Famous People Who Died in 2015 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 589

  • Apr 30 Ronald Senator, British composer (Holocaust Requiem), and educator (Musicolor), dies in a house fire at 89
  • May 1 (Alexander) "Bobby" Kok, Boer-British classical and session cellist (BBC Symphony; George Harrison - "When We Was Fab"), dies at 89
  • May 1 Dan Farley, American racing journalist (President National Turf Writer's Association), dies at 72
  • May 1 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), dies at 92
  • May 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), dies at 85
  • May 1 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), dies at 80
  • May 2 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome), dies at 87
  • May 2 Ma Shui-long, Taiwanese classical composer (The Peacock Flies Southeast), dies at 75
  • May 2 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • May 2 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • May 5 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • May 6 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), dies at 71
  • May 6 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • May 7 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), dies at 87
  • May 8 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, dies at 81
  • May 8 Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota, 1971-78), dies at 93
  • May 9 Christopher Wood, English screenwriter & novelist (Confessions), dies at 79
  • May 9 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen & stage actress (Doc, East Side/West Side), dies at 94
  • May 9 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier & politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • May 12 Mervyn Burtch, Welsh composer (The Raven King) and educator, dies at 85
  • May 12 Ruth Mompati, South African politician and Secretary of Nelson Mandela, dies at 89
  • May 13 Robert Drasnin, American clarinetist, composer, and film and television music supervisor (CBS, 1977-91), dies after a fall at 87

B.B. KingB.B. King (1925-2015)

May 14 American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), dies at 89

  • May 15 Bob Hopkins, American basketball forward and coach (Syracuse Nationals; Seattle SuperSonics), dies of heart and kidney failure at 80
  • May 15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • May 16 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • May 16 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang: The Kite), dies of cardiac arrest at 42
  • May 17 Chinx [Lionel Pickens], American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • May 20 Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant, dies at 87
  • May 21 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • May 22 John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College), dies at 87
  • May 22 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 88
  • May 23 Anne Meara, American comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place, The Other Woman), mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85
  • May 23 John Carter, American actor (Scarface, The Hoax, Badlands, Max-Falcon Crest), dies at 87

John NashJohn Nash (1928-2015)

May 23 American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

  • May 24 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67
  • May 28 Steven Gerber, American classical composer (Music in Dark Times), dies at 66
  • May 29 Betsy Palmer [Patricia Betsy Hrunek], American actress (Mr Roberts, Friday the 13th), dies at 88

Doris HartDoris Hart (1925-2015)

May 29 American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 89

  • May 29 Henry Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 4x400m 1964) and football safety (NY Giants), dies at 72
  • May 29 Peter Cropper, British violinist (Lindsay Quartet, 1965-2005), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • May 30 Azmat Rana, Pakistan cricket batsman (1 Test, top score 49; 2 ODIs), dies at 63
  • May 30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47
  • May 30 L. Tom Perry, American religious leader (LDS apostle), dies at 92
  • 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 Albert West [Albertus Westelaken], Dutch pop singer (The Shuffles - "Cha-La-La, I Need You"; Stars on 45), dies at 65
  • Jun 4 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer (Palatino and Optima), dies at 96
  • Jun 5 Alan Bond, Australian businessman and yachting syndicate owner (America's Cup 1983), dies from heart failure at 77
  • Jun 5 Jerry Collins, New Zealand rugby union flanker, #8 (48 caps; Wellington Hurricanes, Toulon, Ospreys, Narbonne), dies in a car crash at 34
  • Jun 5 Richard Johnson, British stage and screen actor and producer (Never So Few, Restless, Beyond the Door), dies at 87
  • Jun 5 Tariq Aziz, Iraqi politician and close adviser to Saddam Hussein, dies at 79
  • Jun 6 Ludvik Vaculik, Czech writer (Two Thousand Words), dies at 88
  • Jun 6 Pierre Brice [Pierre-Louis Le Bris], French actor (Winnetou), dies at 86
  • Jun 6 Ronnie Gilbert, American folk singer (The Weavers - "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine"), dies at 88
  • Jun 6 Vincent Bugliosi, American attorney and author (Helter-Skelter), dies at 80

