On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2019 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 325 of 325

  • 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 23 Sheila Steafel, South African British actress (The Frost Report), dies at 84
  • 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 29 Randy Romero, American jockey (Breeder's Cup 1987-89; Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame 2010), dies from kidney and liver cancer at 61
  • 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
  • Sep 5 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, dies at 76

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 11 Daniel Johnston, American musician and visual artist (Hi, How Are You), dies of a suspected heart attack at 58
  • Sep 13 Eddie Money [Mahoney], singer/guitarist (Take Me Home Tonight), dies of esophageal cancer at 70
  • 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 al-Abidine Ben Ali, 2nd President of Tunisia (1987-2011). dies in exile at 83
  • Sep 20 Howard Cassady, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1955, Ohio State; NFL C'ship 1957, Detroit Lions), dies at 85
  • Sep 20 Su Beng [Lim Tiau-hui], Taiwanese revolutionary, 'Father of Taiwanese Independence' (Taiwan’s 400-Year History), dies at 100
  • Sep 21 Shuping Wang, Chinese doctor who exposed China's HIV crisis, dies at 59
  • Sep 21 Christopher Rouse, American composer (1993 Pulitzer Prize for Music), dies at 70
  • Sep 23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), dies at 78
  • Sep 25 Paul Badura-Skoda, Austrian pianist (Mozart Interpretation), dies at 91
  • Sep 26 Jacques Chirac, French politician, President of France (1995-2007) Prime Minister of France (1974-76, 1986-88), dies at 86
  • Sep 28 José José 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, dies at 71
  • Sep 30 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (sang at two presidential inaugurations), dies at 74
  • Oct 1 Peter Sissons, British newsreader (BBC, ITV, Question Time), dies at 77

  • Oct 1 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', dies at 80
  • Oct 2 Bill Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Arizona Cardinals 1962-2019), dies at 88
  • Oct 4 Diahann Carroll, American actress (Julia, Claudine, Dominique-Dynasty), dies at 84
  • Oct 5 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), dies at 70
  • Oct 6 [Peter] Ginger Baker, English drummer (Cream), dies at 80
  • Oct 6 Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (only Japanese pitcher to win 400 games; perfect game 1957), dies at 86

Person of interestRip Taylor

Oct 6 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), dies at 88

Comedian and Actor Rip Taylor
Comedian and Actor
Rip Taylor
  • Oct 9 Andrés Gimeno, Spanish tennis player (French Open 1972), dies from cancer at 82
  • Oct 11 Robert Forster [Foster], American actor (Medium Cool, Jackie Brown), dies of cancer at 78
  • Oct 11 Alexei Leonov, Russian cosmonaut (Voskhod 2, first person to walk in space), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 Harold Bloom, American literary critic, 'the most notorious literary critic in America' dies at 89
  • Oct 16 John Clarke, American actor (Mickey-Days of Our Life), dies at 88
  • Oct 17 Elijah Cummings, American politician (Rep-Maryland (D) 1996-2019), dies at 68
  • Oct 17 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98
  • Oct 21 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), dies at 78
  • Oct 23 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • Oct 25 Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), dies at 96

Person of interestAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Oct 26 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), detonates a suicide vest after being cornered by US special forces and dies at 48

Leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Leader of Islamic State
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • Oct 26 Robert Evans, American producer and actor (Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown), dies at 89
  • Oct 26 Enriqueta Basilio, Mexican athlete (first woman to light the Olympic Cauldron, 1968), dies of pneumonia at 71
  • Oct 28 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), dies from congestive heart failure at 87
  • Oct 29 Barry Frank, American television sports impresario (CBS, ABC and IMG), dies of pulmonary problems at 87
  • Oct 29 John Witherspoon, American actor (Friday), dies at 77
  • Oct 30 Ron Fairly, American baseball utility and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1973, 77; LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos; Seattle Mariners), dies from cancer at 81
  • Oct 30 Don Fraser, American boxing promoter (LA venues; colourful wardrobe & offbeat PR gimmicks), dies at 92
  • Nov 2 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor, dies at about 87
  • Nov 3 Yvette Lundy, French resistance fighter during WWII, dies at 103
  • Nov 11 Zeke Bratkowski, American NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay Packers), dies from a heart attack at 88
  • Nov 20 Fred Cox, American NFL kicker (NFL champion 1969; Pro Bowl 1970; Minnesota Vikings all-time leading scorer), dies at 80
  • Nov 23 Walter Spink, American professor and world expert on South Asian art and architecture (Ajanta caves), dies at 91
  • Nov 23 Barbara Hillary, American adventurer, 1st black woman to reach the North Pole, dies at 88
  • Nov 24 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet and critic, dies at 80
  • Nov 26 Gary Rhodes, British restaurateur and television chef, dies at 59
  • Nov 29 Irving Burgie (Lord Burgess), American Caribbean music composer and musician (Day-O), dies at 95
  • Nov 29 Seymour Siwoff, American sports statistician (president and CEO Elias Sports Bureau 1952-2019), dies at 99
  • Dec 1 Shelley Morrison, American actress (General Hospital, Will & Grace), dies at 83
  • Dec 1 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), dies from cancer at 69
  • Dec 2 Francesco Janich, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Bologna), dies at 82
  • Dec 2 Fred Storey, Canadian curler (World C'ship gold 1966, 68, 69), dies at 87
  • Dec 4 Bob Willis, English cricket fast bowler and captain (90 Tests, 325 wickets; 64 ODIs), dies of prostate cancer at 70
  • Dec 4 Ockie Oosthuizen, South African rugby union front rower (9 caps; Transvaal), dies from cancer at 64
  • Dec 6 Jo Ann Washam, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1975 3rd; 3 LPGA Tour titles), dies at 69
  • Dec 7 Chalmers "Bump" Elliott, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (U of Michigan) and college athletics administrator (Iowa), dies at 94
  • Dec 7 Denis Lalanne, French sports journalist ('Le grand combat du XV de France'; 'Rugbymania: French flair attitude'), dies at 93
  • Dec 7 Ron Saunders, English soccer striker (Portsmouth) and manager (Manchester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City), dies at 87
  • Dec 8 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), dies at 85
  • Dec 8 Juice Wrld [Jarad Higgins ], American rapper and singer-songwriter (All Girls Are the Same, Lucid Dreams), dies of a seizure at Chicago airport at 21

