Famous People Who Died in 2008

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  • Jan 1 Harold Corsini, American photographer, dies from a stroke at 88
  • Jan 1 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor, dies at 58
  • Jan 1 Pratap Chandra Chunder, Indian union minister, dies at 88
  • Jan 1 Salvatore Bonanno, American mafioso & son of crime boss Joseph Bonanno, dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jan 2 Galyani Vadhana, Princess of Naradhiwas, dies at 84
  • Jan 2 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet & author (Flashman at the Charge), dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Gerry Staley, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1952-53, 60; St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox), dies of natural causes at 87
  • Jan 2 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician, dies at 81
  • Jan 3 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • Jan 3 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • Jan 3 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer (Lineal & WBC light flyweight titles 1999-2002), dies of brain damage after fight at 35
  • Jan 4 Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
  • Jan 4 Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Mort Garson, Canadian-American composer ("Our Day Will Come") and Moog synthesizer pioneer, dies of renal failure at 83
  • Jan 4 Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan journalist and newspaper editor (La Prensa; El Nuevo Diario), dies of heart disease at 75
  • Jan 5 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • Jan 5 Irene Reid, American jazz singer ("I Must Be Doing Something Right"). dies at 77
  • Jan 7 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • Jan 8 Clyde Otis, American songwriter and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • Jan 8 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • Jan 9 John Harvey-Jones, English businessman and chairman of ICI (1982-87), dies at 83
  • Jan 9 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer, and "honorary mayor" of Hollywood, dies at 84
  • Jan 9 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
  • Jan 9 William Quinn, Irish Republican Army soldier (b. 1950)
  • Jan 10 (Walter) "Pete" Candoli, American jazz, big band, and session trumpeter (Woody Herman; Stan Kenton; Henry Mancini; The Brothers Candoli), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • Jan 10 Christopher Bowman, American figure skater (b. 1967)
  • Jan 10 Maila Nurmi [Syrjäniemi], Finnish-American actress (The Vampira Show), dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Mikhail Minin, Russian Soviet soldier (b. 1922)
  • Jan 11 Carl Karcher, founded the Carl's Jr. hamburger chain (b. 1917)

Edmund HillaryEdmund Hillary (1919-2008)

Jan 11 New Zealand explorer and mountaineer who was 1st to scale Mount Everest with Tenzing Norgay, dies from a heart attack at 88

  • Jan 13 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Jan 13 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian operatic tenor, dies at 51
  • Jan 14 Judah Folkman, Surgeon that developed Angiogenesis (b. 1933)
  • Jan 15 Brad Renfro, American actor (The Client), dies of heroin overdose at 25
  • Jan 15 Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, English Game Designer (Zombies Ate My Neighbors), dies of cancer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 17 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), dies of cancer at 84

Bobby FischerBobby Fischer (1943-2008)

Jan 17 American chess player (world champion (1972-75), dies of renal failure at 64

  • Jan 17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jan 17 Rod Allen [Bainbridge] British pop-rock singer and bassist (Fortunes - "You've Got Your Troubles"; "Here It Comes Again"), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jan 18 Frank Lewin, German-American composer and music theorist (Yale, 1971-92), dies at 82
  • Jan 18 Georgia Frontiere, American businesswoman (co-owner Cleveland/Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams 1979–2008), dies at 80
  • Jan 18 John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Jan 19 John Stewart, American pop-folk singer, guitsrist, banjo player (Kingston Trio, 1961-67), and songwriter ("Daydream Believer"), dies of a stroke at 68
  • Jan 19 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • Jan 20 Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Latvian-Canadian composer, organist, and pedagogue, dies at 88
  • Jan 21 Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)
  • Jan 21 Pam Barrett, Canadian politician (b. 1953)

Heath LedgerHeath Ledger (1979-2008)

Jan 22 Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), dies of a drug overdose at 28

  • Jan 22 Miles Lerman, Polish-American activist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)
  • Jan 22 Ștefan Niculescu, Romanian composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 24 J. Robert Hooper, American politician, dies at 71
  • Jan 24 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • Jan 25 Christopher Allport, American actor (To Live and Die in L.A.), dies at 60
  • Jan 25 Evelyn Barbirolli, English musician (b. 1911)
  • Jan 26 Christian Brando, American actor and son of Marlon Brando, dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Jan 26 Viktor Schreckengost, American industrial designer, dies at 101
  • Jan 27 Gordon B. Hinckley, American religious leader, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1995-2008), dies at 97
  • Jan 27 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)

SuhartoSuharto (1921-2008)

Jan 27 Indonesian army officer and 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86

