Famous Deaths in December 2008

  • Dec 1 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 1 Joseph B. Wirthlin, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, businessman (b. 1917)
  • Dec 1 Paul Benedict, American actor (b. 1938)
  • Dec 2 Edward Samuel Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (b. 1933)
  • Dec 2 Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American United Methodist Pastor
  • Dec 2 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • Dec 3 Robert Zajonc, Polish-American social psychologist (b. 1923)
  • Dec 5 Patriarch Alexy II of Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (b. 1929)
  • Dec 5 Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, Romanian politician and president of the Association of Romanian Former Political Prisoners. (b. 1928)
  • Dec 5 Nina Foch, Dutch-born American actress (b. 1924)
  • Dec 5 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 7 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • Dec 8 Kerryn McCann, Australian athlete (b. 1967)
  • Dec 8 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer. (b. 1925)
  • Dec 8 Robert Prosky, American actor (b. 1930)
  • Dec 9 Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian football player (b. 1972)
  • Dec 9 Yuri Glazkov, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1939)
  • Dec 10 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)

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Dec 11 Bettie Page, American Playboy pin-up model, dies at 85

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • Dec 11 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • Dec 12 Avery Dulles, Roman Catholic Cardinal, heologian (b. 1918)
  • Dec 12 Van Johnson, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Dec 12 Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot former president (b. 1934)
  • Dec 13 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • Dec 14 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 15 León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
  • Dec 17 Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955)

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Dec 17 Sammy Baugh, American football player, dies at 94

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • Dec 17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 18 Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (Star Trek), and the widow of Gene Roddenberry, dies at 76
  • Dec 18 Mark Felt, the infamous "Deep Throat", American FBI official and whistle blower during the Watergate Scandal dies aged 95
  • Dec 19 James Bevel, 1960s Civil rights movement leader (b. 1936)
  • Dec 19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 19 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)
  • Dec 19 Carol Chomsky, American linguist and education specialist (b. 1930)
  • Dec 20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • Dec 24 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78

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Dec 24 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, dies at 81

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • Dec 25 Eartha Kitt, American actress and singer (Santa Baby), dies at 81
  • Dec 26 Gösta Krantz, Swedish actor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 27 Delaney Bramlett, American musician (b. 1939)
  • Dec 29 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • Dec 30 Dick Green, Canadian actor
  • Dec 30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69
  • Dec 31 Donald E. Westlake, American author (b. 1933)