Christopher LeeChristopher Lee (1922-2015)

Jun 7 English actor (Dracula, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), dies at 93

  • Jun 7 Michael Oliver, British cardiologist (linked cholesterol with coronary artery disease), dies at 89
  • Jun 7 Peter Petherick, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (6 Tests, 16 wickets, hat-trick on debut; Otago, Wellington), dies at 72
  • 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
  • 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

Ornette ColemanOrnette Coleman (1930-2015)

Jun 11 American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation), dies of a heart attack at 85

  • Jun 11 Ron Moody [Moodnick], British stage and screen actor, singer (Oliver!; The Twelve Chairs), and composer dies at 91
  • Jun 12 Ernest Tomlinson, English light classical composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 12 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • Jun 13 "Big Time" Sarah [Streeter], American blues singer, dies of heart disease at 62
  • Jun 13 MC Supreme [Dewayne Lawrence Coleman], rapper (Black in America), dies in a car accident at 47
  • Jun 15 Jean Doré, Canadian politician (39th Mayor of Montreal), dies at 70
  • 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 Roger Lavern [Jackson], English rock keyboardist (Tornados), dies at 75
  • Jun 16 Charles Correa, Indian architect (McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT), dies at 84
  • Jun 17 John David Crow, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1957, Texas A & M; Pro Bowl 1959, 60, 62, 65; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 79
  • Jun 17 Ron Clarke AO, MBE, Australian athlete (17 x WRs, 5,000m, 10,000m, 20,000m; 2, 3, 6, 10 miles) and politician (mayor Gold Coast), dies from kidney failure at 78
  • Jun 17 Suleyman Demirel, Turkish leader, President (1993-2000) and Prime Minister, dies at 90
  • 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 horn player and jazz composer ("Of Reminiscences and Reflections" - Pulitzer Prize, 1994), dies at 89
  • Jun 21 Veijo Meri, Finnish writer, dies at 86
  • Jun 22 Buddy Landel 'Nature Boy', American professional wrestler, dies after a car accident at 53
  • Jun 22 Gabriele Wohmann, German writer, dies at 83
  • Jun 22 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • Jun 22 Joseph de Pasquale, American violist (Boston Symphony, 1949-64: Philadelphia Orchestra, 1964-96), and educator (Curtis Institutu, 1965-2015), dies at 95
  • Jun 22 Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (Wifemistress, Divine Nymph), dies at 73
  • Jun 23 Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, 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 24 Mario Biaggi, American politician (Rep-D&R-NY, 1969-88), dies at 97
  • Jun 24 Marva Nettles Collins, American educator (West Side Preparatory School), dies at 78
  • 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 26 Richard Matt, American murderer who escaped prison, shot and killed on the run at 49
  • Jun 27 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), dies of acute erythroid leukemia at 67
  • Jun 27 Denis Vigay, British cellist (BBC Symphony; Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), dies at 89
  • 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
  • Jun 29 Josef Masopust, Czech footballer, 1950-70 (Dukla Prague), dies at 85
  • Jun 30 Leonard Starr, American comic strip cartoonist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 89
  • Jul 1 Lawrence Herkimer, American "Grandfather of Cheerleading" (founded National Cheerleading Association, patented the pom-pom), dies at 89
  • Jul 1 Sir Nicholas Winton, English Humanitarian ('British Schindler' - saved 600 children from Nazis), dies at 106
  • Jul 1 Val Doonican [Michael Valentine], Irish singer and entertainer, dies at 88
  • Jul 2 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 68
  • Jul 2 Slavko Avsenik, Slovenian polka and Oberkrain ethnic accordionist, piano player and composers (Avsenik Brothers Ensemble), dies at 85
  • Jul 3 Boyd K. Packer, LDS church apostle, dies at 90
  • Jul 3 Diana Douglas, Bermudian-born American actress (The Indian Fighter), dies at 92
  • Jul 3 Jacques Sernas [Jokūbas Bernardas Šernas], Lithuanian actor (La Dolce Vita, Helen of Troy), dies at 89
  • Jul 3 Phil Walsh, Australian Rules Football wing, coach (Adelaide Crows), dies - murdered by son at 55
  • Jul 5 Yoichiro Nambu, Japanese-born American Physicist (Nobel Prize 2008), dies at 94
  • Jul 8 Ernie Maresca, American singer and songwriter ("Runaround Sue"; "The Wanderer"), dies at 76
  • Jul 8 James Tate, American poet (Pulitzer Prize 1992), dies at 71
  • Jul 8 Ken Stabler, American Pro Football HOF quarterback (4 x Pro Bowl; NFL MVP, First-team All-Pro 1974; Super Bowl 1976; Oakland Raiders), dies of colon cancer at 69
  • Jul 10 Jon [Jonathan Stewart] Vickers, Canadian operatic tenor, dies at 88
  • Jul 10 Omar Sharif [Michel Dimitri Shalhoub], Egyptian actor (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 83
  • Jul 10 Roger Rees, Welsh Tony winning stage and screen actor (Cheers - "Robin Colcord"), dies of brain cancer at 71
  • Jul 11 Claudia Alexander, Canadian-born American NASA Scientist (led Galileo mission to Jupiter), dies of cancer at 56

