Famous Deaths in 2005

Deaths 1 - 200 of 705

Person of interestShirley Chisholm

Jan 1 Shirley Chisholm, 1st African American Congresswoman (Rep-D-NY) and presidential candidate, dies of a stroke at 80

Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm
Congresswoman
Shirley Chisholm
  • Jan 1 Hugh Lawson, 6th Baron Burnham, British newspaperman (b. 1931)
  • Jan 1 Eugene J. Martin, American painter, artist (b. 1938)
  • Jan 1 Bob Matsui, American politician (b. 1941)
  • Jan 1 Hugh Davies, English composer, dies at 61
  • Jan 2 Maclyn McCarty, American geneticist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 2 Cyril Fletcher, British comedian, dies at 91
  • Jan 2 Edo Murtić, Croatian painter, dies at 83
  • Jan 2 Frank Kelly Freas, American artist (b. 1922)
  • Jan 2 Ronald "Bo" Ginn, American politician, dies at 70
  • Jan 3 Koo Chen-fu, Chinese negotiator (b. 1917)
  • Jan 3 Will Eisner, American comic book artist (b. 1917)
  • Jan 3 JN Dixit, Indian government official (b. 1936)
  • Jan 4 Alton Tobey, American artist (b. 1914)
  • Jan 4 Robert Heilbroner, American economist (b. 1919)
  • Jan 4 Frank Harary, American mathematician (b. 1921)

  • Jan 4 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1924)
  • Jan 4 Guy Davenport, American author, artist, and scholar (b. 1927)
  • Jan 4 Humphrey Carpenter, English author (b. 1946)
  • Jan 4 Robert Christiani, West Indian cricketer (brother of Cyril WI batsman in 22 Tests), dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Danny Sugerman, American music manager (The Doors) (b. 1954)
  • Jan 6 Louis Robichaud, Premier of New Brunswick (b. 1925)
  • Jan 6 Lois Hole, Lt. Governor of Alberta (b. 1933)
  • Jan 7 Pierre Daninos, French novelist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 7 Eileen Desmond, Irish politician (b. 1932)
  • Jan 8 Campbell McComas, Australian impersonator and broadcaster (b. 1952)
  • Jan 8 Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer
  • Jan 8 Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)
  • Jan 9 Gonzalo Gavira, Mexican film sound technician (b. 1925)
  • Jan 10 Gene Baylos, American comedian (b. 1906)
  • Jan 10 Margherita Carosio, Italian soprano (b. 1908)
  • Jan 10 James Forman, American civil rights leader (b. 1928)
  • Jan 10 Kalevi Hämäläinen, Finnish cross country skier (b. 1932)
  • Jan 10 Erwin Hillier, British cinematographer (b. 1911)
  • Jan 10 Jack Horner, American sports journalist (b. 1912)
  • Jan 10 Joséphine-Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Princess of Belgium, dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Metropolitan Wasyly Fedak, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (b. 1909)
  • Jan 10 Tommy Fine, American baseball player, dies at 90
  • Jan 11 Miriam Hyde, Australian composer (b. 1913)
  • Jan 11 Spencer Dryden, American drummer (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1938)
  • Jan 11 James Griffin, American musician (Bread) (b. 1943)

