Famous People Who Died in 2010

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  • Jan 2 Oscar Sala, Italian-born Brazilian nuclear physicist, dies at 87
  • Jan 3 Joyce Collins, American jazz and film and television session pianist, singer, and educator, dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Mary Daly, American theologian and feminist scholar (b. 1928)
  • Jan 3 Professor Sir Ian Brownlie, International law specialist
  • Jan 4 Casey Johnson, American heiress and socialite (b. 1979)
  • Jan 4 Donal Donnelly, Irish actor (The Godfather: Part III, Dead), dies of cancer at 78
  • Jan 4 Johan Ferrier, Surinamian politician (b. 1910)
  • Jan 4 Rory Markas, American sportscaster (b. 1955)
  • Jan 4 Sandro, Argentine songwriter (b. 1945)
  • Jan 4 Tsutomu Yamaguchi, Japanese Businessman, and Survivor of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombings (b. 1916)
  • Jan 5 Gisela Kraft, German writer, dies at 73
  • Jan 5 Kenneth Noland, American Color Field painter, dies of kidney cancer at 85
  • Jan 5 Murray Saltzman, Reform Jewish rabbi and civil rights leader (b. 1929)
  • Jan 5 Rory Markas, Angels baseball announcer (b.1955)
  • Jan 5 Willie Mitchell, American R&B, pop, and soul singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 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 Donald Acheson, Irish physician and Chief Medical Officer for England (1983-90), dies at 83
  • Jan 10 Mano Solo [Emmanuel Cabut], French singer, dies from multiple aneurisms at 46
  • 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 11 Georgy Garanian, Armenian-Russian jazz saxophonist, bandleader and composer, dies of cardiac arrest at 75
  • Jan 11 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • Jan 11 Mick Green, British rock guitarist (The Pirates; Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas), dies of heart failure at 65
  • Jan 11 Miep Gies, Dutch Humanitarian, discoverer of Anne Frank's diary (b. 1909)
  • 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 12 Hasib Sabbagh, Palestinian businessman and philanthropist, co-founder of Consolidated Contractors Company (b. 1920)
  • Jan 13 Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)
  • Jan 13 Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist
  • Jan 13 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), dies of respiratory failure at 59
  • 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 Daisuke Gouri, Japanese seiyu (b. 1952)
  • Jan 17 Erich Segal, American author (Love Story, Oliver's Story), dies at 72
  • Jan 17 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
  • Jan 17 Jyoti Basu, Indian Communist politician, dies at 95
  • Jan 18 Kate McGarrigle, Canadian folk music singer-songwriter (Kate & Anna McGarrigle - "Heartbeats Accelerating"), dies of clear-cell sarcoma at 63
  • Jan 19 Bill McLaren, Scottish rugby commentator known as "the voice of rugby", dies at 86
  • Jan 19 Panajot Pano, Albanian football star known as the "The little Puskás", dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jan 21 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • Jan 22 James Mitchell, American dancer and actor (All My Children, Bloomer Girl), dies of pneumonia at 89
  • Jan 22 Jean Simmons, British actress (Thorn Birds, Guys & Dolls), dies at 80
  • Jan 22 Johnny Seven [Fetto], American actor (Ironside, Amy Prentiss), dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Pernell Roberts, American actor (Bonanza- "Adam"; Trapper John, M.D.), 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

