On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2016

Deaths 1 - 200 of 554

  • Jan 1 Fazu Aliyeva, Russian poet, novelist and journalist who helped develop Dagestani in Russian literature, dies from heart failure at 83
  • Jan 1 Michael G. Oxley, American politician (Rep-R-OH, 1981-2007), dies at 71
  • Jan 1 Dale Bumpers, American politician (Sen-D Arkansas, 1975-99), dies at 90
  • Jan 1 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-born American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), dies at 85
  • Jan 2 Nimr al-Nimr, Saudi Shiite religious leader & non-violent critic of the Saudi Arabian government, executed by the Saudi authorities aged 56 or 57
  • Jan 4 Robert Stigwood, Australian-British music entrepreneur (RSO Records), stage (Jesus Christ Superstar) and film (Saturday Night Fever; Grease; Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band) producer, , dies at 81
  • Jan 4 Michel Galabru, French actor (Judge & the Assassin), dies at 93
  • Jan 5 Elizabeth Swados, American theater composer playwright (Runaways), and author, dies from complications after surgery for esophageal cancer at 64
  • Jan 5 Pierre Boulez, French composer (La Visage Nuptial), conductor (BBC Symphony, 1970-77; New York Philharmonic, 1971-77), and new music advocate (IRCAM, Ensemble intercontemporain)dies at 90
  • Jan 5 Nicholas Caldwell, American R&B and soul singer (The Whispers - "And The Baet Goes On"; "It's A Love Thing"), dies of congestive heart failure at 71
  • Jan 6 Pat Harrington Jr, American actor (Danny Thomas Show, One Day at a Time), dies at 86
  • Jan 6 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), dies of prostate cancer at 79 
  • Jan 7 Troy Shondell, American singer (This Time (We’re Really Breaking Up)), dies from complications of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Jan 7 André Courrèges, French fashion designer, dies at 92
  • Jan 7 Kitty Kallen, American singer ("Little Things Mean a Lot"), dies at 94
  • Jan 8 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89
  • Jan 9 Ed Stewart, British DJ and broadcaster (Crackerjack), dies of a stroke at 74

David Bowie

Jan 10 David Bowie [David Robert Jones], English rock singer-songwriter ("Space Oddity"; "Changes"; "Ziggy Stardust", dies of cancer at 69

  • Jan 11 Gilberto Mendes, Brazilian composer, dies at 93
  • Jan 13 Brian Bedford, English actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue), dies at 80

Alan Rickman

Jan 14 Alan Rickman, English actor (Die Hard, Harry Potter franchise), dies of cancer at 69

  • Jan 14 René Angélil, Canadian music executive, actor and director (Omertà, L'apparition), and husband of Céline Dion, dies of throat cancer at 73
  • Jan 15 Dan Haggerty, American actor (Grizzly Adams), dies of cancer at 73
  • Jan 15 Noreen Corcoran, American actress (Bachelor Father), dies at 72
  • Jan 16 Gary Loizzo, American rock guitarist and singer (American Breed - "Bend Me, Shape Me"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 70
  • Jan 17 Mic Gillette, American trumpet, trombone, and flugelhorn player (Tower of Power, Cold Blood, The Sons of Champlin), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Jan 17 Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English rock drummer (Mott The Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), dies at 67

Glenn Frey

Jan 18 Glenn Frey, American Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer-songwriter (The Eagles - "Take it Easy"; "Heartache Tonight";"Tequila Sunrise"; solo - "Smuggler's Blues"; "The Heat Is On"), and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia at 67

