Famous People Who Died in 2015

Deaths 1 - 200 of 589

  • Jan 1 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 64
  • Jan 1 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Jan 1 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue; Rod Stewart), dies of a rare brain disease at 59
  • Jan 1 Mario Cuomo, American Democratic Party politician and the 52nd Governor of New York (1983-95), dies of a heart condition at 82
  • Jan 1 Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-Mexican actress (Aventurera, Víctimas del Pecado), dies at 85
  • Jan 1 Omar Karami, Lebanese Prime Minister (1992-94, 2004-05), dies at 80
  • Jan 2 "Little" Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94
  • Jan 2 Bob Gilmore, Irish keyboard player (Trio Scordatura), educator, and musicologist (Harry Partch: A Biography), dies of cancer at 53
  • Jan 3 Allie Sherman, American NFL coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1953-56 CFL; New York Giants 1961–68), dies at 91

Edward W. BrookeEdward W. Brooke (1919-2015)

Jan 3 American politician and 1st popularly elected African American to the US Senate (R-Mass: 1967-79), dies at 95

  • Jan 3 Ivan Jullien, French jazz and session trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 80
  • Jan 4 Barbara Tizard, British educator and author, dies at 88
  • Jan 4 Stu Miller, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1952-68 (St. Louis Cardinals; New York/San Francisco Giants, and 3 other teams, dies at 87
  • Jan 4 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jan 6 Lance Percival, English actor and comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76

Rod TaylorRod Taylor (1930-2015)

Jan 7 Australian actor (The Birds, Time Machine), dies at 84

Stéphane CharbonnierStéphane Charbonnier (1967-2015)

Jan 7 French cartoonist and editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, dies in a terrorist attack at 47

  • Jan 7 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88
  • Jan 8 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • Jan 8 Curtis Lee, American doo wop singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), dies at 75
  • Jan 8 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 x Olympic gold eventing 1968, 72; World C'ship gold team 1970, 82), dies from cancer at 76
  • Jan 8 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), dies at 93
  • Jan 10 Brad Stephen "Taylor" Negron, American actor and writer (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Easy Money), dies of liver cancer at 57
  • Jan 10 Francesco Rosi, Italian film director ("The Mattei Affair" - Palme d'Or 1972), dies at 92
  • Jan 10 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • Jan 10 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, dies at 74

Anita EkbergAnita Ekberg (1931-2015)

Jan 11 Swedish actress (La Dolce Vita) and Miss Sweden 1950, dies at 83

  • Jan 12 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62
  • Jan 12 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), dies at 89
  • Jan 13 Frank Glazer, American pianist (Satie), composer and teacher (Eastman School of Music, 1965-80), dies at 99
  • Jan 13 Jack Hayward, British financier (Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club), dies at 91
  • Jan 13 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world-famous whistler, dies at 91
  • Jan 13 Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies 'Dozy', English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies at 70
  • Jan 15 Kim Fowley, American record producer (the Runaways), dies at 75
  • Jan 17 Greg Plitt, American fitness model and entrepreneur, dies when hit by a train at 37
  • Jan 18 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease at 66
  • Jan 18 Piet van der Sanden, Dutch journalist and politician (CDA), dies at 90
  • Jan 19 Anne Kirkbride, English actress (Deirdre-Coronation Street), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • Jan 20 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • Jan 21 Leon Brittan, British politician, Home Secretary and member of the European Commission, dies at 75
  • Jan 21 Martin Honeysett, British cartoonist (Punch, Private Eye), dies at 71
  • Jan 21 Pauline Yates, British actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 85
  • Jan 21 Waldemar Kmentt, Austrian operatic tenor (Vienna State Opera, 1951-2005), dies at 85
  • Jan 22 Wendell Ford, American politician (Sen-D-Kentucky, 1974-1999), Governor of Kentucky (1971-74), dies at 90

Ernie BanksErnie Banks (1931-2015)

Jan 23 American Baseball HOF shortstop, 1st baseman (14 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1958, 59; Chicago Cubs), dies of a heart attack at 83

