Famous People Who Died in 2004 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 604

  • Apr 26 Claude "Fiddler" Williams, American jazz violinist and guitarist (Twelve Clouds of Joy; Count Basie), dies at 96
  • 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 2 John MacKenzie, Scottish-Canadian bagpiper and pipe-major, dies at 83 [1]
  • May 3 Anthony Ainley, British actor (Doctor Who), dies at 71
  • May 3 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • May 3 Ken Downing, British racing driver, dies at 86
  • May 4 Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, Jamaican record producer, dies of a heart attack at 72
  • May 5 José Maceda, Filipino composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87
  • May 5 Ritsuko Okazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter (Kanashii Jiyū / Koi ga, Kiete Yuku), dies at 44
  • May 6 Barney Kessel, American jazz guitarist (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 80
  • May 6 Philip Kapleau, American Zen teacher and founder (Rochester Zen Center in New Haven), dies at 91
  • May 7 Rudi Maugeri, Canadian doo-wop vocalist (Crew Cuts - "Sh-Boom"), and broadcaster, dies of cancer at 73
  • May 7 Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
  • May 7 William J. "Pete" Knight, American astronaut and test pilot (X-15), dies at 74
  • 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 & actor (Anderson Tapes, Memories of Me), dies at 76
  • May 11 John Whitehead, American songwriter and soul singer (McFadden & Whitehead - "Ain't No Stopping Us Now"), murdered outside of his home at 55
  • May 11 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer & coach, dies at 64
  • May 12 John LaPorta, American jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 84
  • 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 16 June Taylor, American choreographer, dies at 86
  • May 16 Marius Constant, Romanian-born French composer and conductor (founded Ars Nova), dies at 79
  • May 17 Edgardo Martín, Cuban classical pianist, composer, and educator, dies at 88
  • May 17 Ezzedine Salim, leader of Iraqi Governing Council (b. 1943)
  • May 17 Jørgen Nash, Danish artist (b. 1920)
  • May 18 Elvin Jones, American jazz drummer (Coltrane's "A Love Supreme"), dies of heart failure at 76
  • May 18 Lincoln Kilpatrick, American actor (BJ-Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 72
  • May 18 Serge Turgeon, Quebec actor and union leader, dies at 58
  • May 19 Mary Dresselhuys, Dutch actress (b. 1907)
  • May 19 Tony Randall [Leonard Rosenberg], American actor (The Odd Couple), dies aged 84
  • 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 Captain Stubby [Tom Fouts], American author and comedian (Captain Stubby and the Buccaneers), dies of a stroke at 85
  • May 24 Edward Wagenknecht, American literary critic (b. 1900)
  • May 24 Henry Ries, German-American photographer (New York Times - "The Berlin Airlift"), dies at 86
  • May 24 Milton Shulman, Canadian author and critic (b. 1913)
  • May 25 Roger W. Straus, Jr., American publisher (b. 1917)
  • May 26 Dullah Omar, South African attorney and UDF-leader, dies at 69
  • May 26 Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, Russian astronomer (b. 1931)
  • May 27 Denis ApIvor, British composer, dies at 88
  • May 28 Umberto Agnelli, Italian automobile executive (Fiat, 1965-2004), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • May 29 Archibald Cox, American lawyer and special prosecutor (Watergate), dies at 92
  • May 29 Samuel Dash, American Congressional counsel (b. 1925)
  • May 30 Andrew Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, English aristocrat (Chatsworth) and politician, married Deborah Mitford, dies at 84
  • May 31 Étienne Roda-Gil, French songwriter and screenwriter, dies at 62
  • May 31 Robert Quine, American rock guitarist (Lou Reed; Matthew Sweet; John Zorn), dies of an intentional heroin overdose at 61
  • Jun 1 William Manchester, American writer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 2 Loyd Sigmon, American radio broadcaster, sound engineer, and inventor ("Sig Alert" for traffic and emergency notices), dies from complications of Parkinson's disease at 95
  • Jun 2 Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian operatic basso singer, dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Jun 3 Frances Shand Kydd, English aristocrat, mother of Diana, Princess of Wales, dies at 68
  • Jun 3 Jonathan D Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), dies of leukemia at 61
  • Jun 3 Quorthon [Thomas Forsberg], Swedish heavy and Viking metal musician, and record producer (Bathory), dies of a congenital heart issue at 38
  • Jun 4 Saturnino "Nino" Manfredi, Italian actor (Between Miracles), dies at 83
  • Jun 4 Steve Lacy [Lackritz], American jazz soprano saxophonist (Thelonious Monk), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • Jun 5 Iona Brown, British violinist and conductor, dies of cancer at 63

Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan (1911-2004)

Jun 5 40th US President (Republican: 1981-89) and actor (Bedtime for Bonzo), dies at 93

  • Jun 6 Judy Campbell [Judith Mary Gamble], British actress (Convoy, Bonnie Prince Charlie), dies at 88
  • Jun 6 Kate Worley, American comic book writer (Omaha the Cat Dancer), dies of cancer at 46
  • Jun 7 William Cramond, Scottish psychiatrist and vice-chancellor (Stirling University), dies at 83
  • Jun 8 Mack Jones, American baseball player, dies at 65
  • Jun 9 "Rosey" Roosevelt Brown, American football player, dies at 71
  • Jun 9 Brian Williamson, Jamaican Gay Activist (b. 1945)
  • Jun 10 Graeme Kelling, British pop guitarist (Deacon Blue), dies at 47

Ray CharlesRay Charles (1930-2004)

Jun 10 American singer and pianist who pioneered soul music ("Georgia On My Mind"; "Mess Around"; "Hit The Road, Jack"), dies at 73

  • Jun 11 Egon von Fürstenberg, Swiss fashion designer, dies at 57
  • Jun 11 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek politician (b. 1904)
  • Jun 13 Dick Durrance, American skier, dies at 89
  • Jun 13 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer (Sports Illustrated and ESPN's Page 2), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jun 14 Eamonn McGirr, Irish-born singer and entertainer
  • Jun 14 Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide, dies at 103
  • Jun 16 Thanom Kittikachorn, Prime Minister of Thailand (b. 1912)
  • Jun 17 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 78
  • Jun 17 Jackie Paris, American jazz singer and guitarist ("Skylark"), dies at 79
  • Jun 21 Leonel Brizola, Brazilian politician (b. 1922)
  • Jun 22 Bob Bemer, American computer scientist (b. 1920)
  • Jun 22 Kim Sun-il, South Korean translator (b. 1970)
  • Jun 22 Mattie Stepanek, American poet (b. 1990)
  • Jun 22 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe), dies from complications due to heart disease at 84
  • Jun 24 Ifigeneia Giannopoulou, Greek lyricist, journalist, and children's book author, dies of an allergic reaction at 39 or 40 [birth year uncertain]
  • Jun 24 Jimmy Rowser, American jazz double-bassist (Dinah Washington; Ray Bryant; Les McCann), and teacher, dies at 78
  • Jun 26 Eskil Hemberg, Swedish composer, conductor (Stockholm University Chorus, 1959-84), and artistic director (Royal Swedish Opera, 1987-96), dies at 66
  • Jun 26 Naomi Shemer, Israeli singer-songwriter (b. 1930)
  • Jun 26 Yash Johar, Indian film producer (b. 1929)
  • Jun 27 Darrell Russell, American race car driver (b. 1968)
  • Jun 27 George Patton IV, American general in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, dies of Parkinson's disease at 80
  • Jun 28 Anthony Buckeridge, English author (Jennings), dies at 92
  • Jun 29 Bernard Babior, American physician and biochemist, dies at 68
  • Jun 30 Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, dies at 80

Marlon BrandoMarlon Brando (1924-2004)

Jul 1 American actor (The Godfather, A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront), dies at 80

