On This Day

Famous People Who Died in June 2009

  • Jun 1 Vincent O'Brien, Irish racehorse trainer (6 x Epsom Derby; 2 x British champion trainer; only British Triple Crown winner, Nijinsky 1970), dies at 92
  • Jun 2 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • Jun 3 David Carradine, American actor (Kung Fu, Mean Streets, Kill Bill V.1 & 2), dies at 72
  • Jun 3 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", dies of complications from surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding at 80
  • Jun 3 Sam Butera, American big band and R&B saxophonist, songwriter, and singer (Louis Prima and the Witnesses), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • Jun 5 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director, dies at 97
  • Jun 5 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • Jun 5 Richard Jacobs, American real estate developer, philanthropist, and sports team owner (Cleveland Indians, 1986-99), dies at 83
  • Jun 7 Kenny Rankin, American singer-songwriter ("Peaceful"), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Jun 7 Hugh Hopper, British progressive rock and jazz bassist (Soft Machine; Stomu Yamashta's East Wind; Carla Bley), dies of leukemia at 64
  • Jun 8 Omar Bongo, 2nd President of Gabon (1967-2009), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Jun 9 Dick May, Former NASCAR racecar driver
  • Jun 10 Tenniel Evans, British actor and clergyman (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper), dies at 83
  • Jun 10 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), dies from complications of a stroke at 66
  • Jun 10 Norma Shaw, English lawn bowler (World Outdoor C'ship gold 1981; Indoor C'ship gold 1997), dies at 72
  • Jun 13 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Jun 13 Fathi Yakan, Lebanese leader and Muslim cleric (b. 1933)
  • Jun 14 Bob Bogle, founding member of The Ventures
  • Jun 14 Ivan Della Mea, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1940)
  • Jun 17 Darrell Powers, American World War II veteran of the United States 101st Airborne Division. (b. 1923)
  • Jun 17 Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
  • Jun 19 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian, dies of old age at 113
  • Jun 19 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical sarod player, composer, and music educator, dies of kidney failure at 87
  • Jun 22 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), dies at 88
  • Jun 23 Ed McMahon, American TV host (Johnny Carson Show, Star Search), dies at 86
  • Jun 24 Ed Thomas, well-known high school football coach from Iowa (b. 1951)
  • Jun 24 Roméo LeBlanc, Canadian politician, 25th Governor General of Canada (1995-99), dies at 81

Michael Jackson

Jun 25 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

Farrah Fawcett

Jun 25 Farrah Fawcett, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Burning Bed), dies of cancer at 62

  • Jun 25 Sky Saxon [Richard Marsh], American rocker (The Seeds - "Pushin' To Hard"), dies from heart and renal failure at 71
  • Jun 26 Erhard Karkoschka, German composer, conductor (Contac-Ensemble), educator, and music scholar, dies at 86
  • Jun 27 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer ("I Hear You Knockin'"), and actress (My Little Margie; The Gale Storm Show) dies at 87
  • Jun 27 Fayette Pinkney, American pop and disco singer (The Three Degrees, 1963-76 - "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)"; "When Will I See You Again?"), and psychologist, dies of acute respiratory failure at 61
  • Jun 28 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • Jun 28 Fred Travalena, American comedian and impressionist (b. 1942)
  • Jun 28 A. K. Lohithadas, Indian screenwriter, director, and producer (b. 1955)
  • Jun 28 Tom Wilkes, American photographer, art director, poster and album cover designer (George Harrison; Rolling Stones; Carpenters, Sir Doug; Janis Joplin; Sandpipers), dies at 69
  • Jun 29 Joe Bowman (marksman), American sharpshooter, Hollywood consultant, famed bootmaker & master showman (b. 1925)
  • Jun 30 Pina Bausch, German choreographer and dancer, dies at 68
  • Jun 30 Harve Presnell, American actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 75