— Don Cornelius, 74, creator of the long-running American television show "Soul Train," that introduced mainstream audiences to black music and culture, in Los Angeles, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
— Wislawa Szymborska, 88, Poland's 1996 Nobel Prize-winning poet whose simple words and playful verse plucked threads of irony and empathy out of life, in Krakow of lung cancer.
— Ben Gazzara, 81, whose powerful dramatic performances brought an intensity to a variety of roles and made him a memorable presence in such iconic productions over the decades as the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway and the film "The Big Lebowski," in New York of cancer.
— Nello Ferrara, 93, an American candy company executive who brought the world Lemonheads and Atomic Fire Balls, in River Forrest Illinois. No cause of death was given.
— Istvan Csurka, 77, a Hungarian anti-Soviet dissident playwright and later far-right nationalist politician who was criticized at home and abroad for his anti-semitic articles, in Budapest of an undisclosed illness.
— Antoni Tapies, 88, a Catalan painter and sculptor who was one of the world's top contemporary art figures and whose works have been displayed in major museums across the world, in Barcelona. He had been in poor health since 2007.
— John Fairfax, 74, a self-described "professional adventurer" who was the first known person to row alone across the Atlantic Ocean, in Henderson, Nevada of an apparent heart attack. bhas died at his Las Vegas-area home. He was 74.
— William Theophilus Brown, 92, a painter who enjoyed success for more than half-a-century and was closely associated with the San Francisco Bay area's "figurative" movement, in San Francisco. No cause of death was given.
— Jill Kinmont Boothe, 75, the skiing champion who became a painter and a teacher after she was paralyzed during a race and was the subject of a book and two Hollywood films, in Carson City, Nevada. No cause of death was given.
— Whitney Houston, 48, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image was tarnished by erratic behaviour and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, in a hotel room in Beverly Hills, California. The cause of death was not immediately known.
— Florence Green, 110, the last known surviving veteran of World War I, in Kings Lynn, eastern England. No cause of death was given.
— David Kelly, 82, an Irish character actor who played Grandpa Joe in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and motorcycled naked in "Waking Ned Devine," in acting career that spanned 50 years, in Dublin. The cause of death was not announced.
— John Turner Sargent Sr., 87, a publisher, editor and socialite who as chief executive of Doubleday worked with authors from Dwight Eisenhower to Stephen King and helped recruit his friend Jacqueline Kennedy as an editor, in New York. He had been in frail condition in recent years after suffering a stroke.
— Mohammed Lamari, 73, a general who led Algeria's military during a decade of civil war that crushed the nation's Islamic rebel groups, in Biskra, Algeria, after a heart attack.
— Dory Previn Shannon, 86 an award-winning composer who helped write the score for the film "Valley of the Dolls" and the theme for "Last Tango in Paris," in Springfield, Massachusetts of natural causes.
— Charles Anthony, 82, a character singer who set the record for most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera — 2,928 — during a career that spanned from 1954 to 2010, in Tampa, Florida from kidney failure after a long illness.
— Anthony Shadid, a New York Times correspondent and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who strove to capture untold stories in Middle East conflicts from Libya to Iraq, in eastern Syria of an apparent asthma attack.
— Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, 90, a businesswoman and philanthropist who built a billion-dollar fortune with her late husband's Argentine cement companies and became a leading art collector, in Buenos Aires. No cause of death was provided.
— George Brizan, 69, a former prime minister who was a founder of Grenada's ruling party, in St. George's, the capital, after a long battle with diabetes.
— Elizabeth Connell, 65, a South African-born opera singer who won global acclaim in roles by Wagner, Strauss, Beethoven and others, in London of cancer.
— Barney Rosset, 89, a fiery publisher who introduced the U.S. to countless political and avant-garde writers and risked prison and financial ruin to release such underground classics as "Tropic of Cancer" and "Lady Chatterley's Lover," in New York. He recently had heart surgery.
— Remi Ochlik 28, of France who developed a reputation as one of the world's best young photojournalists and had just won one of his profession's most prestigious prizes, in Homs, Syria in a barrage of gunfire and shelling by government forces.
— Marie Colvin, 56, an American-born reporter who made the front lines of the world's deadliest conflicts for more than 25 years her beat for Britain's Sunday Times, in Homs, Syria, in a shelling attack.
— Dmitri Nabokov, 77, the only child of acclaimed Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov who helped protect and translate his father's work while also pursuing careers as an opera singer and race car driver, in Vevey, Switzerland. He had been hospitalized with a lung infection.
— Jan Berenstain, 88, who with her husband, Stan, wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bears books that have charmed preschoolers and their parents for 50 years, in Solebury, Pennsylvania after a sever stroke.
— Ken Price, 77, an internationally known artist whose glazed and painted clay blurred the lines between ceramics and sculpture, in Taos, New Mexico. No cause of death was given.
— Theodore Mann, 87, a Tony Award-winning director and producer who championed American playwright Eugene O'Neill and was a driving force behind Circle in the Square Theatre and its school, in New York of complications from pneumonia.
— Erland Josephson, 88, an award-winning Swedish actor who collaborated with legendary film director Ingmar Bergman in more than 40 films and plays, has died in Stockholm after battling Parkinson's disease.
— James "Red" Holloway, 84, a noted saxophonist who played with the greats from the big band era through bebop, blues, R&B and modern jazz in a career that spanned seven decades, in Moro Bay, California, from kidney failure and complications of a stroke.
— Lynn D. "Buck" Compton, 90, a veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the television miniseries "Band of Brothers," and who in a legal carrier headed the team that prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan for the slaying of Robert F. Kennedy, in Burlington, Washington after suffering a heart attack in January.
— Angela Castro, 88, an elder sister of Cuban leaders Fidel and Raul Castro, in Havana. She had Alzheimer's disease.
— Rhoda Nyberg, 95, an artist who hand-colored "Grace," a photo showing a white-bearded man bowed in prayer before a simple meal, displayed in homes and churches throughout the U.S., near Proctor, Minnesota. No cause of death was given.
— William Hamilton, 87, a theologian who was a member of the Death of God movement of the 1960s that reached its peak with a Time Magazine cover story, in Portland, Oregon, of complications from congestive heart failure.
— Davy Jones, 66, the diminutive heartthrob who rocketed to the top of the 1960s music charts by beckoning millions of adoring fans with the catchy refrains of The Monkees,in Indiantown, Florida, of a heart attack.