On This Day

Famous People Who Died in July 2020

  • Jul 1 Hugh Downs, American TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), dies at 99
  • Jul 1 Everton Weekes OBE, West Indian cricket batsman (48 Tests; 4,455 runs @ 58.61, 15 x 100s), dies at 95
  • Jul 1 Ida Haendel, Polish-British violinist and author (Woman with Violin),, dies at 96
  • Jul 3 Ardico Magnini, Italian soccer defender (20 caps; Fiorentina 225 games), dies at 91
  • Jul 3 Leonardo Villar, Brazilian actor (The Given Word), dies at 96
  • Jul 3 Emily Howell Warner, American pilot, 1st woman to captain a commercial American airline plane, dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Nick Cordero, Canadian Broadway actor (Bullets Over Broadway), dies of COVID-19 complications at 41
  • Jul 5 Ragaa al-Gedawy, Egyptian actress (The Stranger) dies of COVID-19 at 81
  • Jul 5 Volodymyr Troshkin, Ukrainian soccer defender (31 caps, USSR; Dynamo Kiev 205 games), dies at 72
  • Jul 5 Willi Holdorf, German athlete (Olympic gold, United Team of Germany, decathlon 1964), dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Bob Reade, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (NCAA Div III C'ship 1983-86; AFCA Div III Coach of the Year 1983–86; Augustana Vikings), dies at 87
  • Jul 6 Ennio Morricone, Italian composer and musician (film soundtracks for The Mission and The Hateful Eight), dies at 91
  • Jul 6 Charlie Daniels, American singer (Devil Went Down to Georgia), dies at 83
  • Jul 7 Dannes Coronel, Ecuadorian soccer defender (27 caps; El Nacional), dies from a heart attack at 47
  • Jul 8 Naya Rivera, American actress and singer (Glee), drowns at 33
  • Jul 8 Alex Pullin, Australian snowboarder (World C'ship gold snowboard cross 2011, 13), dies from drowning at 32

  • Jul 8 Abdelmajid Tlemçani, Tunisian soccer striker (54 caps; Espérance Sportive de Tunis), dies at 82
  • Jul 10 Corra Dirksen, South African rugby union winger (10 caps; Northern Transvaal), dies from COVID-19 complications at 82
  • Jul 10 Jack Charlton, English soccer defender (35 caps; World Cup 1966; Leeds United) and manager (Middlesborough, Sheffield Wed, Newcastle, Rep of Ireland), dies from lymphoma and dementia at 85
  • Jul 10 Lara van Ruijven, Dutch short track speed skater (World C'ship gold 500m 2019; Olympic bronze 3000m relay 2018), dies from an autoimmune disease at 27
  • Jul 10 Olga Tass, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold, team portable apparatus 1956), dies at 91
  • Jul 11 Frank Bolling, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1961–62²; Gold Glove Award 1958; Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), dies from cancer at 88
  • Jul 12 Wim Suurbier, Dutch soccer right back (60 caps; Ajax 392 games) and manager (LA Heat, TB Rowdies), dies of a cerebral haemorrhage at 75
  • Jul 12 Lajos Szűcs, Hungarian soccer defender (37 caps; Ferencváros, Honvéd FC; Hungarian Footballer of the Year 1976; Olympic gold 1968), dies at 76
  • Jul 12 Rod Bernard, American "swamp pop" singer ("Allons Danser Colinda"), dies at 79
  • Jul 13 Pat Quinn, Scottish soccer forward (4 caps; Motherwell, Hibernian) and manager (East Fife, FH), dies at 84
  • Jul 13 Chuck Hulse, American auto racer (USAC Champ Car Series, 26 x top 10 finishes), dies at 92
  • Jul 13 [Zindziswa] Zindzi Mandela, South African politician and poet, dies at 59
  • Jul 15 Travell Mazion, American boxer (WBC-NABF super welterweight title 2020), dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jul 16 Vladimir Obukhov, Russian basketball coach (Soviet Union & Malta men's national teams; MBC Dynamo Moscow), dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Tony Taylor, Cuban baseball second baseman (MLB All Star 1960²; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers), dies from stroke complications at 84
  • Jul 16 Brigid Berlin, American actress (Andy Warhol films), dies at 80
  • Jul 17 Silvio Marzolini, Argentine soccer defender (28 caps; Boca Juniors), dies from cancer at 79
  • Jul 17 Derek Ho, American surfer (World C'ship 1993; Hawaiian Triple Crown 1984, 86, 88, 90), dies from a heart attack at 55

