Maj. Gen. John R. Alison, 98, World War II fighter pilot who helped to lead a daring and unprecedented Allied air invasion of Burma. Alison’s wartime achievements included seven victories, six in the air, qualifying him as an ace.
Nikolai Adrianov, 58, Russian gymnast whose 15 medals, won over three Olympics beginning in 1972, made him the second-most decorated male athlete in Olympic history.
James Arness, 88, Dodge City lawman Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke, the longest-running dramatic series in network history until NBC’s Law & Order tied in 2010.
John Barry, 77, five-time Oscar-winning British composer who wrote music for a dozen James Bond films, including You Only Live Twice and Goldfinger. Barry won two Oscars for Born Free (1966), for best score and best song, and one each for the scores of The Lion in Winter (1968), Out of Africa (1985), and Dances with Wolves (1990).
Emory Bellard , 83, former Texas A&M and Mississippi State football coach credited with developing the wishbone offense when he was an assistant at Texas.
Jeanne Bice, 71, QVC home-shopping mainstay known for her Quacker Factory line of clothing—and her trademark headbands.
Osama bin Laden, 54, Islamic terrorist and mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S .that killed 3,000 Americans and destroyed New York’s World Trade Center
David Broder, 81, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post political reporter and columnist perhaps mos familiar to many as a panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, where he appeared more than 400 times, far more than any other journalist in the show’s history.
Capt. Albert Brown, 105, oldest American survivor of the Bataan Death March, in which as many as 11,000 soldiers died at the hands of the Japanese in the Philippines in 1942, and perhaps the oldest American veteran of World War II.
Frank Buckles, 110, a onetime Missouri farm boy who was the last known living American veteran of World War I. Buckles who later spent more than three years in a Japanese POW camp as a civilian in the Philippines during World War II. A total of 4,734,991 Americans served in the military during World War I.
Eddie Burris, 79, drummer for Merle Haggard’s band the Strangers who cowrote the 1969 song “Okie from Muskogee” with Haggard.
Hugh Carey, 92, former governor who led the rescue effort that brought New York City back from the brink of bankruptcy during its 1975 fiscal crisis.
Don Chandler, 76, kicker and punter, member of four championship teams with the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.
Annette Charles, 63, actress best known for her role as Cha Cha DiGregorio, the “best dancer at St. Bernadette’s,” in the movie musical Grease.
Nick Charles, 64, former Chicago taxi driver who became CNN’s first sports anchor and served in that role (1980-2001), teaming with Fred Hickman for 17 years on Sports Tonight
Jeff Conaway, 60, actor who starred on the TV sitcom Taxi (1978-81), played Kenickie in the movie musical Grease (1978), and publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction on Celebrity Rehab
Warren M. Christopher, 85, secretary of state (1993-96) in the Clinton administration. Christopher said his proudest accomplishments included playing a role in promoting a ban on nuclear weapons tests and extension of curbs on proliferation of weapons technology.
Claude Stanley Choules, 110, last known combat veteran of World War I, an Australian centenarian who swam in the sea, twirled across dance floors, and published his first book at 108.
Jackie Cooper, 88, former child movie star who starred in more than 100 movies and TV shows and later became an Emmy-winning director of M*A*S*H and other hits.
Wilma Lee Cooper, 90, Grand Ole Opry performer who teamed with her husband Stoney Cooper as a top country duo for some 30 years and earned the title “The First Lady of Bluegrass.”
Wes Covington, 79, power-hitting left-hand batting outfielder for the Phillies, Braves, Dodgers, White Sox and Athletics in Major League Baseball career.
James (Glen) Croker, 77, guitarist and lead singer with the Grammy-nominated Cajun band, the Hackberry Ramblers, since 1959.
Lee Davenport, 95, physicist who developed a a microwave radar device with a scanning technique to track an enemy plane and a computer to automatically adjust the angle of antiaircraft guns to shoot it down, a device that helped to bring Allied victories on major World War II battlefronts in Europe and the Pacific.
Al Davis, 82, owner of the Oakland Raiders known for his rebellious spirit.
Ryan Dunn, 34, costar of the multimillion-dollar Jackass TV and movie franchise.
Ryne Duren, 81, three-season All-Star pitcher known for a 100-mph fastball and Coke-bottle glasses. Duren helped the New York Yankees to reach the World Series in 1958 and ‘60, then joined the expansion Los Angeles Angels in ‘61 and pitched two seasons there, becoming the first Angels pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning.
