Famous People Who Died in 2011

Deaths 1 - 200 of 569

  • Jan 1 Billy Joe Patton, American golfer (Masters 1954 3rd; Walker Cup captain 1969), dies at 88
  • Jan 1 Charles Fambrough, American jazz bassist (Jazz Messengers), dies at 60
  • Jan 1 Marin Constantin, Romanian composer and conductor, dies at 85
  • Jan 1 Reynaldo Dagsa, Filipino politician, assassinated at 35
  • Jan 2 Anne Francis, American actress (Honey West, Forbidden Planet, Pancho Villa), dies at 80
  • Jan 2 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (In the Name of the Father, Inception), dies of pancreatic cancer at 64
  • Jan 2 Richard D. Winters, American Army officer, dies at 92
  • Jan 2 Szeto Wah, Hong Kong politician & educationalist, dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Fadil Hadžić, Croatian film director, dies at 88
  • Jan 4 Coen Moulijn, Dutch soccer winger (38 caps; Feyenoord 487 games, European Cup 1970), dies from a cerebral infarction at 73
  • Jan 4 Dick King-Smith English Author (b. 1922)
  • Jan 4 Gerry Rafferty, Scottish guitarist and vocalist (Steeler's Wheel - "Stuck In The Niddle"; solo - "Baker Street"), dies at 63
  • Jan 4 Miick Karn [Andonis Michaelides], Cypriot-British new wave and art rock fretless bassist, and singer-songwriter (Japan), dies of cancer at 52
  • Jan 5 Roland Kayn, German electronic music composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Don Tyson, American businessman, founder of Tyson Foods, dies at 80
  • Jan 6 Uche Okafor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1967)
  • Jan 7 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • Jan 8 Hans Ulrich Engelmann, German composer (Ophelia), dies at 79
  • Jan 8 John Roll, United States Federal Judge (b.1947)
  • Jan 8 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • Jan 8 Vang Pao, charismatic Laotian general who commanded a secret army of his mountain people in a long, losing campaign against Communist insurgents, dies at 81
  • Jan 9 Debbie Friedman, American singer-songwriter and arranger of Jewish religious music ("Mi Shebeirach"), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • Jan 9 Peter Yates, English film director (Breaking Away, Bullitt), dies at 81
  • Jan 10 Bosko Petrovic, Croatian jazz musician, founder of the Zagreb Jazz Quartet, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 Cookie Gilchrist, American football fullback (AFL All Star 1962-65; AFL MVP 1962; CFL All Star 1956-60), dies of chronic traumatic encephalopathy at 75
  • Jan 10 Liana Alexandra, Romanian pianist and composer, dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 63
  • Jan 10 Margaret Whiting, American singer (It Might As Well Be Spring, Time After Time), dies at 86
  • Jan 11 David Nelson, American actor, director, and producer (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 74
  • Jan 12 Clemar Bucci, Argentine racing driver, dies at 90
  • Jan 12 Paul Picerni, American actor (The Untouchables), dies at 88
  • Jan 13 Ellen Stewart, American actress, director and founder of La Mama Theatre Group, dies at 91
  • Jan 14 Ben Wada, Japanese television producer (NHK), dies at 80
  • Jan 14 Trish Keenan, lead vocalist of English band Broadcast (b. 1968)
  • Jan 15 Nat Lofthouse, English Footballer (b. 1925)
  • Jan 17 Donald "Don" Kirshner, American rock & roll producer known as "The Man With the Golden Ear" (invented bubblegum music), dies at 76
  • Jan 18 Sargent Shriver, American politician and activist (Peace Corps), dies at 95
  • Jan 19 Ernest McCulloch, Canadian stem cell research pioneer, dies at 84
