Famous Deaths in 2014

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  • Jan 2 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90
  • Jan 2 Jay Traynor, American singer (Jay and the Americans), dies of liver cancer at 70
  • Jan 3 Phillip "Phil" Everly, American musician ("The Everly Brothers")
  • Jan 3 Tom Rosenthal, British publisher and broadcaster, dies at 78
  • Jan 5 Carmen Zapata, American actress (Hagen, Viva Valdez, Man & the City), dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), dies from heart failure at 71
  • Jan 5 Jerry Coleman, American MLB 2nd baseman, dies from complications from brain bleeding and surgery at 89
  • Jan 6 Larry D Mann, Canadian actor and broadcaster (Accidental Family, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Larry Speakes, Acting White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, dies at 74
  • Jan 11 Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), dies from heart failure at 85
  • Jan 12 Gyula Torok, Hungarian Olympic Champion Boxer, dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Bobby Collins, Scottish footballer, dies at 82
  • Jan 14 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Russell Johnson, American television and film actor, best known for his role as "The Professor" on Gilligan's Island, dies of kidney failure at 89
  • Jan 16 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor (Charlotte's Web, Alice, The Partridge Family), dies from heart and kidney failure at 82

  • Jan 18 Dennis Frederiksen, American rock singer, dies from liver cancer at 62
  • Jan 19 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), dies at 93
  • Jan 20 Claudio Abbado, Italian composer and conductor (London Symph-1982), dies at 80
  • Jan 26 Tom Gola, American basketball player, dies at 81
  • Jan 27 Pete Seeger, American folk singer (The Weavers - Goodnight Irene) and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, dies at 94
  • Jan 29 Ashutosh Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Divine Light Awakening Mission, claims 30 million followers, dies at 68
  • Jan 31 Christopher Jones, American actor, dies from cancer at 72

Person of interestMaximilian Schell

Feb 1 Maximilian Schell, Swiss-Austrian actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, The Pedestrian), dies at 83

Person of interestPhilip Seymour Hoffman

Feb 2 Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor (Capote, Moneyball) dies of a suspected drug overdose at 46

  • Feb 3 Louise Brough, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1948-50, 55), dies at 90
  • Feb 5 Richard Hayman, American orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 93
  • Feb 6 Ralph Kiner, HR hitter (Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 91

Person of interestShirley Temple

Feb 10 Shirley Temple, American actress and diplomat, famous 1930s child star (Bright Eyes, Heidi), dies of natural causes at 85

Actress and Diplomat Shirley Temple
Actress and Diplomat
Shirley Temple
  • Feb 12 Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, American comic actor and writer ("Your Show of Shows"), dies at 91
  • Feb 12 Diarmuid Downs, British automotive engineer, dies at 91
  • Feb 13 Ralph Waite, American actor, director and political candidate (Cool Hand Luke, The Waltons), dies at 85
  • Feb 16 Michael Shea, American sci-fi author (World Fantasy Award: Nifft the Lean, Growlimb), dies at 67
  • Feb 17 Bob Casale, American musician, dies from heart failure at 61
  • Feb 18 Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, dies at 99
  • Feb 19 Dale Gardner, American astronaut, dies from a brain aneurysm at 65
  • Feb 19 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 82
  • Feb 22 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist and poet, dies at 98
  • Feb 24 Harold Ramis, American actor & director, dies from vasculitis at 69
  • Feb 26 Frank Reed, American soul singer, dies at 59

