On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2009 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 483

  • 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 & leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 54
  • May 18 Dolla [Roderick Anthony Burton II], American rapper, dies at21
  • May 18 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor, dies at 62
  • May 19 Robert F. Furchgott, American pharmacologist (Nobel 1998), dies at 92
  • May 19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 19 Nicholas Maw, British composer, dies at 73
  • 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 21 Allen Greenwood, British aeronautical engineer and aerospace executive, dies at 91
  • 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 28 Terence Alexander , English actor (Bergerac), dies at 86
  • 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 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 jazz musician (b. 1927)
  • Jun 5 Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, dies at 31
  • Jun 7 Kenny Rankin, American singer (b. 1940)
  • Jun 7 Hugh Hopper, British musician (b. 1945)
  • 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 musician, dies at 87
  • Jun 23 Ed McMahon, American television personality (b. 1923)
  • Jun 24 Ed Thomas, well-known high school football coach from Iowa (b. 1951)
  • Jun 24 Roméo LeBlanc, 25th Governor General of Canada (b. 1927)

Person of interestMichael 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

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson

Person of interestFarrah Fawcett

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

  • Jun 27 Gale Storm [Josephine Owaissa Cottle], American singer and actress (My Little Margie, Gale Storm Show), dies at 87
  • Jun 27 Fayette Pinkney, African American singer (The Three Degrees) (b. 1948)
  • 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 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
  • Jul 1 Karl Malden [Mladen George Sekulovich], American actor (Streets of San Francisco, American Express, A Streetcar Named Desire), dies of natural causes at 97
  • Jul 1 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
  • Jul 1 Mollie Sugden, English actress (b. 1922)
  • Jul 1 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), dies of self inflicted gun wound at 57
  • Jul 1 Marwa El-Sherbini, Egyptian housewife (b. 1977 or 1976)
  • Jul 1 Mollie Sugden, English actress (Are You Being Served?), dies at 86
  • Jul 3 John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b. 1930)
  • Jul 4 Brenda Joyce [Betty Graffina Leabo], American actress (Tarzan, The Rains Came), dies of complications from pneumonia at 92
  • Jul 4 Allen Klein, American record label executive (b. 1931)
  • Jul 4 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • Jul 4 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), dies of gunshot woulds at 36
  • Jul 4 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer and actor, dies at 74
  • Jul 4 Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard, Congolese politician (b.1938)
  • Jul 4 Jim Chapin, American drummer (b.1919)
  • Jul 4 Khan Mohammad, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 54 wickets; Pakistan's first ball and wicket in Test cricket), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • Jul 5 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, dies at 82
  • Jul 6 Robert McNamara, American United States Secretary of Defense (1961-8), who played a major role in US escalation in Vietnam, dies at 93
  • Jul 6 Leo Mol, Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 6 Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • Jul 6 Vasily Aksyonov, Soviet-Russian novelist (The Burn), dies at 76
  • Jul 11 Arturo Gatti, Italian-Canadian professional boxer (b. 1972)
  • Jul 11 Ji Xianlin, Chinese linguist and paleographer (b.1911)
  • Jul 12 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, dies at 80
  • Jul 12 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster, dies at 70
  • Jul 14 Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Polish actor (b. 1934)
  • Jul 14 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), dies at 83

Person of interestWalter Cronkite

Jul 17 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 92

Broadcast Journalist Walter Cronkite
Broadcast Journalist
Walter Cronkite
  • Jul 17 Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)
  • Jul 17 Gordon Waller, Scottish singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), dies at 64
  • Jul 18 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, dies at 113
  • Jul 19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American author. (b. 1930)
  • Jul 19 Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)

