On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2006

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  • Jan 1 Harry Magdoff, American magazine editor, dies at 92
  • Jan 1 Hugh McLaughlin, Irish publisher & inventor, dies at 77
  • Jan 1 Dawn Lake, Australian TV comedienne, dies at 78
  • Jan 1 Bryan Harvey, American musician (House of Freaks), dies at 49
  • Jan 1 Paul Lindblad, American baseball pitcher (World Series champion 1973-74, 78; Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 64
  • Jan 2 Cecilia Muñoz-Palma, first female Philippine Supreme Court Justice, dies at 92
  • Jan 2 Osa Massen [Aase Madsen Iversen], Dutch actress (Jack London, Rocketship X-M), dies at 91
  • Jan 3 Bill Skate, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (b. 1954)
  • Jan 3 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league centre (24 Tests; NSW; Cronulla-Sutherland), dies after swallowing combination of prescription drugs and alcohol at 51
  • Jan 4 Irving Layton, Canadian poet (b. 1912)
  • Jan 4 Robert Howard White, Mayor of Papatoetoe, New Zealand (b. 1914)
  • Jan 4 Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai (b. 1946)
  • Jan 5 Lord Merlyn-Rees, British politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 6 Lou Rawls, American soul singer-songwriter and producer ("You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine"), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 6 Hugh Thompson Jr., American Vietnam War veteran who played a major role in ending the 1968 My Lai massacre, dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 7 Heinrich Harrer, Austrian mountaineer and author (Seven Years in Tibet), dies at 93
  • Jan 8 Tony Banks, British politician (Labour), dies after a stroke at 63
  • Jan 8 Otis Clay, American gospel, soul, and R&B-singer ("That's How It Is (When You're In Love)"), dies at 73
  • Jan 9 Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 9 Mikk Mikiver, Estonian actor (Friends, Comrades) and director, dies at 68
  • Jan 11 Markus Löffel (Mark Spoon), German DJ (b. 1966)
  • Jan 11 Nixzmary Brown, American child abuse victim, dies from extreme abuse
  • Jan 13 Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • Jan 13 Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)

Shelley Winters

Jan 14 Shelley Winters [Schrift], American actress (Lolita, A Place in the Sun, A Patch of Blue & Poseidon Adventure), dies of heart failure at 85

  • Jan 14 Henri Colpi, French film editor and director (b. 1921)
  • Jan 14 Jim Gary, American sculptor (b. 1939)
  • Jan 14 Mark Philo, English footballer (b. 1984)
  • Jan 15 Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, dies at 79
  • Jan 16 Stanley Biber, American physician, pioneer of transgender surgery, (b. 1923)
  • Jan 17 Clarence Ray Allen, American murderer (b. 1930)
  • Jan 17 Pierre Grondin, French Canadian cardiac surgeon (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 Jan Twardowski, Polish poet (b. 1915)
  • Jan 19 Anthony "Tony" Franciosa [Papaleo], American actor (Career, Ben-Hur, Jeff-Name of the Game), dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Aoun Al-Sharif Qasim, Sudanese writer and Islamic scholar (b. 1933)
  • Jan 19 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), dies at 84

Wilson Pickett

Jan 19 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), dies of a heart attack at 64

