Famous People who Died of Leukemia

Famous Leukemia Victims

List of Deaths from Leukemia

  • 1945-09-26 Béla Bartók, Hungarian pianist, composer (Concerto for Orchestra), and ethno-musicologist, dies of leukemia at 64
  • 1946-01-08 Dion Fortune, British occultist and author (Psychic Self-Defence, The Mystical Qabalah), dies of leukemia at 55
  • 1946-11-18 Donald Meek, Scottish-American stage and screen actor (You Can't Take It With You; Stagecoach), dies of leukemia at 68
  • 1949-03-17 Felix Bressart, German actor (Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads), dies from Leukemia at 57
  • 1951-02-09 Eddy Duchin, American pianist and bandleader (Eddy Duchin Orchestra), dies of acute myelogenous leukemia at 41
  • 1956-03-17 Irene Joliot-Curie, French chemist and physicist (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1935) and daughter of Marie Curie, dies of leukemia at 58
  • 1957-02-18 Joseph G. Hamilton, American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, dies of radiation induced leukemia at 49
  • 1957-12-12 Robert Frank Kurka, American composer ("The Good Soldier Schweik"), dies of leukemia at 35
  • 1960-12-14 Gregory Ratoff, Russian producer, director and actor (Exodus, Skyscraper Souls, Corsican Brothers), dies of leukemia at 63
  • 1961-12-06 Frantz Fanon, West Indian psychiatrist and philosopher (The Wretched of the Earth), dies of leukemia at 36
  • 1963-04-12 Herbie Nichols, American jazz pianist and composer ("Lady Sings the Blues"), dies of leukemia at 43
  • 1963-05-18 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), dies of leukemia at 23
  • 1967-02-16 (Lester) "Smiley" Burnette [Burnett], American country music performer, singer-songwriter ("Ridin' Down the Canyon (To Watch the Sun Go Down)"), and actor (Petticoat Junction - "Charlie"), dies of leukemia at 55
  • 1967-03-13 Sir Frank Worrell, West Indian cricket batsman and captain (51 Tests @ 49.48; 9 x 100s), dies from leukemia at 42
  • 1967-09-29 Ludwig Donath, Austrian actor (Torn Curtain, Sirocco, Jolson Sings Again), dies of leukemia at 67
  • 1969-10-12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57
  • 1971-07-04 Don McPherson, American R&B singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), dies of leukemia at 29
  • 1972-03-13 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, dies of Leukemia at 30
  • 1976-07-09 Tom Yawkey, American Baseball HOF executive (owner Boston Red Sox 1933-76), dies from leukemia at 73
  • 1977-02-18 Andy Devine, American character actor (Roy Roger's sidekick - "Cookie"; Stagecoach; Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, 1951-58), dies of leukemia at 71
  • 1977-02-27 Allison Hayes, American model and actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), dies of leukemia or lead poisoning at 47
  • 1979-12-25 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1980-07-06 Gail Patrick [Margaret Fitzpatrick], American actress (My Man Godfrey, Love Crazy), dies of leukemia at 69
  • 1980-09-05 Don Banks, Australian orchestral, jazz, and film score composer, dies of leukemia at 56
  • 1983-10-16 George Liberace, American violinist (The Liberace Show), dies of leukemia at 72
  • 1984-09-20 Steve Goodman, American folk singer and songwriter ("City O f New Orleans"; "Chicken Cordon Blues"), dies of leukemia at 36
  • 1986-05-17 Lyudmila Pakhomova, Russian ice dancer (World C'ship gold x 6; Olympic gold USSR 1976; with Alexandr Gorshkov), dies from leukemia at 39
  • 1986-12-10 Kate Wolf [Allen], American folk singer-songwriter ("Love Still Remains"; "Across the Great Divide"), dies of leukemia at 44
  • 1988-03-06 Dick Ricketts Jr., American basketball center (# 1 overall pick 1955 NBA draft St. Louis Hawks) and baseball pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals), dies from leukemia at 54
  • 1988-07-03 Gabriel Dell, American actor (The Bowery Boys, Steve Allen Show), dies of leukemia at 68
  • 1989-09-15 Jan DeGaetani, American contemporary classical concert mezzo-soprano, dies of leukemia at 56
