Famous Deaths in January 2016

  • Jan 1 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, dies from heart failure at 83
  • Jan 1 Michael G. Oxley, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), dies at 71
  • Jan 1 Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), dies at 90
  • Jan 1 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-born American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), dies at 85
  • Jan 2 Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Shiite religious leader and non-violent critic of the Saudi Arabian government, executed by the Saudi authorities aged 56 or 57
  • Jan 4 Robert Stigwood, music entrepreneur (Saturday Night Fever, Grease), dies at 81
  • Jan 5 Elizabeth Swados, composer and musicial director (1972 TONY), dies at 64
  • Jan 5 Pierre Boulez, French composer/conductor (Visage Nuptial), dies at 90
  • Jan 5 Nicholas Caldwell, American Rhythm and Blues singer (Whispers), dies at 71
  • Jan 6 Pat Harrington Jr, American actor (Danny Thomas Show, One Day at a Time), dies at 86
  • Jan 7 AndrĂ© Courrèges, French fashion designer, dies at 92
  • Jan 7 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), dies at 94
  • Jan 8 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89
  • Jan 9 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), dies of a stroke at 74

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Jan 10 David Bowie [Jones], English singer-songwriter (Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust), dies of cancer at 69

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
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  • Jan 13 Brian Bedford, English actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue), dies at 80
  • Jan 14 Alan Rickman, English actor ("Die Hard", "Harry Potter" franchise), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jan 15 Dan Haggerty, American actor (Grizzly Adams), dies of cancer at 73
  • Jan 15 Noreen Corcoran, American actress (Bachelor Father), dies at 72
  • Jan 18 Glenn Frey, American singer-songwriter (The Eagles), dies at 67
  • Jan 18 Michel Tournier, French writer ( Friday, or, The Other Island), dies at 91
  • Jan 19 Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (A Special Day), dies at 84
  • Jan 20 George Weidenfeld, British Publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), dies at 96
  • Jan 21 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55
  • Jan 22 Cecil Parkinson, British politician (C), dies at 84
  • Jan 22 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), dies at 93
  • Jan 23 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), dies at 94
  • Jan 23 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, American professional baseball player (White Sox), dies at 72
  • Jan 23 Peter [Piet] Swevel, American rocker (Looking Glass, Starz), dies of AIDS at 42
  • Jan 24 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86
  • Jan 25 Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), dies at 80
  • Jan 26 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), dies at 94
  • Jan 26 Colin Vearncombe, English singer-songwriter (Black-Wonderful Like), dies after a road accident at 53
  • Jan 27 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, dies at 96
  • Jan 28 Paul Kantner, rock singer/guitarist (Jefferson Airplane), dies at 74
  • Jan 29 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director (The Beautiful Troublemaker), dies at 87
  • Jan 30 Frank Finlay, English actor (Bouquet of Barbed Wire), dies at 89
  • Jan 30 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), dies at 95
  • Jan 31 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), dies of cancer at 77