On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2008 (Part 3)

Deaths 401 - 600 of 616

  • 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 13 Roy Prosser, Australian rugby union prop (25 caps; Northern Suburbs), dies at 66
  • 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 (undisputed world bantamweight champion), dies at 79
  • Aug 16 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), dies at 73
  • 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 (3rd President of Zambia), dies at 59
  • Aug 19 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band), dies at 46
  • Aug 19 Marguerite Empey [Diane Webber], American model and Playboy playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956), dies at 76

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 NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, dies at 63
  • 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 John Thoday, British geneticist, dies at 91
  • Aug 25 Kevin Duckworth, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1989, 91; Portland Trail Blazers), dies of heart failure at 44
  • Aug 25 Pavle Kozjek, Slovenian mountaineer (b. 1959)
  • Aug 25 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • Aug 25 Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Finnish composer (The Whole World Will Lament; Kwaidan-balladit), dies at 64
  • 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 Walter "Killer" Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 81
  • Aug 30 Tommy Bolt, American golfer (US Open 1958), dies at 92
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), dies of complications from emphysema at 71
  • 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 who led 4th Fighter Group during World War II, dies at 90
  • 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 Miljenko "Dino" Dvornik, Croatian singer known as "the Croatian king of funk", dies of an overdose at 44
  • Sep 7 Don Haskins, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Texas El Paso 1961-99; NCAA Tournament 1966), dies at 78
  • Sep 7 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • Sep 7 Ilarion Ciobanu, Romanian actor (b. 1931)
  • Sep 7 Richard "Popcorn" Wylie, American R&B and soul pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and record producer, dies of congestive heart failure at 69
  • Sep 8 Evan Tanner, UFC Champion
  • Sep 9 Warith Deen Muhammad, American religious leader (b. 1933)
  • Sep 12 Bob Quinn, Australian Football Hall of Fame rover (All Australian captain 1947; SA captain 1945-47; Magarey Medal 1938, 45; Port Adelaide FC), dies at 93
  • Sep 12 David Foster Wallace, American author and essayist (b. 1962)
  • Sep 14 Ştefan Iordache, Romanian actor (b. 1941)

  • Sep 14 Domagoj Kapeć, Croatian hockeyplayer (b. 1989)
  • Sep 15 Richard Wright, English singer-songwriter (Pink Floyd), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 16 Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer for Motown (I Heard It Through the Grapevine), dies at 68
  • Sep 18 Humberto Solás, Cuban film director and writer (Lucia), dies at 66
  • Sep 19 Earl Palmer, American rock and roll drummer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • Sep 19 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 22 Thomas Doerflein, German Zookeeper (b. 1963)
  • Sep 22 Connie Haines [Yvonne Jasme], American big-band vocalist (Harry James; Tommy Dorsey), dies of myasthenia gravis at 87
  • Sep 23 Peter Leonard, Australian journalist and newsreader, dies of cancer at 66
  • Sep 24 Mickey Vernon, American baseball first baseman (7 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1960; AL batting champion 1946, 53), dies at 90
  • Sep 24 Irene Dailey, American actress (Another World, Grissom Gang), dies of colon cancer at 88
  • Sep 24 Bengt Anderberg, Swedish poet and writer (Kain), dies at 88
  • Sep 24 Vinko "Vice" Vukov, Croatian singer (Eurovision Song Contest 1963 & 1965) dies from head injury at 72
  • Sep 25 (Gerrit Cornelis) "Kees" Otten, Dutch flautist and recorder player, dies at 83

Person of interestPaul Newman

Sep 26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Sep 26 Marc Moulin, Belgian musician and journalist (b. 1942)
  • Sep 27 Mahendra Kapoor, Indian singer (b. 1934)
  • Sep 28 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres)
  • Sep 29 Hayden Carruth, American poet (The Crow and the Heart), dies at 87
  • Sep 29 Relus ter Beek, Dutch Labour Party politician (House of Representatives, 1971-89; Minister of Defense, 1989-94; Queen's Commissioner of Drenthe, 1995-2008), dies of lung cancer at 64
  • Sep 30 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singaporean opposition leader and former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party, dies at 82
  • Sep 30 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), dies at 82
  • Oct 1 Nick Reynolds, American folk musician (The Kingston Trio), dies at 75
  • Oct 1 House Peters Jr., American actor (King of the Rocket Man), dies at 92
  • Oct 2 Rob Guest, New Zealand entertainer (b. 1950)

