Famous People Who Died in 2014

Deaths 1 - 200 of 428

  • Jan 1 Juanita Moore, American actress (Imitation Of Life), dies at 99 [1]
  • 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

Phil Everly

Jan 3 Phil Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74

  • Jan 3 Saul Zaentz, American record company executive (Fantasy), and film producer (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest; Amadeus; The Unbearable Lightness Of Being; The English Patient), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 92
  • Jan 3 Tom Rosenthal, British publisher & 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 H. Owen Reed, American composer, dies at 103
  • Jan 6 Larry D Mann, Canadian actor and broadcaster (Accidental Family, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), dies at 91
  • Jan 8 Ben Garrido Blaz, American politician (Rep-R-Guam, 1985-93) dies at 85
  • Jan 9 Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Aram Gharabekian, Armenian conductor (National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia; Boston SinfoNova, 1983-96), dies at 58
  • 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 12 Michael L. Strang, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Colorado), dies at 84
  • Jan 13 Bobby Collins, Scottish soccer midfielder (31 caps; Celtic, Everton, Leeds), dies at 82
  • Jan 14 Flavio Testi, Italian composer and musicologist, dies at 91
  • Jan 14 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, dies at 84
  • Jan 14 Mae Young, American professional wrestler and one of the pioneers in women's wrestling (National Wrestling Alliance, WWF), dies at 90
  • Jan 15 Joachim Nowotny, German writer, dies at 80
  • Jan 16 Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor (Charlotte's Web, Alice, The Partridge Family), dies from heart and kidney failure at 82
  • 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 18 Dennis Frederiksen, American rock singer, dies from liver cancer at 62
  • Jan 19 Bert Williams MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (24 caps; Wolverhampton Wanderers 381 games), dies at 93
  • Jan 19 Udo Kasemets, Estonian-born Canadian composer, dies at 94
  • Jan 20 Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (La Scala, 1969-86; London Symphony, 1979-87; Berlin Philharmonic, 1989-2002), dies of stomach cancer at 80
  • Jan 22 Roy Cicala, American sound engineer (Record Plant Studios (NYC) - Jimi Hendrix; John Lennon; Frank Sinatra), dies at 74
  • 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 28 Fernand Leduc, Canadian abstract expressionist painter (Les Automatistes), and teacher, dies of cancer at 97
  • Jan 29 (Ildefonso Paez) "IP" Santos, Filipino landscape architect (National Artist of the Philippines in Architecture, 2006), dies of heart failure at 84
  • Jan 29 Ashutosh Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Divine Light Awakening Mission, claims 30 million followers, dies at 68
  • Jan 31 Alexander Ivashkin, Russian cellist, conductor, and sitar player, dies at 65
  • Jan 31 Christopher Jones, American actor, dies from cancer at 72
  • Jan 31 Miklós Jancsó, Hungarian director (The Red and the White), dies at 92
  • Jan 31 Paul Humphrey, American jazz, R&B, and rock session and touring drummer, dies at 78
  • Feb 1 Luis Aragonés, Spanish soccer forward (11 caps; Atlético Madrid) and manager (Spain 2004-08; Atlético Madrid, Barcelona), dies from leukemia at 75

Maximilian Schell

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

  • Feb 3 Joan Mondale (née Adams;), American artist, author, and wife of US vice-president Walter Mondale, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 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, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL HR leader 1946–52; 6×MLB All-Star; Pittsburgh Pirates) and sportscaster (NY Mets), dies at 91
  • Feb 9 Graham Hills, English physical scientist and principal (Strathclyde University, England), dies at 87

