On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 2013

  • Dec 1 Richard Coughlan, English drummer, dies from pneumonia at 66
  • Dec 2 Jean-Claude Beton, Algerian-born French businessman, entrepreneur and soft-drink manufacturer (Orangina), dies at 88
  • Dec 2 Pedro Rocha, Uruguayan soccer midfielder and manager (52 caps; Peñarol, São Paulo F.C.), dies from mesencephalic atrophy at 70
  • Dec 4 McDonald Bailey, British-Trinidadian 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 92

Person of interestNelson Mandela

Dec 5 Nelson Mandela, South African anti-apartheid activist, political prisoner (1962-90) and President of South Africa (1994-99), dies of a lung infection at 95

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • Dec 5 Colin Wilson, English writer (Afterlife, Book of Great Mysteries), dies at 82
  • Dec 6 Stan Tracey, British jazz pianist, dies at 86
  • Dec 7 Édouard Molinaro, French film actor, director and screenwriter (La Cage aux Folles), dies a respiratory insufficiency at 85
  • Dec 7 Jacob Matlala, South African boxer (WBO, WBU, IBA flyweight champion; shortest world champion ever at 1.47m [4-foot-10]), dies from pneumonia at 51
  • Dec 8 John Cornforth, Australian-British chemist (Nobel Prize 1975), dies at 96
  • Dec 8 Don Mitchell, American actor, dies at 70
  • Dec 9 Eleanor Parker, American actress (Caged, Detective Story, Hans Brinker), dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Dec 10 Jim Hall, American jazz guitarist and composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 10 Rossana Podestà, Italian actress, dies at 79
  • Dec 11 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter, dies at 93
  • Dec 11 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84

  • Dec 12 Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), dies from a stroke at 95
  • Dec 12 Tom Laughlin, American actor and director (Billy Jack), dies of complications from pneumonia at 82

Person of interestPeter O'Toole

Dec 14 Peter O'Toole, Irish actor (Lord Jim, Beckett, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 81

Person of interestJoan Fontaine

Dec 15 Joan Fontaine, British-American actress, dies of natural causes at 96

Actress Joan Fontaine
Actress
Joan Fontaine
  • Dec 15 Harold Camping, American evangelist and founder of Family Radio, dies at 92
  • Dec 16 Ray Price, American singer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 87
  • Dec 17 Leland Smith, American composer, bassoonist and computer coder who led music publishing into the digital age (SCORE), dies at 88
  • Dec 21 Eli Beeding, American Air Force Captain and rocket test pilot, dies at 85
  • Dec 21 Lars Edlund, Swedish composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 21 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), dies at 42
  • Dec 21 David Coleman, British sports commentator (worked for the BBC for 46 years), dies at 87
  • Dec 22 Ed Herrmann, American baseball player, dies from prostate cancer at 67

Person of interestMikhail Kalashnikov

Dec 23 Mikhail Kalashnikov, Russian general and inventor of the AK-47, dies at 94

  • Dec 23 Yusef Lateef, American jazz saxophonist and flautist, dies at 93
  • Dec 23 Ricky Lawson, American musician, dies at 59
  • Dec 25 Mike Hegan, American baseball player, dies from heart failure at 71
  • Dec 26 Paul Blair, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1969, 73; World Series 1966, 70, 77-78; Gold Glove Award 1967, 69–75; Baltimore Orioles), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 28 Andrew Jacobs Jr, American politician (Rep-D-IN, 1965-73, 75-97), dies at 81
  • Dec 29 Wojciech Kilar, Polish composer, dies from cancer at 81
  • Dec 31 John Fortune [John C. Wood], English satirist and comedian (Bremner, Bird and Fortune), dies at 74
  • Dec 31 James Avery, American actor, dies from complications from surgery at 68