By The Associated Press
2013-12-23 10:22 PM
-- Tom Clancy, 66, whose high-tech Cold War thrillers such as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games" made him the most widely read military novelist of his time, in Baltimore. No cause of death was given.
-- Abraham Nemeth, 94, the blind designer of the internationally recognized Nemeth Braille Math Code that simplified symbols for easier use in advanced science and math, in Southfield, Michigan, of congestive heart failure.
-- Bill Eppridge, 75, a photojournalist whose career included capturing images of a mortally wounded Robert F. Kennedy, in Danbury, Connecticut after a brief, undisclosed illness.
-- Vo Nguyen Giap, 102, the brilliant and ruthless military commander who led the outgunned Vietnamese to victory first over the French and then the Americans and was the last of his country's old guard revolutionaries, in Hanoi. No cause of death was given but he had been hospitalized for the past four years with various illnesses.
-- Ovadia Yosef, 93, a rabbi revered as a spiritual sage who empowered masses of disenfranchised Sephardic Jews but was viewed by secular Israelis as a medieval figure, in Jerusalem. No cause of death was given.
-- Phil Chevron, 56, the guitarist for the boisterous guitarist for the boisterous Anglo-Irish bank the Pogues, in Dublin after being treated for head and neck cancer.
-- Stanley Kauffmann, 97, the erudite critic, author and editor who reviewed movies for the New Republic for more than 50 years,wrote his own plays and fiction and helped discover such classics as "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Moviegoer," in New York of pneumonia.
-- Mark "Chopper" Read, 58, one of Australia's most notorious and colorful crime figures, in xxx. He had liver cancer.
-- Wilfried Martens, 77, who led nine Belgian governments and the European Union's Christian Democrats, in Belgium. He had heart problems.
-- Scott Carpenter, 88, the second American to orbit the Earth and one of the last surviving Mercury 7 astronauts, in Denver of complications from a September stroke.
-- Kumar Pallana, 94, an Indian character actor with small parts in movies such as "The Terminal" and "The Royal Tennebaums," in Oakland, California. No cause of death was given.
-- Eric Priebke, 100, a former Nazi SS captain who evaded capture for nearly 50 years after taking part in one of the worst atrocities by German occupiers in Italy during World War II, in Rome. No cause of death was given.
-- Wadih Safi, 92, the Lebanese singer and composer whose strong clear voice propelled him to fame throughout the Arab World, in Lebanon. No cause of death was given.
-- William H. Sullivan, a veteran diplomat who oversaw the"secret war" in Laos, aided in negotiations to end U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and was the last U.S. ambassador to Iran, in Washington. No cause of death was given.
-- Oscar Hijuelos, 62, a Cuban-American novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1989 novel "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" and whose works often captured the loss and triumphs of Cuban immigrant experience, in New York of a heart attack.
-- Takashi Yanase, 94, creator of one of Japan's beloved cartoon characters, Anpanman, in Tokyo of heart failure after two months of treatment for liver cancer.
-- Maxine Powell, 98, who was responsible for developing the charm, grace and style of Motown Records' stars during the Detroit record label's heyday in the 1960s, in Southfield, Michigan, of natural causes.
-- Hans Riegel, 90, who turned little gold bears into a global candy juggernaut -- Haribo's gummi bears -- over a career than spanned seven decades, in Bonn, Germany, of a heart attack after an operation for a benign brain tumor.
-- Ed Lautner, 74, a veteran character actor whose long, angular face and stern bearing, made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows in a career that stretched across five decades, in Los Angeles, of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer.
-- Sein Win, 91, a renowned journalist in Myanmar who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison as he chronicled his country's turbulent history, in Yangon where he had been treated for several illnesses.
-- Antonia Brenner, 86, an American nun raised in California who abandoned a life of privilege to live in a notorious Mexican prison, in Tijuana. She had a weak heart and myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular condition.
-- Tom Foley, 84, the courtly former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives where he served 30 years and former ambassador to Japan, in Washington of complications from a stroke.
-- Noel Harrison 79 a British actor and musician who sang the award-winning ballad "Windmills of Your Mind," in Devon, England of a heart attack.
-- William C. Lowe, 72, a former IBM executive credited with helping bring the personal computer to the masses, in Lake Forest, Illinois, of a heart attack.
-- Jovanka Broz, 88, who was married to Yugoslav dictator Josip Broz Tito for nearly 30 years but lived in isolation as the federation he built broke apart, in Belgrade of heart failure.
-- Lawrence R. Klein, 93, a Nobel Prize winner in economics who developed computer-based models that help governments predict the future and act accordingly, in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania. No cause of death was given.
-- Francisco Mayoral, 72, a noted defender of Mexico's gray whales and one of the country's earliest and most experienced whale-watching guides, in Mexico's Baja California peninsula of a stroke.
-- Anthony Caro, a British sculptor whose industrial yet playful metal creations helped abstract sculpture gain global acclaim, in London of a heart attack.
-- Mannna Dey, 94, a famed playback singer who recorded nearly 4,00 songs and can be heard in scores of Bollywood films, in Bangalore, of cardiac arrest.
-- Manolo Escobar, 82, a singer whose "Y Viva Espana" became a best-selling single during Spain's transition from dictatorship to democracy in the mid-1970s, in Benidorm. No cause of death was given.
-- Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, 100, Thailand's Supreme Patriarch who headed the country's order of Buddhist monks for more than two decades ,in Bangkok after a long, unspecified illness.
-- Augusto Odone, 80, a former World Bank economist who defied skeptical scientists to invent a treatment to try to save the life of his little boy wasting away from a neurological disease and give hope to other children afflicted with the same genetic defect, in Aqui Terme, Italy of organ failure precipitated by a lung infection.
-- Anthony C.Danto, 89, a provocative and influential philosopher and critic who championed Andy Warhol and other avant-garde artists and upended the study of art history by declaring the history of art is over, in New York of heart failure.
-- Antonia Bird, 54, a British director known for such films as "Face, "Priest" and "Mad Love," in London of anaplastic thyroid cancer.
-- Tony Brevett, in his 60s, a Jamaican who launched the popular rocksteady band the Melodians, in Miami of cancer.
-- Lou Reed, 71, who radically challenged rock's founding promise of good times and public celebration as leader of the Velvet Underground and a solo artist and was a founder of indie rock, in Southampton, New York, of an ailment related to a liver transplant.
-- Tadeusz Mazowiechi,86, a pro-democracy writer and intellectual who became a force in Poland after joining striking workers at a shipyard in Gdansk who founded the solidarity movement and went on to became the nation's first post-communist prime minister, in Warsaw after being hospitalized with a high fever.
-- Srdja Popovic, 75, a prominent Serbian lawyer and advocate of democracy and human rights during the communist era and rule of strongman Slobodan Milosevic, in Belgrade. No cause of death was given.
-- Anca Petrescu, 64, the architect of Bucharest's "Palace of the People," a massive government structure that has been described as a huge Stalinist wedding cake, in Bucharest. She had been in a coma since a September car accident.
-- Michael Palmer, 71, a physician and best-selling suspense author whose "Extreme Measures " was adapted into a 1966 film starring Hugh Grant and Gene Hackman, in New York of complications from a stroke and heart attack. The place where he died was not specified.