Famous Deaths in 2008

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  • Jan 1 Salvatore Bonanno, son of Joseph Bonnano (b. 1932)
  • Jan 1 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor (b. 1949)
  • Jan 1 Pratap Chandra Chunder, union minister of India (b. 1919)
  • Jan 1 Harold Corsini, American photographer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 2 Gerry Staley, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 2 Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krommaluang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (b. 1923)
  • Jan 2 George MacDonald Fraser, British author (b. 1925)
  • Jan 2 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 3 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • Jan 3 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • Jan 3 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer/former WBC light flyweight champion (b. 1972)
  • Jan 4 Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan print editor (b. 1932)
  • Jan 4 Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
  • Jan 5 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • Jan 7 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • Jan 8 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • Jan 8 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • Jan 9 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • Jan 9 William Quinn, Irish Republican Army soldier (b. 1950)
  • Jan 9 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
  • Jan 9 Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI from 1982 to 1987 (b.1924).
  • Jan 10 Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
  • Jan 10 Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira, Finnish-born American actress (b. 1921)
  • Jan 10 Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)
  • Jan 11 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)

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Jan 11 Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • Jan 13 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • Jan 13 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Jan 14 Judah Folkman, Surgeon that developed Angiogenesis (b. 1933)
  • Jan 15 Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 15 Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)

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Jan 17 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (b. 1943)

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Jan 17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jan 17 Allan Melvin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Jan 18 Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • Jan 18 Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
  • Jan 19 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • Jan 19 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Jan 20 Ali Sadikin, former Jakarta famous governor (b. 1927)
  • Jan 21 Pam Barrett, Canadian politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 21 Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)

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Jan 22 Heath Ledger, Australian actor (b. 1979)

  • Jan 22 Miles Lerman, Polish-American activist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 24 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • Jan 25 Christopher Allport, American actor (b. 1947)
  • Jan 25 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • Jan 26 Christian Brando, actor and son of Marlon Brando (b 1958)
  • Jan 27 Gordon B. Hinckley, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1910)

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Jan 27 Suharto, 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • Jan 27 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)
  • Jan 27 Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Jan 28 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • Jan 28 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 29 Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • Jan 29 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Beadle, British television host, (b. 1948)
  • Jan 30 Roland Selmeczi, Hungarian actor (b. 1969)
  • Jan 30 Marcial Maciel, Mexican religious leader (b. 1920)
  • Jan 31 Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug (b. 1997)
  • Feb 2 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • Feb 3 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot (b. 1916)
  • Feb 4 Stefan Meller, Polish foreign minister (b. 1942)
  • Feb 5 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. ca. 1917)
  • Feb 6 John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 6 Tony Rolt, English racing driver (b. 1918)
  • Feb 6 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • Feb 7 Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
  • Feb 7 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • Feb 8 Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
  • Feb 9 Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • Feb 9 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • Feb 9 Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • Feb 9 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • Feb 10 Roy Scheider, American Actor (b. 1932)
  • Feb 10 Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • Feb 11 Tom Lantos, member of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1928)
  • Feb 11 Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 12 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • Feb 13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • Feb 15 Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • Feb 15 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • Feb 17 Brian Harris, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 18 Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • Feb 18 Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
  • Feb 18 Mickey Renaud, Canadian professional ice hockey player (b. 1988)
  • Feb 19 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • Feb 19 Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
  • Feb 20 Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 Larry Davis (criminal)
  • Feb 21 Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • Feb 21 Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • Feb 23 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian prime minister and president (b. 1950)
  • Feb 23 Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 23 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot, first to land at Newfoundland Airport on January 11, 1938 (b. 1916)
  • Feb 24 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), dies at 60
  • Feb 25 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • Feb 25 Hans Raj Khanna, Judge of the Supreme Court of India (b. 1912)
  • Feb 25 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 26 Buddy Miles, American drummer (Band of Gypsies; b. 1947)
  • Feb 26 Dick Fletcher, Meteorologist (b.1942)
  • Feb 26 Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • Feb 27 Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • Feb 27 William F. Buckley, Jr., American conservative author and commentator (b. 1925)
  • Feb 27 Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • Feb 28 Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)
  • Mar 2 Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 4 Gary Gygax, Fantasy author and role-playing games creator. (b. 1938)
  • Mar 4 Elena Nathanael, Greek film actress (b. 1941)
  • Mar 4 Leonard Rosenman, American film, television and concert composer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)
  • Mar 4 George Walter, former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (b. 1928)
  • Mar 5 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American professor of computer science (b.1923)
  • Mar 6 Peter Poreku Cardinal Dery Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, Ghana
  • Mar 8 Carol Barnes, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)
  • Mar 10 Richard Fran Biegenwald, an American serial killer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 12 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • Mar 12 Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer, humorist, and TV, theater and radio host (b. 1949)
  • Mar 14 Chiara Lubich, Italian Catholic activist and leader and foundress of the Focolare (b. 1920)
  • Mar 15 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 15 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • Mar 16 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish session drummer for ABBA (b. 1946)
  • Mar 16 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • Mar 16 G. David Low, American astronaut (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 John Hewer, Actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials. (b. 1922)
  • Mar 17 Roland Arnall, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands (b. 1939)
  • Mar 18 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54
  • Mar 18 Andrew Britton, Author (b. 1981)

