Gone, But Not Forgotten
Milton Berle, 93, He did it all. "Uncle Milty" died of natural causes. ...March 28
Dave Berg, 81, Mad magazine cartoonist who drew "The Lighter Side Of ...". Cancer, May 16.
Bill Berry, 72, jazz legend who was a big band leader and trumpet player with Duke Ellington, Woody Herman and others. Lung cancer, Nov. 13.
Otis Blackwell, 70, songwriter who penned Don't Be Cruel for Elvis Presley and Great Balls of Fire for Jerry Lee Lewis. Apparent heart attack, May 6.
Whitney Blake, 76, actress who played the mother on TV's Hazel and co-created the sitcom One Day at a Time. Long illness, Sept. 28.
Bill Blass, 79, fashion designer who was one of the first to license his name. Cancer, June 12.
Ray Brown, 75, jazz bass player who helped develop the distinct style known as "bebop." July 2.
Vinnette Carroll, 80, actress, first black woman to direct on Broadway, and creator of Broadway musical Your Arms Too Short To Box With God. Diabetes and heart disease, Nov. 5.
Rosemary Clooney, 74, singer and actress whose hits include the song Come On-a My House and the movie White Christmas. Lung cancer, June 29.
James Coburn, 74, Oscar-winning actor who starred in The Magnificent Seven and Our Man Flint. Heart attack, Nov. 18.
Ray Conniff, 85, Grammy-winning composer and conductor. Fall and head injury, Oct. 12.
Jeff Corey, 88, actor who started the Professional Actor's Workshop. Complications from a fall, Aug. 16.
Robbin Crosby, 42, guitarist and founding member of the band Ratt. AIDS, June 6.
Keene Curtis, 79, Tony Award-winning actor who portrayed Daddy Warbucks on Broadway in Annie Alzheimer's disease, Oct. 13.
Cassandra Danz, 55, comedian and TV gardening expert also known as Mrs. Greenthumbs. Cancer, May 26.
Ted Demme, 37, TV producer and director of the films Blow and Beautiful Girls. Apparent heart attack, Jan. 13.
John Entwistle, 57, bass player for the rock group The Who. Apparent heart attack, June 27.
Josh Ryan Evans, 20, 3-foot-2 actor who portrayed the living doll, Timmy, on the soap opera Passions. Heart condition, Aug. 5.
John Frankenheimer, 72, director of feature films and TV movies including Birdman of Alcatraz, The Train and Seven Days in May. Stroke, July 6.
Cliff Gorman, 65, actor who won a Tony for his portrayal of groundbreaking comic Lenny Bruce. Leukemia, Sept. 5.
Teresa Graves, 54, actress who starred in the TV series Get Christie Love. House fire, Oct. 10.
Adolph Green, 86, playwright and lyricist who wrote or co-wrote musicals and movies, including On The Town and Singin' in the Rain. Natural causes, Oct. 24.
James Gregory, 90, actor who played Inspector Luger on the TV series Barney Miller and co-starred in dozens of movies, including The Manchurian Candidate. Natural causes, Sept. 16.
Charles Guggenheim, 78, documentary filmmaker who won four Oscars for his work on the civil rights movement and other subjects. Pancreatic cancer, Oct. 9.
Billy Guy, 66, original member of The Coasters, the first musical group inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cardiovascular disease, Nov. 12.
Carrie Hamilton, 38, actress, writer and daughter of comedienne Carol Burnett. Cancer, Jan. 20.
Lionel Hampton, 94, jazz vibraphonist and National Medal of Arts winner who played with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and others. Heart failure, Aug. 31.
Mary Hansen, 36, guitarist and vocalist with the alternative band Stereolab. Cycling accident, Dec. 9.
Jonathan Harris, 87, actor who played Dr. Zachary Smith on TV's Lost in Space. Blood clot, Nov. 3.
Richard Harris, 72, Irish actor whose movies ranged from Camelot to Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. Hodgkin's disease, Oct. 25.
Harlan Howard, 74, composer of more than 100 country hits, including I Fall to Pieces by Patsy Cline. Undisclosed causes, March 3.
Kim Hunter, 79, actress who played Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and the talking chimpanzee Zira in Planet of the Apes. Apparent heart attack, Sept. 11.
Waylon Jennings, 64, country singer whose hits included Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys with Willie Nelson. Diabetes-related illness, Feb. 13.
