Famous Deaths in 2015

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  • Jan 1 Mario Cuomo, American Democratic Party politician and the 52nd Governor of New York (1983-95), dies of a heart condition at 82
  • Jan 1 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 64
  • Jan 1 Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-Mexican actress (Aventurera, Víctimas del Pecado), dies at 85
  • Jan 1 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Jan 1 Omar Karami, Lebanese Prime Minister (1992-94, 2004-05), dies at 80
  • Jan 2 [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94

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Jan 3 Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass), first popularly elected African American to the US Senate (1967-79), dies at 95

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • Jan 4 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jan 6 Lance Percival, English actor and comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88

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Jan 7 Stéphane Charbonnier [Charb], French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, dies in a terrorist attack at 47

  • Jan 7 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76

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Jan 7 Rod Taylor, Australian actor (Time Machine, The Birds), dies at 84

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor
  • Jan 8 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • Jan 8 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), dies at 76
  • Jan 8 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • Jan 10 Francesco Rosi, Italian film director ("The Mattei Affair" - Palme d'Or 1972), dies at 92

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Jan 11 Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (La Dolce Vita) and Miss Sweden 1950, dies at 83

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
  • Jan 12 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world famous whistler, dies at 91
  • Jan 13 Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies 'Dozy', English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies at 70
  • Jan 15 Kim Fowley, American record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • Jan 17 Greg Plitt, American fitness model and entrepreneur, dies when hit by a train at 37
  • Jan 19 Anne Kirkbride, English Actress (Deirdre in Coronation Street), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • Jan 20 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • Jan 21 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), dies at 71
  • Jan 21 Pauline Yates, English actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 85
  • Jan 23 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (2005-2015), dies at 90
  • Jan 24 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), dies of prostate cancer at 88
  • Jan 25 Demis Roussos, Greek singer, dies at 68
  • Jan 26 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, dies at 93
  • Jan 27 Charles Townes, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), dies at 99
  • Jan 27 Charles Hard Townes, American physicist and inventor (developed lasers), dies at 99
  • Jan 28 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Rod McKuen, American singer-songwriter (Jean) and poet, dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Colleen McCullough, New Zealand-born Australian author (The Thorn Birds), dies at 77

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Jan 30 Carl Djerassi, Austrian-born American chemist, father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Chemist
Carl Djerassi
  • Jan 30 Geraldine McEwan, English actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • Jan 31 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Desert Fury), dies at 92
  • Jan 31 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • Jan 31 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94
  • Feb 1 Beryl Platt [Baroness Platt of Writtle], British Engineer, politician and CEO, dies at 91
  • Feb 1 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33
  • Feb 3 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), dies at 78

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Feb 3 Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, dies at 92

  • Feb 6 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • Feb 7 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Feb 7 Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, English publisher/multi-millionaire, dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Feb 12 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), dies of cancer at 58
  • Feb 12 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington] pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Feb 12 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), dies at 80
  • Feb 13 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • Feb 14 Louis Jourdan, French actor (Gigi, Octopussy), dies at 93
  • Feb 14 Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87
  • Feb 14 Alan Howard, British actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), dies at 77
  • Feb 14 Michele Ferrero, Italian entrepreneur (Ferrero SpA) created Nutella, dies at 89
  • Feb 16 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Feb 21 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications
  • Feb 21 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94

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Feb 26 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, dies at 86

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • Feb 26 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Feb 27 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83

  • Feb 27 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, dies at 91
  • Feb 27 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, dies at 55, shot four times in Moscow
  • Feb 28 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, dies at 72
  • Feb 28 Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • Feb 28 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), dies at 91
  • Mar 1 Minnie Minoso, Cuban American baseball player (1st black player for White Socks), dies at 92
  • Mar 1 Orrin Keepnews, American Jazz record label executive and producer (Riverside records), dies at 91
  • Mar 2 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67
  • Mar 8 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71
  • Mar 9 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), dies at 94

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Mar 12 Terry Pratchett, English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 66

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett

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Mar 12 Michael Graves, American postmodernist architect and designer, dies at 80

Architect Michael Graves
Architect
Michael Graves
  • Mar 13 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, dies at 91
  • Mar 13 Daevid Allen, Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), dies at 77
  • Mar 14 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember) dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, dies at 87
  • Mar 16 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62

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Mar 20 Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister (Liberal, 1975-83), dies at 84

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Mar 20 Robert Kastenmeier, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1959-91), dies at 91
  • Mar 20 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies at 87
  • Mar 21 Chuck Pednarik 'Concrete Charlie', American professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Leon Brittan, [Baron Brittan of Spennithorne] British politician and Home Secretary, dies at 75
  • Mar 21 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74

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Mar 23 Lee Kuan Yew, Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), dies of pneumonia at 91

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • Mar 26 John Renbourn, English folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 26 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Gene Saks, American actor/director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), dies at 93
  • Apr 1 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • Apr 1 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • Apr 1 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, dies at 85
  • Apr 1 John Paul Hammerschmidt, (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93 ), dies at 92
  • Apr 3 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, dies at 73
  • Apr 4 Elmer Lach, Canadian professional ice hockey player, dies at 97
  • Apr 5 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie - LA Law), dies at 86
  • Apr 6 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), dies at 88

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Apr 10 Richie Benaud, Australian cricketer (leg spinner) and commentator, dies at 84

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Apr 12 Sheila Kitzinger, British author, anthropologist & child birth educator, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist and writer, dies at 74

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Apr 13 Günter Grass, German writer (The Tin Drum) and playwright and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), dies at 87

