A chronology of those who died in 2014
— Sergio Rodriquez, 86, the celebrated designer whose “Mole” chair is among the best known pieces of midcentury Brazilian design, in Rio de Janeiro of liver failure.
— Norman Gordon, 103, the test cricketer who was the last survivor of the famous Timeless Test of 1939, who played for South Africa in the match against England that lasted 10 days before both teams agreed to call it a draw.
— Andrew Madoff, 48, the last surviving son of Bernard Madoff who turned his father in and insisted he had been duped into believing history’s most notorious pyramid-schemer was an honest financier.
— Gustavo Cerati, 55, an Argentine rock star and one of Latin America’s most influential musicians, in Buenos Aires of respiratory arrest.
— Joan Rivers, 81, the acid-tongued comedian who crashed the realm of male-dominated late-night American television and turned Hollywood red carpets into danger zones for badly-dressed celebrities, in New York, of fatal complications during a medical procedure.
— Ray Leonard, 83, longtime Chicago radio and television personality who introduced listeners and viewers to some of America’s biggest celebrities just as they were getting started, in Illinois.
— Bruce Morton, 83, veteran TV political correspondent who covered the Kennedy assassination and the United States’ space program, in Washington. He had cancer.
— Noel Hinner, 78, a former chief scientist for NASA who helped plan the scientific exploration of the moon for the Apollo program and later oversaw such projects as the Mars Surveyor Program, in Littleton, Colorado. He had a brain tumor.
— Yoshiko Yamaguchi, 94, a Japanese film idol who was known as Rikoran and symbolized Japan’s wartime dreams of conquest, in Japan, of heart failure.
— Magda Olivero , 104, an Italian soprano and one of the most prominent interpreters of the versimo operatic tradition whose career spanned 50 years, in Milan. She had suffered a stroke.
— Gerald Wilson, 96, the dynamic jazz big band leader, composer and arranger whose career lasted more than 75 years, in Los Angeles, of pneumonia.
— Emilio Botin, 79, a Spanish banking magnate who built the country’s Banco Santander into a global financial giant, in Madrid of a heart attack.
— Bob Suter, 57. Member of the “Miracle On Ice” team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1980 and the father of Minnesota Wild star Ryan Suter.
— Richard Kiel, 74, the towering actor best known for portraying the steel-toothed villain Jaws in a pair of James Bond movies, in Fresno, California.
— Cosimo Matassa, 88, a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who recorded New Orleans rock and rhythm and blues from the 1950s to the 1970s.
— Ian Paisley, 88, the divisive Protestant firebrand preacher who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to became a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, in Belfast.
— Donald Sinden, 90, a British actor known for his rich voice and varied roles ranging from Shakespeare to television sitcoms, in Romney Marsh, England, of prostate cancer.
— Joe Sample, 75, a pianist, composer and a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, in Houston, of lung cancer.
— Isidoro Alvarez, 75, head of Spain’s El Cortes Ingles department store chain who turned his company into an international business with an annual turnover of around $18 billion, in Madrid.
— Yitzhak Hofi, 87, a former Israeli general and Mossad chief who played a key role in his country’s daring 1970 commando raid in Uganda to free Israeli hostages, in Ramat Gan, Israel.
— Richard F. Thompson, 84, a University of Southern California neuroscientist whose experiments with rabbits led to breakthrough discoveries of how memories are physically stored in the brain, in California.
— George Hamilton IV, 77, a Grand Ole Opry member who was one of country music’s first international ambassadors, in Nashville of a heart attack.
— Guinter Kahn, 80, a Florida dermatologist credited with helping develop the first baldness remedy recognized by the U.S. patent and Trademark Office, in Miami.
— Will Radcliff, 74, who built a multi-billion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, in Cincinnati.
— Polly Bergen, 84, an award-winning actress and singer who in a long career played the terrorized wife in “Cape Fear ” and the first woman U.S. president in “Kisses for My President,” in Connecticut.
— J. California Cooper, 82, a prolific writer who was writing plays until Alice Walker suggested she switch to short stories and novels because they were an easier path to a paycheck.
— George Sluizer, 82, the Dutch filmmaker who directed River Phoenix’s last movie “Dark Blood,” in Amsterdam.
— Mike Harari, 87, an Israeli secret agent who played a major role in planning the Mossad’s revenge attacks against Palestinian militants implicated in the 1972 Munich massacre of the country’s Olympic team, in Tel Aviv.
— Skip E. Low, 85, a long-time host of a celebrity name-dropping American television talk show who developed a cult following, in Los Angeles of complications from emphysema.
— Deborah, the dowager duchess of Devonshire, 94, the last of Britain’s witty, unconventional Mitford sisters.
— Christopher Hogwood, 73, a conductor who pioneered the performance of 18th century composers such as Bach and Handel on historically authentic instruments, in Cambridge, England.
— Raul Alvarez Garin 73, a leader of the 1968 student uprising that culminated in the massacre of protesters in Mexico City in the capital, of cancer.
— Floyd” Creeky” Creekmore, 98, a rancher who held the record as the world’s oldest performing clown, in Montana, of complications from heart disease.
— James Traficant, 73. Colorful U.S. politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the mid-1800s.
— Nicolae Corneanu, 90, a Romanian Orthodox bishop who was the first senior cleric to acknowledge collaborating with the feared Securitatae communist secret police, in Bucharest.
— Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, 88, who became the first female to fly solo around the world in 1964, in Florida.
— Martin Pearl, 87, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist from Stanford University who discovered a sub-atomic particle known as the tau lepton, in Palo Alto, California..