  • Jan 18 Michel Tournier, French writer (Friday, or, The Other Island), dies at 91
  • Jan 18 Johnny Bach, American basketball player and coach, dies at 91
  • Jan 19 Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (A Special Day), dies at 84
  • Jan 20 George Weidenfeld, British publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), dies at 96
  • Jan 20 David G. Hartwell, American editor and anthologist, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55
  • Jan 22 Cecil Parkinson, British politician (C), dies at 84
  • Jan 22 Anthony Simmons, British writer and film director (The Optimists of Nine Elms), dies at 93
  • Jan 23 Jack Bannister, English cricket commentator (BBC; Talksport radio) and bowler (Warwickshire 1,198 wickets), dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Bobby Wanzer, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1952–56; Rochester Royals) and coach (NBA All-Star Game 1957), dies at 94
  • Jan 23 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, American professional baseball player (White Sox), dies at 72
  • Jan 24 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), dies at 86
  • Jan 24 Marvin Minsky, American artificial intelligence computer scientist (MIT), dies at 88
  • Jan 25 Concepcion Picciotto, American peace activist (longest political protest in US history, outside The White House), dies at 80
  • Jan 25 Denise Duval, French soprano (music of Francis Poulenc), dies at 94
  • Jan 25 Leif Solberg, Norwegian organist, choral conductor and composer, dies at 101
  • Jan 25 Frank Collett [Taglieri], American jazz pianist and bandleader, dies of liver failure at 75
  • Jan 26 Abe Vigoda, American actor (Barney Miller, The Godfather), dies at 94
  • Jan 26 Colin Vearncombe, British singer-songwriter (Black - "Wonderful Life"), dies from injuries in a car accident at 53
  • Jan 27 Artur Fischer, German Inventor with more patents than Edison, dies at 96
  • Jan 28 Paul Kantner, American rock singer and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane - "Volunteers"), dies following a heart attack at 74
  • Jan 28 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74
  • Jan 29 Jacques Rivette, French New Wave film director (The Beautiful Troublemaker), dies at 87
  • Jan 29 Aurèle Nicolet, Swiss flautist (Berlin Philharmonic), and educator, dies at 90
  • Jan 29 Alden Ashforth, American composer and professor of ethnomusicology, dies at 82
  • Jan 30 Frank Finlay, British actor (Bouquet of Barbed Wire), dies at 89
  • Jan 30 Ken Sailors, professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), dies at 95
  • Jan 31 Terry Wogan, British broadcaster (Eurovision Song Contest, Blankety Blank), dies of cancer at 77
  • Feb 1 Israr Ali, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests; member of Pakistan's first Test team that played against India 1952–53), dies of pneumonia at 88
  • Feb 2 Intizar Hussain, Pakistani and Urdu writer and columnist, dies in his early 90s
  • Feb 2 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), dies at 92
  • Feb 3 Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey, American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist (Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck), dies from cancer at 63
  • Feb 3 Mary Healy, American actress (The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, He Married his Wife), dies of natural causes at 96
  • Feb 3 Saulius Sondeckis, Lithuanian violinist, conductor, orchestra leader (Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, 1960-2004), dies at 87
  • Feb 4 Maurice White, American singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire - "Shining Star"), dies at 74
  • Feb 4 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, commits suicide at 41
  • Feb 4 Edgar Whitcomb, American politician and Governor of Indiana (1969-73), dies at 98
  • Feb 4 Edgar Mitchell, American NASA astronaut (Apollo 14), dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Leslie Bassett, American classical composer (Variations for Orchestra - Pulitzer Prize, 1966), and educator (University of Michigan, 1952-92), dies at 93
  • Feb 4 Jimmie Haskell [Sheridan Pearlman], American arranger (Ricky Nelson; Chicago; Sheryl Crow), and film and television score composer, dies at 89
  • Feb 4 Ulf Söderblom, Finnish conductor (Finnish National Opera, 1973-93), dies at 85
  • Feb 5 Bodil Malmsten, Swedish writer (The Price of Water in Finistère), dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Dan Hicks, American singer and songwriter (Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks), dies at 74
  • Feb 8 Violetta Verdy, French ballerina and teacher, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), dies at 87
  • Feb 9 Sushil Koirala, Nepalese politician, Prime Minister of Nepal (2014-2015), dies at 76
  • Feb 12 Johnny Lattner, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1953, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1954, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies from mesothelioma at 83
  • Feb 13 Antonin Scalia, American 105th Supreme Court Justice (1986-2016), dies at 79
  • Feb 14 Steven Stucky, American composer (Los Angeles Philharmonic), dies of cancer at 66
  • Feb 15 Vanity [Denise Matthews], Canadian R&B singer, Prince protege ("Nasty Girl"), actress (52 Pick Up), and evangelist dies of kidney failure at 57
  • Feb 15 George Gaynes, Dutch-Finnish-American singer, stage and screen actor (Tootsie; Police Academy; General Hospital), dies at 98
  • Feb 15 Louis Lane, American conductor (Akron, 1959-83; Lake Erie Opera, 1964-72), and educator (Cleveland Institute, 1982-2004) dies at 72
  • Feb 16 Gwyneth George, Welsh cellist and teacher, dies at 95
  • Feb 17 Andy Ganteaume, Trinidadian cricketer (West Indian batsman who scored 112 in his only Test innings 1948), dies at 95
  • Feb 17 Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56
  • Feb 19 Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher and writer (Name of the Rose), dies at 84

