A chronology of those who died in 2014
The Associated Press
Jan. 01, 2015
— Chun Eun-yong, 91, an ex-policeman whose half-century quest for justice for his two slain children led the U.S. Army in 2001 to acknowledge the Korean War refugee massacre at No Gun Ri, in South Korea.
— Charles T. Payne, 89, a World War II veteran who helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp and great uncle of President Barack Obama who was briefly in the public eye during his nephew's first presidential bid, in Chicago of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
— Billie Letts, 76, a novelist whose works included "Where the Heart Is" that was turned into a movie, in Oklahoma.
— Dorothy Salisbury Davis, 98, a prize-winning mystery writer whose books include the best seller "A Gentle Murder" and numerous other works praised for their psychological suspense, in Palisades, New York.
— James Brady, 73, the affable, witty press secretary who survived a devastating head wound in the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan and undertook a personal campaign for gun control, in Alexandria, Virginia.
— Harold J. Greene, 55, the two-star Army major general who became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to be killed in either of America's post-Sept. 11 wars, near Kabul by a gunman believed to be an Afghan soldier.
— Marilyn Burns, 65, an actress best known as the heroine of the 1974 horror classic "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," in Houston.
— Jesse Steinfeld, 87, who became the first U.S. surgeon general ever forced out of office by the president after he campaigned hard against the dangers of smoking during the 1970s Richard Nixon era, in Pomona, California, after suffering a stroke.
— Richard Marowitz, 88, a World War II veteran who found Hitler's top hat and brought it home with him, in Albany, New York. He had been battling cancer and dementia.
— Henry Stone, 93, a fixture on the R&B and disco scene who was instrumental in the careers of Ray Charles, James Brown and KC & the Sunshine Band, in the Miami area.
— Menachem Golam, 85, a veteran Israeli filmmaker who built an empire on the backs of brawny men beating others senseless in a host of 1980s action films, in Tel Aviv.
— Charles Keating, 72, a British-born Shakespearean actor who was amused by the fame that came with being an American soap opera star on "Another World" and also appeared in many films and television programs, in Connecticut. He had been battling lung cancer.
— Kevin Ward Jr., 20, who died of blunt force trauma when he was hit by a car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart during a dirt-track race in upstate New York.
— Robin Williams, 63, a brilliant shape-shifter who could channel his frenetic energy into delightful comic characters like "Mrs. Doubtfire" or harness it into richly nuanced work like his Oscar-winning turn in "Good Will Hunting," in California, of an apparent suicide.
— Vladimir Beara, 85, one of soccer's greatest goalkeepers who led Yugoslavia to the silver medal at the 1952 Olympics.
— Lauren Bacall, 89, the slinky, sultry-voiced actress who created on-screen magic with Humphrey Bogart in "To Have and Have Not" and "The Big Sleep" and off-screen magic in one of Hollywood's most storied marriages, in New York.
— Emigdio Vazquez, 75. whose bold use of color and uncanny ability to capture everyday people in dramatic moments that made him one of the most influential pioneers of the Chicano art movement, in Newport Beach, California, of pneumonia.
— Simone Camilli, 35, an Associated Press video journalist who was killed in the Gaza Strip when leftover ordnance exploded.
— Jay Adams, 53, the colorful California rebel who helped transform skateboarding from a simple street pastime into one of the world's most spectacular sports, in Mexico, of a heart attack.
— Peter Scholl-Latour, 90, whose reporting from far-flung places made him postwar Germany's most famous foreign correspondent, in Rhoendorf, Germany.
— Don Pardo, 96, a durable radio and television announcer whose booming baritone became as much a part of the U.S. cultural landscape as the shows and products he touted, in Arizona.
— Hashim Khan, 100, one of the greatest squash players of all time, who launched Pakistan to squash supremacy, winning seven British Open titles, including his first in 1951 at an age when most players retire.
— Simin Behbahani, 87, a famed Iranian poet who wrote of the joys of love, demanded equal rights for women and spoke out about the problems of people living in her homeland, in Tehran of heart failure and breathing problems.
— Dinu Patriciu, 64, an emblematic politician from Romania's post-communist years whose later career as an oil tycoon was marred by scandal, in London of a lung infection. He had been treated for cancer and liver disease.
— B.K.S. Iyengar, 95, an Indian yoga guru who helped popularize the discipline around the world and wrote 14 books on the subject, in Pune, India where he had been hospitalized for a kidney ailment.
— James Bennett, 76, a Jamaican folk musician nicknamed "Powda" who played a rollicking genre of traditional dance music with the long-running Jolly Boys, in Kingston, of respiratory problems.
— Albert Reynolds, 81, the risk-taking Irish prime minister who played a key role in delivering peace to Northern Ireland but struggled to keep his own government intact, in Dublin, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
— Edmund Skoza, 86, an American cardinal who served as governor and financial administrator of the Vatican and was a confidant of St. John Paul II, in Michigan.
— Stephen R. Nagel, 67, a former astronaut who flew on four space shuttle flights, in Missouri, of cancer.
— Robert Hansen, 75, the convicted Alaska serial killer who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the 1970s.
— Philippine de Rothschild, 80, an energetic and self-certain grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards owned by the family dynasty, in Paris, "from the effects of a serious operation."
— Richard Attenborough, 90, a lord and Oscar-winning director for the much lauded "Gandhi" and an unflagging pillar of British cinema, in London.
— Enrique Zileri, 83, who as director of Peru's leading newsmagazine defied despotism and battled corruption with stubborn independence, in Lima of complications from throat cancer.
— Willia Greaves, 87, an award-winning co-host and executive producer of a groundbreaking U.S. television news program and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, in New York.
— Valeri Petrov, 94, Bulgaria's most prominent, contemporary poet who translated the complete works of Shakespeare, in Sofia after a stroke.
— Ahmed Seif, 63, one of Egypt's most prominent civil rights lawyers and campaigners, in Cairo of complications from heart surgery.
— Glenn Cornick, 67, the original bass player in the rock band Jethro Tull, in Hawaii, of congestive heart failure.
— John A. Walker Jr., 77, a former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union.
— Manuel Pertegaz, 96, one of Spain's most admired fashion designers who dressed Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy and Ava Gardner, in Barcelona.
— Joseph Persico, 84, a best-selling author, historian and speech writer for then-New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, in Albany, New York.
— Stefan Andrei, 83, a foreign minister under communism who decreased Romania's dependence on the Soviet Union, in Bucharest.