Famous Deaths in 2008

Deaths 1 - 200 of 545

  • Jan 1 Salvatore Bonanno, son of Joseph Bonnano (b. 1932)
  • Jan 1 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor (b. 1949)
  • Jan 1 Pratap Chandra Chunder, union minister of India (b. 1919)
  • Jan 1 Harold Corsini, American photographer, dies from a stroke at 88
  • Jan 2 Gerry Staley, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 2 Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krommaluang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra, elder sister of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (b. 1923)
  • Jan 2 George MacDonald Fraser, British poet and author (Flashman at the Charge), dies at 82
  • Jan 2 Lee S. Dreyfus, American politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 3 Werner Dollinger, German politician and economist (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • Jan 3 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • Jan 3 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer/former WBC light flyweight champion (b. 1972)
  • Jan 4 Joyce Carlson, American artist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan print editor (b. 1932)
  • Jan 4 Jimmy Nah, Singapore celebrity (b. 1968)
  • Jan 5 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)

  • Jan 7 Alwyn Schlebusch, South African vice state president (b. 1917)
  • Jan 8 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • Jan 8 Clyde Otis, American song writer and music producer (b. c. 1924)
  • Jan 9 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • Jan 9 William Quinn, Irish Republican Army soldier (b. 1950)
  • Jan 9 Mehran Ghassemi, Iranian journalist (b. 1977)
  • Jan 9 Sir John Harvey-Jones, chairman of ICI from 1982 to 1987 (b.1924).
  • 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)

Person of interestEdmund Hillary

Jan 11 Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand mountaineer/1st to climb Mt Everest in 1953, dies from a heart attack at 88

Mountaineer and Explorer Edmund Hillary
Mountaineer and Explorer
Edmund Hillary
  • Jan 13 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • Jan 13 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • Jan 14 Judah Folkman, Surgeon that developed Angiogenesis (b. 1933)
  • Jan 15 Mark Haigh-Hutchinson, Game Designer (b. 1964)
  • Jan 15 Brad Renfro, American actor (The Client), dies of heroin overdose at 25

Person of interestBobby Fischer

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

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Jan 17 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • Jan 17 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), dies of cancer at 84
  • Jan 18 Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • Jan 18 Frank Lewin, American composer and music theorist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 18 John Stroger, first African-American Cook County Board President (b. 1929)
  • Jan 19 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • Jan 19 John Stewart, American musician (The Kingston Trio) (b. 1939)

  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Jan 20 Ali Sadikin, former Jakarta famous governor (b. 1927)
  • Jan 21 Pam Barrett, Canadian politician (b. 1953)
  • Jan 21 Marie Smith Jones, last native speaker of the Eyak language (b. 1918)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)

Person of interestHeath Ledger

Jan 22 Heath Ledger, 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 24 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • Jan 24 J. Robert Hooper, American politician, dies at 71
  • Jan 25 Christopher Allport, American actor (b. 1947)
  • 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