  • Jan 23 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (2005-2015), dies at 90
  • Jan 24 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), dies of prostate cancer at 88
  • Jan 24 Toller Cranston, Canadian men's figure skater (Olympic bronze, 1976; Canadian champ, 1971-76), and painter, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Jan 25 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), dies of myeloid leukemia at 78
  • Jan 25 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), dies from an undisclosed illness at 68
  • Jan 26 Tom Uren, Australian politician, Australian heritage and conservation campaigner, dies at 93
  • Jan 27 Charles Hard Townes, American Physicist and inventor (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), dies at 99
  • Jan 27 Harriet Elizabeth Byrd, American politician, Member of the Wyoming House of Representatives (1998-88), dies at 88
  • Jan 27 John T. Myers, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1967-97), dies at 87
  • Jan 28 Louise Lopez, American disco singer (Odyssey -"Native New Yorker"; "Use It Up And Wear It Out"), dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Colleen McCullough, Australian author (Tim, Indecent Obsession, The Thorn Birds), dies at 77
  • Jan 29 Kel Nagle, Australian golfer (British Open 1960), dies at 94
  • Jan 29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81

Carl DjerassiCarl Djerassi (1923-2015)

Jan 30 Austrian-born American chemist and father of the contraceptive pill, dies at 91

  • Jan 30 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • Jan 30 Geraldine McEwan, British actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Than Wyenn, American character actor (Being There, Splash, Imitation of Life), dies at 95
  • Jan 31 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • Jan 31 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Desert Fury, Dark City), dies of heart failure at 92
  • Jan 31 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94
  • Jan 31 Udo Lattek, German football striker (VfL Osnabrück) and coach (Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona), dies from Parkinson's disease and dementia at 80
  • Feb 1 Beryl Platt, Baroness Platt of Writtle, British engineer, politician and CEO of the Equal Opportunities Commission, dies at 91
  • Feb 1 Monty Oum, American animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33
  • Feb 2 Joseph Alfidi, American classical prodigy pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 65
  • Feb 2 Stewart Stern, American screenwriter (Rebel Without A Cause), dies at 92

Charlie SiffordCharlie Sifford (1922-2015)

Feb 3 American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), dies of a stroke at 92

  • Feb 3 Norman Yemm, Australian actor (Oklahoma!), dies at 81
  • Feb 3 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), dies at 78
  • Feb 3 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, dies at 76
  • Feb 5 Jeffrey Segal, British actor and playwright (Dad's Army, Traitors), dies at 94
  • Feb 6 André Brink, South African writer (Kennis van die aand - 1st Afrikaans book banned), dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee (NBA Supervisor of Officials 1977–81; ABA Supervisor of the Officials 1969–73), dies at 94
  • Feb 7 Billy Casper, American golfer (US Open 1959, 66; US Masters 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Feb 7 Dean Smith, American actor & relay runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Joe B. Mauldin, American rock double-bass player (The Crickets), songwriter, and recording engineer (Gold Start Studios), dies of cancer at 74
  • Feb 7 Joseph M. Gaydos, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, English publisher and multi-millionaire (St Ives Group), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Feb 8 Filipe Pires, Portuguese pianist, composer (Portugaliae Genesis), and educator, dies at 81
  • Feb 9 Claude Ruel, Canadian NHL coach (Stanley Cup 1968-69, Montreal Canadiens), dies at 76

Ed SabolEd Sabol (1916-2015)

Feb 9 American filmmaker (NFL Films), dies at 98

  • Feb 9 Marvin David Levy, American composer (Mourning Becomes Electra), dies at 82
  • Feb 11 Bob Simon, American TV correspondent (CBS, 60 Minutes), dies after a car crash at 73
  • Feb 11 Roger Hanin, French actor (Navarro), dies at 89
  • Feb 12 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), dies of cancer at 58
  • Feb 12 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), dies at 80
  • Feb 12 Sam Andrew, American musician (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies at 73
  • Feb 12 Steve Strange [Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Feb 13 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • Feb 14 Alan Howard, British actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), dies at 77
  • Feb 14 Louis Jourdan [Louis Robert Gendre], French actor (The Paradine Case, Count Dracula, Gigi, Octopussy), dies at 93
  • Feb 14 Michele Ferrero, Italian entrepreneur (Ferrero SpA) created Nutella, dies at 89
  • Feb 14 Pamela Cundell, British stage and screen character actress (Dad's Army - "Mrs. Fox"), dies at 95
  • Feb 14 Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87
  • Feb 16 Lesley Gore, American pop singer ("It's My Party"; "You Don't Own Me"), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Feb 16 Robert Wade-Gery, British diplomat (High Commissioner to India 1982–87), dies at 85
  • Feb 17 Andrzej Koszewski, Polish choral and orchestral composer, and musicologist, dies at 92
  • Feb 17 Kenneth "Wally" Kelly, American R&B singer (Manhattans - "Kiss And Say Goodbye"), dies at 74
  • Feb 18 Willie C. Jackson, American doo wop baritone vocalist (The Spaniels- "Goodnite Sweetheart Goodnite"), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Ward Swingle, American vocalist, jazz musician, composer, arranger, and conductor (The Swingle Singers - Jazz Sebastian Bach), dies at 87
  • Feb 21 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications
  • Feb 21 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • Feb 21 Daniel Topolski, British writer and rowing coach, dies at 69
  • Feb 22 Chris Rainbow [Harley], Scottish rock singer, musician and producer (Alan Parsons Project), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 68
  • Feb 26 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi-American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh at 42

