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A chronology of those who died in 2015

A chronology of those who died in 2015

AUGUST

Aug. 1

-- Cilla Black, a big-voiced British singer and product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, in Estepona, Spain.

Aug. 4

-- Robert Conquest, 98, a British-born historian whose influential works on Soviet history shed light on the terror during the Stalin era, in Palo Alto, California, of pneumonia.

-- Arnold Scaasi, 85, a designer whose bright, flamboyant creations adorned first ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Laura Bush and film stars from Elizabeth Taylor to Barbra Streisand, in New York of cardiac arrest.

-- Billy Sherrill, 78, a country record producer and songwriter who helped create the smooth "countrypolitan" sound of the 1960s and 1970s, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Aug. 5

-- Johanna Quandt, 89, a major shareholder in automaker BMW and one of Germany's richest women, in Bad Homburg.

-- George Cole, 90, the British actor best known for playing conman Arthur Daley on the long-running TV series "Minder" and who appeared in more than 40 films over a career spanning 70 years, in London after a brief unspecified illness.

Aug. 7

-- Frances Kelsey, 101, a Canadian doctor known for her tenacity in keeping a dangerous drug given to pregnant women off the U.S. market.

-- Manuel Contreras, 86, a general who headed the feared spy agency that kidnapped, tortured and killed thousands during Chile's military dictatorship, at a Santiago military hospital while serving a combined sentence of more than 500 years for crimes against humanity. He had kidney problems and his condition degenerated.

Aug. 11

-- Nour-el-Sherif, 69, an Egyptian actor who was one of the Arab world's top movie stars for more than two decades, in Cairo after battling an unspecified illness.

Aug. 14

-- Rogelio Livieres Plano, 69, a former Roman Catholic bishop in Paraguay who was revered by some for building a successful seminary but who was ousted by Pope Francis amid several controversies, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from complications related to diabetes.

-- Bob Johnston, 83, a music producer who played a key role in landmark recordings like Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" and Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison," and was remembered as a maverick who helped bring folk rock to Nashville in that city.

Aug. 15

-- Julian Bond, 75, a leading figure from the 1960s civil rights movement who served as chairman of a large African-American equal rights group after a long career in politics, in Fort Walton Beach,. Florida, of complications from a vascular disease.

-- Hamid Gul, 78, who led Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency as it funneled U.S. and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants, in Muree, Pakistan, of a brain hemorrhage. He was 78.

Aug. 16

-- Mile Mrksic, 68, a former Serb army officer sentenced by a U.N. tribunal to 20 years in prison for his part in the 1991 torture and killings of nearly 200 Croatians during the Balkan wars, in Lisbon where he had been incarcerated.

Aug. 17

-- Yvonne Craig, 78, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit "Batman and appeared in dozens of other programs and two Elvis Presley films, in Los Angeles of breast cancer.

Aug. 18

-- Frank Lumsden, 73, a Jamaican who worked as a commodities trader in Chicago before returning to his homeland to focus on reviving the Caribbean island's Maroon culture in a backwoods community, in Kingston, Jamaica.

Aug. 19

-- Doudou Ndiaye Roce, 85, a well-known Senegalese drummer who was known to have introduced Senegalese music, noting music using the tam-tam, to the world, in Dakar.

Aug. 20

-- Egon Bahr, 93, the German statesman who helped pioneer the "Ostpolitik" policy of improving relations with the communist East under West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, in Germany.

Aug. 22

-- Ieng Thirith, 83, a Khmer Rouge leader who was the highest-ranking woman in the genocidal regime that oversaw the death of nearly 2 million Cambodians in the late 1970s, in Phnom Penh. She had dementia, heart troubles and other health problems.

Aug. 23

-- Augusta Chiwy, 94, a Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II, near Brussels.

Aug. 25

-- Francis Sejersted, 79, former chairman of the Nobel Peace Committee that hands out the coveted award in the Norwegian capital, in Copenhagen after a long, unspecified illness.

Aug. 26

-- Amelia Boynton Robinson, 104, who was widely considered the mother of the American civil rights movement and who was beaten unconscious during a march across abridge in Selma, Alabama, in 1965, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Aug. 28

-- Kyle Jean-Baptiste, 21, the first African-American and youngest person to ever plan the role of Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" in New York after falling from a balcony.

Aug. 30

-- Dr. Oliver Sacks, 82, , a doctor whose books like "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" probed distant ranges of human experience by compassionately portraying people with severe and sometimes bizarre neurological conditions, in New York of a rare eye cancer that had spread to his liver.

-- Wes Craven, the prolific writer- director who startled audiences with suburban slashers like "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream," in Los Angeles after battling brain cancer.

-- Wayne W. Dyer, 75, who became the pied piper of the self-help movement with the 1976 publication of his runaway best-seller, "Your Erroneous Zones: Step-By-Step Advice for Escaping the Trap of Negative Thinking and Taking Control of Your Life," in, Maui, Hawaii, of a heart attack. He had been diagnosed with leukemia.

-- Dan Iordachescu, 85, a celebrated Romanian baritone who sang at Milan's La Scala and the Vienna State Opera during a half-century career, in Bucharest after a two-year, unspecified illness.


Updated : 2021-04-19 12:13 GMT+08:00