December 10, 2006: Augusto Pinochet, 91, ex-president of Chile, complications from heart attack.
December 14, 2006: Ahmet Ertegun, 83, Turkish-born co-founder of Atlantic Records, head injury from a fall at a Rolling Stones concert.
December 21, 2006: Saparmurat Niyazov, 66, President of Turkmenistan, cardiac arrest.
December 25, 2006: James Brown, 73, American rhythm and blues singer and bandleader, heart failure related to pneumonia.
December 26, 2006: Gerald Ford, 93, 38th President of the United States, natural causes.
December 30, 2006: Saddam Hussein, 69, former President of Iraq, execution by hanging.
Complete list of notable deaths in December 2006