Howard Zinn

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

J. D. Salinger

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

  • Jan 27 Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)
  • Jan 31 Jürg Baur, German composer, dies at 91
  • Feb 1 Jack Brisco, American pro wrestler (NWA World Heavyweight Champion 1973–75), dies from complications of open heart surgery at 68
  • Feb 3 Frances Reid, American actress (Days of Our Lives, The Andromeda Strain), dies at 95
  • Feb 3 Regina, Crown Princess of Austria (b. 1925)
  • Feb 4 Allan Wicks, British cathedral organist and choral conductor (Canterbury, 1961-88), dies at 86
  • 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 Ernest van der Eyken, Belgian violist, composer, and conductor . (Youth and Music Orchestra of Antwerp, 1963-76), dies at 96
  • Feb 6 John Dankworth, English jazz musician and composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 John Murtha, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 77
  • Feb 9 Jacques Hétu, Canadian composer, dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 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 Carl Braun, American basketball player (NY Knicks), dies at 82
  • 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 11 [Lee} Alexander McQueen, English fashion designer, commits suicide at 40
  • Feb 12 Nodar Kumaritashvili, Georgian luger (b. 1988)
  • Feb 13 Dale Hawkins, American rock singer and songwriter (Susie Q), dies at 73
  • Feb 13 Jamil Nasser [George Joyner], American jazz double and electric bassist, and tuba player (Ahmad Jamal Trio), dies at 77
  • Feb 13 John Reed, British comic actor and singer (Gilbert & Sullivan; D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, 1951-79), dies after a stroke on his 94th birthday
  • Feb 13 Lucille Clifton, American poet (Two-Headed Woman), dies at 73
  • Feb 14 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), dies at 89
  • Feb 14 Doug Fieger, American singer–songwriter (The Knack - "My Sharona"), dies of cancer at 57
  • Feb 15 Adam Kaczyński, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 15 Art Van Damme, American jazz accordionist (Chicago Jazz), dies at 89
  • 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 22 Nelly Adamson Landry, French tennis player (French C'ships 1948), dies at 93
  • Feb 23 Mervyn Jones, English author (Nobody's Fault, 5 Hungarian Writers), dies at 87
  • Feb 25 İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish paediatrician, academic and the founder of YÖK, dies at 94
  • 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 26 Violet Barclay, American illustrator, dies at 87
  • Feb 27 Madeleine Ferron, French Canadian writer, dies at 87
  • Feb 28 Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, American rock bassist (Hall & Oates), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Mar 1 Kristian Digby, British television presenter & director, dies at 32
  • Mar 2 Paul Drayton, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1964), dies from a pulmonary embolism at 70
  • Mar 2 Winston Spencer-Churchill, British politician (b. 1940)
  • Mar 3 Dudley "Big Tiny" Little Jr, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), dies at 79
  • Mar 3 Keith Alexander, British soccer forward (3 caps St Lucia; Grimsby Town FC, Lincoln City FC) and manager (Lincoln, Peterborough, Macclesfield), dies from a brain aneurysm at 56
  • Mar 3 Michael Foot, British politician (L) and writer, Leader of the Opposition (1980-83), dies at 96
  • Mar 4 Angelo Poffo, American professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • Mar 4 Etta Cameron, Danish singer and actor (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4 Fred Wedlock, British folk musician (b. 1942)
  • Mar 4 Hilario Chávez Joya, Mexican Roman Catholic prelate (b. 1928)
  • Mar 4 Joanne Simpson, American meteorologist (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Joaquim Fiúza, Portuguese sailor (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Johnny Alf, Brazilian singer and composer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Lolly Vegas [Candido Vasquez], American rock singer (Redbone - "Come And Get Your Love") dies of cancer at 70
  • Mar 4 Nan Martin, American actress (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Raimund Abraham, Austrian architect (b. 1933)
  • Mar 4 Roger Newman, British-born American actor and television writer (b. 1940)
  • Mar 4 Samuel J. Eldersveld, U.S. academic, political scientist, and Democratic politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 4 Tetsuo Kondo, Japanese politician (b. 1929)
  • Mar 4 Tony Richards, British footballer (b. 1934)
  • Mar 4 Vladislav Ardzinba, Abkhazian politician (b. 1945)
  • Mar 5 Edgar Wayburn, American environmentalist awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom 1999, dies at 103
  • Mar 6 Denis Henry, British High Court judge, dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Endurance Idahor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1984)
  • Mar 6 Mark Linkous, member of Sparklehorse (b. 1962)
  • 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)

