On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 2018

  • Jan 1 John V Tunney, American politician (Rep/Sen-D-California), dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • Jan 1 Robert Mann, American composer & violinist (String Quartet 1952), dies at 97
  • Jan 2 Thomas Monson, 16th president of the (Mormon) Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 90
  • Jan 3 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet & political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues-Legend Of A Mind), dies at 76
  • Jan 5 John Young, American astronaut and 9th person to walk on the Moon (Gemini 3 & 10, Apollo 10 & 16, STS 1 & 9), dies of pneumonia complications at 87
  • Jan 5 Jerry Van Dyke, American actor (My Mother the Car, Coach), dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, dies at 80
  • Jan 5 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, dies of lung cancer at 81
  • Jan 7 Peter Sutherland, Irish businessman (Allied Irish Banks) and politician (Fine Gael), dies at 71
  • Jan 7 Anna Mae Hays [McCabe], American military officer and US military's 1st female General, dies from a heart attack at 97
  • Jan 7 Isabelle "France" Gall, French pop singer (Donner Pour Donner, Sacré Charlemagne), dies from cancer at 70
  • Jan 8 Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor (Da Vinci's Inquest, Danger Bay), dies of cancer at 80
  • Jan 8 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), dies from complications from surgery at 78
  • Jan 9 Odvar Nordli, 21st Prime Minister of Norway (Labour: 1976-81), dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Karin von Aroldingen, German ballet dancer (NYC Ballet Co), dies at 76

  • Jan 9 Terence Marsh, British production designer (Oliver!, Dr. Zhivago, Spaceballs), dies of cancer at 86
  • Jan 9 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), dies at 77
  • Jan 10 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), dies from pneumonia at 67
  • Jan 10 Doreen Tracey, British-born American performer (Mickey Mouse Club-Mouseketeer), dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Tom Luken, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), dies at 92
  • Jan 11 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, dies at 92
  • Jan 12 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Danny Woods, American musician (CEO of the Board), dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87
  • Jan 13 Jack Nel, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in 6 Tests 1949-57), dies at 89
  • Jan 14 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor (Blast from the Past, Frank's Place), dies at 74
  • Jan 14 Daniel "Dan" Gurney, American race-car driver, coach and team owner (All American Racers), dies from complications of pneumonia at 86
  • Jan 14 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 84
  • Jan 15 Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (The Cranberries, Zombie, Linger), drowns in the bath at 46
  • Jan 15 Mathilde Krim, American medical researcher and founding chairman of amfAR (Foundation for AIDS Research), dies at 91
  • Jan 15 Edwin Hawkins, American gospel musician, choir master and composer (Oh Happy Day), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Jan 15 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), dies of cancer at 79
  • Jan 15 Cyrille Regis, English former footballer, dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jan 16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), dies of complications of dementia at 71
  • Jan 16 Bradford Dillman, American actor (Compulsion, Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer), dies of complications of pneumonia at 87

  • Jan 16 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law), dies at 69
  • Jan 17 Simon Shelton Barnes, British actor (Teletubbies-Tinky Winky), dies of hypothermia at 52
  • Jan 17 Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (Hope Morrison-Home and Away, dies at 29, three days after a car crash which also killed both her parents
  • Jan 18 John Barton, British theatre director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, dies at 89
  • Jan 19 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), dies at 93
  • Jan 19 Olivia Cole, American actress (Roots, Backstairs at the White House), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jan 19 Allison Shearmur [Allison Ivy Brecker], American film executive and producer (Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Jason Bourne), dies of complications from lung cancer at 54
  • Jan 20 James "Jim" Rodford, English rock vocalist and bassist (The Kinks, Argent, Zombies), dies after a fall at 76
  • Jan 20 John Coleman, American journalist, co-founder of The Weather Channel and broadcaster (1953-2014), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Paul Bocuse, French great chef (Legion of Honor), dies of Parkinson's disease at 91
  • Jan 20 Jack Whitten, American abstract painter, dies of chronic leukemia at 78
  • Jan 20 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • Jan 20 Howard Lew Lewis, English comedian and actor (Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes), dies at 76
  • Jan 20 Naomi Parker Fraley, American who inspired "Rosie the Riveter" poster, dies at 96
  • Jan 20 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George), dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • Jan 21 Connie Sawyer [Rosie Cohen], American actress known as "The Clown Princess of Comedy" (Pineapple Express, Dumb and Dumber), dies at 105
  • Jan 21 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), dies of Parkinson's disease at 75
  • Jan 21 David Pithey, Rhodesian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests for South Africa), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Jan 22 Ursula K. Le Guin, American sci-fi author (The Left Hand of Darkness, Tombs of Atuan), dies at 88
  • Jan 22 James "Jimmy" Armfield, British former-footballer, manager and pundit (BBC Radio Five Live), dies at 82
  • Jan 23 Stansfield Turner, American admiral and CIA director (1977-81), dies at 94
  • Jan 23 Wyatt Tee Walker, African-American pastor, civil rights leader, chief of staff for Martin Luther King, Jr. and cultural historian, dies at 88
  • Jan 23 Nicanor Parra, Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist (Defense of Violeta Parra), dies at 103
  • Jan 23 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," dies at 78
  • Jan 23 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), dies of peritoneal cancer at 52
  • Jan 24 Mark E. Smith, British rock vocalist (The Fall, The Post-Nearly Man), dies after a long illness at 60
  • Jan 24 Jack Ketchum [Dallas William Mayr], American horror fiction author (Off Season, Red, The Woman), dies of cancer at 71
  • Jan 25 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91

Person of interestIngvar Kamprad

Jan 27 Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), dies at 91

Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA Ingvar Kamprad
Entrepreneur and Founder of IKEA
Ingvar Kamprad
  • Jan 27 Mort Walker, American cartoonist (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois), dies at 94
  • Jan 30 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), commits suicide at 35
  • Jan 31 Anne Gillis [Alma Conner], American actress (Faline-Bambi, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), dies at 90