Famous Deaths for 1st March 2024

1244 – Gruffydd ap Llywelyn Fawr, son of Welsh leader Llywelyn the Great, dies trying to escape from the Tower of London (b. 1200)
1929 – Royal H. Weller, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 47
1956 – Henriette Renié, French harp prodigy, composer, and teacher, dies at 80
1976 – Jean Martinon, French conductor and composer, dies at 66
1994 – Timothy Andrew James Souster, British composer, dies at 51
1994 – Eliseo Diego, Cuban poet, dies at 74
2007 – Joel Brodsky, American photographer, credited with photographing over 400 album covers, dies of a heart attack at 67
2010 – Kristian Digby, British television presenter and director, dies at 32
2016 – Jim Kimsey, American co-founder of AOL, dies at 76
2020 – Stefan Lindqvist, Swedish soccer midfielder (5 caps; IFK Göteborg), dies from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 52

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Famous Deaths for 29th February 2024

1852 – John Landseer, English printer and engraver (Royal Academy), dies (birth date unknown 1763-69)
1880 – Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812, also on 29 February)
1956 – Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of the Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65
1964 – Frank Albertson, American actor (Psycho, It’s a Wonderful Life, Alice Adams), dies in his sleep at 55
1968 – Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
1996 – Wes Farrell, American songwriter (The Partridge Family), dies of cancer at 56
1996 – Duncan Stuart Wilson Fighter pilot-MacDonald, dies at 83
1996 – Joe Minogue, British journalist (Guardian), dies at 72
2000 – Dennis Danell, American punk rock guitarist (Social Distortion), dies of heart failure at 38
2016 – Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, dies of heart disease and diabetes at 77

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Famous Deaths for 28th February 2024

1572 – Aegidius Tschudi, Swiss historian (b. 1505)
1973 – (Pablo) “Tito” Rodríguez, Puerto Rican timbalero, singer, bandleader (“Inolvidable”), and television host, dies of leukemia at 50
1973 – Cecil Kellaway, South African-American stage and screen character actor (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; The Luck of the Irish), dies at 82
1985 – Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), dies following long illness at 62
1990 – Fabia Drake, actress (Nice Girl Like Me), dies at 86
1993 – Joyce Carey, British actress (Brief Encounter, The Cedar Tree), dies at 94
1994 – (Elbert) “Skippy” Williams, American jazz tenor saxophonist and musical arranger, dies at 77
2008 – Mike Smith, British rock singer and keyboardist (Dave Clark Five – “Glad All Over”), dies of pneumonia at 64
2015 – Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
2020 – Freeman Dyson, American physicist (known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering), dies at 96

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Famous Deaths for 27th February 2024

1666 – Luisa de Guzmán, Queen of Portugal (1640-56), dies at 52
1706 – John Evelyn, English writer and diarist (Life of Mrs Godolphin), dies at 85
1805 – Stefan Paluselli, Austrian choirmaster, composer, and monk, dies at 57
1852 – Joseph Drechsler, Czech composer, dies at 69
1942 – Martha McChesney Berry, American educator who founded Berry School for Children, dies at 75
1961 – Platt Adams, American field athlete (Olympic gold standing high jump 1912), dies at 75
1973 – Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslav conductor and composer, dies at 72
1985 – Ray Ellington [Henry Pitts Brown], British jazz drummer, singer and bandleader (The Goon Show), dies of cancer at 68
1990 – Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
2019 – France-Albert René, 2nd President of Seychelles (1977-2004), dies at 83

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Famous Deaths for 26th February 2024

1608 – John Still, English Bishop of Bath and Wells, dies at about 64
1823 – John Philip Kemble, British actor and director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden), dies at 66
1871 – Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustrator, dies at 61
1906 – Manuel Fernandez Caballero, Spanish composer, dies at 70
1947 – Kálmán Tihanyi, Hungarian physicist and engineer (invented cathode ray tube for television), dies at 49
1963 – Artturi Leinonen, Finnish journalist and writer (Kati), dies at 74
2002 – Lawrence Tierney, American actor (Abduction, Dillinger, Reservoir Dogs), dies of pneumonia at 82
2005 – Ian Colquhoun, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests, 4 dismissals), dies at 80
2017 – Robert Allworth, Australian composer (A Different Time, A Different Place), dies at 74
2023 – Fred Shabel, American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies 1963-67) and executive (AD University of Pennsylvania 1967-75; Comcast Spectacor), dies at 90

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Famous Deaths for 25th February 2024