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Jul 17 John Lewis, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), stops causing "good trouble" due to pancreatic cancer at 80

Civil Rights Leader and Congressman John Lewis
Civil Rights Leader and Congressman
John Lewis
  • Jul 17 C. T. Vivian, American civil rights activist who worked with Martin Luther King, dies at 95

  • Jul 17 Zizi Jeanmaire, French dancer, singer and actress (Carmen), dies at 96
  • Jul 18 Barry Jarman, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (19 Tests; 54 dismissals), dies at 84
  • Jul 18 Charles Papa, Kenyan comedian and actor (Papa Shirandula), dies at 58
  • Jul 21 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, dies from emphysema and heart disease, at 89
  • Jul 21 Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (31 caps, England; 1 cap British & Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), dies at 69
  • Jul 21 Ralph Liguori, American auto racer (NASCAR Grand National Series 30 x Top 10; 5 x Top 5 finishes), dies at 93
  • Jul 22 Charles Evers, American civil rights leader (1st Black mayor in Mississippi since Reconstruction), dies at 97
  • Jul 22 Carlton Haselrig, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers) and wrestler (6 x NCAA titles; Pitt-Johnstown), dies from liver disease at 54
  • Jul 23 Benjamin Mkapa, Tanzanian politician, President of Tanzania (1995-2005), dies at 81
  • Jul 23 Jean Brankart, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, Giro d'Italia 1958 runner-up; Belgium national track pursuit champion 1956, 58, 59), dies at 90
  • Jul 24 Naazim Richardson, American boxing trainer (Bernard Hopkins, "Sugar" Shane Mosley), dies of stroke complications at 55
  • Jul 24 Regis Philbin, American talk & game show host (Joey Bishop Show; Live with Regis & Kathie Lee; Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?) dies at 88
  • Jul 24 Ann Syrdal, American psychologist and computer science researcher (developed female synthetic voices at AT&T), dies at 74
  • Jul 25 Peter Green [Greenbaum], English guitarist (Fleetwood Mac -"Albatross"), dies at 73
  • Jul 25 Olivia de Havilland, American actress (All the King's Men, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind), dies at 104
  • Jul 25 Eddie Shack, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1962, 63, 64; Stanley Cup 1962, 63, 64, 67; Toronto Maple Leafs), dies from throat cancer at 83
  • Jul 25 Maurice Petty, American auto racing crew chief, engine builder and team owner (Petty Enterprises, International Motorsports & NASCAR Hall of Fame), dies at 81
  • Jul 25 Jim Frick, Swedish harness racing driver (5,002 career race wins), dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • Jul 25 Lou Henson, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (all-time leader in victories University of Illinois and New Mexico State), dies of lymphoma at 88
  • Jul 25 John Saxon, American actor (Bees, Nightmare on Elm St, Electric Horseman), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Jul 28 John McNamara, American MLB manager (American League Manager of the Year 1986; Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • Jul 28 Aleksandr Aksinin, Russian athlete (Olympic gold, 4×100m relay 1980; bronze 1976), dies at 65
  • Jul 28 Bent Fabric [Fabricius-Bjerre], Danish pianist and composer (Alley Cat), dies at 95
  • Jul 28 Gisele Halimi, Tunisian-French lawyer, feminist and author, dies at 93
  • Jul 29 Andy Haden, New Zealand rugby union lock (41 Tests; 117 All Black games, 8 as captain; Auckland), dies from chronic lymphocytic leukaemia at 69
  • Jul 29 Mike Gillespie, American college baseball coach (College World Series 1998, Collegiate Coach of the Year 1998, USC), dies from a stroke at 80
  • Jul 30 Lee Teng-hui, Taiwanese statesman (Taiwan's 1st popularly elected President 1988–2000), dies at 97
  • Jul 31 Stephen Tataw, Cameroonian soccer right-back (63 caps; captain Cameroon national team FIFA World Cup 1990, 94), dies at 57
  • Jul 31 Alan Parker, English director (Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express), dies at 76