Famous People Who Died in 2003 (Part 3)

Deaths 401 - 600 of 623

  • Sep 3 Rudolf Leiding, German auto executive and 3rd postwar chairman of Volkswagen, dies at 88
  • Sep 4 Lola Bobesco, Romanian-born violinist (b. 1921)
  • Sep 4 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and orchestra leader (Ripley's Game), dies at 82
  • Sep 5 C. H. Sisson, British author (Christopher Homm), dies at 89
  • Sep 5 Gisele MacKenzie [LaFlèche], Canadian singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 76
  • Sep 5 Moe Biller, American labor union officer (AFL-CIO, Postal Workers), dies at 87
  • Sep 6 Harry Goz, American musical theatre actor and voice actor, dies at 71
  • Sep 6 Mohammad Oraz, Iranian mountain climber (b. 1969)
  • Sep 7 Great Antonio [Antonio Barichievich], Croatian-Canadian strongman and eccentric, dies at 77
  • Sep 7 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician ("Werewolves of London"; "Lawyers, Guns and Money"; "Excitable Boy"), dies of pleural mesothelioma at 56
  • Sep 8 Gulabrai Ramchand, Indian cricket all-rounder (33 Tests, 2 x 100, 41 wickets, BB 6/49; Sind, Bombay, Rajasthan), dies at 76
  • Sep 8 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress (Caillou; 15/Love), dies in a car crash at 17

Leni RiefenstahlLeni Riefenstahl (1902-2003)

Sep 8 German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), dies in her sleep at 101

Edward TellerEdward Teller (1908-2003)

Sep 9 Hungarian-American physicist, father of the Hydrogen bomb (Manhattan Project), dies at 95

  • Sep 9 Larry Hovis, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Sep 9 Thomas Allibone, English physicist (Manhattan Project, high-voltage particle acceleration), dies at 99
  • Sep 11 Anna Lindh, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, assassinated shopping in Stockholm at 46
  • Sep 11 John Ritter, American actor and comedian (Three's Company, It, 8 Simple Rules), dies of an aortic dissection at 54

Johnny CashJohnny Cash (1932-2003)

Sep 12 American country singer ("I Walk the Line"; "Ring of Fire"; "A Boy Named Sue"), dies at 71

  • Sep 13 Frank O'Bannon, American politician (Governor of Indiana, 1997-2003), dies of a stroke at 73(
  • Sep 13 Kenneth Walter, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 6 wickets), dies at 63
  • Sep 14 John Serry, Sr., American classical, jazz, and bolero accordionist, arranger, composer, organist, and educator, dies at 88
  • Sep 14 Yetunde Price, half-sister of Venus and Serena Williams (b. 1972)
  • Sep 15 Jack Brymer, British classical clarinetist (Royal Philharmonic; BBC Symphony; London Symphony), and teacher, dies at 88
  • Sep 15 Josef Hirsal, Czech novelist (b. 1920)
  • Sep 16 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist (Purple People Eater, Hee Haw), dies at 82
  • Sep 17 Erich Hallhuber, German actor (b. 1951)
  • Sep 18 Bob Mitchell, British politician (b. 1927)
  • Sep 18 Emil Fackenheim, German Holocaust survivor and philosopher (b. 1916)
  • Sep 19 Anatoly Bogatyrev, Belarusian composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 19 Slim Dusty [David Kirkpatrick], Australian country music singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 76
  • Sep 20 Gordon Mitchell [Charles Allen Pendleton], American actor and bodybuilder (Sinbad), dies a 80
  • Sep 20 Lord Williams of Mostyn, Welsh barrister, politician, and Lord President of the Council, dies at 62
  • Sep 20 Simon Muzenda, Zimbabwean politician (1st Vice-President of Zimbabwe), dies at 80
  • Sep 21 Tom Glazer, American folk singer and songwriter (Because All Men Are Brothers; A Dollar Ain't A Dollar Anymore), dies at 88
  • Sep 22 Gordon Jump, American actor (Arthur Carlson-WKRP, Growing Pains), dies at 71
  • Sep 22 Hugo Young, British journalist (The Guardian), dies at 64
  • Sep 23 Yuri Senkevich, Russian TV anchorman (b. 1937)
  • Sep 24 Lyle Bettger, American actor (The Greatest Show on Earth, Lone Ranger), dies at 88
  • Sep 24 Rosalie Allen, American country singer, yodeler, and disc jockey, dies of congestive heart failure at 79
  • Sep 25 Anthony Durante, American professional wrestler, dies at 36
  • Sep 25 Aquila al-Hashimi, Iraqi politician (b. 1953)
  • Sep 25 Edward Said, Palestinian-American literary critic, dies at 67
  • Sep 25 Franco Modigliani, Italian-American economist (1985 Nobel Prize for Economics), dies at 85
  • Sep 25 George Plimpton, American writer and actor (b. 1927)
  • Sep 25 Herb Gardner, American playwright (b. 1934)
  • Sep 26 Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter, Austrian organist and composer, dies at 67
  • Sep 26 Robert Palmer, English singer-songwriter ("Addicted To Love"; The Power Station), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 26 Shawn Lane, American session rock, jazz, and world fusion guitarist, dies of lung issues at 40
  • Sep 27 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • Sep 27 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74

Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson (1927-2003)

Sep 28 American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), dies of respiratory and bladder infections at 76

  • Sep 28 Elia Kazan, Greek-American film director (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 94
  • Sep 28 George Odlum, Saint Lucian politician (b. 1934)
  • Sep 30 Robert Kardashian, Armenian-American lawyer, dies of cancer at 59
  • Sep 30 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly guitarist (Rockabilly Hall of Fame, 1998), dies of cancer at 64 [1]
  • Sep 30 Yusuf Bey, American Black Muslim leader (Nation of Islam), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 1 (Greig) "Chubby" Jackson, American big band jazz double-bassist, bandleader, and TV host, dies at 84
  • Oct 2 John T. Dunlop, U.S. Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
  • Oct 3 Florence Stanley, American actress (b. 1924)
  • Oct 3 William Steig, American cartoonist (The New Yorker, 1930-2003) and children's author (Shrek!; Sylvester and the Magic Pebble; Doctor De Soto), dies at 95 [1]
  • Oct 4 Sid McMath, American politician (b. 1912)
  • Oct 5 Denis Quilley, British actor (Anything Goes, The Lady's Not For Burning, Masada), dies from liver cancer at 75
  • Oct 6 Timothy Treadwell, American environmentalist (Grizzly Man), dies mauled and eaten by bears in Katmai National Park, Alaska at 46
  • Oct 7 Arthur Berger, American composer (Ideas of Order), music critic, and educator (Brandeis, 1953-80; New England Conservatory of Music, 1980-99), dies at 91
  • Oct 7 Henry Herbert, 17th Earl of Pembroke, English peer and director (Emily), dies at 64
  • Oct 7 Izzy Asper, Canadian tax lawyer (b. 1932)
  • Oct 7 Wally George, American conservative TV commentator, dies at 71
  • Oct 10 Eugene Istomin, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1943), dies at 77
  • Oct 11 Franklyn Perring, English botanist (co-author of Atlas of the British Flora, 1962), dies of cancer at 76

Bill ShoemakerBill Shoemaker (1931-2003)

Oct 12 American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), dies of natural causes at 72

