Famous People Who Died in 2015 (Part 3)

Deaths 401 - 587 of 587

  • Sep 1 Dean Jones, American actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), dies at 84
  • Sep 2 Alan Kurdi, 3 year old Syrian refugee drowns off the coast of Turkey, his death and photograph prompt international reaction
  • Sep 2 Donny Conn, American musician (The Playmates), dies at 85
  • Sep 3 Adrian Cadbury, British confectionery manufacturer (Cadbury) and author of report on Corporate Governance, dies at 86
  • Sep 3 Judy Carne, English comedienne and actress (Laugh-In), dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), dies at 80
  • Sep 5 (Frederick) "Denny" Greene, American singer (Sha Na Na, 1968-84), dies from cancer at 66
  • Sep 5 Jacques Israelievitch, French Canadian classical violinist, concertmaster (St. Louis Symphony, 1978-88; Toronto Symphony, 1988-2008), and music director (Koffler Chamber Orchestra, 2005-14), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Sep 5 Patricia Canning Todd, American tennis player, dies at 93
  • Sep 5 Setsuko Hara, Japanese actress (Late Spring, Tokyo Story), dies of pneumonia at 95
  • Sep 6 Martin Milner, American actor (Route 66, Adam 12), dies at 83
  • Sep 7 Dickie Moore, American actor (Oliver Twist, Little Men), dies at 89
  • Sep 8 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican professional baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), dies at 62
  • Sep 9 Robin McDonald, Scottish rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas), dies at 72
  • Sep 10 Franco Interlenghi, Italian actor (I Vitelloni, Ulysses, Sciuscià), dies at 83
  • Sep 11 Marcel Zeeuw, Surinamese soldier (coup 1982), dies at 61
  • Sep 12 Bryn Merrick, British musician (The Damned), dies at 56
  • Sep 12 Frank D. Gilroy, American writer (Subject Was Roses), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 Max Beauvoir, Haiti Chief Voodoo Priest, dies at 79
  • Sep 13 Brian Close, English cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), dies at 84
  • Sep 13 Gary Richrath, American guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), dies at 65

Moses Malone

Sep 13 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83; NBA Finals MVP 1983; 12 x NBA All Star; Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers), dies of heart disease at 60

  • Sep 14 Fred DeLuca, American co-founder of the Subway chain, dies of cancer at 65

Bob Cleary

Sep 16 Bob Cleary, American US Hockey HOF center (Olympic gold 1960; Harvard University), dies at 79

  • Sep 17 David Willcocks, English conductor and composer (Kings College choir), dies at 95
  • Sep 17 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, dies at 91
  • Sep 19 Jackie Collins, British-American romance novelist (The Stud; The Bitch; Lucky), dies of breast cancer at 77
  • Sep 20 Charles Kenneth "C K" Williams, American poet and translator (Pulitzer prize 2000), dies at 78
  • Sep 20 Jack Larson, American actor (The Adventures of Superman -"Jimmy Olsen"), screenwriter, and librettist (Virgil Thomson's "Lord Byron"), dies at 87
  • Sep 21 Ben Cauley, American R&B trumpeter (The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger") and Otis Redding plane crash survivor, dies at 67

Yogi Berra

Sep 22 Yogi Berra, American Baseball HOF catcher, coach and manager (18 x MLB All-Star; 13 x World Series; NY Yankees; AL MVP 1951, 54, 55), and Purple Heart recipient, dies at 90

  • Sep 26 Manuel Oltra, Spanish secular and sacred music composer, and professor (Barcelona Conservatory, 1959-87), dies at 93
  • Sep 26 Toshiya Sukegawa, Japanese contemporary classical and electro-acoustic composer (The Eternal Morning 1945.8.6; A Projection), dies at 85
  • Sep 27 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), dies at 85
  • Sep 27 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), dies at 89
  • Sep 27 Wilton Felder, American jazz-fusion saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), dies from multiple myeloma at 75
  • Sep 28 Frankie Ford [Frank Guzzo], American rock vocalist (Sea Cruise), dies at 76
  • Sep 29 Phil Woods, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), dies of emphysema at 83
  • Oct 1 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), dies at 100
  • Oct 2 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), dies at 86
  • Oct 2 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), dies at 100 [1]
  • Oct 2 Lindsay Kline, Australian cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler Hat-trick 1957), dies at 81
  • Oct 2 Steve Camacho, West Indian cricket batsman, author, administrator (11 Tests, CEO WI Cricket Board), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies at 77
  • Oct 3 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), dies at 98
  • Oct 5 Chantal Akerman, Belgian feminist filmmaker (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65
  • Oct 5 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 6 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), dies at 93
  • Oct 6 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer ("Down in the Boondocks"), dies at 73
  • Oct 6 Kevin Corcoran, American actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), dies at 66
  • Oct 6 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), dies of leukemia at 78
  • Oct 8 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), dies at 72
  • Oct 8 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer-songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64
  • Oct 8 Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75
  • Oct 9 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), dies at 88
  • Oct 9 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, dies at 79
  • Oct 9 N. Ramani, Indian flutist, dies at 80
  • Oct 9 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), dies at 84
  • Oct 10 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, dies at 81
  • Oct 10 Saša Britvić, Croatian conductor (Croatian Baroque Ensemble, 1999-2015), and pedagogue, dies at 51
  • Oct 11 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1964, 67; Cy Young Award 1964; no-hitter 1967; LA / California Angels, Minnesota Twins), dies at 74
  • Oct 11 John Berg, American art director, 4-time Grammy Award-winner for album art (Columbia Records, 1961-85), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Oct 12 Armin Kircher, Austrian organist, composer, and conductor, dies of heart failure at 48
  • Oct 12 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), dies at 97
  • Oct 12 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 90
  • Oct 13 Michael Walsh, British Army officer (Operation Musketeer), dies at 88
  • Oct 14 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), dies at 82
  • Oct 16 Mikhail Burtsev, Soviet sabre fencer (Olympic gold 1976, 1980), dies at 59
  • Oct 17 Danièle Delorme [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), dies at 89
  • Oct 17 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), dies at 69
  • Oct 20 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89
  • Oct 21 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), dies at 79
  • Oct 23 Bill Keith, American banjoist, dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Jim [James Wilfred] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75

