On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2015 (Part 3)

Deaths 401 - 546 of 546

  • Sep 21 Ben Cauley, American R&B trumpeter (The Bar-Kays - "Soul Finger") and Otis Redding plane crash survivor, dies at 67

Person of interestYogi Berra

Sep 22 Lorenzo "Yogi" Berra, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher and manager (18X MLB All-Star; 13X World Series champion; NY Yankees, Mets; AL MVP (1951, 54, 55), and Purple Heart recipient, dies at 90

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 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 saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), dies 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 Steve Camacho, West Indian cricket batsman, author, administrator (11 Tests, CEO WI Cricket Board), dies at 69
  • Oct 2 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), dies at 100 [1]
  • Oct 3 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), dies at 98
  • Oct 3 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies at 77
  • Oct 5 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 5 Chantal Akerman, Belgian feminist filmmaker (Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65
  • 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 Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer-songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64
  • Oct 8 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), dies at 72
  • 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 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), dies at 84
  • Oct 9 N. Ramani, Indian flutist, dies at 80
  • Oct 10 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, dies at 81
  • Oct 11 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1964, 67; Cy Young Award 1964; no-hitter 1967), dies at 74
  • Oct 11 John Berg, American art director (Columbia Records, 1961-85), winner of 4 Grammy Awards for album art , dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Oct 12 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 90
  • Oct 12 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), dies at 97
  • Oct 12 Armin Kircher, Austrian organist, composer, and conductor, dies of heart failure at 48
  • 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 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), dies at 69
  • Oct 17 Danièle Delorme [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), dies at 89

  • 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 Jim [James Wilfred] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Bill Keith, American banjoist, dies at 75
  • Oct 24 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95
  • Oct 25 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 25 Basil Williams, West Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests, 2 x 100s; century on debut 1978), dies at 65
  • 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 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), dies at 90
  • Oct 31 Gregg Palmer [Palmer Edvind Lee], American actor (Scream, To Hell & Back), dies at 88
  • Nov 1 Fred Thompson, US senator (R-Tenn)/actor (In the Line of Fire), dies at 73
  • 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 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 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 Tom Graveney, England cricket batsman (79 Tests; top score 258; 732 first class games), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Nov 3 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), dies at 84
  • 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 Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor of West Germany (SPD, 1974- 82), dies at 96
  • Nov 10 Pat Eddery OBE, Irish jockey (11 x British flat racing Champion Jockey; 3 x Epsom Derby), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Nov 10 Allen Toussaint, American pianist, songwriter and producer ("Mother-In-Law"; "Working In A Coal Mine"; "Southern Nights"), dies at 77
  • Nov 10 Gene Amdahl, American computer scientist who designed the IBM mainframe, dies at 92
  • Nov 10 Tim [Itimous Thaddeus] Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95) dies at 89
  • Nov 10 Robert Craft, American conductor and friend of Stravinsky, dies at 92
  • 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 Warren Mitchell, English actor (Alf Garnett in Till Death Us Do Part), dies at 89
  • Nov 14 Nick Bockwinkel, American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA), dies at 80
  • Nov 15 Cynthia Payne, English brothel madam, dies at 82
  • Nov 15 Saeed Jaffrey, Indian actor (The Chess Players, Gandhi), dies at 86
  • Nov 16 Stephen Birmingham, American author (Real Lace: America's Irish Rich, dies at 86
  • Nov 16 Bert Olmstead, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 89
  • Nov 16 David Canary, American actor (Bonanza, All My Children), dies at 77

Person of interestJonah 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

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • Nov 18 Mal Whitfield, American track athlete (Olympic 3 gold, silver & bronze 1948, 52), dies at 91
  • Nov 18 Jim Slater, British financier and writer, dies at 86

  • Nov 18 Erik Lotichius, Dutch composer (Anaitalrax), dies at 86
  • 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 Keith Michell, Australian actor and theater director (6 Wives of Henry VIII), dies at 88
  • Nov 20 Jim Perry, American and Canadian tv host ($ale of the Century), dies at 82
  • Nov 21 Bob Foster, American boxer (world light-heavyweight champion 1968-74), dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Ken Johnson, American MLB player - 1st pitcher to lose a complete game nine-inning no-hitter, dies at 82
  • Nov 21 Germán Robles, Spanish-Mexican film, theater, television, and voice actor (El Vampiro), dies at 86
  • 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 28 Olene Walker, American politician (R), 1st female Governor of Utah (2003-2005), dies at 85
  • 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 Janez Strnad, Slovenian physicist, and author (We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of), dies at 81
  • 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 Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Manga artist (GeGeGe no Kitarō), dies at 93
  • Nov 30 Marcus Klingburg, Israeli soviet spy and epidemiologist, dies at 97
  • 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 3 Scott Weiland, American musician (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver), dies at 48

  • Dec 3 Roy Evans, British trade unionist and General Secretary (British Iron & Steel Trade Confederation), dies at 84
  • Dec 3 Eevi Huttunen, Finnish speed skater (8 World C'ship gold 1951-59), dies at 93
  • Dec 3 Bill Bennett, Canadian politician, Premier of British Columbia (1975-86), dies at 83
  • Dec 3 Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson, Jamaican ska and reggae session keyboard player, and band leader ("The Liquidator"), dies at 81
  • 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 8 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, dies at 90
  • Dec 8 Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] American rockabilly musician ("Tennessee Mambo"), dies at 91
  • Dec 9 Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player, dies at 75

Person of interestDolph 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

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 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 Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), dies at 88
  • Dec 19 Douglas Dick, American actor and psychologist (Rope, Waterfront), dies at 95
  • Dec 20 Patricia Elliott, American actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), dies at 77
  • 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 Stevie Wright, British-born Australian singer with the Easybeats (Friday on my Mind), dies at 68
  • Dec 27 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83

  • 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 Andy M. Stewart, Scottish musician and composer (Silly Wizard), dies at 63
  • Dec 28 Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), dies from terminal illness at 70
  • Dec 28 Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), dies at 42
  • Dec 28 Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), commits suicide at 51
  • Dec 28 John "Brad" Bradbury, British ska drummer and record producer (The Specials), dies at 62
  • Dec 29 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • Dec 29 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Polish long jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 76
  • Dec 30 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 59
  • Dec 30 Donald Barron, Scottish accountant and CEO (Midland Bank), dies at 94
  • Dec 31 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), dies at 82

Person of interestNatalie Cole

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

Singer and Songwriter Natalie Cole
Singer and Songwriter
Natalie Cole
  • Dec 31 Beth Howland, American actress (Vera - Alice, Company), dies at 74