February 2, 2014: Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, US actor, of suspected overdose. His films included Capote, for which he won an Oscar, The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
January 30,2014: Arthur Rankin Jr, 89, animator of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Thundercats and The Hobbit fame.
January 27, 2014: Pete Seeger, 94, American folk singer who performed as a solo artist and with The Weavers. His hits include Goodnight, Irene, If I Had a Hammer, Where Have all the Flowers Gone, and Turn, Turn, Turn.
January 16, 2014: Russell Johnson, 89, US actor best known as The Professor (who was almost never referred to by the character's real name, Roy Hinckley) in the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island.
January 17, 2014: Suchitra Sen, 82, actress often referred to as "India's Greta Garbo", because she quit at the height of her career. She starred in 57 Bengali and seven Hindi films.
January 16, 2014: Dave Madden, 82, canadian actor best known as band manager Reuben Kincaid in The Partridge Family. he was also a regular on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, appeared in Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and wrote memoirs.
January 16, 2014: Roger Lloyd-Pack, 69, British character actor who played Trigger in the long-running sitcom Only Fools and Horses, and also appeared in The Vicar of Dibley, and the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
January 11, 2014: Ariel Sharon, 85, 11th prime minister of Israel, born Ariel Scheinermann, who died after a long period in a coma following a stroke.
January 5, 2014: Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, 71, Portuguese footballer regarded as one of the game's greatest players.
January 3, 2014: Phil Everly, 74, US musician who with brother Don formed The Everly Brothers. Their hits included Bye Bye Love, Cathy's Clown, All I Have to do is Dream, and Wake Up Little Suzie.
December 31, 2013: John Fortune, 74, British satirist and comedian best known for his collaborations with John Bird and Rory Bremner.
December 27, 2013: Farooq Sheikh, 65, Indian actor and star of Bollywood films.
December 18, 2013: Ronnie Biggs, 84, British criminal known for the "Great Train Robbery", his escape from prison and life on the run, mainly in Brazil.
December 14, 2013: Joan Fontaine, 96, British-American actress best known for the Hitchcock films Rebecca and Suspicion and for her long-running feud with her sister Olivia de Haviland.
December 15, 2913: Peter O'Toole, 81, stage and screen actor best known for playing the title role in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia.
December 5, 2013: Nelson Mandela: South African president, and former opposition leader who helped bring down a racist regime in south Africa.
December 3, 2013: Ahmed Fouad Negm, 84, Egyptian poet who wrote in vernacular Arabic and was hailed as the hero of the underclass.
November 27, 2013: Lewis Collins, 67, British actor, of cancer. He was best know for playing Bodie in The Professionals, a cult drama series about a fictional crime fighting unit called CI5.
November 19, 2013: Ray Gosling, 74, British journalist, radio and television broadcaster and gay-rights activist.
November 17, 2013: Doris Lessing, 94, Iran-born, Zimbabwe-raised, British writer. The Nobel prize-winner's novels included The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing.
November 12, 2013: Sir John Tavener, 69, British composer whose music was informed by his Russian Orthodox Christian faith. He was a direct descendant of the 16th century composer John Taverner.
October 27, 2013: Lou Reed, 71, US rock musician. He enjoyed success with The Velvet Underground and as a solo performer, most notably with Walk on the Wildside.
October 25, 2013: Marcia Wallace, 70, US comic actress best known as the voice of teacher Edna Krabappel in The Simpsons, and for playing Carol in The Bob Newhart Show.
October 25, 2103: Hal Needham, 82, US film stuntman who went from being Burt Reynolds' double to the director of action comedies such as Cannonball Run, Hooper and Smokey and the Bandit.
October 23, 2013: Manna Dey, 94, popular Indian singer. Born Prabodh Chandra Dey, he performed songs in Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Kannada, Punjabi and Bhojpuri.
October 17, 2013: Felix Dennis, 52, Jamaican-British comedian and actor, of cancer. He appeared in The Real McCoy, The Fast Show, Absolutely Fabulous and Citizen Khan. He also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
October 17, 2103: Lou Scheimer, 84, US television producer whose Filmation studios created the Archie and Star Trek series and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.