Famous People Who Died in 2008 (Part 3)

Deaths 401 - 600 of 646

  • Aug 6 Jud Taylor, American actor (Dr. Kildare (TV series) - "Dr. Gerson"), and director (Tail Gunner Joe), dies at 76
  • Aug 7 Andrea Pininfarina, CEO of Pininfarina S.p.A.
  • Aug 7 Bernie Brillstein, American talent agent/manager and producer (b. 1931)
  • Aug 8 Frank Cornish, American NFL center/guard, 1990-95 (San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, and 3 other teams), dies of heart disease at 40
  • Aug 8 Joseph Gelineau, French Catholic Jesuit priest and composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 8 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), dies of multiple myeloma at 74
  • Aug 9 Bernie Mac, American comedian and actor (The Bernie Mac Show, Ocean's Eleven), dies at 50
  • Aug 9 Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian prominent poet and writer, dies at 66

Isaac HayesIsaac Hayes (1942-2008)

Aug 10 American musician and composer ("Shaft"), dies at 65

  • Aug 11 Don Helms, American steel guitarist (Hank Williams's Drifting Cowboys), dies at 81
  • 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 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), dies at 80
  • Aug 12 (June) "Christie" Allen, British-Australian pop singer (Goosebumps), dies of pancreatic cancer at 54
  • Aug 12 Donald Erb, American composer known for large orchestral works, dies at 81
  • Aug 13 Bill Gwatney, American political figure, assassinated at 48
  • Aug 13 Dino Toso, Italian Dutch Formula-1 engineer, dies of cancer at 39
  • Aug 13 Henri Cartan, French Mathematician, dies at 104
  • Aug 13 Jack Weil, American oldest working CEO (Rockmount Ranch Wear), dies at 107
  • Aug 13 Roy Prosser, Australian rugby union prop (25 caps; Northern Suburbs), dies at 66
  • Aug 13 Sandy Allen, American second-tallest woman in the world at 7 feet 7 inches (231 cm), dies at 53
  • Aug 14 Lita Roza, British singer ("How Much is That Doggie in the Window"), dies at 82
  • Aug 15 James Orthwein, American businessman (owner of the New England Patriots), dies at 84
  • 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 Leroy Sievers, American journalist (CBS News, Nightline), dies of cancer at 53
  • Aug 15 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), dies at 79
  • Aug 16 Dorival Caymmi, Brazilian singer and songwriter (b. 1914)
  • Aug 16 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • Aug 16 Lucrecia Roces Kasilag, Filipino composer and pianist (Bayanihan Dance Company), dies at 89
  • Aug 16 Ronnie Drew, Irish singer (The Dubliners), dies at 73
  • 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 LeRoi Moore, American saxophonist (Dave Matthews Band - "Too Much"), dies from injuries sustained in a farm vehicle accident at 46
  • Aug 19 Levy Mwanawasa, Zambian politician (3rd President of Zambia), dies at 59
  • Aug 19 Marguerite Empey [Diane Webber], American model and Playboy playmate (May 1955, Feb 1956), dies at 76
  • Aug 20 Gene Upshaw, American NFL guard (Oakland Radiers) and NFLPA leader, dies at 63

Hua GuofengHua Guofeng (1921-2008)

