Don Knotts, 81 -- Actor who won five Emmys for his role as Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show."
Darren McGavin, 83 -- Actor.
Curt Gowdy, 86 -- Sportscaster who called seven Super Bowls, 10 World Series and seven Olympics.
Eli Segal, 63 -- Aide to President Clinton who helped create the national service program Americorps.
"It is about getting things done, closing crack houses, immunizing babies, building block associations."
Peter Benchley, 65 -- Author of "Jaws," who also wrote screenplay for the hit movie.
Edna Lewis, 89 -- Chef whose cookbooks helped launch a revival of Southern cuisine.
Dave Tatsuno, 92 -- Amateur filmmaker whose rare footage of the Japanese-American internment camps of WWII resides in the Library of Congress.
"I could've gone to camp and said, 'Oh, they kicked us around, they kicked us out of our house.' It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness."
Myron Waldman, 97 -- Animator who drew Betty Boop, Casper, Popeye and the original Superman cartoon series.
Norman Shumway, 83 -- Heart surgeon who performed the first successful heart transplant in the United States.
Reuven Frank, 85 -- Pioneering television news producer who paired two anchors together for NBC's "The Huntley-Brinkley Report."
Betty Friedan, 85 -- Her 1963 book, "The Feminine Mystique," laid the groundwork for the modern feminist movement.
"Every chapter I finished, I think, 'Am I crazy because it so went against what everybody believed about women?' And yet I knew my truth, and I knew the truth of the women I was listening to."
Coretta Scott King, 78 -- Civil rights icon who fought alongside her husband, the Rev. Martin Luther King, and continued to fight for social justice after his death.
"Now is the time to put an end to poverty, and hunger, and racism, and bigotry, war and militarism."
Wendy Wasserstein, 55 -- Playwright whose Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "The Heidi Chronicles," explored the struggles of modern women.
Fayard Nicholas, 91 -- Nicholas was half of the tap-dancing duo, the Nicholas Brothers. Their athletic style influenced dancers like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines
Chris Penn, 40 -- An actor known for playing gritty roles during his 20-year career.
Virginia Smith, 94 -- She served as a Republican congresswoman for Nebraska from 1974 to 1991.
Wilson Pickett, 64 -- Singer who earned a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his soul hits.
Jim Gary, 66 -- Sculptor whose playful dinosaurs created from the scraps of old cars were shown in museums around the world.
"If you look at most of my things, they have smiles on their faces. If it makes you smile, that's all I am interested in."
Anthony Franciosa, 77 -- Actor who was star of stage, film and television.
Shelley Winters, 85 -- Oscar-winning actress who wrote three books about her stormy love life and legendary career.
David Rosenbaun, 63 -- Former New York Times reporter.
Heinrich Harrer, 93 -- An explorer and champion skier whose friendship with the Dalai Lama inspired the film "Seven Years in Tibet."
Lou Rawls, 72 -- Singer who started a telethon that raised almost $350 million for the United Negro College Fund.
Neil Strawser, 78 -- Former CBS News correspondent.
Barry Cowsill, 51 -- Member of the pop-singing family The Cowsills who had been missing in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.
Michael Vale, 83 -- Actor who starred in nearly 1,000 commercials -- and uttered the catch phrase, "Time to make the donuts," in ads for Dunkin' Donuts.
Rona Jaffe, 74 -- Novelist who wrote the best-selling book and hit movie, "The Best of Everything."
Vincent Schiavelli, 57 -- Actor whose distinctive face won him roles in dozens of films.