  • 1990-07-21 Stanley Shapiro, dies of leukemia at 65
  • 1990-08-18 B F Skinner, American psychologist (Skinner Box), dies of Leukemia at 86
  • 1990-11-03 Valerie French, British actress (Jubal), dies of leukemia at 62
  • 1991-04-23 Johnny Thunders [Genzale], American punk rock guitarist (New York Dolls), dies from a combination of leukemia and drug abuse at 38
  • 1992-05-03 George Murphy, American politician (US Senator, California), actor and dancer (MGM Parade), dies of leukemia at 89
  • 1993-04-13 Barry Karas, American actor, dies of leukemia at 49
  • 1993-04-15 William Bakewell, American actor (All Quiet on the Western Front; Gone with the Wind), dies of leukemia at 84
  • 1994-03-09 Charles Bukowski, German-born American columnist (Notes of a Dirty Old Man) and writer (Hollywood: A Novel) who was described as a "laureate of American lowlife", dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1994-12-09 Maureen Starkey [Mary Cox], English ex-wife of Beatle Ringo Starr, dies of leukemia at 48
  • 1994-12-16 Samuel Lipman, American pianist and music critic, dies of leukemia at 60
  • 1995-03-15 Florence Chadwick, American swimmer who was the 1st woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, dies of leukemia at 76
  • 1995-06-11 Lovelace Watkins, American singer known as "The Black Sinatra" (The Big, Big Voice of Lovelace Watkins), dies of leukemia at 58
  • 1995-07-26 Laurindo Almeida, Brazilian classical, jazz and Latin guitarist and composer (developed bossa nova), dies of leukemia at 77
  • 1995-12-20 Madge Sinclair (née Walters), Jamaican-American actress (Conrack; Roots - "Bell"; Trapper John, M.D. - "Ernestine"; The Lion King), dies of leukemia at 55
  • 1996-02-23 Alan Dawson, American jazz drummer and teacher (Berklee, 1957-75), dies of leukemia at 66
  • 1996-04-14 Manuel "Manny" Greenhill, American folk music record producer and manager (Joan Baez; Rev. Gary Davis), dies of leukemia at 80
  • 1996-09-17 Spiro Agnew, American politician (Vice President, 1969 until resignation over corruption allegations in 1973), dies of leukemia at 77
  • 1996-12-12 Larry Gates, American actor (Guiding Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Body Snatchers), dies of leukemia at 81
  • 1997-08-16 Yanick Dupre, Canadian NHL left wing, dies of Leukemia at 24
  • 1997-10-16 Audra Lindley, American actress (Three's Company; The Ropers;, The Relic), dies of complications from leukemia at 79
  • 1997-11-04 Richard Hooker [Heister Richard Hornberger], American army surgeon, and novelist (MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors - inspiration for film and TV series), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1998-07-21 Alan Shepard, American astronaut and 1st American in space, dies of leukemia at 74
  • 1998-11-13 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), dies leukemia at 78
  • 1999-02-21 Gertrude B. Elion, American biochemist and drug researcher who developed groundbreaking leukemia and herpes drug treatments (Nobel 1988), dies at 81
  • 1999-04-06 William Pleeth, British cellist and teacher (of Jacqueline du Pré), dies of leukemia at 83
  • 1999-04-12 Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer ("King Of The Road"), dies of leukemia at 67
  • 1999-04-28 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist who shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, dies of leukemia at 77
  • 1999-09-19 Ed Cobb, American pop vocalist (The Four Preps, 1956-66 -"26 Miles (Santa Catalina)"), songwriter ("Tainted Love"), sound engineer and producer, dies of leukemia at 61
  • 2000-01-31 (Simon) "Si" Zentner, American jazz, session, and pop trombonist and big-band leader, dies of leukemia at 82
  • 2000-02-12 Tom Landry, American NFL player, 1949-55 (NY Giants) and coach, 1960-88 (Dallas Cowboys), dies of leukemia at 75
  • 2000-10-25 Don Brooks, American session and touring harmonica player (Waylon Jennings; Ken Burns' "The Civil War"), dies of leukemia at 53
  • 2001-10-05 Aldo Jones [Albert Mansis], American rockabilly bassist and singer (Ben Vaughn Combo), dies of leukemia at 41