  • Jan 11 Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957)
  • Jan 12 Alessia di Matteo, first survivor of eight transplants in one operation (b. 2003)
  • Jan 12 Amrish Puri, Indian actor (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom- Mola Ram, Mr. India), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 72
  • Jan 12 Edmund S. Valtman, Estonian-born cartoonist (b. 1914)
  • Jan 13 Earl Cameron, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1915)
  • Jan 13 Nell Rankin, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1924)
  • Jan 14 Charlotte MacLeod, American writer (b. 1922)
  • Jan 14 Conroy Maddox, English painter (b. 1912)
  • Jan 14 Rudolph Moshammer, German fashion designer (b. 1940)
  • Jan 14 Jesús-Rafael Soto, Venezuelan kinetic artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 15 Elizabeth Janeway, American author (b. 1913)
  • Jan 15 Walter Ernsting, German author (b. 1920)
  • Jan 15 Victoria de los Angeles, Catalan soprano (b. 1923)
  • Jan 15 Deem Bristow, American video game voice actor (b. 1947)
  • Jan 15 Dan Lee, Canadian animator (b. 1969)
  • Jan 15 Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), dies of complications from pneumonia at 88
  • Jan 16 Marjorie Williams, American journalist (b. 1958)
  • Jan 17 Charlie Bell, Australian fast food executive (b. 1960)
  • Jan 17 Virginia Mayo [Jones], American actress (The Best Years of Our Lives, Out of the Blue, White Heat), dies of congestive heart failure at 84
  • Jan 17 Albert Schatz, American microbiologist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 17 Zhao Ziyang, Premier of the People's Republic of China (b. 1919)
  • Jan 18 Lamont Bentley, American actor (b. 1973)
  • Jan 19 Anita Kulcsár, Hungarian handball player (b. 1976)
  • Jan 19 Bill Andersen, New Zealand communist and trade union leader (b. 1924)
  • Jan 19 K. Sello Duiker, South African novelist (b. 1974)
  • Jan 20 Per Borten, 18th Prime Minister of Norway (1965-71), dies at 91
  • Jan 20 Roland Frye, American literary critic and theologian (b. 1921)
  • Jan 20 Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, Polish journalist, writer, and politician (b. 1913)
  • Jan 20 Miriam Louisa Rothschild, British zoologist, entomologist, and author (b. 1908)
  • Jan 21 Theun de Vries, Dutch writer (b. 1907)
  • Jan 21 John L. Hess, American journalist (b. 1917)
  • Jan 21 Parveen Babi, Indian actress (b. 1955)
  • Jan 22 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1943)
  • Jan 22 Carlo Orelli, Italian veteran of World War I (b. 1894)
  • Jan 22 Consuelo Velázquez, Mexican songwriter, dies at 88
  • Jan 22 Rose Mary Woods, American Watergate scandal figure (b. 1917)
  • Jan 23 Morys George Lyndhurst Bruce, 4th Baron Aberdare, British politician (b. 1921)

Person of interestJohnny Carson

Jan 23 Johnny Carson, American comedian and TV host (The Tonight Show, Who Do You Trust), dies of respiratory failure arising from emphysema at 79

Comedian and TV Host Johnny Carson
Comedian and TV Host
Johnny Carson
  • Jan 24 June Bronhill, Australian singer (b. 1929)
  • Jan 24 Vladimir Savchenko, Ukrainian writer (b. 1933)
  • Jan 24 Chalkie White, English rugby union coach (b. 1929)
  • Jan 25 Stanisław Albinowski, Polish economist and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 25 William Augustus Bootle, American judge (b. 1902)
  • Jan 25 Philip Johnson, American architect (b. 1906)
  • Jan 25 Manuel Lopes, Cape Verdean writer and poet (b. 1907)
  • Jan 25 Ray Peterson, American singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), dies at 65
  • Jan 25 Nettie Witziers-Timmer, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • Jan 28 Jim Capaldi, English singer and songwriter (Traffic-Something So Strong), dies at 60
  • Jan 28 Karen Lancaume, French actress (suicide) (b. 1973)
  • Jan 28 Jacques Villeret, French actor (b. 1951)
  • Jan 29 Eric Griffiths, Welsh guitarist (The Quarrymen) (b. 1940)
  • Jan 29 Ephraim Kishon, Israeli author, dramatist, screenwriter, and Oscar-nominated film director, dies at 80
  • Jan 30 Martyn Bennet, Canadian musician (b. 1971)
  • Jan 30 Wes Wehmiller, American musician (b. 1971)
  • Feb 1 John Vernon, Canadian actor (b. 1932)
  • Feb 1 George Douglass Milne, British peer, soldier and artist dies at 95
  • Feb 2 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), dies at 99
  • Feb 3 Corrado Cardinal Bafile, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1903)
  • Feb 3 Ernst Mayr, German-American biologist (evolutionary theory), dies at 100
  • Feb 3 Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia (b. 1963)
  • Feb 4 Raiford "Ossie" Davis, American actor, director, author, and civil rights activist (Purlie Victorious, Do the Right Thing, Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam), dies from heart problems at 87

