Veteran Afro-jazz star Manu Dibango died in Paris on Tuesday after getting infected with the coronavirus. The 86-year-old celebrated musician was infected with the virus a few days back. He passed away early morning on March 24 at a hospital in Paris. The news was confirmed by his music publisher Thierry Durepaire. Also Read - Kanika Kapoor is Under Stress Due to Negativity And Rumours While Battling Coronavirus, Friend Indeep Bakshi Gives Support

Manu Dibango was best known for his 1972 hit Soul Makossa. He is now the first celebrity to have died as a result of COVID-19. Also Read - James Bond Star Olga Kurylenko Recovers From Coronavirus in Eight Days, Posts a Note on Instagram

Dibango’s funeral service will be held in privacy and a memory service will reportedly be organised when it’s possible. The celebrated saxophonist was considered a pioneer in the Afro-jazz music. Also Read - Kanika Kapoor Needs to Act Like Patient, Not Star: Hospital Director Reveals Singer is Getting Best Treatment Possible

Apart from his hit work, Dibango got into buzz after accusing Michael Jackson of borrowing one of his hooks for two songs on the album named Thriller. The matter was later settled out of court.

The legendary musician’s death is a great loss. May his soul rest in peace!