  • Jan 28 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist, dies at 82
  • Jan 28 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • Jan 29 Margaret Truman, American presidential daughter, singer and writer (Murder at FBI), dies at 83
  • Jan 29 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • Jan 29 Raymond Jacobs, American Marine Corp sergeant (one of the WWII Iwo Jima flag planters), and news journalist, dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Beadle, British television host (Beadle's About), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • Jan 30 Marcial Maciel, Mexican religious leader (b. 1920)
  • Jan 30 Roland Selmeczi, Hungarian actor (b. 1969)
  • Jan 31 Zeltim Odie Peterson, famous pug (b. 1997)
  • Feb 1 Shell Kepler [Michelle Alaine Kepler], American actress (General Hospital), dies from renal failure at 49
  • Feb 2 Earl Butz, 18th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1971-76), dies at 98
  • Feb 2 Herbert "Barry" Morse, British-Canadian actor (The Fugitive, Space: 1999, Winds of War), dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • Feb 3 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot (b. 1916)
  • Feb 4 Chris Anderson, American jazz pianist (Charlie Parker; Dinah Washington; Charlie Haden), dies of a stroke at 81
  • Feb 4 Stefan Meller, Polish diplomat and 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-06), dies at 65

Maharishi Mahesh YogiMaharishi Mahesh Yogi (1918-2008)

Feb 5 Indian guru who developed Transcendental Meditation, dies at 90

  • Feb 6 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • Feb 6 John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 6 Tony Rolt, English auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1953; British Empire Trophy 1939), dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • Feb 7 Tamara Desni [Brodsky], German-born British actress (The Green Finger, Hell's Cargo), dies from natural causes at 97
  • Feb 8 Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
  • Feb 8 Eva Dahlbeck, Swedish actress (Brink of Life, Dreams, A Lesson in Love), dies of infection and Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • Feb 9 Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • Feb 9 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • Feb 9 Scott Halpin, American drummer plucked out of the audience to fill in for incapacitated Keith Moon of The Who, dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • Feb 9 Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • Feb 10 Roy Scheider, American actor (Jaws, The French Connection, Marathon Man, Paper Lion), dies at 75
  • Feb 10 Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • Feb 11 Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer and helicopter aviation pioneer, dies at 88
  • Feb 11 Tom Lantos, American politician (Rep-D-California 1981-2008), dies at 80
  • Feb 12 David Groh, American actor (Rhoda - "Joe"; Another Day - "Don"), dies of kidney cancer at 68
  • Feb 12 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • Feb 13 Henri Salvador, French-Caribbean pop singer, guitarist, and cabaret, dies of an aneurysm at 90
  • Feb 13 Kon Ichikawa, Japanese director (Matatabi, Money Talks), dies at 92
  • Feb 13 Roger Voisin, American classical trumpet player (Boston Symphony, 1935-83), dies at 89
  • Feb 14 Perry Lopez, American actor (Chinatown, Death Wish 4), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Amnon Netzer, Iranian-Israeli historian (b. 1934)
  • Feb 15 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • Feb 17 Brian Harris, English footballer and manager, dies at 72
  • Feb 18 Mickey Renaud, Canadian professional ice hockey player (b. 1988)
  • Feb 18 Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
  • Feb 18 Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • Feb 19 (Attilio) "Teo" Macero, American jazz saxophonist, composer and record producer (Miles Davis - "Bitches Brew"; Dave Brubeck -"Time Out"), dies at 82
  • Feb 19 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • Feb 19 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), dies at 66
  • Feb 19 Richard D'Aeth, British educationist (Hughes Hall Cambridge), dies at 96
  • Feb 19 Yegor Letov, Russian rock poet, songwriter, and singer (Grazhdanskaya Oborona), dies of heart failure at 43
  • Feb 20 Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 Larry Davis (criminal)
  • Feb 21 Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • Feb 21 Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • Feb 22 Maurice Laing, English builder (John Laing & Son), dies at 90
  • Feb 23 Denis Lazure, Canadian physician and politician, dies at 82
  • Feb 23 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot, first to land at Newfoundland Airport on January 11, 1938 (b. 1916)
  • Feb 23 Janez Drnovšek, Slovenian prime minister and president (b. 1950)
  • Feb 23 Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
  • Feb 23 Roger Foulon, Belgian writer (Un été dans la Fagne), dies at 84
  • Feb 24 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music ("Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"), dies at 60
  • Feb 24 Philip Bodner, American jazz clarinetist and studio musician (also played flute, oboe, saxophone, piccolo, and English horn), dies at 90
  • Feb 25 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • Feb 25 Hans Raj Khanna, Judge of the Supreme Court of India (b. 1912)
  • Feb 25 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 26 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • Feb 26 Dick Fletcher, American meteorologist, dies at 65
  • Feb 26 Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • Feb 27 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book), dies at 79
  • Feb 27 Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • Feb 27 Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • Feb 27 William F. Buckley Jr, American conservative author and commentator (National Review, Firing Line), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Feb 28 Mike Smith, British rock singer and keyboardist (Dave Clark Five - "Glad All Over"), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • Feb 29 Jerry Groom, American College Football HOF center (Notre Dame; NFL Pro Bowl 1954; Chicago Cardinals), dies at 78
  • Mar 2 Jeff Healey, Canadian blues singer and lap-steel guitarist ("Angel Eyes"), dies of sarcoma at 41
  • Mar 3 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Norman "Hurricane" Smith, British sound engineer (The Beatles, 1962-65), producer (Pink Floyd; The Pretty Things), and musician ("Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?"; "Don't Let It Die"), dies at 85
  • Mar 3 Norman O'Neill, Australian cricket batsman (42 Tests @ 45.55, 6 x 100s; NSW CA), dies at 71
  • Mar 4 Elena Nathanael, Greek film actress (b. 1941)
  • Mar 4 Gary Gygax, American fantasy author and role-playing games creator (Dungeons & Dragons), dies at 69
  • Mar 4 George Walter, former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (b. 1928)
  • Mar 4 Leonard Rosenman, American Academy and Emmy Award-winning film and television composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV; Bound for Glory; Sybill), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Mar 4 Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)
  • Mar 5 Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American professor of computer science (b.1923)
  • Mar 6 Peter Poreku Cardinal Dery Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Tamale, Ghana
  • Mar 8 Carol Barnes, British television news journalist (ITN; ITV), dies a few days after suffering a stroke at 63
  • Mar 10 Charles "Chuck" and "Bing" Day, American session guitarist, bassist and blues performer dies at 65
  • Mar 10 Richard Fran Biegenwald, American serial killer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 11 Dave Stevens, American illustrator and comic artist (The Rocketeer), dies at 52
  • Mar 12 Alun Hoddinott, Welsh composer (Floriture), dies at 78
  • Mar 12 Howard Metzenbaum, American businessman and politician (U.S. Senator from Ohio), dies at 90
  • Mar 12 Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer, humorist, and TV, theater and radio host (b. 1949)
  • Mar 12 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • Mar 14 Chiara Lubich, Italian Catholic activist and leader and foundress of the Focolare (b. 1920)
  • Mar 14 Melville "Mel" Brandt, American actor and NBC staff announcer (Faraway Hill), dies at 88
  • Mar 14 Taslim Arif, Pakistan cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests; top score 210no v Aust 1980), dies of lung infection at 53
  • Mar 15 Ken Reardon, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and executive (Stanley Cup 1946; NHL All-Star 1946-50; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • Mar 15 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • Mar 15 Sarla Thakral, first Indian woman to fly an aircraft (1936), dies at about 94
  • Mar 15 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian pop-rock-folk singer-songwriter, and poet, dies of stomach cancer at 56
  • Mar 16 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's), dies at 95
  • Mar 16 G. David Low, American astronaut (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • Mar 16 Ivan Dixon, American actor, director and civil rights activist (Car Wash, Hogan's Heroes, The Final War of Olly Winter), dies of renal failure at 76
  • Mar 16 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, dies at 86
  • Mar 16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), dies from injuries after a fall at 61
  • Mar 17 Roland Arnall, American businessman and U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, dies at 68
  • Mar 18 Andrew Britton, Author (b. 1981)
  • Mar 18 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54

