Hank Jones, 91. Jazz pianist and composer who played with some of the biggest names in American jazz including singer Ella Fitzgerald. May 16.
Art Linkletter, 97. Known on American television for his interviews with children and ordinary people. May 26.
Gary Coleman, 42. Adorable, pint-sized child star of the 1970s TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" who spent the rest of his life struggling on Hollywood's D-list. May 28. Brain hemorrhage.
Dennis Hopper, 74. Hollywood actor whose memorable career included "Rebel without a Cause" and "Easy Rider." May 29. Prostate cancer.
Ali-Ollie Woodson, 58. Led the Motown quintet the Temptations in the 1980s and '90s; helped restore them to some of their hit-making glory. May 30. Cancer.
Kazuo Ohno, 103. Brought the Japanese modern dance style of Butoh to the international stage and charmed audiences with eerie but poetic performances. June 1.
Rue McClanahan, 76. Emmy-winning actress who brought the sexually liberated Southern belle Blanche Devereaux to life on the hit TV series "The Golden Girls." June 3.
John Wooden, 99. Built college basketball's greatest dynasty at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever. June 4.
Jack Harrison, 97. Survivor of the Great Escape plot by Allied prisoners in a German prison in World War II. June 4.
Jimmy Dean, 81. Country music legend for his smash hit about a workingman hero, "Big Bad John," and an entrepreneur known for his sausage brand. June 13.
Sergei Tretyakov, 53. Former top Russian spy who defected to the U.S. after running espionage operations from the United Nations. June 13. Choked on a piece of meat.
Garry Shider, 56. Longtime musical director of Parliament-Funkadelic whose funky guitar work, songwriting skills and musical arrangements thrilled fans and earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. June 16.
Sebastian Horsley, 47. Self-styled dandy and noted British eccentric who found fame by having himself nailed to a cross in the Philippines. June 17.
Marcel Bigeard, 94. General who led France's elite parachute forces in colonial wars in independence-seeking Indochina and Algeria after serving in the French Resistance in World War II. June 18.
Manute Bol, 47. Lithe 7-foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa. June 19.
Edith Shain, 91. Claimed to be the nurse who was smooched by a sailor in Times Square in the famous Life magazine photograph marking the end of World War II. June 20.
Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 92. Rose from an impoverished childhood in West Virginia's coal country to become the longest-serving senator in U.S. history. June 28.
Frank Colacurcio Sr., 93. Organized crime figure who built a strip club empire across 10 Western states. July 2.
Mohammed Oudeh, 73. Key planner of the 1972 Munich Olympics attack that killed 11 Israeli athletes. July 3.
Dr. Robert Butler, 83. Pulitzer Prize-winning expert on aging who coined the phrase "ageism." July 4.
Tuli Kupferberg, 86. Founding member of the 1960s underground rock group the Fugs. July 12.
Harvey Pekar, 70. Author of the autobiographical comic book series "American Splendor." July 12.
George Steinbrenner, 80. Rebuilt New York Yankees dynasty over more than three decades of owning the franchise. July 13.
Vernon Baker, 90. Belatedly received Medal of Honor for World War II valor after being denied the award because he was black. July 13.
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