Willie Davis

Mar 9 Willie Davis, American MLB center fielder (LA Dodgers), dies at 69

  • Mar 10 Corey Haim, Canadian actor (Lucas), dies of pneumonia at 38
  • Mar 10 Édgar Valcárcel, Peruvian pianist and composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 10 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), dies of a brain tumor 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 (Father Murphy), dies of cancer at 69
  • Mar 12 Lesley Duncan (Cox), British session singer (Pink Floyd; Jesus Christ Superstar), and singer-songwriter ("Love Song"; "Sing Children Sing"), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 66
  • Mar 12 Miguel Delibes, Spanish novelist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 13 He Pingping, Chinese world's shortest man who was able to walk at 74 cm (2 ft 5 in), dies at 21
  • Mar 13 Jean Ferrat, French singer-songwriter, dies at 79
  • Mar 14 (Donald) "Der" Scutt, American architect (Grand Hyatt; One Astor Place; Trump Tower), dies of liver failure at 75
  • Mar 14 Peter Graves [Aurness], American actor (Mission Impossible, Airplane!, Stalag 17), dies from a heart attack at 83
  • Mar 17 Alex Chilton, American rock guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer (Box Tops - "The Letter"; Big Star - "Thirteen"), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Mar 17 Charlie Gillett, British pop-rock and world music radio presenter and writer (The Sound of the City), dies at 68
  • Mar 17 Robert Michael White, American test pilot (X-15), dies at 85
  • Mar 17 Sid Fleischman, American author, and screenplay writer (The Whipping Boy; Blood Alley: The Abracadabra Kid), dies at 90
  • Mar 17 Wayne Collett, American 400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), dies of cancer at 60
  • Mar 18 Fess Parker, American actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Girija Prasad Koirala, Nepalese politician (b. 1925)
  • Mar 20 Liz Carpenter, American feminist writer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 20 Stewart Udall, American politician, environmentalist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 21 Wolfgang Wagner, German opera director (b. 1919)
  • Mar 22 James Black, Scottish pharmacologist, developer of treatments for heart disease (propranolol) and stomach ulcers (cimetidine) (Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1988), dies at 85
  • 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 (The Beatles final concert in San Francisco; Woodstock Festival), dies at 74
  • Mar 24 Johnny Maestro, American rock vocalist (Crests - "16 Candles"; Brooklyn Bridge), dies at 70
  • Mar 24 Robert Culp, American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director (I Spy, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice), dies at 79
  • Mar 25 Pål Bang-Hansen, Norwegian film critic and television personality (b. 1937)
  • Mar 27 Stan Parris, American politician (Rep-R-VA, 1973-74, 81-91), dies at 80
  • 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 John Bunch, American jazz pianist (New York Swing Trio), dies of melanoma at 88
  • 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 Chris Kanyon, American pro wrestler (WCW/WWF World Tag Team C'ship), dies from suicide at 40
  • Apr 2 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1967, 70, 71, 74; World Series 1964, 70; AL Cy Young Award 1969; Baltimore Orioles), dies from stomach cancer at 72
  • Apr 2 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge and Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court (1987-2010), dies at 70
  • 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 cricket medium-pace bowler (51 Tests, 236 wickets, BB 7/44; Surrey CCC), dies at 91
  • Apr 4 Clifford M. Hardin, American politician (17th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture), dies at 94
  • Apr 4 Rudy Kousbroek, Dutch writer and literary (Leopold the Buch), dies at 81
  • Apr 5 Vitali Sevastiyanov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 9, 18), dies at 74
  • Apr 6 Corin Redgrave, British actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Lorraine Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), dies from cancer at 79
  • Apr 6 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 70 wickets; Canterbury CA), dies at 85
  • Apr 6 Wilma Mankiller, Native American activist, 1st woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, dies of cancer at 64

George Nissen

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

  • Apr 8 Abel Muzorewa, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia (1979-80), dies at 84
  • Apr 8 Dorothea "Teddy" Scholten, Dutch pop singer ("Een beetje" - "A Little Bit"), dies at 83
  • Apr 8 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)

Malcolm McLaren

Apr 8 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager (Sex Pistols; Bow Wow Wow), and musician, dies of cancer at 64

  • Apr 9 Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian pentathlete and Olympic champion (1952, Helsinki), dies at 77
  • Apr 9 Bob Franks, American politician (Rep-R-NJ 1993-2001), dies of cancer at 58
  • Apr 9 Zoltán Varga, Hungarian Footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 10 Dixie Carter, American actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), dies at 70
  • 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 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 Ryszard Kaczorowski, Polish statesman is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 90
  • Apr 12 Palito, Filipino comedian (b. 1934)
  • Apr 12 Peter Haskell, American actor (Bracken's World, Rituals), dies at 75
  • Apr 14 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), dies of sepsis at 48
  • Apr 15 Jack Herer, American author & cannabis activist, dies at 70
  • Apr 16 Daryl Gates, LAPD Chief, dies at 83
  • Apr 16 Marion Ladewig, American ten-pin bowler (9 time woman bowler of year 1950-63), dies at 95
  • Apr 16 Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)
  • Apr 19 Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)
  • Apr 19 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (undefeated world champion WBA super featherweight 2006-08; WBC lightweight 2009-10), commits suicide at 28
  • Apr 19 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)

Dorothy Height

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

  • Apr 21 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • Apr 21 Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish sports administrator (7th President International Olympic Committee 1980-2001), dies of cardio-respiratory failure at 89
  • Apr 23 Norman Wright, American doo-wop tenor vocalist (Del-Vikings - “Come Go With Me”), dies at 72
  • Apr 23 Peter Porter, Australian-British author and poet (Chair of Babel), dies at 81
  • Apr 25 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82
  • Apr 25 Dorothy Provine, American actress (The Roaring 20's; That Darn Cat: Who's Minding The Mint?), and singer, dies of emphysema at 75
  • Apr 27 Morris Pert, Scottish session jazz-rock drummer, percussionist, pianist, and contemporary classical composer (Ankh; Auroura), dies at 62