Deaths timeline

  • Nodar Kumaritashvili is Killed During a Training Run for the 2010 Winter Olympics

    One of the most feared luge runs in the world went from sporting venue to death trap in the blink of an eye. A gruesome accident during Friday... Read more

  • Dawn Brancheau is Killed by an Orca Whale at SeaWorld Orlando

    A killer whale killed a trainer Wednesday afternoon at SeaWorld's Shamu Stadium in Orlando, Florida, a public information officer for the Orange... Read more

  • Andrew Koenig Dies

    The body of Growing Pains actor Andrew Koenig has been found in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The actor’s father, Walter, confirmed the report, saying... Read more

  • Corey Haim Dies

    At the end of his life, Haim shared a month-to-month rental at the Oakwood Apartments between Burbank and the Hollywood Hills with his mother, who... Read more

  • Merlin Olsen Dies

    Merlin Olsen, a Hall of Fame defensive lineman with the Los Angeles Rams who was a charter member of the team's famed Fearsome Foursome, then made... Read more

  • Peter Graves Dies

    Peter Graves, the cool spymaster of television’s “Mission: Impossible” and the dignified host of the “Biography” series, who successfully spoofed... Read more

  • Fess Parker Dies

    Actor Fess Parker, famous for playing American pioneer Davy Crockett in Walt Disney's classic 1950s TV series, has died in California at the age of... Read more

  • Robert Culp Dies

    Robert Culp, who teamed with Bill Cosby as a secret agent in the hit 1960s television series “I Spy” and starred as one of the sexually adventurous... Read more

  • John Forsythe Dies

    John Forsythe, the debonair actor whose matinee-idol looks, confident charm and mellifluous voice helped make him the star of three hit television... Read more

  • Keith Edward Elam, aka 'Guru' Dies

    The family of late Gang Starr founder Guru (born Keith Elam) released a statement on Wednesday morning in reaction to the legendary rapper's death... Read more

  • Lynn Redgrave Dies

    Film and stage star Lynn Redgrave has died of breast cancer at the age of 67. "Our beloved mother Lynn Rachel passed away peacefully after a... Read more

  • Frank Frazetta Dies

    He lived among dragons, battlefields and medieval landscapes. And in the end, he was master of them all. Frank Frazetta Sr., one of the most... Read more

  • Ronnie James Dio Dies

    Ronnie James Dio, a singer with the heavy-metal bands Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio, whose powerful, semioperatic vocal style and attachment to... Read more

  • Hank Jones Dies

    Hank Jones, whose self-effacing nature belied his stature as one of the most respected jazz pianists of the postwar era, died on Sunday in the... Read more

  • Slipknot bassist Paul Gray dies

    In 2010, bassist Gray was planning to tour with the supergroup, Hail!. However, on May 24, 2010, he was found dead in a hotel room in Urbandale,... Read more

  • Art Linkletter Dies

    Art Linkletter, the genial host who parlayed his talent for the ad-libbed interview into two of television’s longest-running shows, “People Are... Read more

  • Gary Coleman Dies

    Gary Coleman, who by age 11 had skyrocketed to become TV's brightest star but as an adult could never quite land on solid footing, has died after... Read more

  • Actor Dennis Hopper Dies at 74

    Dennis Hopper, the maverick director and costar of the landmark 1969 counterculture film classic "Easy Rider" whose drug- and alcohol-fueled... Read more

  • Rue McClanahan Dies

    Rue McClanahan, the brassy actress who stirred equal parts Southern charm and sex appeal into her roles on television shows like “Maude,” “Mama’s... Read more

  • Jimmy Dean Dies

    Jimmy Dean, a country singer and television-show host whose good looks, folksy integrity and aw-shucks Texas charm served him especially well when... Read more

  • Convicted Murderer Ronnie Lee Gardner Is Executed By Firing Squad

    Gardner, 49, chose to die by firing squad - an option open to him because he was convicted before Utah adopted lethal injection in 2004. He was... Read more

  • Manute Bol Dies

    Manute Bol, who became a basketball sensation in the 1980s as a skeletally thin shot-blocking giant with the Washington Bullets and other... Read more

  • Bob Sheppard Dies

    Bob Sheppard, whose elegant intonation as the public-address announcer at Yankee Stadium for more than half a century personified the image of... Read more

  • Harvey Pekar Dies

    Shortly before 1 a.m. on July 12, 2010, Pekar's wife found him dead in his Cleveland Heights, Ohio, home. No immediate cause was determined. Pekar... Read more

  • George Steinbrenner Dies

    George Steinbrenner, who bought a declining Yankees team in 1973, promised to stay out of its daily affairs and then, in an often tumultuous reign,... Read more