  • Jan 20 Bruce Gordon, American actor (The Untouchables), dies after long illness at 94
  • Jan 21 Dennis Oppenheim, American conceptual artist (b.1938)
  • Jan 21 E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu Film Director, screenwriter and producer, dies at 54
  • Jan 23 Jack LaLanne, American fitness and nutritional expert, dies at 96
  • Jan 24 Bernd Eichinger, German film producer and director, dies at 61
  • Jan 24 Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Indian khayal (romance) and devotional (bhajan and abhangsad) singer, dies at 88
  • Jan 24 Peter Paul Zahl, German left-wing writer and printer (shot two police officers), dies at 66
  • Jan 26 Charlie Louvin, American country singer-songwriter (Louvin Brothers - "The Only Way Out (Is to Walk Over Me)")dies of cancer at 83
  • Jan 26 Gladys Horton, American pop singer (The Marvelettes- "Please Mr. Postman"; "Too Many Fish In The Sea"), dies at 65 [or 66]
  • Jan 29 Milton Babbitt, American mathematician, composer of serial and electronic music (Correspondences), and teacher (Princeton; Juilliard), dies at 94
  • Jan 30 John Barry [Prendergast], English film score composer (James Bond films; Born Free), dies at 77
  • Feb 2 Defne Joy Foster, Turkish actress, presenter and VJ. (b. 1975)
  • Feb 2 Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)
  • Feb 3 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), dies at 58
  • Feb 3 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player (Milwaukee Braves), dies at 75
  • Feb 4 Tura Satana, Japanese-American actress (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!), dies at 72
  • Feb 4 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player, dies at 70
  • Feb 5 Brian Jacques, English author, author of the Redwall series (b. 1939)
  • Feb 6 Gary Moore, Irish rock guitarist (Skid Row-Oh Pretty Woman), dies at 58
  • Feb 6 Kenneth H Olsen, American electrical engineer, and co-founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, dies at 84
  • Feb 8 Tony Malinosky, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Feb 10 Trevor Bailey, English cricket all-rounder, writer and broadcaster (61 Tests, 1 x 100, 10 x 50, HS 134no, 132 wickets; BBC), dies in a fire in his retirement flat at 87
  • Feb 11 Chuck Tanner, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 82
  • Feb 11 Tom Carnegie, American sports announcer (b. 1919)
  • Feb 12 Elizabeth "Betty" Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 91
  • Feb 12 Gino Cimoli, American baseball player, dies at 81
  • Feb 12 Kenneth Mars, American comedic actor (The Producers), dies at 75
  • Feb 12 Mato Damjanović, Croatian chess grandmaster (b. 1927)
  • Feb 12 Peter Alexander [Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer], Austrian actor and singer (Who Wants to Sleep?), dies at 84
  • Feb 13 (Thomas Patrick) "T. P." McKenna, Irish actor (Rivals; Holocaust), dies at 81
  • Feb 14 George Shearing, British-American blind jazz pianist (Lullaby of Birdland), dies at 91
  • Feb 16 Alfred Burke, British actor (Public Eye, Backfire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), dies of a chest infection at 92
  • Feb 16 Justinas Marcinkevičius, Lithuanian poet and playwright (b. 1930)
  • Feb 16 Len Lesser, American actor (b. 1922)
  • Feb 17 Egbert van Paridon, Dutch actor and director (Flodder, The Assault), dies at 90
  • Feb 17 Steve Horn, American politician (Rep-R-California 1993-2003), dies at 79
  • Feb 18 Carlos Veerhoff, Argentine-born German composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 18 Marshall Stoneham, British physicist,, dies at 70