Shirley Temple

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

  • Feb 11 Alice Babs [Nilson], Swedish jazz singer (The Swe-Danes; Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts), and actress (Swing It, Teacher!), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 90
  • Feb 12 Diarmuid Downs, British automotive engineer, dies at 91
  • Feb 12 Isaac Sidney "Sid" Caesar, American comic actor and writer (Your Show of Shows), 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 16 Raymond Louis "Ray" Kennedy, American songwriter ("Sail On, Sailor"), session and touring singer, musician, and record producer, dies at 67
  • Feb 17 Bob Casale, (aka Bob 2), American new wave rock musician (Devo - "Whip It!"), and record producer, dies from heart failure at 61
  • Feb 18 Big Daddy V, [Nelson Frazier Jr.] American professional wrestler, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 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 Imre Olsvik, Hungarian composer and ethno-musicologist, dies at 82
  • Feb 19 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 79
  • 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 25 Paco de Lucía, Spanish flamenco guitarist and composer, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Feb 26 Frank Reed, American R&B singer (Chi-Lites, 1988-2014), dies at 59
  • Feb 28 Hugo Brandt Corstius, Dutch essayist and mathematician, dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Rostislav Belyakov, Russian chief designer of the MiG fighter jet, dies at 94
  • 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 Prize 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 Ron Murphy, Canadian NHL player, dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Sheila MacRae, British-born actress (Jackie Gleason Show), dies at 92
  • Mar 7 Pentti Raitio, Finnish composer (‘Lemminkainen Gatecrashes at Pohjola’), dies at 83
  • Mar 8 William Guarnere, American WWII veteran, dies at 90
  • Mar 10 Joe McGinniss, American author (The Selling of the President 1968), dies at 71
  • Mar 10 Shirley Scott, American swing and blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine), dies of heart failure at 67
  • Mar 11 Bob Crow, English trade union leader (National Union RMT), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 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 14 Werner Rackwitz, German opera director and musicologist (Handel-Renaissance), dies at 84
  • 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 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, dies at 91
  • Mar 17 Joseph Kerman, American educator and musicologist (Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology), dies at 89
  • Mar 17 L'Wren Scott [Laura Bambrough], American fashion designer and partner of Mick Jagger, commits suicide at 49
  • Mar 18 Joe Lala, American drummer, percussionist, singer ("Blues Image"), and actor, dies from complications of lung cancer at 66
  • Mar 20 Hilderaldo Bellini, Brazilian soccer defender (51 caps; Vasco da Gama, São Paulo), dies from complications from a heart attack at 83
  • Mar 21 Jack Fleck, American golfer (US Open 1955), dies at 92
  • 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 Carmelo Bossi, Italian light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 74
  • Mar 23 Geriatric1927 [Peter Oakley], English video blogger, dies at 86
  • 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

Hobart "Hobie" Alter

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

  • Mar 30 Kate O'Mara, English actress (Dynasty) and writer, dies at 74
  • Mar 31 Charles Keating, American district attorney (Los Angeles California), dies at 90
  • Mar 31 Frankie Knuckles {Francis Warren Nicholls, Jr.], American DJ and record producer who popularized house music in Chicago during the 1980s, dies of diabetes at 59
  • Apr 1 Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American doo-wop vocalist (Impalas - "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)") dies at 70
  • 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 4 Margo MacDonald, Scottish national broadcaster and politician (MP for Glasgow Govan 1973-74), dies at 70
  • Apr 5 John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50
  • Apr 6 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist (Pandora's Box), dies at 87
  • Apr 6 Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), dies at 93
  • 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 Bill Henry, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • Apr 11 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • Apr 12 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), dies of Alzheimer's & COPD at 89
  • Apr 12 Hal Smith, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59²; St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 82
  • Apr 14 Armando Peraza, Cuban jazz, Latin jazz, and rock percussionist (George Shearing; Cal Tjader; Santana, 1972-90), dies at about 89 [birth year disputed]

