Famous Deaths in December 2004

  • Dec 1 Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands (b. 1911)
  • Dec 2 Mona Van Duyn, American poet (b. 1921)
  • Dec 2 Alicia Markova, British ballerina (Diaghilev's Ballet Russe 1925-32) dies aged 94
  • Dec 2 Kevin Coyne, English musician, dies at 60
  • Dec 3 Shiing-Shen Chern, Chinese mathematician (b. 1911)
  • Dec 4 Elena Souliotis, Greek soprano (b. 1943)
  • Dec 6 Raymond Goethals, Belgian football coach (b. 1921)
  • Dec 7 Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914)
  • Dec 7 Jerry Scoggins, American singer (b. 1913)
  • Dec 7 Jay Van Andel, co-founder and former chairman of Amway (b. 1924)
  • Dec 8 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
  • Dec 9 David Brudnoy, American radio personality (b. 1940)
  • Dec 9 Lea De Mae, Czech actress (b. 1976)
  • Dec 11 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
  • Dec 11 M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (b. 1916)
  • Dec 11 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)
  • Dec 13 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Dec 13 David Wheeler, English computer scientist (b. 1927)
  • Dec 14 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Dec 14 Fernando Poe, Jr., Filipino actor and presidential candidate (b. 1939)
  • Dec 15 Pauline Gore, mother of Al Gore (b. 1912)
  • Dec 16 Peter Coker, English painter, dies at 78
  • Dec 16 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Dec 16 Agnes Martin, Canadian-American abstract painter dies aged 92
  • Dec 17 Tom Wesselmann, American collage artist (b. 1931)
  • Dec 17 Dick Heckstall-Smith, English jazz-blues saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 18 Anthony Sampson, British journalist and biographer (b. 1926)
  • Dec 18 John W. Downey, American composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 19 Herbert C. Brown, English-born American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)
  • Dec 19 Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, dies at 82
  • Dec 20 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth) dies from diabetes complications at 62
  • Dec 21 Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist (b. 1925)
  • Dec 22 Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • Dec 23 P. V. Narasimha Rao, Prime Minister of India (b. 1921)
  • Dec 23 Anne Truitt, American artist dies aged 83
  • Dec 23 Peter Beazley, British politician (C) (European Parliament), dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Johnny Oates, baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
  • Dec 25 Gennady Strekalov, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1940)
  • Dec 26 Sir Angus Ogilvy, British businessman, husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent (b. 1928)
  • Dec 26 Marianne Heiberg, Norwegian mediator (b. 1945)
  • Dec 26 Jonathan Drummond-Webb, South African pediatric heart surgeon (b. 1959)
  • Dec 26 Sigurd Køhn, Norwegian jazz musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1959)

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Dec 26 Reggie White, American football player, dies at 43

NFL Legend Reggie White
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Reggie White
  • Dec 26 Aki Sirkesalo, Finnish musician, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1962)
  • Dec 26 Mieszko Talarczyk, Lead singer/Guitarist of grindcore band, Nasum, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1974)
  • Dec 26 Troy Broadbridge, Australian rules footballer, in 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (b. 1980)
  • Dec 27 Hank Garland, American musician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 28 Jerry Orbach, American actor (b. 1935)

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Dec 28 Susan Sontag, American writer, dies from Myelodysplastic syndrome at 71

Author Susan Sontag
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Susan Sontag
  • Dec 29 Liddy Holloway, New Zealand actress (b. 1947)
  • Dec 29 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (b. 1915)
  • Dec 29 Julius Axelrod, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1912)
  • Dec 30 Artie Shaw, American jazz clarinetist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 94
  • Dec 31 Gerard Debreu, French-born economist, Bank of Sweden Prize laureate (b. 1921)