By The Associated Press
2013-12-31 11:01 PM
-- Editta Sherman, 101, a photographer of celebrities known as the "Duchess of Carnegie Hall" while living in a studio over the famed auditorium for six decades, in New York. No cause of death was given.
-- Chana Mlotek 91, a noted archivist of Yiddish music and an impressive collector of Yiddish songs from the shtels of Europe, in New York of cancer.
George Magovern, 89, a cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered artificial heart valves, in Pittsburgh. No cause of death was given.
-- Charlie Trotter, 54, who changed the way Americans view fine dining, pushing himself, his staff, his food and even his diners to limits rarely seen in an American restaurant, in Chicago. No cause of death was given.
-- Manfred Rommel 84, the longtime mayor of Stuttgart and only son of Germany's most famous World War II military commander, in Stuttgart of unspecified causes.
-- Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, 91, the once-feared boss of Mexico's powerful oil workers' union, in Tampico. He had been hospitalized with stomach problems.
-- John Tavener 69, a British composer whose career was boosted with help from the Beatles and who often is remembered for the elegiac song performed as Princess Diana's coffin was carried out of Westminster Abbey, in Child Okeford, England. No cause of death was given.
-- William Weaver, 90, one of the world's most honored and widely read translator who helped introduce English language readers to the works of Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and many other Italian writers, in Rhinebeck, New York. He had been in ill health for years after suffering a stroke.
Al Rusico , 89, a veteran character actor who appeared in countless films, television and stage productions across half a century, in Encino, California. No cause of death was given but he had been in declining health.
-- Glafcos Clerides, 94, the former president who guided Cyprus into European Union membership and who dedicated most of his 50 years in politics to trying to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island, in Nicosia. No cause of death was given.
-- Barbara Park, 66, a former class clown who channeled her irreverence into the million-selling mishaps of grade schooler Junie B. Jones, in Scottsdale, Arizona, of ovarian cancer.
-- Doris Lessing 94, an independent and often irascible author who won the Nobel Prize in 2007, in London. No cause of death was given.
-- Frederick Sanger, 95, a British biochemist who twice won the Nobel Prize in chemistry and was a pioneer in genome sequencing, in Cambridge, England. No cause of death was given.
-- Diane Disney Miller,79, daughter of Walt Disney and one of his inspirations for building the Disneyland theme park, in Napa, California of complications from a fall.
-- Fred Kavli, 86, a philanthropist, physicist and entrepreneur who launched a foundation to support science and award scientists prizes of $1 million, in Santa Barbara, California. No cause of death was given.
-- Aldo Coppola, 73, a Milan hair stylist who helped merge hair styling with fashion, in Milan of an undisclosed illness.
-- Georges Lautner, 87, a director whose films from the 1960s,1970s and 1980s are part of the French canon and still adored in Paris. No cause of death was given.
Neither the place nor the cause of death were announced.
-- Foreststorn "Chico" Hamilton, an influential jazz drummer and bandleader who was an architect of the West Coast cool jazz style and was known for his discovering of young talent, in New York of natural causes.
-- Jane Kean, 90, who starred in musicals and films but was best known as Trixie alongside Jackie Gleason on the American TV revival of "The Honeymooners, in Burbank, California, after a fall that led to a hemorrhagic stroke.
-- Ye Htut, 91, the last of the "Thirty Comrades," the group that spearheaded Myanmar's struggle against British colonial rule, in Yangon of health problems related to old age.
-- Colin Eglin, 88, a retired South African politician who opposed apartheid, sought to promote liberal democratic values and helped draft the country's post-apartheid constitution, in Cape Town. No cause of death was given.
-- Paul Crouch, 79, an American televangelist who built what has been called the world's largest Christian broadcasting network, in Orange, California, after a decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease.
-- Paul Walker, 40, star of the "Fast and Furious" movie series, in north Los Angeles in a car crash.