Haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the fashion industry with his extravagant outfits and striking catwalks, died February 19 aged 85.
U.S. author Toni Morrison, whose 1987 novel "Beloved" about a runaway slave won a Pulitzer Prize and contributed to a body of work that made her the first black woman to be presented the Nobel Prize in Literature, died on August 5 at the age of 88.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself "caliph" of all Muslims as the leader of Islamic State, died October 26 in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria.
Lee Radziwill (pictured 2nd R with daughter Anna Christina Radziwill), the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (L) who was witness to history in the "Camelot" White House, married a prince and counted Andy Warhol, Truman Capote and Rudolf
Two-time Oscar nominee Peter Fonda, who became a counterculture icon when he co-wrote, produced and starred in seminal 1969 road movie "Easy Rider," died on August 16 at age 79.
Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who brought boyish vulnerability to Big Bird during 50 years on the groundbreaking children's television show "Sesame Street" and even made garbage-loving Oscar the Grouch loveable, died December 8 at the age of 85.
Actor Luke Perry, who rose to superstardom on the teen-oriented 1990s U.S. television drama "Beverly Hills 90210" and then aged into a fatherly role on comic-based "Riverdale," died March 4 at the age of 52 after suffering a stroke a week earlier.
Actress Doris Day, who became one of the greatest box-office attractions of her time as the cheery, freckle-faced personification of wholesomeness, died May 13 at the age of 97.
Former President Jacques Chirac, a political chameleon who dominated French politics for decades and strived to make France's voice heard in Europe and beyond, died September 26 at the age of 86.
Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe was feted as an African liberation hero and champion of racial reconciliation when he first came to power in a nation divided by nearly a century of white colonial rule.
Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead August 10 after hanging himself in the New York jail cell where he was being held without bail on sex-trafficking charges.
Former Chinese Premier Li Peng, reviled by rights activists and many in the Chinese capital as the "Butcher of Beijing" for his role in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests, died on July 22 at the age of 90.
Former Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court who later became an outspoken leader of the liberal wing as the court moved to the right, died July 16 at age 99.
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, the first democratically elected head of state in Egypt's modern history, died June 17 at the age of 67 after collapsing in a Cairo court while on trial on espionage charges.
Carol Channing, who won over audiences with a giddy, guileless charm in trademark roles in Broadway's "Hello Dolly" and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," died January 15 at the age of 97, according to her publicist.
British-born actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca the Wookiee, the loyal, furry companion of space buccaneer Han Solo in five of the "Star Wars" movies, died on April 30 at age 74.
Legendary Cuban ballerina Alicia Alonso, who achieved global acclaim in the 1940s and went on to run the internationally renowned National Ballet of Cuba for decades, died October 17 at age 98, state-run media said.
H. Ross Perot, the feisty Texas technology billionaire who rattled U.S. politics with two independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s that struck a chord with disgruntled voters, died July 9 at the age of 89.
Lee Iacocca, the charismatic U.S. auto industry executive who gave America the Ford Mustang and was celebrated for saving Chrysler from going out of business, died July 2 at the age of 94.
Billionaire industrialist David Koch, a driving force behind conglomerate Koch Industries who as one of the world's richest people became a major financier of conservative causes and political candidates, died August 23 at age 79.
T. Boone Pickens, a celebrated corporate raider and energy industry magnate who made an empire out of an initial $2,500 investment, died September 11 at age 91.
Gloria Vanderbilt, the "poor little rich girl" who lived a life at the highest levels of fashion, society and wealth as an heir to one of the greatest family fortunes in U.S. history, died June 17 at the age of 95.
Agnes Varda, the Belgian-born grande dame of French cinema and an influential force behind the New Wave movement, died on March 29 at age 90.
Actress Valerie Harper, who won four Emmy awards playing budding feminist Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic 1970s TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and her own spinoff sitcom, died August 30 at the age of 80.
