Giovanni “Gianni” Agnelli (81), chairperson of Fiat.
Robert Atkins (72), controversial diet guru who advocated eating unlimited meat but little carbohydrates, of head injuries sustained in a fall after slipping on an icy pavement.
Canaan Banana (67), the first president of independent Zimbabwe, later imprisoned for homosexual assault, of cancer.
Israel Boris Bender (97), dentist who pioneered root-canal treatment.
Charles Bronson (82), born Charles Buchinsky, rugged actor famous for roles in The Great Escape and the Death Wish series.
Rand Brooks (84), character actor who played Charles Hamilton in Gone with the Wind.
Anto Behme Burg (99), chemist who invented Teflon.
Art Carney (85), character actor who won an Oscar for Harry and Tonto.
Johnny Cash (71), country music icon.
Hazel Crane (52), Johannesburg socialite shot dead in her car in an upmarket suburb, allegedly by members of the Israeli Mafia.
Mokhtar Ould Daddah (78), former president of Mauritania.
Patrick Dalzel-Job (90), wartime spy who was the model for the fictional James Bond, whose creator, Ian Fleming, was once his chief.
Jacques Deray (74), directed Borsalino, the 1970 retro gangster film.
Gertrude Ederle (98), first woman to swim the English Channel.
Jules Engel (94), Disney animator who choreographed several dance sequences in Fantasia.
Emil Fackenheim (87), eminent philosopher and rabbi.
Marc-Vivien Foé (28), Cameroon soccer player, died of a heart attack on the field while playing against Colombia in a Confederations Cup match.
Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri (76), head of the Argentine military junta at the time of the Falklands War.
Ivan Alexander Getting (91), inventor of the global positioning system.
Maurice Gibb (53), keyboardist and bass player of the Bee Gees, of a heart attack.
Althea Gibson (76), first black tennis player to win a grand slam singles title.
Ruben Gonzalez (84), Buena Vista Social Club pianist.
Winston Graham (93), novelist best known for the Poldark series of historical novels.
Bobby Hatfield (63), Righteous Brother whose lament, You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling, was a 1960s anthem.
David Hemmings (64), British actor famous for roles in Blow Up, Barbarella and, more recently, Gladiator, of a heart attack.
Katharine Hepburn (96), legendary American stage and screen actress, who won four Oscars in her long career.
Christopher Hill (91), Marxist historian whose drastic interpretation of the 17th century changed the way we think about the English Revolution.
Wendy Hiller (90), dame of the British theatre.
Gregory Hines (57), dancer and actor, of cancer.
Bob Hope (100), legendary American comedian.
Qusay (37) and Uday (39) Hussein, sons of former Iraqi leader Saddam, killed in shoot-out with United States forces.
Idi Amin Dada (80), brutal former dictator of Uganda.
Alija Izetbegovic (78), first president of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Maynard Jackson (65), the first black mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (elected in 1973).
Robert Kardashian (59), lawyer seen carrying a Louis Vuitton clothing bag out of OJ Simpson’s home, of cancer.
Elia Kazan (94), director famed for A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman and On the Waterfront.
David Kelly (59), Britain’s top scientist in the Ministry of Defence, believed to have committed suicide over allegations that he was the source of news stories that questioned Britain’s involvement in the Iraqi War.
Warren Kremer (82), Harvey Comics cartoonist who drew Richie Rich and Casper the Friendly Ghost.
Anna Lindh (46), Swedish foreign minister, stabbed while shopping in a Stockholm department store.
Lesley Manyathela (21), Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana striker, killed in a car crash.
Mark McCormack (72), owner and CEO of sports agency IMG, of a heart attack.
Tom Meehan (87), writer/producer of the Springbok Radio series The Men from the Ministry.
Chiang MeiLing (105), widow of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.
Mario Merz (78), leading member of Italian artistic movement known as Arte Povera.
Ben Metcalfe (83), co-founder of Greenpeace and the organisation’s first chairperson.
Judith Milhon (64), cyber-feminist who fought for the public’s right to the Internet.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (76), former New York senator, of complications after a ruptured appendix.
Simon Muzenda (80), Zimbabwean vice-president.
N!Xau (59), the Namibian San who played Xi in The Gods Must Be Crazy.
He went searching for wood in the desert and never returned (presumed dead).
Richard Neustadt (84), for more than 40 years the pre-eminent scholar of the American presidency.
Donald O’Connor (78), singer/ actor famous for role in Singin’ in the Rain.
Robert Palmer (54), rock singer best remembered for hits such as Addicted to Love, of a heart attack.
Valentin Pavlov (66), former Soviet prime minister whose failed coup to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev set off the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Gregory Peck (87), one of Hollywood’s most enduring stars.
Sam Phillips (80), owner of the Sun studio credited with “discovering” Elvis Presley in 1953.
Carlos Reina (77), former president of Honduras who fought corruption and human rights abuses throughout Central America.
Leni Riefenstahl (101), producer/ director of Nazi propaganda films.
John Ritter (54), star of TV sitcom Three’s Company, of a heart attack.
Peter Safar (79), pioneered modern emergency first aid and the kiss-of-life technique.
Edward Said (64), Palestinian activist and academic, of leukemia.
John Schlesinger (77), British-born director films such as Midnight Cowboy and Marathon Man, of a stroke.
Dr Kurt Semm (76), founder of minimally invasive laparascopic surgery.
Seven astronauts aboard space shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated above Texas as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere.
Barry Sheene (52), twice world 500cc motorbike champion in the 1970s, of cancer.
William Lee “Willie” Shoemaker (72), legendary US jockey.
Paul Simon (75), former Illinois senator who lobbied for trade sanctions against apartheid South Africa.
Nina Simone (70), born Eunice Kathleen Waynon, soul-jazz diva, songwriter and pianist.
Walter Sisulu (90), African National Congress leader who was one of the heroes of the liberation struggle.
Elliott Smith (34), American singer-songwriter, who committed suicide by stabbing himself in the heart with a steak knife.
Bill Sutton (75), former MP for the old United Party, later becoming leader of the New Republic Party.
Edward Teller (95), Manhattan Project scientist who developed the hydrogen bomb.
Sir Denis Thatcher (88), the businessman husband of the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher.
Leon Uris (78), best-selling author of Exodus.
Barry White (58), mellow-voiced singer who sold almost 100-million records worldwide in the 1970s, of kidney failure.
Joseph Williams (88), in 1950s created the BankAmericard (renamed Visa in 1976), the world’s first credit card..