Famous Deaths in January 2009

  • 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, dies at 71
  • 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)