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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 11 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Racing), dies of degenerative neurological disease at 49
  • Jan 12 Bonnie Guitar [Buckingham], American guitarist, singer and record executive (Dark Moon), dies at 95
  • Jan 12 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Jan 13 Mel Stottlemyre, American baseball pitcher, coach (5-time MLB All Star), dies of cancer at 77
  • 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 18 Glen Wood, American auto racer, team owner (Wood Bros Racing), dies at 93
  • 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 22 Charles Vandenhove, Belgian architect (Standard-Omnisporthal, Luik), dies at 91
  • 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 29 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), dies at 89
  • 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 7 John Dingell, American politician (D-Michigan, 1955-2015), dies at 92
  • Feb 10 Jan-Michael Vincent, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie), dies of cardiac arrest at 74
  • 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 William Broomfield, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Michigan), dies at 96
  • 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 24 Margaret Scott, South-African ballet dancer and founder (Australian Ballet School), dies at 96
  • 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 9 Bobbi Fiedler, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 81
  • Mar 11 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American drummer and session musician (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 90
  • 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 26 Ranking Roger [Roger Charlery], British rock vocalist (The Beat, General Public), dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 27 Joe Bellino, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1960 Heisman Trophy), dies of stomach cancer at 81
  • Mar 29 Agnès Varda, Belgium-born French director “mother of the French New Wave” (Vagabond), dies at 90
  • 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 14 John MacLeod, American basketball coach (NBA Phoenix Suns 1973-87), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Apr 14 Birgitta "Bibi" Andersson, Swedish actress (Persona, Wild Strawberries), dies at 83
  • Apr 15 Don Perry, Canadian NHL coach (LA Kings 1982-84), dies at 89
  • Apr 16 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), dies at 101
  • Apr 17 Alan García, 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
  • Apr 18 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), dies at 79
  • Apr 18 Lyra McKee, Northern Irish journalist, shot by the New IRA in a terrorist attack at 29

Person of interestLorraine Warren

Apr 18 Lorraine Warren, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), dies in her sleep at 92

Paranormal Investigator Lorraine Warren
Paranormal Investigator
Lorraine Warren
  • Apr 19 Martin Böttcher, German composer and conductor, dies at 91
  • Apr 24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, dies at 74
  • Apr 25 John Havlicek, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (8-time NBA champion-Boston Celtics; 13-time NBA All Star), dies of Parkinson's disease at 79
  • Apr 29 Gino Marchetti, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl x 11), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • Apr 29 John Singleton, American director and screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood), dies of a stroke at 51
  • Apr 30 Mike Doyle, American surfer (World C'ship 1964 runner-up; World Tandem Champion 1965, 67), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 78
  • Apr 30 Peter Mayhew, British American actor (Chewbacca in Star Wars), dies at 74
  • May 2 Red Kelly, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center, coach; politician (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 91
  • May 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76
  • May 11 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge, analyst (HBO), dies of cancer at 79

Person of interestDoris Day

May 13 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies of pneumonia at 97

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • May 14 Grumpy Cat [Tardar Sauce], American cat internet celebrity, dies following complications from urinary tract infection at 7

Person of interestBob Hawke

May 16 Bob Hawke, Australian politician and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1983-91), dies at 89

23rd Prime Minister of Australia Bob Hawke
23rd Prime Minister of Australia
Bob Hawke

Person of interestI. M. Pei

May 16 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American modernist architect (Louvre Pyramid) who won the 1961 Brunner Prize, dies at 102

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei
  • May 17 Herman Wouk, American novelist (The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War), dies at 103
  • May 20 Niki Lauda, Austrian auto racer (F1 world champ 1975, 77, 84), dies of kidney problems at 70
  • May 22 Judith Kerr, British children's writer and illustrator (The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Mog books), dies at 95
  • May 25 LaSalle Leffall Jr., American surgeon, medical educator, and 1st black president of the American Cancer Society (1978), and the American College of Surgeons (1995), dies at 89
  • May 26 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), dies of effects of stroke at 85
  • May 27 Bill Buckner, American MLB 1st baseman (1986 World Series infamous fielding error; NL batting champ 1980), dies of dementia at 69
  • May 30 Leon Redbone [Dickran Gobalian], American blues and jazz musician (Seduced, Theme to Mr. Belvedere), dies at 69
  • May 30 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), dies at 88
  • May 30 Thad Cochran, American politician (U.S. Senator from Mississippi), dies at 81
  • May 31 [Roger Kynard] Roky Erickson, American musician (The 13th Floor Elevators), dies at 71
  • May 31 Niara Sudarkasa [Gloria Albertha Marshall], American educator and anthropologist (Lincoln College), dies at 80
  • Jun 1 José Antonio Reyes, Spanish soccer left wing (Spain 21 caps; Sevilla, Atlético Madrid, Arsenal), dies in a car crash at 35
  • Jun 2 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), dies at 89
  • Jun 4 Jiggs Kalra, Indian food writer "Czar of Indian cuisine", dies at 72
  • Jun 4 Lennart Johansson, Swedish soccer administrator (President Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) 1990–2007), dies at 89
  • Jun 5 Robert Earle, American TV host (GE College Bowl), dies at 93
  • Jun 6 Dr. John [Malcolm John Rebennack], American musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), dies at 77
  • Jun 10 Girish Karnad, Indian playwright and filmmaker (Tuglaq), dies at 81
  • Jun 10 Lee Hee-ho, Korean activist and first lady for her husband President Kim Dae-jung, dies at 96
  • Jun 11 Martin Feldstein, American economist (1977 John Bates Clark Medal), chief economic adviser to President Reagan, dies at 79
  • Jun 12 Sylvia Miles, American actress (Midnight Cowboy, Farewell My Lovely), dies at 94
  • Jun 15 Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director (Romeo & Juliet), dies at 96
  • Jun 17 Gloria Vanderbilt, American fashion designer, artist, heiress and socialite, dies at 95
  • Jun 17 Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian politician, President of Egypt (2012-13), leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, dies at 67
  • Jun 24 Rod Funseth, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1978), dies from cancer at 52
  • Jun 25 Ken Behring, American real estate developer, NFL team owner, philanthropist (Seattle Seahawks), dies at 91
  • Jul 2 Lee Iacocca, American automotive executive (CEO of Chrysler Corp), dies at 94
  • Jul 6 João Gilberto, Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist and 'father of bossa nova' dies at 88
  • Jul 6 Cameron Boyce, American actor (Mirrors, Jessie), dies from an epileptic seizure at 20
  • Jul 6 João Gilberto, Brazilian singer and guitarist (Getz/Gilberto, Grammy Award for Album of the Year 1965) dies at 88
  • Jul 7 Greg Johnson, Canadian hockey center (Nashville Predators captain 2002-06), dies at 48
  • Jul 10 Jim Bouton, American baseball pitcher, author, broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), dies of cerebral amyloid angiopathy at 80
  • Jul 10 Walt Michaels, American NFL linebacker, coach (5-time Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns; head coach NY Jets 1977-82), dies at 89
  • Jul 14 Pernell Whitaker, American boxer (Olympic gold 1984, 4-division world champion), dies when hit by a vehicle at 55
  • Jul 16 Pat Bowlen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame team owner (Denver Broncos), dies of complications of Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • Jul 17 Andrea Camilleri, Italian author (Inspector Montalbano novels), dies at 93

