Famous Deaths in January 2015

  • 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 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
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

Person of interestAnita Ekberg

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

Actress Anita Ekberg
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 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, English 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 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 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
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