On This Day

Famous People Who Died in March 2015

  • Mar 1 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago WS), dies of heart disease at 92
  • Mar 1 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records label, 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
  • Mar 11 Ralph Taeger, American actor (Klondike, Acapulco, Hondo), dies at 78
  • Mar 11 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), dies of metastatic melanoma at 67

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 third baseman (MLB All-Star 1952–55; World Series 1948; AL MVP 1953; Cleveland Indians) and executive (NL Executive of the Year 1989), 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
  • Mar 19 Peter Katin, British concert pianist, 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 20 Jim Berry, American cartoonist (Berry's World), dies at 83
  • Mar 20 A.J. Pero, American drummer (Twisted Sister - "We're Not Gonna Take It"), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Mar 21 Jackie Trent, English singer-songwriter (Neighbours theme) and actress, dies at 74
  • Mar 21 Chuck Bednarik, American Pro/College Football Hall of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles, 1949-62), dies of Alzheimer's disease and dementia at 89
  • Mar 22 Norman Scribner, American organist, conductor, choral director (St. Alban's, 1960-2007; Choral Arts Society of Washington, 1965-2012), and composer (Song for St. Cecilia), dies at 79

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 23 Roy Douglas, English composer and arranger (Tomorrow We Live - At Dawn We Die), dies at 107
  • Mar 23 Nick Peters, American Baseball Hall of Fame writer (Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Berkeley Gazette, San Francisco Chronicle), dies at 75
  • Mar 23 Lil' Chris [Hardman], British rock singer (Checkin' It Out), takes his own life at 24 [1]
  • Mar 24 Oleg Bryjak, Kazakhstani-German bass-baritone opera singer (Deutsche Oper am Rhein), dies in plane crash at 54
  • 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
  • Mar 28 Douglas Leedy, American composer, dies at 77