  • Oct 12 Jim Cairns, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • Oct 12 Joan Kroc [Mansfield], American philanthropist and 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, dies of a brain tumor at 75
  • Oct 12 Ram Gopal, Indian-English dancer (Blue Peter, Purple Plain), dies at 90
  • Oct 13 Bertram Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Oct 14 Patrick Dalzel-Job, English soldier and inspiration for James Bond (b. 1913)
  • Oct 15 Ben Metcalfe, Canadian environmental activist (helped found Greenpeace), dies at 83
  • Oct 15 Bertram N. Brockhouse, Canadian physicist, (1994 Nobel Prize for Physics for neutron spectroscopy), dies at 85
  • Oct 16 Avni Arbas, Turkish artist (b. 1919)
  • Oct 16 László Papp, Hungarian boxer (b. 1926)
  • Oct 16 Stu Hart, Canadian professional wrestler and trainer, dies at 88
  • Oct 17 Janice Rule, American actress (Alvarez Kelly, Doctor's Wife), dies at 72
  • Oct 18 Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Spanish writer (b. 1939)
  • Oct 18 Preston Smith, 40th Governor of Texas, dies at 91
  • Oct 19 Alija Izetbegović, Bosnian politician and 1st President of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1990-2000), dies of heart disease complicated by injuries from a fall at 78
  • Oct 19 Hawk [Michael Hegstrand], American professional wrestler (ECW/WCW/WWF/AWA, Legion of Doom), dies at 46
  • Oct 19 Margaret Murie, American conservationist (b. 1902)
  • Oct 20 Čkalja [Miodrag Petrović], Serbian actor and one of the most popular comedians of former Yugoslavia, dies at 79
  • Oct 20 Jack Elam, American actor (The Dakotas, East Street, Rio Lobo), dies at 82
  • Oct 21 (Steven) Elliott Smith, American Academy Award nominated singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting - "Miss Misery"), dies of suspected self-inflicted stab wounds at 34 [1]
  • Oct 21 Fred Berry, African-American actor (Rerun-What's Happening), dies at 52
  • Oct 21 Louise Day Hicks, American politician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 21 Luis A. Ferré, Puerto Rican industrialist and politician (Governor of Puerto Rico, 1969-73), dies at 99

Soong Mei-lingSoong Mei-ling (1897-2003)

Oct 23 Chinese political figure and First Lady of the Republic of China (1948-75), dies at 106

  • Oct 23 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician. dies of an aneurysm at 59
  • Oct 24 Rosie Nix Adams, Stepdaughter of Johnny Cash (b. 1958)
  • Oct 24 Ross Taylor [Robert Murray Taylor], Scottish transplant surgeon who pioneered kidney transplantations in the U.K., dies from cancer of the stomach at 70
  • Oct 24 Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 60), dies in car accident at 78
  • Oct 25 Hemu Adhikari, Indian cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 114 1st Test v WI 1948), dies at 84
  • Oct 25 Robert Strassburg, American composer, conductor and educator (Leaves of Grass: A Choral Symphony), dies at 88
  • Oct 26 Roberto Garcia Morillo, Argentine composer and music critic, dies at 92
  • Oct 27 Rod Roddy, American television announcer (b. 1937)
  • Oct 29 Franco Corelli, Italian tenor, dies after suffering a stroke at 82
  • Oct 29 Hal Clement [Harry Clement Stubbs], American sci-fi writer (Mission of Gravity), dies at 81
  • Oct 30 Abel Ehrlich, Israeli composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 31 Gordon Weir, New Zealand cricket batsman (11 Tests, 3 x 50; Auckland CA), dies at 93
  • Oct 31 Richard Neustadt, American political historian (b. 1919)
  • Oct 31 Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer, Indian Carnatic vocalist, dies at 95
  • Nov 1 Joji "George" Kawaguchi Japanese jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 76
  • Nov 1 Kent Kennan, American composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 2 Frank McCloskey, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana (1983-95), dies at 64
  • Nov 2 Jimmy Quillen, American politician (Rep-R-TN, 1963-97), dies at 87
  • Nov 3 Rasul Gamzatov, Russian poet (b. 1923)
  • Nov 4 Charles Causley, Cornish writer and poet (b. 1917)
  • Nov 4 Ken Gampu, South African actor (b. 1929)
  • Nov 4 Richard Wollheim, British philosopher (deeply engaged with issues that were central to the visual arts), dies at 89
  • Nov 5 Bobby Hatfield, American singer (Righteous Brothers - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"), dies of acute cocaine toxicity at 63
  • Nov 6 Crash Holly [Michael Lockwood], American professional wrestler, dies at 32
  • Nov 6 Eduardo Palomo, Mexican actor, dies of a heart attack at 41
  • Nov 6 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), dies at 84
  • Nov 8 Bob Grant [Robert St Clair Grant], British actor, comedian and writer (on the Buses), dies at 71
  • Nov 8 C. Z. Guest, American socialite (b. 1920)
  • Nov 8 Guy Speranza, American heavy metal singer (Riot, 1975-81), dies of pancreatic cancer at 47

Art CarneyArt Carney (1918-2003)

Nov 9 American Emmy and Oscar winner actor (The Honeymooners - "Ed Norton"; Harry and Tonto -"Harry"), dies of natural causes at 85

  • Nov 9 Binod Bihari Verma, Indian Maithili literateur (b.1937)
  • Nov 9 Gordon Onslow Ford, English painter (b. 1912)
  • Nov 10 Canaan Banana, 1st President of Zimbabwe (1980-87), dies of cancer at 67
  • Nov 10 Irv "Kup" Kupcinet, American columnist and television personality (b. 1912)
  • Nov 10 June Beebe, American golfer (Western Open 1931, 33), dies at 90

Jonathan BrandisJonathan Brandis (1976-2003)

Nov 12 American actor (seaQuest DSV - "Lucas Wolenczak"), commits suicide at 27

  • Nov 12 Kay E. Kuter, American actor (Green Acres), dies at 78
  • Nov 12 Penny Singleton, American actress (Blondie) and voice actress (Jane-Jetsons), dies at 95
  • Nov 12 Tony Thompson, American session and touring drummer (Chic; LaBelle; The Power Station), dies of renal cancer at 48
  • Nov 13 Kellie Waymire, American actress (Six Feet Under), dies at 36
  • Nov 14 Gene Anthony Ray, American dancer and actor (Fame - "Leroy"), dies from complications of a stroke at 41
  • Nov 15 Dorothy Loudon, American actress and singer (Annie), dies of cancer at 78
  • Nov 15 Laurence Tisch, American businessman (CEO of CBS Television, 1985-96; co-founder of Loews Corp), dies of gastroesophageal cancer, at 80
  • Nov 15 Ray Lewis, Canadian 4X400 relayer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 93
  • Nov 15 Speedy West, Country Music Hall of Fame Steel Guitarist (b. 1924)
  • Nov 16 Bettina Goislard, French relief worker (b. 1974)
  • Nov 17 Arthur Conley, American singer ("Sweet Soul Music"), dies of intestinal cancer at 57
  • Nov 17 Don Gibson, American country musician ("Sweet Dreams"), dies at 75
  • Nov 17 Surjit Bindrakhia [Bains], Punjabi Bhangra singer ("Lakk Tunoo Tunoo"), dies of cardiac arrest at 41
  • Nov 18 Michael Kamen, American composer and arranger (film scores to Brazil and Mr. Holland's Opus; Pink Floyd), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • Nov 19 Greg Ridley, British rock bassist (Spooky Tooth; Humble Pie), dies of pneumonia at 56
  • Nov 19 Ian Geoghegan, Australian racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Nov 20 David Dacko, first President of the Central African Republic (b. 1930)
  • Nov 20 Eugene Kleiner, American entrepreneur (b. 1923)
  • Nov 20 James "Jim" Siedow, American actor (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), dies from emphysema at 83
  • Nov 20 Kerem Yilmazer, Turkish actor (b. 1945)
  • Nov 20 Loris Azzaro, French fashion designer (b. 1933)
  • Nov 20 Robert Addie, British actor (cancer) (b. 1960)
  • Nov 20 Roger Short, British Consulate General (b. 1944)
  • Nov 21 Teddy Randazzo, American pop singer-songwriter (I'm on the Outside Looking In), dies at 68
  • Nov 22 Dick Thomas, American singing cowboy and TV host (Village Barn), dies at 88
  • Nov 24 Anthony Hollis, British High Court Judge, dies at 76
  • Nov 24 Floquet de Neu, Ecuato Guinean albino gorilla (b. 1964)

Warren SpahnWarren Spahn (1921-2003)

Nov 24 American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (17 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1957; Cy Young Award 1957; 8 × NL wins leader; Boston/Milwaukee Braves), dies at 82

  • Nov 26 Soulja Slim [James Adarryl Tapp Jr.], American rapper (Slow Motion), shot to death by an assailant at 26
  • Nov 26 Stefan Wul, French sci-fi author (The Temple of the Past), dies at 81
  • Nov 27 Riccardo Malipiero, Italian pianist, composer, critic, and educator, dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Antonia Forest [Patricia Giulia Caulfield Kate Rubinstein], British children's author (The Marlows), dies at 88
  • Nov 28 Ted Bates, English former footballer, dies at 85
  • Nov 29 Larry Booker (Moondog Spot), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Nov 29 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84
  • Nov 30 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), dies at 98
  • Dec 1 Clark Kerr, first Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley (b. 1911)
  • Dec 1 Eugenio Monti, Italian bobsledder (2 x Olympic gold 2-man, 4-man 1968; World C'ships 9 x gold), dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 75
  • Dec 2 Alan Davidson, British author (Annabel stories) (b. 1924)
  • Dec 2 Suzanne Cloutier, Canadian film actress (Othello), dies at 80
  • Dec 3 David Hemmings, English actor (b. 1941)
  • Dec 3 Ellen Drew [Esther Loretta Ray], American actress (Isle of Dead, Christmas in July), dies at 88
  • Dec 4 Iggy Katona, American auto racer (ARCA Series 1955-57, 62, 66-67; record 79 wins), dies at 87
  • Dec 6 Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (b. 1918)
  • Dec 6 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • Dec 6 Jerry Tuite, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Dec 7 Azie Taylor Morton, Treasurer of the United States (b. 1936)
  • Dec 7 Carl F. H. Henry American theologian and publisher (b. 1913)
  • Dec 7 Joe Skeen, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico), dies at 76
  • Dec 8 Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • Dec 9 Norm Sloan, American basketball coach (b. 1926)
  • Dec 9 Paul Simon, American politician (U. S. House of Representatives, 1975-85; U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1985-97), dies at 75
  • Dec 10 John Watts, British army and Chief of Defense (Omani Armed Forces), dies at 73
  • Dec 10 Sean McClory, Irish actor (The Californians, My Chauffeur), dies at 79
  • Dec 11 Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927)
  • Dec 12 Heydər Əliyev, President of Azerbaijan (b. 1923)
  • Dec 12 Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu (1982-1993), dies at 77
  • Dec 12 Keiko, orca (killer whale), star of Free Willy (b. 1976)
  • Dec 13 William V. Roth, Jr., U.S. Senator (b. 1921)
  • Dec 14 Blas Ople, Filipino journalist & politician, dies at 76
  • Dec 14 Jeanne Crain, American actress (Man Without a Star, Pinky), dies at 78
  • Dec 15 George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • Dec 15 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1971, 72; Chicago Black Hawks), dies in a motor vehicle accident at 56
  • Dec 16 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), commits suicide by shooting himself in the neck at 59
  • Dec 16 Robert Stanfield, Premier of Nova Scotia (b. 1914)
  • Dec 17 Brian Lee, father of Wikipedia user, James Lee (b. 1948)
  • Dec 17 David Smith, English cricket fast-medium bowler (5 Tests), dies at 69
  • Dec 17 Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925)

Otto GrahamOtto Graham (1921-2003)

Dec 17 American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), dies of a heart aneurysm at 82