Charles L. Burns - U.S. Table Tennis HOF inductee who was Michigan's state champion 18 times died of heart failure at age 85.
Kirk Kilgore - All-American volleyball player at UCLA who was left a quadriplegic from a neck injury and who later became a motivational speaker for whom the movie "The Kirk Kilgore Story" is based died of pneumonia at age 54.
Joe Roach - Miami-area golfer who was a three-time Negro national champion from 1953-55 (when golf was segregated) died at age 84.
Dave Sorenson - Center on the 1968 Ohio State basketball team that reached the Final Four and who later played in the NBA died of cancer at age 54.
Art and Literature
Sid Avery - Iconic Hollywood photographer from the 50's and 60's whose photos included famous shots of Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor died of cancer at age 81.
Bernardas Brazdzionis - Lithuanian-American poet who emigrated to the U.S. in 1949 whose poetry often focused on the plight of his homeland under communist rule died at age 95.
Burlon Craig - Potter who helped revive and renew interest in the Catawba Valley tradition of pottery-making and whose works are on display in the Smithsonian died at the age of 88.
Erik Dietman - Swedish-born sculptor whose most famous work was a sculpture of three chairs, each with a leg cut off and supported by a live cactus, died of cancer at age 65.
John Heagen Eames - Artist known for his etchings and prints who was still active until his death was killed in a car accident on May 10 at age 101.
Kenneth Koch - Poet known for his long association with the New York School of poetry, whose poetry was more action-oriented rather than confessional, died of leukemia at age 77.
Rose Nix Leo - Journalist who wrote newspaper articles in Elk County Kansas for 91 years including the column "Rose's Last Scrap" until she was 105 died from complications of a fall at 108.
Michael McLaughlin - Chef and author of several notable cookbooks including "Silver Palate Cookbook" and "The Jimtown Store Cookbook" died of unknown causes at age 53.
Tim McLaurin - Novelist with a devoted following who was once a snake-handling marine known for novels like "Woodrow's Trumpet" and "Cured By Fire" died of cancer at age 48.
Joanne Williamson - Author whose religious-themed historical novels have recently become popular with Christian home-schoolers (30 years after she quit writing) and who had recently published several new novels died at age 77.
Politics and Social
Greta Blanco Caride - Girl who came to the U.S. from Cuba as an 8-year old weighing 26 lbs for a kidney transplant after a long fight for permission from both U.S. and Cuban officials died of kidney failure at age 17.
Samuel "Little Sammy" Corsaro - Mobster known for his 5'5" height and long association with mob kingpin John Gotti was found dead at the bottom of the stairs in his home at age 59.
Joachim Egon Fuerst zu Fuerstenberg - German nobleman best known for having a famous name in Germany and making world obituary columns died at age 79.
Clarence Lightner - The first and only black mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina died at age 80.
Carlton Reese - Civil rights activist and director of the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights Choir died from an aneurysm at age 60.
Coval Russell - California’s oldest inmate who was released from prison less than two weeks ago despite his pleas to stay in prison jumped to his death at age 92.
Winnifred Vera Quick Van Tongerloo - One of only 4 remaining survivors from the Titanic died at age 98.
Paul Voinovich - Brother of Ohio Senator George Voinovich who had been at the center of corruption investigations in his contracting business dealings died of a stroke at age 59.
John Wallach - Former Middle Eastern news correspondent who left the business to start the Seeds of Peace organization, a camp in the U.S. for Arab and Israeli teenagers to meet their “enemies”, died of lung cancer at age 59.
Count Jan Zamoyski - The 16th master of Zamosc, once Polands biggest landowner, who lost everything to the Nazis in WW2 but rose from the ashes after years of imprisonment to serve in the Polish Senate died at the age of 90.
Business and Science
Dhirajlal Hirachand Ambani - Indian billionaire (138th richest in world) and businessman who owned Reliance Industries and Reliance Petroleum died after a heart attack at age 69.
Rod Beaton - Former UPI president who lead the news service through change and technological innovation died of heart failure at age 79.
Christian Bizot - Patriarch of the Bollinger French Champaign house died of a heart attack at age 73.
W. Maxwell Cowan - Neurobiologist and a former vice president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute which played a role in advances in research on cancer, heart disease and muscular dystrophy died of prostate cancer at age 70.
Grant Cunningham - Songwriter and VP of A&R at Sparrow Records who developed the Christian groups Avalon and Jump5 died from a head injury received playing soccer at age 37.
Richard Gerstenberg - CEO of General Motors from 1972 to 1974 during the time when rising gas prices hurt the sales of GM's big cars died at age 92.
Gene Kan - A pioneer in the music swapping community who developed the Unix verions of Gnutella and the Infrasearch search engine which was later sold to Sun Microsystems died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at age 25.
Kenneth MacKenzie - Physicist who helped discover the element astatine and worked on the atomic bomb under Earnest O. Lawrence as a student at UCLA (like who hasn't built an atomic bomb as part of their college education) died after a stroke at age 90.
Herb McDonald - Former director of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and casino promoter at several hotels who is credited with the idea of the cheap all-you-can-eat buffets to bring in gamblers died at age 83.
Morris Pynoos - Engineer who invented the nail gun, first used in building Howard Hughes’s Spruce Goose died at age 84.
William B. Ruger - Founder of Sturm, Ruger and Co., one of the largest makers of firearms in the U.S. died at age 86.
Laurent Schwartz - Esteemed French mathematician who developed the theory of distribution and won the Fields Medal in 1950 died at the age of 87.
Dorle Soria - Opera and classical music record executive and author who co-founded Angel Records with her husband died at age 101.
Dr. Monroe E. Wall - Co-discoverer of the anti-cancer drug Taxol died of heart and kidney problems at age 85.
Dr. Paul Weiss - Prominent metaphysician and author who taught until he was in his 90's, published a book last year and was working on another book died of a heart ailment at age 101.