Deaths in History in 2014

  • Jan 2 Elizabeth Jane Howard, English novelist, dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Dale T. Mortensen, American economist and Nobel laureate, dies at 74
  • Jan 11 Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general, Prime Minister of Israel (2001-2006), dies from heart failure at 85
  • Jan 14 Juan Gelman, Argentine poet, dies at 84
  • Jan 29 Ashutosh Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Divine Light Awakening Mission, claims 30 million followers, dies at 68
  • Feb 16 Michael Shea, American sci-fi author, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 Dale Gardner, American astronaut, dies from a brain aneurysm at 65
  • Feb 19 Valeri Nikolayevich Kubasov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Leo Vroman, Dutch-American hematologist & Poet, dies at 98
  • Feb 28 Rostislav Belyakov, Russian chief designer of the MiG fighter jet, dies at 94
  • Mar 1 Alain Resnais, French director (Muriel, Hiroshima mon amour), dies at 91
  • Mar 2 Justin Kaplan, American editor and biographer (Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain - Pulitzer Price 1967), dies at 88
  • Mar 3 William R. Pogue, American astronaut, dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Geoff Edwards, American game show host, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • Mar 8 William Guarnere, American WWII veteran, dies at 90
  • Mar 14 Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Tony" Benn, British Labour left wing politician dies aged 88
  • Mar 15 Clarissa Dickson Wright, English celebrity chef (Two Fat Ladies), dies at 66
  • Mar 17 L'Wren Scott [Laura Bambrough], American fashion designer and partner of Mick Jagger, commits suicide at 49
  • Mar 21 James Rebhorn, American actor, dies from melanoma at 65
  • Mar 22 Patrice Wymore, American actress, dies from natural causes at 87
  • Mar 23 Adolfo Suarez, Spanish Prime Minister, dies from a respiratory infection at 81
  • Apr 2 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 3 Freda Kida, American cartoonist, dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), dies at 93
  • Apr 7 Peaches Geldof, English columnist and daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, dies of a heroin overdose at 25
  • Apr 10 Jim Flaherty, Canadian politician, Minister of Finance (2006-2014), dies at 64
  • Apr 21 George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (helped invent LCD displays), dies at 77
  • Apr 29 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • May 2 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor, dies at 95
  • May 3 Gary Becker, American economist & Nobel laureate, dies from complications following surgery at 83
  • May 3 Jim Oberstar, American politician, dies at 79
  • May 6 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • May 6 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), dies at 83
  • May 8 Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, dies at 93
  • May 9 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), dies at 97
  • May 12 H. R. Giger, Swiss Oscar-winning surrealist artist, dies from injuries from a fall at 74
  • May 14 Stephen Sutton, English cancer blogger (Stephen's Story), dies at 19
  • May 15 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), dies from a fall at 73
  • May 17 Gerald Edelman, American biologist & Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 84
  • May 18 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut, dies from renal cell cancer at 68
  • May 18 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • May 19 Michael Aldrich, British inventor, dies at 72
  • May 22 Mathew Cowles, American actor, dies at 69
  • May 23 Mona Freeman, American actress, dies at 87
  • May 25 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general & President, dies at 90

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May 28 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), dies at 86

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • May 29 Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor, dies at 86
  • May 31 Martha Hyer, American actress, dies at 89
  • Jun 1 Ann B. Davis, American actress, dies from a subdural hematoma from a fall at 88
  • Jun 11 Ruby Dee, American actress, dies at 91
  • Jun 15 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), dies from complications from pneumonia at 86

  • Jun 17 Patsy Byrne, English actress, dies at 80
  • Jun 24 Eli Wallach, American actor, dies at 98
  • Jun 28 Meshach Taylor, American actor, dies from colorectal cancer at 67
  • Jun 30 Bob Hastings, American actor, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • Jul 1 Walter Dean Myers, African-American author, dies at 76
  • Jul 5 Rosemary Murphy, American actress (Margaret-Lucas Tanner), dies from esophageal cancer at 89
  • Jul 7 Dick Jones, American actor, dies at 87
  • Jul 13 Thomas Berger, American novelist, dies at 89
  • Jul 13 Nadine Gordimer, South African author & Nobel laureate, dies at 90
  • Jul 17 Henry Hartsfield Jr, American astronaut, DIES FROM complications from back surgery at 80
  • Jul 19 James Garner, American actor (Rockford Files, Bret Maverick), dies of acute myocardial infarction at 86
  • Jul 19 Skye McCole Bartusiak, American actress, dies at 21
  • Jul 23 Dora Bryan, British actress, dies at 91
  • Jul 25 Salah Abu Hassanein, leader of Islamic Jihad's military wing, dies in Israeli airstrike
  • Jul 25 Bel Kaufman, American author (Up the Down Staircase), dies at 103
  • Jul 28 Margot Adler, American journalist, dies from endometrial cancer at 68
  • Aug 5 Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, 11th US Surgeon General (1969-73), dies at 87
  • Aug 8 Charles Keating, English actor, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Aug 9 Michael Brown, an 18 year old black man is shot dead by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. His death provoked nationwide protests and civil unrest.
  • Aug 9 Ed Nelson, American actor, dies from heart failure at 85
  • Aug 12 Lauren Bacall, American actress (Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89
  • Sep 9 Denny Miller, American actor, dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 80
  • Sep 10 Richard Kiel, American actor, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • Sep 12 Donald Sinden, English actor, dies from prostate cancer at 90
  • Sep 24 Deborah "Debs" Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire and the Chatsworth estate, one of the Mitford sisters, dies at 94
  • Sep 27 James A Traficant Jr, American politician, dies at 73
  • Sep 30 Martin Lewis Perl, American physicist & Nobel Laureate, dies from a heart attack at 87

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Oct 4 Jean-Claude Duvalier, 41st President of Haiti (1971-86), dies of a heart attack at 63

President of Haiti Jean-Claude Duvalier
President of Haiti
Jean-Claude Duvalier
  • Oct 6 Marian Seldes, American actress,dies at 86
  • Oct 9 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer, dies from complications of dementia 89
  • Oct 14 Elizabeth Peña, American actress, dies from cirrhosis at 55
  • Oct 19 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress, dies from colon cancer at 66
  • Oct 24 Marcia Strassman, American actress, dies from breast cancer at 66
  • Oct 28 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87
  • Nov 19 Mike Nichols [Mikhail Peschkowsky], German-American film director (Catch 22, The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), dies from cardiac arrest at 83
  • Nov 27 P D [Phyllis Dorothy] James, Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime writer (Death in Holy Orders), dies at 94
  • Nov 30 Fred Catherwood, British politician, Vice President of the European Parliament (1989-1992), dies at 89
  • Dec 10 Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian government minister, killed in confrontation with Israeli troops at protest on West Bank
  • Dec 17 Fritz Rudolf Fries, German writer and informant, dies at 79
  • Dec 21 Sonia d’Artois, British Canadian WWII resistance agent, dies at 90
  • Dec 25 Gleb Yakunin, Russian priest and dissident, dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Mary Lyon, English geneticist (X-chromosome inactivation), dies at 89
  • Dec 26 Leo Tindemans, Belgian statesman, Prime Minister of Belgium (1974-78), dies at 92