Famous People Who Died in 2009 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 542

  • Apr 24 Rev. Timothy Wright, American gospel singer (Been There Done That), and pastor, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 61
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur [Bernice Frankel], American Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress (Mame; Maude; The Golden Girls), and singer, dies of lung cancer at 86
  • Apr 25 John J. Marchi, American politician (NY Senate 1957-2006), dies at 87
  • Apr 27 Feroz Khan, Indian actor, producer and director (known as Clint Eastwood of Bollywood), dies at 69
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop, dies at 94
  • Apr 27 Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress & model, dies at 25
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina, dies at 70
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Apr 28 Vern Gosdin, American country singer ("Set 'Em Up Joe"), dies after a stroke at 74
  • Apr 30 Ron Richards, British record producer (Gerry and The Pacemakers; The Hollies), dies at 80
  • 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, Jack Kemp, American NFL player and politician (Rep-R-NY 1971-89, US Secretary of Housing 1989-93, VP candidate 96), dies of cancer at 73
  • May 2 Marilyn French, American author (The Women's Room), dies at 79
  • 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 6 Valentin Varennikov, Soviet-Russian general and statesman, dies at 85
  • May 7 David Mellor, English cutlery designer (b. 1930)
  • May 7 Tony Marsh, English auto racer (record 6 x British Hill Climb Championship), dies from breathing complications at 77
  • May 8 Bud Shrake, American writer (b. 1931)
  • May 8 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball outfielder, 1940-53 (Boston Red Sox), co-founder of New England Patriots, dies at 92
  • May 9 Chuck Daly, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (2-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons), dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • May 9 Turner Stephen Bruton, American country songwriter and musician (Crazy Heart), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • May 12 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop-rock singer-songwriter, dies of lung cancer at 51
  • May 13 Frank Aletter, American character actor (Mac-It's About Time, Tom-Nancy), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • May 13 Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer, member of the Rabbinical Court of the Edah HaChareidis, Jerusalem
  • 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 and smooth jazz bassist, dies from the effects of cancer at 44
  • May 17 Jung Seung-hye, South Korean film producer (b. 1965)
  • May 17 Mario Benedetti, Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet, dies from respiratory and intestinal problems at 88
  • May 18 Dolla [Roderick Anthony Burton II], American rapper, dies at21
  • May 18 Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan founder & leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dies at 54
  • May 18 Wayne Allwine, American voice actor (3rd Mickey Mouse, 1977-2009), dies at 62
  • May 19 Herbert York, American physicist (b. 1921)
  • May 19 Nicholas Maw, British composer, dies at 73
  • May 19 Robert F. Furchgott, American pharmacologist (co-winner Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1998), and educator, dies at 92
  • May 20 Arthur Erickson, Canadian architect (b.1924)
  • May 20 Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
  • May 21 Allen Greenwood, British aeronautical engineer and aerospace executive, dies at 91
  • 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, producer, and singer-songwriter (Wilco, 1994-2001), dies of an accidental overdose of prescription painkiller Fentanyl at 46
  • May 25 Haakon Lie, Norwegian politician (b. 1905)
  • May 26 Peter Zezel, Canadian professional hockey player (b. 1965)
  • May 27 Ammo Baba, Iraqi football player and coach, dies at 74

Clive GrangerClive Granger (1934-2009)

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

  • 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 Danny La Rue, Irish drag entertainer, dies at 81
  • May 31 George Tiller, American pro-abortion physician, murdered while in church at 67
  • May 31 Millvina Dean, British civil servant who was the last living survivor of the RMS Titanic and also the youngest aboard, dies of pneumonia at 97
  • 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 Hugh Hopper, British progressive rock and jazz bassist (Soft Machine; Stomu Yamashta's East Wind; Carla Bley), dies of leukemia at 64
  • Jun 7 Kenny Rankin, American singer-songwriter ("Peaceful"), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • 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 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 10 Tenniel Evans, British actor and clergyman (10 Rillington Place, My Brother's Keeper), dies at 83
  • Jun 13 Fathi Yakan, Lebanese leader and Muslim cleric (b. 1933)
  • Jun 13 Mitsuharu Misawa, Japanese professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 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 Ali Akbar Khan, Indian classical sarod player, composer, and music educator, dies of kidney failure at 87
  • Jun 19 Tomoji Tanabe, Japanese supercentenarian, dies of old age at 113
  • 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, American high school football coach from Iowa, shot and killed by a former player at 58
  • Jun 24 Roméo LeBlanc, Canadian politician, 25th Governor General of Canada (1995-99), dies at 81