John Dye, 47, played Andrew, the angel of death, in the long-running TV series Touched by an Angel.
Lawrence S. Eagleburger, 80, only US career foreign service officer to rise to the position of secretary of state.
Robert F. Ellsworth, 84, former Republican congressman from Kansas (1961-67), US ambassador to NATO (1969-71), and adviser to Pres. Richard M. Nixon and Kansas Sen. Bob Dole.
Peter Falk, 83, star of the ‘70s hit TV drama Columbo, whose signature role as the rumpled detective won him four Emmys.
Geraldine Ferraro, 75, former US congresswoman (D-NY) whose selection as Walter Mondale’s running mate in the 1984 Presidential election made her the first woman nominated for national office.
Larry Finch, 60, coach at his alma mater, the University of Memphis, for 11 seasons (1986-97) after a brief pro basketball career as a player. Finch compiled a 220-130 record and took the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament six times, including a run to the final eight in 1992.
Bob Flanigan, 84, original member of the four-part jazz vocal harmony group The Four Freshmen.
Mike Flanagan, 59, Cy Young Award winner and pitcher of the Baltimore Orioles’ 1983 World Series championship team who later became a front office executive and a TV broadcaster.
Betty Ford, 93, former First Lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center in California. Betty Ford was the widow of former President Gerald R. Ford.
Bob Forsch, 61, pitcher who threw two no-hitters (1978, ‘83) for the St. Louis Cardinals and was the third-winningest pitcher in team history.
Joe Frazier, 67, former heavyweight champion (1970-73) whose fights with Muhammad Ali stand as an epic rivalry in boxing history.
Moammar Gadhafi, 69, Libya’s dictator for 42 years until he was ousted in an uprising-turned-civil war.
Carl Gardner, 83, original lead singer of the rhythm-and-blues group the Coasters.
Cookie Gilchrist, 75, Buffalo Bills fullback, one of the American Football League’s first star players.
Farley Granger, 85, ‘50s bobby sox screen idolwho starred in the Alfred Hitchcock classics Rope (1948) and Strangers on a Train (1951).
Elliot Handler, 95, pioneering toy maker who cofounded the Mattel toy company with his wife Ruth in 1945 and invented Hot Wheels. Ruth Handler came up with the idea for Barbie and Ken dolls, named after the Handlers’ children.
Philip M. Hannan, 98, retired New Orleans archbishop who gave the eulogy for US President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and later was head of the New Orleans Roman Catholic Archdiocese for more than 30 years.
Jimmy Harris, 76, starting quarterback for much of Oklahoma’s record 47-game winning streak in the ‘50s. Harris took over as Oklahoma’s quarterback during the 1954 season and never lost a game, leading the Sooners to national championships in ‘55-56.
Michael Hart, 64, creator of the first e-book when he typed the Declaration of Independence into a computer on July 4, 1971 and laid the foundations for Project Gutenberg, the oldest and largest digital library.
Mark Hatfield, 89, former US senator (R-Ore., 1967-97) and governor of Oregon (1958-67), an outspoken critic of war.
Howard Hays, former editor, owner, and publisher of the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise who led a First Amendment fight that produced two landmark Supreme Court rulings ensuring open courtrooms across the country.
Drew Hill, 54, former NFL wide receiver who started his career with the Los Angeles Rams and twice (1988, ‘90) reached the Pro Bowl with the Houston Oilers.
Ferlin Husky, 85, pioneering country music entertainer in the ‘50s and early ‘60s known for hits like “Wings of a Dove” and “Gone.”
Steve Jobs, 56, Apple founder and former chief executive who invented and marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
John Henry Johnson, 81,) pro Football Hall of Fame running back during the ‘50s and ‘60s, a member of the San Francisco 49ers’ “Million Dollar Backfield.” He also played for the Detroit Lions (1957-59), the Pittsburgh Steelers (1960-65), and the American Football League’s Houston Oilers in 1966.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, 83, retired pathologist who captured the world’s attention as he helped dozens of terminally ill people to commit suicide, igniting intense debate and ending up in prison for murder
Harmon Killebrew, 74, Minnesota Twins slugger known for his tape-measure home runs hit 573 home runs during his 22-year career (‘60s-‘70s), 11th-most in major league history.
