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Deaths for the week ending 21 January 2012:

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Hulett C. Smith, West Virginia governor (D, 1965-69), 93.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Jimmy Castor, funk saxophonist ("It's Just Begun"), 71.

Michael Current, NFL football player (Denver Broncos), of suicide by gunshot, 66.

Norman W. Edmund, mail-order retailer (Edmund Scientific), 95.

Nicol Williamson, actor (Excalibur), of cancer of the esophagus, 75.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Johnny Otis, R&B singer ("Willie and the Hand Jive"), 90.

Marty Springstead, American League umpire, of a heart attack, 74.

Friday, 20 January 2012

Etta James, blues singer ("At Last"), from complications of leukemia, 73.

Philip Vannatter, Los Angeles police detective (O.J. Simpson murder investigation), of complications from cancer, 70.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

J.R. Boone, NFL football player (Chicago Bears), 86.

Cliff Chambers, major leaguer (Pittsburgh Pirates), 90.