1 Don Larsen, 90 / New York Yankee who in 1956 pitched the only perfect game in World Series history.
1 David Stern, 77 / A long-serving NBA commissioner, he saw the league add seven teams, inaugurate the WNBA, and begin a development league.
3 Ken Fuson, 53 / A journalist with the Des Moines Register and Baltimore Sun, he struggled with a gambling addiction that nearly destroyed him and wrote in a self-penned obituary, “Skepticism may be cool, and for too many years Ken embraced it, but it was faith in Jesus Christ that transformed his life. That was the one thing he never regretted. It changed everything.”
3 Qasem Soleimani, 62 / Iranian general and head of that country’s intelligence forces who died in a U.S. drone attack.
7 Neil Peart, 67 / A lyricist and drummer for the Canadian band Rush, he earned a reputation for both his drumming and his Ayn Rand–influenced lyrics. In his later years, he called himself a “bleeding-heart libertarian.”
7 Elizabeth Wurtzel, 52 / A lawyer and writer of the memoir Prozac Nation, which chronicled her depression, she battled and wrote about her addictions to cocaine and heroin, making “a career out of my emotions.”
8 Buck Henry, 89 / Co-creator with Mel Brooks of the TV comedy spy series Get Smart, he became a screenwriter with credits on The Graduate, What’s Up, Doc?, and Catch-22.
18 Jack Van Impe, 88 / A television evangelist and end-times preacher, he interpreted current events in light of Biblical prophecy.
18 George H. Walker III, 88 / George H.W. Bush’s cousin who, when old, “did a three-minute plank exercise each morning,” according to The Wall Street Journal, “propping himself up on his elbows and toes while singing ‘Abide With Me,’ reciting the Lord’s Prayer, and praying for loved ones.”
21 Terry Jones, 77 / A member of the British comedy troupe Monty Python, he directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life.
23 Jim Lehrer, 85 / A newsman and co-host of the PBS program NewsHour for 36 years, he moderated 12 presidential debates, more than any other journalist.
24 Pete Stark, 88 / A liberal congressman and the first declared atheist in Congress, he served 20 terms before losing a reelection bid in 2012. During his 40 years in Congress he championed liberal changes to healthcare.
26 Kobe Bryant, 41 / A basketball star for 20 years with the LA Lakers, he won five NBA championships, earned two Olympic gold medals, and made the All-Star team 18 times.
26 Bob Shane, 85 / The last surviving member of the Kingston Trio, whose song “Tom Dooley” reached No. 1 on the singles chart, selling more than 3 million copies and earning a Grammy.
28 Harriet Frank Jr., 96 / An Oscar-nominated screenwriter with her husband, she co-wrote the screenplays for Hud and Norma Rae.
30 John Andretti, 56 / A nephew of auto-racing superstar Mario Andretti, he became in 1994 the first driver to compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR 600-mile night race in North Carolina on the same day.
30 Fred Silverman, 82 / A television programmer for all three major networks for 30 years, he created or greenlighted shows including Scooby-Doo, All in the Family, M*A*S*H, The Waltons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Kojak, The Love Boat, Charley’s Angels, Roots, and Happy Days.
31 Anne Cox Chambers, 100 / Heir to the Cox newspaper fortune and one of the wealthiest women in America, she was active in Democratic politics and supported Atlanta art and animal welfare charities.
31 Mary Higgins Clark, 92 / The “Queen of Suspense” who wrote more than 50 best-selling novels that shunned profanity, sex, and graphic violence, she often featured Catholic women as protagonists.