On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 2005

  • Aug 1 Al Aronowitz, American music journalist (New York Post; Saturday Evening Post), introduced The Beatles to Bob Dylan, dies of cancer at 77
  • Aug 1 Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1982-2005), dies at 84
  • Aug 1 Constant [Nieuwenhuys], Dutch painter (Uprising of Homo Ludens), and sculptor, dies at 85
  • Aug 1 WiBo, Dutch cartoonist, dies at 87
  • Aug 2 Steven Vincent, American journalist and writer, kidnapped and murdered by religious extremists in Iraq at 49
  • Aug 3 Françoise d'Eaubonne, French feminist (b. 1920)
  • Aug 4 Anatoly Larkin, Russian American physicist, dies at 72
  • Aug 4 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist ("Grits Ain't Groceries"), dies at 70
  • Aug 4 Nick Perito, American pianist, accordion player, arranger and orchestra leader (Perry Como; Muzak; The Don Knotts Show),dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 81
  • Aug 5 Polina Astakhova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), dies at 68
  • Aug 5 Jim O'Hora, American football coach (b. 1915)
  • Aug 5 Raul Roco, Philippine senator (b. 1941)
  • Aug 6 Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban singer (Los Bocucos, 1959-91; Buena Vista Social Club), dies at 78
  • Aug 6 William "Keter" Betts, American jazz double bassist (Dinah Washington; Charlie Byrd; Ella Fitzgerald), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Aug 6 Robin Cook, British politician (b. 1946)
  • Aug 6 James Wilson, English-Irish classical composer (Grinning At The Devil) dies at 82

Peter Jennings

Aug 7 Peter Jennings, Canadian-American news anchor (ABC Evening News), dies of lung cancer at 67

  • Aug 8 Barbara Bel Geddes, American actress (Vertigo, Dallas, Caught), dies at 82
  • Aug 8 Ahmed Deedat, Islamic scholar (b. 1918)
  • Aug 8 John H. Johnson, African-American publisher (b. 1918)
  • Aug 8 Gene Mauch, American baseball player (b. 1925)
  • Aug 8 Monica Sjöö, Swedish artist (b. 1938)
  • Aug 8 Ilse Werner [Ilse Charlotte Still], Dutch-German actress (Fernsehsender Paul Nipkow), dies at 84
  • Aug 9 Matthew McGrory, American actor (worlds's tallest actor at 7 ft 6 in), dies at 32
  • Aug 9 Judith Rossner, American novelist (Looking for Mr Goodbar), dies at 70
  • Aug 11 James Booth [David Geeves], British actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum), dies at 77
  • Aug 12 John Loder, co-founder of the anarcho-punk band CRASS (b. 1946)
  • Aug 12 Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lankan politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka), dies at 73
  • Aug 12 Stephen Lewis, British stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter and playwright (In The Buses - "Blakey"; Last of the Summer Wine - "Smiler"), dies at 88

David Lange

Aug 13 David Lange, 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand (Labour: 1984-89), dies of complications associated with renal failure and diabetes at 63

  • Aug 14 Coo Coo Marlin, American NASCAR race car driver, dies at 73
  • Aug 16 Joe Ranft, American screenwriter and animator (Toy Story, Cars), dies at 45
  • Aug 16 Frère Roger, Swiss monk and mystic (b. 1915)
  • Aug 16 Vassar Clements, American musician (b. 1928)
  • Aug 16 William Corlett, English children's writer(b. 1938)
  • Aug 16 Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (b. 1943)
  • Aug 17 John Bahcall, American astrophysicist (b. 1934)
  • Aug 18 Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • Aug 18 Gao Xiumin, Chinese comedy actress (b. 1959)
  • Aug 19 Mo Mowlam, British Labour Party politician (Member of Parliament for Redcar), dies at 55
  • Aug 20 Krzysztof Raczkowski, Polish heavy metal drummer, dies of heart failure at 34
  • Aug 21 Marcus Schmuck, Austrian mountaineer (b. 1925)
  • Aug 21 Robert Moog, American engineer (Moog synthesizer, Moog Music), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • Aug 21 Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet (b. 1936)
  • Aug 21 Martin Dillon, American opera singer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48
  • Aug 21 David Ironside, South African cricketer (South African swing bowler in 3 Tests v NZ 1953-54), dies at 80
  • Aug 22 Luc Ferrari, French composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 23 Brock Peters [George Fisher], American actor and singer (Carmen Jones; To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 78
  • Aug 23 Ninjalicious, Canadian author and urban explorer (b. 1973)
  • Aug 23 Harold "Hal" Kalin, American singer (Kalin Twins), dies in a road accident at 71
  • Aug 24 Kaleth Morales, Colombian vallenato folk music singer and songwriter ("Vivo en el Limbo" - I Live in the Limbo), dies in a vehicle crash at 22
  • Aug 25 Peter Glotz, German politician (b. 1939)
  • Aug 25 Terence Morgan, British actor (Sir Francis Drake, Curse of the Mummy's Tomb), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Aug 26 Denis D'Amour, Canadian heavy metal guitarist (Voivod), dies of cancer at 45
  • Aug 26 Robert Denning, American interior designer, dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Ed White, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1949)
  • Aug 26 Gerry Fitt, Northern Irish politician (Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party), dies at 79
  • Aug 27 Bert Farber, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey; Vic Damone), dies at 92
  • Aug 27 Seán Purcell, Gaelic footballer (b. 1929)
  • Aug 28 Jacques Dufilho, French actor (b. 1914)
  • Aug 28 Esther Szekeres, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1910)
  • Aug 28 George Szekeres, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1911)
  • Aug 29 Barry Cowsill, American rock bassist (The Cowsills - "We Can Fly"), drowned during Hurricane Katrina at 50
  • Aug 30 James H. Scheuer, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1965-73, 75- 93), dies of heart and kidney failure at 85
  • Aug 30 Andor Kovach, Romanian composer (Médée), dies at 90
  • Aug 31 Michael Sheard, British actor (b. 1940)
  • Aug 31 Joseph Rotblat, Polish-British physicist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (b. 1908)