Chuck Jones, 89, Oscar-winning cartoonist and co-creator of Pepe Le Pew, Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Heart failure, Feb. 22.
Katy Jurado, 78, actress who starred in High Noon. Lung and heart ailments, July 5.
Yousuf Karsh, 93, photographer of the famous, including John F. Kennedy, Ernest Hemingway and Fidel Castro. Complications following surgery, July 13.
Buddy Kaye, 84, lyricist and songwriter who wrote or co-wrote Till the End of Time, All Cried Out and other hits. Nov. 21.
Ward Kimball, 88, Oscar-winning animator who directed Fantasia, Dumbo and other classics. Natural causes, July 8.
Kenneth Koch, 77, founding member of New York School of Poets in the 1950s. Leukemia, July 6.
Peggy Lee, 81, sultry vocalist perhaps best known for the timeless hit Fever. Heart attack, Jan. 21.
Astrid Lindgren, 94, Swedish author of Pippi Longstocking and dozens of other books. Short illness, Jan. 28.
Alan Lomax, 87, folk music collector who helped popularize Muddy Waters, Woodie Guthrie and others. Heart attack, July 19.
Lisa Lopes, 30, most controversial member of the rap and R&B trio TLC. Car accident, April 25.
Linda Lovelace, 53, star of the X-rated movie Deep Throat who became an anti-porn activist. Injuries from car accident, April 22.
Tony Martinez, 82, actor who played ranch hand Pepino Garcia on the TV series The Real McCoys. Natural causes, Sept. 16.
Leo McKern, 82, actor best known as lawyer Horace Rumpole on the TV show Rumpole of the Bailey. Long illness, July 23.
Spike Milligan, 83, British comic who was a favorite of Prince Charles. Kidney failure, Feb.27.
Jason Mizell, 37, disc jockey known as Jam Master Jay who gained fame as a member of the pioneering rap trio Run-DMC. Shot to death, Oct. 30.
Dudley Moore, 66, comedic actor who starred in the 1981 movie Arthur. Brain disease, March 27.
LaWanda Page, 81, actress who was Aunt Esther on the TV series Sanford and Son. Diabetes, Sept. 14.
Bruce Paltrow, 58, producer, director and father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Pneumonia and cancer, Oct. 3.
Bill Peet, 87, Walt Disney artist who wrote the screenplay for 101 Dalmatians and also created the character Dumbo. Pneumonia, cancer, heart problems, May 11.
Julia Phillips, 57, Oscar-winning producer of The Sting and Taxi Driver. Cancer, Jan. 1.
Sidney Pink, 86, producer of the film Bwana Devil, considered the father of feature-length 3-D movies. Long illness, Oct. 12.
Dee Dee Ramone, 50, punk rocker who helped found the group The Ramones. Suspected drug overdose, June 5.
Herb Ritts, 50, photographer who became famous shooting the famous, from the Dalai Lama to Madonna. Pneumonia, Dec. 26.
Harold Russell, 88, amputee who lost both arms during World War II and won two Oscars for his role in The Best Years of Our Lives. Heart attack, Jan. 29.
Reginald Rose, 81, playwright who wrote and later produced Twelve Angry Men. April 21.
Merlin Santana, 26, actor who played Romeo on The Steve Harvey Show. Gunshot, Nov. 9.
Avery Schreiber, 66, improvisational comedian who was part of the duo Burns & Schreiber and also appeared in commercials for Doritos chips. Pneumonia, Jan. 7.
Holly Solomon, 68, art dealer who helped make New York's Soho a mecca for experimental artists. Pneumonia, June 6.
Layne Staley, 34, frontman for the grunge group Alice in Chains. Drug overdose. His body was found April 19.
Rod Steiger, 77, actor who starred in On the Waterfront and In the Heat of the Night. Pneumonia and kidney failure, July 9.
Joe Strummer, 50, guitarist and songwriter for the punk rock band The Clash. Heart attack, Dec. 23.
Lawrence Tierney, 82, actor who played a tough guy in 1950s B-movies and a gang leader in the 1992 hit Reservoir Dogs. Feb. 26.
John Thaw, 60, actor who played Inspector Morse on the British TV series. Cancer, Feb. 21.
Benjamin Thompson, 84, architect behind Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace and transformation of Washington, D.C.'s Union Station. Heart failure, Aug. 17.
