Famous Deaths in June 2015

  • 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
  • Jun 7 Peter Petherick, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow lefty 1976-77, hat-trick on debut), dies at 72

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

Person of interestOrnette Coleman

Jun 11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz), dies at 85

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 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 15 Jean Doré, Canadian politician (39th Mayor of Montreal), dies at 70
  • 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
  • Jun 23 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, dies at 83
  • Jun 24 Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D&R-NY, 1969-88), dies at 97
  • Jun 25 Patrick Macnee, British actor (The Avengers, Magnum, P.I., Sherlock Holmes), dies at 93
  • Jun 26 Ash Brownridge, American conservationist (National Wildlife Federation) creator of Ranger Rick, dies at 98
  • Jun 27 Chris Squire, English rock bassist (Yes), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jun 28 Jack Carter [Chakrin], American comedian and actor, dies at 93
  • Jun 29 Glenn Ford, American freed death row inmate (wrongly spent 30 years in prison), dies at 65