Aug 20 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

  • Aug 20 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), dies at 73
  • Aug 20 Stephanie Tubbs Jones, American politician (b. 1949)
  • Aug 21 "Huckle" Jerry Finn, American sound engineer and record producer (Blink-182), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage and heart attack at 39
  • Aug 21 Buddy Harman, American 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 Josef Tal, Israel composer (Israeli art music), dies at 97
  • 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 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 auto racer (F1 world champion 1961; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1958, 61, 62), dies at 81
  • Aug 29 Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
  • Aug 30 Tommy Bolt, American golfer (US Open 1958), dies at 92
  • Aug 30 Walter "Killer" Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 81
  • Aug 31 Ike Pappas, American news correspondent (CBS), dies at 75
  • 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
  • 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 3 Matthew Peaceman, American oboist, conductor, composer (Abyss/Scorched Earth), and teacher, dies of cancer at 56
  • Sep 6 Anita Page, American silent screen actress ((Our Dancing Daughters), dies at 98
  • Sep 6 Sören Nordin, Swedish harness racing driver and trainer (b. 1917)
  • Sep 7 Don Haskins, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Texas El Paso 1961-99; NCAA Tournament 1966), dies at 78
  • Sep 7 Ilarion Ciobanu, Romanian actor (b. 1931)
  • Sep 7 Miljenko "Dino" Dvornik, Croatian singer known as "the Croatian King of Funk", dies of an overdose at 44
  • Sep 7 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • 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 Domagoj Kapeć, Croatian hockeyplayer (b. 1989)
  • Sep 14 Ştefan Iordache, Romanian actor (b. 1941)
  • Sep 15 Richard Wright, British progressive rock keyboardist, arranger, composer, and occasional vocalist (Pink Floyd - "Time"; "Echoes"; "The Art Of Conversation"), 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 Alois Pinos, Czech composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 19 David Jones, English director (Betrayal), dies at 74
  • Sep 19 Earl Palmer, American session drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • Sep 22 Connie Haines [Yvonne Jasme], American pop and big-band singer (Harry James; Abbott and Costello Show; Tommy Dorsey), dies of myasthenia gravis at 87
  • Sep 22 Thomas Doerflein, German Zookeeper (b. 1963)
  • Sep 23 Peter Leonard, Australian journalist and newsreader, dies of cancer at 66
  • Sep 24 Bengt Anderberg, Swedish poet and writer (Kain), dies at 88
  • Sep 24 Irene Dailey, American actress (Another World, Grissom Gang), dies of colon cancer at 88
  • 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 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
  • Sep 26 Marc Moulin, Belgian jazz and rock pianist (Placebo), and journalist, dies of throat cancer at 66

Paul NewmanPaul Newman (1925-2008)

Sep 26 American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), auto racer and team owner (Newman/Haas Racing) and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