Harper Lee

Feb 19 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies at 89

  • Feb 20 Peter Mondavi, American winemaker (Charles Krug - Napa Valley), dies at 101
  • Feb 21 Pascal Bentoiu, Romanian composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 22 Douglas Slocombe, British cinematographer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Raiders of the Lost Ark), dies at 103
  • Feb 22 Sonny James [James Loden], American country music singer-songwriter (Young Love), dies at 87
  • Feb 22 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, dies at 87
  • Feb 22 Wesley A Clark, American computer designer (first personal computer - LINC), dies at 88
  • Feb 23 Lennie Baker, American rock saxophonist musician (Sha Na Na, 1970-99), dies at 69
  • Feb 24 Nabil Maleh, Syrian film director and writer, dies at 79
  • Feb 24 Miguel Ángel Coria, Spanish composer of classical music, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • Feb 26 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), dies at 83
  • Feb 26 Howard Quilling, American classical composer (From Quiet Beginnings), and educator, dies at 80
  • Feb 26 Eri Klas, Estonian conductor (Netherlands Radio Symphony; Aarhus Symphony; Estonian National Opera, 1975-95), and educator, dies at 76
  • Feb 27 George Kennedy, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Naked Gun films), dies at 91
  • Feb 28 Frank Kelly, Irish stage and screen actor (Father Ted), dies at 77
  • Feb 29 Edward M. Lawson, Canadian trade unionist and politician, dies at 86
  • Feb 29 Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, dies of heart disease and diabetes at 77
  • Mar 1 Tony Warren [Anthony McVay Simpson], English actor & screenwriter (Coronation Street), dies at 79
  • Mar 1 Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, dies at 76
  • Mar 1 Martha Wright [Wiederrecht;], American stage, concert and radio singer and actress (South Pacific; The Sound Of Music)), dies at 92

Martin Crowe

Mar 3 Martin Crowe, New Zealand cricketer and batsman, dies of cancer at 53

  • Mar 4 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), dies at 70
  • Mar 5 Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Austrian conductor (Early Music Movement), dies at 86
  • Mar 5 Ray Tomlinson, American computer programmer (invented email and the @ sign), dies at 74

Nancy Reagan

Mar 6 Nancy Reagan [Anne Frances Robbins], US First Lady (1981-89), dies at 94

  • Mar 7 Michael White, British theater/film producer (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), dies at 80

John Gutfreund

Mar 9 John Gutfreund, American investment banker, CEO of Salomon Brothers (King of Wall Street), dies at 86

