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.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.
The findings concluded that Monteith "died of mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol."Monteith apparently had several people over to his room at one point Friday night, but Le Pard said Monteith, who had checked in July 6, was seen on hotel surveillance video returning to his room in the early morning hours by himself. Ned Vizzini, author of "It's Kind of a Funny Story," died December 19 of blunt impact injuries to the head, torso and extremities.The legend was known for his phenomenal skills as a keyboardist, and his ability to bridge together jazz, rock, funk and R&B.Ossie Schectman, the former New York Knicks guard who scored the league's first basket, died Tuesday, July 30. NBA Commissioner David Stern called Schectman a pioneer, "Playing for the New York Knickerbockers in the 1946-47 season, Ossie scored the league's first basket, which placed him permanently in the annals of NBA history.Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing died at her London home on November 17, her publisher said.The British author was best known for "The Golden Notebook," which is considered by many critics to be one of the most important feminist novels ever written.On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences go out to Ossie's family."Actress Eileen Brennan, who earned an Oscar nomination for her role as the exasperated drill captain in the movie "Private Benjamin," died Sunday, July 28, at her Burbank, California, home after a battle with bladder cancer. Actor Dennis Farina, a Chicago ex-cop whose tough-as-nails persona enlivened roles on either side of the law, died Monday, July 22. Above, Farina shoots a scene as Detective Joe Fontana in "Law & Order" in 2004.