Satoru IwataSatoru Iwata (1959-2015)

Jul 11 Japanese video game designer, President and CEO of Nintendo (Nintendo DS and Wii), dies of cancer at 55

  • Jul 13 Gerhard Zwerenz, German writer and politician, dies at 90
  • Jul 15 Alan Curtis, American harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor, dies at 80
  • Jul 15 Howard Rumsey, American jazz musician (Lighthouse Cafe), dies at 97
  • Jul 15 Wan Li, Chinese reform politician, dies at 98
  • Jul 17 Jules Bianchi, French auto racer (Marussia Formula 1 Racing Team), dies from injuries during accident at 2014 Japanese F1 GP, at 25
  • Jul 17 Owen Chadwick, English historian, priest and university chancellor, dies at 99
  • Jul 18 Alex Rocco, American actor (The Godfather, The Famous Teddy Z), dies at 79
  • Jul 19 Galina Prozumenshchikova, Soviet 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 66 after a long illness
  • Jul 19 Sybren Polet [Sijbe Minnema], Dutch writer and poet (Mannekino), dies at 91
  • Jul 19 Václav Snítil, Czech violinist (Czech Nonet), and teacher (Prague Academy of Performing Arts, 1964-2015), dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Van Alexander [Alexander Van Vliet Feldman], American composer, arranger ("A-Tisket, A-Tasket"), and orchestra leader (Dean Martin Show), dies at 100
  • Jul 20 Elio Fiorucci, Italian fashion designer, dies at 80
  • Jul 21 E. L. Doctorow, American author (Ragtime, Billy Bathgate), dies at 84
  • Jul 21 Paul Freeman, American conductor and composer (Chicago Sinfonietta, 1987 -2011; Czech National Symphony, 1996-2007), dies at 79
  • Jul 21 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American stage and screen singer and actor (The Sound of Music; Fiddler On The Roof; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; 200 Motels), folk singer (co-founder Newport Folk Festival), and political activist, dies at 91
  • Jul 25 Bob Kauffman, American NBA basketball forward, 1968-75, 3X All-Star (Buffalo Braves and 3 other teams), and coach, 1977-78 (Detroit Pistons), dies of heart failure at 69
  • Jul 26 Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, dies in a coma at 22
  • Jul 26 Wolfgang Gönnenwein, German choral director and educator, and artistic director (Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, 1972-2004), dies at 82
  • Jul 27 A. P. J. [Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen] Abdul Kalam, Indian scientist and politician, 11th President of India (2002-07), dies at 83
  • Jul 28 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991; Nottinghamshire), dies from a brain tumour at 66
  • Jul 28 James Jude, American thoracic surgeon (developed CPR), dies at 87
  • Jul 29 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97
  • Jul 30 Lynn Anderson, American country singer (I Never Promised you a Rose Garden), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Jul 31 Billy Pierce, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star x 7; World Series 1945; AL wins leader 1957; MLB ERA leader 1955; AL strikeout leader; 1953; Chicago White Sox), dies from gallbladder cancer at 88
  • Jul 31 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor and director (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), dies at 93