  • Jul 20 Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (b. 1957)
  • Jul 22 Richard M. Givan Supreme court chief justice (b. 1921)
  • Jul 22 Peter Krieg, German documentary filmmaker, producer and writer (b. 1947)
  • Jul 23 Danny McBride, American musician (Sha Na Na), dies at 63
  • Jul 24 E. Lynn Harris, American Author (b. 1955)
  • Jul 24 Marcel van Maele, Belgian poet and playwright, dies at 78
  • Jul 25 Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier to have served in the trenches in World War I, dies at 111 (b. 1898)
  • Jul 25 Vernon Forrest, Professional boxer, 2-division world champion (b. 1971)
  • Jul 25 Alexis Cohen, American Idol contestant (unsuccessful), viral phenomenon (b. 1984)
  • Jul 25 Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter (b. 1958)
  • Jul 25 Stanley Middleton, British novelist (Holiday, Three Wise Men), dies at 89
  • Jul 26 Marcey Jacobson, American photographer (b. 1911)
  • Jul 26 Merce Cunningham, American choreographer (Acrobat in Every Soul is a Circus), dies at 90
  • Jul 27 George Russell, American jazz pianist (The Jazz Workshop), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jul 28 Jim Johnson, NFL Assistant Coach, Eagles Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2009 (b.1941)
  • Jul 28 Reverend Ike [Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II], American televangelist (Joy of Living), dies at 74
  • Jul 28 Peter Richard Tahourdin, English-Australian composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 29 Gayatri Devi, 3rd Maharani consort of Jaipur, India (1940-49), dies of lung failure and gastric problems at 90
  • Jul 30 Peter Zadek, German theatre director (b. 1926)
  • Jul 31 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • Jul 31 Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
11th President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino
11th President of the Philippines
Corazon Aquino
  • Aug 4 Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (b. 1957)
  • Aug 4 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer), dies at 86
  • Aug 5 Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (On the Waterfront), dies at 95
  • Aug 6 John Hughes, American film director (Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Aug 6 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Aug 6 Willibrordus S. Rendra, Indonesian poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina), dies at 73
  • Aug 7 Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (b. 1933)
  • Aug 7 Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)

  • Aug 7 Gerard van den Berg, Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son), dies at 76
  • Aug 8 Daniel Jarque, Spanish football player (b. 1983)
  • Aug 11 Eunice Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder (Special Olympics), dies at 88
  • Aug 12 Lord John Gregson, British Labour politician and Baron, dies from injuries following a fall at 85
  • Aug 13 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • Aug 18 Kim Dae Jung, 8th President of South Korea (1998-2003) and 2000 Nobel Peace Prize 2000 laureate, dies at 85
  • Aug 18 Robert Novak, American journalist and commentator (b. 1931)
  • Aug 19 Don Hewitt, television news producer & director; creator of 60 Minutes (b. 1922)
  • Aug 20 Larry Knechtel, American keyboard player and bassist (b. 1940)
  • Aug 21 Johnny Carter, American singer (The Flamingos, The Dells), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (b. 1930)
  • Aug 21 Dean Turner, Australian musician (b. 1972)
  • Aug 22 Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 22 Beryl Sprinkel, American economist (Council of Economic Advisers), dies at 85
  • Aug 25 Edward [Ted] M. Kennedy, United States Senator from Massachusetts (b. 1932)
  • Aug 26 Dominick Dunne, American writer and producer (Panic in Needle Park), dies at 83
  • Aug 26 Ellie Greenwich, American singer-songwriter (Da Doo Ron Ron, Leader of the Pack), dies at 68
  • Aug 27 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, dies at 96
  • Aug 28 DJ AM [Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • Aug 29 Jackie Collum, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • Aug 29 Frank Gardner, Australian auto racer (European F5000 1971; British Touring Car Championship 1967-68, 73), dies at 77
  • Aug 31 Eraño Manalo, Filipino religious figure (b. 1925)
  • Aug 31 Maria de Lourdes Martins, Portuguese pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 1 Jang Jin-young, South Korean actress (b. 1974)
  • Sep 1 Jake Brockman, British musician (Echo & the Bunnymen), dies in a motorcycle accident at 53
  • Sep 2 Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India (b. 1949)
  • Sep 2 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger dies at 52
  • Sep 4 Iain Cuthbertson, Scottish actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB), dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 82
  • Sep 8 Mike Bongiorno, Italian television host (b. 1924)

