Famous Deaths in 2008

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

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Jan 11th 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 13th Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • Jan 13th Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Jan 14th Judah Folkman, Surgeon that developed Angiogenesis (b. 1933)
  • Jan 15th Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 15th Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 19th 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 19th Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)
  • Mar 19th Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 20th Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 20th Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 20th Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 20th Klaus Dinger, German Musician (b. 1946)
  • Mar 22nd Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24th Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • Mar 24th Neil Aspinall, British record producer (b. 1941)
  • Mar 24th Richard Widmark, American actor (b. 1914)
  • Mar 24th Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • Mar 25th Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Mar 25th Ben Carnevale, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26th Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • Mar 26th Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 26th Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • Mar 26th Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)
  • Mar 27th Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA (b. 1921)
  • Mar 27th George Pruteanu, Romanian literary critic and politician (b. 1947)
  • Mar 30th Dith Pran, The Killing Fields Photographer (b. 1942)
  • Mar 30th David Leslie, Touring Car Driver (b. 1953)
  • Mar 30th Richard Lloyd, Racing Car Driver (b. 1945)
  • Mar 31st Jules Dassin, American film director (b .1911)
  • Mar 31st Bill Keightley, "Mr. Wildcat." University of Kentucky basketball equipment manger 1962-2008 (b .1926)
  • Apr 3rd Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • Apr 4th Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)

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

  • Apr 8th Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • Apr 8th John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
  • Apr 8th Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 11th Merlin German, United States Marine
  • Apr 12th Patrick 'Paddy' Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12th Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
  • Apr 12th Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • Apr 13th John Wheeler, American physicist and educator (b. 1911)
  • Apr 14th Tommy Holmes, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Apr 14th Ollie Johnston, the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men. (b. 1912)
  • Apr 14th Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • Apr 15th Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian and bishop (b. 1921)
  • Apr 15th Benoît Lamy, Belgian Movie Director (b. 1945)
  • Apr 16th Edward Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16th Joseph Solman, American painter
  • Apr 17th Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician (b. 1913)
  • Apr 17th Danny Federici, organ player for E-Street Band (b. 1950)
  • Apr 19th John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Apr 19th Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • Apr 19th Alfonso López Trujillo, Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (b. 1935)
  • Apr 20th VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)
  • Apr 20th Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 21st Al Wilson, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 22nd Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive (b. 1941)
  • Apr 25th Humphrey Lyttelton, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • Apr 29th Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)
  • Apr 30th John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • May 1st Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
  • May 1st Deborah Jeane Palfrey, Washington, D.C. prostitution service owner (b. 1956)
  • May 2nd Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)
  • May 3rd Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish former Primer Minister (b. 1926)
  • May 5th Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • May 8th Eddy Arnold, Country music star (b. 1918)
  • May 8th François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • May 9th Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (b. 1929)
  • May 9th Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist (b. 1942)
  • May 10th Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 10th Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
  • May 11th Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer (b. 1934)
  • May 11th John Rutsey, Canadian drummer, formerly for Canadian progressive rock band Rush (b.1953)