Maureen O'Hara

Oct 24 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95

  • Oct 25 Basil Williams, West Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 100s; century on debut 1978), dies at 65
  • Oct 25 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 27 Betsy Drake, French-born American actress and writer (Every Girl Should be Married), dies at 92
  • Oct 29 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), dies at 89
  • Oct 30 Albert "Al" Molinaro, American actor (The Odd Couple, Happy Days), dies from illness at 96
  • Oct 30 Mel Daniels, American professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), dies at 71
  • Oct 31 Gregg Palmer [Palmer Edvind Lee], American actor (Scream, To Hell & Back), dies at 88
  • Oct 31 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), dies at 90
  • Nov 1 Fred Thompson, US senator (R-Tenn)/actor (In the Line of Fire), dies at 73
  • Nov 2 Colin Welland, British screenwriter (Chariots of Fire) and actor (Straw Dogs), dies at 81
  • Nov 2 David Stock, American composer (Rosewood Reflections), and conductor (Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, 1976-99), dies at 76 [1]
  • Nov 2 Mike Davies, Welsh tennis player, entrepreneur and administrator (ED ATP; GM ITF; Grand Slam Cup creator), dies from mesothelioma at 79
  • Nov 2 Raul Rekow, American percussionist and conguero (Santana, 1976-2013), dies of cancer at 61
  • Nov 3 Ahmed Chalabi, Iraqi politician (supported US 2003 invasion), dies at 71
  • Nov 3 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), dies at 84
  • Nov 3 Tom Graveney, England cricket batsman (79 Tests; top score 258; 732 first class games), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Nov 4 Melissa Mathison, American screenwriter (E.T.), dies of cancer at 65
  • Nov 5 Guido Masanetz, German composer (In Frisco ist der Teufel Los), dies at 101
  • Nov 6 Yitzhak Navon, President of Israel (1978-83), dies at 94
  • Nov 7 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), dies of cancer at 68
  • Nov 9 Andy [Andrew] White, Scottish drummer, drummed on early Beatles records ("Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You"), dies at 85
  • Nov 10 Allen Toussaint, American pianist, songwriter and producer ("Mother-In-Law"; "Working In A Coal Mine"; "Southern Nights"), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Nov 10 Gene Amdahl, American computer scientist who designed the IBM mainframe, dies at 92
  • Nov 10 Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of West Germany (SPD, 1974- 82), dies at 96
  • Nov 10 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (11 x British flat racing Champion Jockey; 3 x Epsom Derby), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Nov 10 Robert Craft, American conductor and friend of Stravinsky, dies at 92
  • Nov 10 Tim [Itimous Thaddeus] Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95) dies at 89
  • Nov 11 Philthy Animal [Phil Taylor], English rock drummer (Motörhead), dies from liver failure at 61
  • Nov 12 Márton Fülöp, Hungarian footballer and goalkeeper, dies of cancer at 32
  • Nov 14 Nick Bockwinkel, American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA), dies at 80
  • Nov 14 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), dies at 89
  • Nov 15 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, dies at 82
  • Nov 15 Larry J. Hopkins, American politician (Rep-R-KY, 1979-93), dies at 88
  • Nov 15 P. F. Sloan [Philip Schlein], American songwriter ("Eve of Destruction"; "Secret Agent Man"), session guitarist, and singer, dies of pancreatic cancer at 70
  • Nov 15 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), dies at 86
  • Nov 16 Bert Olmstead, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup, Montreal Canadiens 1953, 56, 57, 58; Toronto Maple Leafs 1962), dies from stroke complications at 89
  • Nov 16 David Canary, American actor (Bonanza, All My Children), dies at 77
  • Nov 16 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, dies at 86
  • Nov 18 Erik Lotichius, Dutch composer (Anaitalrax), dies at 86
  • Nov 18 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, dies at 86

