Famous Deaths in 2010

Deaths 1 - 200 of 545

  • Jan 3 Professor Sir Ian Brownlie, International law specialist
  • Jan 3 Mary Daly, American theologian and feminist scholar (b. 1928)
  • Jan 4 Johan Ferrier, Surinamian politician (b. 1910)
  • Jan 4 Sandro, Argentine songwriter (b. 1945)
  • Jan 4 Casey Johnson, American heiress and socialite (b. 1979)
  • Jan 4 Rory Markas, American sportscaster (b. 1955)
  • Jan 4 Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese Businessman, and Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings (b. 1916)
  • Jan 4 Donal Donnelly, Irish actor (The Godfather: Part III, Dead), dies of cancer at 78
  • Jan 5 Rory Markas, Angels baseball announcer (b.1955)
  • Jan 5 Murray Saltzman, Reform Jewish rabbi and civil rights leader (b. 1929)
  • Jan 5 Gisela Kraft, German writer, dies at 73
  • Jan 5 Kenneth Noland, American Color Field painter, dies of kidney cancer at 85
  • Jan 7 Willie Mitchell, American soul singer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 8 Monica Maughan, Australian actor (b. 1933)
  • Jan 8 Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (b. 1963)
  • Jan 9 Vimcy, Sports writer (b. 1925)

  • Jan 10 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, dies from multiple aneurisms at 46
  • Jan 11 Miep Gies, Dutch Humanitarian, discoverer of Anne Frank's diary (b. 1909)
  • Jan 11 Mick Green, British guitarist (b. 1944)
  • Jan 11 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • Jan 11 Éric Rohmer [Maurice Schérer], French director, journalist and teacher (My Night at Maud's, Claire's Knee, Le rayon vert), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Consolidated Contractors Company (b. 1920)
  • Jan 12 Daniel Bensaïd, French philosopher and a leader of the Trotskyist movement in France, dies of cancer caused by the side effects of drugs used to treat AIDS at 63
  • Jan 13 Teddy Pendergrass, American R&B singer (b. 1950)
  • Jan 13 Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)
  • Jan 13 Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist
  • Jan 14 Petra Schürmann, German model and TV announcer, Miss World 1956 (b. 1935)
  • Jan 15 Marshall Warren Nirenberg, Jewish-American biochemist and geneticist (Nobel 1968), dies at 82
  • Jan 17 Jyoti Basu, Indian politician (b. 1914)
  • Jan 17 Daisuke Gouri, Japanese seiyu (b. 1952)
  • Jan 17 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
  • Jan 18 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter, dies at 63
  • Jan 19 Bill McLaren Scottish rugby commentator (b. 1923)
  • Jan 19 Jennifer Lyon American reality television personality (Survivor) (b. 1972)
  • Jan 21 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • Jan 22 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), dies at 80
  • Jan 22 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • Jan 22 Johnny Seven [Fetto], American actor (Ironside, Amy Prentiss), dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Pernell Roberts, American actor (Adam-Bonanza, Trapper John MD), dies at 81
  • Jan 25 Ali Hasan al-Majid aka Chemical Ali, Iraqi defense minister and military commander (b. 1941)
  • Jan 25 Charles Mathias Jr., American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland), dies at 87

Person of interestJ. D. Salinger

Jan 27 J. D. Salinger, American novelist (The Catcher in the Rye), dies at 91

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger

Person of interestHoward Zinn

Jan 27 Howard Zinn, American historian and activist (A People's History of the United States), dies of a heart attack at 87

Historian and Activist Howard Zinn
Historian and Activist
Howard Zinn
  • Jan 27 Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)

Person of interestTom Brookshier

Jan 29 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, dies of cancer at 78

