Famous Deaths in 2009

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  • Jan 1 Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator (b. 1918)
  • Jan 1 Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader (b. 1962)
  • Jan 2 Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • Jan 3 Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
  • Jan 3 Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • Jan 3 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • Jan 4 Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • Jan 5 Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • Jan 6 Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)
  • Jan 8 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • Jan 9 T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
  • Jan 9 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 10 William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • Jan 11 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)
  • Jan 12 Claude Berri, French movie director (b. 1934)
  • Jan 12 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
  • Jan 13 Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • Jan 13 Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)
  • Jan 13 Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 13 Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
  • Jan 13 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • Jan 14 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin (b. 1937)
  • Jan 14 Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (How the West Was Won), dies of congestive heart failure at 88
  • Jan 16 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • Jan 16 John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • Jan 16 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)
  • Jan 17 Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
  • Jan 18 Tony Hart, British artist and TV presenter (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
  • Jan 18 Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • Jan 20 Stéphanos II Ghattas, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria for the Coptic Catholic Church (b. 1920)
  • Jan 20 Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)
  • Jan 20 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • Jan 20 Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 22 Billy Werber, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • Jan 23 Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • Jan 24 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • Jan 24 Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)
  • Jan 24 Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • Jan 25 Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)
  • Jan 27 John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • Jan 27 R. Venkataraman, 8th President of India (b. 1910)
  • Jan 28 Billy Powell, American musician (b. 1952)
  • Jan 29 Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 29 John Martyn, British singer songwriter, dies at 60
  • Jan 29 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 29 Alfred Mabbs, British Archivist (Public Records Office), dies at 87
  • Jan 30 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
  • Jan 31 Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood (b. 1933)
  • Feb 3 Sheng-yen, Buddhist monk and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 4 Lux Interior, Frontman of the garage rock band The Cramps (b. 1946)
  • Feb 7 Brian Naylor (broadcaster), Australian television presenter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 8 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (b. 1982)
  • Feb 9 Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • Feb 10 Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)
  • Feb 11 Estelle Bennett, American singer (Ronettes), dies at 67
  • Feb 11 Willem J Kolff, Dutch-American Physician and Biomedical Engineer (artificial kidney, hemodialysis), dies at 97
  • Feb 14 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies of cancer at 82
  • Feb 15 Joe Cuba, Puerto-Rican musician (b. 1931)
  • Feb 15 Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, university president (b. 1935)
  • Feb 16 Stephen Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan, Korean Cardinal, Protopriest of the Holy Roman Church (b. 1921)
  • Feb 17 Gazanfer Özcan, Turkish actor (b. 1931)
  • Feb 17 Conchita Cintrón, Chilean bullfighter (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18 Al-Tayyib Salih, Sudanese novelist and columnist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 19 Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b.1945)
  • Feb 19 Miika Tenkula, Finnish guitarist for the band Sentenced (b.1974)
  • Feb 20 Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
  • Feb 25 Ivan Cameron, son of David Cameron UK politician
  • Feb 25 Philip José Farmer, American science fiction writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91
  • Feb 26 Wendy Richard, English actress (b. 1943)
  • Feb 26 Norm Van Lier, Basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • Feb 26 Johnny Kerr, Basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)

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Feb 28 Paul Harvey, American radio broadcaster, dies at 90

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • Mar 2 João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)
  • Mar 2 Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)
  • Mar 4 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • Mar 4 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 4 Yvon Cormier, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Mar 4 Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • Mar 4 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 George McAfee, former American football player (b. 1918)
  • Mar 4 Harry Parkes, English footballer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Salvatore Samperi, Italian film director (b 1944)
  • Mar 4 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • Mar 6 Francis Magalona, Filipino media artist and photographer. (b. 1964)
  • Mar 6 Susan Tsvangirai, wife of Morgan Tsvangirai (b. 1959)
  • Mar 7 Jang Ja-yeon, South Korean actress (b. 1982)
  • Mar 8 Ali Bongo, President of the Magic Circle (b.1929)
  • Mar 8 Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
  • Mar 11 Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, promoter and entertainer
  • Mar 13 Andrew Martin, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1975)
  • Mar 13 Betsy Blair, American actress of film and stage, (b. 1923)
  • Mar 13 James Purdy, American author, dies at 94
  • Mar 14 Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 14 Altovise Davis, American entertainer, best known as Sammy Davis, Jr.'s third wife. (b. 1943)
  • Mar 15 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop), dies of cancer at 62
  • Mar 17 Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian politician and TV host (b. 1937)

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Mar 18 Natasha Richardson, English actress (b. 1963)

