Famous Deaths in 2015

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  • 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 Boris Morukov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 64
  • Jan 1 Ninón Sevilla, Cuban-Mexican actress (Aventurera, Víctimas del Pecado), dies at 85
  • Jan 1 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Jan 1 Omar Karami, Lebanese Prime Minister (1992-94, 2004-05), dies at 80
  • Jan 1 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue, Rod Stewart), dies of a rare brain disease at 59
  • Jan 2 [Little] Jimmy Dickens, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 94

Person of interestEdward W. Brooke

Jan 3 Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass), first popularly elected African American to the US Senate (1967-79), dies at 95

US Senator Edward W. Brooke
US Senator
Edward W. Brooke
  • 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 Tadeusz Konwicki, Polish writer (Bohin Manor) and film director, dies at 88

Person of interestStéphane Charbonnier

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

  • Jan 7 Jean Cabut [Cabu], French caricaturist (Charlie Hebdo), killed in terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo's office in Paris at 76

Person of interestRod Taylor

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

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor
  • Jan 8 Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple, The Lion King), dies at 72
  • Jan 8 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), dies at 76
  • Jan 8 Curtis Lee, American singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes), dies at 75
  • Jan 8 Virginia "Patsy" Garrett, American singer and actress (Nanny & the Professor, Fred Waring's Pleasure Time), dies at 93
  • Jan 10 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • Jan 10 Francesco Rosi, Italian film director ("The Mattei Affair" - Palme d'Or 1972), dies at 92
  • 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 Timothy Lee Drummond, American musician, dies at 74

Person of interestAnita Ekberg

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

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg
  • Jan 12 John Bayley, English academic and writer (Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Clifford Adams, American trombone player, dies at 62
  • 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, US 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 19 Anne Kirkbride, English Actress (Deirdre in Coronation Street), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • Jan 20 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), dies at 70
  • 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 Leon Brittan, [Baron Brittan of Spennithorne] British politician, Home Secretary and member of the European Commission, dies at 75
  • Jan 23 King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (2005-2015), dies at 90

Person of interestErnie Banks

Jan 23 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, dies of a heart attack at 83

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 24 Joe Franklin, American radio host, TV personality and New York institution (The Joe Franklin Show), dies of prostate cancer at 88
  • Jan 25 Demis Roussos, Greek singer and performer (Aphrodite's Child), dies from an undisclosed illness at 68
  • Jan 25 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), dies of myeloid leukemia at 78
  • 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 28 Louise Lopez, American singer (Odyssey), dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Rodney "Rod" McKuen, American poet, singer-songwriter and actor (Jean, Alone, Beatsville), dies at 81
  • Jan 29 Colleen McCullough, New Zealand-born Australian author (The Thorn Birds), dies at 77

Person of interestCarl Djerassi

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

Chemist Carl Djerassi
Chemist
Carl Djerassi
  • Jan 30 Geraldine McEwan, English actress (Agatha Christie's Miss Marple), dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Ezra Sims, American composer of microtonal music, dies at 88
  • Jan 30 Than Wyenn, American character actor (Being There, Splash, Imitation of Life), dies at 95
  • Jan 31 Lizabeth Scott [Emma Matzo], American actress (Desert Fury, Dark City), dies of heart failure at 92

  • Jan 31 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), dies at 78
  • Jan 31 Richard von Weizsacker, German politician and 1st president of reunited Germany (1990-94), dies at 94
  • Feb 1 Beryl Platt [Baroness Platt of Writtle], British Engineer, politician and CEO, dies at 91
  • Feb 1 Monty Oum, American Animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33
  • Feb 3 Sir Martin Gilbert, British historian (Winston Churchill biography), dies at 78

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

Feb 3 Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, dies at 92

  • 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, dies at 94
  • Feb 7 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Feb 7 Robert Gavron, Baron Gavron, English publisher/multi-millionaire, dies of a heart attack at 84

