Famous Deaths in 2008 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 540

  • Apr 20 Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 21 Al Wilson, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 22 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive (b. 1941)
  • 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, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)
  • 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, SD Padres, California Angels), dies at 93
  • May 2 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)
  • 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 (b. 1917)
  • May 5 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), dies at 63
  • May 8 Eddy Arnold, Country music star (b. 1918)
  • May 8 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • May 9 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (b. 1929)
  • May 9 Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist (b. 1942)
  • May 10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 10 Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
  • May 11 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer (b. 1934)
  • May 11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer, formerly for Canadian progressive rock band Rush (b.1953)
  • May 11 Bruno Neves, portuguese cyclist that died in competition (b.1981)
  • 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, composer of original Star Trek theme (b. 1919)
  • 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 18 Joseph Pevney, American television director
  • May 19 Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, (b. 1928)
  • 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)

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 29 Luc Bourdon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1987)
  • May 29 Harvey Korman, American actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), 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 (b. 1921)
  • Jun 7 Bill Coday, American musician and singer (You’re Gonna Want Me), dies of a stroke at 66
  • 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, Kyrgyzstani-Soviet writer, dies of lung and kidney failure at 79
  • Jun 10 Chinghiz Aitmatov, Soviet-Kyrgyz author and best-known figure in Kyrgyzstan's literature (Jamila),dies of pneumonia at 79
  • 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 (b. 1951)
  • Jun 12 Derek Tapscott, Welsh footballer (b. 1932)

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 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 (b. 1915)
  • 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 (b. 1914)
  • Jun 22 Jane McGrath, British-Australian cancer support campaigner, dies at 42
  • Jun 24 Gerhard Ringel, Austrian mathematician (b. 1919)
  • 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 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-born musician (b. 1956)
  • 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 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 9 Séamus Brennan, Irish politicain (b. 1948)
  • Jul 10 Hiroaki Aoki, founder of Benihana (b. 1938)
  • Jul 10 Mike Souchak, professional golfer (b. 1927)
  • Jul 11 Michael DeBakey, American surgeon and inventor (b. 1908)
  • 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 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, 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, American composer (b. 1913)
  • 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 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, murdered (b. 1977)
  • 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 (b. 1935)
Writer and Nobel Laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Writer and Nobel Laureate
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Aug 3 Skip Caray, American TV and radio broadcaster (b. 1939)
  • 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 actor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 11 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), dies at 80
  • 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
  • Aug 14 Lita Roza, English singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • Aug 15 Jerry Wexler, American music producer who coined the term "rhythm and blues" (Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan), dies from congestive heart failure at 91
  • Aug 15 James Orthwein, American businessman
  • Aug 15 Leroy Sievers, American journalist
  • Aug 15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer, bantamweight world champion
  • Aug 16 Ronnie Drew, Ex-Singer of The Dubliners & Solo Artist (b. 1934)
  • Aug 16 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 16 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 17 Franco Sensi, Italian oil tycoon and president of A.S. Roma
  • Aug 17 František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), dies at 87
  • Aug 18 Pervis Jackson, American R&B singer (Spinners), dies at 70
  • Aug 19 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician
  • Aug 19 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46

Person of interestHua Guofeng

Aug 20 Hua Guofeng, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1976-81) and Premier of the People's Republic of China (1976-80), dies at 87

Paramount Leader of China Hua Guofeng
Paramount Leader of China
Hua Guofeng
  • Aug 20 Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)
  • Aug 20 Gene Upshaw, American football player and union leader (b. 1945)
  • Aug 20 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), dies at 73
  • Aug 21 Jerry Finn, American record producer (b. 1969)
  • Aug 21 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), dies at 79
  • Aug 22 Gladys Powers, Canadian World War I veteran (b. 1899)
  • Aug 23 John Russell, British-born American art critic and author
  • Aug 25 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • Aug 25 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian mountaineer (b. 1959)
  • Aug 25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • Aug 27 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • Aug 28 Phil Hill, American race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1927)
  • Aug 29 Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
  • Aug 30 Killer Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • Aug 31 Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (b. 1933)
  • Sep 1 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (b. 1940)
  • Sep 2 Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)
  • Sep 2 Denis Rooke, British engineer and CEO (British Gas), dies at 84
  • Sep 3 Donald Blakeslee, American aviator, led 4th Fighter Group during World War II. (b.1918)
  • Sep 6 Sören Nordin, Swedish harness racing driver and trainer (b. 1917)
  • Sep 6 Anita Page, American silent screen actress ((Our Dancing Daughters), dies at 98
  • Sep 7 Dino Dvornik, Croatian singer (b. 1964)
  • Sep 7 Don Haskins, American College Basketball coach (b. 1930)