  • Feb 28 Rostislav Belyakov, Russian chief designer of the MiG fighter jet, dies at 94
  • Feb 28 Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist and mathematician, dies at 78
  • Mar 1 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), dies at 91
  • Mar 2 Justin Kaplan, American editor and biographer (Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain - Pulitzer Price 1967), dies at 88
  • Mar 3 William R. Pogue, American astronaut, dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Geoff Edwards, American game show host, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • Mar 6 Sheila MacRae, British-born actress (Jackie Gleason Show), dies at 92
  • Mar 6 Ron Murphy, Canadian NHL player, dies at 80
  • Mar 8 William Guarnere, American WWII veteran, dies at 90
  • Mar 13 Reubin Askew, American politician (37th Governor of Florida), dies at 85
  • Mar 14 Tony Benn, British politcian, Minister of Technology and President of the Stop the War Coalition, dies aged 88
  • Mar 15 Clarissa Dickson Wright, English celebrity chef (Two Fat Ladies), dies at 66
  • Mar 15 David Brenner, American stand-up comedian and TV talk show host (Nightlife) known as a pioneer of observational comedy, dies from cancer at 78
  • Mar 16 Mitch Leigh, American musical composer (Man of La Mancha), dies at 86
  • Mar 17 L'Wren Scott [Laura Bambrough], American fashion designer and partner of Mick Jagger, commits suicide at 49
  • Mar 17 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, dies at 91
  • Mar 18 Joseph "Joe" Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band "Blues Image", dies from complications of lung cancer at 66
  • Mar 20 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian footballer, dies from complications from a heart attack at 83
  • Mar 21 James Rebhorn, American actor, dies from melanoma at 65
  • Mar 22 Patrice Wymore, American actress (The Big Tree), dies from natural causes at 87
  • Mar 23 Adolfo Suárez, Prime Minister of Spain (1976-81), dies from a respiratory infection at 81
  • Mar 23 Geriatric1927 [Peter Oakley], English video blogger, dies at 86
  • Mar 23 Carmelo Bossi, Italian light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 74

Person of interestHobart "Hobie" Alter

Mar 29 Hobart "Hobie" Alter, surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, dies of cancer at 80

  • Mar 29 Billy Mundi [also Tony Schnasse, born Antonio Salas], American session musician and drummer (The Mothers of Invention, Rhinoceros), dies of complications from diabetes at 71
  • Mar 30 Kate O'Mara, English actress (Dynasty) and writer, dies at 74
  • Apr 2 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 3 Freda Kida, American cartoonist, dies at 93
  • Apr 3 Tommy Lynn Sells, American serial killer, executed for murder at 49
  • Apr 5 John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50
  • Apr 6 Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • Apr 7 Peaches Geldof, English columnist and daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, dies of a heroin overdose at 25
  • Apr 8 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], American Hall of Fame professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Apr 9 Bertha Tickey, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1973), dies at 91
  • Apr 10 Jim Flaherty, Canadian politician, Minister of Finance (2006-2014), dies at 64
  • Apr 10 Richard Hoggart, British author (The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working Class Life) and warden (Goldsmith's College London), dies at 95
  • Apr 11 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • Apr 11 Bill Henry, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • Apr 12 Hal Smith, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82
  • Apr 12 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), dies of Alzheimer's & COPD at 89

Person of interestGabriel García Márquez

Apr 17 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), dies of pneumonia at 87

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • Apr 20 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • Apr 21 George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (helped invent LCD displays), dies at 77
  • Apr 23 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor and composer (Sinfonia Notturna), dies at 85
  • Apr 25 Earl Morrall, American football player, dies from complications from Parkinson's disease at 79
  • Apr 28 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning musician, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • Apr 28 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), dies from cancer at 89
  • Apr 29 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • Apr 30 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91
  • May 1 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican soccer coach (coach Honduras 2011 Copa Centroamericana), dies of skin cancer at 63
  • May 2 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor, dies at 95
  • May 3 Gary Becker, American economist & Nobel laureate, dies from complications following surgery at 83
  • May 3 Jim Oberstar, American politician, dies at 79
  • May 3 Robert "Bobby" Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), dies at 78
  • May 6 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • May 6 Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74
  • May 6 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), dies at 83
  • May 7 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, dies at 86
  • May 8 Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, dies at 93
  • May 9 Mel Patton, American sprinter, double Olympic champion, dies at 89
  • May 9 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), dies at 97
  • May 11 Ed Gagliardi, American bass guitarist, dies from cancer at 62
  • May 11 Reg Gasnier, Australian Hall of Fame rugby league player, dies at 74
  • May 12 H. R. Giger, Swiss Oscar-winning surrealist artist, dies from injuries from a fall at 74
  • May 12 Cornell Borchers, German actress (The Big Lift, Floodtide, Istanbul), dies at 89
  • May 14 Stephen Sutton, English cancer blogger (Stephen's Story), dies at 19
  • May 15 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), dies from a fall at 73
  • May 17 Gerald Edelman, American biologist & Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 84
  • May 18 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut, dies from renal cell cancer at 68