Ollie MatsonOllie Matson (1930-2011)

Feb 19 Pro/College Football Hall of Fame halfback (First-team All-Pro 1952, 54–59; Pro Bowl 1952, 54–58; NFL 1950s All Decade Team), dies of dementia at 80

  • Feb 20 Betty Hicks, American golfer, author (US Open runner-up 1948, 54), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 90
  • Feb 20 Terry Clements, American guitarist (Gordon Lightfoot), dies of complications from a stroke at 63
  • Feb 21 Bernard Nathanson, American abortionist turned pro-life activist (b. 1926)
  • Feb 22 Nicholas Courtney, British actor (Doctor Who, Incendiary), dies at 81
  • Feb 23 Jack Gottlieb, American composer, writer and editor, dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)
  • Feb 25 Rick Coonce, American rock drummer (Grass Roots), dies at 64
  • Feb 26 Arnošt Lustig, Czech writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 26 Eugene Fodor, American classical violinist (1974 Tchaikovsky Award), dies from cirrhosis at 60
  • Feb 26 James A. McClure, American politician (Senator - Idaho), dies at 86
  • Feb 27 Duke Snider, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8 x MLB All Star; World Series 1955, 59; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers), dies at 84
  • Feb 27 Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican-American blues guitarist, singer and harmonica player (Have Mercy On Me), dies in a car accident at 87
  • Feb 27 Frank Buckles, last surviving American World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • Feb 28 Annie Girardot, French actress (Three Rooms in Manhattan, Gypsy, Jacko & Lise), dies at 79
  • Feb 28 Jane Russell, American actress and leading sex symbol in 1940s-50s (The Outlaw), dies at 89
  • Feb 28 Peter Gomes, Harvard University Chaplain (b. 1942)
  • Mar 1 John M. Lounge, American engineer & astronaut (STS 51-I, STS 26, STS 35), dies at 64
  • Mar 2 Čestmír Gregor, Czech composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 3 Aldo Clementi, Italian composer (Collage), and teacher (University of Bologna, 1971-92), dies at 85
  • Mar 3 Irena Kwiatkowska, Polish actress and comedienne (Siedem Kotów, Kabaret Starszych Panów), dies at 98
  • Mar 3 May Cutler, Canadian politician and publisher (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Alenush Terian, Iranian astronomer and physicist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Arjun Singh, Indian politician (b. 1930)
  • Mar 4 Charles Jarrott, British film and television director (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Frank Chirkinian, American producer (b.c. 1926)
  • Mar 4 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71
  • Mar 4 Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, Indian politician and former Nepali Prime Minister (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Mikhail Simonov, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Simon van der Meer, Dutch physicist who won the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics with Carlo Rubbia, dies at 85
  • Mar 4 Vivienne Harris, British businesswoman and newspaper publisher (b.c. 1921)
  • Mar 8 Mike Starr (musician), American Musician (b. 1966)
  • Mar 9 David S. Broder, American journalist (Pulitzer 1973), dies at 81
  • Mar 9 Inge Sørensen, Danish swimmer (youngest known female Olympic Games medalist in an individual event-Olympic 1936 bronze), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 Howard A. Roberts, American choral director (Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 86
  • Mar 11 Loleatta Holloway, American disco singer ("Love Sensation"), dies of heart failure at 64
  • Mar 12 Joe Morello, American jazz drummer (Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Blue Rondo à la Turk"), dies at 82
  • Mar 12 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, dies in a car crash in Australia at 76
  • Mar 14 Ronnie Hammond, American rock singer (Atlanta Rhythm Section, 1972–83 & 1988–2001 - "So In To You"), dies of heart failure at 60
  • Mar 15 Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), dies from a heart attack at 93
  • Mar 15 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"), dies from heart failure related to multiple strokes at 41
  • Mar 15 Smiley Culture [David Victor Emmanuel], British reggae singer ("Police Officer"; "Cockney Translation"), dies from a self-inflicted stab wound at 48
  • Mar 16 Richard Wirthlin, American political strategist for Ronald Reagan, dies at 80
  • Mar 17 Ferlin Husky, American country singer (Born to Lose, Gone), dies at 85
  • Mar 17 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), dies at 94
  • Mar 18 Jet Harris [Terence Harris], English rock bassist (Drifters), dies of cancer at 71
  • Mar 18 Warren M Christopher, 63rd United States Secretary of State (1993-97), dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Kym Bonython, Australian radio broadcaster, jazz musician, speedway promoter, dies at 90
  • Mar 20 Johnny Pearson, British pianist, arranger, orchestra leader, and composer (Cilla Black; Top of the Pops; Dusty Springfield), dies at 85
  • Mar 21 Gerd Klier, German footballer (b. 1944)
  • Mar 21 Ladislav Novák, Czech footballer (b. 1931)
  • Mar 21 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), dies at 58
  • Mar 21 Pinetop Perkins, Member of the Blues Hall of Fame (b. 1913)

Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)

Mar 23 English-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian (Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies at 79

  • Mar 23 Fred Titmus, English cricket all-rounder (53 Tests, 153 wickets, 10 x 50s; Middlesex), dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Diana Wynne Jones, British sci-fi author (Drowned Ammet; Witch Week), dies of lung cancer at 76

Geraldine FerraroGeraldine Ferraro (1935-2011)

Mar 26 American politician (US Representative from New York (D), 1979-85), and the 1st female vice-presidential nominee (1984), dies of nulitiple myelomaat 75

