On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 2020

  • Feb 1 Peter Serkin, American pianist (Tashi), dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), dies of dementia at 83
  • Feb 3 Robert Alner, British racehorse trainer (Cheltenham Gold Cup, Cool Dawn 1998), dies at 76
  • Feb 3 George Steiner, French American literary critic and educator, dies at 90
  • Feb 3 Eric Parkin, British classical pianist and champion of British composers, dies at 95
  • Feb 4 Daniel Arap Moi, Kenya's longest serving President (1978-2002), dies at 95
  • Feb 4 Giancarlo Bergamini, Italian fencer (Olympic gold foil, team 1956; silver foil team 1952, individual 1956), dies at 93
  • Feb 4 Benito Sarti, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Juventus, Sampdoria), dies at 83
  • Feb 4 Alexander Skvortsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1984; World C'ship gold 1979, 81, 83), dies at 65
  • Feb 4 Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Caribbean poet (Born to Slow Horses) and academic, dies at 89

Person of interestKirk Douglas

Feb 5 Kirk Douglas [Issur Danielovitch], American actor (Spartacus, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), dies at 103

  • Feb 5 Buddy Cage, American pedal steel guitarist (New Riders of the Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird), dies from multiple myeloma at 73
  • Feb 6 Jan Liberda, Polish soccer forward (35 caps; Polonia Bytom), dies at 83
  • Feb 6 Lynn Evans [Carolyn Hargate], American pop vocalist (The Chordettes - "Mr. Sandman"; "Lollipop"), dies of a stroke at 95
  • Feb 7 Orson Bean, American actor and comedian (To Tell the Truth), killed in a traffic accident at 91
  • Feb 7 Li Wenliang, Chinese doctor who tried to raise the alarm over COVID-19, dies of COVID-19 in Wuhan at 34

  • Feb 7 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer ‘the Nightingale of Kosovo’ and actress, dies at 86
  • Feb 7 Steve Weber, American folk guitarist, (Holy Modal Rounders), dies at 76
  • Feb 8 Robert Conrad [Conrad R. Falk], American actor (Wild Wild West), dies at 84
  • Feb 8 Erhard Schnell, German automotive designer 'Father of the Opel GT', dies at 92
  • Feb 9 Mirella Freni, Italian lyric soprano (Madame Butterfly), dies at 84
  • Feb 9 Sorrel [Doris Ernestine] Hays, American pianist and composer (The Glass Woman), dies of cancer at 78
  • Feb 10 Claire Bretécher, French cartoonist (Les Frustrés), dies at 79
  • Feb 10 Waqar Hasan, Pakistani cricket batsman (21 Tests, top score 189; member Pakistan's inaugural Test squad), dies at 87
  • Feb 11 Katsuya Nomura, Japanese baseball catcher and manager (first NPB batter to win Triple Crown 1965; Nankai Hawks), dies of heart failure at 84
  • Feb 11 (Bhekizizwe) Joseph Shabalala, South African singer, songwriter, founder and musical director of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, dies at 79
  • Feb 12 Tamás Wichmann, Hungarian sprint canoeist (World C'ship gold x 9; Olympic silver C-1 1000m 1972, C-2 1000m 1968; bronze C-1 1000m 1976), dies at 72
  • Feb 13 Jimmy Thunder, New Zealand boxer (IBO heavyweight title 1994-95), dies following brain surgery at 54
  • Feb 14 Jimmy Conway, Irish soccer midfielder (20 caps Republic of Ireland; Fulham), dies at 73
  • Feb 14 Garrett Fitzgerald, Irish rugby union coach and administrator (CEO Munster Rugby 1999-2019), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Caroline Flack, British television presenter (Love Island), commits suicide at 40
  • Feb 15 Tony Fernández, Dominican baseball shortstop (MLB All-Star 1986, 87, 89, 92, 99; World Series 1993; Gold Glove Award 1986–89; Toronto Blue Jays), dies of polycystic kidney disease at 57
  • Feb 16 Harry Gregg, Irish soccer goalkeeper (25 caps Northern Ireland; Manchester United) and manager (Shrewsbury Town, Swansea, Crewe Alexandra), dies at 87
  • Feb 16 Barry Hulshoff, Dutch soccer defender (14 caps; European Cup 1971, 72, 73; Ajax Amsterdam), dies at 73
  • Feb 16 Larry Tesler, American computer scientist (invented copy, cut, paste), dies at 74
  • Feb 17 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), dies at 84

Person of interestMickey Wright

Feb 17 Mickey Wright, American golfer (13 major titles; 82 LPGA Tour wins), dies from a heart attack at 85

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Feb 19 Heather Couper, British astronomer and presenter (The Sky at Night), dies at 70
  • Feb 19 Jens Nygaard Knudsen, Danish Lego designer of the minifigure, dies at 78
  • Feb 19 Pop Smoke [Bashar Barakah Jackson], American rapper and singer-songwriter (Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon), shot and killed in a home invasion at 20
  • Feb 21 Phil Maloney, Canadian ice hockey center (NHL: Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (Vancouver Canucks), dies at 92
  • Feb 23 Stefan Florenski, Polish soccer defender (11 caps; Górnik Zabrze), dies at 86
  • Feb 23 János Göröcs, Hungarian soccer midfielder (62 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, Tatabányai Bányász), dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Katherine Johnson, American NASA mathematician (portrayed in film Hidden Figures), dies at 101
  • Feb 24 Don Furner, Australian rugby league forward (1 Test) and coach (Australia 15 Tests; Eastern Suburbs, Canberra Raiders), dies at 87
  • Feb 24 Jan Kowalczyk, Polish equestrian rider (Olympics gold show jumping individual; silver team 1980), dies at 78
  • Feb 24 Jahn Teigen, Norwegian pop-rock singer (Popol Ace; Eurovison Song Contest, 1978, 1982 & 1983), dies at 70

Person of interestHosni Mubarak

Feb 25 Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president (1981-2011) who was ousted during the Arab spring, dies at 91

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak
  • Feb 26 Nexhmije Hoxha, Albanian wife of dictator Enver Hoxha 'Lady Macbeth of Albania', dies at 99
  • Feb 28 Johnny Antonelli, American baseball pitcher (6 × MLB All-Star 1954, 56–59²; World Series, NL ERA leader 1954; SF Giants), dies from colon cancer at 89
  • Feb 28 Stig-Göran Myntti, Finnish soccer midfielder (61 caps; Vasa IFK), dies at 94
  • Feb 28 Freeman Dyson, American physicist (known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering), dies at 96
  • Feb 29 Éva Székely, Hungarian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; silver 1956; first WR 400m individual medley 1953), dies at 92
  • Feb 29 Andrei Vedernikov, Russian road cyclist (first Soviet to win individual amateur road race at World C'ships 1981), dies as a result of a falling tree at 60
  • Feb 29 Bill Roe, American sports executive (President USA Track & Field 2000-2008), dies at 69