Famous Deaths in 2003

Deaths 1 - 200 of 566

  • Jan 1 Joe Foss, American fighter ace (Medal of Honor-1943) and politician, dies at 87
  • Jan 1 F. William Free, American advertising executive (I'm Cheryl – Fly Me.), dies at 74
  • Jan 1 Cyril Shaps, British actor, producer and voice artist (The Pianist), dies at 79
  • Jan 2 Eric Jupp, British-Australian pianist, composer, arranger (b. 1922)
  • Jan 2 Hiralal Gaekwad, Indian cricket all-rounder (Test for India 1952-53), dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Sid Gillman, American football coach, dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 4 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-American cinematographer, dies at 76
  • Jan 5 Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (Last Tango in Paris, In the Name of the Law), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Jan 5 Roy Jenkins, British politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 5 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • Jan 5 Jean Kerr, Irish-American novelist (Please Don't Eat the Daisies), dies at 80
  • Jan 8 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • Jan 9 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • Jan 11 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Jan 11 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Mickey Finn, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947)
  • Jan 11 William Joseph Russo, American composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 12 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist, dies at 90
  • Jan 12 Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director (b. 1930)
  • Jan 12 Leopoldo Galtieri, dictator of Argentina (b. 1926)

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

Jan 12 Maurice Gibb, guitarist of the Bee Gees, dies of cardiac arrest at 53

Guitarist of the Bee Gees Maurice Gibb
Guitarist of the Bee Gees
Maurice Gibb
  • Jan 12 Allan Nunn May, English physicist and Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • Jan 13 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • Jan 14 Koloman Sokol, Slovak painter (b. 1902)
  • Jan 15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Richard Wainwright, English politician, Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70), dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • Jan 17 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), dies at 76
  • Jan 17 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jan 18 Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Jan 18 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jan 19 Françoise Giroud, French writer and journalist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 20 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), dies at 99
  • Jan 20 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jan 20 Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  • Jan 21 Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • Jan 22 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), dies of Alzheimer's disease and a bathtub scalding at 81
  • Jan 23 Nell Carter, American actress (Nell-Gimme a Break, Lobo), dies at 54
  • Jan 24 Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (b. 1921)
  • Jan 24 Lucien Blackwell, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 71
  • Jan 25 Samuel Weems, Arkansas judge (b. 1936)
  • Jan 26 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • Jan 26 Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian (The Last Days of Hitler), dies at 89
  • Jan 26 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (b. 1931)
  • Jan 27 Henryk Jabłoński, President of Poland (b. 1909)
  • Jan 27 Louis Archambault, Quebec sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jan 29 Frank Moss, American politician (b. 1911)
  • Jan 31 Michael Ogden, British barrister and judge (Ogden Tables), dies at 76
  • Feb 1 Michael P. Anderson - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1959)

  • Feb 1 David Brown - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1956)
  • Feb 1 Kalpana Chawla - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • Feb 1 Laurel Clark - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • Feb 1 Rick D. Husband - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1957)
  • Feb 1 Willie McCool - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1961)
  • Feb 1 Ilan Ramon - crew of the STS-107 Mission (Space Shuttle Columbia disaster) (b. 1954)
  • Feb 1 Mongo Santamaria, Cuban percussionist and band leader (b. 1922)
  • Feb 2 Lou Harrison, American composer (La Koro Sutro), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • Feb 3 Lana Clarkson, American actress (b. 1962)
  • Feb 4 Charlie Biddle, Canadian jazz bassist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 4 Benyoucef Ben Khedda, Algerian politician (b. 1920)
  • Feb 4 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (b. 1931)
  • Feb 5 Helge Boes, American Central Intelligence Agency officer
  • Feb 7 Augusto Monterroso, Guatemalan author (b. 1921)
  • Feb 7 John Reading, Mayor of Oakland, California (b. 1917)
  • Feb 9 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), dies of cancer at 83
  • Feb 10 Edgar de Evia, Mexican-American photographer, dies at 92
  • Feb 10 Curt Hennig, American professional wrestler, dies at 44
  • Feb 10 Clark MacGregor, American Republican politician (involved in Watergate), dies at 80
  • Feb 10 Al Ruffo, Mayor of San Jose, California (b. 1908)
  • Feb 10 Ron Ziegler, White House press secretary to Richard Nixon (b. 1939)
  • Feb 10 Bengt Edlén, Swedish Astrophysicist who specialized in spectroscopy and discovered the source of unidentified emission lines in solar spectrum, dies at 86
  • Feb 12 Vali Myers, Australian painter, dies at 72
  • Feb 13 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 13 Axel Jensen, Norwegian author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 13 Walt Rostow, U.S. government official (b. 1916)
  • Feb 13 Stacy Keach, Sr., American actor (Pretty Woman, The Parallax View), dies at 88