  • Mar 9 Bill Wade, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1958, 63; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies at 85
  • Mar 9 Robert Horton [Meade Howard Horton Jr.], American actor and singer (Kings Row, Wagon Train, Arena), dies at 91
  • Mar 9 Juvenal "Naná' Vasconcelos, Brazilian jazz and world music percussionist, and berimbau player (Pat Metheny, Björk, Milton Nascimento), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • Mar 10 Keith Emerson, English rock keyboardist (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), commits suicide at 71
  • Mar 10 Ken Adam, British film production designer (James Bond sets), dies at 95
  • Mar 10 Anita Brookner, English novelist (Hotel du Lac) and art historian, dies at 87
  • Mar 10 Gogi Grant [Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg], American singer ("The Wayward Wind"), dies at 91
  • Mar 10 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, dies at 87
  • Mar 11 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 79
  • Mar 12 Lloyd Shapley, American Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize, Game Theory), dies at 92
  • Mar 13 Hilary Putnam, American philosopher, dies at 89
  • Mar 13 Adrienne Corri, British actress (River, Doctor Zhivago), dies at 85
  • Mar 14 Peter Maxwell Davies, British composer (Prolation, Taverner), dies at 81
  • Mar 16 Frank Sinatra, Jr. , American singer and bandleaderr, dies at 72
  • Mar 17 Paul Daniels, British magician (The Paul Daniels Magic Show), dies at 77
  • Mar 18 Joe Santos, American actor (Rockford files), dies at 84
  • Mar 18 Jan Nemec, Czech film director (Diamonds of the Night), dies at 79
  • Mar 20 Anker Jørgensen, Danish politician, Prime Minister of Denmark (1972-3, 75-82), dies at 93
  • Mar 20 Peter Williams, British organist and musicologist, dies at 78

Andrew Grove

Mar 21 Andrew Grove [András Gróf], Hungarian-American pioneer in the semiconductor industry, one of the founders and CEO of Intel, and philanthropist, , dies at 79

  • Mar 21 Peter Brown [Pierre Lind de Lappe], American actor (Lawman, Laredo, Bold & Beautiful), dies at 80
  • Mar 21 Robert McNeill Alexander, British zoologist (estimated speed of dinosaurs), dies at 81
  • Mar 22 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • Mar 22 Rob Ford, Canadian politician (Toronto mayor caught with cocaine), dies at 46
  • Mar 22 Rita Gam, American actress (Night People, Hannibal), dies at 88
  • Mar 23 Ken Howard, American actor (The White Shadow), dies at 71
  • Mar 23 Joe Garagiola, American MLB catcher (4 teams, 1946-54), sportscaster, and TV host (Today Show), dies at 90
  • Mar 23 Peter Moores, British businessman and director (Littlewoods), dies at 83
  • Mar 23 Gegham Grigorian, Armenian operatic tenor, and artistic director (Yerevan Opera, 2000-07), dies at 65

Johan Cruyff

Mar 24 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), dies at 68

  • Mar 24 Kevin Turner, American NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), dies of A.L.S. at 46
  • Mar 24 Garry Shandling, American comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), dies at 66
  • Mar 24 Earl Hamner Jr., American creator and narrator of TV show "The Waltons", dies at 92
  • Mar 26 Jim Harrison, American poet and novelist (Legends of the Fall), dies at 78
  • Mar 26 David Baker, American jazz trombonist and cellist, jazz and classical composer (Reflections), and educator (Indiana University), dies at 84
  • Mar 27 Mother Angelica, Catholic American Franciscan nun, dies at 92
  • Mar 28 James Noble, American actor (Benson, 1776, Airplane II: The Sequel), dies of a stroke at 94
  • Mar 28 Peggy Fortnum, British Illustrator (first to draw Paddington Bear), dies at 96
  • Mar 29 [Anna Marie] "Patty Duke", American Academy and Emmy awarding actress (The Miracle Worker; The Patty Duke Show), and mental health advocate, dies at 69
  • Mar 29 Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host, dies at 59
  • Mar 30 Gianmaria Testa, Italian singer-songwriter, dies of cancer at 57
  • Mar 30 Bram Beekman, Dutch organist, composer and teacher (Brabants Conservatory, 1980-2012), dies at 66
  • Mar 30 Howard Cable, Canadian conductor, arranger, and composer, dies at 95
  • Mar 31 Zaha Hadid, British architect (London Aquatic Centre), dies at 65
  • Mar 31 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), dies at 85

Imre Kertész

Mar 31 Imre Kertész, Hungarian writer (Nobel Laureate 2002) and concentration camp survivor, dies at 86