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • Jan 31 Jürg Baur, German composer, dies at 91
  • Feb 1 Jack Brisco, American professional wrestler, dies at 68
  • Feb 3 Regina, Crown Princess of Austria (b. 1925)
  • Feb 3 Frances Reid, American actress (Days of Our Lives, The Andromeda Strain), dies at 95
  • Feb 4 Kostas Axelos, Greek-French philosopher, dies at 85
  • Feb 5 Harry Schwarz, South African lawyer, politician and diplomat, leader of the anti-apartheid movement (b. 1924).
  • Feb 5 Ian Carmichael, British actor (Private's Progress, I'm All Right Jack), dies at 89
  • Feb 6 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 John Murtha, American politician (b. 1932)
  • Feb 9 Phil Harris, American fisherman from Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (b. 1956)
  • Feb 9 Walter Frederick Morrison, American inventor (b. 1920)
  • Feb 10 Charles Wilson, American politician (b. 1933)
  • Feb 10 Fred Schaus, American basketball coach and executive (b. 1925)
  • Feb 10 Max Schubel, American composer (Opus One Records), dies at 77
  • Feb 10 Carl Braun, American basketball player (NY Knicks), dies at 82
  • Feb 11 [Lee} Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, commits suicide at 40
  • Feb 12 Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger (b. 1988)
  • Feb 13 John Reed, British singer of Gilbert & Sullivan (b. 1916)
  • Feb 13 Lucille Clifton, American poet (Two-Headed Woman), dies at 73
  • Feb 13 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), dies at 73
  • Feb 14 Doug Fieger, American musician The Knack (b. 1952)
  • Feb 14 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), dies at 89
  • Feb 15 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), dies at 89
  • Feb 15 Adam Kaczyński, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 16 Wan Chi Keung, Hong Kong soccer player and actor. (b. 1956)
  • Feb 17 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), dies of natural causes at 88
  • Feb 18 John Babcock, Last known Canadian veteran of World War I (b. 1900)
  • Feb 19 Laura Spurr, Tribal Chairperson, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (b. 1945)
  • Feb 20 Alexander Haig Jr, American General and 59th Secretary of State (1981-82), dies from a staphylococcal infection at 85
  • Feb 25 İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish academic and the founder of YÖK (d. 1915)
  • Feb 26 Nujabes, Japanese Hip Hop producer and inspiration to many around the world.
  • Feb 26 Richard Devon, American character actor (Magnum Force, Battle of Blood Island), dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Madeleine Ferron, French Canadian writer, dies at 87
  • Mar 1 Kristian Digby, British television presenter and director (b. 1977)
  • Mar 2 Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)
  • Mar 3 Keith Alexander, British football manager (b. 1956)
  • Mar 3 Michael Foot, British politician (L) and writer, Leader of the Opposition (1980-83), dies at 96
  • Mar 3 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Raimund Abraham, Austrian architect (b. 1933)
  • Mar 4 Johnny Alf, Brazilian singer and composer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Vladislav Ardzinba, Abkhazian politician (b. 1945)
  • Mar 4 Etta Cameron, Danish singer and actor (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4 Samuel J. Eldersveld, U.S. academic, political scientist, and Democratic politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 4 Joaquim Fiúza, Portuguese sailor (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Tetsuo Kondo, Japanese politician (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Hilario Chávez Joya, Mexican Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1928)
  • Mar 4 Nan Martin, American actress (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Roger Newman, British-born American actor and television writer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 4 Angelo Poffo, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • Mar 4 Tony Richards, British footballer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 4 Joanne Simpson, American meteorologist (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Lolly Vegas, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4 Fred Wedlock, British folk musician (b. 1942)
  • Mar 6 Mark Linkous, member of Sparklehorse (b. 1962)
  • Mar 6 Endurance Idahor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1984)
  • Mar 6 Ole Schmidt, Danish composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • Mar 7 Mary Josephine Ray, Canadian-American supercentenarian, dies at 114
  • Mar 9 Doris Haddock, American political activist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 10 Corey Haim, Canadian actor (b. 1971)
  • Mar 10 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • Mar 11 Hans van Mierlo, Dutch politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister (b. 1931)
  • Mar 11 Leena Peltonen-Palotie, Finnish human geneticist (b. 1952)
  • Mar 11 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor, dies of cancer at 69
  • Mar 12 Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 13 He Pingping, the world's shortest man who was able to walk. (b. 1988)
  • Mar 14 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), dies from a heart attack at 83

  • Mar 17 Charlie Gillett, British musicologist and radio presenter (b. 1942)
  • Mar 17 Alex Chilton, US rock guitarist and vocalist (Box Tops), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Mar 18 Fess Parker, American actor (b. 1924)
  • Mar 20 Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 20 Stewart Udall, American politician, environmentalist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 20 Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepalese politician (b. 1925)
  • Mar 21 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • Mar 22 James W. Black, Scottish Nobel Prize-winning doctor and medical research scientist (b. 1924)
  • Mar 23 Blanche Thebom, American mezzo-soprano (Amneris-Aida), dies at 94
  • Mar 24 Jim Marshall, American photographer (b. 1936)
  • Mar 24 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), dies at 79
  • Mar 24 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests-16 Candles, Brooklyn Bridge), dies at 70
  • Mar 25 Pål Bang-Hansen, Norwegian film critic and television personality (b. 1937)
  • Mar 27 Vasily Smyslov, Russian grandmaster (b. 1921)
  • Mar 28 June Havoc Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, dies at 97
  • Mar 30 Jaime Escalante, Bolivian-born American high school teacher at Garfield High School (b. 1930)
  • Mar 30 Martin Sandberger, German military officer (b. 1911)
  • Mar 31 Shirley Mills, American actress (b. 1926)
  • Apr 1 John Forsythe, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), dies at 92
  • Apr 2 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball player (b. 1937)
  • Apr 2 Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)
  • Apr 3 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 3 Eugène Terre'Blanche, South African white supremacist and leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, beaten to death over alleged political and racist motivations at 69
  • Apr 4 Alec Bedser, English cricketer (mighty post-war England medium-pacer), dies at 91
  • Apr 4 Clifford M. Hardin, American politician (17th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture), dies at 94
  • Apr 6 Wilma Mankiller, Native American activist, 1st woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 6 Corin Redgrave, British actor and political activist (b. 1939)
  • Apr 6 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (took 70 wickets in 1950's), dies at 85

