From legendary actors Kirk Douglas and Sean Connery to Bollywood icon Irrfan Khan, here are some of the notable deaths in the world of entertainment and lifestyle this year.
26: US basketball legend Kobe Bryant, 41, dies in a horrific helicopter crash northwest of Los Angeles that also claimed the lives of his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people.
5: One of the last stars of Hollywood's golden age, Kirk Douglas, dies at his home in Beverly Hills aged 103.
8: Exorcist star Max Von Sydow, who also featured in films by his Swedish compatriot Ingmar Bergman dies in France aged 90.
29: Bollywood star Irrfan Khan, known for his roles in blockbusters Life Of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire, dies from cancer in a Mumbai hospital aged 53.
9: Little Richard, known for outrageous showmanship and lightning-fast rhythms dies aged 87 after battling cancer. Hits include Tutti Frutti and Long Tall Sally.
31: Artist Christo (Christo Javacheff) who wrapped landmarks such as Berlin's Reichstag and the Pont Neuf in Paris dies aged 84.
6: Italian maestro Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning composer of film scores for Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, dies in Rome aged 91.
26: Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland, star of Gone With The Wind, dies at her home in Paris aged 104.
28: Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in the Marvel movies, dies of cancer aged 43.
10: British actress Diana Rigg, of Avengers and Game Of Thrones fame, dies aged 82.
23: French actress and singer Juliette Greco, the face and voice of radical chic postwar Paris, dies aged 93.
4: Japan's most famous fashion designer Kenzo Takada, founder of the Kenzo brand, dies in Paris aged 81 from Covid-19.
31: Legendary Scottish actor Sean Connery, the original James Bond, dies in his sleep in the Bahamas, aged 90.
25: Diego Maradona, football's troubled genius and one of the greatest players ever, dies aged 60.
11: Film director Kim Ki-duk, the enfant terrible of Korean cinema, dies in Latvia from Covid-19 aged 59.
12: Charley Pride, US country music's first black superstar, dies from Covid-19 aged 86.
12: John le Carre, the master spy novelist, whose real name was David Cornwell, dies aged 89.
22: One of France's most beloved character actors Claude Brasseur, dies aged 84.
24: Israeli virtuoso violinist Ivry Gitlis, one of the modern greats of classical music, dies in Paris aged 98.