ABOVE PHOTO: Maya Angelou
Jan 1st – Juanita Moore – Juanita Moore, the Oscar-nominated star of Imitation of Life, has died at the age of 99. The actor, who played alongside Lana Turner in Douglas Sirk’s 1959 race drama, died at home, according to her grandson, actor Kirk Kelleykahn.
Jan 3rd – Phillip “Phil” Everly, American musician (“The Everly Brothers”)
Jan 5th – Carmen Zapata, American actress, dies at 86
Jan 5th – Eusébio, Portuguese footballer, dies from heart failure at 71
Jan 9th –Amiri Baraka – Amiri Baraka, a poet and playwright of pulsating rage, whose long illumination of the black experience in America was called incandescent in some quarters and incendiary in others, died in Newark, N.J. He was 79.
Jan 11th – Ariel Sharon, Israeli politician and general, dies from heart failure at 85
Jan 16th – Russell Johnson, American television and film actor, best known for his role as “The Professor” on Gilligan’s Island, dies of kidney failure at 89
Jan 16th – Dave Madden, Canadian-born American actor/comedian, (The Partridge Family) dies from heart and kidney failure at 82
Jan 18th – Dennis Frederiksen, American rock singer, dies from liver cancer at 62
Jan 26th – Tom Gola, American basketball player, dies at 81
Jan 27th – Pete Seeger, American folk singer (Weaver, Goodnight Irene) and activist, helped create the modern American folk music movement, dies at 94
Jan 31st – Christopher Jones, American actor, dies from cancer at 72
Feb 2nd – Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor (Capote, Moneyball) dies at 46 of a suspected drug overdose
Feb 10th – Shirley Temple, American actress and diplomat, famous as a child star in the 1930s (Bright Eyes, Heidi), dies of natural causes at 85
Feb 12th – Isaac Sidney “Sid” Caesar, American comic actor and writer (“Your Show of Shows”) dies aged 91
Feb 13th – Ralph Waite, White Plains NY, American actor, director and political candidate (John Walton Snr. in The Waltons)
Feb 16th – Michael Shea, American sci-fi author, dies at 67
Feb 17th – Bob Casale, American musician, dies from heart failure at 61
Feb 18th – Maria Franziska von Trapp, Austrian-born American singer, dies at 99
Feb 19th – Dale Gardner, American astronaut, dies from a brain aneurysm at 65
Feb 24th – Harold Ramis, American actor & director, dies from vasculitis at 69
Feb 26th – Frank Reed, American soul singer, dies at 59
Mar 5th – Geoff Edwards, American game show host, dies from pneumonia at 83
Mar 6th – Sheila MacRae, English actress, dies at 92
Mar 21st – James Rebhorn, American actor, dies from melanoma at 65
Mar 23rd – Adolfo Suarez, Spanish Prime Minister, dies from a respiratory infection at 81
Mar 29th – Hobart “Hobie” Alter, surf and sailing entrepreneur and pioneer who created the Hobie Cat, dies of cancer at 80
Apr 5th – John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50
Apr 6th – Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), dies at 93
Apr 8th – James Brian Hellwig, known by wresting name, The Ultimate Warrior, American Hall of Fame professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 54
Apr 11th – Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
Apr 12th – Hal Smith, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82
Apr 17th – Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), dies of pneumonia at 87
Apr 20th – Rubin ‘’Hurricane’’ Carter – The middleweight title contender, whose murder convictions became an international symbol of racial injustice and inspired a Bob Dylan song and a Hollywood film, died 4/20/14. He was 76.Carter, who had suffered from prostate cancer, died in his sleep at his home in Toronto.
Apr 26th – DJ Rashad – Rashad Harden, a house music and footwork pioneer who performed as DJ Rashad, was found dead this weekend of an apparent drug overdose. He was 34. Chicago Police spokeswoman said a friend found Harden’s body in an apartment on the city’s West Side.