  • May 18 Jerry Vale, American singer, dies at 83
  • May 18 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • May 19 Michael Aldrich, British inventor, dies at 72
  • May 19 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer and team owner (F1 champ 1959-60, 66), dies of liver disease at 88
  • May 20 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer, dies at 77
  • May 21 Teodor Grigoriu, Romanian composer, dies at 87
  • May 22 Mathew Cowles, American actor, dies at 69
  • May 23 Mona Freeman, American actress, dies at 87
  • May 25 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general & President, dies at 90
  • May 25 Herb Jeffries [Umberto Alejandro Ballentino], American actor and director (The Bronze Buckaroo, Mundo depravados), dies of heart failure at 100

Person of interestMaya Angelou

May 28 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), dies at 86

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • May 28 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84
  • May 29 Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor, dies at 86
  • May 31 Martha Hyer, American actress (Day of the Wolves, Night of the Grizzly), dies at 89
  • Jun 1 Ann B. Davis, American actress, dies from a subdural hematoma from a fall at 88
  • Jun 4 Don Zimmer, American baseball manager, dies from heart failure as a complication from cardiac surgery at 83
  • Jun 5 Chris Burger, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1957-58), dies at 78
  • Jun 6 Eric Hill, British children's books author and illustrator (Where's Spot), dies at 86
  • Jun 9 Rik Mayall, English actor & comedian, dies from cardiac arrest at 56
  • Jun 9 Bob Welch, American MLB pitcher, dies at 57
  • Jun 9 Gerd Zacher, German composer and organist, dies at 84
  • Jun 11 Ruby Dee, American actress (A Raisin in the Sun, American Gangster), dies at 91

Person of interestChuck Noll

Jun 13 Chuck Noll, NFL head coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies of natural causes at 82

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • Jun 14 Rodney Thomas, American NFL running back, dies at 41
  • Jun 14 Sam Kelly [Roger Michael Kelly], English actor ('Allo 'Allo!, Porridge), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jun 14 Francis Matthews, British actor (Paul Temple, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons), dies at 86

Person of interestCasey Kasem

Jun 15 Casey Kasem, American radio personality (creator of American Top 40) and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, dies from Lewy body dementia at 82

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • Jun 15 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), dies from complications from pneumonia at 86
  • Jun 15 Jacques Bergerac, French actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun) and business executive (Revlon), dies at 87
  • Jun 16 Tony Gwynn, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8-time NL batting champion), dies of salivary gland cancer at 54
  • Jun 17 Patsy Byrne, English actress, dies at 80
  • Jun 18 Johnny Mann, American music director (Johnny Mann Stand Up & Cheer), dies at 85
  • Jun 19 Gerry Goffin, American Hall of Fame lyricist, dies at 75
  • Jun 22 Teenie Hodges, American rhythm and blues guitarist, dies from complications from emphysema at 68
  • Jun 22 Felix Dennis, English publisher and poet (Dennis Publishing), dies at 67
  • Jun 24 Eli Wallach, American actor, dies at 98
  • Jun 25 Harry Hookway, Chief Executive of the British Library (1973-84), dies at 93
  • Jun 27 Bobby Womack, American Hall of Fame R&B singer, dies at 70
  • Jun 28 Meshach Taylor, American actor, dies from colorectal cancer at 67
  • Jun 29 John Freeland, Legal advisor UK foreign office and judge at the European Court of Human Rights, dies at 86

  • Jun 30 Bob Hastings, American actor, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • Jun 30 Paul Mazursky, American film director and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary cardiac arrest at 84
  • Jul 1 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, dies at 76
  • Jul 5 Rosemary Murphy, American actress (Margaret-Lucas Tanner), dies from esophageal cancer at 89
  • Jul 5 Hans-Ulrich Wehler, German historian, dies at 82
  • Jul 7 Richard "Dick" Jones, American actor ("Pinocchio "- Pinocchio, The Frontiersman), dies at 87
  • Jul 7 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine-Spanish footballer and coach, dies at 88