Arthur C. ClarkeArthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)

Mar 19 English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), dies of post-polio syndrome at 90

  • Mar 19 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), dies at 78

Paul ScofieldPaul Scofield (1922-2008)

Mar 19 English actor (A Man for All Seasons and Quiz Show), dies from leukemia at 86

  • Mar 19 Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)
  • Mar 20 Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 20 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 20 Klaus Dinger, German electronic rock musician (Neu!; Kraftwerk; La Düsseldorf), dies of heart failure at 61
  • Mar 20 Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 21 Merv Wallace, New Zealand cricketer (13 Tests for NZ, latterly as captain), dies at 91
  • Mar 22 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • Mar 24 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • Mar 24 Neil Aspinall, British music executive (The Beatles), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • Mar 24 Richard Widmark, American actor (Madigan, Murder on the Orient Express, Judgement at Nuremberg), dies complications following a fall at 93
  • Mar 25 Ben Carnevale, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 25 Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Mar 26 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • Mar 26 Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP, dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Mar 26 Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 26 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • Mar 27 George Pruteanu, Romanian literary critic and politician (b. 1947)
  • Mar 27 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, dies at 86
  • Mar 30 David Leslie, Touring Car Driver (b. 1953)
  • Mar 30 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide, and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", dies of pancreatic cancer at 65
  • Mar 30 Richard Lloyd, Racing Car Driver (b. 1945)
  • Mar 31 Bill Keightley, American college basketball equipment manager known as "Mr. Wildcat" (University of Kentucky, 1962-2008), dies at 81
  • Mar 31 Jules Dassin, American film director (The Naked City; Night And The City; Rififi), blacklisted during McCarthy era, dies at 96
  • Mar 31 William L. Dickinson, American politician (Rep-R-AL, 1965-93), dies at 82
  • Apr 2 Jacques Bondon, French composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 3 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)