On This Day

Famous People Who Died in July 2008

  • Jul 1 Mel Galley, English guitarist (Whitesnake; Phenomena), dies of esophageal cancer at 60
  • Jul 1 John Pont, American college football coach (Miami, Yale, Northwestern, Indiana), dies at 80
  • Jul 2 Natasha Shneider, Russian musician (Eleven), dies at 52
  • Jul 2 Elizabeth Spriggs, English-Born Actress (b. 1929)
  • Jul 3 Ernie Cooksey, English Footballer, dies of cancer at 28
  • Jul 3 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (Bozo the Clown), dies at 83
  • Jul 3 Clive Hornby, English soap actor (Emmerdale), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jul 3 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer, dies of Leukemia at 52
  • Jul 3 Colin Cooper, British vocalist and harmonica player (Climax Blues Band - "Couldn't Get It Right"), dies of cancer at 69 [1]
  • Jul 4 Charles Wheeler, British journalist (b. 1923)
  • Jul 4 Jesse Helms, American politician (Senator -D/R-North Carolina, 1973-2003), dies at 86
  • Jul 4 Terrence Kiel, American Football Player (b. 1980)
  • Jul 4 Thomas M. Disch, American sci-fi author (b. 1940)
  • Jul 4 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Gone With The Wind), dies at 91
  • Jul 5 Hasan Doğan, 37th president of the Turkish Football Federation (b. 1956)
  • Jul 6 Bobby Durham, American jazz drummer (b. 1937)
  • Jul 7 Bruce Conner, American artist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 7 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel and icon of the fashion industry, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • Jul 7 Hugh Mendl, British record label executive (Decca/Deram Records), dies at 88 [1]
  • Jul 9 Séamus Brennan, Irish Fianna Fáil politician and Minister, dies of cancer at 60
  • Jul 10 Hiroaki Aoki, founder of Benihana (b. 1938)
  • Jul 10 Mike Souchak, American golfer (15 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1959, 61), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jul 11 Michael DeBakey, Lebanese-American cardiac surgeon and artificial heart pioneer, dies at 99
  • Jul 12 Tony Snow, former speechwriter for Presidents George H. W. Bush and press secretary for George W. Bush (b. 1955)
  • Jul 12 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (5-time MLB All Star), dies of brain cancer at 62
  • Jul 13 Bronisław Geremek, Polish social historian and politician (b. 1932)
  • Jul 14 Hugh Lloyd, British actor (Hugh and I, Punch & Judy Man), dies at 85
  • Jul 14 Henki Kolstad, Norwegian actor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 15 Gyorgy Kolonics, Hungarian canoeist, Olympics medalist. (b. 1972)
  • Jul 16 Jo Stafford, American pop singer (The Pied Pipers - "I'll Never Smile Again"; solo - "You Belong to Me"), dies at 90
  • Jul 17 Larry Haines [Hecht], American actor (The Odd Couple, Search for Tomorrow), dies at 89
  • Jul 18 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (Hamoun), dies at 64
  • Jul 18 Tauno Marttinen, Finnish composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 19 Dercy Gonçalves, Brazilian comedienne (b. 1907)
  • Jul 19 Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58), dies at 76
  • Jul 20 Artie Traum, American folk guitarist, songwriter, producer, and film maker, dies of ocular cancer at 65
  • Jul 21 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist (British Leyland), dies at 94

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Jul 22 Estelle Getty, American actress (The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace), dies of Lewy body disease at 84

  • Jul 23 Kurt Furgler, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1924)
  • Jul 24 Norman Dello Joio [Nicodemo DeGioio], American classical composer (Choreography: Three Dances for Strings), dies at 95
  • Jul 24 Robert T. Herres, American air force officer (Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff), dies at 75
  • Jul 25 Randy Pausch, American professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, known for his "Last Lecture" (b. 1960)
  • Jul 25 Tracy Hall, American inventor (b. 1919)
  • Jul 25 Jeff Fehring, Australian rules footballer (b. 1955)
  • Jul 25 Johnny Griffin III, American jazz saxophonist (A Blowin' Session), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Jul 25 Jamiel Chagra, American drug trafficker, dies at 63
  • Jul 25 Hiram Bullock, American jazz, funk, and fusion guitarist (The World's Most Dangerous Band) dies of cancer at 52
  • Jul 27 Youssef Chahine, Egyptian film director (b. 1926)
  • Jul 27 Horst Stein, German conductor (Hamburg State Opera, 1963-77), dies at 80
  • Jul 27 Isaac Saba Raffoul, Mexican Businessman (b. 1923)
  • Jul 27 Julius B. Richmond, 12th US Surgeon General (1977-81) created Head Start program, dies at 91
  • Jul 28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress (Studio El Fan), murdered in her apartment in Dubai at 30
  • Jul 29 Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, Indian playback singer (b. 1989)
  • Jul 29 Eric Varley, British politician and cabinet minister, dies at 75
  • Jul 30 Anne Armstrong U.S. ambassador to Britain and first female counsel to the President, dies at 80