J. Lee Thompson, 88, director of The Guns of Navarone and the original Cape Fear. Heart failure, Aug. 30.
Ken Tobey, 85, TV and movie actor who was in the 1951 classic horror film The Thing from Another World. Dec. 22.
Robert Urich, 55, actor who starred in Spenser: For Hire,Vega$ and a dozen other TV shows. Cancer, April 16.
Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, 93, former NBC president, developer of the Today and Tonight shows, and father of actress Sigourney Weaver. Pneumonia, March 15.
Billy Wilder, 95, Oscar-winning writer and director of Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard and other movie classics. Pneumonia, March 27.
Zal Yanovsky, 57, guitar player with the 1960s group The Lovin' Spoonful on hits such as Daydream and Do You Believe in Magic. Probable heart attack, Dec. 13.
Jack Henry Abbott, 58, convicted killer who wrote best seller In the Belly of the Beast, based on prison correspondence with author Norman Mailer. Suicide, Feb. 10.
Kevyn Aucoin, 40, celebrity makeup artist for Cindy Crawford, Janet Jackson and others. Brain tumor, May 7.
Hugo Banzer, 75, one-time dictator who led Bolivia to democracy. Heart attack, May 5.
Philip Berrigan, 79, peace activist, ex-Roman Catholic priest and brother of activist priest Daniel Berrigan. Cancer, Dec. 6.
Ahmed Bin Salman, 43, Saudi prince and horse-racing businessman. Heart attack, July 22.
Joseph Bonanno, 97, New York City crime boss also known as "Joe Bananas." Heart failure, May 11.
Angelo Buono Jr., 67, one of the infamous "Hillside Stranglers" convicted of killing nine Los Angeles women in the 1970s. Natural causes, Sept. 21.
Charles Burton, 59, British adventurer and explorer who made the first pole-to-pole expedition. Heart attack, July, 15.
George Cooper, 85, one of the first African-Americans to become, in 1944, a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. Lengthy illness, May 20.
Benjamin O. Davis Jr., 89, aviator who broke color barriers as commander of the Tuskegee Airmen — the black fighter pilots of World War II — and the first black Air Force general. Alzheimer's disease, July 4.
Queen Mother Elizabeth, 101, mother of Queen Elizabeth considered on of Britain's favorite royals. In her sleep, March 30.
Gregorio Fuentes, 104, boat captain thought to be inspiration for Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Cancer, Jan. 13.
Uzi Gal, 79, Israeli inventor of the small and low-cost Uzi assault weapon. Cancer, Sept. 7.
John Gotti, 61, mob boss called "Dapper Don" because of his tailored suits and "Teflon Don" because authorities tried for so long to send him to prison. Throat cancer, in prison, June 10.
John Harper, 78, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, across from the White House, who preached to eight presidents. Heart attack, Sept. 13.
Thor Heyerdahl, 87, Norwegian explorer and anthropologist who sailed balsa raft Kon-Tiki from Peru to island in Polynesia in 1947. Cancer, April 18.
Princess Margaret, 71, sister of Britain's Queen Elizabeth. Series of strokes, Feb. 9.
Richard Mudd, 101, doctor who campaigned to clear the name of his grandfather, Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was convicted of conspiring to kill President Lincoln because he set the broken leg of assassin John Wilkes Booth. May 21.
Abu Nidal, 65, Palestinian terrorist accused of wounding nearly 1,000 people in 20 countries since 1973. His group is blamed for nearly 300 deaths. Gunshot, Aug. 19.
William Pierce, 68, white supremacist and former physicist who wrote the racist novel The Turner Diaries. Cancer, July 23.
Irv Rubin, 57, Jewish Defense League leader. Injuries from suicide attempt in jail, Nov. 13.
Prince Claus von Amsberg, 76, German-born husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Respiratory, other problems, Oct. 6.
Ne Win, 91, former military dictator considered responsible for the economic woes of Myanmar. While under house arrest, Dec. 5.
Aileen Wuornos, 46, FBI's first female serial killer responsible for the deaths of seven men in Florida in 1989-90. Executed, Oct. 9.
Literature & Media
Stephen Ambrose, 66, historian and author of books about war and world events, including Band of Brothers and D-Day June 6, 1944. Lung cancer, Oct. 13.
Roone Arledge, 71, broadcasting pioneer and ABC executive who transformed television with creation of Wide World of Sports, Monday Night Football, World News Tonight and other programs. Cancer, Dec. 5.
