July 16, 2012: Stephen Covey, 79, US author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. In 1996, he was named one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Americans.
July 16, 2012: Jon Lord, 71, keyboardist with UK heavy metal band Deep Purple, and co-writer of hits including Smoke On The Water. He lso played as a session musician, famously on The Kinks' You Really Got Me, and composed classical works.
July 16, 2012: Bill Ahser, 90, US television producer and director behind hit shows I Love Lucy, The Patty Duke Show, Bewitched and Gidget, and the movies Beach Party and Beach Blanket Bingo.
July 13, 2012: Ginny Tyler, 86, US actress, born Merrie Virginia Erlandson, who voiced many Disney cartoons and hosted a repackaged syndicated version of the original 1960s Mickey Mouse Club TV show.
July 16, 2012: Kitty Wells, 92, American country music pioneer, born Ellen Muriel Deason, whose career took off with the 1952 hit It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels.
July 15, 2012: Celeste Holm, 95, US stage and screen actress who starred in Oklahoma! on Broadway before winning an Oscar for Gentleman's Agreement. She starred in All About Eve, The Tender Trap and High Society, and was a member of the Save the Theatres Committee trying to stop the demolition of old theatres in New York.
July 13, 2012: Richard Zanuck, 77, Academy Award winning Hollywood producer and former president of Twentieth Century Fox studios. He produced films including Jaws, Driving Miss Daisy, Cocoon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland.
July 11: Dara Singh, 84, Bollywood actor, who started out as a professional wrestler and became an action hero. He started in films in the 1950s, doing his own stunts, and later played the Hindu monkey god Hanuman in the 1980s TV series Ramayan.
July 10, 2012: Rodolfo Vera Quiezon, aka Dolphy Quizon, 83, popular Philippines comedian.
July 8, 2012: Ernest Borgnine, 95, US actor, born Ermes Effron Borgnino, who won an Oscar for Marty, then went on to front sitcom McHale's Navy, and continued to work into his 90s, including as the voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants.
July 6, 2012: Anthony Sedlak, 29, Canadian celebrity chef, of an undisclosed medical condition.
July 4, 2012: Eric Sykes, 89, British actor, writer, director and comedian who co-wrote scrpts for The Goon Show with Spike Milligan and went on to become a beloved television performer and creator of the enduring comedy short, The Plank.
Juy 3, 2012: Andy Griffith, 86, US stage and screen actor, raconteur and singer who starred in the hit television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show in the 1960s and the legal drama Matlock in the 1980s and 1990s.
June 27,2012: Don Grady, 68, US child actor and musician, born Don Louis Agrati, who began as a Mousketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club and starred as eldest brother Robbie in My Three Sons. He later played in the bands Geef and The Yellow Balloon, and wrote the music for the film Switch and the theme for The Phil Donahue Show.
June 26, 2012: Nora Ephron, 71, US humorist, novelist, director and screenwriter who wrote films including Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally and Heartburn, and she wrote and directed Sleepless in Seattle.
June 26, 2012: Dorthea "Doris" Singleton, 92, US radio and television actress who played Lucy's nemesis, Lillian (later Caroline) Appleby, in I Love Lucy. She also appeared in My Three Sons, Dynasty, The Munsters and Days of Our Lives.
June 21, 2012: Richard Adler, 90, US composer and lyricist who worked initially partnership with Jerry Ross to write hits beginning with Rags to Riches, which was a 1953 hit for Tony Bennett. They wrote the hit stage musicals The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees before Ross died at just 29 in 1955.
June 20, 2012: LeRoy Neiman, 91, US painter who became best known for his vibrant images of the sport world.
June 18, 2012: Victor Spinetti, 82, Welsh actor and comic who appeared on stage and screen, including the Beatles' films A Hard Day's Night, Help! and Magical Mystery Tour. He won a Tony Award for his performance in Oh, What a Lovely War! after it transfered to Broadway from London's West End.
June 17, 2012: Rodney King, 47, US victim of police brutality. The acquittal of accused officers led to the LA riots of 1992. He was reportedly found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool.
June 12, 2012: Henry Hill, 69, US Mafia turncoat whose story was told in the film Goodfellas, after a long illness. Hill spent many years in the witness protection scheme but was thrown out because he couldn't stay out of trouble.
June 11, 2012: Ann Rutherford, 94, US actress who played the youngest sister Careen in Gone with the Wind and was Andy's (Mickey Rooney) girlfriend Polly in the long-running Andy Hardy series.
June 7, 2012: Bob Welch, 66, musician and former guitarist US band Fleetwood Mac. He had solo hits with Ebony Eyes and Sentimental Lady.
June 6, 2012: Ray Bradbury, 91, US science-fiction writer whose works includes Farenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes and the Martin Chronicles.
June 5, 2012: Caroline John, 72, British stage and actress who played companion LIz Shaw alongside Jon Pertwee's third Doctor in the long-running science-fiction TV series Doctor Who. She also performed in Midsomer Murders and Silent Witness, and on stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
June 2, 2012: Richard Dawson, 79, British actor, born Colin Lionel Emm, best know for his role as Newkirk in the World War II POW camp comedy Hogan's Heroes and as host of the game show Family Feud.
June 2, 2012: Kathryn Joosten, 72, US actress best known for her role as the meddling neighbour in Desperate Housewives. The former nurse also appeared on Scrubs, The West Wing and General Hospital.
May 29, 2012: Arthel "Doc" Watson, 89, blind US singer and guitarist who popularised the "flatpicking" style.
May 24, 2012: Arthur P. Stern, 87, Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor who moved to the US to work for GE, where he became a pioneer of colour television, transistor and satellite-navigation technology.
May 20, 2012: Robin Gibb, 62, British-Australian pop star who rose to global fame during the disco era as a member of the Bee Gees, along with his brothers Maurice and Barry. Their hits included Spicks and Specks, Stayin' Alive and Night Fever.