Famous People Who Died in January 2010

  • 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