It would seem death is on a rampage for the famous this year.
Days after the death of Muhammad Ali, Nigeria loses one of her most cherished football icons. Both as a football player and as a coach, Stephen Keshi or "Big Boss" as players fondly call him has reached the heights of African football by taking Nigeria all the way to winning the CAF trophy.
He also managed Togo and Mali, and his playing career included some time at Anderlecht in Belgium.
Reports say he suffered a heart attack which led to his death.
As a player, Keshi was part of the Super Eagles team that won the Nations Cup in 1994 and narrowly missed out on a World Cup quarter-final place the same year.
And as coach, he coached the national side over three spells, famously leading Nigeria to the 2013 Nations Cup title in South Africa and the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Although his contract was not renewed after the World Cup, he later returned on a match-by-match deal following the team's failure to reach the 2015 Nations Cup finals.