On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 2004

  • Jan 1 Harold Henning, South African golfer (2 PGA Tour titles; 3 senior PGA titles; World Cup 1965), dies at 69
  • Jan 2 Jess Collins, American artist, dies at 80
  • 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 outfielder (MLB All-Star 1962, 63; LA Angels), dies at 69
  • 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 5 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), dies from cancer at 66
  • Jan 6 Francesco Scavullo, American celebrity photographer, dies at 82
  • Jan 6 Pierre Charles, 5th Prime Minister of Dominica, dies at 49
  • 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 (fluid dynamics), dies at 81
  • Jan 12 Randy VanWarmer, American singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Jan 13 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman, dies at 66
  • 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 15 Gus Suhr, American baseball first baseman (1,435 MLB games Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies; only player to be sued by a fan injured after struck by a foul ball), dies at 98
  • Jan 16 Kalevi Sorsa, Prime Minister of Finland (b. 1930)
  • Jan 16 John Siomos, American rock drummer, dies at 56
  • 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 and playwright (The Tied Up Balloon), dies at 74
  • Jan 22 Billy May, American orchestra leader and composer (The Green Hornet, Mod Squad, Batman), 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 (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), dies at 88
  • Jan 27 Jack Paar, American television show host (b. 1918)
  • Jan 27 Salvador Laurel, Vice President of the Philippines (b. 1928)
  • Jan 27 Hard Boiled Haggerty [Don Stansauk], American pro wrestler (AWA, NWA, WWA World Tag Team C'ship; IWA World Heavyweight C'ship) and actor (The Incredible Hulk), dies at 78
  • Jan 28 Lloyd M. Bucher, U.S. Navy officer (b. 1927)
  • Jan 28 Don Cholito, Puerto Rican radio host (b. 1923)
  • Jan 28 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), dies at 80
  • 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 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 90