Earl LloydEarl Lloyd (1928-2015)

Feb 26 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, dies at 86

  • Feb 26 Theodore Hesburgh, president (University of Notre Dame), dies at 97
  • Feb 27 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, dies at 55, shot four times in Moscow

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Feb 27 American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83

  • Feb 27 Malcolm Boyd, American Episcopal Priest, author and civil rights activist, dies at 91

Alex JohnsonAlex Johnson (1942-2015)

Feb 28 American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, AL batting champion 1970, California Angels), dies from prostate cancer at 72

  • Feb 28 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • Feb 28 Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), dies at 90 [1]
  • Feb 28 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), dies at 91
  • Mar 1 Minnie Miñoso, Cuban Baseball HOF left-fielder (9 x MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago White Sox), dies of heart disease at 92
  • Mar 1 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records and Milestone Records labels, dies at 91
  • Mar 2 Bettina Graziani [Simone Bodin] French model, one of the first supermodels, Givenchy muse, dies at 89
  • Mar 2 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67
  • Mar 8 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71
  • Mar 9 James Molyneaux [Baron Molyneaux of Killead], MP (Ulster unionist), dies at 94
  • Mar 11 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), dies of metastatic melanoma at 67
  • Mar 11 Ralph Taeger, American actor (Klondike, Acapulco, Hondo), dies at 78

Michael GravesMichael Graves (1934-2015)

Mar 12 American postmodernist architect and designer, dies at 80

Terry PratchettTerry Pratchett (1948-2015)

Mar 12 English author of fantasy novels (Discworld), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 66

  • Mar 13 Al Rosen, American baseball third baseman (MLB All-Star 1952–55; World Series 1948; AL MVP 1953; Cleveland Indians) and executive (NL Executive of the Year 1989), dies at 91
  • Mar 13 Daevid Allen [Christopher David], Australian musician and performance artist (Soft Machine, Gong), dies of cancer at 77
  • Mar 14 Valentin Rasputin, Russian writer (To Live and Remember), dies at 77
  • Mar 15 Mike Porcaro, American rock bassist (Toto, 1982-2007 "Stranger In Town"), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • Mar 15 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, dies at 87
  • Mar 16 Andy Fraser, English bass guitarist (Free), dies at 62
  • Mar 17 Bob Appleyard, English cricketer (superb England off-spinner, brief career), dies at 90
  • Mar 17 Shaw Taylor, British actor and television presenter (Police 5), dies at 90
  • Mar 19 Michael Brown, American rock keyboardist and songwriter (Left Banke - Walk Away Renee; Pretty Ballerina), dies of heart failure at 65
  • Mar 19 Peter Katin, British concert pianist, dies at 84
  • Mar 20 A.J. Pero, American drummer (Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Mar 20 Eva Burrows, Austrian Salvation Army officer, 13th General of The Salvation Army, dies at 85
  • Mar 20 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space, 87th Precinct), dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Jim Berry, American cartoonist (Berry's World), dies at 83
  • Mar 20 Perro Aguayo, Jr., Mexican wrestler (CMLL), dies of cardiac arrest in the ring at 35
  • Mar 20 Robert Kastenmeier, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1959-91), dies at 91
  • Mar 21 Chuck Bednarik, American Pro/College Football Hall of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles, 1949-62), dies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at 89
  • Mar 21 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74
  • Mar 22 Norman Scribner, American organist, conductor, choral director (St. Alban's, 1960-2007; Choral Arts Society of Washington, 1965-2012), and composer (Song for St. Cecilia), dies at 79

Lee Kuan YewLee Kuan Yew (1923-2015)

Mar 23 Founding father of modern Singapore and 1st Prime Minister of Singapore (1959-90), dies of pneumonia at 91

