Deaths timeline

  • Ed McMahon dies at 86

    I laugh for an hour and then go home. I’ve got the world’s greatest job. Read more

  • Farrah Fawcett Dies at Age 62

    Farrah Fawcett, an actress, television star and pop-culture phenomenon whose good looks and signature leonine hairstyle influenced a generation of... Read more

  • Michael Jackson Dies at 50

    Michael Jackson, whose quintessentially American tale of celebrity and excess took him from musical boy wonder to global pop superstar to sad... Read more

  • Famed Pitchman Billy Mays Dies at Age 50

    Mays was found unresponsive by his wife in his Odessa, Florida, home on the morning of June 28, 2009. He was then pronounced dead at 7:45 am,... Read more

  • Pina Bausch Dies

    Philippine "Pina" Bausch (July 27, 1940 – June 30, 2009) was a German modern dance choreographer and a leading influence in the development of the... Read more

  • Karl Malden Dies

    Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich, Serbian Cyrillic: Младен Ђорђе Секуловић; March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an American actor. In a... Read more

  • Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara Dies

    (CNN) - Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, a key architect of the U.S. war in Vietnam under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon... Read more

  • Vasily Aksyonov Dies

    Vasily Pavlovich Aksyonov (Russian: Васи́лий Па́влович Аксёнов) (August 20, 1932 — July 6, 2009) was a Russian novelist. He is known in the West as... Read more

  • An engineer kills himself over lost 4G iPhone prototype

    GUANGZHOU, China (AP) -- An employee at a factory that makes iPhones in China killed himself after a prototype went missing, and Apple Inc.... Read more

  • Famed CBS News Anchor Walter Cronkite Dies at 92

    Walter Cronkite, who pioneered and then mastered the role of television news anchorman with such plain-spoken grace that he was called the most... Read more

  • Leszek Kolakowski Dies

    A modern philosopher who has never once suspected himself of being a charlatan must be such a shallow mind that his work is probably not worth... Read more

  • John Hughes dies

    John Hughes, Jr. (February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American film director, producer and writer, responsible for some of the most... Read more

  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies at 88

    With enormous conviction and unrelenting effort, Eunice Kennedy Shriver has labored on behalf of America’s least powerful people, those with mental... Read more

  • Les Paul dies at 94

    Les Paul, the jazz guitarist who died on August 13 aged 94, invented the solid body electric guitar and revolutionised the sound of pop music... Read more

  • Edward "Ted" Kennedy Dies at Age 77

    (CNN) -- Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannis... Read more

  • Lily Tembo Dies

    Lily Tembo (November 20, 1981 – September 14, 2009), popularly known as Lily T, was a Zambian musician who won International acclamation after her... Read more

  • Hopkins student kills intruder with samurai sword

    A Johns Hopkins University student armed with a samurai sword killed a man who broke into the garage of his off-campus residence early Tuesday, a... Read more

  • DJ AM's Death Ruled Accidental Overdose

    The death of celebrity disc jockey DJ AM was caused by an accidental drug overdose, and eight different substances were found in his body, the New... Read more

  • Slapstick Champion Soupy Sales Dies at Age 83

    Soupy Sales (b. January 8, 1926) was a Jewish American comedian, actor, and radio-TV personality and host. He was best known for his local and... Read more

  • Teddy Pendergrass Dies

    On June 5, 2009, Pendergrass underwent successful surgery for colon cancer and recovered to return home. A few weeks later he returned to the... Read more

  • Jean Simmons Dies

    Jean Simmons, the English actress who made the covers of Time and Life magazines by the time she was 20 and became a major midcentury star... Read more

  • Pernell Roberts Dies

    Actor Pernell Roberts, who played the eldest Cartwright brother in TV's "Bonanza," died at his Malibu, California, home Sunday at 81, his lawyer... Read more

  • J. D. Salinger Dies

    American novelist JD Salinger, author of classic 20th Century book The Catcher In The Rye, has died aged 91. The reclusive writer died of... Read more

  • John Murtha Dies

    Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a longtime fixture on the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending, died after complications from... Read more

  • Alexander McQueen Dies

    One of the UK's most influential fashion designers, Alexander McQueen, has been found dead at his London home. The death of Mr McQueen, 40, is... Read more