From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- What You see Might Not Be Real, sculpture by Chinese artist Chen Wenling
- Darwin. Art and the Search for Origins, an exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin's pivotal work On the Origin of Species.
- Why Beauty Matters, a documentary by Roger Scruton
- I Love You, Man by John Hamburg
- Antichrist by Lars von Trier
- District 9 by Neill Blomkamp
- Broken Hugs by Pedro Almodóvar
- The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke
- Moon by Duncan Jones
- Wayland Young, 2nd Baron Kennet, 85, British politician and writer (Eros Denied).
- Paul Naschy, 75, Spanish film actor, screenwriter and director.
- Claude Lévi-Strauss, 100, French anthropologist.
- Irving Penn, 92, American photographer.
- Les Paul, 94, American guitarist and inventor, complications from pneumonia.
- Willy DeVille, 55, American singer and songwriter (Mink DeVille), pancreatic cancer.
- Harry Alan Towers, 88, British film producer and screenwriter, after short illness.
- Merce Cunningham, 90, American choreographer, natural causes.
- Allen Klein, 77, American businessman, Beatles and Rolling Stones manager, Alzheimer's disease.
- Pina Bausch, 68, German modern dance choreographer, cancer.
- Farrah Fawcett, 62, American actress, anal cancer.
- Michael Jackson, 50, American singer–songwriter and pop icon, cardiac arrest.
- J. G. Ballard, 78, British novelist, prostate cancer.
- Marilyn Chambers, 56, American pornographic actress (Behind the Green Door).
- Philip José Farmer, 91, American writer (Riverworld series).
- Franciszek Starowieyski, 79, Polish artist.
- Joe Cuba, 78, American musician, complications of a bacterial infection.
- Orlando "Cachaito" López, 76, Cuban bassist (Buena Vista Social Club), complications from prostate surgery.
- Blossom Dearie, 82, American jazz singer and pianist (Schoolhouse Rock!), after long illness.
- John Martyn, 60, British singer-songwriter.
- John Updike, 76, American author (Rabbit Is Rich, The Witches of Eastwick), lung cancer.
- Claude Berri, 74, French film director (Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources), stroke.
- Ron Asheton, 60, American guitarist (The Stooges), heart attack (death announced in 2009).