  • Mar 23 Lil' Chris [Hardman], British rock singer (Checkin' It Out), takes his own life at 24 [1]
  • Mar 23 Nick Peters, American Baseball Hall of Fame writer (Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Berkeley Gazette, San Francisco Chronicle), dies at 75
  • Mar 23 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live - At Dawn We Die), dies at 107
  • Mar 24 Maria Radner, German operatic contralto, specializing in Wagner, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • Mar 24 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), dies in plane crash at 54
  • Mar 26 John Renbourn, British jazz and folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 26 Tomas Tranströmer, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature - 2011), dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Douglas Leedy, American composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 28 Gene Saks, American actor and director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), dies at 93
  • Apr 1 Cynthia Lennon (née Powell), first wife of Beatle John Lennon (1962-68), and mother of singer, photographer, activist Julian Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • Apr 1 Dave Ball, British rock guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • Apr 1 Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955, 57, 58, 62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), dies at 85
  • Apr 1 John Paul Hammerschmidt, American politician (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93), dies at 92
  • Apr 2 Doug Sax, American mastering engineer (Bob Dylan, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Ray Charles), dies of cancer at 78
  • Apr 2 Robert Schuller, American Christian televangelist (Glass Cathedral, Hour of Power), dies at 88
  • Apr 3 Andrew Porter, British organist, opera director, music critic, and librettist, dies at 86
  • Apr 3 Bob Burns, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a car crash at 64
  • Apr 3 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, dies at 73
  • Apr 4 Elmer Lach, Canadian NHL ice hockey player, 1940-54, 3X Stanley Cup, Hall of Fame (Montreal Canadiens), dies after suffering a stroke at 97
  • Apr 4 John Read, British businessman, CEO (TSB Group), dies at 97
  • Apr 5 Claudio Prieto, Spanish composer (Solo a Solo; Cantata manriqueña), dies at 80
  • Apr 5 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law, The Last Days of Patton), dies at 86
  • Apr 6 Dave Ulliott, English poker player (World Series of Poker bracelet 1997; World Poker Open 2003), dies of colon cancer at 61
  • Apr 6 David Leon Kaplan, American-Canadian music professor (University of Saskatchewan, 1960-82), conductor (Saskatoon Symphony, 1962-72), and composer, dies at 91
  • Apr 6 Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 85
  • Apr 6 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), dies at 88
  • Apr 6 Milton Delugg, American pianist, accordion player, composer ("Hoop-Dee-Do"; "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians"), and orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1966; The Paul Winchell Show; The Gong Show), dies at 96
  • Apr 7 Kardam, Prince of Turnovo, eldest son of King Simeon II of Bulgaria and his wife Doña Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela, dies at 52

Richie BenaudRichie Benaud (1930-2015)

Apr 10 Australian cricket all-rounder and captain (62 Tests, 3 x 100s, 248 wickets; NSW CA) and broadcaster (9 Network, BBC), dies from skin cancer at 84

  • Apr 12 Sheila Kitzinger, British author, anthropologist & child birth educator, dies at 86
  • Apr 13 Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan journalist & writer, dies at 74

Günter GrassGünter Grass (1927-2015)

Apr 13 German writer, playwright (The Tin Drum) and Nobel Prize laureate (1999), dies at 87

  • Apr 14 Percy Sledge, American soul singer ("When A Man Loves A Woman"), dies at 73
  • Apr 15 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 48
  • Apr 16 Martin Quittenton, British rock and blues guitarist (Steamhammer), and songwriter ("Maggie May; "You Wear It Well"), dies at 69
  • Apr 18 Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), dies at 82
  • Apr 19 Roy Mason [Baron Mason of Barnsley], British defense secretary and Labour MP, dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Aharon Lichtenstein, Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 81
  • Apr 20 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Sir Raymond Carr, English historian and warden (St Antony's College Oxford), dies at 96
  • Apr 23 Sawyer Sweeten, American actor (Everyone Loves Raymond), commits suicide at 19
  • Apr 26 Jayne Meadows, American actress (Dark Delusion, David and Bathsheba) & wife of Steve Allen, dies of natural causes at 95
  • Apr 27 Gene Fullmer, American boxer (world middleweight champion), dies at 83
  • Apr 27 Rolf Smedvig, American classical trumpet player (Boston Symphony, 1971-81; Empire Brass, 1972-2015), and educator (Boston University), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Apr 27 Suzanne Crough, American child actress (The Partridge Family), dies at 52
  • Apr 28 Jack Ely, American singer and guitarist (The Kingsmen - "Louie, Louie"), dies at 71
  • Apr 29 Brian Sedgemore, British MP (Labour Party 1974-79 and 1983-2005), dies at 78
  • Apr 29 Calvin Peete, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • Apr 29 Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, dies at 91
  • Apr 30 Ben E. King [Nelson], American soul singer (Stand By Me), dies at 76