  • Mar 31 Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Minister of Foreign Affairs (FDP), worked to re-unify Germany, dies at 89
  • Mar 31 Douglas Wilmer, British actor (Sherlock Holmes, Octopussy, El Cid), dies of pneumonia at 96
  • Apr 2 Gato Barbieri, Argentinian Latin jazz musician (Last Tango in Paris), dies at 83
  • Apr 2 Mike Gibbons, American rocker (Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods - "Billy Don't Be A Hero"), dies at 71
  • Apr 3 Joseph Medicine Crow, Native American chief and historian, dies at 102
  • Apr 3 Erik Bauersfeld, American voice actor (Star Wars' Admiral Ackbar "Its a trap"), dies at 93
  • Apr 3 Donald "Don" Francks, Canadian actor, singer and musician (Terminal Choice; Finian's Rainbow), dies at 84
  • Apr 4 Carlo Mastrangelo, Italian-American rocker (Dion & The Belmonts), dies of cancer at 78
  • Apr 4 Chus Lampreave [María Jesús Lampreave Pérez], Spanish actress (Volver, Belle Époque), dies at 85
  • Apr 5 Leon Haywood, American funk and soul singer, and keyboardist ("It's Got To Be Mellow"; "I Want'a Do Something Freaky To You"), dies at 74

Merle Haggard

Apr 6 Merle Haggard, American country music singer-songwriter ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December"; "Okie from Muskogee"), dies on his 79th birthday

  • Apr 6 Dennis Davis, American drummer (David Bowie, 1974-80, 2003-04), dies of cancer at 66
  • Apr 10 Howard Marks, British drug dealer and author (Mr Nice), dies at 70
  • Apr 11 Emile Ford, Caribbean-born British singer and engineer (first black male singer to top UK charts), dies at 78
  • Apr 12 David Gest, American television producer, dies at 62
  • Apr 12 Anne Jackson, American stage actress (Twice Around the Park), dies at 90
  • Apr 12 Arnold Wesker, British playwright (Chips with Everything), dies at 83
  • Apr 12 Alan Loveday, New Zealand and British violinist, dies at 88
  • Apr 13 Ray Thornton, American politician (Democratic U.S. Representative for Arkansas), dies at 87
  • Apr 13 Jeremy Steig, American jazz flutist ("Howlin' for Judy"; "Wayfaring Stranger"), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 16 Peter Tolson, English rock guitarist (Pretty Things), dies at 64

Doris Roberts

Apr 17 Doris Roberts, American actress (Everybody Loves Raymond), dies at 90

  • Apr 18 [Julia Liane] Aleah Stanbridge, South African metal musician (Trees of Eternity), dies of cancer at 39
  • Apr 18 Brian Asawa, Japanese-American countertenor, dies of liver failure at 49
  • Apr 19 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), dies at 76
  • Apr 19 Patricio Aylwin, Chilean lawyer, politician and President of Chile (1990-94), dies at 97
  • Apr 19 Walter Kohn, Austrian-born American scientist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 1998), dies at 93
  • Apr 20 Guy Hamilton, British director (Goldfinger), dies at 93
  • Apr 20 Chyna [Joanie Laurer], American professional wrestler and reality TV star, dies at 46
  • Apr 20 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress, dies of cancer at 62

Prince Rogers Nelson

Apr 21 Prince [Rogers Nelson], American funk, rock, R&B singer-songwriter and musician ("1999"; "Purple Rain"), dies from an accidental overdose of painkillers at 57

  • Apr 21 Lonnie Mack, American rocker ("Baby What's Wrong"), dies at 74
  • Apr 21 Peter Ruckman, American Baptist minister and founder of Pensacola Bible Institute in Pensacola, dies at 94
  • Apr 22 Madeleine Sherwood, Canadian actress (Mother Superior - Flying Nun), dies at 93
  • Apr 22 Isabelle Dinoire, French recipient of world's 1st partial face transplant, dies from surgical complications at 49
  • Apr 23 Banharn Silpa-archa, Prime Minister of Thailand (1995-96), dies at 83
  • Apr 24 Papa Wemba [Wembadio Kikumba], Congolese singer, known as the "King of Rumba Rock", dies after collapsing on stage at 66
  • Apr 24 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American soul singer ("Me & Mrs Jones"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Apr 24 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952, 60), dies at 85