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • Apr 15 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), dies of a brain hemorrhage, at 48
  • Apr 18 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), dies at 82
  • Apr 19 Roy Mason [Baron Mason of Barnsley], British defense secretary and Labour MP, dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Sir Raymond Carr, English historian and warden (St Antony's College Oxford), dies at 96
  • Apr 23 Sawyer Sweeten, American actor (Everyone Loves Raymond), commits suicide at 19
  • Apr 26 Jayne Meadows, American actress and wife of Steve Allen, dies at 95
  • Apr 29 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (12 PGA wins), dies at 71
  • Apr 29 Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, dies at 91
  • Apr 30 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), dies at 76
  • May 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American actress (Yeoman Rand in Star Trek), dies at 85
  • May 2 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • May 2 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian Ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • May 2 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome") dies at 87
  • May 5 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • May 6 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71
  • May 6 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • May 9 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • May 9 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen and stage actress (Tony Award 1972), dies at 94

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May 14 B.B. King, American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • May 15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • May 16 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • May 16 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang), dies of cardiac arrest at 42
  • May 17 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • May 21 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • May 23 Anne Meara, American Comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place), dies at 85

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May 23 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • May 24 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67
  • May 29 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slams) dies at 89
  • May 29 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic golds 200m and 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72
  • May 30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47
  • Jun 1 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), dies at 55
  • Jun 1 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, dies at 92
  • Jun 2 Irwin Rose, American biologist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2004), dies at 88
  • Jun 2 Paul Karolyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 3 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), dies at 82
  • Jun 4 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer (Palatino and Optima), dies at 96
  • Jun 5 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77
  • Jun 5 Richard Johnson, British stage and screen actor and producer, dies at 87
  • Jun 5 Jerry Collins, Samoan-born New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), dies in a car crash at 34
  • Jun 5 Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician and close adviser to Saddam Hussein, dies at 79
  • Jun 6 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers), dies at 88
  • Jun 6 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), dies at 88
  • Jun 6 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney/author (Helter-Skelter), dies at 80

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Jun 7 Sir Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Dracula), dies at 93

  • Jun 7 Michael Oliver, British cardiologist (linked cholesterol with coronary artery disease), dies at 89
  • Jun 8 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), dies at 105
  • Jun 9 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, dies at 86
  • Jun 11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85
  • Jun 11 Ron Moody, British actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), dies at 91
  • Jun 11 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), dies at 69
  • Jun 11 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), dies at 81
  • Jun 12 Ernest Tomlinson, English composer (Light music), dies at 90
  • Jun 13 MC Supreme [Dewayne Lawrence Coleman], rapper (Black in America), dies in a car accident at 47
  • Jun 15 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), dies at 98
  • Jun 16 Charles Correa, Indian architect (McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT), dies at 84
  • Jun 16 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • Jun 17 Suleyman Demirel, Turkish leader, President (1993-2000) and Prime Minister, dies at 90
  • Jun 17 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78
  • Jun 20 Nazar Singh, British great-grandfather, believed to be Europe's oldest man, dies at 111
  • Jun 21 Gunther Schuller, American hornist and jazz composer (1994 Pulitzer Prize), dies at 89
  • Jun 21 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, dies at 86
  • Jun 22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • Jun 22 Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (Wifemistress, Divine Nymph), dies at 73
  • Jun 22 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, dies at 83
  • Jun 23 Dick Van Patten, American actor (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), dies at 86
  • Jun 23 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, dies at 83
  • Jun 24 Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D&R-NY, 1969-88), dies at 97
  • Jun 25 Patrick Macnee, British actor (John Steed - The Avengers), dies at 93
  • Jun 26 Ash Brownridge, American conservationist (National Wildlife Federation) creator of Ranger Rick, dies at 98
  • Jun 27 Chris Squire, English rock bassist (Yes), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jun 28 Jack Carter [Chakrin], American comedian and actor, dies at 93
  • Jun 29 Glenn Ford, American freed death row inmate (wrongly spent 30 years in prison), dies at 65
  • Jul 1 Sir Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), dies at 106
  • Jul 1 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, dies at 88
  • Jul 1 Lawrence Herkimer, American "Grandfather of Cheerleading" (founded National Cheerleading Association, patented the pom-pom), dies at 89
  • Jul 2 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 68
  • Jul 3 Boyd K. Packer, LDS church apostle, dies at 90
  • Jul 3 Diana Douglas, Bermudian-born American actress (The Indian Fighter), dies at 92
  • Jul 5 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 94
  • Jul 8 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), dies at 69
  • Jul 8 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), dies at 71
  • Jul 10 Omar Sharif, [Michael Shalhoub], Egyptian actor (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 83
  • Jul 10 Roger Rees, Welsh Tony winning stage and screen actor (Cheers), dies at 71
  • Jul 10 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, dies at 88
  • Jul 11 Satoru Iwata, Japanese CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), dies of cancer at 55
  • Jul 11 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), dies of cancer at 56
  • Jul 15 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, dies at 98
  • Jul 15 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), dies at 97
  • Jul 17 Jules Bianchi, French Formula One racing driver, dies from injuries during accident at Japanese Grand Prix in 2014, at 25
  • Jul 17 Rev Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, dies at 99 (d. 2015)
  • Jul 18 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), dies at 79
  • Jul 19 Van Alexander, American composer and band leader (A-Tisket, A-Tasket), dies at 100
  • Jul 20 Elio Fiorucci, Italian fashion designer, dies at 80
  • Jul 21 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), dies at 84
  • Jul 21 Theodore Bikel, Austrian/US folk singer/actor (Russians Are Coming), dies at 91