On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 2014

  • Dec 1 (Moisés) "Mario" Abramovich, Argentinian tango and classical violinist (Sexteto Major, 1974-2014), dies at 88

Person of interestJean Béliveau

Dec 2 Jean Béliveau, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1956, 64; Art Ross Trophy 1956; Conn Smythe Trophy 1965; record 17 Stanley Cups), dies at 83

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • Dec 2 Bobby Keyes, American Saxophonist, dies at 70
  • Dec 2 Josie Cichockyj, British wheelchair athlete (wheelchair racing [WR 5,000m], basketball, tennis, table tennis), dies from cancer at 49
  • Dec 2 Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (Scott Hamilton, Patrick Chan, Tiffany Chin), dies from heart failure at 85
  • Dec 3 Ian McLagan, English rock keyboardist (Small Face; Faces), dies from a stroke at 69
  • Dec 3 Nathaniel Branden, Canadian-American psychotherapist, dies at 84
  • Dec 5 Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Mexican pianist, conductor (Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, 1954-72), and composer, dies at 90
  • Dec 5 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Dec 6 Fred Hawkins, American golfer (US Masters 1958 runner-up), dies at 91
  • Dec 7 Ken Weatherwax, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 59
  • Dec 7 John Bartholomew Tucker, American TV host (Candid Camera, Treasure Island), dies at 84
  • Dec 8 Knut Nystedt, Norwegian organist, choral composer, and conductor, dies at 99
  • Dec 9 Mary Ann Mobley, American model/actress, dies from breast cancer at 77
  • Dec 9 Winfred "Blue" Lovett, American singer (Manhattans-One Life to Live), dies at 71
  • Dec 9 José Feghali, Brazilian concert pianist (Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, 1985) takes his own life at 53

  • Dec 10 Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian government minister, killed in confrontation with Israeli troops at protest on West Bank
  • Dec 10 Catherine Hughes [Pestell], British principal (Somerville College Oxford), dies at 81
  • Dec 11 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, dies at 85
  • Dec 12 Norman Bridwell, American author and cartoonist (Clifford the Big Red Dog), dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Raoul Cita, R&B pianist and songwriter (Harptones), dies at 86
  • Dec 14 Bess Myerson, 1st Jewish Miss America (1945), dies at 90
  • Dec 15 Ray Steadman-Allen, British choral and brass band composer, dies at 92
  • Dec 16 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), dies at 75
  • Dec 17 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer and informant, dies at 79
  • Dec 18 Virna Lisi, Italian actress (Assault on a Queen, Bluebeard), dies at 78
  • Dec 20 John Freeman, British politician (Labour)/ambassador/TV host, dies at 99
  • Dec 21 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, dies at 90
  • Dec 21 Billie Whitelaw, British actress (Omen, Adding Machine), dies at 82

Person of interestJoe Cocker

Dec 22 (John) "Joe" Cocker, English rock vocalist ("With A Little Help From My Friends"; "Cry Me A River"; "You Are So Beautiful"), dies of lung cancer at 70

Rocker Joe Cocker
Rocker
Joe Cocker
  • Dec 23 Jerzy Semkow, Polish-French conductor and educator, dies at 86
  • Dec 24 Boniface "Buddy" DeFranco, Italian-American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 91
  • Dec 25 Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident, dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Geoff Pullar, English cricketer (England opening batsman late 50's early 60's), dies at 79
  • Dec 25 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), dies at 89
  • Dec 26 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), dies at 92
  • Dec 29 Ivor Richardson, New Zealand judge (NZ Court of Appeals), dies at 84
  • Dec 29 Claude Frank, German-American concert pianist and pedagogue, dies at 89
  • Dec 30 Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), dies at 74
  • Dec 30 Yolande Donlan, British-American actress (Jigsaw, Expresso Bongo, Penny Princess), dies at 94

Person of interestLuise Rainer

Dec 30 Luise Rainer, German-American actress and 1st actor to win multiple Academy Awards (The Great Ziegfeld 1936, The Good Earth 1937), dies at 104

Actress Luise Rainer
Actress
Luise Rainer
  • Dec 30 Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), dies at 78
  • Dec 30 Deborah Bone, English mental health nurse who was the inspiration for the song Disco 2000 by Jarvis Cocker, dies of multiple myeloma cancer at 51