On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2008 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 607

  • Apr 14 Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • Apr 14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (Seven Days Of Falling), dies in scuba diving accident at 44
  • Apr 15 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian & bishop, dies at 86
  • Apr 15 Benoît Lamy, Belgian film director, dies at 62
  • Apr 15 Brian "Blinky" Davison, British rocker (The Nice), dies at 65
  • 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, Colombian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 72
  • Apr 20 VL Mike [Michael Allen], American rapper, shot to death by unknown assailant at 32
  • Apr 20 Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 21 Al Wilson, American singer ("Show and Tell"; "The Snake"), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • Apr 22 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 66

  • Apr 22 Dora Ratjen, German man who posed as a female high jumper (Olympic 4th 1936), dies at 89
  • Apr 22 Cameron Argetsinger, American auto racing executive (created Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course; F1 US Grand Prix 1961-80), dies from a stroke at 87
  • Apr 22 Paul Davis, American country-rock-pop singer-songwriter and piano player ("I Go Crazy"; "65 Love Affair"), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 23 William H. Stewart, 10th US Surgeon General (1965-69), dies at 86
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist (first synthesised LSD), dies at 102
  • Apr 29 Michael "Micky" Waller, British blues and rock drummer (Long John Baldry; Jeff Beck Group), dies of liver failure at 66
  • Apr 30 John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • May 1 Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
  • May 1 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, commits suicide at 52
  • May 1 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, California Angels), dies at 93
  • May 2 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light), dies at 72
  • May 3 Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish former Primer Minister (b. 1926)
  • May 3 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • May 5 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain), dies at 90
  • May 5 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), dies at 63
  • May 5 Jerry Wallace, American country and pop singer ("Primrose Lane"; "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry"), dies of heart failure at 79
  • May 8 Eddy Arnold, American Country music singer, dies at 89
  • May 8 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • May 9 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer & coach, dies at 79

  • May 9 Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist, dies at 68
  • May 10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 10 Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
  • May 11 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer, dies at 74
  • May 11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush), dies at 55
  • May 11 Bruno Neves, Portuguese cyclist, dies in competition at 26
  • May 12 Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (b. 1925)
  • May 12 Irena Sendler, Polish social worker, WWII heroine (b. 1910)
  • May 13 Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait (b. 1930)
  • May 13 Ron Stone, American television reporter (b. 1936)
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, dies at 88
  • May 15 Tommy Burns, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
  • May 15 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • May 15 Willis Lamb, American physicist (Nobel 1955), dies at 94
  • May 15 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • May 16 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), dies at 94
  • May 18 Joseph Pevney, American television director, dies at 96
  • May 19 Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, (b. 1928)
  • May 20 Ali Sadikin, Indonesian politician and governor of Jakarta (1966-77), dies at 79
  • May 20 Hamilton Jordan, former Carter White House Chief of Staff (b. 1944)
  • May 21 Brian Keenan, Irish Provisional IRA member who played a key role in Northern Ireland's peace process (1998), dies of cancer at 66
  • May 22 Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)
  • May 23 David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)
  • May 24 Dick Martin [Thomas Richard], American actor and comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), dies of respiratory complications at 86
  • May 25 J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)
  • May 25 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), dies at 85 [1]
  • May 25 Georgette Amowitz, French choreographer and educator, dies at 78

Person of interestSydney Pollack

May 26 Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Out of Africa, Tootsie) dies at 73

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
  • May 27 Franz Künstler, Last remaining Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • May 28 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 80
  • May 28 David Mitton, Scottish-born director (b. 1938)
  • May 28 Robert Justman, American television producer (b. 1926)
  • May 28 Beryl Cook, British painter, dies at 81
  • May 29 Harvey Korman, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show; Blazing Saddles; High Anxiety), dies at 81
  • May 29 Dianne Odell, American medical figure (b. 1947)
  • May 30 Lorenzo Odone, American medical figure (b. 1978)
  • Jun 1 Tommy Lapid, Israeli journalist and politician (b. 1931)
  • Jun 1 Yves Saint Laurent, French fashion designer, dies at 71
  • Jun 2 Bo Diddley, American musician (b. 1928)
  • Jun 2 Mel Ferrer, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor), dies at 90
  • Jun 4 Nikos Sergianopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1952)
  • Jun 7 Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor (b. 1953)
  • Jun 7 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), dies at 86
  • Jun 7 Bill Coday, American musician and singer (You’re Gonna Want Me), dies of a stroke at 66
  • Jun 7 Mustafa Khalil, 40th Prime Minister of Egypt (1978-80), dies at 87
  • Jun 8 Šaban Bajramović, Serbian Romani musician (b. 1936)
  • Jun 8 Peter Rohmkorf, German writer, dies at 78
  • Jun 9 Algis Budrys, American writer (b. 1931)
  • Jun 10 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-Kyrgyz author and best-known figure in Kyrgyzstan's literature (Jamila), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Jun 10 Dieuwke de Graaff-Nauta, Dutch politician (State Secretary for the Interior 1986-94), dies at 78
  • Jun 11 Võ Văn Kiệt, former prime minister of Vietnam (b. 1922)
  • Jun 11 Ove Andersson, Swedish rally driver (b. 1938)
  • Jun 11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player, dies at 56
  • Jun 12 Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)
  • Jun 12 Pam Henning [Cornelia Catharina Pamela Ingenegeren], Indonesian-Dutch cabaret dancer and actress, dies at 90

