On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 2009

  • Feb 1 Lukas Foss [Fuchs], German-American pianist, conductor and composer (Prairie), dies at 86
  • Feb 3 Max Neuhaus, American classical musician and experimental percussionist (sound sculptures), dies of cancer at 69
  • Feb 3 Sheng-yen, Buddhist monk and founder of Dharma Drum Mountain. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 4 Lux Interior [Erick Lee Purkhiser], American punk rock singer (The Cramps), dies of heart attack at 62
  • 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 7 Betty Jameson, American golfer (US Open 1947, Western Open 1942, 54), dies at 89
  • Feb 8 Marian Cozma, Romanian handball player (Romania 60 caps), dies of stab wounds at 26
  • Feb 9 Eluana Englaro, an Italian woman who lived in a persistent vegetative state for 17 years (b. 1970)
  • Feb 9 Robert Anderson, American writer (Tea & Sympathy, I Never Sang for My Father), dies at 91
  • 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 18 (Fird) "Snooks" Eaglin, American blues and R&B guitarist and singer, dies at 72
  • 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 25 Ian Carr, Scottish jazz musician (Nucleus), dies after suffering Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • Feb 26 Wendy Richard, English actress (EastEnders), dies of cancer at 65
  • Feb 26 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), dies at 61
  • Feb 26 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), dies of prostate cancer at 76

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
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Paul Harvey