Edward Beach, 84, former U.S. Navy captain who in 1960 set the record for sailing around the world in a submarine; author of Run Silent, Run Deep. Cancer, Dec. 1.
Mildred Wirt Benson, 96, journalist and original author of the Nancy Drew mysteries. May 28.
Claude Brown, 64, author of Manchild in the Promised Land, a best seller about urban life. Lung disease, Feb. 2.
Ann Landers, 83, columnist whose advice appeared in more than 1,200 publications worldwide. Cancer, June 22.
Flora Lewis, 79, journalist who covered world events for TheWashington Post, The New York Times and others. Cancer, June 2.
Walter Lord, 84, historian and author of A Night to Remember, a book about the Titanic. Parkinson's disease, May 19.
Daniel Pearl, 38, Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and killed by Islamic extremists in Pakistan. Confirmed dead Feb. 21.
Howard K. Smith, 87, broadcaster for ABC and CBS. Heart disease, pneumonia, Feb. 15.
Law & Politics
John Gardner, 89, former Health, Education and Welfare secretary who helped launch welfare and founded Common Cause. Prostate cancer, Feb. 16.
Stanley Greigg, 71, former Democratic congressman from Iowa who filed burglary complaint that led to the Watergate investigation. Heart attack, June 13.
Richard Helms, 89, former CIA director later found guilty of covering up overseas spy operations. Cancer, Oct. 22.
Patsy Mink, 74, Hawaii congresswoman who championed women's rights, education. Pneumonia, Sept. 28.
Henry Reuss, 89, 14-term Wisconsin congressman who was known as "liberal's liberal." Heart failure, Jan. 12.
Eugene Rostow, 89, legal scholar and former director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under President Reagan. Heart failure, Nov. 25.
Herman Talmadge, 88, former Georgia governor and senator who was denounced by Senate colleagues for mishandling his finances. March 21.
Cyrus Vance, 84, secretary of State under President Carter who resigned to protest the failed U.S. plan for rescuing hostages in Iran. Pneumonia, Jan. 12.
Paul Wellstone, 58, Democratic senator from Minnesota. Plane crash, Oct 25.
Byron White, 84, former All-American running back and Supreme Court justice for 31 years before retiring in 1993. Pneumonia, April 15.
Science & Medicine
David Barry, 58, co-developer of the AIDS drug AZT. Heart attack, Jan. 28.
Stephen Jay Gould, 60, paleontologist and author who conducted groundbreaking work on evolution. Cancer, May 20.
Martin Kamen, 89, scientist who helped discover the radioactive isotope that allows carbon-dating of archaeological finds. Pneumonia, Aug. 31.
Max Perutz, 87, molecular biologist who won a Nobel Prize for his work on the structure of hemoglobin, the protein that makes blood red. Cancer, Feb. 6.
John Rawls, 81, political philosopher credited with reviving the study of ethics and author of the 1971 book A Theory of Justice. Heart failure, Nov. 24.
Marnie Rose, 28, doctor and brain cancer victim whose story was followed by the TV reality show Houston Medical. Aug. 23.
James Tobin, 84, economist and presidential adviser whose theory on investor decisions won a Nobel Prize. Stroke, March 11.
Walter Annenberg, 94, billionaire publisher and philanthropist. Pneumonia, Oct. 1.
Daniel Case III, 44, banking executive and brother of AOL Time Warner Chairman Steve Case. Brain cancer, June 26.
Jay Chiat, 70, pioneering advertising executive who was behind early campaigns for Apple's Macintosh computers. Cancer, April 23.
William Dillard, 87, founder of Dillard's Inc., the nation's third-largest department store chain. Feb. 8.
Ruth Fertel, 75, owner of Ruth's Chris Steak House chain. Lung cancer, April 16.
Ruth Handler, 85, co-founder of Mattel and creator of the Barbie doll. Complications after colon surgery, April 27.
Alfred Heineken, 78, business leader who thought of the green bottle and red star logo for the family brewery. Pneumonia, Jan. 3.
Stanley Marcus, 96, department-store heir who oversaw the creation of the Neiman Marcus retailing empire. Jan. 22.
William Rosenberg, 86, food franchising pioneer who founded the Dunkin' Donuts chain. Bladder cancer, Sept. 20.
William Ruger, 86, gun designer, collector and founder of one of the largest gun manufacturers in the United States, Sturm, Ruger & Company. July 6.
