Richard Matheson, an American science-fiction writer best known for his novel "I Am Legend," died June 23 at age 87.During a career that spanned more than 60 years, Matheson wrote more than 25 novels and nearly 100 short stories, plus screenplays for TV and film.

He also won fame for his role in "Rocky V."British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, right, died in his home on the Isle of Wight on Friday, August 23.

The man behind the visual style of movies such as "Star Wars" and "Dr. Here, Taylor and director Peter Brooks, left, film "Meetings With Remarkable Men" in 1979.

Celebrity chef Charlie Trotter, whose namesake restaurant in Chicago received a long list of culinary honors over its 25 years of service, died shortly after he was rushed from his home to a hospital on November 5. Actress Marcia Wallace died on October 25, her agent said.

Wallace voiced the character Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" and is known for playing receptionist Carol Kester on "The Bob Newhart Show." She was 70.

Rich often was credited with the creation of modern oil trading.

He lived abroad after being indicted in 1983 for tax evasion, false statements, racketeering and illegal trading with Iran, becoming one of the world's most famous white-collar criminals.

British rocker Jackie Lomax, who recorded with legendary stars but whose own career always seemed a degree removed from fame, died on September 15 at the age of 69.

The singer-songwriter-guitarist enjoyed a 50-year career playing with many of music's biggest stars -- notably the Beatles -- but personal commercial success eluded him.

Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation and special-effects master whose work influenced such directors as Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and George Lucas, died on May 7 at age 92, according to the Facebook page of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.

Chris Kelly, one-half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, died on May 1 at an Atlanta hospital after being found unresponsive at his home, the Fulton County medical examiner's office told CNN.

Band member Mark Mothersbaugh said in a statement that Myers' style on the drums helped define the band's early sound. Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.