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A chronology of those who died in 2015

A chronology of those who died in 2015


July 1

-- Nicholas Winton, 106, a Briton who saved more than 650 mostly Jewish children in Czechoslovakia from almost certain death in the Holocaust, in Maidenhead, England.

-- Val Doonican, 88, an easygoing Irish singer whose warm style and fondness for knitwear made him a symbol of light entertainment, in southern England of apparent natural causes.

July 2

-- Jacobo Zabludovsky, 87, a journalist who for decades was seen as a symbol of the tight links between Mexico's government and press, in Mexico City after suffering a stroke.

July 3

-- Gyorgy Szabad, 90, a historian who survived forced labor during the Holocaust to become the speaker of Hungary's first post-communist Parliament, in Budapest.

-- Boyd K. Packer, 90, a Mormon leader and president of the faith's highest governing body, in Salt Lake City of natural causes.

July 4

-- Diana Douglas, 92, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, in Los Angeles of cancer.

July 5

-- Burt Shavitz, 80, a reclusive beekeeper who co-founded Burt's Bees, and whose face and wild beard appeared on labels for the natural cosmetics, in Bangor, Maine, of respiratory complications.

-- Amanda Peterson, 43, best known for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy "Can't Buy Me Love," in Greeley, Colorado.

July 6

-- Juli Soler, 66, who co-ran the world-acclaimed restaurant El Bulli in northeastern Spain and discovered top chef Ferran Adria, in Rubi, near Barcelona. Adria announced on his official Twitter account.

-- Jerry Weintraub, 77, the son of a Bronx jeweler whose rose from the mailroom of a talent agency to become a top concert promoter before shifting into a decades-long career as a top Hollywood producer, in Santa Barbara, California of cardiac arrest.

July 8

-- Saud al-Faisal, 75, a Saudi prince who was the world's longest serving foreign minister with 40 years in the post until his retirement earlier this year for health reasons, in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia.

-- Irwin Keyes, 63, who was Hugo the bodyguard on TV's The Jeffersons and had a long career playing villains and henchmen, in Playa de Rey, California, of complications from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder in which the pituitary gland produces excess hormone growth.

July 9

-- Tahsin Sahinkaya, 90, the last surviving member of a junta that led Turkey's 1980 military coup, in Istanbul.

July 10

-- Roger Rees, 71, the lanky award-winning Welsh-born actor and director who made his mark onstage as Nicholas Nickleby and later played English multi-millionaire Robin Colcord on the TV show "Cheers," in New York after a brief battle with cancer.

-- Jon Vickers, 88, a Canadian-born opera singer nicknamed "God's tenor" for his inimitable voice and strong Christian beliefs, in the province of Ontario after a struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

-- Christian Audigier, 57, a fashion designer who was born in France but gained fame and fortune in the United States with his tattoo-inspired, street-wise designs for the Ed Hardy and Von Dutch brands, in Los Angeles of cancer.

July 11

-- Satoru Iwata, 55, who led Japanese video game company Nintendo Co through years of growth with its Pokemon and Super Mario franchises, of a bile duct tumor.

-- Claudia Alexander, 56, a brilliant, pioneering scientist who helped direct NASA's Galileo mission to Jupiter and the international Rosetta space-exploration projects, in Arcadia, California, of breast cancer.

July 12

-- Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, a Tibetan lama 13 years into a Chinese prison sentence for what human rights groups said were false changes that he was involved in a bombing in a public park, in Sichuan province.

July 13

-- Joan Sebastian, 84, one of Mexico's great ballad singers, in Mexico City. No cause of death was given but she had battled cancer for years.

July 14

-- British character actor Aubrey Morris, best known for his role as Mr. Deltoid in "A Clockwork Orange," has died.

-- Marlene Sanders, 84, a veteran television journalist for ABNC and CBS News at a time when relatively few women did that job, in New York of cancer.

July 15

-- Wan Li, 98, a Chinese politician known for his reform policies who was a pioneer for the country's rural overhaul that replaced the commune system, in Beijing.

-- Aubrey Morris, 89, a British character actor best known for his role as Mr. Deltoid in "A Clockwork Orange," in Los Angeles, where he was being treated at a respiratory hospital.

July 17

-- Owen Chadwick, 99 a scholar and priest, whose works explored the history of Christianity over two millennia, in Cambridge, England.

-- Walter "Stormy" Crawford Jr., 70, whose founding of one of North America's largest bird conservation and rehabilitation centers was fueled by a childhood spent in Venezuela fascinated by exotic jungle birds, in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, after complications from recent hip surgery.

July 18

-- Alex Rocco, 79, the award-winning character actor best known for taking a bullet through the eye as the Las Vegas casino boss Moe Greene in "The Godfather," in New York.

-- Perry "Buddy" Buie, 74, a songwriter and producer who helped form the Atlanta Rhythm Section and then fuel its success with the lyrics he wrote for the band, in Eufaula, Alabama.

July 20

-- Elio Fiorucci, 80, founder of the Fiorucci brand that pioneered stretch jeans and exemplified the youthful, graphic ethos of the 1970s and 1980s, in Milan.

-- Wayne Carson, 72, an award-winning songwriter who wrote hits like the Willie Nelson classic "Always On My Mind," and The Box Tops' "The Letter," in Nashville, Tennessee after a lengthy, unspecified illness.

-- Tom Moore, 86, the "Archie" cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of a freckled-face, red-haired character, in El Paso, Texas, of throat cancer.

July 21

-- E.L. Doctorow, who wryly reimagined the American experience in such novels as "Ragtime" and "The March" and applied its lessons to the past and future in fiction and non-fiction, in New York of complications from lung cancer.

-- Theodore Bikel, 91, a versatile actor and singer who created the role of Baron von Trapp in the original Broadway production of "The Sound of Music," played Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" more than 2,000 times and whose passions included folk music and political activism, in Los Angeles of natural causes.

-- Paul Freeman, 79, the founder of the Chicago Sinfonetta, a mid-size orchestra dedicated to promoting diversity and innovative programming, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He had been battling several ailments.

July 22

-- Daren Norwood, 49, a country singer whose songs included "If It Wasn't For Her, I Wouldn't Have You" and "Cowboys Don't Cry," in Hereford, Texas.

July 23

-- James L. White, 67, who wrote the screenplay for "Ray," the 2004 movie about singer Ray Charles, in Santa Monica, California, of cancer.

July 26

-- Ann Rule, 83, credited by her publisher with re-inventing the previously male-dominated true crime genre by focusing on the victims and whose 30 books included one about an unknown Seattle serial killer six months before he was identified as her co-worker Ted Bundy, in Burien, Washington, of congestive heart failure.

-- Vasily Pichul, 54, a Russian film director whose gritty perestroika-era movie "Little Vera" attracted international attention, in Moscow.

July 27

-- A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, 83, a former president of India known as the father of the country's military missile program, in Shillong, India, after collapsing while delivering a lecture.

July 28

-- James Jude, 87, a doctor and one of the experts credited with pioneering life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation, in Coral Gables, Florida after an extended, unspecified illness.

July 29

-- Jan Kulczyk, 65, Poland's richest man and the founder and president of investment empire Kulczyk Holding, who made his fortune during Poland's economic transformations, in Vienna of complications following surgery.

July 30

-- Lynn Anderson, 67, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," in Nashville, Tennessee.