Famous Deaths in December 1982

  • Dec 1 Dorothy James, composer, dies on 81st birthday
  • Dec 2 David Blue [Cohen], American folk musician, dies of a heart attack while jogging in Greenwich Village at 41
  • Dec 2 Marty Feldman, comedian (Young Frankenstein), dies at 49
  • Dec 7 Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas
  • Dec 7 George Kistiakowsky, Ukrainian-American Chemist who helped develop the first atomic bomb (Manhattan Project) but later opposed nuclear weapons, dies at 82
  • Dec 8 Andre Kamperveen, Suriname minister, murdered
  • Dec 8 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • Dec 8 Bram Behr, Suriname revolutionary, murdered
  • Dec 8 Cyrill Daal, Suriname worker's union leader, murdered
  • Dec 8 Frank Wijngaarde, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Dec 8 Harald Riedewald, Suriname attorney, murdered
  • Dec 8 John Baboeram, Suriname lawyer, murdered
  • Dec 8 Jozef Slagveer, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Dec 8 Kenneth Goncalves, Deacon of Surinamese order of advocate, murdered
  • Dec 8 Leckie, Suriname scholar, murdered
  • Dec 8 Leslie Rahman, Suriname journalist, murdered
  • Dec 8 Marty Robbins, American country singer (Devil Woman, I Walk Alone), dies of complications following cardiac surgery.at 57
  • Dec 8 Shakey, [Walter Horton], rocker, dies at 72
  • Dec 8 Surendre Rambocus, Suriname army lieutenant, murdered
  • Dec 9 Fritz Usinger, German writer (Song against Death), dies at 87
  • Dec 9 Joey Forman, actor (Sid Caesar Show, Joey Bishop Show), dies at 53
  • Dec 9 Leon Jaworski, special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 77
  • Dec 9 Paul Godwin, [Goldfein], Polish/Dutch violist, dies at 80
  • Dec 9 Roger Danneels, Flemish accordionist, dies at 55
  • Dec 10 Freeman "Amos" Gosden, US radio actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 83
  • Dec 10 Roy Webb, American film composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 13 Jack Badcock, cricketer (7 Tests, 1 century but inconsistent), dies
  • Dec 16 Colin Chapman, English engineer and automobile manufacturer, founder of Lotus Cars, dies at 54
  • Dec 17 Leonid B Kogan, Russian violist, dies at 58
  • Dec 17 Philipp Jarnach, composer, dies at 90
  • Dec 17 Homer S. Ferguson, American politician (b. 1889)
  • Dec 18 Raymond Emery, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v WI 1952, 46 runs, 2 wkts), dies
  • Dec 18 Tibor de Machula, Hungary/Neth cellist, dies at 70
  • Dec 18 Hans-Ulrich Rudel, German pilot (b. 1916)
  • Dec 19 Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist/composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 19 Lawrence Collingwood, composer, dies at 95
  • Dec 19 Dwight Macdonald, American social critic (b. 1906)
  • Dec 20 Artur Rubinstein, pianist (My Young Years), dies in Geneva at 95
  • Dec 23 Jack Webb, actor (Joe Friday-Dragnet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Dec 23 Norman Dinnerstein, composer, dies at 45
  • Dec 24 Louis Aragon, French poet and writer (Les Lettres françaises, Pour un réalisme socialiste), dies at 85
  • Dec 27 John Leonard Swigert Jr, astronaut (Apollo 13), dies of cancer at 51
  • Dec 28 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 29 Sol C Siegel, US film producer (High Society), dies at 79