2008: The Year in Obituaries

January

Christopher Bowman - Former U.S. figure skating champion was dubbed "Bowman the Showman"...

Margaret Truman Daniel - The only child of former President Truman...

Frances Lewine - White House correspondent for The Associated Press...

Brad Renfro - Young actor's film career began at age 12...

Shu Uemura - Legendary Japanese makeup artist built an international cosmetics brand...
 

Bobby Fischer

Reclusive chess master was a Cold War icon...
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Sir Edmund Hillary

Who conquered Mount Everest to win renown as one of the 20th century's greatest adventurers...
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Heath Ledger

Australian-born actor was an Oscar nominee for his role in "Brokeback Mountain"...
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Suzanne Pleshette

Beautiful, husky-voiced star played Bob Newhart's wife on "The Bob Newhart Show"...
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Johnny Podres

Who pitched the Brooklyn Dodgers to their only World Series title in 1955...
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February

 

Gus Arriola - Ground-breaking cartoonist and animator...

David Groh - Actor known for his role in 1970s sitcom "Rhoda"...

Genoa Keawe - One of the most beloved voices in Hawaiian music...

Tom Lantos - Only Holocaust survivor to serve in U.S. Congress...

Katoucha Niane - One of the first African models to attain international stardom...
 

William F. Buckley

Erudite Ivy Leaguer and conservative commentator...
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Steve Fossett

Millionaire adventurer risked his life seeking to set records...
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Shell Kepler

Played the gossipy nurse Amy Vining on the TV soap opera "General Hospital"...
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Roy Scheider

Actor best known for his role as a police chief in the blockbuster movie "Jaws"...
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Mahesh Yogi

Guru to the Beatles introduced the West to transcendental meditation...
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March

 

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Gary Gygax - Co-created the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons...

Jeff Healey - Blind musician and the leader of the Jeff Healey Band...

Sean Levert - Singer was a member of the R&B group LeVert with his late brother Gerald...

Abby Mann - Writer of socially conscious scripts for TV and movies...

Paul Scofield - British actor won an Oscar for "A Man for All Seasons"...
 

Art Aragon

Boxing's original "Golden Boy" was one of the sports' biggest stars of the 1940s and 1950s...
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Arthur C. Clarke

Visionary science fiction writer won worldwide acclaim with more than 100 books...
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Jules Dassin

American director whose Greek wife Melina Mercouri starred in his movie "Never on Sunday"...
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Anthony Minghella

Oscar-winning director of "The English Patient"...
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Dith Pran

Cambodian-born journalist's harrowing tale was the subject of the film "The Killing Fields"...
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April

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Hazel Court - English actress starred in popular '60s horror movies...

Danny Federici - Longtime keyboardist for the E Street Band...

Ollie Johnston - Last of the "Nine Old Men" who animated "Snow White"...
 

Joe Feeney

Tenor crooned "Danny Boy" and other standards for 25 years on "The Lawrence Welk Show"...
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Charlton Heston

Hollywood legend and conservative activist...
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Jerry Zucker

Self-made billionaire turned a small holding company into an empire...
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May

Eddy Arnold - Country superstar's hits included "Make the World Go Away"...

Willis E. Lamb, Jr. - Nobel-Prize-winning physicist revolutionized quantum theory...

Irena Sendler - Social worker helped save 2,500 Jewish children from Nazis...

Morgan Sparks - Inventor of revolutionary semiconductor device...
 

Harvey Korman

Known for his roles in "The Carol Burnett Show" and "Blazing Saddles"...
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Dick Martin

Zany half of U.S. comedy team whose "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" took TV by storm...
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Robert Mondavi

California winemaking patriarch...
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Sydney Pollack

Academy Award-winning director often dabbled as a TV and movie actor...
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June

Mel Ferrer - Actor was once married to Audrey Hepburn...

Yves Saint Laurent - Legendary designer reworked the rules of fashion...

Ira Tucker, Sr. - Longtime lead singer of the Dixie Hummingbirds...

Tasha Tudor - Children's book illustrator led picturesque lifestyle...

Stan Winston - Hollywood special-effects maestro won Oscars...
 

George Carlin

Dean of counterculture comedians was known for his biting insights on life...
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Cyd Charisse

Dancer starred in movies with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly...
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Bo Diddley

Founding father of rock 'n' roll created "shave and a haircut, two bits" rhythm...
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Jim McKay

Host of ABC's influential "Wide World of Sports" for decades...
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Tim Russert

Host of NBC's "Meet the Press" was also an author...
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July

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Rocky Aoki - Founder of Benihana steakhouses was an Olympian...

Anne Armstrong - Former Republican Party leader...

Randy Pausch - Professor's "last lecture" about facing terminal cancer became a best-selling book...

Tony Snow - Conservative writer was President Bush's press secretary...
 

Estelle Getty

Diminutive actress played sarcastic Sophia on "The Golden Girls"...
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Larry Harmon

Known to fans as Bozo the Clown...
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Jesse Helms

Served as North Carolina's Republican Senator for five terms...
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Jerome Holtzman

Major League Baseball's official historian made the Hall of Fame...
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Bobby Murcer

Five-time All Star outfielder spent almost 40 years with the Yankees...
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August

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Sandy Allen - World's tallest woman used her height to teach children to accept those who are different...

Ronnie Drew - Founding member of the Irish folk group The Dubliners...

Del Martin - Lesbian rights activist was half of the first same-sex couple to marry in San Francisco...

LeRoi Moore - Dave Matthews Band saxophone player...

Alexander Solzhenitsyn - Russian author chronicled the horrors of gulags...
 

Kevin Duckworth

Former Portland Trail Blazers center played in two All-Star games...
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Isaac Hayes

Pioneering singer, songwriter and musician...
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Bernie Mac

Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor and comedian...
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Gene Upshaw

Hall of Fame guard led the NFL Players Association for 25 years...
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