Famous Deaths in December 2011

  • Dec 1 Christa Wolf, German writer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 1 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish 200m swimmer (Olympic-silver-1936), dies at 90
  • Dec 3 Dev Anand, Indian actor (b. 1923)
  • Dec 3 Philip Burrell, influential Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 4 Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (b. 1954)
  • Dec 4 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (b. 1931)
  • Dec 5 Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Dec 5 Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 6 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), dies of cancer at 71

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Dec 7 Harry Morgan, American actor (M*A*S*H) dies at 96

  • Dec 8 Minoru Miky, Japanese composer for traditional Japanese instruments, dies at 84
  • Dec 13 Russell Hoban, American author (creator of 'Frances' series), dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Park Tae-joon, South Korean general and founder of steel giant Posco, dies at 84
  • Dec 14 Boris Chertok, prominent Soviet and Russian rocket engineer, dies at 99
  • Dec 15 Andy Carey, third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees, dies at 80
  • Dec 15 Christopher Hitchens, English author and journalist (Vanity Fair, New Statesman) dies of oesophageal cancer aged 62
  • Dec 16 Nicol Williamson, Scottish actor (Excalibur), dies of esophageal cancer at 75

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Dec 17 Kim Jong-il, supreme leader of North Korea (DPRK) 1994-2011, dies of a suspected heart attack at 70

Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea Kim Jong-il
Supreme Leader and Dictator of North Korea
Kim Jong-il
  • Dec 17 Cesária Évora "the Barefoot Diva", Cape Verdean morna singer, dies at 70

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Dec 18 Václav Havel, Czech politician (President of Czechoslovakia, 1990-2, Czech Republic, 1993-2003), dies at 75

Politician and Author Václav Havel
Politician and Author
Václav Havel
  • Dec 22 James Ramseur, one of Bernhard Goetz's assailants in 1984, overdoses on drugs at 45
  • Dec 23 Denise Darcel, French actress (Dangerous When Wet), dies of complications from a ruptured aneurysm at 87
  • Dec 26 Sam Rivers, American jazz musician (exponent of free jazz), dies of pneumonia at 88
  • Dec 29 Bobby Purify [Robert Lee Dickey], American soul singer (I'm Your Puppet), dies at 72
  • Dec 30 Eva Zeisel, Hungarian-born ceramic designer, dies at 105
  • Dec 30 Mirko Tremaglia, fiercely nationalist Italian politician, dies at 85
  • Dec 31 Omus Hirshbein, classical music impresario and music director, dies at 77