  • Jul 1 Peter Barnes, English writer (b. 1931)
  • Jul 1 Todor Skalovski, Macedonian shoral and orchestral conductor, and composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 2 John Cullen Murphy, American comic strip artist, dies at 85
  • Jul 2 Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian writer and editor (Twilight in Jakarta), dies at 82
  • Jul 2 Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Portuguese poet and children's author (The Sea Girl), dies at 84
  • Jul 3 Andrian Nikolayev, Soviet cosmonaut (Vostok 3), dies at 73
  • Jul 3 John Barron, British actor (Emergency - Ward 10; The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 83
  • Jul 4 Frank Robinson (Xylophone Man), an eccentric street entertainer in Nottingham, England (b. 1932)
  • Jul 4 Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor, dies at 84
  • Jul 5 Hugh Shearer, Prime Minister of Jamaica (b. 1923)
  • Jul 5 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (b. 1921)
  • Jul 6 Syreeta Wright, American singer (b. 1946)
  • Jul 6 Thomas Klestil, President of Austria (1992-2004), dies at 71
  • Jul 8 Jean Lefebvre, French actor (Diabolical, Now Where Did the Seventh Company Get to?), dies at 84
  • Jul 8 Paula Danziger, American author (b. 1944)
  • Jul 9 Chuck Cadman, Canadian politician (b. 1948)
  • Jul 9 Isabel Sanford, American actress (Louise-Jeffersons/All in the Family), dies at 86 (b. 1917)
  • Jul 9 Paul Klebnikov, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • Jul 11 Laurance Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • Jul 12 Betty Oliphant, co-founder of National Ballet of Canada (b. 1918)
  • Jul 12 Jean Ruth Adams, American entomologist (insect pathogens and viruses), dies at 75 or 76
  • Jul 13 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), dies from advanced leukemia at 55
  • Jul 13 [Karl] Carlos Kleiber, Austrian-Argentine conductor (Bavarian State Orchestra, 1968-97), dies at 74
  • Jul 16 George Busbee, Governor of Georgia (b. 1927)
  • Jul 17 Julian Hodge, British financier and multi-millionaire (Hodge Group), dies at 99
  • Jul 17 Pat Roach, British professional wrestler and actor (b. 1937)
  • Jul 18 Émile Peynaud, French oenologist, dies at 92
  • Jul 18 Paul Foot, British journalist (b. 1937)
  • Jul 19 Reverend Francis Marzen, American Catholic prelate (b. 1924)
  • Jul 19 Zenko Suzuki, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1911)
  • Jul 20 Adi Lady Lala Mara, Fiji chieftainess, wife of Kamisese Mara (b. 1931)
  • Jul 21 Edward B. Lewis, American geneticist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate (b. 1918)
  • Jul 21 Jerry Goldsmith, American pianist and composer (The Twilight Zone; Planet Of The Apes), dies of colon cancer at 75
  • Jul 21 Julian Ridsdale, British politician (C), Member of Parliament for Harwich (1954-92), dies at 89
  • Jul 22 George Kidd, Canadian diplomat (b. 1917)
  • Jul 22 Illinois Jacquet, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 81
  • Jul 22 Sacha Distel, French singer ("Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" cover), dies at 71
  • Jul 23 Carlos Paredes, Portuguese musician and composer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 23 Mehmood [Ali], Indian actor, singer, director and producer (Do Phoo!, Vardaan), dies at 71
  • Jul 23 Piero Piccioni, Italian musician, conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 23 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • Jul 24 Claude André François Ballif, French composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 24 Cotton Fitzsimmons, American Basketball HOF coach (NJCAA C'ship 1966, 67, Moberly Area CC; Kansas State; NBA: Phoenix Suns; Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs), dies of lung cancer and stroke at 72
  • Jul 26 Sipho Gumede, South African jazz legend, lung cancer (birthdate unknown)
  • Jul 28 Eugene Roche, American actor (Foul Play, Slaughterhouse Five), dies at 75

Francis CrickFrancis Crick (1916-2004)

Jul 28 English molecular biologist who co-discovered DNA's structure, with James Watson (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 1962), dies of colon cancer at 88 [1] [2]

  • Jul 28 George Williams, American soul singer (The Tymes), dies at 68
  • Jul 28 Sam Edwards, American actor (Captain Midnight, Twelve O'Clock High), dies at 89
  • Jul 28 Tiziano Terzani, Italian journalist (b. 1938)
  • Jul 29 James Hubert "Huby" Heard, American singer-songwriter (The God Squad), dies at 73
  • Jul 29 Rena Vlahopoulou, Greek actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 30 Andre Noble, Canadian actor (b. 1979)
  • Jul 30 Jan Hanus, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • Jul 31 Laura Betti, Italian actress (b. 1927)
  • Jul 31 Virginia Grey, American actress, dies at 87
  • Aug 1 Philip Abelson, American physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate, dies at 91
  • Aug 2 Don Tosti, American musician ("Pachuco Boogie"), dies at 81
  • Aug 2 François Craenhals, Belgian comic artist (Chevalier Ardent), dies at 77

