Famous Deaths in 2009

Deaths 1 - 200 of 434

  • Jan 1 Claiborne Pell, U.S. senator (b. 1918)
  • Jan 1 Nizar Rayan, Hamas leader (b. 1962)
  • Jan 1 Edmund Purdom, British actor (The Egyptian, Asissi Underground, Pieces), dies at 84
  • Jan 2 Maria de Jesus, Portuguese supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • Jan 2 Jett Travolta, son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, dies of a seizure at 16
  • Jan 3 Martin Patterson "Pat" Hingle, American actor (Hang 'em High, Splendor in the Grass, Batman Returns), dies of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • Jan 3 Ulf G. Lindén, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1937)
  • Jan 3 Hisayasu Nagata, Japanese politician (b. 1969)
  • Jan 3 Olga San Juan, American actress, dancer and comedian (Variety Girl, 1 Touch of Venus), dies at 81
  • Jan 3 Charles Camilleri, Maltese composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 4 Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • Jan 5 Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • Jan 6 Ron Asheton, The Stooges guitarrist (b. 1948)
  • Jan 6 Vivienne Della Chiesa, American lyric soprano who sang on US radio during the 1940s and early 1950s (The American Album of Familiar Music, The Standard Hour), dies at 93
  • Jan 8 Richard John Neuhaus, Canadian-American Christian writer and editor (b. 1936)
  • Jan 8 Don Galloway, American actor (Arrest & Trial, Ironside), dies at 71

  • Jan 9 T. Llew Jones, Welsh author (b. 1915)
  • Jan 9 Dave Dee, British musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 10 William Frederick "Bill" Stone, British World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • Jan 10 Sidney Wood Jr, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), dies at 97
  • Jan 11 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (b. 1936)
  • Jan 11 Vivian Ridler, British scholar and printer (Oxford University), dies at 95
  • Jan 12 Claude Berri, French movie director (b. 1934)
  • Jan 12 Arne Næss, Norwegian philosopher (b. 1912)
  • Jan 12 Russ Conway, Canadian-American character actor (Richard Diamond Private Eye), dies at 95
  • Jan 13 Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • Jan 13 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), dies at 80
  • Jan 13 Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 13 Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
  • Jan 13 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • Jan 14 Jan Kaplický, British architect of Czech origin (b. 1937)
  • Jan 14 Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (Fantasy Island, Star Trek II, Naked Gun), dies of congestive heart failure at 88
  • Jan 16 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • Jan 16 John Mortimer, British barrister, screenwriter and author. (b. 1923)
  • Jan 16 Andrew Wyeth, American realist painter (Christina's World), dies at 91
  • Jan 17 Anders Isaksson, Swedish journalist, writer, and historian (b. 1943)
  • Jan 18 Tony Hart, English artist and television presenter (Take Hart, Hartbeat), dies at 83
  • Jan 18 Grigore Vieru, Romanian poet (b. 1935)
  • Jan 18 Bob May, American actor (b. 1939)
  • Jan 18 Kathleen Byron, British actress (Abdication, Profile, Saving Private Ryan), dies of breast cancer at 88
  • Jan 19 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), dies of a heart attack at 72

