On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2007

Deaths 1 - 200 of 805

  • Jan 1 A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist & screenwriter, dies at 98
  • Jan 1 Tillie Olsen, American writer, dies at 94
  • Jan 1 Leon Davidson, American scientist known for studying UFOs, dies at 84
  • Jan 1 Julius Hegyi, American conductor, dies at 83
  • Jan 1 Roland Levinsky, South African medical scientist, dies at 63
  • Jan 1 Leonard Fraser, Australian serial killer, dies of heart attack at 55
  • Jan 1 Del Reeves, American country singer, dies at 74
  • Jan 1 Tad Jones, American jazz music historian, dies at 54
  • Jan 2 Teddy Kollek, Israeli politician (Mayor of Jerusalem), dies at 95
  • Jan 2 David Perkins, Stanford University geneticist, dies at 87
  • Jan 2 Mauno Jokipii, Finnish professor & World War II researcher, dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Paek Nam-sun, North Korean Foreign Affairs minister, dies at 77
  • Jan 2 Sergio Jiménez, Mexican actor, dies at 69
  • Jan 2 Don Massengale, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1967 runner-up), dies of heart attack at 69
  • Jan 2 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, American historian, dies at 65
  • Jan 2 Robert C. Solomon, American scholar of continental philosophy, dies at 64

  • Jan 2 A. Richard Newton, Australian-born technology pioneer & professor, dies at 55
  • Jan 2 Garry Betty, American CEO of Earthlink, dies at 49
  • Jan 3 William Verity Jr., United States Secretary of Commerce 1987-1989 (b. 1917)
  • Jan 3 Michael Yeats, Irish Fianna Fáil senator 1961-1981 and son of W.B. Yeats (b. 1921)
  • Jan 3 Sir Cecil Walker, Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament for North Belfast 1983-2001 (b. 1924)
  • Jan 3 Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)
  • Jan 3 Janos Furst, Hungarian orchestral conductor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 4 Marais Viljoen, former State President of South Africa (b. 1915)
  • Jan 4 Sir Lewis Hodges, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1918)
  • Jan 4 Steve Krantz, American film and TV producer (Fritz the Cat) (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Osman Waqialla, Sudanese artist and calligrapher (b. 1925)
  • Jan 4 Gren, Welsh newspaper cartoonist (b. 1934)
  • Jan 4 Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 4 Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • Jan 4 Gáspár Nagy, Hungarian poet and writer (b. 1949)
  • Jan 4 Ben Gannon, Australian theatre film and television producer (b. 1952)
  • Jan 4 Helen Hill, American independent filmmaker (b. 1970)

Person of interestMomofuku Ando

Jan 5 Momofuku Ando, Taiwanese-Japanese inventor of instant noodles and cup noodles, dies of heart failure at 96

Inventor of Instant Noodles Momofuku Ando
Inventor of Instant Noodles
Momofuku Ando
  • Jan 5 Chih Ree Sun, Chinese-American physicist and poet (b. 1923)
  • Jan 6 Roberta Wohlstetter, military historian and strategist (b. 1912)

