Famous People Who Died in July 2021

  • Jul 1 Louis Andriessen, Dutch composer (Reconstruction), dies at 82
  • Jul 1 Marcel Puget, French rugby union halfback and captain (17 Tests; CA Brive, Stade Toulousain, Stade Rodez Aveyron), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 80
  • Jul 1 Philece Sampler, American actress (Another World, 1987-89 -"Donna Love"; Days Of Our Lives, 1981-84 - "Renée"), and anime voice dubber, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Jul 2 Elliot Lawrence [Broza], American jazz pianist, film score composer (Network), arranger, and orchestra leader (Tony and Emmy Award broadcasts; As The World Turns, 1981-93), dies at 96
  • Jul 2 Lehlo Ledwaba, South African boxer (IBF super bantamweight title 1999-2001), dies from COVID-19 at 49
  • Jul 2 Naïm Kattan, Canadian novelist and essayist, dies at 92
  • Jul 3 Ted Nash, American rower (Olympic gold coxless four 1960), dies at 88
  • Jul 4 Dicky Moegle, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All-American 1954, Rice; Pro Bowl 1955, SF 49ers), dies at 86
  • Jul 4 Eddie Payne, American college basketball coach (USC Upstate, Oregon State Uni, Greensboro College), dies from a stroke at 69
  • Jul 4 Rick Laird, Irish jazz-fusion bassist (Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1971-73; Gerry Niewood & Timepiece), and photographer, dies of lung cancer at 80
  • Jul 4 Sanford Clark, American country-rockabilly singer and guitarist ("The Fool"; "Son Of A Gun"), dies of COVID-19 while undergoing cancer treatment at 85
  • Jul 4 Terry Donahue, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (head coach UCLA 1976-96, record 151–74–8; Pac-10 Coach of the Year 1985, 93), dies from cancer at 77
  • Jul 5 Gillian Sheen, British fencer (Olympic gold individual foil 1956), dies at 92
  • Jul 5 Richard Donner [Schwartzberg], American television and film director (Twilight Zone; The Omen, Superman; Lethal Weapon; Scrooged), and producer (X-Men; Tales From The Crypt), dies at 91
  • Jul 7 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine auto racer (World F1 Drivers C'ship 1981 runner-up; 3 x third) and politician (governor of Santa Fe 2003-21), dies from a digestive hemorrhage at 79
  • Jul 7 Chick Vennera, American actor (Thank God It's Friday; High Risk; Milagro Beanfield War; Animaniacs), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jul 7 Jovenel Moïse, Haitian politician, President of Haiti (2017-21), assassinated at 53
  • Jul 7 Robert Downey, Sr [Elias Jr], American filmmaker (Putney Swope; Rittenhouse Square), and actor (You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It or You'll Lose That Beat), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 85
  • Jul 8 Sam Reed, American jazz and session saxophonist, and musical director (Uptown Theater (Philadelphia); Teddy Pendergrass), dies at 85
  • Jul 9 (Jonathan) "Jono" Coleman, British-Australian television and radio, writer, and comedian, dies of prostate cancer at 65
  • Jul 9 Boris Dmitriyevich Andreyev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 80
  • Jul 9 Jehan Sadat [Safwat Raouf], Widow of Anwar Sadat and 1st Lady of Egypt (1970-81), dies at 87 [1]
  • Jul 9 Paul Mariner, English soccer striker (35 caps; Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town, Arsenal, Portsmouth) and coach (Plymouth Argyle, Toronto FC), dies from brain cancer at 68
  • Jul 10 Byron Berline, American world champion bluegrass fiddle player, dies of stroke complications at 77 [1]
  • Jul 10 Esther Bejarano, German accordionist, singer (Coincidence; Microphone Mafia), anti-fascism activist, and Holocaust survivor, dies at 96
  • Jul 10 Gwendolyn Faison, American politician (Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, 2000-10), dies at 96
  • Jul 10 Jimmy Gabriel, Scottish soccer midfielder (2 caps; Everton, Southampton) and coach (Seattle Sounders; SJ Earthquakes, Seattle Storm, Everton), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 80
  • Jul 11 Charlie Gallagher, Scottish soccer inside forward (2 caps Republic of Ireland; Celtic, Dumbarton), dies at 80
  • Jul 11 Charlie Robinson, American actor (Night Court, 1984-92 - "Mac"; Hart of Dixie), dies of glandular cancer complications at 75
  • Jul 12 John L. Rotz, American thoroughbred jockey (Preakness Stakes 1962; Belmont Stakes 1970; Racing Hall of Fame 1983), dies at 86
  • Jul 12 Paul Orndorff, American pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame 2005; WCW World Tag Team C'ship [Paul Roma] 1995; "Mr Wonderful"), dies at 71
  • Jul 13 Shirley Fry, American tennis player (French Open 1951; Wimbledon, US Open 1956; Australian Open 1957; 11 x Grand Slam doubles titles; world #1 1956), dies at 94
  • Jul 13 Yashpal Sharma, Indian cricket batsman (37 Tests; 2 x 100s; 42 ODIs), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • Jul 14 Jeff Labar, American glam rock guitarist (Cinderella, 1985-2014 - "Nobody's Fool"; "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)"), dies at 58
  • Jul 15 Andy Fordham, English darts player (BDO World Champion 2004), dies from organ failure at 59
  • Jul 15 Dennis Murphy, American sports entrepreneur (co-founder American Basketball Ass'n, World Hockey Ass'n, original World Team Tennis, Roller Hockey International), dies at 94
  • Jul 15 Jerry Lewis, American politician (Rep-R-California, 1979-2013), dies at 86
  • Jul 16 Biz Markie [Marcel Hall], American rapper, DJ and record producer ("Just A Friend"), dies at 57 [1]
  • Jul 16 Thomas Rajna, British-Hungarian pianist, and composer (Amarantha; Stop All The Clocks), dies at 92
  • Jul 17 Graham Vick, British opera director (Birmingham Opera Company, 1987-2020), dies of COVID-19 complications at 67
  • Jul 18 John Woodcock, English cricket journalist ('The Times' 1954-88; Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1981-86; President Cricket Writers' Club 1986-2004), dies at 94
  • Jul 18 Tom O'Connor, British comedian and TV game show host, dies from complications of Parkinson's disease at 81
  • Jul 19 Jenny Lynn, American bodybuilder (IFBB Figure Olympia 2006, 07; Figure International 2003, 04, 05), dies from a seizure at 49
  • Jul 19 Layne Flack, American poker player (6 x World Series of Poker bracelets), dies at 52
  • Jul 20 Chuck E. Weiss, American blues and rock songwriter, vocalist, and muse (Rickie Lee Jones; Tom Waits), dies of cancer at 76 [1]
  • Jul 20 Françoise Arnoul, French actress and composer (French Cancan; Jacko & Lise), dies at 90
  • Jul 20 Jerry Granelli, American-Canadian jazz drummer (Vince Guaraldi Trio; Mose Allison), dies at 80
  • Jul 22 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1978, 80), dies from a heart attack at 84
  • Jul 23 John Cornell, Australian screenwriter (Paul Hogan Show; Crocodile Dundee), and director (Crocodile Dundee II),. dies from complications related to Parkinson's disease at 80
  • Jul 23 Tito Lupini, Italian rugby union prop (11 Tests; Rovigo) and coach (Rovigo), dies from COVID-19 at 65
  • Jul 24 Dieter Brummer, Australian TV actor (Home and Away; Underbelly), takes his own life at 45