  • Jan 20 Stéphanos II Ghattas, Patriarch Emeritus of Alexandria for the Coptic Catholic Church (b. 1920)
  • Jan 20 Stan Hagen, Canadian politician (b. 1940)
  • Jan 20 David Newman, American jazz musician, nicknamed "Fathead" (b. 1933)
  • Jan 20 Sheila O'Nions Walsh (aka Sheila Walsh, Sophie Leyton), English romance writer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 21 Pat Crawford, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1956), dies at 75
  • Jan 22 Billy Werber, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • Jan 23 Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
  • Jan 24 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)
  • Jan 24 Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)
  • Jan 24 Gérard Blanc, French singer (b. 1947)
  • Jan 24 Leonard Gaskin, American jazz bassist (Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis), dies at 88
  • Jan 25 Kim Manners, American television producer and director (b. 1951)
  • Jan 27 John Updike, American Novelist (b. 1932)
  • Jan 27 R. [Ramaswamy] Venkataraman, Indian politician, eighth President of India, dies at 98
  • Jan 28 Billy Powell, American musician and keyboardist (Lynyrd Skynyrd-That Smell, Freebird), dies at 56
  • Jan 29 Hélio Gracie, Brazilian martial artist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 29 John Martyn, British singer songwriter, dies at 60
  • Jan 29 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)
  • Jan 29 Alfred Mabbs, British Archivist (Public Records Office), dies at 87
  • Jan 30 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish heavyweight professional boxing champion of the world (b. 1932)
  • Jan 30 Hans Beck, German inventor, "The Father of Playmobil", dies at 79
  • Jan 31 Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood (b. 1933)
  • Feb 3 Sheng-yen, Buddhist monk and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 4 Lux Interior, Frontman of the garage rock band The Cramps (b. 1946)
  • Feb 6 James Whitmore, American actor (The Shawshank Redemption, Give 'em Hell Harry), dies of lung cancer at 87
  • Feb 7 Brian Naylor (broadcaster), Australian television presenter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 7 Blossom Dearie, American jazz singer and pianist, dies of natural causes at 84
  • Feb 8 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (b. 1982)
  • Feb 9 Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • Feb 10 Jeremy Lusk, American freestyle motocross racer (b. 1984)
  • Feb 11 Estelle Bennett, American singer (Ronettes), dies at 67
  • Feb 11 Willem J Kolff, Dutch-American Physician and Biomedical Engineer (artificial kidney, hemodialysis), dies at 97
  • Feb 11 Marina Svetlova, American ballerina and choreographer (Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo), dies at 86
  • Feb 13 Gianna Maria Canale, Italian actress (Go For Broke), dies at 81
  • Feb 14 Bernard Ashley, English businessperson, fashion designer and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies of cancer at 82
  • Feb 14 Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), dies at 84
  • Feb 15 Joe Cuba, Puerto-Rican musician (b. 1931)
  • Feb 15 Dr. Diether H. Haenicke, university president (b. 1935)
  • Feb 15 Phil Carey, American actor (One Life to Live), dies at 83
  • Feb 16 Stephen Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan, Korean Cardinal, Protopriest of the Holy Roman Church (b. 1921)
  • Feb 17 Gazanfer Özcan, Turkish actor (b. 1931)
  • Feb 17 Conchita Cintrón, Chilean bullfighter (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18 Al-Tayyib Salih, Sudanese novelist and columnist (b. 1929)
  • Feb 19 Kelly Groucutt, Bass guitarist and singer for the band Electric Light Orchestra (b.1945)
  • Feb 19 Miika Tenkula, Finnish guitarist for the band Sentenced (b.1974)
  • Feb 20 Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of the Utah Jazz (b. 1944)
  • Feb 22 Günter Kochan, German composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Ivan Cameron, son of David Cameron UK politician
  • Feb 25 Philip José Farmer, American sci-fi writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91
  • Feb 26 Wendy Richard, English actress (b. 1943)
  • Feb 26 Norm Van Lier, Basketball player and broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • Feb 26 Johnny Kerr, Basketball player and Chicago Bulls broadcaster (b. 1932)

Person of interestPaul Harvey

Feb 28 Paul Harvey, American news commentator and radio broadcaster (Rest of the story), dies at 90

ABC Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey
ABC Radio Broadcaster
Paul Harvey
  • Mar 2 João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira, President of Guinea-Bissau (b. 1939)
  • Mar 2 Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)
  • Mar 4 Joseph Bloch, American concert pianist and professor of piano literature (b. 1917)
  • Mar 4 John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
  • Mar 4 Yvon Cormier, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Mar 4 Patricia De Martelaere, Flemish writer (b. 1957)
  • Mar 4 Horton Foote, American Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 George McAfee, American football player, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears), dies at 90
  • Mar 4 Harry Parkes, English footballer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Salvatore Samperi, Italian film director (b 1944)
  • Mar 4 Triztán Vindtorn, Norwegian poet and performance artist (b. 1942)
  • Mar 6 Francis Magalona, Filipino media artist and photographer. (b. 1964)
  • Mar 6 Susan Tsvangirai, wife of Morgan Tsvangirai (b. 1959)
  • Mar 7 Jang Ja-yeon, South Korean actress (b. 1982)
  • Mar 8 Ali Bongo, President of the Magic Circle (b.1929)
  • Mar 8 Zbigniew Religa, Minister of Health of the Republic of Poland (b. 1938)
  • Mar 9 Randy Cain, American soul singer (4 Gents/Delfonics), dies at 63

  • Mar 11 Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, promoter and entertainer
  • Mar 13 Andrew Martin, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1975)
  • Mar 13 Betsy Blair [Elizabeth Boger], American actress (Marty, A Double Life), dies at 85
  • Mar 13 James Purdy, American author, dies at 94
  • Mar 14 Alain Bashung, French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor. (b. 1947)
  • Mar 14 Altovise Davis, American entertainer, best known as Sammy Davis, Jr.'s third wife. (b. 1943)
  • Mar 15 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop), dies of cancer at 62
  • Mar 17 Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian politician and TV host (b. 1937)
  • Mar 17 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player, dies at 82

