Famous Deaths in December 2016

  • Dec 1 Ousmane Sow, Senegalese sculptor, dies at 81
  • Dec 2 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 1952), dies at 96
  • Dec 3 S. Newman Darby, American inventor of the sailboard, dies at 88
  • Dec 4 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 4 Radim Hladík, Czech guitarist (The Blue Effect), dies from lung illness at 69
  • Dec 5 Jayaram Jayalalitha, Indian actress and politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Dec 5 Rashaan Salaam, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • Dec 5 E. R. Braithwaite, Guyanese diplomat and writer (To Sir with Love), dies at 104
  • Dec 5 Shirley Hazzard, Australian-born author (Transit of Venus), dies at 85
  • Dec 6 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), dies at 92
  • Dec 7 Greg Lake, English rock vocalist and bassist (King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer), dies of cancer at 69

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Dec 8 John Glenn, American astronaut (1st American to orbit the earth) and politician (Senator D-Ohio), dies at 95

Astronaut and Politician John Glenn
Astronaut and Politician
John Glenn
  • Dec 10 A. A. [Adrian Anthony] Gill, British critic (The Sunday Times), dies of cancer at 62
  • Dec 13 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor, singer-songwriter (Thicke of the Night, Growing Pains), dies at 69
  • Dec 13 Thomas Schelling, American economist, (Nobel Prize 2005 - game-theory analysis), dies at 95
  • Dec 17 Henry Heimlich, American surgeon and inventor of the Heimlich maneuver, dies at 96
  • Dec 18 Zsa Zsa Gabor [Sari Gabor], Hungarian-born actress (Queen of Outer Space), dies at 99
  • Dec 18 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, dies at 86
  • Dec 20 Michèle Morgan, French actress (Passage to Marseille), dies at 96
  • Dec 22 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72
  • Dec 22 Margaret Pereira, English forensic scientist (Nicholls and Pereira method), dies at 88
  • Dec 23 Piers J Sellers, English astronaut and climate scientist, dies of cancer at 61
  • Dec 24 Richard Adams, English author (Watership Down), dies at 96
  • Dec 24 Vera Rubin, American astronomer who discovered dark matter, dies at 88
  • Dec 24 Jack Philip Cannon, British composer, dies at 87

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Dec 25 George Michael [Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou], English singer-songwriter and pop superstar (Wham!, I Want Your Sex), dies of suspected heart failure at 53

Pop Superstar George Michael
Pop Superstar
George Michael

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Dec 27 Carrie Fisher, American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), dies at 60 four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles

Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher
  • Dec 28 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies of a stroke at 84 one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher also passed away
  • Dec 28 Gregorio Alvarez, Uruguayan Dictator, President of Uruguay (1981-85), dies in prison at 91
  • Dec 29 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97