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 12 Diarmuid Downs, British automotive engineer, dies at 91
  • Feb 16 Michael Shea, American sci-fi author (World Fantasy Award: Nifft the Lean, Growlimb), 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 and 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 Tony Benn, British politcian, Minister of Technology and President of the Stop the War Coalition, 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 (The Big Tree), 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

Person of interestMaya Angelou

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 (Day of the Wolves, Night of the Grizzly), 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 (A Raisin in the Sun, American Gangster), 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 22 Felix Dennis, English publisher and poet (Dennis Publishing), dies at 67
  • 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 Richard "Dick" Jones, American actor ("Pinocchio "- Pinocchio, The Frontiersman), 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 [Broadhurst], English actress (Taste of Honey), 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 5 Chapman Pincher, British journalist and author (about secret service), dies at 100
  • 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 Edwin "Ed" Nelson, American actor (Peyton Place, A Long Came a Spider), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 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

Person of interestJean-Claude Duvalier

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 (A Delicate Balance, Father's Day), 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

Person of interestBen Bradlee

Oct 21 Ben Bradlee, American editor, journalist, newspaper executive (Washington Post), dies at 93

Journalist Ben Bradlee
Journalist
Ben Bradlee
  • Oct 24 Marcia Strassman, American actress, dies from breast cancer at 66
  • Oct 28 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87
  • Nov 26 Frankie Fraser, English gangster who spent 42 years in jail, dies of complications related to surgery at 90
  • Nov 27 P D [Phyllis Dorothy] James, Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime writer (Death in Holy Orders), dies at 94
  • Nov 29 Mark Strand, American poet, editor and translator (Another Republic), dies at 80
  • 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