  • 2002-02-14 Mick Tucker, English rock drummer (Sweet - "Ballroom Blitz"), dies of leukemia at 54
  • 2003-08-21 Wesley Willis, American underground singer-songwriter, and visual artist, dies of leukemia at 40
  • 2004-01-12 Randy VanWarmer, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Just When I Needed You Most"), dies of leukemia at 48
  • 2004-06-03 Jonathan D Kramer, American composer (Notta Sonata), dies of leukemia at 61
  • 2004-07-13 Arthur Kane, American musician (New York Dolls), dies from advanced leukemia at 55
  • 2004-10-20 Chuck Hiller, American MLB second baseman (first NL player in history to hit a grand slam HR in World Series play, 1962), dies from leukemia at 70
  • 2005-04-01 Jack Keller, American songwriter, and record producer ("Run To Him"; "Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart"; theme to Bewitched), dies of leukemia at 68
  • 2005-10-26 Keith Parkinson, American fantasy artist, dies of Leukemia at 47
  • 2005-11-06 Minako Honda, Japanese singer and musical actress, dies of leukemia at 38
  • 2006-02-20 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster and author (Ford C. Frick Award; Pete Rozelle Award; lifetime achievement Emmy, 1992), dies of leukemia at 86
  • 2006-08-03 Arthur Lee, American psychedelic rock musician (Love; National Recording Company), dies of leukemia at 61
  • 2006-08-05 Susan Butcher, American dog musher and 4 x winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, dies of graft-versus-host disease while fighting acute myelogenous leukemia at 51
  • 2006-11-09 Ed Bradley, American journalist and CBS news correspondent (60 Minutes), dies of complications from lymphocytic leukemia at 65
  • 2006-11-20 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player, M*A*S*H, Nashville), dies of complications from leukemia at 81
  • 2007-04-25 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter ("Monster Mash"), dies from leukemia at 69
  • 2007-06-04 Craig L. Thomas, American politician (Senator-R-Wyoming 1995-2007, Rep-R-Wyoming 1989-95), dies of Leukemia at 74
  • 2007-07-29 Tom Snyder, American television and radio interviewer (The Tomorrow Show, 1973-82), and news anchor (NBC Weekend News), dies of complications from leukemia at 71
  • 2007-07-30 Bill Walsh, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (San Francisco 49ers), dies of leukemia at 75
  • 2008-03-19 Paul Scofield, English actor (A Man for All Seasons and Quiz Show), dies from leukemia at 86
  • 2008-07-03 Oliver Schroer, Canadian fiddler and composer, dies of leukemia at 52
  • 2009-03-06 Francis Magalona, Filipino Pinoy hip-hop rapper, songwriter, and television personality (Eat Bulaga!, 1995-2009), dies of leukemia at 44
  • 2009-06-07 Hugh Hopper, British progressive rock and jazz bassist (Soft Machine; Stomu Yamashta's East Wind; Carla Bley), dies of leukemia at 64
  • 2009-09-16 Mary Travers, American folk singer (Peter Paul & Mary - "Puff" (The Magic Dragon)"; "Leaving On A Jet Plane"), dies of leukemia at 72
  • 2009-11-16 Robert J. Frankel, American thoroughbred race horse trainer (5 x Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer; US Champion Trainer by earnings 1993, 2002, 03), dies from leukemia at 68
  • 2009-12-02 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (University of Pittsburgh), dies of leukemia at 71
  • 2010-06-18 José Saramago, Portuguese writer, novelist (Blindness, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ) and Nobel laureate, dies of leukemia at 87
  • 2010-11-05 Jill Clayburgh, American actress (Unmarried Woman, Semi-Tough), dies of Leukemia at 66
  • 2010-12-15 Bob Feller, American Baseball HOF pitcher (8 x MLB All Star; AL Triple Crown 1940; 3 x no-hit games; Cleveland Indians), dies from leukemia at 92
  • 2011-04-29 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukemia at 85
  • 2012-01-09 Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74
  • 2012-03-09 Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • 2012-03-13 Jock Hobbs, New Zealand rugby union flanker and captain (21 Tests; Canterbury RU; Chairman NZRFU 2002-10), dies from leukemia at 52