  • Mar 19 Ion Dolănescu, Romanian singer and politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 20 Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
  • Mar 21 Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1960)
  • Mar 22 Leon Walker, Wakefield Wildcats Rugby Player (b. 1988)
  • Mar 22 Jade Goody, English reality TV Star and Entrepreneur, dies of cancer at 27
  • Mar 23 Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 24 George Kell, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Mar 25 Johnny Blanchard, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Mar 25 Gábor Ocskay, Hungarian hockey player (b. 1975)
  • Mar 25 Giovanni Parisi, Italian boxer (b. 1967)
  • Mar 25 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • Mar 27 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • Mar 29 Maurice Jarre, French composer (b.1924)
  • Mar 29 Vladimir Fedotov, Soviet football striker and manager (b.1943)
  • Mar 29 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • Mar 31 Jarl Alfredius, Swedish news anchor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 31 Raúl Alfonsín, Argentinean ex president (b. 1927)
  • Apr 6 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • Apr 7 Dave Arneson, Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)
  • Apr 9 Nick Adenhart, MLB pitcher (b. 1986)
  • Apr 10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • Apr 11 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist (b. 1927)
  • Apr 13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (b. 1936)
  • Apr 13 Bruce Snyder, American football coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 13 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (b. 1954)
  • Apr 15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP (b.1924)
  • Apr 17 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People) dies aged 88
  • Apr 18 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)
  • Apr 19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)
  • Apr 24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • Apr 25 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress ("All in the Family", "The Golden Girls"), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • Apr 27 Feroz Khan, Indian actor (b. 1939)
  • Apr 27 Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress and model (b. 1983)
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer (b. 1947)
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina (b. 1939)
  • May 1 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • May 3 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • May 4 Dom Deluise, American comedian, actor (b. 1933)
  • May 6 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • May 7 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • May 8 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • May 8 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • May 9 Chuck Daly, American basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • May 12 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (b. 1957)
  • May 13 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • May 13 Frank Aletter, American character actor (b. 1926)
  • May 15 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor (b. 1923)
  • May 15 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • May 17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • May 17 Jung Seung-hye, South Korean film producer (b. 1965)
  • May 18 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • May 18 Dolla American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)
  • May 18 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)
  • May 19 Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)
  • May 19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 20 Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)
  • May 20 Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
  • May 23 Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)
  • May 24 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • May 25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • May 26 Peter Zezel, Canadian professional hockey player (b. 1965)

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May 27 Clive Granger, Swansea, Wales, Welsh-born British economist, dies at 74

Economist Clive Granger
Economist
Clive Granger
  • May 29 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • May 30 Torsten Andersson, Swedish painter (b. 1926)
  • May 31 Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster died. (b. 1912)
  • May 31 George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941)
  • May 31 Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)
  • Jun 2 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • Jun 3 David Carradine, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Jun 3 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • Jun 3 Sam Butera, American jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • Jun 5 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies at 31
  • Jun 7 Kenny Rankin, American singer (b. 1940)
  • Jun 7 Hugh Hopper, British musician (b. 1945)
  • Jun 8 Omar Bongo, President of Gabon (b. 1935)
  • Jun 9 Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver
  • Jun 10 Tenniel Evans, English actor (b. 1926)
  • Jun 13 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Jun 13 Fathi Yakan, Lebanese leader and Muslim cleric (b. 1933)
  • Jun 14 Bob Bogle, founding member of The Ventures
  • Jun 14 Ivan Della Mea, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Jun 17 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • Jun 17 Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
  • Jun 19 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian (b. 1895)
  • Jun 23 Ed McMahon, American television personality (b. 1923)
  • Jun 24 Ed Thomas, well-known high school football coach from Iowa (b. 1951)
  • Jun 24 Roméo LeBlanc, 25th Governor General of Canada (b. 1927)

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Jun 25 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

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Jun 25 Farrah Fawcett, American actress and pop culture figure (b.1947)

  • Jun 27 Gale Storm, TV Personality (b. 1922)
  • Jun 27 Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
  • Jun 28 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • Jun 28 Fred Travalena, American comedian and impressionist (b. 1942)
  • Jun 28 A. K. Lohithadas, Indian screenwriter, director, and producer (b. 1955)
  • Jun 29 Joe Bowman (marksman), American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, famed bootmaker & master showman (b. 1925)
  • Jun 30 Pina Bausch, German choreographer (b. 1940)
  • Jul 1 Karl Malden, American actor (b. 1912)
  • Jul 1 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)