July 31, 2012: Eugene Luther Gore Vidal Jr, 86, American writer whose prodigious output inclided 25 novels, plays, screenplays and essays. While he was a respected intellectual, he was also well known in the public arena through appearances on television shows ranging from the Tonight Show to Family Guy.
May ?, 2011?: Yvette Vickers, 82, US actress and former Playboy model, best known for her film, Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman. Her death date is unknown.
November 5, 2010: Shirley Verrett, 79, US opera singer once dubbed by fans at La Scala as "the black Callas".
March 27, 2009: John Vincent, 67, Australian radio announcer, who was born in Sydney and worked around the country, especially in Adelaide where he became a star on 5KA, 5AD and SAFM.
January 27, 2009: John Updike, 76, American author, of lung cancer. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed series of novels about Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom.
January 11, 2009; David Vine, 70, veteran BBC sport reporter.
November 29, 2008: Joern Utzon, 90, Danish architect who designed the Sydney Opera House. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in the 1930s and worked for Frank Lloyd Wright.
November 16, 2008: Reg Varney, 92, British entertainer best known for his role in the popular sitcom On the Buses.
August 28, 2007: Miyoshi Umeki, 78, Japanese-American actress who won an Academy Award for the film Sayonara and later starred in the Boradway production of Flower Drum Song.
April 11, 2007: Kurt Vonnegut, 84, US writer known for his absurd and satirical works including Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle. Regarded as a key figure in 20th Century literature, he was also a supporter of many humanitarian causes. He died a few weeks after sustaining head injuries in a fall.