Gerry Rafferty

January 4, 2011: Gerry Rafferty, 64, Scottish singer-songwriter best known for Stuck in the Middle With You, with Stealers Wheel, and his haunting solo hit Baker Street.
Link: Telegraph

Roy Neuberger

December 24, 2010: Roy Rothschild Neuberger, 107, US money manager and modern art collector.
Link: Wikipedia

Lina Romany

December 17, 2010: Lina Romay, 91, US singer and actor who sang in the 1940s with the Xavier Cugat orchestra before a brief career as a film and TV actress. She later became a horse-race announcer.
Link: NPR

Claire Rayner

October 11, 2010: Claire Rayner, 79, British newspaper "agony aunt", broadcaster, former nurse, humanist and patients' rights campaigner.
Link: Guardian

Pete Quaife

June 24, 2010 Pete Quaife, 66, British musician who played bass with 60s band The Kinks. He later moved to Canada and worked as a graphic artist.
Link Variety

Egon Ronay

June 12, 2010: Egon Ronay, Hungarian-born restaurateur and pioneering food critic who helped modernise British cuisine.
Link: Independent

Ronnie James Dio

May 16, 2010: Ronnie James Dio, 67, US heavy rock singer who replaced Ozzy Osbourne at the helm of Black Sabbath. Born Ronald James Padavona, he died of stomach cancer. Before joining Sabbath in 1980, he performed with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.
Link: BBC

Lynn Redgrave

May 2, 2010: Lynn Redgrave, 67, British actress and member of well known theatre dynasty, of cancer. Her films included Georgy Girl and Gods and Monsters.
Links: Guardian

Meinhardt Raabe

April 9, 2010: Meinhardt Raabe, 94, actor best known for playing the Munchkin coroner in 1939's The Wizard of Oz. In his big scene, he declared the Wicked Witch "really most sincerely dead".
Link: EW

Corin Redgrave

April 6, 2010: Corin Redgrave, 70, political activist and member of famous British acting dynasty; brother of Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave. His films The Charge of the Light Brigade and Four Weddings and a Funeral, and he was a star of both the West End and Broadway stage.
Link: Times

Henry Edward Roberts

April 1, 2010: Henry Edward Roberts, 68, US scientist known as the "father of the personal computer". His Altair 8800 machine inspired Microsoft founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates, who wrote software for it, and Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.
Links: BBC

Frances Reid

February 4, 2010: Frances Reid, 95, US actress who for more than 40 years played the matriarch, Alice Horton, in the long-running TV soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Link: EW

Zelda Rubinstein

January 27, 2010: Zelda Rubinstein, 75, US actress best known for playing the psychic in the 1982 film Poltergeist and its two sequels.
Link: BBC

Pernell Roberts

January 24, 2010: Pernell Roberts, 81, US actor best known for his roles in the TV series Bonanza, as Adam Cartwright, and as the title character in the M*A*S*H spin-off Trapper John MD.
Link: EW

Jay Reatard

January 13, 2010: Jay Reatard, 29, US garage-punk musician, born Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, who recorded as a solo artist and with the bands The Reatards and Lost Sounds.
Link: MTV

Eric Rohmer

January 11, 2010: Eric Rohmer, 89, French filmmaker whose works included Le Genou de Claire (Claire's Knee) and Ma nuit chez Maud (My Night at Maud's).
Link: Tribune

Yves Rocher

December 26, 2009: Yves Rocher, 79, French cosmetics tycoon described by French President Nicolas Sarkozy as "a great French industrialist, inventor of plant-based cosmetics and pioneer of mail order retail".

Alaina Reed-Amini

December 17, 2009: Alaina Reed-Amini, 63, US stage and screen actress who starred in the TV comedy 227 and as Olivia Robinson in Sesame Street. She had breast cancer.
Links: CNN

Bobby Robson

July 30, 2009: Bobby Robson, British football great.
Links: Guardian

John Ryan

July 22, 2009: John Ryan, 88, British cartoonist whose most famous creation was Captain Pugwash. After appearing in the Eagle and Radio Times, it became a hugely popular BBC TV series.
Links: Times

Beverly Roberts

July 13, 2009: Beverly Roberts, 95, US actress and big-band singer who starred opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1930s.
Links: BBC

Natasha Richardson

March 18, 2009: Natasha Richardson, 45, British stage and screen actress, from a skiing accident in Canada. A member of a distinguished acting dynasty, Richardson was the daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and was married to Irish actor Liam Neeson. She starred in the films Nell, The Parent Trap, The Handmaid's Tale and Zelda, and was an award-winning stage star.
Links: BBC, CNN

Wendy Richard

February 25, 2009: Wendy Richard, 65, British actress, of cancer. A model in the 1960s, she was best known as matriarch Pauline Fowler in TV soap opera EastEnders and the sexy Miss Brahms in the 1970s sitcom Are You Being Served? She also appeared in two Carry On films and was in a scene of the Beatles film Help! that didn't make the final cut. She married her fourth husband John Burns in October last year after her diagnosis.
Links: Times; BBC

Majel Barrett Roddenberry

December 18, 2008: Majel Barrett Roddenberry, 76, US actress who played Nurse Christine Chapel on Star Trek and married series creator Gene Roddenberry.
Links: Daily Telegraph

Estelle Reiner

October 26, 2008: Estelle Reiner, 92, American actress who became famous for the one line - "I'll have what she's having" - in When Harry Met Sally. Also a painter and jazz singer, she was the wife of Carl Reiner and mother of Rob Reiner.
Links: CNN

Nick Reynolds

October 1, 2008: Nick Reynolds, 75, American folk musician who co-founded the Kingston Trio.
Links: CNN

Jerry Reed

September 1, 2008: Jerry Reed, 71, US singer and actor who gained fame through films including Smokey and the Bandit alongside Burt Reynolds and The Waterboy with Adam Sandler. He also won a Grammy award in 1971 for the song When You're Hot, You're Hot.
Links: CNN

Olive Riley

July 12, 2008: Olive Riley, 108, Australian woman regarded as the world's oldest blogger.
Links: news.com.au

Tim Russert

June 13, 2008: Tim Russert, 58, US political journalist and host of NBC TV's Meet the Press. He was named this year as one of Timemagazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

Irvine Robbins

May 5, 2008: Irvine Robbins, 90, American co-founder of the giant Baskin-Robbins ice-cream empire.
Links: Independent

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