Farrah FawcettFarrah Fawcett (1947-2009)

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

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson (1958-2009)

Jun 25 American recording artist, dancer and King of Pop ("Thriller"; "Billie Jean"; "Bad"), dies of cardiac arrest at 50

  • 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 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 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 28 A. K. Lohithadas, Indian screenwriter, director, and producer (b. 1955)
  • Jun 28 Billy Mays, American television pitchman (b. 1958)
  • Jun 28 Fred Travalena, American comedian and impressionist (b. 1942)
  • 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 Harve Presnell, American actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 75
  • Jun 30 Pina Bausch, German choreographer and dancer, dies at 68
  • Jul 1 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), dies of self inflicted gun wound at 57
  • Jul 1 Karl Malden [Mladen George Sekulovich], American actor (Streets of San Francisco; A Streetcar Named Desire; American Express commercials), dies of natural causes at 97
  • 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 1 Onni Palaste, Finnish writer (b. 1917)
  • Jul 3 John A. Keel, American Fortean, television scriptwriter, author of The Mothman Prophecies (b. 1930)
  • Jul 4 Allen Klein, American record label executive (b. 1931)
  • Jul 4 Brenda Joyce [Betty Graffina Leabo], American actress (Tarzan, The Rains Came), dies of complications from pneumonia at 92
  • Jul 4 Drake Levin, American rock musician (b. 1946)
  • Jul 4 Jean-Baptiste Tati Loutard, Congolese politician (b.1938)
  • Jul 4 Jim Chapin, American jazz drummer, and author, dies at 89
  • 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 4 Lasse Strömstedt, Swedish writer and actor, dies at 74
  • Jul 4 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), dies of gunshot woulds at 36
  • Jul 5 Jack Ellory, British orchestral and session alto and bass flute player (Philharmonia Orchestra; The Beatles - "The Fool on the Hill"), dies at 89
  • Jul 5 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, dies at 82
  • Jul 6 Johnny Collins, British folk and maritime music singer (b. 1938)
  • Jul 6 Leo Mol, Ukrainian Canadian artist and sculptor (b. 1915)
  • 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 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 11 Valentinas Bagdonas, Lithuanian composer (Symphony of Peace), dies at 79
  • Jul 12 Donald MacCormick, British broadcaster, dies at 70
  • Jul 12 Simon Vinkenoog, Dutch writer and poet, dies at 80
  • Jul 14 Phyllis Gotlieb, Canadian sci-fi novelist (Sunburst), dies at 83
  • Jul 14 Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Polish actor (b. 1934)
  • Jul 17 Gordon Waller, Scottish pop singer (Peter & Gordon - "A World Without Love"), dies at 64
  • Jul 17 Leszek Kolakowski, Polish philosopher (Conversations with the Devil), dies at 81
  • Jul 17 Leszek Kołakowski, Polish philosopher (b. 1927)

Walter CronkiteWalter Cronkite (1916-2009)

