PARIS: From Nobel-winning novelist Toni Morrison to iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld and Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe, here are some of the notable deaths of 2019. – 21: Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, 28, was killed when the plane he was in crashed into the English Channel. – 26: French film composer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars and scored such classics as “Yentl” (1983), died aged 86.– 7: Veteran British actor Albert Finney, winner of three Golden Globes, passed away aged 82. – 16: Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor best known for his role as Adolf Hitler in “Downfall” (2004), died aged 77 from cancer.– 19: Haute couture legend Karl Lagerfeld, long-running artistic director of Chanel, died aged 85. – 21: Stanley Donen, US director of such beloved Hollywood classic as “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), was 94 when he died.– 28: US-German composer and conductor Andre Previn, winner of 10 Grammys and four Oscars, died aged 89.– 4: US actor Luke Perry died after a stroke at the age of 52.– 4: Frontman of British rave band The Prodigy, Keith Flint, was found dead aged 49.– 29: Pioneering female French film director Agnes Varda passed away aged 90.– 17: Ex-Peruvian president Alan Garcia, 69, killed himself as the police were about to arrest him on bribery charges that he denied.– 13: Hollywood legend Doris Day died aged 97.– 16: Ieoh Ming Pei, Chinese-American architect of iconic modern structures such as the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, was 102 years old when he passed away.– 20: Austria’s three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda died aged 70, eight months after a lung transplant.– 22: British children’s author and illustrator Judith Kerr died aged 95.– 1: Star Spanish football striker Jose Antonio Reyes, 35, was killed in a car crash.– 15: Italian film-maker and opera director Franco Zeffirelli died aged 96.– 17: Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, ousted in 2013 after one year of divise rule, died in prison aged 67.– 17: American heiress and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt passed away aged 95.– 6: Brazilian musician and songwriter Joao Gilberto, a pioneer of bossa nova, died aged 88.– 16: South African singer Johnny Clegg died at 66 years old from cancer.– 17: Andrea Camilleri, the Italian novelist who created Sicilian detective Montalbano, passed away aged 93.– 22: Former Chinese prime minister Li Peng, a hardliner in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, died at 90.– 25: The world’s oldest president, Tunisian Beji Caid Essebsi, died aged 92, just ahead of the end of his first mandate.– 5: Author Toni Morrison, the first African-American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, died aged 88.– 10: US financier Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was found dead in jail from an apparent suicide while awaiting trial on charges of trafficking girls for sex.– 12: Ivory Coast singer DJ Arafat died in a motorbike crash aged 33.– 16: US actor Peter Fonda, best known for “Easy Rider” (1969), died from lung cancer aged 79.– 3: German photographer Peter Lindbergh, credited with launching careers of supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford, died aged 74.– 6: Zimbabwe’s autocratic leader Robert Mugabe, ousted by the military in 2017 after 37 years in power, died aged 95.– 9: Pioneering Swiss-born documentary photographer Robert Frank passed away at 94.– 19: Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the first leader to be toppled in the 2011 Arab Spring, died in exile in Saudi Arabia aged 83.– 26: Jacques Chirac, French president from 1995 to 2007, died aged 86.– 30: Celebrated American opera singer Jessye Norman died in hospital aged 74.– 17: Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballet legend who taught well into her 90s, passed away at the age of 98.– 17: US Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings died at 68 and was the first African-American lawmaker to lie in state in the Capitol building.– 22: Belgian Paralympic champion Marieke Vervoort, suffering from a degenerative muscle disease, ended her life through euthanasia aged 40.– 26: The militant Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in his late 40s, blew himself up during a raid by US special forces in Syria.– 24: Clive James, the Australian broadcaster, writer, critic and poet, died aged 80 after a long battle with leukaemia.– 30: One of the leading conductors to emerge from the former Soviet Union, Latvian Mariss Jansons, 76, died of cardiac arrest at his home in Saint Petersburg.