— Mario Cuomo, 82, a son of Italian immigrants who became an eloquent spokesman for a generation of liberal Democrats during his three terms as governor of New York but could not quite bring himself to run for president, in New York.
— Abu Anas al-Libi, 50, a man accused by U.S. prosecutors of being an al-Qaida member involved in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in New York awaiting trial, of complications from liver surgery.
— Chitresh Das, 70, a renowned practitioner and teacher of the kathak form of Indian classical dance, in the San Francisco area after suffering a tear in his aorta.
— Rod Taylor 82, the suave Australian whose brawny good looks made him a leading man ranging from westerns to romantic comedy, in Los Angeles.
— Tadeusz Konwicki, 82, a prominent Polish writer and filmmaker whose works during the communist era lampooned the authoritarian Soviet-imposed system, in Warsaw.
— Julio Scherer Garcia, 88, one of the most important and influential Mexican journalists of the past half-century, in Mexico City of septic shock after two years of treatment for an unspecified illness.
— Andrea Crouch, 72, a gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna, in Los Angeles of a heart attack.
— Josef Olesky, 68, a communist-era party leader who in democratic Poland served as a left-wing prime minister until he was forced to resign over unproven accusations of spying for Russia, in Warsaw. He had been undergoing treatment at a cancer hospital.
— Samuel Goldwyn Jr., 88, a champion of the independent film movement and son of one of the founders of Hollywood, in Los Angeles.
— Robert Stone 77, the award-winning novelist who spun out tales worldwide of seekers, frauds and other misbegotten American dreamers in such works as “A Flag for Sunrise” and “The Dreamers,” in Key West, Florida, of chronic pulmonary disease.
—Franceso Rosi, 92, an Italian director and screenwriter whose films took on corruption in post-war Italy, winning top honors and the Venice and Cannes film festivals, in Milan.
— Anita Ekberg, 83, the Swedish-born actress and sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s who was immortalized bathing in the Trevi fountain in “La Dolce Vita,” in Rome following a series of unspecified illnesses.
— Helen Eustis, 98, an award-winning mystery writer who later translated works by Georges Simenon and other European authors in New York of natural causes.
—Elena Obraztsova, 75, a famed Russian mezzo-soprano who performed at the world’s top opera houses, at a clinic in Germany of cardiac arrest. No further details were available.
— John Bayley, 89, an author known for his moving memoir of life with his late wife Iris Murdoch, in the Canary Islands of a heart ailment.
— Kim Fowley, 75, a colorful rock musician who produced for The Runaways and co-wrote songs for Kiss and Alice Cooper, in Hollywood of bladder cancer.
— Alan Hirschfield, 79, a former entertainment executive who helped make the 1970s movies “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Taxi Driver,” in Wilson, Wyoming, of natural causes.
— Don Harron, 90, who entertained TV audiences in Canada and the U.S. with his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson and helped bring the Canadian classic novel “Anne of Green Gables” to the stage, in Toronto of cancer.
— Faten Hamama, 83, an actress who was a pillar of Middle Eastern cinema in a career that spanned seven decades and graced the golden age of Egyptian filmmaking, in Egypt.
— Vince Camuto, 78, a women’s footwear designer who co-founded shoe company Nine West Group, in Greenwich, Connecticut, of cancer.
— Marcus J. Borg, 72, a prominent liberal theologian who attracted praise and controversy by helping to lead efforts to analyze Jesus as a historical figure, in Portland, Oregon. He had been suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring or thickening of the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe.
— Waldemar Kmentt, 85, an Austrian tenor who sang in opera houses around the world, in Vienna.
— King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, 90, the powerful U.S. ally who fought against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, in Riyadh. No cause of death was given but reports said he had a lung infection when admitted to a hospital Dec. 31.
— Stig Bergling, 77, a former Swedish security officer who sold secrets to the Soviet Union during the Cold War and brazenly escaped while serving a life sentence for espionage, in Sweden.
— Otto Carius, 92, a World War II German panzer ace credited with destroying more than 150 enemy tanks, mostly on the Eastern Front, in western Germany after a brief, unspecified illness.
— Demis Roussos, 68, a Greek singer whose often high-pitched pop serenades won him household recognition in the 1970s and 1980s across Europe and beyond and who sold more than 60 million records, in Athens after a lengthy, unspecified illness.
— Richard McBrien, 78, a priest and theologian known for his unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings and his popular books on Roman Catholicism, in Connecticut after a lengthy, unspecified illness.
— Charles H. Townes, 99, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, in Oakland, California. He had been in poor health.
— David Landau, 67, a British born author and journalist who was a former editor-in-chief of Israel’s Haaretz newspaper and also worked for the Jerusalem Post in Israel. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in 2013.
— Edward Saylor, 94, a retired lieutenant colonel and one of four surviving Doolittle Raiders who attacked Japan during a daring 1942 mission credited with lifting American morale during World War II, in Sumner, Washington of natural causes.
— Rod McKuen, 81, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, in Beverly Hills, California, where he had been treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks.
— Colleen McCullough, 77, a best-selling Australian author whose novel “The Thorn Birds” sold 30 million copies worldwide and became as very successful television miniseries, on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific of kidney failure.
— Carl Djerassi, 91, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, in San Francisco of complications from cancer.
—Zhelyu Zhelev, 79, a philosopher and communist-era dissident who became Bulgaria’s first democratically elected president, in Sofia. No cause was given.
— Geraldine McEwan, 82, an actress known for many roles including playing the famous Agatha Christie detective Miss Marple in 12 TV episodes, in Britain after treatment for a stroke.
— Richard von Weizsaecker, 94, a former president who declared Germany’s World War II surrender a “day of liberation” for his country as he urged it to confront the Nazi past, and promoted reconciliation during a tenure spanning the reunification of west and east, in Berlin.
— Lizabeth Scott, 92, whose long tawny hair, alluring face and low seductive voice made her an ideal film noir star in the 1940s and ’50s, in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure.