Famous Deaths in 2004

Deaths 1 - 200 of 536

  • Jan 2 Jess Collins, American artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 2 Doralyn "Lynn" Cartwright, American character actress (A League of Their Own), dies at 76
  • Jan 3 Des Corcoran, Premier of South Australia (b. 1928)
  • Jan 3 Leon Wagner, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • Jan 4 John Toland, American political writer (Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971), dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Joan Aiken, English writer of children's books (The Whispering Mountain), dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Jake Hess, American singer (b. 1927)
  • Jan 4 Jeff Nuttall, English writer (b. 1933)
  • Jan 4 Brian Gibson (director), English film director (b. 1944)
  • Jan 5 Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw, dies at 59
  • Jan 6 Francesco Scavullo, American celebrity photographer, dies at 82
  • Jan 6 Charles Dumas, American athlete (b. 1937)
  • Jan 6 Pierre Charles, Prime Minister of Dominica (b. 1954)
  • Jan 7 Ingrid Thulin, Swedish actress (Cries & Whispers, Damned), dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Oswald Garrison Villard Jr., American Engineer (over-the-horizon radar), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • Jan 8 John A. Gambling, American radio talk-show host (b. 1930)

  • Jan 9 Norberto Bobbio, Italian philosopher (b. 1909)
  • Jan 9 Yinka Dare, Nigerian NBA center (NJ Nets), dies at 31

Person of interestSpalding Gray

Jan 10 Spalding Gray, American actor (Beaches, Clara's Heart, Heavy Petting), commits suicide at 62

  • Jan 10 Alexandra Ripley, American author (b. 1934)
  • Jan 11 Mervyn Pike [Baroness Pike], British politician (C), dies at 85
  • Jan 12 Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Jan 12 Randy VanWarmer, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Jan 13 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber (b. 1937)
  • Jan 13 Harold Shipman, British general practitioner and prolific serial killer, commits suicide at 57
  • Jan 14 Uta Hagen, German-American actress and theatre practitioner (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies at 84
  • Jan 14 Ron O'Neal, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Jan 14 Valfar, Norwegian musician (Windir) (b. 1978)
  • Jan 16 Kalevi Sorsa, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1930)
  • Jan 17 Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • Jan 17 Czeslaw Niemen, Polish musician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 17 Ray Stark, American stage and film producer, dies at 88
  • Jan 17 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • Jan 19 Harry E. Claiborne, American judge (suicide) (b. 1917)
  • Jan 19 David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach, dies at 48
  • Jan 20 Guinn Smith, American athlete (1948 Olympic gold medalist), dies of emphysema at 83
  • Jan 21 Yordan Radichkov, Bulgarian writer (b. 1929)
  • Jan 22 Billy May, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 Thomas Mead, Australian politician and journalist, dies at 85
  • Jan 22 Ann Miller, American actress and dancer (On the Town), dies at 80
  • Jan 23 Bob Keeshan, American actor (Captain Kangaroo), dies at 76

  • Jan 23 Helmut Newton, German photographer, dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (b. 1913)
  • Jan 25 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track & field athlete (4 x Olympic gold 1948), dies at 85
  • Jan 25 Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (b. 1979)
  • Jan 26 Fred Haas, American golfer (b. 1916)
  • Jan 27 Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
  • Jan 27 Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
  • Jan 28 Lloyd M. Bucher, U.S. Navy officer (b. 1927)
  • Jan 28 Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
  • Jan 28 Elroy Hirsch, American football player (b. 1923)
  • Jan 28 Don Stansauk, American professional wrestler (b. 1936)
  • Jan 28 Joe Viterelli, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Jan 28 Melvyn "Mel" Pritchard, British progressive rock drummer (Barclay James Harvest), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Jan 29 M. M. Kaye, British writer (The Far Pavilions), dies at 95
  • Jan 29 Janet Frame, New Zealand novelist (Intensive Care, Owls Do Cry), dies at 79
  • Jan 29 Otto Wilhelm Fischer, Austrian actor (Helden, Ich suche dich), dies of kidney disease at 88
  • Jan 31 Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)
  • Feb 1 May O'Donnell, American modern dancer and choreographer (b. 1909)
  • Feb 2 Bernard McEveety, American film director (b. 1924)
  • Feb 3 Jason Raize, American musical theatre actor (b. 1975)
  • Feb 3 Cornelius Bumpus, American saxophonist and keyboardist (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Feb 5 John Hench, American animator (b. 1908)
  • Feb 5 Harry West, Irish politician, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party (1974-79), dies at 86
  • Feb 8 Julius Schwartz, American comic book and sci-fi editor (b. 1915)
  • Feb 9 Claude Ryan, Canadian newspaper director and politician (b. 1925)
  • Feb 10 Guy Provost, Quebec actor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 10 Margaret Stacey, English sociologist who helped shape the distinctively British genre of empirical sociology, dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Shirley Strickland, Australian athlete (b. 1925)
  • Feb 13 Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, Chechen leader (b. 1952)
  • Feb 14 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), dies of acute cocaine poisoning at 34
  • Feb 15 Jens Evensen, Norwegian minister and jurist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 15 Jan Miner, American actress (Crime Photographer), dies at 86
  • Feb 16 Doris Troy [Doris Elaine Higginsen], US R&B singer and songwriter (Just One Look), dies from emphysema at 67
  • Feb 17 José López Portillo, President of Mexico (b. 1920)
  • Feb 17 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Australian 100m dash (Olympic bronze 1948), dies at 78
  • Feb 18 Jean Rouch, French filmmaker and ethnologist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 20 J. J. Malone, American soul singer (It's a shame), dies at 68
  • Feb 21 Guido Molinari, Canadian painter, dies at 70
  • Feb 21 John Charles, Welsh footballer (b. 1931)
  • Feb 22 Andy Seminick, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Feb 22 Roque Máspoli, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1917)
  • Feb 23 Vijay Anand, Indian film director (b. 1934)
  • Feb 23 Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)
  • Feb 23 Sikander Bakht, Indian politician, Governor of Kerala, dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Don Cornell, American singer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 23 Carl Liscombe, Canadian hockey player (b. 1915)
  • Feb 23 Bob Mayo, American session keyboardist (Peter Frampton), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Feb 24 John Randolph [Emanuel Hirsch Cohen], American actor (King Kong, Lucan, Lucas Tanner, Angie), dies at 88
  • Feb 25 Donald Hings, Canadian inventor (b. 1907)
  • Feb 26 Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician (b. 1920)
  • Feb 26 Adolf Ehrnrooth, Finnish general (b. 1905)
  • Feb 26 Boris Trajkovski, 2nd President of the Republic of Macedonia, dies at 47
  • Feb 27 Paul Sweezy, American Marxist economist and editor (Monthly Review), dies at 93
  • Feb 27 Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historians (b. 1928)
  • Feb 28 Daniel J. Boorstin, American historian, writer, and Librarian of Congress (b. 1914)
  • Feb 28 Carmen Laforet, Spanish author, dies at 82
  • Feb 28 Andres Nuiamäe, Estonian soldier (b. 1982)
  • Feb 28 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try), dies at 69
  • Feb 29 Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (b. 1915)
  • Mar 2 Mercedes McCambridge, American actress (All the King's Men, The Exorcist, Giant), dies at 87
  • Mar 2 Marge Schott, American baseball team owner (b. 1928)
  • Mar 2 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (b. 1980)
  • Mar 3 Cecily Adams, American actress and casting director (b. 1958)
  • Mar 4 John McGeoch, Scottish musician (b. 1955)
  • Mar 4 Claude Nougaro, French singer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 George Pake, American physicist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Stephen Sprouse, American fashion designer (b. 1953)
  • Mar 5 Walter "Walt" Gorney, American character actor (Friday the 13th, Trading Places), dies from natural causes at 91
  • Mar 6 Frances Dee, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, dies at 47

  • Mar 7 Paul Winfield, American actor (b. 1941)
  • Mar 8 Robert Pastorelli, American actor (b. 1954)
  • Mar 8 Abu Abbas [Muhammad Zaidan], Palestinian founder of the Palestine Liberation Front (PLO), dies in US custody of allegedly natural causes at 55
  • Mar 9 Albert Mol, Dutch actor (Kant aan m'n broek!), dies at 87
  • Mar 9 Dr. Gerald Deskin, Ph.D., clinical child psychologist (b. 1929)
  • Mar 9 Rust Epique, former Crazy Town guitarist (b. 1968)
  • Mar 10 Dave Blood, real name David Schulthise; American musician, bassist for The Dead Milkmen (b. 1956)
  • Mar 13 Franz König, Austrian Catholic Archbishop of Vienna (b. 1905)
  • Mar 13 Vilayat Khan, Indian classical sitar player and composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 15 William "Bill" Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist at NASA, dies at 93
  • Mar 15 John Pople, English chemist (Nobel Prize 1998), dies at 78
  • Mar 16 Vilém Tauský, Czech conductor and composer (b. 1910)
  • Mar 17 J. J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • Mar 17 Michael Mellinger, German actor (Goldfinger, The Bourne Identity),dies at 74
  • Mar 18 Harrison McCain, Canadian businessman (McCain Foods Limited), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • Mar 19 Mitchell Sharp, Canadian politician (b. 1911)
  • Mar 20 Queen Juliana of the Netherlands (b. 1909)
  • Mar 20 Pierre Sévigny, Canadian military officer and politician, dies at 86
  • Mar 21 Ludmilla Tchérina, French prima ballerina, artist, actress, choreographer and author (Sins of Rome), dies at 79
  • Mar 22 Ahmed Yassin, Palestinian co-founder of Hamas (b. ca. 1937)
  • Mar 23 Rupert Hamer, Australian politician (b. 1916)
  • Mar 26 Jan Berry, American musician (Jan and Dean) (b. 1941)
  • Mar 26 Jan Sterling [Jane Adriance], American actress (Ace in the Hole, The High and the Mighty), dies of diabetes and a stroke at 82
  • Mar 27 Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American singer (b. 1984)
  • Mar 28 Art James, American game show host (b. 1929)
  • Mar 28 Peter Ustinov, British actor, author, journalist, comedian and broadcaster (Death on Nile, Logan's Run, Billy Budd), dies of heart failure at 82
  • Mar 30 Alistair Cooke, English-born journalist (b. 1908)
  • Mar 30 Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)

Person of interestMichael King

Mar 30 Michael King, New Zealand historian and author (Penguin History of New Zealand), dies in a car crash at 58

Historian and Author Michael King
Historian and Author
Michael King
  • Mar 30 Timi Yuro [Rosemary Timothy Yuro], American singer (Hurt), dies at 63
  • Mar 30 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, dies at 65
  • Apr 1 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
  • Apr 1 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (Diary of Mad Housewife), dies at 58
  • Apr 1 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian songwriter (b. 1927)
  • Apr 1 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies-Never Even Thought), dies of liver and kidney disease at 58
  • Apr 2 John Argyris, Greek aeronautical engineer (b. 1913)
  • Apr 4 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, dies at 84
  • Apr 4 Casey Sheehan, American soldier, son of Cindy Sheehan (b. 1979)
  • Apr 5 Heiner Zieschang, German mathematician (b. 1936)
  • Apr 5 Sławomir Rawicz, Polish soldier (b. 1915)

  • Apr 6 Larisa Bogoraz, Soviet dissident (b. 1929)
  • Apr 6 Niki Sullivan, American guitarist (The Crickets) (b. 1937)
  • Apr 7 Victor Argo, American actor (b. 1934)
  • Apr 8 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • Apr 13 Lou Berberet, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Apr 13 Caron Keating, British television presenter (b. 1962)
  • Apr 14 Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 15 Ray Condo, Canadian musician (b. 1950)
  • Apr 17 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (L'histoire de Jonas), dies at 95
  • Apr 17 Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
  • Apr 18 Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, first Prime Minister of Fiji and President of Fiji (b. 1920)
  • Apr 18 Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), dies at 81
  • Apr 19 Norris McWhirter, Scottish co-founder of the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
  • Apr 19 John Maynard Smith, English biologist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 21 Mary McGrory, American journalist and columnist, dies at 85
  • Apr 22 Pat Tillman, American football player and U.S. Army Ranger killed in action at 27
  • Apr 22 Jason L. Dunham, American Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1981)

Person of interestEstée Lauder

Apr 24 Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (Estée Lauder cosmetics), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 97

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder
  • Apr 25 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), dies at 74
  • Apr 25 Albert Paulsen, Ecuadorian-American actor (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Doctors' Hospital), dies at 78
  • Apr 26 Hubert Selby Jr., American author (Last Exit to Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • Apr 29 Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • May 3 Anthony Ainley, British actor (b. 1932)
  • May 3 Ken Downing, British racing driver (b. 1917)
  • May 3 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • May 5 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • May 5 José Maceda, Filipino composer, dies at 87
  • May 6 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher and founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven), dies at 91
  • May 6 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (b. 1923)
  • May 7 Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
  • May 7 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian singer (The Crew Cuts), dies at 73
  • May 8 John Peel, British politician (C), dies at 91
  • May 9 Akhmad Kadyrov, 1st President of Chechnya, dies at 52
  • May 9 Alan King [Irwin Kniberg], American comedian and actor (Anderson Tapes, Memories of Me), dies at 76
  • May 11 John C. Whitehead, American singer (McFadden & Whitehead), dies at 92
  • May 11 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach
  • May 14 Anna Lee [Joan Boniface Winnifrith], British actress (General Hospital, How Green Was My Valley), dies of pneumonia at 91
  • May 15 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • May 17 Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920)
  • May 17 Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
  • May 18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (b. 1927)
  • May 18 Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader (b. 1946)
  • May 19 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], American actor (The Odd Couple) dies aged 84
  • May 19 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (b. 1907)
  • May 20 Lord Murray of Epping Forest, British labour politician and union leader, dies of emphysema and pneumonia at 82
  • May 22 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • May 22 Richard Biggs, American actor (b. 1960)
  • May 23 Ramon Margalef, Spanish scientist (b. 1919)
  • May 24 Henry Ries, American photographer (b. 1917)