Fred Morgan Kirby 2nd, 91, heir to the Woolworth fortune who transformed the Allegheny Corp. from largely a railroad holding company controlled by his father into an insurance and investment giant.
Claude R. Kirk, Jr., 85, flamboyant self-promoter who in 1966 became Florida’s first Republican governor of the 20th century
Nguyen Cao Ky, 80, former Vietnamese air force general who ruled South Vietnam as prime minister (1965-67) during the Vietnam War
Jeanne Leiby, 46, editor of Louisiana State University’s literary quarterly, the Southern Review, since 2008
Jack LaLanne, 96, fitness guru who inspired TV viewers to trim down, eat healthfully, and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise became a national obsession. His workout show was a TV staple (‘50s-‘70s).
Jerry Leiber, 78, songwriter who with longtime partner Mike Stoller wrote “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Yakity Yak,” and other hit songs that defined early rock ‘n’ roll.
Ralph J. Lomma, 87, first to add moving parts to a miniature golf course (Scranton, Pa.).
Sidney Lumet, 86, director of such gritty classics as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, and Network.
John Mackey, 69, Hall of Fame tight end (Colts) and union president who later fought for stronger health benefits for retired football players and struggled with dementia.
Jim Mandich, 62, football tight end who won two Super Bowl rings with the Miami Dolphins and later became a popular radio announcer for the team.
Marty Marion, 93, 1944 National League Most Valuable Player with the St. Louis Cardinals and a former manager of the Cardinals and the St. Louis Browns.
Max Mathews, 84, often called the father of computer music, he wrote the first program to make it possible for a computer to synthesize sound and play it back
Ollie Matson, 80, Hall of Fame NFL running back once traded from St. Louis to Los Angles for nine plkayers.
Ed Mauser, 94, oldest member of Easy Company, the “Band of Brothers” who fought in some of World War II’s fiercest European battles and inspired the 1992 book and the 2001 HBO miniseries.
Ellen McCormack, 84, self-described housewife and grandmother who ran for President as an antiabortion candidate in 1976 and ‘80, doing well enough to become the first woman to qualify as a candidate for federal financing and Secret Service protection.
Sid Melton, 94, character actor perhaps best known for his roles on the hit TV shows Green Acres and The Danny Thomas Show.
Bill Monroe, Jr., 90, television journalist and long-time host of Meet the Press.
Charles P. Murray, Jr., 89, who received the Medal of Honor for single-handedly preventing 200 German soldiers from attacking an American battalion while leading a scouting mission in France during World War II.
A.C. Nielsen, Jr., 92, business executive who transformed A. C. Nielsen Co., the firm his father founded in 1923, into an international leader in market research, helping to make its name synonymous with TV ratings.
David Nelson, 74, actor who starred on his parents’ popular TV show, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952-66). He was the last surviving member of the Nelsons’ real-life and TV family.
Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, 87, official hostess in South Vietnam’s presidential palace who became a politically powerful and often outspoken figure in the early years of the Vietnam War
Lloyd Oliver, 88, one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers, an elite group of Marines who developed a code based on their native language during World War II, sending thousands of messages on Japanese troop movements and battlefield tactics.
Ken Olsen, 84, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., at one time the world’s second-largest computer company, who helped to reshape the computer industry
Mietek Pemper, 91, Jewish POW who assembled the list of laborers who worked for Oskar Schindler during World War II, saving 1,200 lives.
Joe Perry, 84, Hall of Fame fullback with San Francisco, the first player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and nicknamed “The Jet” for his sensational speed.
Sal Picinich, 63, veteran baker who appeared on the reality TV series Cake Boss.
Johnny Preston, 71, Texas singer who had a No. 1 hit with the song “Running Bear” in 1960,
Wardell Quezergue, 81, prime mover in New Orleans rhythm and blues since the early ‘50s as a producer, arranger, and bandleader for a long list of artists including the Dixie Cups, Professor Longhair, the Neville Brothers, and Dr. John.
David P. Reynolds, 96, metals manufacturing executive who helped to bring Reynolds Wrap and aluminum beverage cans into the American kitchen.
Cliff Robertson, 88, actor who played future US President John F. Kennedy in PT-109 (1963) and won an Oscar for his portrayal of a mentally disabled janitor in Charly (1968).
Scotty Robertson, 81, former Louisiana Tech basketball coach and the first coach of the NBA’s New Orleans Jazz. Robertson also was head coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Detroit Pistons.