Person of interestSuharto

Jan 27 Suharto, 2nd President of Indonesia (1967-98), dies at 86

2nd President of Indonesia Suharto
2nd President of Indonesia
Suharto
  • Jan 27 Louie Welch, mayor of Houston (b. 1918)
  • Jan 28 Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece (b. 1939)
  • Jan 28 Bengt Lindström, Swedish artist, dies at 82
  • Jan 29 Raymond Jacobs, American soldier (b. 1925)
  • Jan 29 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Beadle, British television host (Beadle's About), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • Jan 30 Roland Selmeczi, Hungarian actor (b. 1969)
  • Jan 30 Marcial Maciel, Mexican religious leader (b. 1920)
  • 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 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • Feb 2 Herbert "Barry" Morse, British-Canadian actor (The Fugitive, Space: 1999, Winds of War), dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Earl Butz, 18th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1971-76), dies at 98
  • Feb 3 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot (b. 1916)
  • Feb 4 Stefan Meller, Polish diplomat and 9th Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-06), dies at 65
  • Feb 5 Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian guru, founder of Transcendental Meditation (b. ca. 1917)
  • Feb 6 John McWethy, American journalist (b. 1947)
  • Feb 6 Tony Rolt, English racing driver (b. 1918)
  • Feb 6 Dieter Noll, German writer (Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt), dies at 80
  • Feb 7 Tamara Desni [Brodsky], German-born British actress (The Green Finger, Hell's Cargo), dies from natural causes at 97
  • Feb 7 Leona Wood, American painter and dancer dies aged 86
  • Feb 8 Eva Dahlbeck, Swedish actress (Brink of Life, Dreams, A Lesson in Love), dies of infection and Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • Feb 8 Chua Ek Kay, Singaporean painter (b. 1947)
  • Feb 9 Christopher Hyatt Occultist, Philosopher and Author.
  • Feb 9 Jazeh Tabatabai, Iranian avant-garde painter, poet and sculptor. (b. 1931)
  • Feb 9 Trichen Jurme Kunzang Wangyal, the eleventh Mindrolling Trichen, Tibetan Buddhist lama of the Nyingma school (b. 1930)
  • Feb 9 Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.
  • Feb 10 Roy Scheider, American Actor (b. 1932)
  • Feb 10 Steve Gerber, American comics writer (b. 1947)
  • Feb 11 Tom Lantos, member of the United States House of Representatives (b. 1928)
  • Feb 11 Frank Piasecki, American aeronautical designer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 12 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • Feb 13 Roger Voisin, Trumpet player, Boston Symphony (b. 1918)
  • Feb 13 Henri Salvador, French Caribbean singer, dies at 90
  • 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 (b. 1935)
  • Feb 18 Sir Richard Knowles, British politician (b. 1917)
  • Feb 18 Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
  • Feb 18 Mickey Renaud, Canadian professional ice hockey player (b. 1988)
  • Feb 19 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • Feb 19 Yegor Letov, Russian song writer and singer (b. 1964)
  • Feb 19 Natalia Bessmertnova, Soviet ballerina (Bolshoi, Lenin Prize 1970), dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)
  • Feb 20 Larry Davis (criminal)
  • Feb 21 Sunny Lowry, First British woman to swim the English Channel (b. 1911)
  • Feb 21 Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • 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 Douglas Fraser, Scottish pilot, first to land at Newfoundland Airport on January 11, 1938 (b. 1916)
  • Feb 23 Denis Lazure, Canadian physician and politician, dies at 82
  • 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 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 Buddy Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • Feb 26 Dick Fletcher, American meteorologist, dies at 65
  • Feb 26 Glory Mukwati, Zimbabwean politician
  • Feb 27 Myron Cope, American sports broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • Feb 27 William F. Buckley, Jr., American conservative author and commentator (b. 1925)
  • Feb 27 Boyd Coddington, American automobile designer (b. 1944)
  • Feb 27 Anthony Blond, British publisher (The Publishing Game, Book Book), dies at 79
  • Feb 28 Mike Smith, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) (b. 1943)
  • Mar 2 Jeff Healey, Canadian musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 3 Giuseppe Di Stefano, Italian operatic tenor, dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Gary Gygax, American fantasy author and role-playing games creator (Dungeons & Dragons), dies at 69
  • Mar 4 Elena Nathanael, Greek film actress (b. 1941)
  • Mar 4 Leonard Rosenman, American composer (Rebel Without A Cause; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Mar 4 Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)
  • Mar 4 George Walter, former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (b. 1928)
  • 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, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)
  • Mar 10 Richard Fran Biegenwald, an American serial killer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 12 Lazare Ponticelli, the last "poilu", French foot soldier of World War One, dies at 110 (b. 1897)
  • Mar 12 Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer, humorist, and TV, theater and radio host (b. 1949)
  • 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 (210no v Aust 1980), dies of lung infection at 53
  • Mar 15 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 15 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • Mar 16 Bill Brown, Australian cricketer (Australian opener of the 30's & 40's), dies at 95
  • Mar 16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish session drummer for ABBA (b. 1946)
  • Mar 16 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • Mar 16 G. David Low, American astronaut (b. 1956)
  • Mar 16 John Hewer, English actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials, dies at 86
  • 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 17 Roland Arnall, American businessman and U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands, dies at 68
  • Mar 18 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54
  • Mar 18 Andrew Britton, Author (b. 1981)

Person of interestArthur C. Clarke

Mar 19 Arthur C. Clarke, English sci-fi author (2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End), dies at 90

Sci-Fi Author Arthur C. Clarke
Sci-Fi Author
Arthur C. Clarke
  • Mar 19 Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)
  • Mar 19 Hugo Claus, Belgian writer (Cool Lover, Sugar), dies at 78

Person of interestPaul Scofield

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

  • Mar 20 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • Mar 20 Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 20 Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 20 Klaus Dinger, German Musician (b. 1946)
  • Mar 22 Cachao López, Cuban mambo musician (b. 1918)
  • Mar 24 Chalmers "Spanky" Alford‎, American guitarist (b. 1955)
  • 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 24 Hal Riney, American advertising executive (b. 1932)
  • Mar 25 Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Mar 25 Ben Carnevale, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Heath Benedict, American Football Player (b. 1983)
  • Mar 26 Robert Fagles, American translator and professor (b. 1933)
  • Mar 26 Wally Phillips, American radio personality (b. 1925)
  • Mar 26 Manuel Marulanda Velez aka Tirofijo, founder and lifelong leader of Colombian rebel group FARC-EP (b. 1930)
  • Mar 27 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, dies at 86
  • Mar 27 George Pruteanu, Romanian literary critic and politician (b. 1947)
  • 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 David Leslie, Touring Car Driver (b. 1953)
  • Mar 30 Richard Lloyd, Racing Car Driver (b. 1945)
  • Mar 31 Jules Dassin, American film director (b .1911)
  • Mar 31 Bill Keightley, "Mr. Wildcat." University of Kentucky basketball equipment manger 1962-2008 (b .1926)
  • Apr 3 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • Apr 4 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)

Person of interestCharlton Heston

Apr 5 Charlton Heston, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • Apr 8 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • Apr 8 John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
  • Apr 8 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 11 Merlin German, United States Marine
  • Apr 12 Patrick 'Paddy' Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
  • Apr 12 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • Apr 12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • Apr 13 John Wheeler, American physicist and educator (b. 1911)
  • Apr 13 John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist (first American involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb), dies at 96
  • Apr 14 Tommy Holmes, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Apr 14 Ollie Johnston, American animator and the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men, dies at 95
  • Apr 14 Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • Apr 15 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian and bishop (b. 1921)
  • Apr 15 Benoît Lamy, Belgian Movie Director (b. 1945)
  • Apr 16 Joseph Solman, American painter
  • Apr 16 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician, dies at 94
  • Apr 17 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rocker and musician (E Street Band), dies of melanoma at 58
  • Apr 19 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Apr 19 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • Apr 19 Alfonso López Trujillo, Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (b. 1935)
  • Apr 20 VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)