Roddy PiperRoddy Piper (1954-2015)

Jul 31 Canadian pro wrestler (WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight C'ship 1992; World Tag Team C'ship [Ric Flair] 2006), dies from cardiopulmonary arrest caused by hypertension at 61

  • Aug 1 Anatoly Kremer, Russian composer and conductor (Eksperiment), dies at 82
  • Aug 1 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], British pop singer ("Anyone Who Had a Heart"), and TV personality (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • Aug 2 Forrest Bird, American aviator and inventor (1st respirators and ventilators), dies at 94
  • Aug 3 Adam Walacinski, Polish composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 3 Coleen Gray [Doris Bernice Jensen], American actress (Apache Drums, The Killing), dies at 92
  • Aug 3 Les Munro, New Zealand WWII pilot (Dambusters), dies at 96
  • Aug 3 Mel Farr, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1967, 70; Detroit Lions), dies of a massive heart attack at 70
  • Aug 3 Robert Conquest, English historian and poet (The Great Terror), dies at 98
  • Aug 4 Gerd Natschinski, German composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 5 George Cole, English actor (Minder), dies at 90

Louise SuggsLouise Suggs (1923-2015)

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

  • Aug 7 Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American FDA Director (stopped thalidomide use in the US), dies at 101
  • Aug 9 David Nobbs, English comedic writer (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 80
  • Aug 9 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • Aug 10 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, dies at 74
  • Aug 11 Serge Collot, French violist (Paris Opera, 1957-86; Le Trio à Cordes Français, 1960-92), and music educator (Conservatoire de Paris, 1969-89), dies at 91
  • Aug 12 John Scott, English organist and choirmaster, dies at 59
  • Aug 12 Per Hjort Albertsen, Norwegian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 96
  • Aug 12 Stephen Lewis, British stage and screen comic actor, screenwriter and playwright (In The Buses - "Blakey"; Last of the Summer Wine - "Smiler"), dies at 88
  • Aug 13 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 95
  • Aug 14 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham; Snow Patrol), dies at 71
  • Aug 14 Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), dies at 64
  • Aug 14 [Donald William] Bob Johnston, American music producer (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash), dies at 83
  • Aug 15 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Aug 17 Arsen Dedić, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, dies at 77
  • Aug 17 Jan Fotek, Polish composer (Musica Cromatica), dies at 76
  • Aug 17 Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), dies at 78
  • Aug 18 (Alan) "Bud" Yorkin, American film and television producer and director (Divorce American Style; All in the Family; Sanford And Son), dies at 89
  • Aug 18 Louis Stokes, American politician (Rep-D-OH, 1969-99), dies at 90
  • Aug 18 Roger Smalley, British-Australian pianist, conductor, and composer (Gloria Tibi Trinitas), 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 20 Piotr Warzecha, Polish composer, dies at 74
  • 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 21 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), dies at 91
  • Aug 22 Andy Mapple, English water skier (World Slalom C'ship 1981, 89, 95, 97, 99, 2001), dies at 52
  • Aug 22 Arthur Morris, Australian cricket batsman (46 Tests, 12 x 100, HS 206, BA 46.48; NSWCA), dies at 93
  • Aug 22 Charles Tomlinson, British poet and translator, dies at 88
  • Aug 23 Asher Ben-Yohanan, Israeli composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 23 Jean Darling, American child actress (Our Gang), dies at 93
  • 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 24 Vardo Rumessen, Estonian classical pianist, musicologist, politician, and independence advocate, dies at 73
  • 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 27 George Cleve, Austrian-American conductor (Winnipeg Symphony, 1968-70; San Jose Symphony, 1972-92; San Francisco Midsummer Mozart Festival, 1974-2015), dies of liver failure at 79

Al ArbourAl Arbour (1932-2015)

Aug 28 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 Brad Anderson, American cartoonist (Marmaduke), dies at 91
  • 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