry died after a stroke at the age of 52. At the time, he was pursuing an acclaimed role on American series ''Riverdale''.
Ex-Peruvian president Alan Garcia, 69, killed himself as the police were about to arrest him on bribery charges that he denied.
The world's oldest president, Tunisian Beji Caid Essebsi, died aged 92, just ahead of the end of his first mandate.
Author Toni Morrison, the first African-American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, died aged 88.
Celebrated American opera singer Jessye Norman died in hospital aged 74. She famously stated that "pigeonholes are for pigeons” and that she was "attracted to the unusual".
US financier Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was found dead in jail from an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking girls for sex.
Belgian Paralympic champion Marieke Vervoort, suffering from a degenerative muscle disease, ended her life through euthanasia aged 40.
Former England cricket captain regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers of his generation. He captained England in 18 Tests and 29 ODIs. He took 325 wickets in 90 Tests from 1971 to 1984.