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— Andy Griffith, 86, who made homespun American Southern wisdom his trademark as the wise sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and whose career spanned more than a half century on stage, film and television, in coastal North Carolina. No cause of death was given but he had suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2000.
— Eric Sykes, 89, the widely-acclaimed British comedy actor and writer who appeared in shows into his 80s and co-wrote 24 episodes of the classic radio comedy the goon show with the late Spike Milligan. The location and cause of death were not available.
— Colin Marshall, 78, who guided British Airways on its transition from loss-making state ownership to privatization and profitability, in London of cancer.
— Anthony Sedlak,29, a Canadian celebrity chef best known as the host of Food Network Canada's show "The Main" and a bestselling cookbook with the same title, after collapsing in Vancouver, British Columbia.
— Joseph Kirsner, 102, a well-known physician who was a pioneer in the field of digestive system disorders and was among the first to show the increased risk of colon cancer in patients with ulcerative colitis, in Chicago of kidney failure.
— Ernest Borgnine, 95, who won a woman's love and an Academy Award in one of the great lonely hearts roles in "Marty," a highlight in a workhorse career that spanned nearly seven decades and more than 200 film and television parts, in Los Angeles of renal failure.
- Prince Mohammed bin Saud, 78, a former defence minister who wielded influence as part of a council of royal family members that helps selct the heirs to rule in Saudi Arabia. No other details were available.
— Martin Pakledinaz, 58, an award winner who designed hundreds of costumes for Broadway shows, movies and opera, in New York after battling cancer.
— Rudolfo Vera Quizon, Sr., 83, the Philippines' most popular comedian, fondly called Dolphy, in Manila of multiple organ failure and complications from pneumonia.
— Eugenio de Araujo Sales, 90, Rio de Janeiro's former archbishop who provided shelter to thousands of people opposed to the military regimes that once ruled Brazil, Argentina and Chile, in Rio after a heart attack.
— Maria Hawkins Cole, 89, widow of jazz crooner Nat "King" Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole, in Boca Raton, Florida of cancer.
— Berthe Meijer, 74 a Dutch Jewish author whose life intersected with Anne Frank's, in Amsterdam of cancer.
— Dara Singh,84,a Bollywood action hero best known for his TV portrayal of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman, in Mumbai after suffering a heart attack.
— Marion Cunningham, 90, the home-cooking champion whose legacy can be found in the food-spattered pages of "Fannie Farmer" cookbooks in kitchens across America, in Walnut Creek, California, of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
— Donald J. Sobol, 87, author of the popular "Encyclopedia Brown" series of children's mysteries, in Miami of natural causes.
— Richard Zanuck, 77, a film producer who won the best picture Oscar for "Driving Miss Daisy" and was involved in such blockbuster films as "Jaws" and "The Sting" after his father, Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, fired him from 20th Century Fox, in Beverly Hills, California of a heart attack.
— Celeste Holm, 95, a versatile, bright-eyed blonde who soared to Broadway fame in "Oklahoma!" and won an Oscar in "Gentleman's Agreement" but whose last years were filled with financial difficulty and estrangement from her sons, in New York. She had been hospitalized for two weeks with dehydration.
— Masaharu Matsushita, 99, who helped lead the Japanese electronics company Panasonicfor half a century as it grew into a global brand, in Osaka. No other details were available.
— Antonin Holy, 75, a renowned Czech scientist whose research significantly contributed to the development of antiviral drugs, in Prague after battling an unspecified long-term disease.
— Rajesh Khanna, 69, whose success as a romantic lead in scores of Indian movies made him Bollywood's first superstar, in Mumbai after a brief illness.
— Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, 102, a rabbi revered by Jews worldwide as the top authority of this generation for his scholarship and rulings on complex elements of Jewish law, in Jerusalem after a long illness.
— Omar Suleiman, 76, Egypt's former spy chief, deposed president Hosni Mubarak's top lieutenant and keeper of secrets who ran for president earlier in the year, in Clevland, Ohio, of a heart attack. He had heart and lung conditions.
— Archer King, 95, longtime Broadway agent and producer who is credited with discovering a slew of famous actors including James Dean and Ron Howard, in New York of natural causes.
— Sylvia Woods, 86, founder of the famed soul food restaurant in New York's Harlem district that carries her name and is a must-stop for locals, tourists and politicians, in Mount Vernon, New York. She had Alzheimer's disease.
— Oswaldo Paya, 60, a Cuban activist who spent decades speaking out against the communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro and became one of the most powerful voices of dissent against their half-century rule, in La Gavina, Cuba in a car crash.
— Sally Ride, 61, a physicist who blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space, in La Jolla, California of pancreatic cancer.
— Margaret Mahy, 76, beloved New Zealand children's author who wrote more than 120 books and earned acclaim at home and abroad, in Christchurch of cancer.
— Frank Pierson, 87, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Cool Hand Luke," in Los Angeles of natural causes.
— John Atta Mills, 68, the president of Ghana whose election victory secured his country's reputation as one of the most mature democracies in West Africa, in Accra. No cause of death was given.
— Suzy Gershman, 64, whose "Born to Shop" travel guides were translated into half a dozen languages and sold more than 4 million copies word wide and have helped readers find where to browse and buy from Paris to Hong Kong, in San Antonio, Texas. She had brain cancer.
— William Staub, 96, who took the treadmill — that ubiquitous piece of exercise equipment that is loved and loathed by millions — into homes and gyms, in Clifton, New Jersey. No cause of death was given.
— Tony Martin, 98, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs that spanned 80 years, in Los Angeles of natural causes.
Rita Miljo, 81, a conservationist who cared for and reintroduced packs of baboons back into the wilds of South Africa, in Limpopo province in a fire that destroyed much of the headquarters of the sanctuary she built.
— Chris Marker, 91, the influential French filmmaker whose career spanned six decades and who made the 1962 classic "La Jetee," an award-winning post-apocalyptic movie that's often ranked among the best time-travel films ever made, in Paris. No cause of death was given.
— Maeve Binchy, 72, one of Ireland's most popular writers who sold more than 40 million books worldwide that depicted human relationships and their crises, in Dublin after a brief illness.
— Gore Vidal, 86, the author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom, in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia.