Famous Deaths in 2019

  • Jan 1 George, the last Hawaiian tree snail of his kind (Achatinella apexfulva species), dies at the University of Hawaii aged 14 years
  • Jan 2 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), dies of leukemia at 76
  • Jan 2 Julia Grant [prev George Roberts], transgender activist featured in "A Change of Sex", dies at 64
  • Jan 4 John Burningham, English author and illustrator of childrens books (Mr Grumpy's Outing), dies at 82
  • Jan 5 Dragoslav Šekularac, Serbian footballer, dies at 81
  • Jan 7 John Joubert, British South African composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet), dies at 91
  • Jan 8 Patricia McBride Lousada, American ballerina (NYC Ballet Co) and cookbook author, dies at 89
  • Jan 9 Joseph Howze, American Roman Catholic bishop, 1st African American Bishop to be appointed in 20th century, dies at 95
  • Jan 11 Michael Atiyah, English mathematician (Atiyah-Singer Index, Fields Medal 1966), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), dies at 95
  • Jan 15 Carol Channing, American actress, singer and comedian (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), dies at 97
  • Jan 16 Hugh Lewin, South African anti-apartheid activist and writer (Bandiet: Seven Years in a South African Prison), dies at 79
  • Jan 16 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, dies at 94
  • Jan 17 Windsor Davies, British actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 88
  • Jan 19 Muriel Pavlow, British actress (Murder, She Said, Reach for the Sky), dies at 97
  • Jan 20 Dumisani Kumalo, South African anti-apartheid activist and UN ambassador, dies at 71

  • Jan 21 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times) dies at 93
  • Jan 21 Kaye Ballard, American actress and comedienne (Kaye-Mothers-in-Law), dies at 93
  • Jan 21 Harris Wofford, American politician (Sen-D-Pennsylvania 1991-94), head of AmeriCorps, dies at 92
  • Jan 23 Jonas Mekas, American avant garde filmmaker and film critic, dies at 96
  • Jan 23 Diana Athill, English writer and editor (Stet), dies at 101
  • Jan 23 Oliver Mtukudzi, Zimbabwean singer and musician (Tuku music), dies at 66
  • Jan 23 Norman Orentreich, American dermatologist known as "the father of modern hair transplantation", dies at 96
  • Jan 25 Florence Knoll Bassett, American furniture designer (Knoll), dies at 101
  • Jan 26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • Jan 27 Peter Magowan, American businessman, MLB owner (SF Giants), dies of liver cancer at 76
  • Jan 28 Kim Bok-dong, Korean sex slave activist, dies at 92
  • Jan 29 James Ingram, American R&B singer-songwriter and musician (Just Once), dies at 66
  • Jan 30 Bernard Nevill, British textile designer, dies at 88
  • Feb 1 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback, coach (Minnesota Vikings), dies at 60
  • Feb 3 Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), dies of diabetes complications at 55
  • Feb 3 Bob Friend, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star), dies from cardiac arrest at 88
  • Feb 5 Dakshayani 'Gaja Muthassi, elephant 'granny' Indian elephant, oldest in captivity, dies in Kerala at 88
  • Feb 6 Rosamunde Pilcher, English novelist (The Shell Seekers), dies at 94
  • Feb 7 Frank Robinson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, manager (MVP 1961-NL 1966-AL), dies of bone cancer at 83
  • Feb 7 Albert Finney, English actor (The Dresser, Under the Volcano), dies at 82
  • Feb 12 W. E. B. Griffin [William Edmund Butterworth], American best-selling author (Clandestine Operations, The Lieutenants), dies at 89
  • Feb 12 Gordon Banks, English soccer goalkeeper (World Cup 1966, 73 England caps), dies of kidney cancer at 81
  • Feb 15 Gene Littler, American golfer (1961 US Open, 29 PGA Tour titles), dies at 88
  • Feb 16 Don Bragg, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1960), dies of results of stroke at 83
  • Feb 16 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), dies at 98

  • Feb 16 Theodore Isaac Rubin, American psychiatrist and author credited with popularising psychotherapy, dies at 95
  • Feb 19 Karl Lagerfeld, German fashion designer (Fendi, Chanel), dies at 85 (age disputed)
  • Feb 19 Don Newcombe, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star), dies at 92
  • Feb 20 Dominick Argento, American composer (Colonel Jonathan the Saint), dies at 91
  • Feb 21 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), dies from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma at 77
  • Feb 21 Stanley Donen, American film director and producer (Singin' in the Rain , Bedazzled, Damn Yankees), dies at 94
  • Feb 23 Katherine Helmond, American actress and director (Soap, Mona-Who's the Boss), dies at 89
  • Feb 23 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, dies from complications of a stroke at 83
  • Feb 24 Li Xueqin, Chinese eminent historian, archaeologist, and palaeographer, dies at 85
  • Feb 24 Malcolm "Mac" Wiseman, American bluegrass singer, dies at 93
  • Feb 25 Mark Hollis, British synth-pop musician (Talk Talk), dies at 64
  • Feb 26 Charles McCarry, American author and former CIA spy (The Tears of Autumn), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 88
  • Feb 27 Nathaniel Taylor, American actor (Rollo-Sanford & Sons), dies at 80
  • Feb 28 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, dies at 89
  • Mar 1 Kevin Roche, Irish architect (Pritzker Prize winner, 1982), dies at 96
  • Mar 1 Zhores Alferov, Soviet/ Russian physicist (2000 Nobel Prize in Physics), dies at 88
  • Mar 1 Eusebio Pedroza, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight champion 1978-85), dies of pancreatic cancer at 62

Person of interestLuke Perry

Mar 4 Luke Perry, American actor (Beverly Hills 90210, Riverdale), dies after a stroke at 52

Actor Luke Perry
Actor
Luke Perry
  • Mar 4 Juan Corona, Mexican born American serial killer, dies in prison at 85
  • Mar 4 King Kong Bundy [Christopher Pallies], American pro wrestler (WWF), dies at 61

Person of interestTed Lindsay

Mar 4 Ted Lindsay, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1950, NHL Players Association pioneer), dies at 93

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • Mar 7 Kelly Catlin, American road cyclist (Olympic silver 2016, World C'ship gold 2016-18), dies from suicide at 23
  • Mar 7 Dan Jenkins, American author, sportswriter (Sports Illustrated), dies at 90
  • Mar 9 Harry Howell, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (NY Rangers 1952-69), dies of dementia at 86
  • Mar 14 Charles Whiting, English Formula 1 Race Director (Safety Delegate, Starter, head F1 Technical Dep't), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 66
  • Mar 14 Jake Phelps, American skateboarder, journalist (editor Thrasher magazine), dies at 56
  • Mar 15 Lam Jones, American athlete, NFL receiver (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1976; NY Jets), dies of myeloma at 60
  • Mar 17 Barbara Benary, American composer (Gamelon Son Of Lion), dies at 73
  • Mar 17 [Zephire] Andre Williams, American R&B musician (Shake a Tail Feather), dies at 82
  • Mar 20 Randy Jackson, American baseball 3rd baseman (2-time MLB All Star), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • Mar 22 Scott Walker [Noel Scott Engel], American-born British singer-songwriter and composer (The Walker Brothers), dies of cancer at 76
  • Mar 25 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), dies of cardiac arrest at 81
  • Mar 27 Joe Bellino, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1960 Heisman Trophy), dies of stomach cancer at 81
  • Mar 31 Nipsey Hussle [Ermias Asghedom], American rapper and activist, shot and killed at 33
  • Apr 6 Richard Green, American sexologist, lawyer, and author who advocated for gay and transexual rights, dies of oesophageal cancer at 82
  • Apr 9 Marilynn Smith, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (Titleholders Championship 1963-64), dies at 89
  • Apr 11 "Monkey Punch" Kazuhiko Kato, Japanese manga cartoonist (Lupin III), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • Apr 12 Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), dies of Parkinson's disease at 85
  • Apr 17 Alan García, Peruvian politician, President of Peru (Peruvian Aprista Party: 1985-90, 2006-11), commits suicide by shooting himself as police try to arrest him on corruption charges at 69