On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 2012

  • Aug 1 Douglas Townsend, American composer, dies at 90
  • Aug 2 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), dies at 86
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • Aug 4 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1952-55; NBA C'ship 1951, 57; Rochester Royals, Boston Celtics), dies at 87
  • Aug 6 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (The Sting, A Chorus Line), dies at 68
  • Aug 6 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • Aug 6 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), dies from heart failure at 94
  • Aug 6 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • Aug 6 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of drowning at 59
  • Aug 7 Judith Crist, American film critic (TV Guide, Today), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Carlo Rambaldi, Italian Special effects artist, dies at 86
  • Aug 10 Al Freeman Jr, American actor, dies at 78
  • Aug 11 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Granada, BBC, Sky Sports), dies from bowel cancer at 72
  • Aug 13 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher, dies at 90
  • Aug 13 Johnny Pesky, American baseball player and manager, dies at 92
  • Aug 14 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), dies from a heart attack at 63

  • Aug 14 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • Aug 15 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, American author, dies at 87
  • Aug 15 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), commits suicide at 56
  • Aug 16 William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88
  • Aug 17 Patrick Ricard, French businessman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, dies from cardiac arrest at 67
  • Aug 18 Scott McKenzie, American singer, dies at 73
  • Aug 19 Tony Scott, English film director and producer (Top Gun, Revenge, Days of Thunder), commits suicide at 68
Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • Aug 20 Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister, dies from liver cancer at 57
  • Aug 20 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), dies at 96
  • Aug 21 Georg Leber, German politician, dies at 91
  • Aug 21 William Thurston, American mathematician, dies from melanoma at 65
  • Aug 22 Nina Bawden, English author, dies at 87
  • Aug 23 Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer, dies from prostate cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 78
  • Aug 23 Steve Van Buren, American Hall of Fame NFL halfback, dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Aug 24 Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (1981-85), dies at 76
  • Aug 24 Richard Evans, British diplomat, ambassador to the People's Republic of China (1984-88), dies at 84

Person of interestNeil Armstrong

Aug 25 Neil Armstrong, American astronaut, dies from heart surgery complications at 82

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • Aug 26 A K Hangal, Indian freedom fighter and Bollywood character actor (Aaina, Sholay), dies of respiratory disease at 98
  • Aug 28 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), dies at 87
  • Aug 28 Norm Dussault, American-Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • Aug 30 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), dies of a gunshot wound at 44
  • Aug 31 Max Bygraves [Walter William Bygraves], British actor (Charley Moon, Spare the Rod, Tom Brown's School Days), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Aug 31 Sergey Sokolov, Soviet marshal and Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union (1984-87), dies at 101