  • Jan 6 Sneaky Pete Kleinow, American country-rock musician (Flying Burrito Brothers), dies at 72
  • Jan 6 Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • Jan 6 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Magnús Magnússon, Icelandic television presenter, dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR team owner (b. 1957)
  • Jan 7 Lou Brown, American orchestra leader (Jerry Lewis Show), dies at 94
  • Jan 8 Jane Bolin, first African American female judge, dies at 98
  • Jan 8 Yvonne De Carlo [Middleton], Canadian-American actress (10 Commandments; The Munsters-Lily), dies of heart failure at 84
  • Jan 8 Francis Cockfield, British politician (b. 1916)
  • Jan 8 David Ervine, Northern Irish politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 8 Iwao Takamoto, American animator (b. 1925)
  • Jan 9 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • Jan 10 Carlo Ponti, Italian film producer (Marriage Italian Style, Doctor Zhivago), dies at 94
  • Jan 10 Bradford Washburn, American explorer and cartographer, dies at 96
  • Jan 11 Puchi Balseiro, Puerto Rican singer & songwriter (b. 1926)
  • Jan 11 Robert Anton Wilson, American author (b. 1932)
  • Jan 11 Solveig Dommartin, French-German actress (b. 1961)
  • Jan 12 Sir James Killen, Australian politician (b. 1925)
  • Jan 12 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda) dies of respiratory failure at 69
  • Jan 13 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), dies at 57
  • Jan 13 Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • Jan 13 Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), dies at 70
  • Jan 14 Darlene Conley, American actress (The Bold and the Beautiful), dies at 72
  • Jan 14 Barbara Kelly, Canadian-born actress (What's My Line?, United Kingdom), dies at 83
  • Jan 15 Bo Yibo, Chinese politician (b. 1908)
  • Jan 15 James Hillier, Canadian-American inventor (co-created the electron microscope), dies at 91
  • Jan 15 David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
  • Jan 15 Pura Santillan-Castrence, Filipino writer and diplomat (b. 1905)
  • Jan 15 Awad Hamed al-Bandar, former chief judge of the Iraqi Revolutionary Court (b. 1945) (executed)
  • Jan 16 Ron Carey, American actor (Barney Miller), dies of a stroke at 71
  • Jan 16 Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • Jan 16 Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson, American vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 17 Art Buchwald, American humorist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 17 Yevhen Kushnaryov, Ukrainian politician (b. 1951)
  • Jan 18 Brent Liles, American musician (Agent Orange/Social Distortion) (b. 1963)
  • Jan 19 Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow, American professional wrestler, dies of a drug overdose at 45
  • Jan 19 Hrant Dink, Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor (b. 1954)
  • Jan 19 Denny Doherty, Canadian singer (The Mamas and the Papas) (b. 1940)
  • Jan 19 Murat Nasyrov, Russian singer and composer, dies at 37
  • Jan 20 Anatol Rapoport, Ukrainian-American mathematician and biologist (game theory), dies at 95
  • Jan 21 Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
  • Jan 21 U;Nee, Korean pop artist (b. 1981)
  • Jan 22 Doug Blasdell, American personal trainer
  • Jan 22 Ngô Quang Trưởng, South Vietnamese general (b. 1929)
  • Jan 22 Abbé Pierre, French priest (b. 1912)
  • Jan 22 Liz Renay [Pearl Elizabeth Dobbins], American actress (Desperate Living), dies at 80
  • Jan 23 E. Howard Hunt, American intelligence officer involved in Watergate break-in, dies at 88
  • Jan 23 Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish journalist and writer (b. 1932)
  • Jan 23 Syed Hussein Alatas, Malaysian Politician (b. 1928)
  • Jan 24 Krystyna Feldman, Polish actress (b. 1916)
  • Jan 24 Guadalupe Larriva, Ecuadorian politician (b. 1956)
  • Jan 24 Emiliano Mercado del Toro, World's oldest living man 2004-2007, dies at 115
  • Jan 26 Hans J. Wegner, Danish furniture designer (b. 1914)
  • Jan 26 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 77
  • Jan 27 Tige Andrews, American character actor (Mod Squad, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor), dies of cardiac arrest at 86

  • Jan 27 Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
  • Jan 27 Bob Carroll, American screenwriter (I Love Lucy, Stage Two Revue, Stranger), dies at 88
  • Jan 27 Chuan-Kwang Yang, Taiwanese decathlete (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 73
  • Jan 27 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), dies at 90
  • Jan 28 Carlo Clerici, Swiss road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1954), dies at 77
  • Jan 28 Father Robert Drinan, Roman Catholic Priest and American politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 28 Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • Jan 28 Hsu Wei Lun, Taiwanese actress (b. 1978)
  • Jan 28 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • Jan 28 Emma Tillman, the world's oldest living person from January 24-28, 2007 (b. 1892)
  • Jan 29 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • Jan 29 Dia Abdul Zahra Kadim, Iraqi extremist leader (b. 1970)
  • Jan 30 Nikos Kourkoulos, Greek actor and artistic director (b. 1934)