Person of interestPaul Volcker

Dec 8 Paul Volcker, American economist and Chairman of the US Federal Reserve (1979-87), dies at 92

Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist Paul Volcker
Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Economist
Paul Volcker
  • Dec 8 Rogério Pipi, Portuguese soccer forward (15 caps; Benfica), dies at 97
  • Dec 8 Rene Auberjonois, American actor and voice artist (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, God of War), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Dec 9 Marie Fredriksson, Swedish singer (Roxette - Must Have Been Love), dies after a long illness at 61
  • Dec 10 Jim Smith, English soccer midfielder and manager (Birmingham City, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby County), dies at 79
  • Dec 10 Jean Pagé, Canadian sports journalist (host: 'La Soirée du hockey' and '110%'), dies from prostate cancer at 73
  • Dec 11 David Bellamy, English botanist and TV presenter, dies at 86
  • Dec 12 Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1960, 64; 1,500m 1964), dies of heart failure at 81

  • Dec 12 Danny Aiello, American actor (Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing), dies at 86
  • Dec 12 Jorge Hernández, Cuban boxer Olympic gold light flyweight 1976; World C'ship gold 1974, 78), dies at 65
  • Dec 12 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), dies of kidney disease at 57
  • Dec 12 Brian Muller, New Zealand rugby union prop (14 caps; Taranaki), dies at 77
  • Dec 13 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), dies from complications of dementia at 82
  • Dec 13 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), dies of kidney failure at 74
  • Dec 14 Anna Karina, Danish French 'New Wave' actress (Alphaville), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Randy Colley (Moondog Rex), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), dies after undergoing amputation of his right leg at 69
  • Dec 16 Basil Butcher, West Indies cricket batsman (44 Tests; 3,104 runs @ 43.11), dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Hayden Fry, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (SMU 1962-72, North Texas State University 1973-78, University of Iowa 1979-98), dies from cancer at 90
  • Dec 17 Karin Balzer, German athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1964; bronze 100m hurdles 1972), dies at 81
  • Dec 19 Saoul Mamby, American boxer (WBC super lightweight title 1980-82), dies at 72
  • Dec 19 Shahdon Winchester, Trinidadian soccer winger (27 caps; Murciélagos), dies in a traffic collision at 27
  • Dec 20 Roland Matthes, German swimmer (Olympic gold 100, 200m backstroke 1968, 72; WR x 19), dies at 69
  • Dec 20 Junior Johnson, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1960; NASCAR Hall of Fame), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Dec 20 Frank Foster, English rugby league lock (1 Test GB; Workington Town, Hull Kingston Rovers, Bradford Northern) and coach (Barrow, Whitehaven), dies at 79
  • Dec 20 Eduard Krieger, Austrian soccer defensive midfielder (25 caps; Austria Wien, Club Brugge K.V., LASK Linz), dies at 73
  • Dec 20 Yuri Pshenichnikov, Soviet soccer goalkeeper and coach (19 caps; FC Pakhtakor Tashkent, CSKA Moscow), dies at 79
  • Dec 21 Martin Peters, English soccer midfielder (67 caps; West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • Dec 21 Sam Strahan, New Zealand rugby union lock (17 caps; Manawatū), dies at 74
  • Dec 22 Fritz Künzli, Swiss soccer striker (44 caps; FC Zürich, FC Winterthur, FC Lausanne-Sport), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73
  • Dec 23 Alan Harrington, Welsh soccer defender (11 caps; Cardiff City 348 games), dies at 86
  • Dec 23 Duncan MacKay, Scottish soccer defender (14 caps; Celtic 162 games), dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Walter Horak, Austrian soccer striker (13 caps; Wiener Sport Club, Sochaux), dies at 88
  • Dec 26 Elbert Dubenion, American football wide receiver and running back (AFL All Star 1964; Buffalo Bills), dies from complications related to Parkinson's disease at 86
  • Dec 26 Eigil Nielsen, Danish soccer midfielder (10 caps; Basel), dies at 71
  • Dec 27 Ilias Rosidis, Greek soccer defender (29 caps; Olympiacos FC), dies at 92
  • Dec 28 Fred Graham, American newscaster and journalist (CBS News, Court TV), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Dec 28 Erzsébet Szőnyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 95
  • Dec 28 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), dies at 85
  • Dec 28 Carley Ann McCord, American sports reporter (Cox Sports TV; in-game host New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Saints), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • Dec 29 LaDell Andersen, American college basketball coach (Utah State, BYU), dies at 90
  • Dec 30 Johnny Ward, English rugby league hooker (4 Tests Great Britain, 3 England; Castleford 262 games), dies at 78
  • Dec 31 Basil Watts, English rugby league second rower (5 Tests Great Britain, 1 England; World Cup 1954; York RLFC), dies at 93