Person of interestEileen Ford

Jul 9 Eileen Ford, American modelling agency executive and co-founder (Ford Modelling Agency), dies from complications of meningioma and osteoporosis at 92

Co-Founder of Ford Models Eileen Ford
Co-Founder of Ford Models
Eileen Ford
  • Jul 11 Tommy Ramone [Tamás Erdélyi], Hungarian-American rock drummer and bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
  • Jul 11 Charlie [Charles Edward] Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra), dies at 76
  • Jul 13 Thomas Berger, American novelist, dies at 89
  • Jul 13 Nadine Gordimer, South African author & Nobel laureate, dies at 90
  • Jul 14 Alice Coachman, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1948), dies of cardiac arrest at 90
  • Jul 15 James MacGregor Burns, American political writer (The Lion & the Fox), dies at 95
  • Jul 16 Johnny Winter, American Hall of Fame blues musician, dies at 70
  • Jul 17 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut, DIES FROM complications from back surgery at 80
  • Jul 17 Elaine Stritch, American actress (30 Rock, Two's Company), singer and member of the American Theater Hall of Fame, dies in her sleep at 89
  • Jul 19 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), dies of acute myocardial infarction at 86
  • Jul 19 Skye McCole Bartusiak, American actress, dies at 21
  • Jul 23 Dora Bryan [Broadhurst], English actress (Taste of Honey), dies at 91
  • Jul 25 Salah Abu Hassanein, leader of Islamic Jihad's military wing, dies in Israeli airstrike
  • Jul 25 Bel Kaufman, American author (Up the Down Staircase), dies at 103
  • Jul 28 Margot Adler, American journalist, dies from endometrial cancer at 68
  • Jul 28 Jon Erikson, American swimmer 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981), dies at 58
  • Jul 29 Idris Muhammad, American jazz drummer, dies at 74
  • Jul 30 Dick Wagner, American rock guitarist (the Frost), dies at 71
  • Aug 2 Rosetta Hightower, American singer, dies at 70
  • Aug 4 James Brady, U.S. press secretary (wounded during Reagan assassin attempt), dies at 73
  • Aug 5 Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, 11th US Surgeon General (1969-73), dies at 87
  • Aug 5 Chapman Pincher, British journalist and author (about secret service), dies at 100
  • Aug 8 Charles Keating, English actor, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Aug 9 Michael Brown, an 18 year old black man is shot dead by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. His death provoked nationwide protests and civil unrest.
  • Aug 9 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), dies of heart failure at 85
  • Aug 10 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964), dies at 85

Person of interestRobin Williams

Aug 11 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), commits suspected suicide at 63

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • Aug 12 Lauren Bacall, American actress and singer named the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema (Dark Passage, Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89
  • Aug 15 Licia Albanese, Italian-born American operatic soprano, dies at 105
  • Aug 15 Jerry Lumpe, American baseball player, dies at 81
  • Aug 18 Don Pardo, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live), dies at 96

Person of interestRichard Attenborough

Aug 24 Richard Attenborough, English actor and director (Gandhi, Young Winston), dies at 90

Director and Actor Richard Attenborough
Director and Actor
Richard Attenborough
  • Aug 27 Yehezkel Braun, Israeli composer (Shir ha-shirim), dies of natural causes at 92
  • Aug 28 Glenn Cornick, English rock bassist, dies from heart failure at 67
  • Aug 29 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, dies from cancer at 70
  • Aug 31 Jimi Jamison, American rocker (Survivor), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Sep 4 Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologist (Gingham Girl), dies at 85

Person of interestJoan Rivers

Sep 4 Joan Rivers, American comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq), dies at 81 after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • Sep 4 Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor (Solaris, Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment), dies at 90
  • Sep 4 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • Sep 8 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter and orchestra leader (Redd Foxx), dies at 96