A chronology of those who died in 2015

A chronology of those who died in 2015


June 1

-- Jacques Parizeau, 84, the blunt-talking former separatist Quebec premier who came close to taking the French-speaking province out of Canada, in Montreal. No cause of death was given but he had been ill in recent years.


-- Jean Ritchie, 92, a folk singer who brought the centuries-old ballads she grew up with to a wide audience from the 1950s onward, in Berea, Kentucky. She had suffered a stroke several years ago and was in declining health.

June 2

-- Irwin Rose, 88, a biochemist who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins -- the basis for developing new therapies for diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis -- in Deerfield, Massachusetts, of natural causes.

June 3

-- Margaret Juntwait, 58, an American radio broadcaster whose mellifluous voice reached more than 8 million fans worldwide in live Saturday broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera stage, in New York after a decade-long battle with ovarian cancer.

-- Horst Brandstaetter, 81, a German who launched the popular Playmobil range of plastic toys in the 1970s.

June 4

-- Marguerite Patten, 99, the home economist and chef who helped educate Britons on how to survive on rations during World War II, wrote 170 cookbooks and appeared frequently on the BBC, in Richmond, Surrey, She had been living in a nursing home after suffering a stroke in 2011.

June 5

-- French chef Roger Verge, 85, who revived interest in Mediterranean cuisine and inspired stars of French gastronomy including Alain Ducasse, in Mougins, France.

-- Tariq Aziz, 79, the debonair Iraqi diplomat who made his name by staunchly defending President Saddam Hussein to the world during three wars and was later sentenced to death as part of the regime that killed hundreds of thousands of its own people, in the city of Nasiriyah following a heart attack.

June 6

Vincent Bugliosi, 80, who prosecuted one of America's most notorious mass murderers, Charles Manson, and put him and three of his disciples away, then wrote a best-selling book about the case, in Los Angeles.

June 7

-- Christopher Lee, 93, an actor who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to the wicked wizard Saruman in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, in London.

June 8

-- Madame Carven, 105, the ready-to-wear and perfume pioneer who founded the fashion house Carven in 1945, in Paris. No cause of death was given. Her real name was Marie-Louise Carven-Grog.

-- Chea Sim, 82, a key Cambodian political figure after the fall of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and an ally of the current leader in Phnom Penh. No cause of death was given but Sim had high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic ailments.

June 9

-- James Last, 86, a big band leader whose style of light orchestral entertainment appealed to a wide audience in his native Germany and abroad, in Palm Beach, Florida, after a short, unspecified illness.

June 10

-- Robert Chartoff, 81, the Oscar-winning movie producer behind the boxing classics "Rocky" and "Raging Bull," in Santa Monica, California of pancreatic cancer.

June 11

-- Ornette Coleman, 85, the visionary saxophonist and composer, who pioneered "free jazz" and was an innovative force in modern music, in New York of heart failure.

-- Jim Ed Brown, a longtime Grand Ole Opry member who had solo and group hits and was a prominent figure on country music television shows, in Franklin, Tennessee, of cancer.

-- Jack King, 84, a NASA public affairs official who became the voice of the Apollo moon shots, near Cape Canaveral, Florida. He had been diagnosed early this year with heart failure.

-- Ron Moody,91, a British actor best known for playing Dickens' guru of thievery Fagin in the 1968 film "Oliver!" in London.

June 12

-- Nek Chand,90, an Indian artist who created the Rock Garden, a sprawling display of quirky sculptures crafted out of discarded household items and waste in the northern city of Chandigarh, in that city after being hospitalized with chest pains.

-- Monica Lewis 93, an actress, singer and voice of the Chiquita Banana cartoon character, in the Los Angeles area of natural causes.

--Rick Ducommun,62, a Canadian actor and comedian known for his role in the 1989 film "The 'Burbs," in Vancouver, British Columbia, after suffering from complications due to diabetes

June 13

-- Hugh D. Auchincloss III, 87, stepbrother and lifelong friend of Jacqueline Kennedy, in Newport, Rhode Island, of B-cell lymphoma.