Joseph Steiner, 95, co-founded Kenner Toys with two brothers. Heart attack, May 11.
W. Clement Stone, 100, insurance executive turned philanthropist. Natural causes, Sept. 3.
Dave Thomas, 69, founder of the Wendy's hamburger chain, which was named after his daughter. Liver cancer, Jan 8.
Lew Wasserman, 89, longtime head of MCA Inc., parent of Universal Studios. Complications from a stroke, June 10.
Alice Bauer, 74, one of 13 founders of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Colon cancer, March 6.
Jay Berwanger, 88, first winner of the Heisman Trophy, in 1935, and first player drafted by the NFL. Lung cancer, June 26.
Joe Black, 78, right-hander who in 1952 became the first black pitcher to win a World Series game. Prostate cancer, May 17.
Jack Buck, 77, St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster. Cancer, kidney failure, June 18.
Frank Crosetti, 91, former major league infielder for the New York Yankees who played on eight World Series championship teams. Complications from a fall, Feb. 11.
Mike Darr, 25, San Diego Padres outfielder. Car crash, Feb. 15.
Willie Davenport, 59, five-time Olympian who competed in both summer and winter Games. Heart attack, June 17.
Dan Devine, 77, football coach for Arizona State, Missouri and Notre Dame universities. Long illness, May 9.
Pete Gray, 87, one-armed baseball player with the St. Louis Browns in 1945. June 30.
Warren Harding, 77, first rock climber to scale El Capitan peak in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Liver failure, Feb. 27.
Bob Hayes, 59, 1964 Olympic gold medalist sprinter and Dallas Cowboys receiver. Kidney failure, Sept. 18.
Chick Hearn, 85, longtime L.A. Lakers broadcaster who coined the phrases "air ball" and "slam dunk." Head injury, Aug. 5.
Choi Hong Hi, 83, former South Korean army general considered the "father" of the martial art tae kwon do. Stomach cancer, June 15.
Dick "Night Train" Lane, 73, Hall of Fame cornerback who set a record for most interceptions in a season and most interceptions by a rookie. Heart attack, Jan. 29.
Darryl Kile, 33, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Blocked arteries, June 22.
Dave McNally, 60, pitcher who successfully challenged baseball's reserve clause, starting the era of free agents. Cancer, Dec. 1.
Audrey Mestre, 28, Frenchwoman who died attempting to break the world free-diving record. Oct. 12.
Darrell Porter, 50, All-Star catcher with the St. Louis Cardinals and World Series MVP. Cocaine-induced "excited delirium" following a car accident, Aug. 5.
Kyle Rote, 73, former star receiver for the New York Giants. Pneumonia after surgery, Aug. 14.
Jack Shea, 91, former gold medal speedskater whose son also competed in the Olympics and whose grandson won skeleton gold at the 2002 Games. Car accident, Jan. 22.
Enos Slaughter, 86, Hall of Fame outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees and others. Following colon surgery, Aug. 12.
Sammy Snead, 90, Slammin' Sammy as he was known made hitting a golf ball look easy, Natural Causes May 23.
Davey Boy Smith, 39, pro wrestler known as "The British Bulldog." Heart attack, May 18.
William Thrower, 71, first black quarterback in the NFL, in 1953. Heart attack, Feb. 20.
Johnny Unitas, 69, Hall of Fame quarterback for the Baltimore Colts. Heart attack, Sept. 11.
Mike Webster, 50, Hall of Fame center in the National Football League. Heart attack, Sept. 24.
Hoyt Wilhelm, 79, Hall of Fame relief pitcher known for his knuckleball. Heart failure, Aug. 23.
Ted Williams, 83, Hall of Fame left fielder for the Boston Red Sox considered by many to be the greatest hitter ever. Cardiac arrest, July 5.
Joaquin Balaguer, 95, poet and former president of the Dominican Republic. Heart failure, July 14.
Hugo Banzer, 75, onetime dictator who led Bolivia to democracy but was eventually forced to resign. Heart attack, May 5.
Abdullah bin Laden, 75, Saudi family patriarch and uncle of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Undisclosed causes, March 21.
Abba Eban, 87, diplomat who helped persuade the United Nations to approve the creation of a Jewish state in 1948. Nov. 17.
Alexander Lebed, 52, charismatic Russian general and politician. Helicopter crash, April 28.
Jonas Savimbi, 67, leader of Angolan rebel group. Gunbattle with army troops, Feb. 22.