Famous People Who Died in December 2007

  • Dec 1 Anton Rodgers, British actor (May to December), dies at 74
  • Dec 1 Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1952), dies of stomach cancer at 78
  • Dec 1 Sally L. Smith, American educator and founder (Lab School of Washington), dies at 78
  • Dec 2 Henry Cele, South African actor (Shaka Zulu), dies at 66
  • Dec 2 Thomas F. Torrance, Scottish Protestant theologist, dies at 94
  • Dec 3 James Kemsley, Australian cartoonist and actor (b. 1948)
  • Dec 4 Chip Reese, American poker player (3 x World Series of Poker bracelets), dies from pneumonia at 56
  • Dec 4 Friedrich Zehm, German pianist and composer, dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Norval Morrisseau, Canadian artist (b. 1932)
  • Dec 4 Pimp C. [Chad Butler], American rapper (Underground Kingz), dies of overuse of prescription cough syrup and sleep apnea at 33
  • Dec 5 Andrew Imbrie, American contemporary classical composer, and pianist, dies at 86
  • Dec 5 Karlheinz Stockhausen, German classical and electronic music composer, dies at 79
  • Dec 6 András Szőllősy, Hungarian composer, and musicologist (cataloged works of Béla Bartók), dies at 86
  • Dec 6 Katy French, Irish Supermodel and Socialite, dies at 24
  • Dec 8 Gerardo García Pimentel, Mexican journalist
  • Dec 9 Thore Skogman, Swedish entertainer, dies at 76
  • Dec 10 Aqsa Parvez, Canadian victim of an honor crime (b. 1991)
  • Dec 10 Robert Moevs, American composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 11 Ashleigh Aston Moore, Canadian child actress (Now and Then), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Dec 11 Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • Dec 11 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), dies of breast cancer at 84
  • Dec 12 Ike Turner, American musician ("Rocket 88"; Ike and Tina Turner - "A Fool in Love"; "Proud Mary"), dies of cocaine overdose at 76
  • Dec 13 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor (b. 1936)
  • Dec 13 Mark Partridge, Rhodesian politician
  • Dec 15 John Berg, American actor (Star Trek: Nemesis), takes his own life at 58
  • Dec 15 Julia Carson, American politician (Rep Indiana (D) 1997-2007), dies of lung cancer at 69 [1]
  • Dec 16 Dan Fogelberg, American rocker (Same Old Lang Syne), dies at 56
  • Dec 16 Harald Genzmer, German composer, dies at 98
  • Dec 18 Bill Strauss, American writer on generations, satirist, and founder of the Capitol Steps (b. 1947)
  • Dec 18 Gerald Le Dain, Canadian Supreme Court judge (b. 1924)
  • Dec 18 Jack Linkletter, American TV host (Haggis Baggis, Hootenanny), dies at 70
  • Dec 20 Nataline Sarkisyan, American medical patient (b. 1990)
  • Dec 20 Tommy Byrne, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1950; World Series 1949, 56; NY Yankees), dies at 87
  • Dec 21 Ken Hendricks, American businessman (b. 1941)
  • Dec 22 Adrian Cristobal, Filipino writer (b. 1932)
  • Dec 22 Joe Ames, American singer and actor (The Ames Brothers Show), dies at 86
  • Dec 22 Julien Gracq [Louis Poirier], French writer (Andre Breton), dies at 97
  • Dec 23 Michael Kidd, American film and stage choreographer (b. 1915)

Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson (1925-2007)

Dec 23 Canadian jazz pianist and composer (Downbeat Magazine's Pianist of the Year, 1950-62), dies of kidney failure at 82

  • Dec 23 William Francis Ganong, American physiologist (b. 1924)
  • Dec 24 Akbar Radi, Iranian dramatist and playwright (b. 1939)
  • Dec 24 Nicholas Pumfrey, British judge (b. 1951)
  • Dec 25 Hans Otte, German composer and pianist (The Book of Sounds, Book of Hours), dies at 81
  • Dec 25 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets; Auckland CA), dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Mighty King Kong, Kenyan reggae musician. (b. 1973)
  • Dec 26 Andrew Grima, Italian-born British jeweller known for his modern designs, dies at 86
  • Dec 26 Joe Dolan, Irish singer and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • Dec 26 John A. Garraty, American biographer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 26 Stu Nahan, American Sportscaster (b. 1926)

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto (1953-2007)

Dec 27 12th Prime Minister of Pakistan and 1st female leader of a Muslim nation, assassinated in Rawalpindi by a suicide bomber at 54

  • Dec 27 Jaan Kross, Estonian writer (b. 1920)
  • Dec 27 Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Polish film director (b. 1922)
  • Dec 28 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iran national basketball team player (b. 1982)
  • Dec 28 Jiří Pauer, Czech composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 29 Kevin Greening, British radio presenter (b. 1962)
  • Dec 29 Phil O'Donnell, Scottish soccer midfielder (1 cap; Motherwell, Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday; PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year 1992, 94), dies from cardiac arrest while playing at 35
  • Dec 31 Bill Idelson, American actor (b. 1919)
  • Dec 31 Ettore Sottsass, Italian architect and designer (b. 1917)
  • Dec 31 Kathryn Ish, American actress (b. 1936)
  • Dec 31 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor (The Man Without A Past), and art-rock bassist and singer (Motelli Skronkle), dies at 51
  • Dec 31 Michael Goldberg, American painter (b. 1924)
  • Dec 31 Milton L. Klein, Canadian politician (b. 1910)
  • Dec 31 Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 31 Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)