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— Mitchell Lucker, 28, frontman for the death-metal band Suicide Silence, in Huntington Beach, California of injuries in a motorcycle crash.
— Mohammed Rafeh, 30, a prominent Syrian-born Palestinian actor, who was believed to be a supporter of President Bashar Assad's regime, in Damascus. He was kidnapped and then killed by anti-government gunmen for apparently giving information to the government about rebels and anti-government protesters.
— Leandro Favio, 74, movie director, actor and singer, one of Argentina's most important cultural figures, in Buenos Aires from a chronic illness.
— Elliott Carter, 103, a classical composer whose challenging, rhythmically complex works earned him widespread admiration and two Pulitzer Prizes, in New York. No cause of death was given.
— Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, 98, who weathered a revolt over his communist-era ties to lead the Balkan country's Orthodox Christians for more than 40 years, in Sofia of heart failure.
— Valerie Eliot, 86, widow of T.S. Eliot and zealous guardian of the poet's literary legacy for almost half a century, in London after a short illness.
— Major Harris, 65, a former member of the "Philadelphia sound" soul group the Delfonics and singer of the 1975 hit "Love Won't Let Me Wait," in Richmond, Virginia, from congestive heart and lung failure.
— Bill Tarmey, 71 an actor who for 30 years played loveable rogue Jack Duckworth on the British soap opera "Coronation Street," on the Spanish island of Tenerife. He had been in poor health for many years with heart problems and other ailments.
— Sir Rex Hunt, 86, who was governor of the Falkland Islands at the time of the Argentine invasion in 1982, in Britain. No cause of death was given.
— Jack Gilbert, 87, a prize-winning American poet known for his clear and subtle verse, in Berkeley, California. He had Alzheimner's disease.
— Bryce Bayer, 83, a retired Kodak scientist and the inventor of a widely used colour filter array that bears his name, in Brunswick, Maine. The cause of death was not released.
— David Oliver Relin, 49, the co-author of the bestselling book "Three Cups of Tea" about building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan that came under scrutiny after allegations it contained numerous fabrications, in Corbett, Oregon. He committed suicide.
— Bal Thackeray, 86, a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers in India, in Mumbai after a cardio-respiratory arrest.
— Art Ginsburg, 81, the delightfully dorky American television chef known as Mr. Food, in Weston, Florida He had pancreatic cancer.
— Bryce Courtenoy, 79, the bestselling Australian author whose first and final books drew on his tough early-life experiences in Africa, in Canberra of stomach cancer.
— Larry Hagman, 81, an American actor who masterfully created the charmingly loathsome oil baron J.R. Ewing on television's long-running and hugely successful nighttime soap opera, "Dallas," in Dallas of complications from cancer.
— Zenaida Silva, 80, a veteran Filipino journalist who covered the 1986 "people power" revolt that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos and other turbulent political events in the Philippines, in Manila after a six-month battle with cancer.
— Joseph E. Murray, 93, a physician who performed the world's first successful kidney transplant and won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work, in Boston after suffering a stroke.
— Erik Israelewicz, 58, the top editor at France's leading daily newspaper Le Monde who had held key jobs at some of his country's leading business newspapers, in Paris after a heart attack.
— Jakes Gerwel, 66 , who advocated for the end of apartheid in South Africa and became a longtime friend and trusted aide to former President Nelson Mandela, in Cape Town after imdergpomg heart surgery.
— Zig Ziglar, 86, a motivational speaker who wrote more than 30 books and focused on positivity and leading a balanced life, in Plano, Texas. He had pneumonia.
— Inder Kumar Gujral, 92, a former Indian prime minister who gave a new impetus to improving his country's relations with its neighbours during a term in office that lasted less than a year, near New Delhi after he was admitted to a hospital with a lung infection.