Person of interestNatasha Richardson

Mar 18 Natasha Richardson, English actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), dies of a traumatic brain injury at 45

  • Mar 19 Ion Dolănescu, Romanian singer and politician (b. 1944)
  • Mar 20 Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
  • Mar 21 Walt Poddubny, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1960)
  • Mar 22 Leon Walker, Wakefield Wildcats Rugby Player (b. 1988)
  • Mar 22 Jade Goody, English reality TV Star and Entrepreneur, dies of cancer at 27
  • Mar 23 Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 24 George Kell, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • Mar 25 Johnny Blanchard, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Mar 25 Gábor Ocskay, Hungarian hockey player (b. 1975)
  • Mar 25 Giovanni Parisi, Italian boxer (b. 1967)
  • Mar 25 Kosuke Koyama, Japanese theologian (b. 1929)
  • Mar 25 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), dies of Esophageal cancer at 72
  • Mar 27 Jack Dreyfus, American businessman (b. 1913)
  • Mar 27 Irving R. Levine, American journalist (NBC News), dies at 86
  • Mar 29 Maurice Jarre, French composer (Doctor Zhivago-Acad Award 1966), dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Vladimir Fedotov, Soviet football striker and manager (b.1943)
  • Mar 29 Andy Hallett, American actor and singer (b.1975)
  • Mar 31 Jarl Alfredius, Swedish news anchor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 31 Raúl Alfonsín, President of Argentina (1983-89), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • Apr 6 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • Apr 7 Dave Arneson, Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1947)
  • Apr 9 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, dies at 22
  • Apr 10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • Apr 11 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist (b. 1927)
  • Apr 13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (b. 1936)
  • Apr 13 Bruce Snyder, American football coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 13 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (b. 1954)
  • Apr 14 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), dies at 90
  • Apr 15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP, dies at 84
  • Apr 17 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People), dies aged 88

  • Apr 18 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress (b. 1987)
  • Apr 19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist. (b. 1930)
  • Apr 22 Jack Cardiff, British cinematographer (Black Narcissus), dies at 94
  • Apr 24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • Apr 25 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (All in the Family, The Golden Girls), dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, an American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop. (b. 1914)
  • Apr 27 Feroz Khan, Indian actor, producer and director (known as Clint Eastwood of Bollywood), dies at 69
  • Apr 27 Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress and model (b. 1983)
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina (b. 1939)
  • Apr 30 Venetia Burney [Phair], British woman credited with naming Clyde Tombaugh's discovered planet "Pluto" (1930), dies at 90
  • May 1 Danny Gans, Canadian-born Las Vegas entertainer (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • May 3 Ram Shewalkar, Indian Marathi writer, cardiac arrest.(b.1931)
  • May 4 Dom Deluise, American comedian, actor (b. 1933)
  • May 4 Jane Randolph, American actress (Cat People, Railroaded!), dies of complications after hip surgery at 93
  • May 6 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • May 7 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • May 8 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • May 8 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • May 9 Chuck Daly, American basketball coach (b. 1930)
  • May 12 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (b. 1957)
  • May 13 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • May 13 Frank Aletter, American character actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • May 14 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, broadcaster (PGA Championship 1959), dies of head injuries from a fall at 82
  • May 15 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, dies at 86
  • May 15 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • May 17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • May 17 Jung Seung-hye, South Korean film producer (b. 1965)
  • May 18 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (b. 1954)
  • May 18 Dolla American Rapper a.k.a. Roderick Anthony Burton II (b.1987)
  • May 18 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (b.1947)
  • May 19 Robert F. Furchgott, American chemist, Nobel Laureate (b. 1916)
  • May 19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 20 Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)
  • May 20 Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
  • May 21 Joan Alexander [Louise Abrass], American actress (The New Adventures of Superman, The Tales of Hoffmann), dies of an intestinal ailment at 94
  • May 23 Roh Moo-hyun, 16th President of the Republic of Korea (b. 1946)
  • May 24 Jay Bennett, American guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer, and singer-songwriter (b. 1963)
  • May 25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • May 26 Peter Zezel, Canadian professional hockey player (b. 1965)

Person of interestClive Granger

May 27 Clive Granger, Welsh-born British economist (Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences 2003), dies at 74

Economist Clive Granger
Economist
Clive Granger
  • May 29 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • May 30 Torsten Andersson, Swedish painter (b. 1926)
  • May 31 Millvina Dean, last living survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster died. (b. 1912)
  • May 31 George Tiller, American abortion doctor (b. 1941)
  • May 31 Danny La Rue, British entertainer (b. 1927)
  • Jun 2 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)