Jackie MasonJackie Mason (1928-2021)

Jul 24 American Emmy and Tony Award-winning stand-up comedian, stage, film and television actor (The World According To Me!), dies at 93 [1]

  • Jul 25 Robert Parris "Bob" Moses, American civil rights activist (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)), and educator (The Algebra Project), dies at 86
  • Jul 26 Ally Dawson, Scottish soccer defender (5 caps; Glasgow Rangers) and manager (Hamilton Academical), dies at 63
  • Jul 26 Ivan Toplak, Serbian soccer striker (1 cap; Red Star Belgrade) and manager (Red Star Belgrade, San Jose Earthquakes, Yugoslavia), dies at 89
  • Jul 26 Joey Jordison, American drummer (Slipknot, 1995-2013 - "All Hope Is Gone"), dies at 46
  • Jul 26 Mike Enzi, American accountant, and politician (US Senator for Wyoming (R), 1997-2021), dies from injuries in a bicycling accident at 77
  • Jul 26 Rick Aiello, American character actor (Officer Long- Do the Right Thing), dies of pancreatic cancer at 65
  • Jul 27 Mike Hendrick, English cricket fast bowler (30 Tests, 87 wickets; 22 ODIs; Derbyshire CCC), dies from bowel cancer at 72
  • Jul 27 Pete George, American weightlifter (Olympic gold/2 silver-48, 52), dies at 92
  • Jul 27 Saginaw Grant, Native American character actor, hereditary chief of the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma, musician, and U.S. Marine, dies at 85
  • Jul 27 Willie Winfield, American doo-wop singer (Harptones - "Life Is But A Dream"; “A Sunday Kind of Love”), dies of a heart attack at 91

Johnny VenturaJohnny Ventura (1940-2021)

Jul 28 merengue and salsa bandleader (“Patacon Pisao”), and politician (Mayor of Santiago, 1998-2002), dies of heart failure at 81 [1]

  • Jul 28 Joseph "Dusty" Hill, American rock bassist and songwriter (ZZ Top - "Cheap Sunglasses"; "Legs"), dies at 72 [1]
  • Jul 28 Ron Popeil, American inventor and TV personality who popularized the phrase "But wait, there's more!", dies at 86 [1]
  • Jul 29 Carl Levin, American attorney and politician (U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1979-2015), dies at 87
  • Jul 30 Jacob Desvarieux, French zouk singer, and guitarist (Kassav'), dies of COVID-19 at 65
  • Jul 31 Alvin Ing, American stage and screen singer and actor (Flower Drum Song), dies of COVID-19 complications at 89
  • Jul 31 Terry Cooper, English soccer defender (20 caps; Leeds, Middlesborough) and manager (Bristol City, Birmingham City), dies at 77