Person of interestEd Sabol

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

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • Feb 12 David Carr, American journalist (New York Times), dies of cancer at 58
  • Feb 12 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington] pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Feb 12 Gary Owens, American disc jockey/TV host (Laugh In, Gong Show), dies at 80
  • Feb 13 John McCabe, British composer and pianist, dies at 75
  • Feb 14 Louis Jourdan [Robert Gendre], French actor (The Paradine Case, Count Dracula, Gigi, Octopussy), dies at 93
  • Feb 14 Philip Levine, American poet (1995 Pulitzer prize), dies at 87
  • Feb 14 Alan Howard, British actor (Royal Shakespeare Company), dies at 77
  • Feb 14 Michele Ferrero, Italian entrepreneur (Ferrero SpA) created Nutella, dies at 89
  • Feb 16 Lesley Gore, American singer (It's My Party, You Don't Own Me), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Feb 18 Jerome Kersey, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Sea Supersonics), dies at 52
  • Feb 21 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications
  • Feb 21 Clark Terry, US jazz trumpeter, dies at 94

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

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

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • Feb 26 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi American activist and blogger, killed by assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Person of interestLeonard Nimoy

Feb 27 Leonard Nimoy, 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
  • Feb 27 Boris Nemtsov, Russian politician, dies at 55, shot four times in Moscow
  • Feb 28 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, dies at 72
  • Feb 28 Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • Feb 28 Yaşar Kemal, Turkish writer (Memed, My Hawk), dies at 91
  • Mar 1 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time All Star), dies of heart disease at 92
  • Mar 1 Orrin Keepnews, American Jazz record label executive and producer (Riverside records), dies at 91
  • Mar 2 Mal Peet, British children's author, dies at 67
  • Mar 2 Bettina Graziani [Simone Bodin] French model, one of the first supermodels, Givenchy muse, dies at 89
  • 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

Person of interestTerry Pratchett

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

Novelist Terry Pratchett
Novelist
Terry Pratchett

Person of interestMichael Graves

Mar 12 Michael Graves, American postmodernist architect and designer, dies at 80

Architect Michael Graves
Architect
Michael Graves
  • Mar 13 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, 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 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, dies at 87
  • Mar 15 Michael "Mike" Porcaro, American rock bassist affiliated with Toto (Stranger In Town), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 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 19 Michael Brown, American musician and songwriter (Don't Walk Away Renee), dies at 65

Person of interestMalcolm Fraser

Mar 20 Malcolm Fraser, Australian Prime Minister (Liberal, 1975-83), dies at 84

Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser
Prime Minister of Australia
Malcolm Fraser
  • Mar 20 Robert Kastenmeier, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1959-91), dies at 91
  • Mar 20 Gregory Walcott, American actor (Plan 9 from Outer Space, 87th Precinct), dies at 87
  • Mar 21 Chuck Pednarik 'Concrete Charlie', American professional football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74
  • Mar 21 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), dies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at 89

Person of interestLee Kuan Yew

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

Founder of Modern Singapore Lee Kuan Yew
Founder of Modern Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew
  • Mar 26 John Renbourn, English 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 Gene Saks, American actor and director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), dies at 93
  • Apr 1 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • Apr 1 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • Apr 1 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, 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 3 Sarah Brady, American gun-control activist, dies at 73
  • Apr 4 John Read, British businessman, CEO (TSB Group), dies at 97
  • Apr 4 Elmer Lach, Canadian professional ice hockey player, dies at 97
  • Apr 5 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law, The Last Days of Patton), dies at 86
  • Apr 6 James Best [Jewel Franklin Guy], American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, Sounder), dies at 88

Person of interestRichie Benaud

Apr 10 Richie Benaud, Australian cricket captain, broadcaster (62 Tests, 248 wickets), dies of skin cancer at 84

