Famous People Who Have Died Due to Coronavirus
23 March 2020
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Own Correspondent| As coronavirus continues to take its toll on the world, ZimEye looks at the famous people who tested positive to the deadly disease. The list includes prominent people showbiz, political and sports personalities.

Maroune Fellaini

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has confirmed that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

In a post on Twitter, the 32-year-old, who is now at Chinese club Shandong Luneng said he hopes “to return to the game as soon as possible”.

Chinese media reports say Fellaini is in isolation at Jinan hospital, which specialises in infectious diseases.

The Belgium international moved to China in 2019 after 11 seasons in England with United and Everton.

Aurlus Mabele

Congolese music star Aurlus Mabélé has died in hospital in France’s capital Paris, aged 67.

Posts on social media from friends and relatives say he died of coronavirus but this is not confirmed.

His fans called him the king of soukous – a high-tempo Congolese dance music popular across Africa.

His daughter, French singer Liza Monet, tweeted on Thursday that her father had died of coronavirus. “I am inconsolable” she wrote.

US Senator Rand Paul

The United States’ Senator Rand Paul confirmed on Sunday that he has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) becoming the first U.S. Senator to do so.

Paul said that he had not exhibited any symptoms and had not been in contact with any known carriers of the novel coronavirus but was tested out of an “abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events”.

Paulo Dybala

Juventus and Argentina soccer forward Paulo Dybala has tested positive for coronavirus but has no symptoms, the Italian Serie A club said on Saturday, making him one of the most high-profile players to be infected so far.

“The player, in voluntary home isolation since March 11, will continue to be monitored,” the Turin club said in a statement. “He is well and asymptomatic.”

He is the third player at the club, one of the biggest in Europa and Italy’s most successful in domestic terms, to test positive after midfielder Blaise Matuidi, a World Cup winner with France in 2018, and defender Daniele Rugani.

Kevin Durant

The Basketball-turned-investor mogul announced he had Covid-19 on March 17.

Idris Elba

The actor best known for his roles in TV shows “The Wire”, “Luther” and for playing Nelson Mandela in Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, announced on Twitter that he tested positive for Covid-19. Though he bore no symptoms, he came into contact with someone who tested positive on Tuesday, and thus the actor sought the test, according to CNN.