Jonah Lomu

Nov 18 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black, 63 internationals), dies of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40

  • Nov 18 Mal Whitfield, American track athlete (Olympic 3 gold, silver & bronze 1948, 52), dies at 91
  • Nov 19 Armand [Herman van Loenhout], Dutch singer (Blommenkinders), dies at 69
  • Nov 19 Rex Reason, American actor (This Island Earth, Man Without a Gun, Roaring 20s), dies at 86
  • Nov 20 Jim Perry, American and Canadian tv host ($ale of the Century), dies at 82
  • Nov 20 Keith Michell, Australian actor and theater director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), dies at 88
  • Nov 21 Bob Foster, American boxer (world light-heavyweight champion 1968-74), dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Germán Robles, Spanish-Mexican film, theater, television, and voice actor (El Vampiro), dies at 86
  • Nov 21 Ken Johnson, American baseball pitcher (only pitcher to lose a complete game 9-inning no-hitter 1964), dies at 82
  • Nov 22 Kim Young-sam, politician and activist - President of South Korea (1993-98), dies at 87
  • Nov 23 Douglass North, American economist, (Nobel Prize Economic Sciences 1993), dies at 95
  • Nov 24 Oļģerts Grāvītis, Latvian-Soviet composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 26 Alexander Kholminov, Russian composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 26 Ronnie Bright, American doo-wop bass vocalist (Johnny Cymbal - "Mr. Bass Man"; The Coasters, 1968-2009), dies at 77
  • Nov 27 Gwyn Jones Francis, Welsh UK Forestry commissioner, dies at 85
  • Nov 28 Janez Strnad, Slovenian physicist, and author (We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of), dies at 81
  • Nov 28 Luc Bondy, Swiss theatre and opera director, dies of cancer at 67
  • Nov 28 Marjorie Lord [Wollenberg], American actress (Make Room for Daddy, Sherlock Holmes in Washington), dies of natural causes at 97
  • Nov 28 Olene Walker, American politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), dies at 85
  • Nov 29 George Hadjinikos, Greek pianist and conductor, dies at 92
  • Nov 29 Joe Marston, Australian soccer defender (1954 FA Cup Final), dies at 89
  • Nov 30 Eldar Ryazanov, Russian film director and screenwriter (Carnival Night), dies at 88
  • Nov 30 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist, dies at 97
  • Nov 30 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), dies at 93
  • 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 2 John Charles Eaton, American composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 3 Bill Bennett, Canadian politician, Premier of British Columbia (1975-86), dies at 83
  • Dec 3 Eevi Huttunen, Finnish speed skater (8 World C'ship gold 1951-59), dies at 93
  • Dec 3 Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson, Jamaican ska and reggae session keyboard player, and band leader ("The Liquidator"), dies at 81
  • Dec 3 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), dies at 84
  • Dec 3 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48
  • Dec 4 Rodney Milne [Blumer], British opera critic (Opera magazine, 1971-99), musicologist, and libretto translator, dies at 79
  • 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 6 Nicholas Smith, English actor (Are You Being Served?), dies at 81
  • Dec 6 Tony Gomez, British rock keyboardist (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"; "Build Me Up Buttercup"), dies at 76
  • Dec 8 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American rockabilly musician ("Tennessee Mambo"), dies at 91
  • Dec 8 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • Dec 9 Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player, dies at 75

Dolph 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

  • 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 Douglas Dick, American actor and psychologist (Rope, Waterfront), dies at 95
  • Dec 19 Kurt Masur, German conductor (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, 1970-96; New York Philharmonic, 1991-2002; London Philharmonic, 2000-07), dies from complications of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Dec 20 Patricia Elliott, American actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), dies at 77
  • Dec 21 David Emms, British educator (London Goodenough Trust), dies at 90
  • 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 (Meadow) "Meadowlark" Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters, 1955-80, 1990, and 3 other teams), and clergyman, dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Andy M. Stewart, Scottish musician and composer (Silly Wizard), dies at 63
  • 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 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats ("Friday On My Mind"), dies at 68
  • Dec 28 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42
  • Dec 28 John "Brad" Bradbury, British ska drummer and record producer (The Specials), dies at 62
  • Dec 28 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), dies from terminal illness at 70
  • Dec 28 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), commits suicide at 51
  • Dec 29 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Polish long jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 76
  • Dec 29 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Donald Barron, Scottish accountant and CEO (Midland Bank), dies at 94
  • Dec 30 Doug Atkins, American College/Pro Football HOF defensive end (Uni of Tennessee; NFL C'ship 1954, 63; First-team All-Pro 1963; 8×Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, Chivago Bears, NO Saints), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 59
  • Dec 31 Beth Howland, American actress (Vera - Alice, Company), dies at 74

Natalie Cole

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

  • Dec 31 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, 1972-75 - "Capt. 'Trapper' John McIntyre"; House Calls), dies of pneumonia at 82