Apr 28th – Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning musician, dies from lung cancer at 61
Apr 28th – Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies from cancer at 89
Apr 29th – Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), dies from pneumonia at 71
May 2nd – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor, dies at 95
May 3rd – Gary Becker, American economist & Nobel laureate, dies from complications following surgery at 83
May 6th – Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74
May 8th – Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, dies at 93
May 9th – Mel Patton, American sprinter, double Olympic champion, dies at 89
May 25th – Lee Chamberlin – The Electric Company star Lee Chamberlin has died of metastatic cancer at the age of 76. The actress, who lived in Paris, passed away on May 25 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina while visiting her son Matthew.
Jun 11th- Ruby Dee – Ruby Dee, an acclaimed actress and civil rights activist whose versatile career spanned stage, radio television and film, died at age 91, on 6/11/14 Dee died at home in New Rochelle on Wednesday night of “natural causes.”
Jun 13th – Chuck Noll, NFL head coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), dies of natural causes at 82
Jun 15th – Casey Kasem, creator of American Top 40 and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, dies from Lewy body dementia at 82
Jun 16th – Tony Gwynn – Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer and one of the greatest athletes in San Diego’s history, died of oral cancer, a disease he attributed to years of chewing tobacco. He was 54.
Jun 27th – Bobby Womack – Soul singer Bobby Womack career spanned seven decades and included ‘80s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now.” Womack began his career in the early 1960s as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos.
Jun 28th – Meshach Taylor – Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom “Designing Women” and appeared in numerous other TV and film roles, died of cancer at age 67.
Jul 7th – Alice Coachman Davis – The first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, Alice Coachman Davis, died early Monday morning on 7/14/14 in south Georgia. She was 90. Davis won Olympic gold in the high jump at the 1948 games in London.
Jul 9th – Eileen Ford, American modelling agency executive and co-founder (Ford Modelling Agency), dies from complications of meningioma and osteoporosis at 92
Jul 11th – Tommy Ramone [Erdélyi Tamás], Hungarian-American punk rock drummer/bassist (Ramones), dies of bile duct cancer at 65
Jul 25th – Salah Abu Hassanein, leader of Islamic Jihad’s military wing, dies in Israeli airstrike
Jun 28th – Maya Angelou – Maya Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died 5/28/14 morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.
Aug 11th – Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), commits suspected suicide at 63
Aug 12th – Lauren Bacall, American actress (Key Largo), dies of a stroke at 89
Aug 18th – Don Pardo, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live), dies at 96
Aug 24th – Richard Attenborough, English actor/director (Gandhi, Young Winston), dies at 90
Sep 4th – Joan Rivers, American comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq), dies at 81 after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords
Sep 6th – Wayne Pharr – Former Black Panther who fought the LA Police in a historic gun battle in 1969, passed away on September 6, 2014 at age 64. After Pharr and his fellow Panthers defended themselves from the long violent attack by the newly formed LAPD SWAT unit, he became a political prisoner who was exonerated of attempted murder and all other serious offenses.
Oct 3rd – Comer Cottrell – a black-hair-care entrepreneur who brought Jheri curl to the masses, has died. He made millions with a cheap kit that made the glossy hairstyle, popularized by celebrities such as Michael Jackson, available to average African Americans.
Oct 15 – Geoffrey Holder – The man who pitched 7UP as the “uncola” and brought “The Wiz” to Broadway died in a New York hospital of complications from pneumonia. Geoffrey Holder was 84. Geoffrey Holder had an eclectic show business career, winning Tony Awards in 1975 for directing and designing the costumes for an all-black retelling of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Nov 11th – Henry ‘Big Bank Hank’ Jackson – Sugarhill Gang founder Henry ‘Big Bank Hank’ Jackson has died at age 57 from kidney complications due to cancer. The rapper was a founding member or Sugarhill Gang, which produced the first mainstream rap hit Rapper’s Delight in 1979.
Nov 17th – Jimmy Ruffin – One of Motown Records’ most memorable voices is gone, as balladeer Jimmy Ruffin died at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78.
Nov 23rd – Marion Barry – Marion Barry, an icon of D.C. politics good and bad for more than 40 years, has died at age 78. Barry had been hospitalized at Howard University Hospital 11/20/14 after complaining of a urinary tract infection.
Dec 8th – Stephanie Moseley –Actress, dancer, and choreographer was killed by her husband rapper Earl Hayes in a gruesome murder-suicide. The former back up dancer for Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and Chris Brown was best known for her small part in VH1’s Hit the Floor.