Famous People Who Died in July 2005

  • Jul 1 Gus Bodnar, Canadian NHL center (NHL record 3 assists in 21 seconds 1952), dies at 82
  • Jul 1 Luther Vandross, American soul singer, songwriter ("Endless Love"; "Dance With My Father"), and vocal arranger (David Bowie - Young Americans), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Jul 1 Renaldo "Obie" Benson, American singer (The Four Tops - "I Can't Help Myself"), and songwriter ("What's Going On"), dies from lung cancer at 69
  • Jul 2 Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter (North by Northwest), dies at 89
  • Jul 3 Alberto Lattuada, Italian film director, dies at 90
  • Jul 3 Gaylord Nelson, American politician (founder of Earth Day, dies at 89
  • Jul 4 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), dies of diabetes complications at 82
  • Jul 4 John Stubblefield, American jazz saxophonist, flute and oboe player (Mingus Big Band), dies at 60
  • Jul 4 June Haver [Stovenour], American actress (Dolly Sisters, Girl Next Door), dies at 79
  • Jul 5 James Stockdale, U.S. Navy vice admiral (b. 1923)
  • Jul 5 Shirley Goodman, American R&B and disco singer (Shame Shame Shame), dies at 69
  • Jul 6 Bruno Augenstein, German-born mathematician (b. 1923)
  • Jul 6 Claude Simon, Malagasy-French writer, (Nobel Prize Literature 1985), dies at 91
  • Jul 6 Ed McBain [Evan Hunter], American writer (Blackboard Jungle), dies at 78
  • Jul 6 L. Patrick Gray III, American FBI director (b. 1916)
  • Jul 6 Richard Verreau, Canadian tenor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 7 Al Downing, American rockabilly piano player and singer (Big Al & The Chartbusters), dies at 65 [1]
  • Jul 9 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • Jul 9 Kevin Hagen, American actor (Little House on the Prairie), dies at 77
  • Jul 9 Rafiq Zakaria, Indian politician and Islamic religious cleric, dies at 86
  • Jul 9 Yevgeny Grishin, Russian speed skater (4 Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 74
  • Jul 10 A. J. Quinnell [Philip Nicholson], English writer (Man on Fire), dies at 65
  • Jul 10 Freda Wright-Sorce, American radio performer (b. 1955)
  • Jul 10 Freddy Soto, American comedian and actor (b. 1970)
  • Jul 10 Jimmy Franklin and Bobby Younkin, airshow performers
  • Jul 10 Richard Eastham, American actor (Battle for the Planet of the Apes, Falcon Crest), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Jul 11 Frances Langford, American singer (I'm In The Mood For Love), entertainer (Armed Forces Hour; USO tours), actress (All-American Co-Ed; Born To Dance), and philanthropist, dies of congestive heart failure at 92
  • Jul 11 Gretchen Franklin, English actress (b. 1911)
  • Jul 11 Jesús Iglesias, Argentine professional racing driver (b. 1922)
  • Jul 12 John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, British businessman and CEO of British Airways after its privatization, dies at 87

Cicely SaundersCicely Saunders (1918-2005)

Jul 14 English Nurse, physician and writer who founded the first modern hospice, dies of cancer at 87

  • Jul 14 Dorothy Bolden, American civil and women's rights activist, and founder of the National Domestic Worker's Union of America, dies at 81
  • Jul 14 Joe Harnell, American musician, composer and arranger, dies at 80
  • Jul 16 Blue Barron [Harry Freidman], American "sweet music" orchestra leader ("Cruising Down The River"), dies at 91
  • Jul 16 Camillo Felgen, Luxembourgish baritone pop and schlager singer ("Bonjour les amies" / "Hello Friends"), lyricist, translator ("I Want to Hold Your Hand" / ""Komm, gib mir deine Hand"'; She Loves You" / "Sie liebt dich"), and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Pietro Consagra, Italian sculptor (b. 1920)
  • Jul 16 Prince Gu of Korea (b. 1931)
  • Jul 17 (Lorenzo) "Laurel" Aitken, Cuban-Jamaican singer and one of the pioneers of Caribbean pop and ska music, dies of a heart attack at 78

Edward HeathEdward Heath (1916-2005)

Jul 17 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1970-74), dies of cancer at 89

  • Jul 17 Gavin Lambert, British-American screenwriter (Inside Daisy Clover), dies at 80
  • Jul 17 Geraldine Fitzgerald, Irish actress (Pawnbroker, Easy Money), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • Jul 17 Joe Vialls, Australian writer (b. 1944)
  • Jul 18 Bill Hicke, Canadian NHL right wing (3-time NHL All Star), dies of cancer at 67

William WestmorelandWilliam Westmoreland (1914-2005)

Jul 18 American general and commander of American forces in the Vietnam War between 1964-68, dies at 91

  • Jul 19 Alain Bombard, French Biologist, Physician, and Politician who made a solitary journey across the Atlantic ocean without provisions, dies at 80
  • Jul 19 Edward Bunker, American writer (b. 1933)
  • Jul 19 John Tyndall, British politician (b. 1934)
  • Jul 20 Finn Gustavsen, Norwegian politician (b. 1926)
  • Jul 20 James Doohan, Canadian actor (Star Trek), dies from Pulmonary fibrosis at 85
  • Jul 20 Kayo Hatta, American film director (b. 1958)
  • Jul 21 Long John Baldry, British blues musician ("Don't Try to Lay No Boogie"), dies at 64
  • Jul 21 Lord Alfred Hayes, English pro wrestler, manager and commentator (WWF), dies from a stroke at 76
  • Jul 22 Eugene Record American songwriter and singer (The Chi-Lites) (b. 1940)
  • Jul 22 Jean Charles de Menezes, Brazilian electrician killed by Scotland Yard (b. 1978)
  • Jul 23 Myron Floren, American accordionist (The Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 85
  • Jul 23 Ted Greene, American jazz guitarist and teacher (b. 1946)
  • Jul 24 Richard Doll, English epidemiologist (pioneer in research linking smoking to health problems), dies at 92
  • Jul 25 Albert Mangelsdorff, German jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • Jul 25 Eddie Crook Jr., American boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1960), dies at 76
  • Jul 26 Alexander Golitzen, American art director (b. 1908)
  • Jul 26 Betty Astell, British actress (b. 1912)
  • Jul 26 Gilles Marotte, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1945)
  • Jul 26 Jack Hirshleifer, American economist (b. 1925)
  • Jul 27 Al Held, American painter and sculptor (hard edge-style), dies at 76
  • Jul 27 Marten Toonder, Dutch comic writer and cartoonist (Tom Puss), dies at 93
  • Jul 27 Swami Shantanand, Mahasamadhi Day, Indian Saint, Philosopher (b. 1934)
  • Jul 28 Ronald MacDonald, British major-general (WWII), dies at 93
  • Jul 29 Hildegarde [Sell], American cabaret vocalist (“Leave It To The Girls"; "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup"), dies at 99
  • Jul 29 Pat McCormick, American comedy writer (Red Skeleton; Get Smart; The Tonight Show; Don Rickles Show), and actor (Smokey and the Bandit), dies at 78
  • Jul 30 Anthony Walker, English hate crime murder victim (b. 1987)
  • Jul 30 John Garang, Vice President of Sudan (b. 1945)
  • Jul 30 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), dies at 81
  • Jul 30 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (b. 1905)
  • Jul 31 Les Braid, British bassist (Swinging Blue Jeans - "Hippie-Hippie Shake), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Jul 31 Wim Duisenberg, Dutch banker (b. 1935)