Singer Patti Page, a North County music legend best known for "The Tennessee Waltz," died at an Encinitas nursing home in January. She was 85. Read more .
Ned Wertimer (left) who played Ralph the Doorman on all 11 seasons of the CBS sitcom "The Jeffersons," died in January at age 89.
Tony Lip - Actor "The Sopranos," "The Godfather," "GoodFellas
Longtime Southern California television host Huell Howser, who used his folksy interviewing style to introduce viewers to little-known Golden State locales and the state's unique residents, died in January at age 67. Click to read more .
Conrad Bain, who starred as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," died in January. He was 89. Read more .
Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren wrote the long-running "Dear Abby" advice column, has died. She was 94. Read more .
Earl Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, died in January. He was 82.
Stanley Frank Musial, the St. Louis Cardinals star who was one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, died in January. He was 92.
Patty Andrews (center), the last survivor of the singing Andrews Sisters trio who charmed servicemen overseas on countless USO tours, died in January at age 94 at her home in Northridge. Click to read more .
Former Mayor Ed Koch , the famous politician who became a symbol of New York City, died in February at age 88.
Essie Mae Washington-Williams - daughter of longtime Senator Strom Thurmond
Country star Mindy McCready died in February. She was 37. Click to read the story .
Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships, died in February. He was 79. Click to read the story .
C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the nation's surgeon general by speaking frankly about AIDS and the dangers of smoking, died in February at 96. More .
Van Cliburn - classical pianist
Richard Street - lead singer of the Temptations
Bonnie Franklin, best known for her role in TV's "One Day at a Time," died in March at the age of 69. Click to read more .
Bobby Rogers, a founding member of Motown group The Miracles and a collaborator with Smokey Robinson, died in March. He was 73. Read more
Venezuela's vice president announced that President Hugo Chavez died in March, at age 58. Chavez had been fighting cancer and seeking treatment at a clinic in Cuba. Read more
Edwin L. Miller Jr., who served as San Diego County District Attorney for 24 years, starting in 1971, died In March at the age of 87. Read more
Henry Bromell - Author, screenwriter, director and executive producer
Harry Reems - best known for playing Dr. Young in the 1972 adult film classic "Deep Throat"
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who wrote the classic "Things Fall Apart," died in March. He was 82. Click to read more .
Don Payne, an Emmy-winning writer and producer for "The Simpsons" who also wrote the hit movie "Thor," died at age 48 in March.
Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Fay Kanin died in March. She was 95. Kanin served as president of the film academy from 1979 to 1983.
Richard Griffiths, the British actor who played the boy wizard's unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the "Harry Potter" movies, died in March. He was 65. More .
Paul Williams - Rock journalist
Phil Ramone, the Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, died in March at age 72.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died at age 87 in April. Click to read more .
The Walt Disney Co. said Annette Funicello, who went from Mouseketeer to beach party movie icon, died in April at age 70. Click to read more .
Comedian Jonathan Winters, whose breakneck improvisations inspired Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and many others, died at age 87 in April. Click for more details .
Pat Summerall, the NFL player-turned-broadcaster whose deep, resonate voice called games for more than 40 years, died in April at the age of 82. Read more .
Allan Arbus - actor on M*A*S*H
Chrissy Amphlett - lead singer of the Divinyls
Richie Havens, who sang and strummed for a sea of people at Woodstock, died in April at 72. More .
George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," died in April. He was 81. Details .
Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s teen rap duo Kris Kross, was found dead in May of a suspected drug overdose. He was 34. More .
Popular psychologist, columnist, and television and film personality Joyce Brothers died in May at 85. More .
Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who was a founding member of The Doors, died in May. He was 74. Read more .
Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker in the groundbreaking 1970s TV comedy "All in the Family," died in May. She was 90. Read more .
Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned movie star, died in June. She was 91. Details .
California corrections officials say convicted serial killer Richard Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker, died in June at age 53. Ramirez was convicted of 13 murders that terrorized Southern California in 1984 and 1985, and sentenced to death. More .
Actor James Gandolfini, who rocketed to stardom with his Emmy-winning portrayal of a New Jersey mob boss on HBO's hit drama "The Sopranos," died in June of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Italy. He was 51. More .
Actor Jim Kelly, who played a glib American martial artist in "Enter the Dragon" with Bruce Lee, died at his home in San Diego in June. He was 67.
Doug Engelbart, the inventor of the computer mouse and developer of early incarnations of email, word processing programs and the Internet, died in July at age 88. More .
Police say actor Cory Monteith, star of the hit TV show "Glee," was found dead in a Vancouver hotel in July. He was 31. Click to read more .
Helen Thomas, a pioneer for women in journalism and an irrepressible White House correspondent, died in July. She was 92. Read more .
Bestselling author Tom Clancy died in October at age 66. Read more: http://bit.ly/GzDw3p