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

Person of interestGünter Grass

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

Writer and playwright Günter Grass
Writer and playwright
Günter Grass
  • Apr 15 Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Anne of Green Gables), dies of a brain hemorrhage, at 48
  • 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 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) and wife of Steve Allen, dies of natural causes at 95
  • Apr 27 Suzanne Crough, American child actress (The Partridge Family), dies at 52
  • Apr 29 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (12 PGA wins), dies at 71
  • Apr 29 Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, dies at 91
  • Apr 29 Brian Sedgemore, British MP (Labour Party 1974-79 and 1983-2005), dies at 78
  • Apr 30 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), dies at 76
  • May 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), dies at 85
  • May 1 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), dies at 80
  • May 1 Dan Farley, American racing journalist (President National Turf Writer's Association), dies at 72
  • May 1 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), dies at 92
  • May 2 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • May 2 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian Ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • May 2 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome") dies at 87
  • May 5 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • May 6 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing), dies at 71
  • May 6 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • May 7 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), dies at 87
  • May 9 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • May 9 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen and stage actress (Doc, East Side/West Side), dies at 94

Person of interestB.B. King

May 14 B.B. King, American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • May 15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • May 16 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • May 16 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang), dies of cardiac arrest at 42
  • May 17 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • May 21 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • May 23 Anne Meara, American comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place, The Other Woman), mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

Person of interestJohn Nash

May 23 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • May 23 John Carter, American actor (Scarface, The Hoax, Badlands, Max-Falcon Crest), dies at 87
  • May 24 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67
  • May 29 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 89
  • May 29 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic golds 200m and 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72
  • May 29 Betsy Palmer [Patricia Betsy Hrunek], American actress (Mr Roberts, Friday the 13th), dies at 88
  • May 30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47
  • Jun 1 Charles Kennedy, British politician (Liberal Democrat leader 1999-2006), dies at 55
  • Jun 1 Jean Ritchie, American folk singer, dies at 92
  • Jun 2 Irwin Rose, American biologist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2004), dies at 88
  • Jun 2 Paul Karolyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 3 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), dies at 82
  • Jun 4 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer (Palatino and Optima), dies at 96
  • Jun 5 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), dies at 77
  • Jun 5 Richard Johnson, British stage and screen actor and producer (Never So Few, Restless, Beyond the Door), dies at 87
  • Jun 5 Jerry Collins, Samoan-born New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), dies in a car crash at 34
  • Jun 5 Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician and close adviser to Saddam Hussein, dies at 79
  • Jun 6 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers), dies at 88
  • Jun 6 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), dies at 88
  • Jun 6 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author (Helter-Skelter), dies at 80
  • Jun 6 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), dies at 86

Person of interestChristopher Lee

Jun 7 Sir Christopher Lee, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Dracula), dies at 93

  • Jun 7 Michael Oliver, British cardiologist (linked cholesterol with coronary artery disease), dies at 89
  • Jun 8 Marie-Louise Grog-Carven, French fashion designer (Ma Griffe perfume), dies at 105
  • Jun 9 James Last, German-born composer and big band leader, dies at 86
  • Jun 11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85
  • Jun 11 Ron Moody [Ronald Moodnick], British composer, singer and actor (12 Chairs, Oliver!), dies at 91
  • Jun 11 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), dies at 69
  • Jun 11 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), dies at 81
  • Jun 12 Ernest Tomlinson, English composer (Light music), dies at 90
  • Jun 12 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • Jun 13 MC Supreme [Dewayne Lawrence Coleman], rapper (Black in America), dies in a car accident at 47
  • Jun 15 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), dies at 98
  • Jun 15 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • Jun 16 Charles Correa, Indian architect (McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT), dies at 84
  • Jun 17 Suleyman Demirel, Turkish leader, President (1993-2000) and Prime Minister, dies at 90
  • Jun 17 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, dies at 78
  • Jun 18 Ralph J Roberts, American businessman and founder of Comcast, dies of natural causes at 95
  • Jun 20 Nazar Singh, British great-grandfather, believed to be Europe's oldest man, dies at 111
  • Jun 21 Gunther Schuller, American hornist and jazz composer (1994 Pulitzer Prize), dies at 89
  • Jun 21 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, dies at 86
  • Jun 22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic, Apollo 13, Casper), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • Jun 22 Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (Wifemistress, Divine Nymph), dies at 73
  • Jun 22 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, dies at 83
  • Jun 23 Richard "Dick" Van Patten, American actor, businessman, and animal welfare advocate (Tom Bradford in 8 is Enough), dies at 86