On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 2018

  • Aug 3 Moshe Mizrahi, Israeli film director (Madame Rosa), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • Aug 5 Charlotte Rae, American character actress (Facts of Life - "Edna"), comedian, singer and dancer, dies at 92
  • Aug 6 Joël Robuchon, French chef, world record for Michelin stars (32), dies of cancer at 73
  • Aug 6 Margaret Heckler, American politician (15th U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services (1983-85)), dies at 87
  • Aug 7 Stan Mikita, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1961; Hart Memorial Trophy [MVP] 1967, 68; 6 x NHL First All-Star Team), dies of Lewy body dementia at 78

V. S. Naipaul

Aug 11 V. S. Naipaul, Trinidadian-British writer (Middle Passage), dies at 85

  • Aug 13 Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, American professional wrestler (WWF/WCW/NJPW/CWFI/Calgary), dies at 63
  • Aug 14 Jill Janus, American singer (Huntress), commits suicide at 43
  • Aug 15 Ajit Wadekar, Indian cricket batsman and captain (37 Tests; top score 143), dies at 77

Aretha Franklin

Aug 16 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" (Respect) and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

  • Aug 16 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Aug 18 Peter Tapsell, British Conservative Party politician (Member of Parliament, 1959-64 and 1966-2015), dies at 88
  • Aug 20 Eddie Willis, American guitar and sitar player (The Funk Brothers), dies of polio complications at 82
  • Aug 21 George Andrie, American football defensive end (Super Bowl 1971; First Team All Pro 1969; 5 x Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies from dementia at 78
  • Aug 21 Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Icelandic actor (Lazytown), dies of cancer at 43
  • Aug 21 Barbara Harris [Sandra Mankwitz], American actress (Plaza Suite, Family Plot), dies at 83
  • Aug 22 Ed King, American psychedelic rock musician (Strawberry Alarm Clock; Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 23 George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), dies at 96
  • Aug 24 Tom Frost, American rock climber (founder gear & apparel company Patagonia), dies of prostate cancer at 82
  • Aug 24 Robin Leach, English TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous), dies at 76

John McCain

Aug 25 John McCain, American war hero and Republican politician (Rep-Arizona, 1983-2018, Presidential nominee 2008), dies of brain cancer at 81

Neil Simon

Aug 26 Neil Simon, American playwright and author (The Odd Couple), dies at 91

  • Aug 26 Rosa Bouglione, French circus performer, dies at 107
  • Aug 28 Tatyana Kuznetsova, Soviet cosmonaut (youngest person selected for space training at 20 but never flew), dies at 77
  • Aug 29 Paul Taylor, American dancer and choreographer (Paul Taylor Dance Company), dies at 88 [1]
  • Aug 29 Peter Mond, 4th Baron Melchett, English jurist and Labour politician who was Minister of State for Northern Ireland (1976-79), dies at 70 [1]