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— Adolfo Calero, 80, who led the largest force of U.S.-backed rebels against Nicaragua's Sandinista government in the 1980s and found himself entangled in the Iran-Contra arms scandal, in Managua of lung problems.
— Richard Dawson, 79, a British-born entertainer who made his mark in the unlikely 1960s television sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," which mined laughs from a Nazi POW camp whose prisoners hoodwink their captors and run the place themselves and who later became a popular TV game show host, in Los Angeles of complications related to esophageal cancer.
— Eduard Khil,77 a beloved Soviet crooner who won sudden international stardom two years ago when a 1976 video of him singing "trololo" instead of the song's censored words became a global Internet hit, in St. Petersburg after a stroke left him with severe brain damage.
— Herb Reed, 83, the last surviving original member of 1950s vocal group the Platters who sang on hits like "Only You" and "The Great Pretender," in the Boston area after a period of declining health that included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
— Ray Bradbury, 91, a science fiction-fantasy master whose work could be by turns dark and depressing or joyful, whimsical and nostalgic, in literary classics such as "Fahrenheit 451," in Los Angeles.
— Prince Tomohito, 66, a cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito, in Tokyo after bouts with various ailments, including throat cancer.
— Anthropologist Phillip Tobias, 86, an anthropologist internationally renowned as an authority on human evolution and remembered for his love of humanity, in Johannesburg after a long illness.
— Gerald Parker Hodge, 91, a world-renowned medical illustrator, in Ann Arbor, Michigan of cancer.
— Ghassan Tueni, 86 a veteran Lebanese journalist, politician and diplomat who headed one of the Arab world's leading newspapers, An-Nahar, for half a century and was a fierce defender of Lebanese sovereignty and freedom of the press, in Beirut after a long illness.
— Richard F. "Dick" Stolz, 86, who joined the CIA in 1950 and became one of the agency's most respected operatives, serving in Cold War hot spots around eastern Europe before becoming head of Soviet operations in the mid-1970s, in Williamsburg, Virginia. No cause of death was given.
— Sudono Salim, 95, a Chinese-Indonesian tycoon who had close ties to former dictator Suharto, in Singapore of an undisclosed illness.
— Ann Rutherford, 94, the demure brunette actress who played Scarlett O'Hara's youngest sister in "Gone With the Wind," in Los Angeles. She had heart problems and had been ill for some time.
— Elinor Ostrom, 78, an Indiana University political scientist who is the only woman to have been awarded a Nobel Prize in economics for her research into how people overcome selfish interests to successfully manage natural resources, in Bloomington, Indiana of pancreatic cancer.
— Mehdi Hassan, 85, a Pakistani singer loved by millions across South Asia and known for his mastery of the ghazal, a traditional love poem put to music, in Karachi after a long illness.
— Henry Hill, 69, who went from small-time gangster to big-time celebrity when his life as a mobster-turned-FBI informant became the basis for the Martin Scorsese film "Goodfellas," in Los Angeles after a long illness.
— William S. Knowles, 95, a longtime chemist who shared the Nobel Prize for discoveries that led to a treatment for Parkinson's disease and various other medicines, in Chesterfield, Missouri of complications from ALS.
— Frances Williams Preston, 83, who worked with top singers and songwriters as president of the royalties company Broadcast Music Inc., becoming one of the most influential figures in the music business, in Nashville, Tennessee, of congestive heart failure. 83.
- Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz, 78 or 79, the Saudi crown prince and hard-line interior minister who spearheaded Saudi Arabia's fierce crackdown crushing al-Qaida's branch in the country after the Sept. 11 attacks against the U.S. and whose death forced the royal family into the process of naming a new heir to the king for the second time in less than a year, in Geneva. No cause of death was given.
— Rodney King, 47, whose videotaped beating by police sparked one of the worst U.S. race riots and who struggled with addiction and repeated arrests, in Rialto, California, in an apparent drowning.
— Victor Spinetti, 82, a comic actor who appeared in three Beatles movies and won a Tony award on Broadway, in London. He had cancer.
— Leroy Neiman, 91, an American painter and sketch artist best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes, in Manhattan. No cause of death was given.
— Richard Adler, 90 a composer and lyricist who won Tony Awards for co-writing snappy and infectious, songs for such hit Broadway musicals as "The Pajama Game" and "Damn Yankees" and who staged and produced President John F. Kennedy's birthday celebration featuring a breathy Marilyn Monroe, in South Hampton, New York. No cause of death was given.