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

  • Jul 18 Henry Allingham, British supercentenarian and World War I veteran, dies at 113
  • Jul 19 Frank McCourt, Irish-American Pulitzer Prize winning author (Angela's Ashes), and teacher, dies of cancer at 78
  • Jul 19 Henry Surtees, British racing driver. (b. 1991)
  • Jul 20 Ria Brieffies, Dutch singer (b. 1957)
  • Jul 22 Peter Krieg [Wilhelm Gladitz], German documentary filmmaker, and writer (September Wheat), dies at 60
  • Jul 22 Richard M. Givan, American jurist (Indiana Supreme Court, 1969-94), dies at 88
  • Jul 23 Danny McBride, American musician (Sha Na Na, 1975-80), 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 Alexis Cohen, American Idol contestant (unsuccessful), viral phenomenon (b. 1984)
  • 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 Stanley Middleton, British novelist (Holiday, Three Wise Men), dies at 89
  • Jul 25 Vernon Forrest, Professional boxer, 2-division world champion (b. 1971)
  • Jul 25 Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysian film director, writer and scriptwriter (b. 1958)
  • 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, composer, arranger, and theorist (The Jazz Workshop; Jazz in the Space Age), 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 Peter Richard Tahourdin, English-Australian composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 28 Reverend Ike [Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II], American televangelist (Joy of Living), dies at 74
  • 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 Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • Jul 31 Sir Bobby Robson, English soccer forward, coach (20 caps; England manager 1982-90), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • Aug 4 Blake Snyder, American screenwriter (b. 1957)
  • Aug 4 David Haslam, British rear admiral (hydrographer), dies at 86
  • Aug 4 Joe Maneri, American jazz composer, saxophone and clarinet player (Boston Microtonal Society), dies at 82
  • 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's Day Off), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Aug 6 Willibrordus S. Rendra, Indonesian poet (Ballad orang-orang tertjina), dies at 73
  • Aug 6 Willy DeVille, American singer (Mink DeVille; The Princess Bride - "Stroybook Love"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Aug 7 Gerard van den Berg, Dutch TV host (Like Father, Like Son), dies at 76
  • Aug 7 Louis E. Saavedra, American Mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico (b. 1933)
  • Aug 7 Mike Seeger, American folk musician (b. 1933)
  • 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 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, (How High The Moon), songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), dies at 94
  • Aug 12 Lord John Gregson, British Labour politician and Baron, dies from injuries following a fall at 85
  • Aug 15 Jim Dickinson, American record producer (Mud Boy), dies at 67

Kim Dae-jungKim Dae-jung (1924-2009)

Aug 18 8th President of South Korea (1998-2003) and 2000 Nobel Peace Prize 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 session piano and bass player (Simon and Garfunkel; Johnny Rivers), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Aug 21 Dean Turner, Australian rock musician (Magic Dirt), dies of cancer at 37
  • Aug 21 Johnny Carter, American doo-wop singer (The Flamingos; The Dells), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Rex Shelley, Singaporean author (b. 1930)
  • Aug 22 Beryl Sprinkel, American economist (Council of Economic Advisers), dies at 85
  • Aug 22 Elmer Kelton, American Western novelist (b. 1926)
  • Aug 24 Toni Sailer, Austrian alpine ski racer (Olympic gold Downhill, Giant slalom, Slalom 1956; 7 x World C'ship gold), dies from laryngeal cancer at 73
  • Aug 25 Robert Heppener, Dutch composer (Hymns & Conversations for 28 Harps; Memento), dies at 84

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy (1932-2009)

Aug 25 American politician (US Senator (D)-Massachusetts, 1962- 2009), dies of brain cancer at 77

  • 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 of a heart attack at 68
  • Aug 27 Sergey Mikhalkov, Soviet writer and poet, dies at 96
  • Aug 27 Virgilio Savona, Italian jazz singer and composer (Quartetto Cetra - "Un bacio a mezzanotte"; "Crapa pelada"), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 89
  • Aug 28 DJ AM [Adam Goldstein], American DJ and musician, dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • Aug 29 Chris Connor [Mary Jean Loutsenhizer], American jazz singer ("I Wonder What Became of Me"), dies of cancer at 81
  • 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 Jake Brockman, British rock keyboardist (Echo & the Bunnymen), dies in a motorcycle accident at 53
  • Sep 1 Jang Jin-young, South Korean actress (b. 1974)
  • Sep 2 Guy Babylon, American keyboard player (Elton John) and arranger dies at 52
  • Sep 2 Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, India (b. 1949)
  • Sep 4 Buddy Blattner, American MLB and table tennis player, dies at 89
  • Sep 4 Iain Cuthbertson, Scottish actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB), dies at 79
  • Sep 8 Aage Bohr, Danish physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1922)
  • Sep 8 Mike Bongiorno, Italian television host (b. 1924)
  • Sep 8 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 82
  • Sep 11 Gertrude Baines, American supercentenarian and the world's oldest living person, dies at 115

Jack KramerJack Kramer (1921-2009)

Sep 12 American tennis player (Wimbledon 1947, US Open 1946, 47), dies of cancer at 88

  • Sep 12 Norman Borlaug, American agronomist (Green revolution - Nobel Peace Prize 1970), dies at 95
  • Sep 12 Willy Ronis, French photographer (b. 1910)