Fought against injustice: Cuomo at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco

Mario Cuomo: Popular Governor of New York known for his steadfast liberal values and dynamic, charismatic speech-making

Mario Cuomo was Governor of New York  for three terms, from 1983 to 1994.

Definitive voice: Montford

Arthur Montford: Scottish sports broadcaster

His distinctive football commentaries made him an icon north of the border

Immensely effective: Rainer with Ernest Cossart and William Powell in ‘The Great Ziegfeld’ (1936)

Luise Rainer: Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age

Her early, emotive performances won her successive Best Actress Oscars

Rapid rise: Tindemans (far left) with other European leaders (including British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, centre) at the Élysée Palace in Paris in 1974

Leo Tindemans: former Belgian Prime Minister

He is remembered for his visionary ideas on European integration

Kate Gross: Adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown who became a dynamic leader of the Africa Governance Initiative

Kate Gross was a former private secretary to Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, before leaving to become the founding chief executive of the Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), a charity set up by Blair which works to “provide practical advice and support” to rebuild structures of Government in post-conflict African states.

The Duke of Wellington died aged 99

The Duke of Wellington: Military man whose valour during the Second World War upheld the traditions of his celebrated family line

Arthur Valerian Wellesley, the eighth Duke of Wellington, fought the French and performed his duty for his country in Spain, just as his great ancestor did.

Railed against the hypocrisy of the law: Purdy in 2009

Debbie Purdy: Campaigner who fought tirelessly for clarification of assisted suicide laws

She started lobbying after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

Grammy nominated: Paul Craft

Paul Craft: Songwriter behind such wry, melancholic country hits as ‘Dropkick Me, Jesus’ and ‘Brother Jukebox’

Paul Craft was a country songwriter whose tunes were recorded by the top performers of his era, and who, earlier this year, was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Landmark series: Leigh with characters from ‘Space Patrol’ (1963-64)

Roberta Leigh: Romantic novelist who also created innovative children’s TV shows with puppet master Gerry Anderson

Roberta Leigh was a best-selling romantic novelist who brought much-loved children’s stories to the screen in the early days of ITV  – and earned a place in the history of the so-called Golden Age of Television.

Hogg (right) in action for Leicester City in 1955

Derek Hogg: Nimble, tricky winger for Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City

He struck up a fruitful partnership with inside-left Arthur Rowley, destined to become the most prolific marksman in the history of English football

David Ryall

David Ryall: Celebrated stage actor who later gained wider recognition in the Harry Potter franchise and the sitcom 'Outnumbered'

He spent eight years at the National Theatre from 1965 and quickly established himself as a treasure in comic roles

Buddy DeFranco

Buddy DeFranco: Jazz clarinetist who adventured into bebop and worked with Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa and Count Basie

After moving to California, DeFranco's quartet of the early 1960s boasted a unique sound

Joan Rivers died in September after experiencing complications following throat surgery; Philip Seymour Hoffman died from acute drug intoxication at his New York apartment in February

Joan Rivers to Philip Seymour Hoffman: 2014 in obituaries

A tribute to the famous names who died this year

Muhammad Ali, left, pounds Terrell at the Houston Astrodome in 1967
Scoular, right, with Sir John Gielgud in a 1981 TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Seven Dials Mystery

Christopher Scoular: Actor who worked with Sir John Gielgud and Maureen Lipman and provided voices for Radio 4’s Week Ending

His fine baritone voice was heard to great effect when he played Tony in West Side Story

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