PARIS - From Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Robin Williams, here are some of the notable figures who died in the year just ending:
- 11: Former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon, 85, in a hospital near Tel Aviv after eight years in a coma.
- 20: Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, 80, in Bologna, after a long illness.
- 27: US folk singer Pete Seeger, 94, at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
- 28: Oscar-winning Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, 83, after a sudden illness.
- 2: Oscar-winning US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, 46, in his New York apartment of a drug overdose.
- 10: Shirley Temple Black, the iconic American child star of the 1930s, 85, in her California home.
- 25: Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, 66, in Mexico of a heart attack.
- 8: Belgian avant-garde opera director Gerard Mortier, 70, at home in Brussels after battling cancer.
- 13: Sierra Leone's former wartime president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, 82, at his Freetown home.
- 6: Veteran US actor Mickey Rooney, 93, after a long illness.
- 7: Peaches Geldof, the socialite daughter of Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, at her home in Britain, 25, of a heroin overdose.
- 17: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author, 87, at home in Mexico City.
- 21: Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition, 84, in a hospital in Yangon.
- 29: British actor Bob Hoskins, 71, in hospital following a bout of pneumonia.
- 25: General Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland's last communist leader, 90, in a Warsaw hospital.
- 28: Celebrated African-American author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou in her home in North Carolina, 86.
- 7: Alfredo Di Stefano, the Real Madrid legend regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, aged 88.
- 7: Former Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze, 86, who helped end the Cold War as the Soviet Union's last foreign minister after a long illness.
- 11: Tommy Ramone, born Tamas Erdelyi in Budapest and the last original member of punk band The Ramones, of cancer in New York at the age of 65.
- 13: US conductor and composer Lorin Maazel, 84, at his Virginia home from pneumonia.
- 13: South African Nobel Prize-winning writer and anti-apartheid activist Nadine Gordimer, 90, at home in Johannesburg.
- 16: US blues legend Johnny Winter, 70, in a hotel near Zurich.
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