  • Jul 19 César Pelli, Argentine American architect (Petronas Towers), dies at 92
  • Jul 19 Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor (Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Osterman Weekend), dies at 75
  • Jul 20 Peter McNamara, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1979, Wimbledon doubles 1980, 82), dies of prostate cancer at 64
  • Jul 22 Li Peng, Chinese leader, Premier of China (1987-98), dies at 90
  • Jul 25 Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia's 1st freely elected President (2014-2019), dies at 92
  • Jul 31 V. G. Siddhartha, Indian coffee entrepreneur (Café Coffee Day), found dead at 60
  • Aug 4 Nuon Chea, Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader 'Brother Number Two', dies at 93

Person of interestToni Morrison

Aug 5 Toni Morrison [Chloe Anthony Wofford], American writer (Tar Baby, Beloved, Song of Solomon), first African American woman to win a Nobel Prize (2010) , dies at 88

  • Aug 14 Reg Scarlett, West Indian cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960), dies at 84
  • Aug 16 Peter Fonda, American actor (Easy Rider, Ulee's Gold), dies at 79
  • Aug 16 Felice Gimondi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 1965; Giro d'Italia 1967, 69, 76; Vuelta a España 1968), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Aug 16 Jim Hardy, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams; Pro Bowl 1950), dies at 96
  • Aug 18 Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), dies of natural causes at 95
  • Aug 18 Kathleen Blanco, American politician, 1st female Governor of Louisiana (2004-08), dies from cancer at 76
  • Aug 20 Russ Conway, American sports journalist (Eagleson NHL scandal), dies of heart disease at 70
  • Aug 22 Bobby Dillon, American NFL defensive back (second to record 50 interceptions), dies of dementia at 89
  • Aug 25 Pál Benkő, Hungarian-American chess player, author (Grandmaster; record 8 US Open Championships), dies at 91
  • Aug 25 Vince Naimoli, American businessman and MLB team owner (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), dies of progressive supranuclear palsy at 81
  • Aug 27 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), dies in jet-powered high-speed race car crash at 39
  • Aug 30 Valerie Harper, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda), dies of cancer at 80
  • Aug 30 Franco Columbu, Italian bodybuilder, powerlifter, actor and author (Mr. Olympia 1976, 81), dies at 78
  • Sep 1 Tom Collins, Canadian ice skating promoter (Champions on Ice), dies from stroke complications at 88
  • Sep 3 Peter Lindbergh, German fashion photographer and director, dies at 74

Person of interestRobert Mugabe

Sep 6 Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe (1980-87) and 1st black President of Zimbabwe (1988-2017), dies at 95

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • Sep 6 Abdul Qadir, Pakistan cricket spin bowler (67 Tests; 236 wickets; best 9/56 1987), dies of cardiac arrest at 63
  • Sep 9 Brian Barnes, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1969-79), dies of cancer at 74
  • Sep 11 B. J. Habibie, 3rd President of Indonesia (1998-99) who liberalized Indonesia's press and political party laws, dies of heart failure at 83

Person of interestT. Boone Pickens

Sep 11 T. Boone Pickens, American business person and oil tycoon (Shamrock, Mesa Petroleum Co) known as the 'Oracle of Oil', dies at 91

Businessman and Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens
Businessman and Oil Tycoon
T. Boone Pickens
  • Sep 14 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), dies at 92
  • Sep 15 Ric Ocasek [Richard Otcasek], American musician (The Cars - Best Friend's Girl; Shake It Up), found dead at 75
  • Sep 15 Mike Stefanik, American auto racer (9 NASCAR Modified Championships), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • Sep 17 Cokie Roberts, American pioneering newscaster (ABC, NPR), dies of cancer at 75
  • Sep 18 Fernando Ricksen, Dutch soccer midfielder (12 caps; Glasgow Rangers), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 43
  • Sep 19 Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, 2nd President of Tunisia (1987-2011). dies in exile at 83