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Notable deaths of 2014
By Reuters -

Robin Williams, who was one of the world's most famous stand-up comedians and Oscar winner for his role in the 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting", died August 11 at age 63 of suicide. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuon

Comedian Joan Rivers, the sassy, sharp-tongued comedy legend for whom no topic or person was off-limits, died on September 4 at age 81 in hospital following an outpatient procedure at a clinic. Photo: Reuters/Molly Riley

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed New York socialites, Hollywood stars and American first ladies during a career that spanned five decades, died on October 20 at age 82 after battling cancer. Photo: Reuters/Allison Joyce

American author and poet Maya Angelou, whose groundbreaking memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" earned her international acclaim with its unflinching account of rape and racism in the segregated South, died on May 28 at age 86. Photo: Reuters/Gary Hershorn

Actress Lauren Bacall, a husky voiced stage and screen actress whose marriage to actor Humphrey Bogart was one of Tinseltown's greatest romances, died on August 12 at age 89. Photo: Reuters/Danny Moloshok

Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Nobel laureate who told stories of miraculous and supernatural events with details of everyday life, died on April 17 at age 87. Photo: Reuters/Edgard Garrido

Actor Mickey Rooney, whose Hollywood career began in childhood and spanned 80 years, died on April 6 at age 93. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Actress Shirley Temple Black, a child actress and later U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia as well as Chief of Protocol of the United States, died on February 10 at age 85. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuon

Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, the trailblazing warrior-statesman who stunned Arab foes with his dramatic battlefield turnarounds, died on January 11 aged 85, after eight years in a coma caused by a stroke. Photo: Reuters/Gil Cohen Magen

Baseball player Tony Gwynn, whose 20-season career with the San Diego Padres earned him a spot in the Hall of Fame, died June 16 at age 54 of salivary gland cancer. Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Ben Bradlee, the well-dressed, hard-driving editor who reigned over the Washington Post as the newspaper helped topple President Richard Nixon with its Watergate scandal coverage, died on October 21 at age 93 of natural causes. Photo: Reuters/Alex Gallardo

Folk musician Pete Seeger, a leading voice for social justice who helped create the modern American folk music movement with enduring songs like "If I Had a Hammer", died on January 27 at age 94 of natural causes. Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Marion Barry, known as Washington's "mayor for life" after serving four terms in office between 1979 and 1999 that were marred by scandals of womanizing, drinking and drug use, died on November 23 at age 78 due to complications from heart problems. Photo: Reuters/Micah Walter

Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, a celebrated stylist and designer known for her sleek, sexy creations worn by stars including Nicole Kidman and Amy Adams and the long-time girlfriend of Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, died on March 17 at age 49 of suicide. Photo: Reuters/Carlo Allegri

James Brady, a former U.S. presidential press secretary who became a leading gun control crusader after he was critically wounded in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died August 4 at age 73. Photo: Reuters/Larry Downing

Director Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "The Graduate" and "Carnal Knowledge," died November 19 at age 83. Photo: Reuters/Phil McCarten

Comedy actor and director Harold Ramis, best known for films such as "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day" and "Caddyshack", died on February 24 at age 69 of complications from a rare vascular disease. Photo: Reuters/Stephen Chernin

Casey Kasem, the American radio personality who counted down pop music hits on his popular weekly radio show and also lent his distinctive voice to hippie sleuth Shaggy in the "Scooby Doo" cartoons, died June 15 at age 82. Photo: Reuters/Steve Marcus

Actor James Garner, best known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking frontier gambler on "Maverick" and as an ex-con turned private eye on "The Rockford Files," died on July 19 at age 86. Photo: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, died July 13 at age 90. Photo: Reuters/Radu Sigheti

British actor Bob Hoskins, whose roles ranged from London gangsters to FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and who starred opposite a cast of cartoon characters in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", died April 29 at age 71 after a bout of pneumonia. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Actor Eli Wallach, an early practitioner of "method acting" who made a lasting impression as the scuzzy bandit Tuco in the film "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," died June 24 at age 98. Photo: Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Legendary stage and screen actress Ruby Dee, who won acclaim in theater, film and television and became a notable figure in the U.S. civil rights movement, died June 11 at age 91. Photo: Reuters/Stephen Chernin

Former U.S. Representative James Traficant of Ohio, a brash, eccentric former sheriff known for his bombastic speeches who later went to prison for corruption, died September 27 at age 73, after a tractor rolled over and pinned him underneath at his home in Ohio. Photo: Reuters/Win McNamee