  • Mar 26 Paul Baran, internet pioneer who helped create the technical underpinnings of Arpanet, dies at 84
  • Mar 26 Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)
  • Mar 27 Farley Granger, American actor (Arnold, Rope, Deathmask), dies at 85
  • Mar 28 Lee Hoiby, American concert pianist composer (1957 Arts & Letters; Summer and Smoke), dies at 85
  • Mar 28 Wenche Foss, Norwegian actress (b. 1917)
  • Mar 29 Ângelo de Sousa, Portuguese painter and sculptor (b. 1938)
  • Mar 31 Mel McDaniel, American country singer ("Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On"), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Apr 1 Lou Gorman, American baseball executive (general manager Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox), dies at 82
  • Apr 2 George E Mahlberg, American astronomer (Mt Palomar/Mt Wilson, California, 1974-78), movie actor, sound engineer, and DJ (Dr. Cosmo), dies at 56
  • Apr 2 Larry Finch, American college basketball coach (University of Memphis 1986-97), dies at 60
  • Apr 3 Calvin Russell [Kosler], American blues, roots, and rock singer-songwriter and guitarist (Dream Of The Dog), dies of liver cancer at 62
  • Apr 4 Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist, assassinated at 52
  • Apr 4 Scott Columbus, American heavy metal drummer (Manowar, 1983–91 & 1994–2008), takes his own life at 54
  • Apr 5 Baruch Samuel Blumberg, American scientist, (1976 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine, for work on Hepatitis B), dies at 85
  • Apr 6 Nabi Bux Khan Baloch, Pakistani Sindhi scholar (compiled first Sindhi-English dictionary), dies at 93 [1]
  • Apr 7 Duke of Grafton, 11th Duke of Grafton, British peer, dies at 92
  • Apr 7 Pierre Gauvreau, Canadian painter, television writer and producer, dies at 88
  • Apr 8 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist, dies at 100
  • Apr 9 Daniel Catán, Mexican composer (Rappaccini's Daughter; Florencia en el Amazonas), dies at 62
  • Apr 9 Roger Nichols, American recording engineer, producer and inventor (Steely Dan; John Denver), dies of pancreatic cancer at 66
  • Apr 9 Sidney Lumet, American film director (Group, Pawnbroker, Fail Safe), dies at 86
  • Apr 10 Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)
  • Apr 10 Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
  • Apr 11 Billy Bang [William Walker], American free jazz violinist and composer, dies of lung cancer at 63
  • Apr 11 La Esterella [Ester Lambrechts], Flemish pop singer ("Oh Lieve Vrouwetoren"), dies at 91
  • Apr 11 Lacy Gibson, American Chicago-style blues guitarist, singer and songwriter ("Switchy Titchy"), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Apr 12 Eddie Joost, American baseball player and manager (Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 94
  • Apr 14 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), dies at 76
  • Apr 14 Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • Apr 14 William Lipscomb, American chemist working in nuclear magnetic resonance, theoretical chemistry, boron chemistry, and biochemistry (Nobel 1976), dies at 91
  • Apr 15 Vittorio Arrigoni, Italian peace activist, dies at 36
  • Apr 16 Allan Blakeney, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Saskatchewan), dies at 85
  • Apr 16 Bijan, Iranian men's apparel designer (Bijan), dies of stroke at 71
  • Apr 16 Gerry Alexander, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (25 Tests, top score 108, 90 dismissals), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Harold Volkmer, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, dies at 80
  • Apr 16 Paul Des Marais, American composer, dies at 90 [1]
  • Apr 16 William A. Rusher, American lawyer and columnist, dies at 87
  • Apr 17 AJ Perez, Filipino teen actor (b. 1993)
  • Apr 17 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian pianist, composer (Na shledanou v Praze (Good-bye in Prague); Moonscape), conductor, and educator (University of Sydney, 1960-91), dies at 84
  • Apr 17 Michael Sarrazin, Canadian actor (Seduction, They Shoot Horses Don't They), dies at 70
  • Apr 17 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • Apr 18 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), dies at 76
  • Apr 18 Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer, dies at 25
  • Apr 18 William Donald Schaefer, American politician (Gov-D-Md), dies at 89
  • Apr 19 Elisabeth Sladen, British actress (b. 1946)

Grete WaitzGrete Waitz (1953-2011)

Apr 19 Norwegian long distance athlete (9 x NYC Marathon titles; World C'ship gold 1983; 5 x gold World Cross Country; WR x 4), dies of cancer at 57

  • Apr 19 Jaroslav Smolka, Czech composer (Metamorfosi), music director, dramaturge, pedagogue, and musicologist, dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Chris Hondros, American photographer (b. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Madelyn Pugh, American television writer (I Love Lucy), dies at 90
  • Apr 20 Tim Hetherington, British-American photojournalist (b. 1970)
  • Apr 20 Zoltán Sztáray, Hungarian writer, dies at 92
  • Apr 22 Moin Akhter, Pakistani actor, dies at 60
  • Apr 22 Wiel Coerver, Dutch soccer manager (developer of Coerver Method, football coaching technique), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • Apr 23 Geoffrey Russell, 4th Baron Ampthill, dies at 89
  • Apr 23 John Sullivan, British comedy writer, dies at 64
  • Apr 23 Max van der Stoel, Dutch politician & Minister of Foreign Affairs (PvdA), dies at 86
  • Apr 23 Peter Lieberson, American composer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 23 Tom King, American rock guitarist, songwriter, guitarist, and arranger (The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"), dies of congestive heart failure at 68
  • Apr 24 Colin Snedden, New Zealand cricketer (Test NZ v England 1947, 0-46), dies at 93
  • Apr 24 Marie-France Pisier, French actress (b. 1944)
  • Apr 24 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure, dies at 84
  • Apr 25 (Fletcher) Joe Perry, American AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback, 1948-63, 3X Pro Bowl (San Francisco 49ers; Baltimore Colts), and US Navy veteran, dies of complications from dementia at 84
  • Apr 26 Phoebe Snow [Laub], American singer-songwriter ("Poetry Man"), dies at 60
  • Apr 27 Marian Mercer, American actress & singer (Dean Martin Show), dies at 75
  • Apr 28 William Campbell, American character actor (Cannonball - "Jerry"; Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte: Dementia 13), dies at 87
  • Apr 29 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukemia at 85
  • Apr 30 Dorjee Khandu, Indian, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh (b. 1955)
  • Apr 30 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player, dies at 105