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett
  • Jan 19 Thomas Christian David, Austrian flutist, conductor, choral director, and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 21 Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovar nationalist writer and President of Kosovo (1992-2006), dies at 61
  • Jan 21 Bedanand Jha, Nepalese politician
  • Jan 23 Chris McKinstry, Canadian scientist (b. 1967)
  • Jan 23 Virginia D. Smith, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska), dies at 94
  • Jan 24 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), dies of pneumonia and complications from a stroke at 91
  • Jan 24 Schafik Handal, Salvadoran politician
  • Jan 24 Chris Penn, American actor (The Wild Life), dies at 40
  • Jan 26 Khan Abdul Wali Khan, Pakistani opposition leader and Pashtun nationalist (b. 1917)
  • Jan 26 Len Carlson, Canadian actor (b. 1937)
  • Jan 26 Carol Lambrino, son of Carol II of Romania and Zizi Lambrino (b. 1920)
  • Jan 27 Johannes Rau, 8th President of Germany (b. 1931)
  • Jan 27 Gene McFadden, American R&B singer-songwriter and producer (McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now), dies of lung cancer at 56 [1]
  • Jan 27 Jean-Christophe Lafaille, French mountaineer best known for his solo self-rescue on Annapurna with a broken arm, presumed dead at 40
  • Jan 27 Jan Frank Fischer, Czech composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 27 Roger Durham Hannay, American composer and teacher, dies at 75
  • Jan 28 Yitzchak Kaduri, rabbi (b. around 1900)
  • Jan 28 Henry McGee, British actor and comedian (No, That's Me Over Here!, The Benny Hill Show), dies at 77
  • Jan 29 Nam June Paik, Korean avant-garde composer, and video artist (Medium is the Medium; hommage à john cage), dies at 73
  • Jan 30 Coretta Scott King, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., dies of ovarian cancer at 78
  • Jan 30 Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright (The Heidi Chronicles), dies of cancer at 55
  • Jan 31 Moira Shearer, Scottish actress (The Red Shoes) and ballerina, dies at 80
  • Feb 1 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), dies at 68
  • Feb 1 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat, dies at 74
  • Feb 3 Al Lewis [Alexander Meister], American actor (The Munsters, Used Cars), dies at 82
  • Feb 3 Lou Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1956), dies at 74
  • Feb 3 Romano Mussolini, Italian jazz pianist, and bandleader, dies of heart failure at 78

Betty Friedan

Feb 4 Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist (The Feminine Mystique), dies of congestive heart failure at 85

  • Feb 4 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), dies at 97
  • Feb 5 Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (La criada malcriada), dies at 78
  • Feb 5 Franklin Cover, American actor (Tom-The Jeffersons), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, American actor (Rio Bravo), dies at 80
  • Feb 7 Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Shujauddin Butt, Pakistani cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62), dies at 75
  • Feb 7 Jack Montrose, American "cool jazz" tenor saxophonist and arranger, dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Elton Dean, English jazz and progressive rock saxophonist (Soft Machine), dies of heart and liver ailments at 60 (b. 1945)
  • Feb 8 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • Feb 9 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • Feb 9 Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)
  • Feb 9 Ron Greenwood CBE, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • Feb 10 J Dilla, American rapper/producer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 10 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Elkington), dies from pneumonia at 58
  • Feb 11 Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)

