Famous Deaths in 2009

Deaths 1 - 200 of 369

  • Jan 1st Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator (b. 1918)
  • Jan 1st Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader (b. 1962)
  • Jan 2nd Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • Jan 3rd Pat Hingle, American actor (b. 1924)
  • Jan 3rd Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • Jan 3rd Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • Jan 4th Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • Jan 5th Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • Jan 6th Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)
  • Jan 8th Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • Jan 9th T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
  • Jan 9th Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 10th William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • Jan 11th David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)
  • Jan 12th Claude Berri, French movie director (b. 1934)
  • Jan 12th Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
  • Jan 13th Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • Jan 13th Patrick McGoohan, American actor (b. 1928)
  • Jan 13th Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 13th Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
  • Jan 13th William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • Jan 14th Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin (b. 1937)
  • Jan 14th Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (How the West Was Won), dies of congestive heart failure at 88
  • Jan 16th Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • Jan 16th John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • Jan 16th Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (b. 1917)
  • Jan 17th Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
  • Jan 18th Tony Hart, British artist and TV presenter (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18th Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
  • Jan 18th Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • Jan 20th Stéphanos II Ghattas, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria for the Coptic Catholic Church (b. 1920)
  • Jan 20th Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)
  • Jan 20th David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • Jan 20th Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 22nd Billy Werber, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • Jan 23rd Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • Jan 24th Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • Jan 24th Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)
  • Jan 24th Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • Jan 25th Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)
  • Jan 27th John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • Jan 27th R. Venkataraman, 8th President of India (b. 1910)
  • Jan 28th Billy Powell, American musician (b. 1952)
  • Jan 29th Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 29th John Martyn, Scottish singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Jan 29th Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 30th Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
  • Jan 31st Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood (b. 1933)
  • Feb 3rd Sheng-yen, Buddhist monk and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 4th Lux Interior, Frontman of the garage rock band The Cramps (b. 1946)
  • Feb 7th Brian Naylor (broadcaster), Australian television presenter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 8th Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (b. 1982)
  • Feb 9th Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • Feb 10th Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)
  • Feb 11th Estelle Bennett, American singer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 11th Willem J Kolff, Dutch-American Physician and Biomedical Engineer (artificial kidney, hemodialysis), dies at 97
  • Feb 14th Sir Bernard Ashley, Welsh businessman and entrepreneur. (b. 1926)
  • Feb 15th Joe Cuba, Puerto-Rican musician (b. 1931)
  • Feb 15th Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, university president (b. 1935)
  • Feb 16th Stephen Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan, Korean Cardinal, Protopriest of the Holy Roman Church (b. 1921)
  • Feb 17th Gazanfer Özcan, Turkish actor (b. 1931)
  • Feb 17th Conchita Cintrón, Chilean bullfighter (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18th Al-Tayyib Salih, Sudanese novelist and columnist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 19th Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b.1945)
  • Feb 19th Miika Tenkula, Finnish guitarist for the band Sentenced (b.1974)
  • Feb 20th Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
  • Feb 25th Philip José Farmer, American science fiction writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91
  • Feb 25th Ivan Cameron, son of David Cameron UK politician
  • Feb 26th Wendy Richard, English actress (b. 1943)
  • Feb 26th Norm Van Lier, Basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • Feb 26th Johnny Kerr, Basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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