Henri Cartier-BressonHenri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

Aug 3 French photographer famous for 'The Decisive Moment', dies at 95

  • Aug 4 Sir Kenneth Couzens, British Deputy Chairman of British Coal Board and significant figure during Miners Strike, dies at 79

Rick JamesRick James (1948-2004)

Aug 6 American funk musician ("Super Freak"), dies of pulmonary failure and at 56

  • Aug 7 Colin Bibby, English ornithologist (b. 1948)
  • Aug 7 Red Adair, American oil field firefighter, dies at 89
  • Aug 8 Dimitris Papamichael, Greek actor (b. 1934)
  • Aug 8 Fay Wray, Canadian American actress (King Kong), dies at 96
  • Aug 9 David Raksin, American composer renown for his work in film and TV (Laura; Modern Times), dies at 92
  • Aug 9 Robert Lecourt, French politician and president of the European Court of Justice (b. 1908)
  • Aug 9 Tony Mottola, American jazz guitarist, dies at 86
  • Aug 12 George Yardley III, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (6 × NBA All-Star 1955–60; first player to score 2,000 points in a season; Fort Wayne Pistons), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 75
  • Aug 12 Peter Woodthorpe, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Aug 12 Sir Godfrey Hounsfield, English electrical engineer and inventor, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • Aug 13 Julia Child, American chef, author and television personality (The French Chef), dies at 91
  • Aug 14 Czesław Miłosz, Polish-American writer (Bells in Winter, Nobel 1980), dies at 93
  • Aug 14 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (14 Tests, 25 dismissals, 1 x 50; Auckland, Northern Districts), dies at 77
  • Aug 14 Trevor Skeet, New Zealand-born British politician (b. 1918)
  • Aug 14 William David Ford, American politician (Rep-D-Michigan, 1965-95), dies at 77
  • Aug 15 Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 15 Semiha Berksoy, Turkish operatic soprano (Istanbul Opera, 1940-72), dies of heart surgery complications at 94
  • Aug 15 Sune Bergström, Swedish biochemist, (1982 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for identification of prostaglandins), dies at 88
  • Aug 16 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), dies at 83
  • Aug 16 Carl Mydans, American photographer (b. 1907)
  • Aug 16 Ivan Hlinka, Czech ice hockey coach (b. 1950)
  • Aug 16 Robert Quiroga, American boxer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 17 D-Roc the Executioner [Dennis Miles], American heavy metal musician (Body Count), dies of complications of lymphoma at 44
  • Aug 17 Gérard Souzay, French baritone, dies at 85
  • Aug 17 Thea Astley, Australian novelist and short-story writer, dies at 78
  • Aug 18 Elmer Bernstein, American film music composer (The Magnificent Seven; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Age Of Innocence; Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 82
  • Aug 18 Hiram Fong, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Hawaii), dies at 97
  • Aug 18 Joe Dodge, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1953-56), dies at 82
  • Aug 21 Isaäc Arend Diepenhorst, Dutch lawyer and Minister of Education, dies at 88
  • Aug 22 Al Dvorin, American Elvis Presley concert announcer, dies at 81
  • Aug 22 Daniel Petrie, Canadian television and movie director, dies at 83
  • Aug 22 Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
  • Aug 24 Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Swiss-born psychiatrist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 24 Kees [Cornelis Johannes] Ouwens, Dutch writer and poet (Intimate Acts), dies at 60
  • Aug 25 Helen Copley, American newspaper publisher (The San Diego Union-Tribune), dies at 81
  • Aug 26 Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter (Gloria), dies of a brain aneurysm at 52 [1]
  • Aug 27 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 57
  • Aug 29 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease) at 62
  • Aug 30 Fred Lawrence Whipple, American astronomer (dirty-snowball theory), dies at 97
  • Aug 30 Indian Larry, American motorcycle builder and stuntman (b. 1949)
  • Aug 31 Carl Wayne [Colin Tooley], British rock singer (The Move), and actor, dies of esophageal cancer at 61
  • Sep 1 Ahmed Kuftaro, Grand Mufti of Syria (b. 1915)
  • Sep 1 Johnny Bragg, American doo-wop singer-songwriter (The Prisonaires - "Just Walkin' in the Rain"), dies of cancer at 79
  • Sep 1 Kenneth Keith, Lord Keith of Castleacre, English banker, dies at 88
  • Sep 2 Eleni Zafeiriou, Greek actress (b. 1916)