Famous Deaths in December 1969

  • Dec 1 Magic Sam, American blues guitarist and singer (b. 1937)
  • Dec 2 Kliment J Voroshilov, president USSR (1953-60), dies
  • Dec 3 Ruth White, American actress (To Kill a Mockingbird, Up the Down Staircase), dies of cancer at 55
  • Dec 3 Mathias Wieman, German actor (The Blue Light, Fear), dies at 67
  • Dec 4 Alceo Toni, Italian composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Fred Hampton, US Black-Panther leader, murdered
  • Dec 7 Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
  • Dec 7 Hugh Williams, British dramatist, actor and writer (Wuthering Heights, Bank Holiday), dies after surgery at 65
  • Dec 7 Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • Dec 8 Vincenzo Davico, composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 10 Franco Capuana, composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 10 Leigh Harline, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 13 Raymond A Spruance, US admiral (battle of Midway), dies at 83
  • Dec 13 Spencer Williams, American director, writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies at 76
  • Dec 17 Arturo da Costa e Silva, President of Brazil (1967-69), dies at 67
  • Dec 22 Ilse Steppat, actress (Invisible Terror), dies at 52
  • Dec 22 Josef von Sternberg, Austrian director (Shanghai Express), dies at 75
  • Dec 23 Donald Foster, American actor (Hazel, Lord Love A Duck), dies after long illness at 80
  • Dec 26 Louise L de Vilmorin, French poet/author (History d'aimer), dies at 67
  • Dec 28 Henry Oscar, English stage and film actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
  • Dec 31 Salvatore Baccaloni,Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69