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Mar 19 Sir Arthur C. Clarke, English science fiction author and inventor (b. 1917)

Sci-Fi Author Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Mar 19 Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)
  • Mar 19 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 20 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 20 Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 20 Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 20 Klaus Dinger, German Musician (b. 1946)
  • Mar 22 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • Mar 24 Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
  • Mar 24 Richard Widmark, American actor (b. 1914)
  • Mar 24 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • Mar 25 Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Mar 25 Ben Carnevale, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • Mar 26 Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 26 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • Mar 26 Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)
  • Mar 27 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA (b. 1921)
  • Mar 27 George Pruteanu, Romanian literary critic and politician (b. 1947)
  • Mar 30 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", dies of pancreatic cancer at 65
  • Mar 30 David Leslie, Touring Car Driver (b. 1953)
  • Mar 30 Richard Lloyd, Racing Car Driver (b. 1945)
  • Mar 31 Jules Dassin, American film director (b .1911)
  • Mar 31 Bill Keightley, "Mr. Wildcat." University of Kentucky basketball equipment manger 1962-2008 (b .1926)
  • Apr 3 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • Apr 4 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)

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Apr 5 Charlton Heston, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • Apr 8 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • Apr 8 John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
  • Apr 8 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 11 Merlin German, United States Marine
  • Apr 12 Patrick 'Paddy' Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
  • Apr 12 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • Apr 12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • Apr 13 John Wheeler, American physicist and educator (b. 1911)
  • Apr 14 Tommy Holmes, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Apr 14 Ollie Johnston, the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men. (b. 1912)
  • Apr 14 Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • Apr 15 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian and bishop (b. 1921)
  • Apr 15 Benoît Lamy, Belgian Movie Director (b. 1945)
  • Apr 16 Edward Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16 Joseph Solman, American painter
  • Apr 17 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (b. 1913)
  • Apr 17 Danny Federici, organ player for E-Street Band (b. 1950)
  • Apr 19 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Apr 19 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • Apr 19 Alfonso López Trujillo, Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (b. 1935)
  • Apr 20 VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)
  • Apr 20 Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 21 Al Wilson, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 22 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive (b. 1941)
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • Apr 29 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)
  • Apr 30 John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • May 1 Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
  • May 1 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, commits suicide at 52
  • May 2 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)
  • May 3 Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish former Primer Minister (b. 1926)
  • May 3 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • May 5 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • May 8 Eddy Arnold, Country music star (b. 1918)
  • May 8 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • May 9 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (b. 1929)
  • May 9 Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist (b. 1942)
  • May 10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)