—Shih Kien, 96, an actor who played Bruce Lee’s archrival in the 1973 movie “Enter the Dragon,” in Hong Kong.
—Koko Taylor, 80, the “Queen of the Blues,” in Chicago.
—David Carradine, 72, a U.S. actor, is found hanging in a Bangkok, Thailand, hotel room.
—Jean Dausset, 92, a Nobel prize-winning French immunologist, on Mallorca, Spain.
—Omar Bongo, 73, the world’s longest-serving president who ruled Gabon for 42 years, in Librevile, Gabon.
—Thembi Ngubane, 24, South African health activist whose radio diaries of her struggle against the AIDS virus won her audiences and admiration around the world, of tuberculosis, in Cape Town, South Africa.
—Christian “Hitsch” Albin, 61, Swiss-born executive chef of The Four Seasons — a restaurant that invented the “power lunch” — in New York City.
—Bob Bogle, 75, lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band The Ventures, in Vancouver, Washington.
—Ed McMahon, 86, American television’s “Tonight Show” sidekick for 30 years, in Los Angeles.
—Jerri Nielsen FitzGerald, 57, who diagnosed and treated her own breast cancer before a dramatic rescue from the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station at the South Pole, in Southwick, Massachusetts.
—Farrah Fawcett, 62, the “Charlie’s Angels” star, after a battle with cancer, in Santa Monica, California.
—Michael Jackson, 50, the “King of Pop,” who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world’s most influential singer and dancer, in Los Angeles.
—Gale Storm, 87, one of early television’s biggest stars on “My Little Margie” and “The Gale Storm Show,” in Danville, California.
—Harve Presnell, 75, who starred in such Broadway musicals as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “Annie,” of pancreatic cancer Santa Monica, California.