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— Hal David, 91, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for movies, television and a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke.
— Mark Abrahamian, 46, the lead guitarist for the rock group Starship, in Norfolk, Nebraska of a heart attack after a performance.
— Sun Myung Moon, 92, a self-proclaimed messiah who founded the Unification Church and turned his religions vision into a worldwide movement and a multibillion dollar corporation stretch from the Korean Peninsula to the United States, in Gapeyeong Country, Korea after being hospitalized for pneumonia His followers around the world cherished him, while his detractors accused him of brainwashing recruits and extracting money from worshippers.
— Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, a prolific character actor with a gravelly baritone and a megawatt smile whose dozens of movies included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" and box office hits including "Armageddon," ''Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda," in Los Angeles where he was being treated for a heart attack.
— Dorothy McGuire Williamson, 84, who teamed with sisters Christine and Phyllis for a string of hits in the 50s and 60s as the popular McGuire Sisters singing group known for their sweet harmonies and identical outfits and hairdos, in Paradise Valley, Arizona. She had had Parkinson's disease and age-related dementia.
— Mario Armond Zamparelli, 91, an internationally renowned artist who for nearly 20 years created the distinctive, often colorful logos, images and posters for reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes' many companies, in Los Angeles of heart failure.
— Ron Taylor, 78, a beloved Australian marine conservationist who helped film some of the terrifying underwater footage used in the classic shark thriller "Jaws," in Sydney. He had leukemia.
— Verghese Kurien, 90, an engineer known as "India's milkman" who helped revolutionize the country's dairy industry despite his own dislike for milk, in New Delhi. No cause of death was given.
— Stanley Long, 78, a British filmmaker whose cheap and cheerful soft-core romps saw him dubbed the "king of sexploitation," in Buckinghamshire, England of unspecified natural causes.
Edwin Wilson, a former CIA operative whose high-powered, jet-setting life style came crashing down after he was convicted of shipping explosives to Libya and sent to prison for 20 years until the conviction was overturned, near Seattle of complications from heart valve replacement surgery.
— Pedro Guerrero, 95, a photographer whose 20-year association with architect Frank Lloyd Wright launched a long fine-arts career that included capturing images of American artists, in Florence, Arizona. He had cancer.
— Peter Lougheed, 84, who as Alberta's premier turned the province into an oil-powered modern giant and an equal player in Canada's confederation, in Alberta of natural causes.
— Dorothy Carter, 94, a former stage actress who starred in the adaptation of the groundbreaking novel "Strange Fruit" on Broadway and later became an educator and a children's book author, in New York. She had bladder cancer.
- Princess Ragnhild, 82, sister of Norway's King Harald, in Rio de Janeiro. No cause of death was given.
— Santiago Carrillo, 97, a veteran Spanish Communist Party leader and Civil War combatant who spent 38 years in exile, in Madrid of natural causes.
— Ashbel Green, 84, a versatile and respected editor at Alfred A. Knopf who persuaded Gabriel Garcia Marquez to switch publishers, worked on a foreign policy book by President George H.W. Bush and helped discover the crime classic "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," in Stonington, Connecticut. The cause of death was not given.
— Jean Taittinger, 89, a longtime French legislator and heir to the Taittinger Champagne legacy, in France. No cause of death was given.
— Pavel Grachev, 64, a former Russian defence minister who led troops into Chechnya in the 1990s, in Moscow. No cause of death was given.
Andy Williams, 84, a crooner who was part of the soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s, with easy-listening hits like "Moon River," the "Love Story" theme and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" from his beloved Christmas TV specials, in Branston, Missouri. He had bladder cancer.
— Herbert Lom, 95, the durable Czech-born actor best known as Inspector Clouseau's long-suffering boss in the comic "Pink Panther" movies over a six-decade career, in London of apparent natural causes.
— James E. Burke, 87, the chief executive who steered the health care giant Johnson & Johnson through the Tylenol poisonings in the 1980s that resulted in the first tamper-resistant product packaging in New Jersey after a long, unspecified illness.
— Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, 86, the former publisher of the New York Times who defied a president and risked a potential criminal charge by publishing a classified Defence Department history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam that cemented his place as a giant in the struggle for press freedom, in Southampton, New York after a long illness.
— Yvonne Mounsey, 93, who danced major roles for George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins with the New York City Ballet in the 1950s and went on to found an influential West Coast ballet school, in Los Angeles. She had cancer.
— Turhan Bey, 90, an actor whose exotic good looks earned him the nickname of "Turkish Delight" in films with Errol Flynn and Katherine Hepburn before he left Hollywood for a quieter life in Vienna. He had Parkinson's disease.
— Barry Commoner, 95, a scientist and activist, who raised early concerns about the effects of radioactive fallout and was one of the pioneers of the U.S. environmental movement, in New York. No cause of death was given.