  • Oct 2 Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)
  • Oct 3 Karam ud Din, Pakistani Navy officer (b. 1941)
  • Oct 3 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 5 Ken Ogata [Akinobu Ogata], Japanese actor (Okinawan Boys, Taikōki), dies of liver cancer at 71
  • Oct 6 Kim Ji-hoo, South Korean actor and model (b. 1985)
  • Oct 7 Leslie Hardman, Jewish Orthodox rabbi (b. 1913)
  • Oct 7 Peter Copley, British actor (Victim, Kingdom of Heaven, King & Country), dies at 93
  • Oct 8 George E. Palade, Romanian-American cell biologist (ribosomen, Nobel 1974), dies at 95
  • Oct 8 Eileen Herlie [Herlihy], Scottish-American actress (All My Children, The Angel with the Trumpet), dies of complications from pneumonia at 90
  • Oct 8 Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
  • Oct 9 Gidget Gein, American musician (Marilyn Manson band), dies at 39
  • Oct 9 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, dies at 74
  • Oct 10 Sid Hudson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1941, 42; Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox), dies at 93
  • Oct 10 Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (b. 1947)
  • Oct 11 Jörg Haider, Austrian far-right politician (b. 1950)
  • Oct 11 Neal Hefti, American orchestra leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer (Li'l Darlin), dies at 85
  • Oct 12 Karl Chircop, Maltese politician (b. 1965)
  • Oct 12 Marta Pan, Hungarian-French sculptor (Great spiral), dies at 85
  • Oct 13 Alexei Cherepanov, Russian hockey player (b. 1989)
  • Oct 14 Richard Cooey, American murderer and rapist (executed) (b. 1967)
  • Oct 14 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man, dies at 82
  • Oct 14 Barrington J. Bayley, English sci-fi author (Collision Course), dies at 71
  • Oct 15 Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Turkish poet (b. 1914)
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), dies at 81
  • Oct 15 Jack Narz, American TV game show host (Dotto, Video Village), dies at 85

  • Oct 15 Nathan Davis, American actor (Dunston Checks In, Holes, Code of Silence), dies from emphysema and pneumonia at 91
  • Oct 15 Tom Tresh, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1962-63; AL Rookie of Year 1962; NY Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Oct 17 Levi Stubbs [Stubbles], American baritone singer (The Four Tops - "It's the Same Old Song"; "Standing In The Shadows of Love"), dies at 72
  • Oct 18 Dee Dee Warwick, American soul singer (b. 1945)
  • Oct 19 Mr. Blackwell, American fashion critic, dies at 86
  • Oct 19 Rudy Ray Moore, American comedian and actor (Dolemite) (b. 1937)
  • Oct 20 Gene Hickerson, American football Hall of Famer (b. 1935)
  • Oct 20 Sœur Emmanuelle, Belgian-French religious sister, dies at 99
  • Oct 23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • Oct 24 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • Oct 25 Anne Pressly, American news anchor (b. 1982)
  • Oct 26 Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • Oct 26 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), dies at 82
  • Oct 27 Bernard W. Rogers, United States Army general who served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, dies at 87
  • Oct 29 Mike Baker, American singer Shadow Gallery (b. 1963)
  • Oct 30 Pedro Pompilio Argentinian businessman (b. 1950)
  • Nov 1 Nathaniel Mayer, American soul musician (b. 1944)
  • Nov 1 Jacques Piccard, Swiss ocean explorer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 1 Yma Sumac [Chavarri], Peruvian-American 5 octave soprano (Omar Khayyam), dies at 85
  • Nov 1 Shakir Stewart, American music producer (b. 1974)
  • Nov 3 Jean Fournet, French conductor, dies at 95
  • Nov 3 Alan Ford, American swimmer (world 100m freestyle record 55.4; Olympic silver 1948), dies of emphysema at 84

Person of interestMichael Crichton

Nov 4 Michael Crichton, American author, dies at 66

  • Nov 4 Juan Camilo Mouriño, Mexican Secretary of the Interior (b. 1971)
  • Nov 5 Michael Higgins, American actor (Angel Heart, 1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), dies of heart failure at 88

