Famous Deaths in January 2012

  • Jan 1 Elizabeth Brumfiel, American feminist archaeologist, dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 1 Gary Ablett, English footballer and manager, dies of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at 46
  • Jan 1 Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer, dies at 90
  • Jan 1 Alfredo Battisti, Roman Catholic Archdiosese of Udine, Italy, dies at 87
  • Jan 1 Kiro Gligorov, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999
  • Jan 1 Hermann Guggiari, Paraguayan engineer and sculptor, dies at 88
  • Jan 1 Ed Jenkins, American Congressman for Georgia, died at 78
  • Jan 1 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli Singer, dies after years of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jan 1 Carlos Soria, Argentine lawyer and politician, dies from gunshot to the head at 62
  • Jan 1 Marcelle Narbonne, French supercentenarian and oldest person in Europe, died at 113
  • Jan 1 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 1 Nay Win Maung, Burmese physician, and pro-democracy activist, dies from a heart attack at 50
  • Jan 2 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • Jan 2 David Barron, British physicist and computer scientist, at 76 (b.1935)
  • Jan 2 Ivan Calin, Moldavian President and Prime Minister 1980-1990, dies at 76
  • Jan 2 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist, died from complications after a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 2 Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • Jan 2 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • Jan 3 Wylie Walker Vale, American Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, dies at 70.
  • Jan 3 Robert L Carter, American civil rights activist and judge, dies after complications from a stroke at 94
  • Jan 3 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer, dies of congestive heart failure at 97
  • Jan 3 Josef Skvorecky, Czech writer and publisher, dies at 87
  • Jan 3 Bob Weston, British guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found on this date)
  • Jan 3 Harold Zirin, American astronomer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Eve Arnold, American photojournalist, dies at 99
  • Jan 4 Ruben Ayala, American politician (California State Senator 1974-1998), dies of natural cause at 89
  • Jan 4 James Crow, American geneticist, dies at 95
  • Jan 4 Harry Fowler, English actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 4 Gatewood Galbraith, [Louis], lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, dies from pneumonia at 64
  • Jan 4 Rod Robbie, Canadian architect and planner, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Donald Carter, American professional bowler, dies from pneumonia and emphysema complications at 85
  • Jan 5 Frederica Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • Jan 6 Robert Dozier, Hollywood screenwriter, dies at 81
  • Jan 6 Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Scottish painter and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Jan 6 Robert Holness, English radio and television presenter, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 William McBeth, American composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 6 Ellen Pence, social activist, dies from cancer at 63
  • Jan 6 Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist, dies at 73
  • Jan 7 Ibrahim Aslan, Egyptian author, dies from heart failure at 77
  • Jan 9 Malam Bacai Sanhรก, President of Guinea-Bissau, dies of diabetes at 64
  • Jan 9 Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74
  • Jan 9 Ruth Fernandez, Puerto Rican singer and politician, dies from septic shock and pneumonia at 92
  • Jan 9 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer, dies at 87
  • Jan 9 William Roll, parapsychologist, dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Gevork Vartanian, Soviet intelligence agent, dies at 87
  • Jan 12 Bill Janklow, four-term Governor of South Dakota, dies of brain cancer at 72
  • Jan 12 Reginald Hill, British crime author, dies of brain cancer at 75
  • Jan 12 Charles Price, American businessman and diplomat, dies at 80
  • Jan 13 Rauf Denktash, leader of Turkish Cypriots, dies of multiple organ failure at 87
  • Jan 13 Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer, dies from cancer at 71
  • Jan 15 Edward Derwinski, Chicago congressman 1959-83 and first Secretary of Veteran Affairs, dies of cancer at 85
  • Jan 16 Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), died of heart failure at 71
  • Jan 17 Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90
  • Jan 17 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • Jan 20 John F Baker Jnr, United States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honour recipient dies at 66
  • Jan 20 Etta James, American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • Jan 21 Jonathan Idema, American torturer, kidnapper and con-artist, dies from Aids complications at 55
  • Jan 21 Roy John Britten, American molecular biologist, dies at 92
  • Jan 22 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, dies from lung cancer at 85
  • Jan 22 Dick Tufeld, American voice actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53
  • Jan 24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • Jan 24 James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73
  • Jan 25 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor dies aged 82
  • Jan 26 Ian Abercrombie, English actor, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • Jan 27 Kevin White, American politician, dies at 82
  • Jan 29 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian politician, dies at 93
  • Jan 29 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • Jan 30 Frederick Treves, English actor, dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, dies at 99
  • Jan 31 Anthony Bevilacqua, American cardinal, dies at 88
  • Jan 31 Dorothea Tanning, American artist, dies at 101
  • Jan 31 Tristram Coffin, American folklorist, dies from pneumonia at 89
  • Jan 31 mike Kelley, American artist, commits suicide at 57