  • Sep 27 Mahendra Kapoor, Indian playback singer, dies at 74
  • 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 Christa Reinig, German poet and writer (Idleness is the Root of All Love, The Tightrope Walker), dies at 82
  • Sep 30 Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam, Singaporean opposition leader and former Secretary-General of Singapore's Worker's Party, dies at 82
  • Oct 1 House Peters Jr., American actor (King of the Rocket Man), dies at 92
  • Oct 1 Nick Reynolds, American folk singer, tenor guitarist, and bongo player (The Kingston Trio, 1957-67 - "Tom Dooley"; "M.T.A."), dies from respiratory disease at 75
  • Oct 2 Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)
  • Oct 2 Rob Guest, New Zealand entertainer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 3 Aurel Stroe, Romanian composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 3 Karam ud Din, Pakistani Navy officer (b. 1941)
  • Oct 3 Zulfiqar Ahmed, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (9 Tests, 20 wickets; Punjab, Bahawalpur), dies at 81
  • 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 Bob Friend, British newscaster (BBC, 1969-89; Sky News, 1989-2003), dies from a brain tumor at 70
  • 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 George E. Palade, Romanian-American cell biologist (ribosomen, Nobel 1974), dies at 95
  • Oct 8 Gidget Gein [Bradley Stewart], American hard rock bassist (Marilyn Manson), dies of a suspected drug overdose at 39
  • Oct 9 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, dies at 74
  • Oct 10 Kazuyoshi Miura, Japanese businessman (b. 1947)
  • Oct 10 Sid Hudson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1941, 42; Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox), dies at 93
  • Oct 11 Jörg Haider, Austrian far-right politician (b. 1950)
  • Oct 11 Neal Hefti, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Woody Herman; Count Basie); band leader (Kate Smith Show) and composer ("Li'l Darlin"; The Odd Couple; Batman theme), 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 13 Matthew J. Rinaldo, American politician (Rep-R-NJ, 1973-93), dies at 77
  • Oct 14 Barrington J. Bayley, English sci-fi author (Collision Course), dies at 71
  • Oct 14 Martin Peake, 2nd Viscount Ingleby, British peer and business man, dies at 82
  • Oct 14 Richard Cooey, American murderer and rapist (executed) (b. 1967)
  • Oct 15 Chris Mims, American NFL defensive end, 1992-99 (San Diego Chargers; Washington Redskins), dies of cardiomegaly (enlarge heart) at 38
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams [Edith Enke], American businesswoman, singer, actress and comedian (Murial Cigar), dies at 81
  • Oct 15 Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca, Turkish poet, dies at 94
  • 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 (Deliah) "Dee Dee" Warwick, American soul singer, dies of complications from diabetes at 66
  • Oct 19 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold individual 1972), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • 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 Pierre Sancan, French composer (Sonatine for flute and piano; La Légende de Icare), pianist, conductor, and teacher (Conservatoire de Paris, 1956-85), dies at 92
  • Oct 20 Sœur Emmanuelle, Belgian-French religious sister, dies at 99
  • Oct 23 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • Oct 24 Merl Saunders, American Hammond B-3 organ player and pianist (Jerry Garcia Band; Saunders/Garcia), and composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 24 Moshe Cotel, American composer and pianist (b. 1943)
  • Oct 25 Anne Pressly, American news anchor (b. 1982)
  • Oct 26 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), dies at 82
  • Oct 26 Tony Hillerman, American writer (b. 1925)
  • 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 28 George Sopkin, American cellist (Fine Arts Quartet, 1941-79), and teacher, dies at 94
  • Oct 29 Mike Baker, American heavy metal singer and bass player (Shadow Gallery), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Oct 30 Pedro Pompilio Argentinian businessman (b. 1950)
  • Nov 1 Jacques Piccard, Swiss ocean explorer (b. 1922)
  • Nov 1 Jimmy Carl Black [Inkanish], American rock drummer (Mothers Of Invention, 1965-69; Muffin Men, 1993-2008), dies of lung cancer at 70
  • Nov 1 Nathaniel Mayer, American R&B singer ("Village of Love"; "Leave Me Alone"), dies after multiple strokes at 64
  • Nov 1 Shakir Stewart, American record executive (Def Jam), dies of a self-inflicted gun wound at 34
  • Nov 1 Yma Sumac [Chavarri], Peruvian-American 5 octave soprano and exotica singer (Omar Khayyam), dies at 85
  • Nov 3 Alan Ford, American swimmer (world 100m freestyle record 55.4; Olympic silver 1948), dies of emphysema at 84
  • Nov 3 Jean Fournet, French conductor, dies at 95
  • Nov 4 Juan Camilo Mouriño, Mexican Secretary of the Interior (b. 1971)

Michael CrichtonMichael Crichton (1942-2008)

Nov 4 American novelist (Andromeda Strain, Congo, Looker) and filmmaker (Jurassic Park, ER), dies at 66

  • 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; Auckland CA), 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 (John) "Mitch" Mitchell, British drummer (Jimi Hendrix Experience), dies at 62
  • Nov 12 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • 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 Ralph "Rusty" Gill,, American singer (Polka Time), dies at 89
  • Nov 16 Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)
  • 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 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 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-Canadian musician (Platinum Blonde -"Crying Over You"), dies of heart failure at 51
  • Nov 24 Ryōhei Hirose, Japanese composer who incorporated both traditional and western instrumentation, dies at 78
  • Nov 26 De'Angelo Wilson, American actor (b. 1979)
  • 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 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 27 V.P. [Vishwanath Pratap] Singh, Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (1989-90), dies at 77
  • 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 Joseph B. Wirthlin, American businessmen, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), dies at 91
  • Dec 1 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 1 Paul Benedict, American actor (Harry-Jeffersons), dies at 70
  • Dec 2 (Edward) "Ted" Rogers, Canadian entrepreneur (Rogers Communications), MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), and philanthropist, dies of congestive 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 4 Forrest J. Ackerman, American literary agent and writer who invented the term "sci-fi (Famous Monsters of Filmland), dies at 92
  • 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 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