Person of interestGnassingbé Eyadéma

Feb 5 Gnassingbé Eyadéma, General and President of Togo (1967-2005), dies of heart attack at 69

General and President of Togo Gnassingbé Eyadéma
General and President of Togo
Gnassingbé Eyadéma
  • Feb 6 Lazar Berman, Russian pianist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Karl Haas, American radio presenter (b. 1913)
  • Feb 7 Bob Turner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1934)
  • Feb 8 Jimmy Smith, American jazz musician (b. 1925)
  • Feb 8 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers), dies at 56
  • Feb 8 Helmut Eder, Austrian composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 9 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer (Can I Change My Mind, Turn Back The Hands Of Time), dies of complications from a stroke at 66

Person of interestArthur Miller

Feb 10 Arthur Miller, American playwright, dies at 89

Playwright Arthur Miller
Playwright
Arthur Miller

  • Feb 11 Jack L. Chalker, American author (b. 1944)
  • Feb 12 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (b. 1964)
  • Feb 12 Sammi Smith, American country music singer (Help Me Make It Through the Night) , dies at 61
  • Feb 12 Brian Kelly, American actor (Flipper, Straightaway), dies at 71
  • Feb 13 Nelson Briles, baseball player (b. 1943)
  • Feb 13 Lúcia Santos, Carmelite nun and Fatima visionary (b. 1907)
  • Feb 13 Maurice Trintignant, French race car driver (b. 1917)
  • Feb 13 Dick Weber, American professional bowler (b. 1929)
  • Feb 13 Emilios T. Harlaftis, Greek astrophysicist, dies at 40
  • Feb 14 Najai Turpin, American boxer
  • Feb 14 Rafik Hariri, Lebanese politician and billionaire businessman (b. 1944)
  • Feb 15 Samuel Francis, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 15 Pierre Bachelet, French singer and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • Feb 16 Nicole DeHuff, American actress (pneumonia) (b. 1975)
  • Feb 16 Queen Narriman, second and last wife of King Farouk and mother of their only child King Fuad II
  • Feb 17 Daniel "Dan" O'Herlihy, Irish actor (Twin Peaks, Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop), dies of natural causes at 85
  • Feb 17 Omar Sivori, Argentine footballer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 20 Sandra Dee, American actress (b. 1944)
  • Feb 20 John Raitt, American actor and singer (Chevy Show, Pajama Game), dies rom complications due of pneumonia at 88
  • Feb 20 Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author (Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas), dies at 67
  • Feb 20 Tom Willmore, English geometer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • Feb 21 Ara Berberian, American opera singer (b. 1930)
  • Feb 21 Gérard Bessette, Quebec novelist and poet (b. 1920)
  • Feb 21 Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Cuban novelist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 21 Eugene Scott, American religious broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • Feb 22 Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 22 Simone Simon, French actress (All Money Can Buy, Ladies in Love), dies from natural causes at 94
  • Feb 22 Lee Eun Ju, Korean actress (b. 1980)
  • Feb 25 Peter Benenson, Britsh founder of Amnesty International, dies at 83
  • Feb 26 Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • Feb 26 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket keeper (NZ vs England 1954-55), dies at 80
  • Mar 1 Peter Malkin Israeli secret agent (b. 1927)
  • Mar 2 Rick Mahler, American baseball player (b. 1953)
  • Mar 2 Martin Denny, American musician (Exotica), dies at 93
  • Mar 3 Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 4 Nicola Calipari, Italian secret service agent (b. 1953)
  • Mar 4 Robert Consoli, American actor and musician (b. 1964)
  • Mar 4 Una Hale, Australian soprano (b. 1922)
  • Mar 4 Yuriy Kravchenko, Ukrainian statesman (b. 1951)