Person of interestSidney Sheldon

Jan 30 Sidney Sheldon, American novelist and playwright (Master of the Game, Bloodline, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer), dies of pneumonia at 89

Novelist Sidney Sheldon
Novelist
Sidney Sheldon
  • Jan 30 Max Lanier, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1943-44; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 91
  • Jan 31 Kirka Babitzin, Finnish singer (b. 1950)
  • Jan 31 Molly Ivins, American political columnist and author, dies at 62
  • Jan 31 Lee Bergere, American actor (Star Trek, Soap, Dynasty), dies at 82
  • Jan 31 Adelaide Tambo, South African anti-apartheid activist, politician and wife of Oliver Tambo, dies at 77
  • Feb 1 Gian Carlo Menotti, Italian-born composer, dies at 95
  • Feb 1 Seri Wangnaitham, Thai dance choreographer, dies at 70
  • Feb 1 Ahmad Abu Laban, Danish Muslim leader, dies at 60
  • Feb 1 Whitney Balliett, American jazz critic, dies of cancer at 80
  • Feb 2 Vijay Arora, Indian film and television actor (b. 1944)
  • Feb 2 Filippo Raciti, Italian police officer (b. 1967)
  • Feb 2 Masao Takemoto, Japanese gymnast (b. 1919)
  • Feb 2 Billy Henderson, American singer (The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"), dies at 67
  • Feb 2 Joe Hunter, American pianist and bandleader of The Funk Brothers (b. 1927)
  • Feb 2 Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 3 Ralph de Toledano, Moroccan-born American political columnist and author (b. 1916)

  • Feb 3 George Becker, American president of United Steelworkers (1993-2001) (b. 1928)
  • Feb 3 Pedro Knight, Cuban-American musician, husband of legendary singer Celia Cruz (b. 1921)
  • Feb 4 Steve Barber, American baseball pitcher (b. 1938)
  • Feb 4 José Carlos Bauer, Brazilian World Cup footballer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 4 Ilya Kormiltsev, Russian poet and translator (b. 1959)
  • Feb 4 Jules Olitski, Ukrainian-born American abstract painter and sculptor (b. 1922)
  • Feb 4 Barbara McNair, American singer and actress (b. 1934)
  • Feb 4 Colin Romoff, American orchestra leader (Andy Williams Show), dies at 82
  • Feb 5 Alfred Worm, Austrian investigative journalist (b. 1945)
  • Feb 5 Leo T. McCarthy, American politician and 43rd Lieutenant Governor of California (1983-1995) (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Lew Burdette, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Lee Hoffman, American author (The Valdez Horses), dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Len Hopkins, Canadian politician (b. 1930)
  • Feb 6 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67
  • Feb 6 Frankie Laine [Francesco Paolo LoVecchio], Italian-American singer, songwriter, and actor (Frankie Laine Show, Rawhide), dies of heart failure at 93
  • Feb 8 Anna Nicole Smith, American model, Playboy playmate (Playmate of the Year 1993) and tabloid fixture dies of a prescription drug overdose at 39
  • Feb 8 Ian Stevenson, Canadian-American parapsychologist and reincarnation expert, dies at 88
  • Feb 9 Hank Bauer, American baseball infielder, manager (8-time World Series champion; NY Yankees, Baltimore Orioles), dies from lung cancer at 84
  • Feb 9 Ian Richardson, Scottish actor (b. 1934)
  • Feb 9 Louis Ballard [Honganózhe], Native American composer and educator (The Four Moons), dies at 75
  • Feb 10 Ned Austin, American character actor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 10 Jung Da Bin, South Korean actress (b. 1980)
  • Feb 11 Marianne Fredriksson, Swedish author (Simon and the Oaks), dies at 79
  • Feb 12 Randy Stone, American actor and casting director (b. 1958)
  • Feb 12 Peggy Gilbert, American jazz saxophonist and bandleader (b. 1905)
  • Feb 13 Elizabeth Jolley, British-born Australian writer (Palomino), dies at 83
  • Feb 13 Charlie Norwood, American politician (b. 1941)
  • Feb 13 Richard Gordon Wakeford, Air Marshal, Royal Air Force (b. 1922)
  • Feb 13 Johanna Sällström, Swedish actress (b. 1974)
  • Feb 14 Gareth Morris, British flautist (b. 1920)