  • 2012-04-15 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • 2012-05-09 Vidal Sassoon, British-American hair stylist and CEO of Vidal Sasson, dies from leukemia at 84
  • 2012-06-26 Nora Ephron, American novelist (Heartburn), screenwriter (Silkwood; When Harry Met Sally), and director (Sleepless In Seattle), dies from pneumonia, as a complication of leukemia, at 71
  • 2012-09-09 Ron Taylor, Australian shark expert and cinematographer, dies from myeloid leukemia at 78
  • 2013-04-09 David Hayes, American sculptor, dies from leukemia at 82
  • 2013-08-05 George Duke, American Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk keyboard player, and composer, dies from chronic lymphocytic leukemia at 67
  • 2013-09-12 Ray Dolby, American engineer, sound expert, and inventor (Dolby noise reduction system), dies of leukemia at 80
  • 2013-10-19 Ronald Shannon Jackson, American avant-garde jazz and funk drummer, and composer (Cecil Taylor; Last Exit; Decoding Society), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 2014-02-01 Luis Aragonés, Spanish soccer forward (11 caps; Atlético Madrid) and manager (Spain 2004-08; Atlético Madrid, Barcelona), dies from leukemia at 75
  • 2014-10-28 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87
  • 2015-01-25 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), dies of myeloid leukemia at 78
  • 2015-06-27 Chris Squire, British progressive rock bassist, founding and longest serving member of Yes, 1969-2014 ("The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)"), dies of acute erythroid leukemia at 67
  • 2015-10-06 Sandra Spuzich, American golfer (US Open 1966), dies of leukemia at 78
  • 2016-07-16 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), dies of leukemia at 74
  • 2017-06-09 Adam West [William West Anderson], American actor (Batman, Last Precinct), dies from leukemia at 88
  • 2018-01-20 Jack Whitten, American abstract painter, dies of chronic leukemia at 78
  • 2018-05-29 Rosa Briceño, Venezuelan conductor, and educator, dies of leukemia at 61
  • 2018-06-26 Phil Rodgers, American golfer (5 PGA Tour wins), dies of leukemia at 80
  • 2019-01-02 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), dies of leukemia at 76
  • 2019-07-09 Ross Perot, American businessman (Electronic Data Systems, Perot Systems), billionaire and presidential candidate (1992, 1996), dies of leukemia at 89
  • 2020-03-14 Genesis P-Orridge [Neil Megson], British avant-garde rock singer-songwriter, and performance artist (Throbbing Gristle; Psychic TV), dies of leukemia at 70
  • 2020-04-05 Ed Biles, American football coach (College: Xavier 1962-68; NFL: Houston Oilers 1981-83), dies from leukemia at 88
  • 2020-06-26 Taryn Power, American actress (Maria); youngest daughter of Tyrone Power Mexican actress Linda Christian, dies of leukemia at 66
  • 2020-11-01 Billy Tubbs, American college basketball coach (Southwestern Uni, Lamar Uni, Uni of Oklahoma, Texas Christian Uni), dies from leukemia at 85
  • 2021-03-23 Don Heffington, American touring and session drummer, singer, songwriter and producer (Lone Justice; Watkins Family Hour; Emmylou Harris), dies of leukemia at 70
  • 2021-08-22 Alberto Bica, Uruguayan soccer right winger (9 caps; Racing, River Plate, Nacional Montevideo), dies from leukemia at 63
  • 2021-08-25 Robin Miller, American motorsports journalist (Indianapolis Star, Autoweek, Car and Driver, ESPN, Speed, NBCSN), dies from leukemia at 71
  • 2021-11-05 Russell Ebert, Australian Rules midfielder (4 x Magarey Medals; 6 x Port Adelaide FC B&F; Australian Football HOF) and coach (SA 1996-98), dies of leukemia at 72
  • 2022-10-18 Robert Gordon, American rockabilly revival singer-songwriter (Red Hot), and actor (The Loveless), dies of leukemia at 75
  • 2022-11-30 Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (1989-2002) and President of the People's Republic of China (1993-2003), dies of leukemia and multiple organ failure at 96