Andy Robustelli, 85, football Hall of Famer who played defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams (1951-55) and New York Giants (1956-64) during a 14-year NFL career.
Andy Rooney, 92, curmudgeonly commentator who opined about everything from shoelaces to the existence of God on CBS’s 60 Minutes news show for more than 30 years.
Mason Rudolph, 76, golfer who rose to prominence as an amateur, became 1959 rookie of the year on the Professional Golfers Association circuit, then enjoyed a 23-year career, winning five tournaments.
Jane Russell, 89, dark-haired siren whose sensational debut in the 1943 film The Outlaw inspired producer Howard Hughes to challenge the power and strict morality of Hollywood’s production code.
Randy Savage, 58, larger-than-life personality from professional wrestling’s ‘80s flying-elbow heyday known for his raspy voice, decorated sunglasses, and “Macho Man” nickname
Maria Schneider, 58, French actress who was Marlon Brando’s young costar in the steamy 1972 film Last Tango in Paris.
Charles Selier, 67, producer of Christian films and creator of the book and TV series The Life & Times of Grizzly Adams.
Lee Roy Selmon, 56, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Hall of Fame defensive end who teamed with his brothers Dewey and Lucious to help lead Oklahoma to consecutive national championships (1974-75).
Jim Seymour, 64, star receiver at Notre Dame in the ‘60s who formed a potent passing combination with quarterback Terry Hanratty and helped the Fighting Irish to win a national championship.
Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, 75, retired US Army general, first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1993-97), who counseled President Bill Clinton on the use of troops in Bosnia and other trouble spots.
Muhammad Hassan Shama, 76, cofounder of Hamas, the Palestinian militant organization, in the Gaza Strip.
Sargent Shriver, 95, brother-in-law of President John F. Kennedy through his marriage to Eunice Kennedy and first director of the Peace Corps. He was George McGovern’s running mate in the 1972 Presidential election.
Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth, 89, blunt-speaking preacher and civil rights leader who survived beatings and bombings in Alabama 50 years ago as he fought against racial injustice alongside Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rev. Mary Michael Simpson, 85, first Episcopal nun to be ordained a priest and the first ordained woman to preach a sermon at London’s Westminster Abbey.
Bubba Smith, 66),former NFL star who went from defensive end on the field to lovable giant in his successful second career as an actor in the Police Academy series of films.
Duke Snider, 84, the Hall of Fame center fielder for baseball’s charmed “Boys of Summer” who helped the Dodgers bring their elusive and only World Series crown to Brooklyn. Snider hit .295 with 407 career home runs, played in the World Series six times and won two titles.
Louis Stumberg, 87, cofounder in 1946 with his father and brother of Patio Foods, bringing frozen, then heated Tex-Mex to dinner tables and TV viewers’ laps across the nation
Chuck Tanner, 82, veteran big league manager of four teams who led the “We Are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979 to one of the greatest comebacks in World Series history.
Elizabeth Taylor, 79, former child actress, a legendary British-born glamour queen of American movie stardom whose achievements on film were often overshadowed by her beauty and real-life dramas.
Donald J. Tyson, 80, chief executive who led his family’s poultry company from being a regional producer to dominance in the industry.
John Volz, 74, U.S. attorney who spearheaded corruption cases against Edwin Edwards and crime boss Carlos Marcello.
Nancy Wake, 98, Australian who as a spy became one the Allies’ most decorated servicewomen for her role in the French resistance during World War II.
Murray Warmath, 98, football coach who led the Minnesota Gophers to a national championship and back-to-back Rose Bowls in the early ‘60s.
Margaret Whiting, 86, as a bright-eyed teenage singer captivated wartime America, then enjoyed a long, acclaimed career recording hit songs and performing in nightclubs and on TV.
Dick Williams, 82, Hall of Fame manager who led the Oakland As to two consecutive World Series titles (1972-73).
Tom Wilson, Sr., 80, creator of the hard-luck comic strip character “Ziggy” which is in more than 500 newpapers.
Amy Winehouse, 27, British beehived soul-jazz diva.
Johnny Wright, 97, country music pioneer who had hits as a singer in the duo Johnnie & Jack and later guided the career of his wife, singer Kitty Wells.
Roger Williams, 87, virtuoso pianist whose 1955 hit “Autumn Leaves” remains the best-selling piano record of all time.