  • Sep 8 Aage Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1922)
  • Sep 11 Gertrude Baines, American supercentenarian and the world's oldest living person, dies at 115
  • Sep 12 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (b. 1914)
  • Sep 12 Willy Ronis, French photographer (b. 1910)
  • Sep 12 Jack Kramer, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1947, US Open 1946, 47), dies of cancer at 88
  • Sep 13 Paul Burke, American actor (Naked City, Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), dies at 83
  • Sep 14 Jody Powell, American press secretary to Jimmy Carter (b. 1943)
  • Sep 14 Darren Sutherland, Irish boxer (b. 1982)
  • Sep 14 Patrick Swayze, American actor, dancer, and songwriter (Dirty Dancing), dies of cancer at 57
  • Sep 14 Henry Gibson, American actor and comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet), dies at 73
  • Sep 14 Keith Floyd, English celebrity cook and restaurateur (Floyd on Fish), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Sep 16 Myles Brand, American sports administrator (4th NCAA President), dies of pancreatic cancer at 67

Person of interestMary Travers

Sep 16 Mary Travers, American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary), dies of leukemia at 72

Folk Singer Mary Travers
Folk Singer
Mary Travers
  • Sep 17 Noordin Mohammad Top, Malaysian Islamist terrorist (b. 1968)
  • Sep 17 Leon Kirchner, American classical composer (Pulitzer Prize for Music 1967), dies at 90
  • Sep 19 Eduard Zimmermann, German broadcaster (b. 1929)
  • Sep 19 Arthur Ferrante, American pianist and composer (Ferrante & Teicher - Exodus), dies at 88
  • Sep 20 John Hart, American actor (The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Captain Africa), dies from complications of dementia at 91
  • Sep 23 Paul B. Fay, American businessman and cabinet member in the Kennedy administration (b. 1918)
  • Sep 24 Susan Atkins, American murderer (b. 1948)
  • Sep 25 Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist (Orquesta Sinfonica), dies at 86
  • Sep 27 Ivan Dykhovichnyy, Russian film director and screenwriter (b. 1947)

Person of interestWilliam Safire

Sep 27 William Safire, American Columnist, dies at 79

Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
Political Columnist and Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • Sep 28 Ulf Larsson, Swedish actor (b. 1956)
  • Sep 28 Guillermo Endara, former President of Panama (b. 1936)
  • Sep 29 Sperantza Vrana, Greek actress (b. 1926 or 1932)
  • Sep 29 Pavel Popovich, Ukrainian cosmonaut (Vostok IV, Soyuz 14), dies at 78
  • Sep 29 Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer, dies of injuries sustained in a fall at 57
  • Oct 1 V. M. Muddiah, Indian cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 3 wickets), dies from stroke complications at 80
  • Oct 3 Queen Fatima, former Libyan queen (b. 1918)

  • Oct 3 Robert Kirby, British music arranger (Nick Drake), dies at 61
  • Oct 4 Mercedes Sosa, Argentinian singer (exponent of nueva canción), dies at 74
  • Oct 4 Günther Rall, German fighter ace (b. 1918)
  • Oct 6 Douglas Campbell, Scottish born Canadian actor (b. 1922)
  • Oct 7 Irving Penn, American photographer (b. 1917)
  • Oct 7 Shelby Singleton, American record label owner and producer (Smash Records, Mercury Records), dies of brain cancer at 77
  • Oct 10 Stephen Gately, Irish singer (Boyzone) (b. 1976)
  • Oct 11 Veronika Neugebauer, German actress and voice actress (b. 1969)
  • Oct 12 Frank Vandenbroucke, Belgian road racing cyclist, dies at 34
  • Oct 12 Dickie Peterson American musician (b. 1948)
  • Oct 13 Stephen Barnett, American legal scholar who opposed the Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970 (b. 1935)
  • Oct 13 Roger Nixon, American composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 13 Al Martino [Jasper Cini], American singer and actor (Here in My Heart, The Godfather), dies at 82
  • Oct 14 Captain Lou Albano. American Professional Wrestler and Manager. (b. 1933)
  • Oct 17 Vic Mizzy, American composer (themes to Green Acres and The Addams Family) (b. 1916)
  • Oct 18 Nancy Spero, American feminist artist, dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Howard Unruh, American spree killer (b. 1921)
  • Oct 19 Joseph Wiseman, Canadian actor (Dr No, Viva Zapata, Les Miserables), dies at 91
  • Oct 22 Don Lane, American-born Australian television personality (b. 1933)