Peter Benchley

Feb 11 Peter Benchley, American author, dies at 65

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • Feb 11 Jackie Pallo, English professional wrestler, dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Andreas Katsulas, Greek-American actor (b. 1946)
  • Feb 13 Peter Frederick Strawson, British philosopher (b. 1919)
  • Feb 13 Wang Xuan, Chinese computer scientist, dies at 66
  • Feb 14 Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • Feb 14 Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 14 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Hans Olof “Putte” Wickman, Swedish jazz clarinetist, dies at 81
  • Feb 16 Johnny Grunge, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Feb 16 Ernie Stautner, German-American football player, dies at 80
  • Feb 17 Ray Barretto, American percussionist and Latin jazz bandleader (Charanga Moderna - "El Watusi"), dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Bill Cowsill, American singer & musician (The Cowsills - "Hair"; "The Rain, The Park, And Other Thing"), dies of emphysema at 58
  • Feb 18 Richard Bright, American actor (Al Neri-Godfather), dies at 68
  • Feb 20 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)
  • Feb 20 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster and author (Ford C. Frick Award; Pete Rozelle Award; lifetime achievement Emmy, 1992), dies of leukemia at 86
  • Feb 21 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961)
  • Feb 22 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96
  • Feb 23 Benno Besson, Swiss actor and director (Der Arzt wider Willen), dies at 83
  • Feb 23 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (b. 1921)
  • Feb 24 Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • Feb 24 Don Knotts, American actor (Andy Griffth Show, 3's Company), died of lung cancer at 81
  • Feb 24 John Martin, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • Feb 24 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • Feb 24 Dennis Weaver, American actor (Chester-Gunsmoke, Duel, Battered), dies at 81
  • Feb 25 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), dies of cardiovascular disease at 83
  • Feb 25 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • Feb 27 Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • Feb 27 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American General and Air Force pilot, dies at 97
  • Feb 27 Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
  • Feb 28 Owen Chamberlain, American physicist (antiproton, Nobel-1959), dies at 85
  • Feb 28 Irv Kluger, American big band jazz and session drummer (Artie Shaw; Gramercy Five), dies at 84
  • Mar 1 Harry Browne, American politician and author, dies at 72
  • Mar 1 Johnny Jackson, American drummer (The Jackson 5), dies at 54
  • Mar 1 Peter Osgood, English soccer striker (4 caps; Chelsea, Southampton), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • Mar 1 Jack Wild, British actor (Oliver!, H.R. Pufnstuf), dies of tongue and throat cancer at 53
  • Mar 2 Milton Katims, American violist and conductor (b. 1909)
  • Mar 3 Ivor Cutler, Scottish poet (b. 1923)
  • Mar 3 William Herskovic, Holocaust hero and philanthropist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 4 John Reynolds Gardiner, American engineer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 4 Dave Rose, American artist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 4 Edgar Valter, Estonian illustrator/cartoonist (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Roman Ogaza, Polish footballer (b. 1952)
  • Mar 4 Jan Felderhof, Dutch violinist and composer, dies at 98

Richard Kuklinski

Mar 5 Richard Kuklinski, American Mafia hit man, dies at 70

Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Contract Killer
Richard Kuklinski
  • Mar 6 Anne Braden, American civil rights activist, journalist, and educator, dies at 81

Kirby Puckett

Mar 6 Kirby Puckett, American MLB player (Minnesota Twins), dies of a stroke at 45

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Mar 6 Dana Reeve, American actress, wife of Christopher Reeve and activist (Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Mar 6 King Floyd, American soul singer-songwriter (Groove Me), dies of complications of a stroke and diabetes at 61
  • Mar 7 Ali Farka Touré, Malian musician, dies at 66
  • Mar 7 Gordon Parks, American photographer, dies at 83
  • Mar 7 John Junkin, British actor and scriptwriter (A Hard Day's Night), dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Ansen [Nancy Ann] Dibble, Dutch sci-fi author (Summerfair), dies at 63
  • Mar 8 Brian Barratt-Boyes, New Zealand heart surgeon (b. 1924)
  • Mar 9 John Profumo, British cabinet minister (Profumo scandal), dies at 91
  • Mar 9 Geir Ivarsøy, Norwegian programmer, co-founder of Opera Software ASA (b. 1957)
  • Mar 9 Dennis Brookes, English cricketer (one Test England v WI 1948, scored 10 & 7), dies at 90
  • Mar 10 Anna Moffo, American soprano (Adventurers), dies at 73
  • Mar 11 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1931)

Slobodan Milošević

Mar 11 Slobodan Milošević, President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), dies at 64

