Famous Deaths in 1986

Deaths 1 - 200 of 376

  • Jan 1st Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • Jan 1st Bruce Norris, American hockey executive (Detroit Red Wings) (b. 1924)
  • Jan 2nd Una Merkel, US actress (Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • Jan 2nd Bill Veeck, American baseball executive (b. 1914)
  • Jan 3rd Jens Bjerre, Danish composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4th Christopher Isherwood, English novelist (Lions & Shadows), dies at 81
  • Jan 4th Phil Lynott, Irish rock musician (Thin Lizzy), dies of an overdose at 36
  • Jan 6th Louis Lebeer, Dutch art historian, dies at 90
  • Jan 7th Juan Rulfo, writer, dies
  • Jan 7th M Rooi, editor-in-chief (New Rotterdam Daily), dies at 79
  • Jan 7th Philip D. Eastman, American children's book writer and illustrator (b. 1909)
  • Jan 8th Yaroslav Seifert, Czech poet (Nobel 1984), dies at 84
  • Jan 8th Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • Jan 10th Joseph Kraft, US columnist, dies at 61
  • Jan 10th Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 48
  • Jan 11th Sid Chaplin, UK novelist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 12th Marcel Arland, French author (L'ordre, Lumière du Soir), dies at 86
  • Jan 14th Donna Reed, actress (Donna Reed Show, Dallas), dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 14th Walter Leblanc, Belgian painter, dies at 53
  • Jan 14th Daniel Balavoine, French singer (b. 1952)
  • Jan 15th James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • Jan 16th Herbert W. Armstrong, American evangelist, author, and publisher (b. 1892)
  • Jan 18th Claire James, actress (Jack Armstrong), dies
  • Jan 23rd Joseph Beuys, West German avant-garde artist/politician, dies at 64
  • Jan 24th Gordon MacRae, singer (Oklahoma, Carousel), dies at 64
  • Jan 24th L[aFayette] Ron[ald] Hubbard, author (Death Quest), dies at 74
  • Jan 24th Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (b. 1954)
  • Jan 25th Ernst Schnabel, writer, dies at 72
  • Jan 25th Horace Smith, cricketer (1 Test NZ v Eng 1933, one wkt at 113), dies
  • Jan 27th L Ron Hubbard, novelist/founder (Church of Scientology), dies at 74
  • Jan 27th Lilli Palmer, German actress (Boys from Brazil, Kinder), dies at 71
  • Jan 28th Christa McAuliffe, American teacher, dies in the Challenger space shuttle disaster at 37
  • Jan 28th Ellison S Onizuka, Hawaii, Mjr USAF/ast, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28th Francis R Scobee, Wash, USAF/astronaut, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28th Judith Arlene Resnik, Akron Oh, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28th Michael J Smith, Beaufort NC, Cmdr USN, astr, dies in Challenger
  • Jan 28th Ronald E McNair, Lake City SC, astr, dies in Challenger disaster
  • Jan 28th Greg Jarvis - Crew of Space Shuttle Challenger (b. 1944)
  • Jan 29th Leif Erickson, actor (John-High Chaparral), dies at 74
  • Jan 30th Ticker Freeman, pianist (Dinah Shore Show), dies at 74
  • Feb 1st Alva Myrdal, Swedish Nobel peace prize winner (1982), dies at 84
  • Feb 1st Dick James, Beatles' music publisher (1962-70), dies in London at 58
  • Feb 1st Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (b. 1957)
  • Feb 6th William Collier, actor (Up the River, She's My Weakness), dies
  • Feb 6th Frederick Coutts, Salvation Army general (b. 1899)
  • Feb 6th Minoru Yamasaki, American architect (b. 1912)
  • Feb 7th Armand Preud'homme, Flemish organist/lyricist, dies at 81
  • Feb 7th Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegalese historian (b. 1923)
  • Feb 10th Brian Aherne, actor (Juarez, My Sister Eileen, Rosie), dies at 83
  • Feb 11th Frank [Patrick] Herbert, sci-fi author (Dune), dies at 65
  • Feb 11th Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer, and civil servant (b. 1942)
  • Feb 12th Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 12th Sid Stone, comedian (Milton Berle Show), dies at 82
  • Feb 16th Howard Da Silva, Cleve Oh, actor (Ben Franklin-1776), dies at 76
  • Feb 17th Jiddu Krishnamurti, Indian philosopher (Kingdom Happiness), dies at 90
  • Feb 17th Paul Stewart, actor (Opening Night, In Cold Blood, Window), dies
  • Feb 19th Adolfo Celi, actor (Thunderball), dies at 63
  • Feb 19th James O Eastland, (Sen-D-Miss), dies at 81
  • Feb 19th Paul Stewart, actor (Top Secret USA, Deadline), dies at 77
  • Feb 20th Francisco Paolo Mignone, composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 20th Jacobus G Rietkerk, Dutch foreign minister (VVD), dies at 58
  • Feb 21st Shigechiyo Izumi, Japanese sugarcane farmer, once thought to be the world's oldest man ever but now disputed (b. 1865)
  • Feb 21st Helen Hooven Santmyer, American writer (b. 1895)

