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December 31, 2019 - Last Farewells graphic shows some of the famous faces who died in 2019. From the world of politics: Prem Tinsulanonda, Robert Mugabe, Jacques Chirac. From the world of sport: Matti Nykänen, Niki Lauda. From the arts and entertainment: Albert Finney, Bruno Ganz, André Previn, Doris Day, Karl Lagerfeld, I.M. Pei, Franco Zeffirelli, Toni Morrison, Jessye Norman, Diahann Carroll, Alicia Alonso, Clive James. Others: Jeffrey Epstein, Alexei Leonov
Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykänen, widely regarded as the greatest in his sport, died on February 3 at age 55.
His five Winter Olympic medals included four golds, three of them won at Calgary 1988. He also bagged nine World Championship medals, including five golds, between 1981 and 1991
British actor Albert Finney died on February 7 at age 82.
The five-time Oscar nominee began his career in theatre before achieving global fame in the film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. He starred in numerous films, including Tom Jones, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall
Swiss actor Bruno Ganz died on February 16 at age 77.
Perhaps best known for his portrayal of Adolf Hitler in the Oscar-nominated film Downfall (2004), he also received widespread acclaim for his collaborations with directors Werner Herzog, Éric Rohmer, Francis Ford Coppola, and Wim Wenders
German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld died in Paris on February 19 at the age of 85.
As creative director for the French fashion house Chanel, Fendi of Italy, and his own eponymous label, he was one of the industry’s most prolific figures, instantly recognisable by his signature white ponytail and dark glasses
German-born U.S. conductor and composer André Previn died on February 28 at age 89.
One of the most talented musicians of the 20th century, he blurred the boundaries between jazz, pop, film and classical music, winning 10 Grammy Awards, and four Oscars for his film work. He was also principal conductor of many of the world’s major orchestras
Doris Day, one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 1950s and 60s, died on May 13 aged 97.
Known for her girl-next-door image, hit films and songs included Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk, while her screen partnership with Rock Hudson was one of the best-known in the history of romantic movies
I.M. Pei, the Chinese-American architect best known for the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, died on May 16 aged 102.
Other notable works include the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the JFK Presidential Library in Boston and the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. In 1983 he won the Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious award in architecture
Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda died on May 20 at age 70.
The Austrian is best remembered for his remarkable recovery and return to racing after being badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix. He later became an airline entrepreneur but maintained links with F1, being instrumental in bringing Lewis Hamilton to the Mercedes team
Thailand’s former prime minister and royal confidante Prem Tinsulanonda, one of the most influential figures in modern Thai politics, died on May 26 aged 98.
The former army general served as prime minister from 1980-88, and was the most trusted advisor of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He subsequently played a key role in the coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, just weeks before his own death
Renowned Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, famed for lavish, romantic films and extravagant opera productions, died on June 15 aged 96.
The last of a generation of post-World War II Italian film giants, he was perhaps best known his 1968 adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. It became a global hit that earned him an Oscar nomination for best director
American novelist Toni Morrison, whose best-selling books explored black identity in the U.S., died on August 5 at age 88.
In 1993 she became the first black woman to win the Nobel prize in literature. Her 11 novels included celebrated works like The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988
U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell on August 10 while awaiting federal trial on charges of sex trafficking.
The fallout from Epstein’s death engulfed several well-connected friends, including Britain’s Prince Andrew, who was removed from royal duties after failing to talk his way out of his connection to Epstein, a convicted paedophile
Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe died on September 6 at age 95.
Initially admired as a hero of Africa’s independence struggle, his 37-year rule descended into tyranny, corruption and incompetence that ruined Zimbabwe’s economy and made him an international pariah. He was ousted in a military coup in 2017
Former French president Jacques Chirac, a self-styled affable rogue who championed the European Union but whose later years were blighted by corruption scandals, died on September 26 aged 86.
A towering figure in politics for five decades, Chirac served two terms as both president and prime minister, and took France into the single European currency. He is also remembered for his opposition to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003
U.S. opera singer Jessye Norman, whose renowned soprano voice won her five Grammy awards, died on September 30 at age 74.
Among notable appearances she sang at the inaugurations of U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, and performed La Marseillaise to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the French Revolution in 1989
Award-winning U.S. actress Diahann Carroll died on October 4 at age 84.
Her hit 1960s TV show Julia was the first U.S. sitcom with a black woman in a central role. She was also the first black woman to win the Tony for best actress in 1962, for the Broadway musical No Strings
Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who in 1965 became the first person to conduct a spacewalk, died on October 11 at age 85.
The Russian floated above the Earth for 12 minutes, tethered by cable to his Voskhod 2 spaceship. In 1975 he commanded the Soyuz capsule in the first ever joint U.S.-Soviet mission when Soyuz docked with a U.S. Apollo capsule
Alicia Alonso, renowned Cuban ballerina and choreographer, died on October 17 aged 98.
Best known for her portrayals of Giselle and the ballet version of Carmen, her company became the Ballet Nacional de Cuba in 1955. Alonso became partially blind at age 19, using lights in different parts of the stage to guide her
Clive James, Australian writer, TV broadcaster and critic, died on November 24 aged 80.
Renowned for his sharp wit and colossal vocabulary, his newspaper columns, radio and TV programmes entertained thousands around the world. He remained proud of his Australian heritage, despite living in Britain for over 50 years
Jonathan Miller, acclaimed British theatre director, writer, broadcaster and actor, died on November 27 aged 85.
A qualified neurologist, he found fame in the satirical Cambridge University revue Beyond The Fringe. He began directing operas in the 1970s and despite not reading music he directed more than 50 operas in cities around the world