On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 2006

  • Dec 1 Claude Jade, French actress (Stolen Kisses), dies at 58
  • Dec 1 Bruce Trigger, Canadian archaeologist (McGill University) (b. 1937)
  • Dec 2 Mariska Veres, Dutch singer (Shocking Blue), dies of cancer at 59
  • Dec 2 Dave Mount, English rocker (Mud), dies at 59
  • Dec 3 Logan Whitehurst, American musician (The Velvet Teen), graphic artist, and album cover designer, dies of brain cancer at 29
  • Dec 3 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500, 1962 runner-up), dies from cancer at 81
  • Dec 4 James Kim, American television personality (b. 1971)
  • Dec 5 David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster, dies at 82
  • Dec 6 John Feeney, Documentary film-director (b. 1922)
  • Dec 7 Jeane Kirkpatrick, American ambassador (b. 1926)
  • Dec 7 Jay McShann, American jazz pianist, vocalist, composer, and bandleader, dies at 90
  • Dec 8 Martha Tilton, American singer (b. 1915)
  • Dec 8 José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)
  • Dec 9 Freddie Marsden, English rock drummer (Gerry and the Pacemakers), dies at 66
  • Dec 10 Jack Williamson, American sci-fi author (Cometeers), dies at 98
  • Dec 11 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), dies at 116

Paul Arizin

Dec 12 Paul Arizin, American College/Basketball HOF small forward (NBA C'ship 1956; 10 x NBA All Star; NBA scoring champion 1952, 57; Philadelphia Warriors), dies in his sleep at 78

Peter Boyle

Dec 12 Peter Boyle, American actor, dies of multiple myeloma at 71

  • Dec 12 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist (b. 1935)
  • Dec 12 Raymond P. Shafer, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1917)
  • Dec 12 Al Shugart, pioneering American computer engineer and co-founder of Seagate Technology (b. 1930)
  • Dec 12 Lucien Goethals, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • Dec 12 Annette Strøyberg, Danish actress (Les Liaisons dangereuses (1959)), dies of cancer at 69
  • Dec 13 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), dies at 74
  • Dec 13 Henry Beachell, American plant breeder, dies at 100
  • Dec 13 Keith Larsen, American actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle), dies at 82
  • Dec 13 Homesick James [Williamson], American blues slide guitarist and singer (Elmore James band, 1955-62), dies at 96 [or 101, or 92 - date of birth disputed]
  • Dec 14 Anton Balasingham, Sri Lankan chief political strategist of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 68
  • Dec 14 Ahmet Ertegün, Turkish-American businessman & co-founder of Atlantic Records, dies at 83
  • Dec 14 Mike Evans, American actor, dies at 57
  • Dec 14 Otmar Macha, Czech composer (Quattro Group), dies at 84
  • Dec 15 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67
  • Dec 15 Henny Alma [Hendrika den Broek], Dutch actress (Soldier of Orange), dies at 83
  • Dec 16 Don Jardine, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1940)
  • Dec 16 Taliep Petersen, South African singer and composer (b. 1950)
  • Dec 16 Pnina Salzman, Israeli pianist (b. 1922)
  • Dec 17 Larry Sherry, American baseball pitcher (World Series MVP 1959, LA Dodgers), dies at 71
  • Dec 17 Denis Payton, British rock saxophonist (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), dies of cancer at 63
  • Dec 17 Timmie Rogers [Ancrum], American comedian (The Jackie Gleason Show), actor and singer-songwriter ("Back to School Again"; "I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya"), dies at 91
  • Dec 17 Esko Nikkari, Finnish actor, dies at 68

Joseph Barbera

Dec 18 Joseph Barbera, American cartoonist (Hanna-Barbera - Tom and Jerry, Flintstones), dies at 95

  • Dec 18 Ruth Bernhard, American photographer (1905)
  • Dec 18 Mike Dickin, British radio broadcaster (b. 1943)
  • Dec 18 Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, journalist and political activist (b. 1923)
  • Dec 18 Daniel Pinkham, American organist, composer (Signs of the Zodiac) and educator (New England Conservatory), dies at 83
  • Dec 20 Shi Yuejun, Chinese serial killer
  • Dec 21 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • Dec 21 Saparmurat Niyazov, President of Turkmenistan (b. 1940)
  • Dec 21 Sydney Wooderson, English athlete dubbed "The Mighty Atom" (world record 1937), dies at 92
  • Dec 22 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (3 x World C'ship gold 1978; 2 x World Cup gold 1977), dies of complications from quadriplegia at 46
  • Dec 22 Galina Ustvolskaya, Russian composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 22 Dennis Linde, American songwriter ("Burning Love"; "Goodbye Earl"), dies of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis at 63
  • Dec 22 Phillip Pine, American actor (Set-Up, Under the Ground), dies at 86
  • Dec 23 Charlie Drake [Charles Springall], English comedian, dies at 81
  • Dec 23 Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, dies at 54
  • Dec 23 Johnny Vincent, English footballer for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough (b. 1947)
  • Dec 23 Robert Stafford, American politician (Sen-R-VT, 1971-88), dies at 93
  • Dec 24 Braguinha [Carlos Alberto Ferreira Braga], Brazilian songwriter, dies at 99
  • Dec 24 Frank Stanton, American television executive (b. 1908)
  • Dec 24 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet, comedian, and composer, dies of complications from epilepsy at 66

James Brown

Dec 25 James Brown, American R&B, gospel, soul and funk singer known as 'The Godfather of Soul' ("Sex Machine"; "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag"; "Hot Pants"), dies of heart failure at 73

  • Dec 25 Hiroaki Hidaka, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • Dec 26 Ivar Formo, Norwegian skier (b. 1951)

Gerald Ford

Dec 26 Gerald Ford [Leslie King], 38th US President (R: 1974-77) and 41st US Vice President (R: 1973-74), dies at 93

  • Dec 26 Enrique Antonio "Tony" Silvester, Panamanian-American R&B singer-songwriter (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), dies at 65
  • Dec 27 Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley and Chairman of the Board of Governors of BBC (1986-96), dies at 83
  • Dec 28 Jamal Karimi-Rad, Iranian Minister of Justice (b. 1956)
  • Dec 28 Komei Abe, Japanese composer, dies at 95
  • Dec 28 Gracie Cole, British jazz trumpeter (Ivy Benson's All-Girl Band), and bandleader, dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 82
  • Dec 30 Terry Peck, Falkland Islander (b. 1938) who acted as a scout for 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment in the Falklands War
  • Dec 30 Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Dec 31 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 65