Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed 1. Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) Olivier Douliery / Abaca Press / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed American poet, author, and essayist. Her works include seven autobiographies and the poem "And Still I Rise". 2. Gabriel García Márquez (1927 – 2014) Edgard Garrido / Reuters / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner. His works include Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude. 3. Sue Townsend (1946 – 2014) Michael Crabtree / AP Photo / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed British comic author and creator of Adrian Mole. 4. Harold Ramis (1944 – 2014) Donna Ward / Abaca Press / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed American actor, screenwriter, and director of films such as Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, and National Lampoon's Animal House. 5. Walter Dean Myers (1937 – 2014) Charles Sykes / AP Photo / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed American author of over 100 books for children and young adults, including Fallen Angels and Monster. Also a passionate literacy campaigner. 6. Nadine Gordimer (1923 – 2014) Guillermo Arias / AP Photo / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed Nobel Prize-winning South African author and anti-apartheid activist. 7. Mavis Gallant (1922 – 2014) Ian Barrett / AP Photo / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed Montreal-born short-story writer who lived in Paris for much of her life. 8. Nancy Garden (1938 – 2014) Flickr: ala_members / CreativeCommons / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed American author of YA novels such as Annie on My Mind and LGBT rights activist. 9. Ruby Dee (1922 – 2014) Charley Gallay / Getty Images / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed American actor, screenwriter, poet, playwright, and activist. 10. Eric Hill (1927 – 2014) John Stillwell / PA Wire / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed British author and illustrator who created the Spot the Dog books. 11. P.D. James (1920 – 2014) Zak Hussein / PA Archive / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed British author of books such as the Adam Dalgliesh series, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, and The Children of Men. 12. Jeremy Lloyd (1930 – 2014) John Stillwell / PA Wire / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed British actor and writer who created classic sitcoms such as Are You Being Served? and 'Allo 'Allo! (and a handful of beloved catchphrases). 13. Mark Strand (1934 – 2014) Carolyn Contino / REX USA / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed American poet and writer who was a former US Poet Laureate. 14. Dorothy Salisbury Davis (1916 – 2014) Matthew Peyton / Getty Images / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed American crime fiction author of over 20 books, including the Mrs Norris and Julie Hayes series. 15. Rik Mayall (1958 – 2014) Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images / Daniel Dalton / BuzzFeed British comedian, actor, and writer who co-created the sitcoms Bottom and The Young Ones.