On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 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 1 Juan Guinjoan, Catalan composer and pianist, dies at 87
  • 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 2 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • Jan 2 Daryl Dragon, American keyboardist (Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together") dies of kidney failure at 76
  • Jan 4 John Burningham, English author and illustrator of children's books (Mr Grumpy's Outing), dies at 82
  • Jan 5 Dragoslav ┼áekularac, Serbian footballer, dies at 81
  • Jan 7 John Joubert, British South African composer (Chamber Music for brass quintet), dies at 91
  • Jan 7 Clydie Mae King, American session and touring vocalist (Ray Charles; Bob Dylan; Humble Pie; Lynyrd Skynrd), dies of a blood infection at 75
  • 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 and 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 17 Reggie Young, American session guitarist (The Memphis Boys), dies of heart failure at 82 [1]
  • Jan 18 Glen Wood, American auto racer, team owner (Wood Bros Racing), dies at 93
  • Jan 19 Mario Bertoncini, Italian composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 20 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 21 Maxine Brown, American country music singer (Browns), dies at 87
  • 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 25 Meshulam Riklis, Turkish-born Israeli businessman and husband of Pia Zadora, dies at 95
  • Jan 26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • Jan 26 Wilma Lipp, Austrian soprano (Vienna Opera, 1945-81; Mozart's Die Zauberfl├Âte - "Queen of the Night"), dies at 93
  • 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 ("Somewhere Out There"; "Just Once"), dies of brain cancer 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