The fast-rising young rapper Juice Wrld died on December 8 at the age of 21 shortly after suffering a seizure at Chicago's Midway Airport, Variety reported. Jarad A.
William Ruckelshaus, picked by Richard Nixon as the first head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as deputy attorney general before being fired for defying the president in the Watergate scandal, died November 27 at the age of 87.
Jim Leavelle, the Dallas police detective who handcuffed himself to Lee Harvey Oswald in a vain attempt to protect him two days after Oswald had assassinated President John Kennedy, died August 29 at age 99.
Diahann Carroll, a versatile singer and stage actress who quietly blazed a trail for black women on American television in the late 1960s by playing a widowed nurse and single mother in "Julia," died October 4 at age 84.
Keith Flint, the Prodigy lead singer who captured the hedonistic spirit of 1990s British rave culture, was found dead March 4 aged 49 in what the band's founder described as a suicide.
Emmy winner Rip Torn, whose tempestuous nature made him a compelling character actor on the screen and stage but sometimes caused him trouble on the set and in private life, died July 9 at the age of 88.
John Singleton, who made his movie directorial debut with the acclaimed "Boyz n the Hood" about young men struggling in a gang-ridden Los Angeles neighborhood, died April 29 at the age of 51.
Three-times Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, regarded as one of the finest racers of all time and who later became a successful airline entrepreneur, died at age 70 on May 20.
K-pop singer Koo Hara, a former member of top South Korean girl group Kara, was found dead in her home on November 24 at the age of 28. Police said they found a handwritten note despairing about her life.
British rock music drummer Ginger Baker, a co-founder of the 1960s supergroup Cream with bass player Jack Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton, died October 6 aged 80.
Bob Einstein, an offbeat comedian and writer whose career stretched from "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" to "Curb Your Enthusiasm," died January 2 at age 76.
Dr. John, a six-time Grammy winner who in his incarnation as the "Night Tripper" brought the New Orleans voodoo vibe to America's music scene and became one of the most venerated pianists in the city's rich musical history, died on June 6 at age 77.
Bill Buckner, the 1980 National League batting champion who registered more than 2,700 hits during a career that touched four decades, died May 27 at age 69.
Paul Volcker, the towering former Federal Reserve chairman who tamed U.S. inflation in the 1980s and decades later inspired tough Wall Street reforms in the wake of the global financial crisis, died December 9 at the age of 92.
John Conyers, a liberal Democrat who was the longest-serving African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving for more than half a century, died October 27 at the age of 90.
NuonChea, the chief ideologist and 'Brother Number Two' of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge, whose brutal rule in the 1970s led to the deaths of some 2 million people, died August 4 at the age of 93. A U.N.
Robert Morgenthau, who became the scourge of New York's white-collar criminals over three decades as the longest-serving Manhattan district attorney, died July 21 at the age of 99.
Ric Ocasek, the idiosyncratic lead singer and chief songwriter of the 1970s and 80s hook-heavy hitmakers The Cars, died September 15 at the age of 75. Ocasek met bass player and future band mate Benjamin Orr after moving to Cleveland for high school.
Emmy-winning actor Tim Conway, who brought an endearing, free-wheeling goofiness to skits on "The Carol Burnett Show" that cracked up his castmates as well as the audience, died May 14 at the age of 85.
American opera singer Jessye Norman died September 30 at the age of 74. Norman, a soprano, was born in the state of Georgia and spent much of her early career in Europe before making her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1983.
Hall of Famer and trailblazing baseball legend Frank Robinson passed away February 7 at the age of 83. Robinson ranks 10th in baseball history with 586 career homers and won MVP awards in both the National and American Leagues.
British actor Albert Finney, who rose to fame on a post-war wave of gritty, working-class dramas and became an Oscar-nominated international star, died February 7 at the age of 82.
Indonesia's former president B.J. Habibie, who came to power as the nation endured a turbulent transition to democracy after former strongman Suharto stepped down in 1998, died September 11 at the age of 83.