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Feb 24th Tommy Douglas, Canadian politician and "Father of Medicare", dies of cancer at 81

Father of Medicare Tommy Douglas
Father of Medicare
Tommy Douglas

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Feb 27th Jacques Plante, Canadian ice hockey goalie, dies of stomach cancer at 57

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Feb 28th Sven Olof Palme, Swedish PM (1969-76, 82-86), assassinated at 59
  • Feb 28th Laura Z. Hobson, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • Mar 2nd Marcel Liebman, Belgian historian, dies at 56
  • Mar 2nd Zafer Masri, mayor of Nablus, murdered
  • Mar 4th Henri Knap, Dutch journalist/writer, dies at 75
  • Mar 4th Richard Manuel, rock vocalist/pianist (Band), commits suicide at 42
  • Mar 4th Howard Greenfield, American songwriter (b. 1936)

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Mar 4th Elizabeth Smart, Canadian author (By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept), dies of a heart attack at 72

  • Mar 5th Teddy Hoad, cricketer (West Indian captain 1930), dies
  • Mar 6th Adolph Caesar, actor (Club Paradise, Soldier's Story), dies

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Mar 6th Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Flowers), dies at 98

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Mar 7th Jacob K Javits, (Sen-R-NY), dies in Palm Beach, Fla at 81
  • Mar 8th Hubert Fichte, writer, dies at 50
  • Mar 9th Ned Calmer, TV host (In the First Person), dies at 78
  • Mar 10th Ray Milland, Welsh actor (The Lost Weekend-Acad Award 1945), dies at 81
  • Mar 11th Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • Mar 13th Alvaro Fayad Delgado, Colombian guerilla leader (M-19), dies
  • Mar 14th Benno Ammann, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 14th Edith Atwater, actress (Phyllis-Love on a Rooftop), dies at 74
  • Mar 14th Jozef Kresanek, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 14th Marlin Perkins, TV host (Wild Kingdom) at 80
  • Mar 14th Huw Wheldon, Welsh broadcaster (BBC), dies at 69
  • Mar 17th Hal Buckley, actor (John Quincy-OK Crackerby), dies at 49
  • Mar 18th Bernard Malamud, US writer (Fixer, Natural), dies at 71
  • Mar 21st August de Boodt, Belgian politician, dies at 90
  • Mar 22nd Charles Starrett, actor (Silver Streak, Jungle Bride), dies
  • Mar 22nd Mark Dinning, American singer (b. 1933)
  • Mar 24th Sarah Cunningham, actress (Nurse Andrews-Trapper John MD), dies at 67
  • Mar 26th Bartlett Robinson, actor (Wendy & Me, Mona McCluskey), dies at 73
  • Mar 27th Cass Canfield, US publisher, dies at 88
  • Mar 28th Victor J Lopez, actor (Chuey-Man From Atlantis), dies at 39
  • Mar 28th Virginia Gilmore, actress (Jennie, Western Union), dies
  • Mar 29th Harry Ritz, actor (3 Musketeers, On the Avenue), dies at 79

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Mar 30th James Cagney, actor (Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies in NY at 86

  • Mar 30th John Ciardi, US poet/interpreter (Dante), dies at 69
  • Mar 31st Harry Ritz, comedian/actor (Ritz Brothers), dies at 79
  • Mar 31st Jerry Paris, director/actor (Jerry-Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 60
  • Mar 31st O'Kelly Isley, US, singer (Isley Brothers), dies of heart attack at 48
  • Apr 3rd Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • Apr 4th Frank Mortelmans, Belgian painter, dies at 87
  • Apr 5th Colin McCool, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies
  • Apr 5th Manly Wade Wellman, sci-fi author (Devil's Planet), dies at 82
  • Apr 8th Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer (b. 1967)
  • Apr 9th Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, dies at 64
  • Apr 10th Joseph P Addabbo, US defence specialist/(Sen-D), dies at 61
  • Apr 10th Linda Creed, American songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 12th Valentin Kataev, Russian writer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 13th Stephen Stucker, actor (Trading Places, Airplane), dies

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Apr 14th Simone de Beauvoir, French author (She Came to Stay), dies of pneumonia at 78

  • Apr 15th Jean Genet, French criminal/novelist/dramatist, dies at 75
  • Apr 15th Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, cosmonaut, dies at 76
  • Apr 15th Tim McIntire, actor (Bob Younger-Legend of Jesse James), dies at 42
  • Apr 17th Bessie Head, writer, dies
  • Apr 18th Marcel Dassault, [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • Apr 19th Alvin Childress, actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 78
  • Apr 19th Dag Ivar Wiren, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 20th Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer (b. 1916)
  • Apr 21st Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist (b.1930)
  • Apr 22nd Mircea Eliade, writer, dies
  • Apr 23rd Harold Arlen, [Hyman Arluck], US composer, murdered at 81
  • Apr 23rd Jim Laker, cricketer (193 wkts for England at 21 24), dies
  • Apr 23rd Otto Preminger, dir (Advise & Consent, Anatomy of Murder), dies at 79