Gabriel 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

  • Apr 18 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, dies at 87
  • Apr 20 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer (famous murder conviction overturned after 19 years imprisonment), dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • Apr 21 George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (helped invent LCD displays), dies at 77
  • Apr 23 Benjamín Brea, Spanish-Venezuelan jazz saxophonist, arranger and teacher, dies of stomach cancer at 67
  • Apr 23 Patric Standford, British composer (Taikayoku; Christus Requiem), dies at 75
  • Apr 23 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor & composer (Sinfonia Notturna), dies at 85
  • Apr 24 Konstantin Orbelyan, Armenian pianist, jazz and classical composer, and orchestra leader (State Estrada (Pops) Orchestra), dies at 85
  • Apr 25 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), dies from Parkinson's disease at 79
  • Apr 26 Sandro Lopopolo Italian lightweight boxer (Olympic-Silver-1960), dies at 74
  • Apr 28 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • Apr 28 Idris Sardi, Indonesian violinist and composer, noted for his film scores, dies at 75
  • Apr 28 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), dies from cancer at 89
  • Apr 28 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster, dies at 80
  • Apr 29 (Abraham) "Glenn" Osser, American arranger and orchestra leader (Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue; Miss America Pageant), dies at 99
  • Apr 29 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • Apr 29 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 29 Paul Goddard, American rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section - "So In To You"), dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 30 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91
  • May 1 Assaf Dayan, Israeli actor (He Walked Through the Fields), dies at 68
  • May 1 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican footballer and soccer coach (Honduras; Copa Centroamericana 2011), dies of skin cancer at 63
  • May 2 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor (77 Sunset Strip; Scruples; The F.B.I.), dies at 95
  • May 2 Jessica Cleaves, American soul singer and songwriter (The Friends of Distinction - "Grazing In The Grass"; Earth, Wind & Fire; Parliament Funkadelic), dies of complications from a stroke at 65
  • May 3 Bobby Gregg, American drummer and record producer (Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"), dies at 78
  • May 3 Gary Becker, American economist (Nobel 1992) and recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom 2007, dies from complications following surgery at 83
  • May 3 Jim Oberstar, American politician, dies at 79
  • May 5 Butler Derrick, American politician (Rep-D-SC, 1974-95), dies at 77
  • 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 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), dies at 97
  • May 9 Mel Patton, American athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 4x100m relay 1948; WR 100 yards 9.2s 1948), dies at 89
  • May 11 Ed Gagliardi, American bass guitarist (Foreigner, 1976-79 - "Feels Like The First Time"), dies from cancer at 62
  • May 11 Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame centre and captain (36 Tests; 3 World Cups; St. George RLFC), dies at 74
  • May 12 Cornell Borchers, German actress (The Big Lift, Floodtide, Istanbul), dies at 89
  • May 12 H. R. Giger, Swiss Oscar-winning surrealist artist, dies from injuries from a fall at 74
  • 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 biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies from natural causes at 84
  • May 18 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer & President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • May 18 Jerry Vale [Gennaro Vitaliano], American pop singer ("Arriverderci Roma"; "Have You Looked Into Your Heart"), dies at 83
  • May 18 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist & astronaut, dies from renal cell cancer at 68
  • May 19 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer and team owner (World F1 champion 1959-60, 66), dies of liver disease at 88
  • May 19 Michael Aldrich, British inventor (Online shopping), dies at 72
  • May 20 Phil Sharpe, English cricket batsman (12 Tests, 1 x 100, 4 x 50, HS 111; Yorkshire CCC, Derbyshire CCC), 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 24 David Allen, English cricketer (England off-spinner of 60's), dies at 78
  • May 24 Stormé DeLarverie, American gay rights leader (Stonewall protests), dies at 93
  • May 25 Berniece Baker Miracle, American writer (My Sister Marilyn) and half-sister of Marilyn Monroe, dies at 94
  • May 25 Herb Jeffries [Umberto Alejandro Ballentino], American actor and director (The Bronze Buckaroo, Mundo depravados), dies of heart failure at 100
  • May 25 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general and 1st President of Poland (1989-90), dies at 90
  • May 26 Didymos I, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan (2005-10), dies at 92
  • May 26 Manuel Uribe Garza, Mexican man who suffered from morbid obesity (peak weight of 600 kg), dies at 48
  • May 27 Helma Sanders-Brahms, German director and writer (Apple Trees; Germany, Pale Mother), dies of cancer at 73
  • May 28 David Nadien, American concert and session violin virtuoso, dies of pneumonia at 88
  • May 28 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84

Maya Angelou

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

  • May 29 Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor, dies at 86
  • May 29 Stefans Grové, South African composer (Nonyana, The Ceremonial Dancer; Cyclops; Glimpses), dies at 91
  • May 31 Martha Hyer, American actress (Day of the Wolves, Night of the Grizzly), dies at 89
  • Jun 1 Ann B. Davis, American stage and screen actress (Bob Cummings Show - "Schultzy"; The Brady Bunch - "Alice") dies from subdural hematoma incurred in a fall at 88
  • Jun 1 Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian yachtsman (Olympic gold, USSR, Finn class 1968), dies at 75
  • Jun 3 Elodie Lauten [Genevieve Schecroun], French-American composer (The Death of Don Juan), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jun 4 Don Zimmer, American baseball infielder (2 × All-Star, Chicago Cubs; World Series 1955, 59 LA Dodgers) and manager (NL Manager of the Year 1989 Chicago Cubs), dies from heart failure 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 6 Lee Hyla, American contemporary classical composer (Mythic Birds of Saugerties; Pre-Pulse Suspended), and music professor (New England Conservatory; Northwestern University), dies of pneumonia at 61
  • Jun 7 Norman Willis, English union leader (General Secretary of the UK's Trades Union Congress), dies at 81
  • Jun 8 Billy McCool, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), dies at 69
  • Jun 8 Ivo Vinco, Italian operatic bass singer, dies at 86
  • Jun 9 Bob Welch, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1990; Oakland A's; World Series 1981, 89, 2001), dies from a broken neck at 57
  • Jun 9 Gerd Zacher, German composer and organist, dies at 84
  • Jun 9 Rik Mayall, English actor & comedian, dies from cardiac arrest at 56
  • Jun 10 Gary Gilmour, Australian cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 54 wickets, HS 101; NSWCA), dies of liver problems exacerbated by a fall at 62
  • Jun 11 Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Spanish conductor, dies of cancer at 80
  • Jun 11 Ruby Dee, American actress (A Raisin in the Sun; American Gangster), dies at 91
  • Jun 14 Francis Matthews, British actor (Paul Temple, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons), dies at 86
  • Jun 14 Rodney Thomas, American NFL running back, dies at 41