On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 2015

  • Dec 1 Jim Loscutoff, American basketball forward (NBA champion (1957, 59–64; Boston Celtics), dies from Parkinson's disease and pneumonia at 85
  • Dec 2 Anthony Valentine, British actor (Colditz), dies at 76
  • Dec 3 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48
  • Dec 3 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), dies at 84
  • Dec 3 Eevi Huttunen, Finnish speed skater (8 World C'ship gold 1951-59), dies at 93
  • Dec 3 Bill Bennett, Canadian politician, Premier of British Columbia (1975-86), dies at 83
  • Dec 3 Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson, Jamaican ska and reggae session keyboard player, and band leader ("The Liquidator"), dies at 81
  • Dec 4 Salvatore "Robert" Loggia, American actor (Jagged Edge, Big, Officer & a Gentleman, Scarface), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 85
  • Dec 5 Marília Pêra, Brazilian actress (Better Days Ahead, Pixote), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Dec 6 Holly Woodlawn, transgender Puerto Rican actress (Warhol films), dies at 69
  • Dec 8 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • Dec 8 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American rockabilly musician ("Tennessee Mambo"), dies at 91
  • Dec 9 Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player, dies at 75

Person of interestDolph Schayes

Dec 10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72), dies of cancer at 87

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Dec 11 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • Dec 14 Lillian Vernon, American founder and CEO of the Lillian Vernon Corporation (first company listed on US stock exchange started by a woman), dies at 88

  • Dec 15 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), dies of cancer at 81
  • Dec 16 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), dies at 91
  • Dec 18 Luc Brewaeys, Belgian pianist, conductor, and composer, dies of cancer at 56
  • Dec 19 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), dies at 88
  • Dec 19 Douglas Dick, American actor and psychologist (Rope, Waterfront), dies at 95
  • Dec 20 Patricia Elliott, American actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), dies at 77
  • Dec 22 Carson Van Osten, American musician and comic strip writer (Disney), dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Alfred G. Gilman, American scientist (1994 Nobel Prize for G-protein discoveries), dies at 74
  • Dec 24 William Guest, American singer (Gladys Knight Show), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93
  • Dec 27 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine skier (first Olympic giant slalom gold 1952), dies at 88
  • Dec 27 Andy M. Stewart, Scottish musician and composer (Silly Wizard), dies at 63
  • Dec 28 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), dies from terminal illness at 70
  • Dec 28 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42
  • Dec 28 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), commits suicide at 51
  • Dec 28 John "Brad" Bradbury, British ska drummer and record producer (The Specials), dies at 62
  • Dec 29 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • Dec 29 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Polish long jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 76
  • Dec 30 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 59
  • Dec 30 Donald Barron, Scottish accountant and CEO (Midland Bank), dies at 94
  • Dec 31 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), dies at 82

Person of interestNatalie Cole

Dec 31 Natalie Cole, American pop vocalist ('Pink Cadillac"; "Miss You Like Crazy"), dies at 65

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Dec 31 Beth Howland, American actress (Vera - Alice, Company), dies at 74