Notable deaths in 2015

2015-12-31 22:20
André P. Brink. (File, AP)

André P. Brink. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Paris - From legendary Egyptian actor Omar Sharif to Germany's ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and Nobel-winning author Gunter Grass, here are some of the notable figures who died in 2015:


- 3: Edward Brooke, the first popularly elected black US senator, aged 95.

- 11: Swedish "Dolce Vita" actress Anita Ekberg in hospital outside Rome aged 83.

- 23: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz aged around 90 after suffering from pneumonia.

- 25: Greek larger-than-life singer Demis Roussos, in Athens aged 68.

- 29: Australian "Thorn Birds" author, Colleen McCullough aged 77 in hospital off Australia's eastern coast.

- 31: Former German president Richard von Weizsaecker, a member of the Christian Democrat party, aged 94.


- 6: Algerian feminist novelist Assia Djebar, aged 78 in a hospital in Paris.

- 6: South African writer and outspoken critic of apartheid André P. Brink aged 79, on board a flight home from Belgium.

- 14: Italian Nutella owner and billionaire Michele Ferrero, aged 89.

- 14: Veteran French actor Louis Jourdan, star of "Gigi" at his Beverly Hills home in Los Angeles aged 93.

- 21: US jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, aged 94, in an Istanbul hospital.

- 27: "Star Trek's" Mr Spock, US actor Leonard Nimoy, aged 83 at his home in Los Angeles.

- 28: Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's most celebrated writers, aged 92, in an Istanbul hospital.


- 12: British science-fantasy "Discworld" author Terry Pratchett aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

- 20: Australia's former conservative prime minister Malcolm Fraser, after a short illness at the age of 84.

- 23: Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, aged 91 in hospital after suffering from pneumonia.

- 26: Swedish poet Tomas Transtroemer, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature, aged 83.


- 2: Portuguese cinema legend Manoel de Oliveira, aged 106.

- 10: Former Australian cricket captain and commentator Richie Benaud, aged 84 in hospital after suffering from skin cancer.

- 13: Germany's Nobel-winning author, Gunter Grass aged 87, in hospital in the northern city of Luebeck.

- 13: Uruguayan leftist writer Eduardo Galeano, aged 74 in a Montevideo hospital after suffering from lung cancer.

- 14: American soul icon Percy Sledge aged 74 in the American state of Louisiana, of liver cancer.


- 2: British crime writer Ruth Rendell, of "Chief Inspector Wexford" fame, aged 85 in hospital after suffering a stroke.

- 14: B.B. King, the face of American blues worldwide, aged 89 in Las Vegas.

- 30: Beau Biden, the eldest son of US Vice President Joe Biden and the former attorney general of Delaware, of brain cancer aged 46.


- 5: Iraq's Tareq Aziz, the voice of Saddam Hussein's regime, in an Iraqi hospital aged 79 after many years of poor health as a convicted prisoner.

- 7: British Dracula actor Christopher Lee, aged 93, in hospital in London.

- 11: US saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman in New York aged 85.

- 17: Turkey's former president and prime minister Suleyman Demirel, in an Ankara hospital aged 90 of heart failure.

- 22: American "Titanic" music composer James Horner in a plane crash in California aged 61.

- 25: British actor Patrick Macnee, star of 1960s British spy series "The Avengers" at his home in California, aged 93.

- 26: Russia's former prime minister, foreign minister and master spy Yevgeny Primakov aged 85.


- 1: Nicholas Winton, known as the English Schindler for saving hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis before World War II, aged 106, near London.

- 9: Saudi Arabia's Prince Saud al-Faisal, born in 1940 and the world's longest serving foreign minister, in the United States.

- 10: Egyptian-born "Doctor Zhivago" film legend Omar Sharif, of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital aged 83.

- 11: Japan's Nintendo's chief executive Satoru Iwata of cancer aged 55.

- 26: Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of US pop legend Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, aged 22, six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub in her Atlanta, Georgia, home.


- 15: Pioneering US civil rights activist Julian Bond, aged 75 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

- 19: Senegal's master drummer Doudou Ndiaye Rose aged 85 in a Dakar hospital.

- 22: The former "first lady" of Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge regime Ieng Thirith aged 83 in a former Khmer stronghold on the border with Thailand

- 30: Renowned British neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks aged 82 in New York of cancer.

- 30: American horror film master Wes Craven aged 76 at his Los Angeles home of brain cancer.


- 19: Best-selling British-American romance novelist Jackie Collins of breast cancer in California aged 77.

- 22: New York Yankees baseball icon Yogi Berra aged 90.

- 29: Phil Woods, a prolific US saxophonist aged 83.


- 5: Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, 67, of detective Kurt Wallander fame, in Gothenburg of cancer.

- 14: Benin's former military ruler and civilian president Mathieu Kerekou, aged 82.

- 24: "How Green Was My Valley" Irish actress Maureen O'Hara, aged 95, at home in Boise, Idaho.


- 3: Iraqi Ahmed Chalabi, a key lobbyist for the US-led invasion of Iraq who was blamed for providing false intelligence on weapons of mass destruction, of a heart attack aged 71.

- 10: Former West German chancellor, master of "realpolitik" Helmut Schmidt, aged 96.

- 18: New Zealand's rugby legend Jonah Lomu, aged 40, after suffering from kidney disease.


- 15: Licio Gelli, a masonic grand master implicated in some of the darkest chapters of Italy's post-war history aged 96.

- 19: Germany's Kurt Masur, the conductor who used music to ease German reunification and comfort New York after September 11, aged 88.

- 23: Hocine Ait-Ahmed, one of the fathers of Algeria's struggle for independence from France, in Lausanne, Switzerland aged 89.

- 28: Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, the hell-raising frontman of British heavy metal band Motorhead, of cancer aged 70.

Read more on:    france

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.