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Apr 24th Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • Apr 24th Bill Edrich, cricketer (39 Tests for England), dies
  • Apr 26th Bessie Love, actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87
  • Apr 26th [William] Broderick Crawford, American actor (Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74
  • Apr 26th Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter (b. 1899)
  • Apr 29th Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25
  • May 1st Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
  • May 1st Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • May 2nd Henri Toivonen, Finnish rallydriver (b.1956)
  • May 3rd Robert Alda, actor (Dan Lewis-Supertrain), dies at 72
  • May 5th Jon William Haussermann Jr, composer, dies at 76
  • May 5th Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, dies at 94
  • May 7th Gaston Deferre, French politician, dies at 75
  • May 7th Jeffrey Mylett, American actor (b. 1949
  • May 9th Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], Limbourg activist, dies at 60
  • May 9th Herschel Bernardi, actor (Lt Jacoby-Peter Gunn, Arnie), dies at 62

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May 9th Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • May 11th Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • May 11th Fritz Pollard, American football player (b. 1894)
  • May 12th Elisabeth Bergner, dies at 85
  • May 12th Lee Bonnell, American actor, dies at 67
  • May 15th Theodore H White, US journalist (Making of Pres, Pulitzer), dies at 71
  • May 15th Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
  • May 18th John Bubbles Sublett, tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • May 19th Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • May 20th Bernard Naylor, composer, dies at 78
  • May 20th Willem Pee, Belgian linguistic, dies at 83
  • May 22nd Martin Gabel, actor (Thief, Marnie), dies at 63
  • May 23rd Sterling Hayden, actor (Blue & Gray), dies at 70
  • May 24th Gunnar Bjornstrand, actor (7th Seal, Devil's Eye), dies at 76
  • May 24th Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • May 24th Yakima Canutt, actor/director (Diary of a Young Comic), dies at 91
  • May 25th Chester Bowles, US senator/ambassador, dies at 85
  • May 27th Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • May 27th Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • May 28th Lurene Tuttle, actress (Father of Bride, Julia), dies at 79
  • May 30th Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
  • May 31st James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jun 1st Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1958)
  • Jun 2nd Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor/composer (Elegie), dies at 80
  • Jun 2nd Aurel Joliat, Canadian hockey player (b. 1901)
  • Jun 3rd Anna Neagle, actress (Courtney Affair)/dancer, dies at 81
  • Jun 3rd Arthur Charles Ernest Hoeree, composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 3rd Patricia Wheel, actress (Christine-Woman to Remember), dies at 42
  • Jun 6th Herbert Eisenreich, Austrian writer, dies at 61
  • Jun 10th Merle Miller, American biographer (b. 1919)
  • Jun 11th Robert E Howard, sci-fi author (Conan the Conqueror), dies at 80
  • Jun 11th Chesley Bonestell, American-born engineer, architect, and artist (b. 1888)
  • Jun 12th Antoon Breyne, Belgian journalist, dies at 76
  • Jun 12th Tony Desimone, combo leader (Ernie in Kovacsland), dies at 66
  • Jun 13th Benny Goodman, clarinetist/bandleader (King of Swing), dies at 77
  • Jun 14th Alan Jay Lerner, Broadway librettist, dies in NY at 67

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Jun 14th Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine author (Book of Sand), dies in Geneva at 86

  • Jun 14th Marlin Perkins, TV host (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom), dies at 81
  • Jun 14th E Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), dies at 74
  • Jun 15th K K Tarapore, cricketer (Test for India 1948), killed by motor-scooter
  • Jun 16th Maurice Duruflé, French composer and organist (b. 1902)
  • Jun 17th Jef Keuleers, Belgian worker's union leader, dies at 75
  • Jun 17th Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC at 78
  • Jun 18th Frances Scott Fitzgerald, Daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre. (b. 1921)
  • Jun 19th Coluche, [Michel Colucci], French comic, dies at 41
  • Jun 19th Len Bias, 1st pick of Celtics, suffers fatal cocaine-induced seizure
  • Jun 19th Murray P Haydon, artificial heart recipient, dies in Louisville at 59
  • Jun 20th Tim Herbert, comedian (Dagmar's Canteen), dies at 71
  • Jun 21st Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer and author (b. 1923)
  • Jun 23rd Nigel Stock, actor (Lost Continent, Young Sherlock Holmes), dies
  • Jun 25th Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet, dies at 63
  • Jun 26th Laurie Fishlock, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • Jun 27th Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning
  • Jun 27th Edna Mae Cooper, actress (Folly of Vanity, Grounds for Divorce), dies
  • Jun 27th George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1905)
  • Jun 27th Joe Maphis, American country music guitarist dies aged 65
  • Jun 29th Ida Mae McKenzie, entertainer, dies