Famous Deaths in December 1999

  • Dec 3 Madeline Kahn, American actress (b. 1942)
  • Dec 3 Jarl Wahlström, 12th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1918)
  • Dec 3 Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 4 Rose Bird, American judge (b. 1936)
  • Dec 8 Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
  • Dec 10 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band) (b. 1942)
  • Dec 10 Shirley Hemphill, American actress (b. 1947)
  • Dec 10 Franjo Tuđman, President of Croatia (b. 1922)
  • Dec 12 Paul Cadmus, American artist (b. 1904)
  • Dec 12 Joseph Heller, American author (Catch-22), dies at 76
  • Dec 13 Allen Breed, American inventor of the first automotive airbag sensor, dies of a heart attack while suffering from lung cancer, at 72
  • Dec 17 Grover Washington, Jr., American saxophonist (b. 1943)
  • Dec 17 Rex Allen, American actor, singer and songwriter (b. 1920)
  • Dec 18 Robert Bresson, French film director (A Man Escaped, Balthazar, at Random), dies at 98
  • Dec 19 Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor, dies at 85
  • Dec 20 Hank Snow, Canadian singer (b. 1914)
  • Dec 20 Riccardo Freda, Italian film director (b. 1909)
  • Dec 24 João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • Dec 24 Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach
  • Dec 24 Maurice Couve de Murville, French politician, Prime minister of France (b. 1907)
  • Dec 24 Zeke Carey, American R&B singer (Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!) dies at 66
  • Dec 25 Peter Jeffrey, English actor (b. 1929)
  • Dec 26 Curtis Mayfield, American musician (b. 1942)
  • Dec 26 Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India (b. 1918)
  • Dec 28 Clayton Moore, American actor (The Lone Ranger), dies at 85
  • Dec 29 Leon Radzinowicz, British criminologist (b. 1906)
  • Dec 30 Fritz Leonhardt, German structural engineer (b. 1909)
  • Dec 30 Sarah Knauss, American, once considered the world's oldest living person (b. 1880)
  • Dec 31 Elliot Richardson, American politician (b. 1920)