June 14

-- Qiao Shi, 91, a senior Communist Party official and chairman of China's legislature in the 1990s, in Beijing of an unspecified illness for which he was being treated.

June 15

-- Kirk Kerkorian, 95, the son of Armenian immigrants and an eighth-grade dropout who built Las Vegas' biggest hotels, tried to take over Chrysler and bought and sold MGM at a profit three times, in Beverly Hills, California.

-- Josef Topol, 80, considered with the late Vaclav Havel to be the leading Czech playwrights of the second half of the 20th century, in Prague.

-- Blaze Starr, 83, a "knockout" burlesque icon and stripper who drew tourists to post-World War II Baltimore, lent glamour to New Orleans and became known far and wide for her affair with a colorful mid-century Louisiana governor, in Wilsondale, West Virginia after experiencing heart issues during the past few years.

June 17

-- Suleyman Demirel, 90, a master pragmatist whose remarkable talent for staying on top of Turkish politics saw him survive two coups, serve seven terms as Turkey's prime minister and cap his career with the presidency, in Ankara of heart failure and a respiratory tract infection.

-- Nelson Doubleday Jr., 81, the publishing scion who bought the New York Mets and shepherded the professional baseball team to a 1986 World Series title, in Locust Valley, New York of pneumonia.

-- James "Jimmy" Lee, 62, the JPMorgan Chase banker who helped arrange some of the biggest corporate deals for companies including General Motors, News Corp. and Facebook. His bank said he passed away "unexpectedly and did not give further details.

June 18

-- Ralph Roberts, 95, who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in one state into one of the largest U.S. entertainment companies, in Philadelphia of natural causes.

June 21

-- Gunther Schuller, 89, a horn player, educator and prize-winning composer who was the leading proponent of the Third Stream movement fusing jazz and classical music, in Boston. He had several unspecified medical conditions.

-- Alexander Schalck-Golodkowski, 82, the long-serving head of East Germany's foreign trade operations who helped keep the communist country afloat by procuring Western cash through often-murky deals, in Munich after a long battle with cancer.

June 22

-- James Horner, 61, a composer who won Oscars for the swelling sea songs of "Titanic," the space symphonies of "Apollo 13' and the bagpipes of "Braveheart" in plane crash 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.

--Albert Evans, 46, a former New York City Ballet principal dancer and one of the most prominent African-Americans in classical dance, in New York.

-- Don Featherstone, 79, a classically trained painter and a talented sculptor who became famous for creating the plastic lawn flamingo -- the ultimate piece of American suburban kitsch -- and it didn't bother him a bit, in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, after along battle with Lewy body dementia.

June 23

-- Dick Van Patten, 86, the genial, round-faced comic actor who premiered on Broadway as a child, starred on television in its infancy and then, in middle age, found lasting fame as the patriarch on TV's "Eight is Enough,"in Santa Monica, California, of complications from diabetes.

--Miguel Facusse, a wealthy Honduran businessman involved in a two-decade fight with poor farmers who invaded his palm plantations on the Atlantic coast, died Tuesday in the capital, his family said. He was 91.

-- Nirmala Joshi, 81, the Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity, in Kolkata. No cause of death was given but she had been in declining health.

-- Patrick Macnee, 93, the British-born actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series "The Avengers," in Rancho Mirage, California, of natural causes.

June 26

-- Yevgeny Primakov, 85, a former Russian prime minister whose career included desperate but unsuccessful diplomatic efforts to avert wars in Iraq and NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia, in Moscow.

June 27

--Chris Squire, 67, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes, in Phoenix, Arizona. He had leukemia.

June 28

-- Jack Carter, 93, whose brash, caustic comedy made him a star in early American television and helped him sustain a career of more than a half-century in TV, nightclubs, movies and on stage, in Beverly Hills, California of respiratory failure.

June 30

Charles Pasqua, 88, a French Resistance fighter who went on to become France's top security chief and a powerful player on the French right, in Paris.

Updated : 2021-04-15 14:15 GMT+08:00