Person of interestDolly the Sheep

Feb 14 Dolly the Sheep, first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell dies young form a progressive lung disease aged 6

  • Feb 14 Johnny Longden, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey/trainer (1943 Triple Crown on Count Fleet), dies of a stroke at 96
  • Feb 16 Eleanor "Sis" Daley, wife of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley, dies of a stroke at 95
  • Feb 17 Frank Thistlethwaite, English academic and Vice Chancellor (University of East Anglia), dies at 87
  • Feb 18 Isser Harel, Israeli Mossad leader (b. 1912)
  • Feb 19 Johnny PayCheck, American country singer/songwriter (b. 1938)
  • Feb 20 Maurice Blanchot, French author (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 Orville Freeman, American politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 20 Mushaf Ali Mir, Pakistani Chief of the Air Staff (b. 1947)
  • Feb 20 Harry Jacunski, American football player
  • Feb 20 Ty Longley, American guitarist (Great White) (b. 1971)
  • Feb 21 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), dies of cancer at 55
  • Feb 22 Daniel Taradash, American screenwriter (b. 1913)
  • Feb 23 Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Howard "Howie" Epstein, American bass guitarist (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), dies from an overdose at 47
  • Feb 24 John Edward Christopher Hill, English historian (b. 1912)
  • Feb 24 Bernard Loiseau, French chef (b. 1951)
  • Feb 24 Walter Scharf, American film composer, dies at 92
  • Feb 25 Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
  • Feb 25 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (Miser, Taxi Driver in NY, Me and Caterina), dies of cancer at 82
  • Feb 26 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, dies at 74
  • Feb 27 John Lanchbery, English composer (b. 1923)

Person of interestFred Rogers

Feb 27 Fred Rogers, host of TV's "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" dies at age 74