Person of interestTim Russert

Jun 13 Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

Television Journalist Tim Russert
Television Journalist
Tim Russert
  • Jun 13 Gertrude Fröhlich-Sandner, Austrian politician (Social Democratic Party of Austria), dies at 82
  • Jun 14 Jamelão, Brazilian samba singer (b. 1913)
  • Jun 14 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (b. 1964)
  • Jun 14 Rafael del Pino, Spanish entrepreneur, dies at 87
  • Jun 15 Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
  • Jun 16 Tom Compernolle, Belgian athlete (b. 1975)
  • Jun 16 Mario Rigoni Stern, Italian writer, World War II veteran and Nazi concentration camp survivor (b. 1921)
  • Jun 17 Tsutomu Miyazaki, Japanese serial killer (b. 1962)
  • Jun 17 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • Jun 18 Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)
  • Jun 18 Tasha Tudor, American illustrator and children's books author (Pumpkin Moonshine, Corgiville Fair), dies at 92
  • Jun 18 Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actor (b. 1984)
  • Jun 19 Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist (b. 1934)
  • Jun 19 Bennie Swain, American basketball player (b. 1930)
  • Jun 21 Scott Kalitta, American drag racer (b. 1962)
  • Jun 22 George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)
  • Jun 22 Dody Goodman, American comedienne (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Martha Shumway"; Max Duggan), dies at 93
  • Jun 22 Jane McGrath, British-Australian cancer support campaigner (wife of Australian Test cricketer Glenn McGrath), dies at 42
  • Jun 24 Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Jun 24 Viktor Kuzkin, Soviet ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), dies at 67
  • Jun 25 Alla Kazanskaya, Russian stage and film actress (Burnt by the Sun), dies at 88
  • Jun 27 Michael Turner, American comic book artist (b. 1971)
  • Jun 27 Sam Manekshaw, Indian Field Marshal (b. 1914)
  • Jun 27 Leonard Pennario, American concert pianist (Rózsa's Piano Concerto with L.A. Philharmonic), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 83
  • Jun 28 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (b.1987)
  • Jun 29 Don S. Davis, American actor and artist (b. 1942)
  • Jul 1 Mel Galley, English guitarist (b. 1948)
  • 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 (b. 1980)
  • Jul 3 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 3 Clive Hornby, English soap actor - Emmerdale (b. 1944)
  • Jul 3 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer (b. 1956)
  • 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 (b. 1921)
  • 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 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 singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • 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 guitarist (b. 1943)
  • Jul 21 Lord Stokes [Donald Stokes], English industrialist (British Leyland), dies at 94

Person of interestEstelle Getty

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

Actress Estelle Getty
Actress
Estelle Getty
  • 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 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 (b. 1928)
  • 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
  • Aug 1 Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Indian politician (b. 1916)
  • Aug 1 Ashok Mankad, Indian cricketer (son of Vinoo, batted for India 1969-78), dies at 61
  • Aug 2 Fujio Akatsuka, Japanese cartoonist, dies of pneumonia at 72
  • Aug 2 John F. Seiberling, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1971-86), dies at 89

Person of interestAleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aug 3 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian writer, Nobel Prize for Literature 1970, dies at 89

Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Aug 3 Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
  • Aug 3 Erik Darling, American folk musician (Rooftop Singers), dies at 74
  • Aug 4 Craig Jones, English motorcycle racer. (b. 1985)
  • Aug 5 Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer/songwriter (b. 1929)

  • Aug 5 Robert Hazard [Rimato], American singer-songwriter (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies after surgery at 59
  • Aug 7 Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent/manager and producer (b. 1931)
  • Aug 7 Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of Pininfarina S.p.A.
  • Aug 8 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), dies of multiple myeloma at 74
  • Aug 8 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 9 Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)
  • Aug 9 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, dies at 66
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and composer (Shaft), dies at 65
  • Aug 11 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), dies at 80
  • Aug 11 George Furth, American actor and director (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), dies at 75
  • Aug 11 Günther Schifter, Austrian music journalist and radio host, dies at 84
  • Aug 11 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys), dies at 81
  • Aug 12 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • Aug 12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • Aug 13 Bill Gwatney, American political figure (b. 1959)
  • Aug 13 Dino Toso, American Formula-1 engineer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 13 Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (b. 1901)
  • Aug 13 Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world (b. 1955)
  • Aug 13 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104