On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 2015

  • Aug 2 Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), dies at 94
  • Aug 2 Cilla Black, English pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • Aug 3 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96
  • Aug 3 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • Aug 3 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), dies at 92
  • Aug 3 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 3 Mel Farr, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1967, 70; Detroit Lions), dies of a massive heart attack at 70
  • Aug 4 Gerd Natschinski, German composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 5 George Cole, English actor (Minder), dies at 90

Person of interestLouise Suggs

Aug 6 Louise Suggs, American golfer, co-founder of LPGA (11 major titles, US Open 1949, 52), dies of natural causes at 91

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Aug 7 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American FDA Director (stopped thalidomide use in the US), dies at 101
  • Aug 9 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • Aug 9 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 80
  • Aug 10 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 95
  • Aug 14 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), dies at 83

  • Aug 14 Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), dies at 64
  • Aug 15 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), dies at 75
  • Aug 15 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham, Snow Patrol), dies at 71
  • Aug 16 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Aug 17 Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), dies at 78
  • Aug 17 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, dies at 77
  • Aug 18 Bud Yorkin, American producer and director (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy), dies at 89
  • Aug 18 Louis Stokes, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1969-99), dies at 90
  • Aug 18 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 20 Egon Bahr, German journalist and politician (Ostpolitik policy), dies at 93
  • Aug 20 Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop) dies at 66
  • Aug 21 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), dies at 91
  • Aug 21 Anna Kashfi [Joan O'Callaghan], Welsh actress and 1st wife of Marlon Barando, dies at 80
  • Aug 21 Bob Hepple, South African-born academic and Nelson Mandela's lawyer, dies at 81
  • Aug 22 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), dies at 93
  • Aug 22 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, dies at 88
  • Aug 22 Andy Mapple, English water skier (World Slalom C'ship 1981, 89, 95, 97, 99, 2001), dies at 52
  • Aug 23 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), dies at 93
  • Aug 23 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 24 Justin Wilson, English auto racer (International Formula 3000 C'ship; Champ Car Series 4 wins), dies as a result of on track accident at 37
  • Aug 25 Frank E. Petersen Jr, American soldier and 1st African American Marine aviator & General, dies at 83
  • Aug 25 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spin bowler (9 Tests), dies at 90
  • Aug 26 P J Kavanagh [Patrick Joeseph], British poet, actor and journalist (The Perfect Stranger), dies at 84
  • Aug 27 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Aug 28 Al Arbour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, coach and executive (coach NY Islanders Stanley Cup 1980-83), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 82
  • Aug 29 Wayne Dyer, American psychologist and author (Universe Within You), dies at 75
  • Aug 30 Oliver Sacks, English Neurologist and author (Awakenings), dies at 82
  • Aug 30 Wes Craven, American filmmaker (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), dies at 76
  • Aug 30 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), dies at 91
  • Aug 31 Colin Hope, British Industrialist (Turner and Newall), dies at 83