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers
  • Feb 28 Chris Brasher, English athlete (b. 1928)
  • Feb 28 Fidel Sánchez Hernández, President of El Salvador (b. 1917)
  • Feb 28 Roger Michael Needham, British cryptographer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 28 Rudolf Kingslake, Lens designer, and Engineer (b. 1903)
  • Mar 2 Hank Ballard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 2 Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer (b. 1931)
  • Mar 3 Horst Buchholz, German actor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 3 Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913)
  • Mar 3 Goffredo Petrassi, Italian composer (Beatitudines), dies at 98
  • Mar 3 Peter Smithson, English architect, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Jaba Ioseliani, Georgian bank robber (b. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Sébastien Japrisot, French author, screenwriter and film director (b. 1931)
  • Mar 6 John Sanford, American author (b. 1904)
  • Mar 8 Adam Faith, English singer and actor (b. 1940)
  • Mar 8 Karen Morley, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 9 Stan Brakhage, American filmmaker (b. 1933)
  • Mar 9 Bernard Dowiyogo, President of Nauru (b. 1946)
  • Mar 10 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer, dies at 52
  • Mar 11 Brian Cleeve, Irish author (b. 1921)
  • Mar 11 Ivar Hansen, speaker of the Danish Folketing (b. 1938)
  • Mar 12 Zoran Đinđić, 6th Prime Minister of Serbia (2001-03), assassinated at 50
  • Mar 12 Howard Fast, American author (b. 1914)
  • Mar 12 Andrei Kivilev, Kazakh cyclist (b. 1973)
  • Mar 12 Lynne Thigpen, American actress (b. 1948)
  • Mar 14 Jack Goldstein, Canadian-born artist (b. 1945)
  • Mar 14 Jean-Luc Lagardère, French publisher (b. 1928)
  • Mar 15 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), dies at 91
  • Mar 15 Paul Stojanovich, Reality TV pioneer (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 Rachel Corrie, American political activist, killed while trying to block an Israeli armored bulldozer at 23
  • Mar 16 Ronald Ferguson, father of Sarah, Duchess of York, dies of cancer at 71
  • Mar 17 Su Buqing, Chinese mathematician and educator (b. 1902)
  • Mar 18 Karl Kling, German race car driver (b. 1910)
  • Mar 18 Adam Osborne, British computer pioneer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 19 Michael Mathias Prechtl, German illustrator (b. 1926)
  • Mar 19 Émile Genest, French-Canadian actor (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Les Plouffe), dies at 81
  • Mar 20 Sailor Art Thomas, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Mar 21 Umar Wirahadikusumah, Fourth Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1924)
  • Mar 22 Terry Lloyd, English reporter (b. 1952)
  • Mar 23 Fritz Spiegl, Austrian-born journalist (b. 1926)
  • Mar 24 Hans Hermann Groër, Austrian Catholic archbishop (b. 1919)
  • Mar 26 Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator (b. 1927)
  • Mar 27 Daniel Ceccaldi, French actor (Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board), dies at 75
  • Mar 27 Ricardo Munguia, Salvadoran aid worker
  • Mar 27 Paul Zindel, American writer (b. 1936)
  • Mar 28 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)
  • Mar 29 Carlo Urbani, Italian physician (SARS) (b. 1956)
  • Mar 30 Michael Jeter, American actor (The Fisher King), dies at 52
  • Mar 30 Valentin Pavlov, Russian politician and Prime Minister of the Soviet Union (1991), dies at 65
  • Mar 31 H.S.M. Coxeter, English-born geometer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 31 Tommy Seebach, Danish singer (b. 1949)
  • Mar 31 Anne Gwynne [Marguerite Gwynne Trice], American model and actress (Ride 'em Cowboy, House of Frankenstein), dies following a stroke at 84
  • Apr 1 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), commits suicide at 46
  • Apr 2 Edwin Starr, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Apr 3 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter (Be What You Are), dies at 61
  • Apr 3 Michael Kelly, American journalist (b. 1957)
  • Apr 4 Anthony Caruso, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Apr 4 Resortes, Mexican comedian (b. 1916)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Knight, CEO (Courtaulds), dies at 86
  • Apr 6 David Bloom, American reporter (b. 1963)
  • Apr 6 Babatunde Olatunji, Nigerian drummer (b. 1927)
  • Apr 6 Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, Canadian religious figure (b. 1912)
  • Apr 7 Cecile de Brunhoff, French storyteller (b. 1903)
  • Apr 7 David Greene, British television director (b. 1921)

Person of interestLittle Eva

Apr 10 Little Eva [Eva Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), dies of cervical cancer at 59

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • Apr 11 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)
  • Apr 12 Cecil H. Green, American manufacturer (b. 1900)
  • Apr 13 Possum Bourne, New Zealand rally car driver (b. 1956
  • Apr 15 Erin Fleming, Canadian actress, dies at 61
  • Apr 15 Reg Bundy, British performer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 15 Leonard Tose, owner NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, dies at 88
  • Apr 16 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Misery), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • Apr 16 Graham Stuart Thomas, English author and garden designer (b. 1909)
  • Apr 17 Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • Apr 17 John Paul Getty Jr., American-born British philanthropist and oil magnate (Getty Oil), dies at 70
  • Apr 17 Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Apr 17 Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon, dies at 92
  • Apr 18 Edgar F. Codd, English-American computer scientist, dies at 79
  • Apr 20 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • Apr 20 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • Apr 20 Bernard Katz, German-born Australian biophysicist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1970), dies at 82

Person of interestNina Simone

Apr 21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), dies of breast cancer at 70

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • Apr 22 Martha Griffiths, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1912)
  • Apr 22 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (b. 1933)
  • Apr 22 Felice Bryant, American songwriter (b. 1925)
  • Apr 23 James H. Critchfield, American Central Intelligence agent (b. 1917)
  • Apr 23 Fernand Fonssagrives, French photographer, dies at 92
  • Apr 25 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • Apr 26 Rosemary Brown, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Apr 26 Max Nicholson, Irish environmentalist (b. 1904)
  • Apr 26 Peter Stone, American writer (b. 1930)
  • Apr 30 Peter 'Possum' Bourne, New Zealand race car driver (b. 1956)
  • Apr 30 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 30 Mark Berger, University of Kentucky professor (b. 1955)
  • May 1 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • May 1 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
  • May 3 Suzy Parker, American model and actress, dies at 69
  • May 5 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • May 6 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • May 9 Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator from Louisiana (b. 1918)