A scientist leading research into HIV prevention and cure, a legendary playwright, and a game-changing chef — here are the celebrities and notable figures around the world who are believed to have died of the novel coronavirus

Playwright Terrence McNally in a photo taken at his home on March 2, 2020, in New York. He died of an illness related to the coronavirus three weeks later.

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Playwright Terrence McNally in a photo taken at his home on March 2, 2020, in New York. He died of an illness related to the coronavirus three weeks later.
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  • The spread of the novel coronavirus has led to more than 44,000 deaths worldwide, including some celebrities and public figures.
  • American playwright Terrence McNally, actor Mark Blum, and Italian actress Lucia Bosè are believed to have died from illnesses related to the virus.
  • Here are all the celebrities and notable people believed to have died of illnesses related to the novel coronavirus.
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Li Wenliang, a Chinese doctor who tried to warn medics of the novel coronavirus and contracted it while treating patients in Wuhan, China, died of the virus on February 7.

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Li Wenliang wears a respirator mask, following the coronavirus outbreak, in Wuhan, China, on February 3, 2020.
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LI WENLIANG/GAN EN FUND via REUTERS

Source: BBC News


Gita Ramjee, a world-renowned South African HIV scientist, died from health complications related to the coronavirus on March 31.

Source: BBC News


Wallace Roney, a jazz trumpeter called “Miles Davis’s only true protégé” by The New York Times, died of health complications related to the coronavirus at 59 on March 31.

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American Jazz musician Wallace Roney at the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York in 2016.
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Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images

Source: The New York Times


Pape Diouf, the former president of a French football club called the Olympique de Marseille, died of health complications related to the coronavirus at 68 on March 31.

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Pape Diouf, in Marseille, France, in 2014.
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BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP via Getty Images

Source: The Guardian


William Helmreich, a scholar, sociologist, and professor who walked every block of New York City and wrote a book about it, died of health complications related to the coronavirus at 74 on March 28.

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William Helmreich walked every block in New York City.
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Source: The New York Times


Zororo Makamba, a Zimbabwean TV host, died of health complications related to the coronavirus at 30 on March 23 with a preexisting condition. He was recovering from a surgery he had last November to remove a tumor from beneath his lung.

Source: BBC News


James T. Goodrich, a neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins, died of health complications related to the coronavirus at 73 on March 30.

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James T. Goodrich, second from the left, celebrates a birthday for conjoined twins he operated on in 2004.
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Peter Morgan MS/Reuters

Source: CNN


Andreas Koutsoudakis, the chef who ran Tribeca’s Kitchen, in New York, died of health complications related to the coronavirus at 59 on March 27.

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Source: NY Eater


Joe Diffie, a country musician, died from health complications related to the coronavirus at 61 on March 29.

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Joe Diffie performs onstage during the 2019 Stagecoach Festival at Empire Polo Field on April 26, 2019, in Indio, California.
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Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach

Source: CNMN


Alan Merrill, a musician who cowrote “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, died from health complications related to the coronavirus at 69 on March 29.

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Alan Merrill in Greenwich Village on September 13, 2009.
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Source: Vulture


Michael Sorkin, a New York architect and author who prioritized sustainability, died of health complications related to the coronavirus at 71 on March 26.

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Michael Sorkin is a New York architect and a revolutionary Urban Planner.
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Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Source: The New York Times


Maria Mercader, an executive producer at CBS News, died from health complications related to the coronavirus at 54 on March 29.

Source: CBS News/Twitter


Manu Dibango, the jazz musician behind “Soul Makossa,” a track that has been sampled by Michael Jackson and Kanye West, died of health complications related to the coronavirus at 86 on March 24.

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Manu Dibango performs during Torino Jazz Festival in Italy on April 28, 2014.
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Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Source: Rolling Stone


Actor Mark Blum, 69, who recently starred in the TV show “You,” died on March 26 from health complications related to the coronavirus.

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Actor Mark Blum attends the “Amy And The Orphans” opening night at Laura Pels Theatre on March 1, 2018.
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Brian Killian/Getty Images

Source: AV Club


Terrence McNally, a Tony Award-winning American playwright, died on March 24 of health complications related to the coronavirus. McNally was a lung-cancer survivor living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Terrence McNally at the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York on June 9, 2019.
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Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

Source: NPR


Nashom Wooden, known by the drag community as Mona Foot, died at 50 on March 23 of an illness that was believed to be the novel coronavirus, although it was not confirmed. While Wooden lived with HIV for several years, it had dropped to undetectable levels before he died.

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Mona Foot at during Wigstock 2018 at Pier 17 in New York, September 1, 2018.
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Santiago Felipe/Getty Images

Source: The New York Times


Lucia Bosè, an Italian actress, died at 89 of pneumonia on March 23, and a Spanish news outlet called 5TeleCinco reported that she was infected with the coronavirus.

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The Italian actress Lucia Bosé during the filming of the TV show “Double Image” in the garden of her home in Madrid in 1969.
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Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images

Source: Billboard, Yahoo, 5TeleCinco, El País


Chef Floyd Cardoz, 59, of Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar died of health complications related to the novel coronavirus on March 25. Eater NY described him as a “force in New York’s restaurant community.”

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Chef Floyd Cardoz with Kerala-style banana-leaf salmon from Paowalla at the New York Taste, November 1, 2016.
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Brian Ach/Getty Images for New York Magazine

Source: Eater, Scroll.In