  • Mar 4 Carlos Sherman, Uruguayan-born writer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 6 Tommy Vance, British radio disc jockey (b. 1943)
  • Mar 6 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Mar 6 Teresa Wright, American actress (Eleanor Gehrig-Pride of the Yankees), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Hans Bethe, German-American quantum physicist (Nobel 1967), dies at 98
  • Mar 7 John Box, British film production designer and art director (b. 1920)
  • Mar 7 Debra Hill, American screenwriter and film producer (b. 1950)
  • Mar 8 Aslan Maskhadov, Chechen leader (b. 1951)
  • Mar 8 César Lattes, Brazilian physicist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 Chris LeDoux, American country singer (Ridin' for a Fall), dies at 56
  • Mar 9 Kurt Lotz, German business executive and second postwar CEO of Volkswagen, dies at 92
  • Mar 9 Jeanette Schmid, Austrian transsexual professional whistler, dies at 80
  • Mar 9 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 10 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (b. 1936)
  • Mar 10 Danny Joe Brown, American singer (Molly Hatchet) dies of pneumonia at 53
  • Mar 12 Bill Cameron, Canadian journalist (b. 1943)
  • Mar 12 Stavros Koujioumtzis, Greek songwriter (b. 1932)
  • Mar 13 Jason Evers, American actor (Wrangler, Channing), dies of heart failure at 83
  • Mar 13 Lyn Collins [Gloria Lavern Collins], American soul singer (Think About It), dies from cardiac arrhythmia at 56
  • Mar 15 Bob Bellear, Australian judge (b. 1944)
  • Mar 15 Shoji Nishio, Japanese martial artist (b. 1927)
  • Mar 16 Todd Bell, American football player (b. 1958)
  • Mar 16 Ralph Erskine, British architect (Byker Wall) (b. 1914)
  • Mar 16 Anthony George, American actor (Untouchables, Checkmate), dies of emphysema at 83
  • Mar 16 Allan Hendrickse, South African politician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 16 Dick Radatz, American baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Mar 16 William Lehman, American politician, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 George F. Kennan, American Cold War strategist and historian (b. 1904)
  • Mar 17 Andre Norton, American writer (b. 1912)
  • Mar 19 John De Lorean, American automobile engineer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 20 Armand Lohikoski, Finnish film director (b. 1912)
  • Mar 21 Barney Martin, American actor, comedy writer and NYPD detective (Seinfeld), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • Mar 21 Bobby Short, American singer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 22 Kenzo Tange, Japanese architect (b. 1913)
  • Mar 23 David Kossoff, British actor and anti-drug campaigner (The Young Lovers, The Larkins), dies at 85
  • Mar 25 Paul Henning, American TV/film producer and writer (b. 1911)

Person of interestJames Callaghan

Mar 26 James Callaghan, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1976-79), dies of lobar pneumonia, cardiac failure and kidney failure at 92

British Prime Minister James Callaghan
British Prime Minister
James Callaghan
  • Mar 26 Gérard Filion, Quebec businessman and journalist (b. 1909)
  • Mar 26 Paul Hester, Australian drummer (Split Enz and Crowded House) (b. 1959)
  • Mar 26 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), dies at 90
  • Mar 27 Wilfred Bigelow, Canadian heart surgeon (b. 1913)
  • Mar 27 Bob Casey, American baseball announcer (b. 1925)
  • Mar 27 Grant Johannesen, American concert pianist, dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Dame Moura Lympany, British pianist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 29 Johnnie Cochran, American attorney (O.J. Simpson defense attorney), dies at 67
  • Mar 29 Mitch Hedberg, American comedian (b. 1968)
  • Mar 29 Miltos Sahtouris, Greek poet (b. 1919)
  • Mar 30 Emil Dimitrov, Bulgarian singer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 30 Robert Creeley, American poet (b. 1926)