Famous People Who Died in June 1969

  • Jun 1 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian speed skater (Olympic gold 5,000m 1928; 500m, 5,000m 10,000m 1936), dies at 65
  • Jun 1 Michiyo Tsujimura, Japanese agricultural scientist and biochemist (components of green tea), dies at 81
  • Jun 1 Stan Brenders, Belgian jazz pianist and bandleader, dies at 65
  • Jun 2 Leo Gorcey, American stage and screen comic actor, and malapropist (The Dead End Kids; The East Side Boys; The Bowery Boys), dies of liver failure at 51, and malpropist
  • Jun 4 Rafael Osuna, Mexican tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1963), dies in an airline crash at 30
  • Jun 5 Renaat Veremans, Flemish organist, composer, and conductor (Flemish Opera, Antwerp, 1921-44), dies at 75

Miles DempseyMiles Dempsey (1896-1969)

Jun 6 British WWII general (XIII Corps, Second Army), dies of cancer at 72

  • Jun 8 Robert Taylor, American actor (Waterloo Bridge, Quo Vadis, Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Jun 10 Frank Lawton, British actor (Devil Doll, Invisible Ray), dies at 64
  • Jun 11 John L. Lewis, American labour leader, formed Congress of Industrial Organizations, dies at 89
  • Jun 12 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (b. 1899)
  • Jun 13 Martita Hunt, Argentine-born English actress (Great Expectations), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • Jun 16 Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal and Governor General of Canada (1946-52), dies at 78
  • Jun 16 Jan Hanlo, Dutch poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • Jun 16 Karl Schiske, Austrian composer, dies at 53

Maureen ConnollyMaureen Connolly (1934-1969)

Jun 21 American tennis player (1st women's Grand Slam 1953; 9 x Grand Slam singles titles), dies of ovarian cancer at 34

Judy GarlandJudy Garland (1922-1969)

Jun 22 American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"); dies at 47; coroner determines cause as unintentional, incautious barbiturates

  • Jun 23 Chuck Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame promoter (Converse All Star shoes), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Jun 23 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 77
  • Jun 23 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), dies at 62
  • Jun 24 Frank King, American cartoonist (Gasoline Alley), dies at 86
  • Jun 24 Ted Hecht, American actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster), dies at 61
  • Jun 24 Willey Ley, American science writer, dies at 62
  • Jun 27 Richard Vance Maxfield, American instrumental, electro-acoustic, and electronic music composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 29 (Frederick) "Shorty" Long, American soul singer and pianist ("Here Comes The Judge"; "Devil In A Blue Dress"), dies in a boating accident at 29
  • Jun 29 Mo├»se Tshombe, Congolese politician (President of the Democratic Republic of Congo 1964-5), dies at 49
  • Jun 29 Veselin Stoyanov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 30 Jan Evangelista Zelinka, Czech composer (Meluzina), dies at 76