September 12, 2014: Ian Paisley, 88, former first minister of Northern Ireland and longtime leader of the pro-British Democratic Unionist Party.
March 14, 2014: Tony Benn, 88, British politician who renounced his peerage and became a champion of the Left of the Labour Party.
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.
December 5, 2013: Nelson Mandela: South African president, and former opposition leader who helped bring down a racist regime in south Africa.
April 8, 2013: Margaret Thatcher, 87, former British prime minster who became Baroness Thatcher. Known as the "Iron Lady", she led the Conservative Party from 1975 and was prime minister from 1979 to 1990.
December 27, 2012: Norman Schwarzkopf, 78, US general who was Commander of Central Command, and led coalition forces in the Gulf War.
March 18, 2012: George Tupou V, 63, the King of Tonga. Ruler of the Pacific island nation since 2006, he introduced democratic reforms. He died in hospital in Hong Kong.
March 17, 2012: Margaret Whitlam, 92, Australian "living treasure", social-justice campaigner, arts patron, journalist, champion swimmer and former First Lady. She married Gough Whitlam in 1942 and was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia in 1983.
December 18, 2011: Václav Havel, 75, Czech poet and playwright who became president of the Czech Republic in 1993 after the separation of Czechoslovakia.
July 4, 2011: Otto von Habsbur, 98, former Archduke of Austria and Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary.
March 26, 2011: Geraldine Ferraro, 75, former Democratic party member of Congress who became the first woman to run for vice president of the US.
March 18, 2011: Warren Christopher, 85, long-serving US diplomat who was Secretary of State in Bill Clinton's first presidential term.
June 28, 2010 Robert Byrd, 92, longest-serving US senator, in office for 51 years. A Democrat, he was briefly a member of the Ku Klux Klan and he joined Southern Democrats in an unsuccessful filibuster against the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
April 20, 2010: Dr Dorothy Height, 98, pioneering US civil rights activist. President Barack Obama described her as "the godmother of the civil rights movement" and a hero to Americans.
April 15, 2010: Benjamin L. Hooks, 85, former longtime head of the US National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
April 3, 2010: Eugene Terre'Blanche, 79, leader of the South African white supremacist group, the Afrikaner Resistance Movement.
April 2, 2010: Lady (Sonia) McMahon, 77, widow of former Australian prime minister Sir William McMahon, and prominent socialite, of cancer.
March 3, 2010: Michael Foot, 96, former British Labour party leader. He was first elected to Parliament in 1945 and led the party from 1980-83.
March 2, 2010: Winston Churchill, 69, British journalist and Conservative MP, the grandson and namesake of the World War II prime minister.
February 20, 2010: Alesander Haig, 85, US Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan.
February 10, 2010: Charlie Wilson, 76, former Texas congressman whose funding of Afghanistan's resistance to the USSR was chronicled in the Tom Hanks film Charlie Wilson's War.
August 25, 2009: Edward Kennedy, 77, US Senator and brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy, of a brain tumour. A key Democrat who pushed important legislation, his presidential ambiitons were thwarted when, in 1969, he drove a car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick. His passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, died.
July 31, 2009: Corazon Aquino, 76, former President of Philippines who led a "people power" revolution that replaced dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
December 18, 2008: Mark Felt, 95, White House official, codenamed "Deep Throat", who blew the whistle to reporter Bob Woodward on US president Richard Nixon's dirty tricks in the Watergate affair.
May 21, 2008: Brian Keenan, 66, Irish republican and guerrilla strategist, of cancer.
December 22, 2007: Sir Charles Court, 97, former premier of Western Australia, and father of former WA premier Richard Court.