  • Nov 5 Paul Greening, Royal Navy officer and master of Queen's household, dies at 80
  • Nov 7 Hedley Howarth, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (30 Tests, 86 wickets), dies of cancer at 64
  • Nov 9 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, American baseball pitcher (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 92
  • Nov 10 Miriam Makeba, South African singer and civil rights activist (Grammy for Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording, 1965), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Nov 11 Herb Score, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 56; Cleveland Indians) and announcer (Cleveland Indians 1964-97), dies at 75
  • Nov 12 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • Nov 12 Mitch Mitchell, English musician (Jimi Hendrix Experience), dies at 62
  • Nov 12 Serge Nigg, French composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 14 Wilhelmus Norbert Schmelzer, Dutch foreign minister (KVP), dies at 87
  • Nov 15 Glen Brand, American wrestler (Olympic gold middleweight 1948), dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)
  • Nov 16 Ralph "Rusty" Gill,, American singer (Polka Time), dies at 89
  • Nov 17 Pete Newell, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Uni of San Francisco, Michigan State Uni; NCAA men's C'ship 1959, Cal Berkeley; Olympic gold 1960), dies at 93
  • Nov 17 George Stephen Morrison, American admiral and father of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison
  • Nov 17 Guy Peellaert, Belgian graphic artist, photographer (Rock Dreams), movie poster and album cover designer (David Bowie -"Diamond Dogs'; Rolling Stones - "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll"), dies of cancer at 74
  • Nov 19 Carole Caldwell Graebner, American tennis player (US Open doubles 1965, Australian Open doubles 1966), dies of cancer at 65
  • Nov 20 Sven Inge, Swedish painter and modern artist (b. 1935)
  • Nov 22 MC Breed, American hip hop artist (b. 1971)
  • Nov 23 Richard Hickox, English conductor and music director, dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Nov 24 Cecil H. Underwood, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1922)
  • Nov 24 Kenny MacLean, Scottish musician (Platinum Blonde) (b. 1956)
  • Nov 26 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian, the oldest person in the world following the death of Yone Minagawa of Japan on August 13, 2007, dies at 115
  • Nov 26 De'Angelo Wilson, American actor (b. 1979)
  • Nov 27 V.P. [Vishwanath Pratap] Singh, Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (1989-90), dies at 77
  • Nov 27 Paul Hibbert, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2), dies at 56

  • Nov 27 Pekka Pohjola, Finnish rock and jazz-fusion bassist, and composer, dies of a seizure at 56
  • Nov 29 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (Sydney Opera House), dies at 90
  • Nov 30 Munetaka Higuchi, Japanese drummer (Loudness) (b. 1958)
  • Nov 30 Naomi Datta, British geneticist and bacteriologist (pioneer in investigating the development of resistance to antibiotics by bacteria), dies at 86
  • Dec 1 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 1 Joseph B Wirthlin, American businessmen, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), dies at 91
  • Dec 1 Paul Benedict, American actor (Harry-Jeffersons), dies at 70
  • Dec 2 Ted Rogers OC, Canadian entrepreneur and MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), dies of heart failure at 75
  • Dec 2 Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American United Methodist Pastor
  • Dec 2 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • Dec 2 Renato de Grandis, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 3 Robert Zajonc, Polish-American social psychologist (b. 1923)
  • Dec 5 Patriarch Alexy II of Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (b. 1929)
  • Dec 5 Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, Romanian politician and president of the Association of Romanian Former Political Prisoners. (b. 1928)
  • Dec 5 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), dies from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • Dec 5 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Dec 5 Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), dies at 82
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 7 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • Dec 8 Robert Prosky, Polish-American actor and comedian (Christine, Thief), dies at 77
  • Dec 8 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, dies at 83
  • Dec 9 Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian football player (b. 1972)
  • Dec 9 Yury Glazkov, Soviet Air Force officer and cosmonaut (Soyuz 24), dies at 69
  • Dec 10 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)
  • Dec 10 Henning Christiansen, Danish experimental composer, dies at 76

Person of interestBettie Page

Dec 11 Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', dies at 85

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • Dec 11 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • Dec 11 Ron Carey, American labor leader (International Brotherhood of Teamsters), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Dec 12 Avery Dulles, Roman Catholic Cardinal, heologian (b. 1918)
  • Dec 12 Van Johnson, American actor (Brigadoon) always wore red socks, dies at 92
  • Dec 12 Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot former president (b. 1934)
  • Dec 13 Horst Tappert, German director, actor and former SS member (Derrick), dies of diabetes at 85
  • Dec 13 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • Dec 13 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), dies from a brain tumour at 80
  • Dec 14 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 15 León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
  • Dec 17 Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955)
American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • Dec 17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 18 Jack Douglas, English actor (Carry On films), dies at 81
  • Dec 18 Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (Star Trek), and the widow of Gene Roddenberry, dies at 76
  • Dec 18 Mark Felt, the infamous "Deep Throat", American FBI official and whistle blower during the Watergate Scandal dies aged 95

Person of interestJames Bevel

Dec 19 James Bevel, American civil rights activist (Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Direct Action), dies of cancer at 72

Civil Rights Activist James Bevel
Civil Rights Activist
James Bevel
  • Dec 19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)