Zito: Commanding midfielder who helped to guide Brazil to consecutive World Cup triumphs

The neat, pragmatic, impeccably organised wing-half was instrumental in creating the platform from which stars such as Pele and Garrincha dazzled

Robert Conquest: Revered historian and poet who was the first to catalogue the full horrors of the Stalinist purges of the 1930s

Conquest's magnum opus, The Great Terror: Stalin's Purge of the Thirties, was the first to clearly show how the Soviet leader carried out mass murder

'One of the most entertaining wrestlers ever': Piper at a New York press conference in 2009

Roddy Piper: Kilt-wearing, bad-mouthing WWE villain known for his long-running feud in the ring with Hulk Hogan

He was also active in the charity Stand for the Silent, an organisation aimed at helping the victims of bullying and bringing awareness to the issue

Les Munro

Les Munro: New Zealand squadron leader who was the last surviving pilot of the Dambusters raid on the Ruhr Valley in 1943

Known as a "down-to-earth man" and self-deprecating, Munro participated in local politics as a councillor, serving as Mayor of Waitomo District Council

Anderson in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee earlier this year

Lynn Anderson: Country singer who had an international pop hit with her straight-talking love song 'Rose Garden'

Although Anderson was a one-hit wonder as far as the pop charts were concerned, she continued to have country hits

Kulczyk was a generous donor to historical and cultural causes

Jan Kulczyk: Investor and businessman whose post-Communist dealings made him the richest man in Poland

He started from a trading company set up by his father, building his fortune in the intensive privatisation of state plants after communism

Martin West

Martin West: Prolific scholar whose books shed new light on the archaic and early-classical periods of Greek literature

He befriended people of many different ages, and performed remarkable acts of scholarly and practical kindness for friends and strangers

Vivian: a letter was sent to his family from India saying he had died

Major Grahame Vivian: Soldier whose extraordinary bravery helped turn around the war in the Far East and won him the Military Cross

Brought up with his grandparents' Quaker ideals, he might have followed in those civilian footsteps had not the Second World War interrupted his studies

Parry in ‘Lysistrata’ with Gary Raymond in 1958 after its transfer from Oxford to the West End

Natasha Parry: Actress hailed for her grace and control who forged a solo career while also working with husband Peter Brook

Parry made her screen debut at the age of 19, and throughout the 1950s her dark beauty and modest nobility lent itself well to monochrome delights

Black: within three weeks of signing with George Martin, she had her first single out

Cilla Black: Singer who was signed by Brian Epstein and went on to forge a successful career as a much-loved presenter

Black proved that however shallow a world show business is deemed to be, there is no substitute for being genuine, and for being yourself

Sir John Lambert: Soldier whose immense diplomatic skills served him well during WWII and later in Tunisia and Cold War Berlin

Renowned for his courtesy and charm, he enjoyed opera, tennis and cricket and was an MCC member

Stuart Baggs: Businessman who made his name on The Apprentice but was fired by Lord Sugar at the semi-final stage

He had recently launched plans to create a 4G network for the Isle of Man, providing high-speed broadband without the need for a landline

Elio Fiorucci: Designer whose innovative style placed him at the epicentre of fashionable 70s New York

Beyond fashion, Fiorucci was a vegetarian and a passionate advocate for animal rights - 'I’ve always been a great lover of freedom of thought,' he declared'

Omar: he received his eye injury from shrapnel when he was fighting the Soviet invaders

Mullah Mohammed Omar: Co-founder and leader of the Taliban who fought the Soviets before presiding over a brutal Afghan regime

Omar may have died as long as two years ago but two high-ranking Taliban officials confirmed his death this week

James Tate: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet celebrated for his ability to mix the frivolous and humorous with the dark and serious

Tate wrote more than 20 collections of verse, and his work defied easy labels

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