President of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milošević
President of Serbia and Yugoslavia
Slobodan Milošević
  • Mar 11 Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English army officer (NATO Commander) and military historian, dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Victor Sokolov, Russian dissident journalist and priest (b. 1947)
  • Mar 13 Maureen Stapleton, American actress (Lonelyhearts, Airport, Coccoon, Plaza Suite), dies at 80
  • Mar 13 Robert C. Baker, Inventor of the chicken nugget (b. 1921)
  • Mar 13 Peter Tomarken, American game show host (Press Your Luck) (b. 1942)
  • Mar 13 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish soccer forward (23 caps; Celtic FC), dies from motor neuron disease at 61
  • Mar 13 Arne Dørumsgaard, Norwegian composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 14 Ann Calvello, American roller derby queen, dies at 76
  • Mar 14 Lennart Meri, former president of Estonia (b. 1929)
  • Mar 15 George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1918)
  • Mar 15 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • Mar 16 David Feintuch, American sci-fi author (b. 1944)
  • Mar 17 Bob Blue, American singer/songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Mar 17 Oleg Cassini, American fashion designer (for Jackie Kennedy), dies at 92
  • Mar 17 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (b. 1913)
  • Mar 17 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor, dies at 50
  • Mar 18 Bill Beutel, American journalist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 18 Michael Attwell, British actor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 18 Dan Gibson, musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 22 Pierre Clostermann, French World War II pilot (b. 1921)
  • Mar 22 Kurt von Trojan, Australian sci-fi author (b. 1937)
  • Mar 23 David B. Bleak, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1932)
  • Mar 23 Desmond Doss, American soldier and 1st conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor who was the subject of the film Hacksaw Ridge. dies at 87
  • Mar 23 Cindy Walker, American songwriter ("Dream Baby"; "You Don't Know Me") and country singer, dies at 87
  • Mar 23 Sarah Caldwell, American conductor/opera director (Flagstaff), dies at 82
  • Mar 24 Lynne Perrie, English actress (b. 1931)
  • Mar 25 Rocío Dúrcal, Spanish singer and actress (b. 1944)
  • Mar 25 Richard Fleischer, American film director (Doctor Dolittle), dies at 89
  • Mar 25 (Alvis) "Buck" Owens, American "Bakersfield Sound" country singer-songwriter ("Under Your Spell Again"), bandleader (The Buckaroos - "Act Naturally"), and TV personality (Hee Haw), dies of an apparent heart attack at 76
  • Mar 26 Anil Biswas, Indian politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 26 Paul Dana, American race car driver (b. 1975)
  • Mar 26 Nikki Sudden, British singer-songwriter (b. 1956)
  • Mar 27 Dan Curtis, American television producer and director (b. 1928)
  • Mar 27 Ian Hamilton Finlay, Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener, dies at 80
  • Mar 27 Stanisław Lem, Polish writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 27 Ruari McLean, British typographer (b. 1917)
  • Mar 27 Lyn Nofziger, American journalist and political advisor to Ronald Reagan, dies of cancer at 81
  • Mar 28 Caspar Weinberger, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1917)
  • Mar 28 Charles Schepens, American ophthalmologist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 28 Kevin Pro Hart, Australian artist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 28 Proinsias Ó Maonaigh, Irish musician (b. 1922)
  • Mar 29 Salvador Elizondo, Mexican writer (b. 1932)
  • Mar 29 Werner Wolf Glaser, German-Swedish composer, dies at 95
  • Mar 30 Red Hickey, American football coach (b. 1917)
  • Mar 31 Jackie McLean, American jazz saxophonist (b. 1931 or 1932)
  • Apr 1 In Tam, Cambodian politician (b. 1916)
  • Apr 2 Nina Schenk von Stauffenberg, German wife of Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (b. 1913)
  • Apr 5 Gene Pitney, American vocalist and songwriter ("Town Without Pity"; "Hello Mary Lou"; "He's A Rebel"), dies at 65
  • Apr 6 Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (b. 1977)
  • Apr 6 Francis L. Kellogg, U.S. diplomat and prominent socialite (b. 1917)
  • Apr 6 Augustyn Bloch, Polish composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 8 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings, Dear Guys), dies at 82
  • Apr 8 (Heinz) "Henry" Lewy, German-American sound engineer and record producer (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stephen Bishop, Judee Sill, The Monkees), dies at 79
  • Apr 9 Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and official (b. 1916)
  • Apr 9 Vilgot Sjöman, Swedish writer and film director (b. 1924)
  • Apr 9 Robin Orr, Scottish composer, dies at 96
  • Apr 11 June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters -"Fire"; "He's So Shy"; "Jump (For My Love)'; "Slow Hand"), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 11 Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)
  • Apr 12 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, dies at 76