Christopher Dean, Olympic gold medallist in ice-dancing, is 56. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Dublin-born actor and star of The Tudors, is 37. Tracy Shaw, Coronation Street actress, is 41. Bobbie Gentry, singer-songwriter, is 70. John Gibson, Irish pianist-composer, is 63.
Riccardo Muti, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is 73. Garfield Sobers, former West Indies cricket captain, is 78. Jim Davis, Garfield cartoonist, is 69. Mikey Sheehy, former Kerry footballer and winner of eight All-Ireland medals, is 60. Elizabeth Berkley, actress, is 42. Cher Lloyd, singer and former X Factor contestant, is 21.
Diane Keen, British actress, is 68. Jim Beglin, former Irish international and now football commentator, is 51. Stephen Dorff, actor, is 41. Fernando Alonso, F1 driver, is 33. Patti Scialfa, musician and wife of Bruce Springsteen, is 61. Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker, is 61.
Graeme McDowell, Northern Irish golfer, is 35. Arnold Schwarzenegger, actor and former Governor of California, is 67. Lisa Kudrow, Friends actress, is 51. Kate Bush, singer, is 56. Hilary Swank, Oscar-winning actress, is 40. Paul Anka, singer-songwriter, is 73. Daley Thompson, Olympic decathlon gold medallist, is 56. Jurgen Klinsmann, USA football manager, is 50. Laurence Fishburne, actor, is 53. Buddy Guy, blues guitarist, is 78. Christopher Nolan, film director, is 44.
Peter Murphy, son of Bishop Eamon Casey and Annie Murphy, is 40. JK Rowling, Harry Potter author, is 49. Jim Corr, of The Corrs, is 50. Jonathan Dimbleby, TV presenter, is 70. Wesley Snipes, actor, is 52. Will Champion, drummer with Coldplay, is 36. Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, superstar DJ, is 51.
Paddy Moloney, band leader of The Chieftains, is 76. Frances Fitzgerald, Fine Gael minister, is 64. Adam Duritz, Counting Crows singer, is 50.Sam Mendes, director of American Beauty, is 49. Joe Elliott, lead singer of Def Leppard, is 55. Coolio, rapper and reality TV star, is 51. Micheal Martin, Fianna Fail leader, is 54.
Wes Craven, horror movie director, is 75. Edward Furlong, star of Terminator 2 and American History X, is 37. Sammy McIlroy, former Northern Ireland footballer, is 60. Alain Giresse, French former footballer, is 62. Stephen Ferris, retired Ulster and Ireland rugby player, is 29.