On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 2018

  • Dec 1 Kenneth "Ken" Berry, American actor (F Troop, Mayberry RFD, Mama's Family), dies at 85
  • Dec 3 Philip Bosco, American actor (Trading Places, Lend Me a Tenor), dies at 88
  • Dec 3 Andrei Bitov, Russian writer (Pushkin House), dies at 81
  • Dec 3 Justin Cartwright, British novelist (In Every Face I Meet), dies at 75
  • Dec 6 Pete Shelley [Peter McNeish], English singer-songwriter and guitarist (Buzzcocks "Going Steady"), dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, dies at 94
  • Dec 6 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), dies at 84
  • Dec 7 Belisario Betancur, Colombian politician, President of Colombia (1982-86), dies at 95
  • Dec 8 Roger the ripped kangaroo, famous for crushing a metal bucket like a paper cup, dies at 12 in Alice Springs of old age
  • Dec 8 Rosanell Eaton, American voting rights advocate, dies at 97
  • Dec 8 Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian 'Grandmother of Russian Human Rights', dies at 91
  • Dec 8 Evelyn Berezin, American computer pioneer, invented first word processor, dies at 93
  • Dec 9 Riccardo Giacconi, Italian American astrophysicist, Nobel Prize for Physics 2002 for X-ray astronomy, dies at 87
  • Dec 12 Melvin Dummar, American claimant to the Howard Hughes estate, dies at 74
  • Dec 12 Meng Lang, Chinese poet and activist, dies at 57
  • Dec 13 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist (Feel Like Making Love), dies at 81

  • Dec 16 Colin Kroll, American co-founder of Vine and HQ Trivia, dies of a drug overdose at 34
  • Dec 16 Oribe Canales, Cuban American celebrity hairdresser, dies of cancer at 62
  • Dec 16 Lee Leonard, American television personality (ESPN, CNN), dies at 89
  • Dec 16 John Ford Noonan, American playwright (A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking), dies at 77

Person of interestPenny Marshall

Dec 17 Penny Marshall, American actress and director (Laverne & Shirley, Big), dies at 75

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall
  • Dec 17 Galt MacDermot, Canadian musician and composer (Hair), dies at 89
  • Dec 17 Raven Wilkinson, American ballerina, first African American woman to dance with major ballet company, dies at 83
  • Dec 18 David Austin, English rose breeder (Austin roses), dies at 92
  • Dec 20 Donald Moffat, British actor (Logan's Run), dies at 87
  • Dec 22 Paddy Ashdown, British MP, leader of Liberal Democrats (1988-1999), dies of bladder cancer at 77
  • Dec 22 Roberto Suazo Córdova, President of Honduras (1982-86), dies at 91
  • Dec 23 Honey Lantree, English rocker (The Honeycombs), dies at 75
  • Dec 25 Nancy Roman, American, NASA's first chief of astronomy 'Mother of the Hubble', dies at 93
  • Dec 26 Wendy Beckett, South African British nun and TV art critic, dies at 88
  • Dec 26 Sono Osato, American Japanese ballet dancer and actress, dies at 99
  • Dec 26 Theodore Antoniou, Greek conductor and composer (Paean, Celebration), dies at 83
  • Dec 28 June Whitfield, English comedian and actress (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous), dies at 93
  • Dec 28 Georges Loinger, French resistance fighter (WWII), dies at 108
  • Dec 28 Shehu Shagari, Nigerian politician, President of Nigeria (1979-83), dies at 93
  • Dec 28 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), dies at 81
  • Dec 30 Mrinal Sen, Bengali film director (In Search of Famine), dies at 95