  • Feb 14 Ryan Larkin, Canadian animated filmmaker. (b. 1943)
  • Feb 14 Lee Patterson, Canadian actor (Dave-Surfside Six, Another World), dies of congestive heart failure at 77
  • Feb 15 Walker Edmiston, American actor (Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, The Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 81
  • Feb 15 Ray Evans, American songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Feb 15 Robert Adler, Austrian-American inventor (remote control for television), dies at 93
  • Feb 17 Jurga Ivanauskaitė, Lithuanian writer (b. 1961)
  • Feb 17 Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • Feb 17 Dermot O'Reilly, Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter (b. 1943)
  • Feb 17 Maurice Papon, French Nazi collaborator (b. 1910)
  • Feb 19 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), dies of pneumonia at 85
  • Feb 19 Celia Franca, Canadian ballet dancer, founder of National Ballet of Canada, dies at 85
  • Feb 20 F. Albert Cotton, American chemist, dies at 76
  • Feb 20 Mike Awesome, Pro Wrestler (b. 1965)
  • Feb 20 Derek Waring [Barton-Chapple], British actor (Z-Cars, Barnacle Bill, Arthur-Heart of the Country), dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Dennis Johnson, American basketball player (b. 1954)
  • Feb 22 Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)
  • Feb 22 Samuel Hinga Norman, Sierra Leonean alleged war criminal (b. 1940)
  • Feb 22 George Jellicoe, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords & Special Boat Service veteran, dies at 88
  • Feb 22 Edgar Evans, Welsh tenor (Covent Garden Opera Company), dies at 94
  • Feb 22 Ian Wallace, English drummer (King Crimson), dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 23 Donnie Brooks, American singer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 23 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 24 Bruce Bennett, American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies from complications of a broken hip at 100
  • Feb 24 Leroy Jenkins, American composer and violinist (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24 Lamar Lundy, American football player (b. 1935)
  • Feb 24 Damien Nash, American football player (b. 1982)
  • Feb 25 William R. Anderson, CO USS Nautilus submarine, US Congressman (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 66
  • Feb 27 Bobby Rosengarden, American jazz drummer (b. 1924)
  • Feb 27 Bernd von Freytag-Loringhoven, German soldier (b. 1914)

  • Feb 28 John Smith, English landowner, financier and Philanthropist (National Trust, Landmark Trust), dies at 83
  • Feb 28 Charles Forte, Italian-British hotel magnate (Savoy), dies at 98
  • Feb 28 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. American historian (1946 Pulitzer-Age of Jackson), dies at 89
  • Feb 28 Billy Thorpe, Australian musician (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs), dies at 61
  • Mar 1 Eddy Firestone, American radio, television, and film actor (Mixed Doubles), dies of respiratory and heart failure at 86
  • Mar 1 Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Mar 2 Ivan Safronov, Russian journalist (b. 1956)
  • Mar 2 Clem Labine, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1956, 57; World Series 1955, 59, 60; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers), dies after exploratory brain surgery at 80
  • Mar 2 Thomas S. Kleppe, U.S. politician (b. 1919)
  • Mar 2 Henri Troyat, Russian-French author and historian, dies at 95
  • Mar 3 Osvaldo Cavandoli, Italian cartoonist and creator of "La Linea" animated cartoons, dies at 87
  • Mar 4 Natalie Bodanya (Natalie Bodanskaya), American soprano (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Bob Hattoy, American activist (b. 1950)
  • Mar 4 Richard Joseph, British games soundtrack composer (b. 1954)
  • Mar 4 Sunil Kumar Mahato, Indian parliamentarian (b. 1966)
  • Mar 4 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist (b. 1934)
  • Mar 4 Ian Wooldridge, British sports journalist (b. 1932)
  • Mar 4 Jorge Kolle Cueto, Bolivian politician
  • Mar 4 Thomas Eagleton, American politician (38th Lieutenant Governor of Missouri), dies at 77