Person of interestGeorge Nissen

Apr 7 George Nissen, American inventor (created the trampoline), dies at 96

Inventor and Gymnast George Nissen
Inventor and Gymnast
George Nissen
  • Apr 8 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager and musician, dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 8 Teddy Scholten, Dutch singer (b. 1926)
  • Apr 8 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • Apr 9 Zoltán Varga, Hungarian Footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 9 Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian pentathlete and Olympic champion (1952, Helsinki), dies at 77
  • Apr 10 Ryszard Kaczorowski, Polish statesman is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 90
  • Apr 10 Dixie Carter, an American actress (b.1939)
  • Apr 10 Maria Kaczyńska, Polish economist and First Lady of Poland, is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 67
  • Apr 10 Lech Kaczyński, Polish lawyer and politician, then President of Poland is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 60
  • Apr 12 Palito, Filipino comedian (b. 1934)
  • Apr 12 Peter Haskell, American actor (Bracken's World, Rituals), dies at 75

  • Apr 14 Peter Steele, American musician. (b. 1968)
  • Apr 15 Jack Herer, American author and cannabis activist (b. 1939)
  • Apr 16 Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)
  • Apr 16 Daryl Gates, LAPD Chief, dies at 83
  • Apr 19 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • Apr 19 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (b. 1981)
  • Apr 19 Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)

Person of interestDorothy Height

Apr 20 Dorothy Height, American civil rights and women's rights activist (National Council of Negro Women), dies at 98

Women's and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Height
Women's and Civil Rights Activist
Dorothy Height
  • Apr 21 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • Apr 21 Juan Antonio Samaranch, International Olympic Committee president (b. 1920)
  • Apr 25 Dorothy Provine, loving grandmother, (b. 1935)
  • Apr 25 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82
  • Apr 29 Johannes Fritsch, German composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 30 Gerry Ryan, Irish radio broadcaster (b. 1956)
  • May 1 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer/arranger and valve trombonist (b. 1935)
  • May 1 Helen Wagner, American actress (Mister Peepers, As The World Turns), dies of natural causes at 91
  • May 1 Antonio Mastrogiovanni, Uruguayan composer, dies at 73
  • May 2 Lynn Redgrave, British-American actress (Gods and Monsters, Georgy Girl), dies of cancer at 67
  • May 4 Ernie Harwell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • May 4 Zvonimir Levačić - Ševa, Croatian humorist and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • May 6 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53), dies at 83
  • May 7 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million, Wheels), dies at 87
  • May 9 Lena Horne, American singer and actress (b. 1917)
  • May 9 Otakar Motejl, Czechoslvakian politician (b. 1932)
  • May 10 Frank Frazetta, American artist (b. 1928)
  • May 11 Frank Frazetta, American fantasy and sci-fi artist (b. 1928)
  • May 13 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, dies at 87
  • May 14 Goh Keng Swee, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (b. 1918)
  • May 15 Loris Kessel, Swiss racing driver (b. 1950)
  • May 15 Besian Idrizaj, Footballer (b. 1987)
  • May 15 Moshe Greenberg, American-Israeli Bible scholar, dies at 81
  • May 16 Ronnie James Dio [Ronald James Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • May 16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • May 17 Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter (b. 1929)
  • May 23 Jose Lima, Dominican baseball player (b. 1972)
  • May 23 Simon Monjack, English actor, producer, & writer (b. 1970)
  • May 23 Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • May 23 Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess Of Russia (b. 1914)
  • May 24 Ray Alan, English ventriloquist & television entertainer (b. 1930)
  • May 24 Virendra Bhatia, Indian politician (b. 1947)
  • May 24 Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India (b. 1937)
  • May 24 Raymond V. Haysbert, African-American business executive and civil rights leader (b. 1920)
  • May 24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano (b. 1926)
  • May 24 Morrie Martin, Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1922)
  • May 24 Petr Muk, Czech composer, musician, performer, and singer (b. 1965)
  • May 24 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot) (b. 1972)
  • May 25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African opera singer (b. 1975)
  • May 25 Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • May 25 Alan Hickinbotham, Australian businessman, football player, & football coach (b. 1925)