1805 – Thomas Pownall, British colonial statesman (b. 1722)
1902 – Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, Austrian zither player and composer, dies at 77
1906 – Anton Arensky, Russian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 44
1966 – James D. Norris, American sports businessman (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 59
1983 – John Cowles Sr, American newspaper and magazine publisher (Minneapolis Star, Harper’s Magazine), dies at 84
1988 – Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
1998 – Luigi Veronesi, Italian abstract artist (Campo Grafico), dies at 90
2003 – Tom O’Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
2006 – Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), dies of cardiovascular disease at 83
2023 – Fred Miller, American football defensive tackle (Super Bowl 1970 Baltimore Colts; Pro Bowl 1967, 68, 69), dies at 82

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Famous Deaths for 24th February 2024

1588 – Johann Weyer, Dutch physician and occultist
1806 – John Nieuwenhuijzen, Dutch theologist (co-founder Foundation ‘t Nut), dies at 81
1919 – Josephine McGill, composer, dies at 41
1925 – Karl Hjalmar Branting, Swedish statesman, Prime Minister of Sweden, recipient of the 1921 Nobel Peace Prize, dies at 64
1943 – Fred Tate, English cricket spin bowler (1 Test, 2 wickets; Sussex CCC) and coach (Derbyshire CCC), dies at 75
1967 – Franz Waxman [Wachsmann], German-American film score composer (Rebecca; Sunset Boulevard; A Place In The Sun), dies of cancer at 60
1976 – Charles Wilfred Orr, English pianist and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), dies at 82
1991 – Héctor Rial, Spanish soccer striker (Real Madrid, 5 straight Euro Cup C’ships 1956-60), dies at 62
2006 – Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
2011 – Anant Pai, Indian educationalist and creator of comics (b. 1929)

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Famous Deaths for 23rd February 2024

1718 – Francois Fagel, Dutch field marshal (War of the Spanish Succession), dies at 63
1719 – Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg, German Lutheran missionary to India, dies at 36
1806 – John Alcock, English composer and organist, dies at 90
1851 – Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and playwright, dies at 88
1904 – Mahendralal Sarkar, Indian homeopath doctor and founder of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, dies at 70
1930 – Horst Wessel, German nazi lyricist (Fahne Hoch), dies at 22
1995 – Melvin Franklin (né English), American RandB bass vocalist (The Temptations, 1960-94 – “Ball of Confusion”), dies of heart failure at 52
2004 – Carl Anderson, American singer (b. 1945)
2021 – Sergiu Natra [Nadler], Romanian-Israeli composer (Symphony in Red, Blue, Yellow and Green), and music professor (Tel Aviv University, 1975-85), dies at 96
2023 – John Motson, British football broadcaster (10 x FIFA World Cups; 10 x UEFA European C’ships; 29 x FA Cup finals; BBC, Talksport), dies at 77

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Famous Deaths for 22nd February 2024

1471 – John of Rokycan, Czech Catholic archbishop dies at about 74 [birthdate uncertain]
1838 – Friedrich Johann Eck, German violinist and composer (Concertos pour violon), dies at 70
1914 – Valliamma Mudaliar, took part in Indian passive resistance, dies of a fever contracted in prison
1958 – Theo Harych, German writer, commits suicide at 54
1968 – Peter Arno, American cartoonist (New Yorker), dies at 64
1978 – Phyllis McGinley, American children’s author and poet (Pulitzer Prize 1961), dies at 72
1998 – Jose Maria de Areilza, Sp minister of foreign affairs (1975-76), dies
1999 – Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (b. 1964)
2005 – Zdzisław Beksiński, Polish artist (b. 1929)
2006 – Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96

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Famous Deaths for 21st February 2024

1624 – Dirck van Baburen, Dutch painter (Sepulture), dies at about 28
1823 – Charles Wolfe, Irish poet, dies at 31
1842 – Wojciech Żywny, Polish pianist, composer and Chopin’s first piano teacher, dies at 85
1919 – Habibullah Khan, Emir of Afghanistan (1901-19), murdered at 46
1948 – Frederick Lamond, Scottish pianist and composer, dies at 80
1992 – Franc Holden, British astronomer (Binary Stars), dies
1993 – Dick White, British intelligence officer (Director General of MI5 1953–1956; Head of the Secret Intelligence Service 1956–1968), dies at 86
1997 – Michael Hollings, British Catholic priest/crusader, dies at 75
2015 – Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother’s Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications
2016 – Roger Chorley [Baron Chorley), English accountant and peer (Chorley Report, President of the Royal Geographical Society), dies at 85

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