Famous Deaths in December 2001

  • Dec 1 Ellis R Dungan, American born Indian film director (b. 1909)
  • Dec 3 Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72
  • Dec 5 Franco Rasetti, Italian physicist (b. 1901)
  • Dec 6 Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53
  • Dec 6 Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • Dec 7 Charles McClendon, LSU Tigers head football coach (b. 1923)
  • Dec 7 Pauline Moore [Joless Love], American actress (Colorado, Young Mr. Lincoln), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 87
  • Dec 8 Don Tennant, American advertising executive (b. 1922)
  • Dec 9 Michael Carver, British soldier (b. 1915)
  • Dec 10 Ashok Kumar [Dadamoni, Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly], Indian actor (Mahal, Afsana), dies from chronic asthma at 90
  • Dec 12 Jean Richard, French actor (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Chuck Schuldiner, American musician (Death) (b. 1967)
  • Dec 14 W. G. Sebald, German writer (b. 1944)
  • Dec 15 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler, dies of heart attack at 27
  • Dec 15 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), dies at 84
  • Dec 16 Stuart Adamson, Scottish rock vocalist and guitarist (The Skids, Big Country), dies at 43
  • Dec 16 Stefan Heym, German-American author (Crusaders, Family Benda), dies at 88
  • Dec 18 Gilbert Bécaud, French composer and actor known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Dimitris Dragatakis, Greek composer (b. 1914)
  • Dec 19 Marcel Mule, French saxophonist. (b. 1901)
  • Dec 20 Foster Brooks, American comedian and actor (The Villain, Oddballs, Mork & Mindy), dies of natural causes at 89
  • Dec 20 Léopold Sédar Senghor, Senegalese poet and 1st President of Senegal (1960-80), dies at 95
  • Dec 21 Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1934)
  • Dec 23 Bola Ige, Nigerian politician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 26 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (Tartuffe, Pope John Paul II), dies at 72
  • Dec 28 Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)
  • Dec 28 William X. Kienzle, American novelist (b. 1928)
  • Dec 29 Takashi Asahina, Japanese conductor (b. 1908)
  • Dec 31 Eileen Heckart, American actress (Butterflies Are Free, Doll's House, Trauma Center), dies of lung cancer at 82