PAT HINGLE: American character actor, working in film and television since 1948. Died of cancer.
RON ASHETON: American musician. Original member of the Stooges. Died from a heart attack.
RICARDO MONTALBáN: Mexican-born radio, film, and television actor.
ANDREW WYETH: American painter. Maintained a realist style through the uproars of abstraction. Died at an advanced age after a short illness.
JOHN UPDIKE: American author and critic. Considered the pre-eminent man of letters during his lifetime. Died from lung cancer.
JAMES WHITMORE: American actor. Member of Skull & Bones. Died from lung cancer.
BLOSSOM DEARIE: American Jazz pianist and singer. She recorded 6 LP's on the Verve label in the late 50's. Died after a long illness.
PHILIP JOSé FARMER: Award-winning American author, who worked mainly in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
MARIO ACUñA: Argentinian-born, American astrophysicist, and pioneer in the field of planetary magnetism. Elected to the National Academy of Science. Died of cancer.
HARRY KALAS: American broadcaster, and the voice of NFL Films. Died of heart disease.
BEA ARTHUR: American stage, screen, and television actor. Died from cancer.
DOM DE LOUISE: American comedic actor. Died from kidney failure.
CHUCK DALY: American basketball coach. Coached the NBA Champion Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990. Coached the Gold-medal winning U.S. Basketball team in 1992 Olympics. Died from pancreatic cancer.
DAVID IRELAND: American sculptor. Died from pneumonia
DAVID EDDINGS: American fantasy author.
KOKO TAYLOR: American blues musician. Died from complications from surgery.
DAVID CARRADINE: American film and television actor.
ED MCMAHON: American film and television actor, and sidekick to Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show. Fighter pilot and flight instructor. Pitchman extraordinaire.
MICHAEL JACKSON: American singer. His album THRILLER remains the best-selling album of all time. Died of a drug overdose.
FARRAH FAWCETT: American actor and sex-symbol. Died from cancer.
KARL MALDEN: American actor, and winner of Best Supporting Actor Oscar for A Streetcar Named Desire.
STEVE MCNAIR: American football player. Murdered.
WALTER CRONKITE: American broadcast journalist.
EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER: American activist and founder of the Special Olympics. Sister to John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy. Mother of Maria Shriver, First Lady of California.
LES PAUL: American musician and inventor. Died from pneumonia.
TED KENNEDY: American Senator who served for 46 years. Brother of John and Robert Kennedy.
PATRICK SWAYZE: American film actor and dancer.
LOU ALBANO: American professional wrestler and manager. Known as "The Captain."
JERRY FUCHS: American drummer.
KEN OBER: American game-show host, comedian, and actor.
ALBERT CREWE: British-born American physicist and inventor of the scanning transmission electron microscope.
TIM "BARRELL MAN" MCKERNAN: Denver Broncos Super-Fan.
BRITTANY MURPHY: American actor.