On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 2005

  • Feb 1 John Vernon [Adolphus Agopsowicz], Canadian actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry), dies at 72
  • 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
  • Feb 4 Peter Heine, South African cricketer (solid South African fast bowler in 1950's), dies at 76

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 and organist (Walk on the Wild Side), dies at 79
  • Feb 8 Keith Knudsen, American drummer, vocalist and songwriter (The Doobie Brothers, Southern Pacific), dies of pneumonia 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 (Death of a Salesman, Crucible), 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 13 Sixten Ehrling, Swedish pianist, conductor (Royal Opera of Stockholm, 1953-60; Detroit Symphony, 1963-73), and educator (Juilliard, 1973-87), dies at 86
  • 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 Sívori, Argentine soccer forward and manager (19 caps Argentina, 9 caps Italy; Juventus), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • Feb 20 Sandra Dee [Alexandra Zuck], American actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life), dies of kidney disease complication at 62

  • 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, dies at 85
  • Feb 20 Pam Bricker, American jazz singer and Thievery Corporation vocalist (b. 1954)
  • Feb 20 William Gordon Harris, British civil engineer, dies at 92
  • 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 25 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), dies of a stroke at 65
  • Feb 26 Jef Raskin, American computer scientist (b. 1943)
  • Feb 26 Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests, 4 dismissals), dies at 80
  • Feb 28 Chris Curtis [Crummey], British rock drummer, songwriter and vocalist (The Searchers - "Needles And Pins"), dies at 63