September 4, 2014: Joan Rivers, 81, US comedian and television host known for her acerbic wit.
April 6, 2014: Mickey Rooney, 93, US actor who was one of Hollywood's greatest stars in the 1930s and 40s. He continued to work until his 90s, and was married eight times.
February 23, 2014: Harold Ramis, 69, US writer, actor and director whose film credits include Ghostbusters, Animal House and Groundhog Day.
January 30,2014: Arthur Rankin Jr, 89, animator of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Thundercats and The Hobbit fame.
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 9, 2013: Mark "Chopper" Read, 58, Australian criminal and author, of liver cancer. Read claimed to be involved in 19 murders. He was the subject of the 2000 film Chopper, starring Eric Bana.
March 30, 2013: Phil Ramone, 79, US musician and producer who worked with acts ranging from Frank Sinatra and Bette Middler to Bette Middler, Billy Joel, John Legend and Moby. He often collaborated with Quincy Jones.
March 19, 2013: Harry Reems, 65, actor, born Herbert Streicher, best known for his role as a doctor in the first mainstream porn film, Deep Throat. He quit the adult film industry after only a few pictures and became a real estate agent.
December 29, 2012: William Rees-Mogg, 84, British journalist and would-be Tory politician who edited The Times, and remained a columnist for the newspaper until his death.
September 28, 2012: Ahmed Ramzy, 82, popular Egyptian actor of the 1950s, 60s and 70s who specialised in playboy roles.
July 23, 2012: Sally Ride, 61, US scientist who became the first American woman in space when she flew on the shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983. She completed a second mission the following year. She died of pancreatic cancer.
July 20, 2012: Angharad Rees, 63, Welsh actress best known for her role in the miniseries Poldark. She also had an extensive stage and radio-drama career.
July 10, 2012: Rodolfo Vera Quiezon, aka Dolphy Quizon, 83, popular Philippines comedian.
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.
May 9, 2012: Joyce Redman, 93, Irish stage and screen actress who appeared with Lawrence Olivier in Othello and with Albert Finney in the bawdy Tom Jones.
April 15, 2012: Murray Rose, 73, Scotland-born champion Australian swimmer.
December 7, 2011: Jerry Robinson, 89, US comic-book artist whose creations included Batman's sidekick, Robin. He is also credited with creating arch villain The Joker, although Batman creator Bob Kane disputed that.
November 27, 2011: Ken Russell, 84, British film director known for Tommy, Gothic, Altered States and Women In Love.
November 12, 2011: Peter Roebuck, 55, English cricketer with Somerset county who became a respected newspaper writer and commentator for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He was found dead at a hotel in Newlands, South Africa.
November 4, 2011: Andy Rooney, 92, US broadcaster who was a fixture on the CBS current affairs program 60 Minutes for 33 years.
September 10, 2011: Cliff Robertson, 88, US actor who won the best actor Oscar for Charly, but was black-listed by Hollywood after exposing corrupt studio accounting practices. His films included PT-109, J.W. Coop and Spider-Man.
August 5, 2011: Francesco Quinn, 48, Italian-born US actor, the son of Anthony Quinn, and star of the film Platoon. He most recently voiced a character in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
June 7, 2011: Martin Rushent, 63, British music producer who worked with bands including Human League, XTC, The Stranglers, The Go-Go's, Fleetwood Mac and T Rex.
May 8, 2011: Lionel Rose, 62, Australian boxer who became world bantamweight champion in 1968. He was also the first indigenous Australian of the Year.
April 11, 2011: Peter Ruehl, US-born Australian newspaper columnist whose work appeared for many years in the Australian Financial Review.
February 28, 2011: Jane Russell, 89, US actress best known for her role alongside Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She also famously had a bra designed for her by reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes. In later life, she became an evangelical Christian.
February 4, 2011: Peggy Rea, 89, US stage and screen character actress best known for TV series including The Red Skelton Show, The Waltons, Grace Under Fire and The Dukes of Hazzard.
January 27, 2011: Julie Ryles, 53, Australian former child star, singer and dancer who appeared on TV's Young Talent Time, of progressive subcortical gliosis.
January 6?, 2011: Geoff Raymond, 89, Australian newsreader who worked for commercial television and then the ABC until the mid-1980s.