2009 has been an odd year. It seemed every 3 weeks a celebrity died. I also lost two family members this year.
Sorry for such a morbid post but 2009 was an odd year. Gas prices started out low now they are high again, the economy is still in bad shape and all I hear on the radio and TV is doom and gloom.
I lost my job in April of 2009 only to rebound and do better than I was at my old job.
As for a list of celebrity deaths, here it goes. (List courtesy of Horroryearbook.com)
January 2: Jett Travolta (Age 16) : Son of John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Pic : COD: Fatal blow to the head after seizure.
January 3: Pat Hingle (Age: 84) : Commissionor Gordon of first Batman series. Pic : COD: Leukemia.
January 6: Ron Asheton (Age 60) : Notable guitarist and co-writer lyrics for Iggy Pop’s The Stooges. Pic : COD: Apparent Heart Attack.
January 7: Bob Wilkins (Age 76) : Creator and host of Creature Features. Pic : COD: Alzheimer’s disease
January 13: Patrick McGoohan (Age 80) : Actor from Scanners, Silver Streak, & Braveheart. Pic : COD: Death after short illness.
January 14: Ricardo Montalban (Age 88) : Most famous for his Khan role on Star Trek. Pic : COD: No official cause yet.
January 18: Bob May (Age 69) : Played The Robot on Lost in Space. Pic : COD: Congestive Heart Failure
January 22: Veatrice Rice (Age 60) : Played a foul-mouthed security guard on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Pic : COD: Cancer
January 25: Kim Manners (Age 58) : Notable TV series director which shows included X-Files and Supernatural. Pic : COD: Lung Cancer.
January 27: John Updike (Age 76) : American Novelist famous for Rabbit series. Pic : COD: Lung Cancer.
January 28: Billy Powell (Age 56) : Keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pic : COD: Heart attack.
January 29: John Martyn (Age 60) : British guitarist who has worked with Phil Collins and Eric Clapton. Pic : COD: No official cause yet.
January 29: Hank Crawford (Age 74) : Sideman sax player for Eric Clapton and Ray Charles. Pic : COD: Complications from a 2001 stroke.
February 4: Tom Brumley (Age 73) : Steel guitarist of Buckaroos and Nelson’s Stone Canyon Band. Pic : COD: No official cause yet.
February 4: Erick Purkhiser a.k.a. Lux Interior (Age 62) : Lead singer and founding member of punk band The Cramps. Pic : COD: Heart condition.
February 6: James Whitmore (Age 87) : Actor who starred in Shawshank Redemption and The Relic Pic : COD: Lung Cancer
February 10: Jeremy Lusk ( Age 24) : American motocross rider. Pic : COD: Head injuries due to a stunt.
February 14: Louie Bellson (Age 84) : Acclaimed jazz drummer. Pic : COD: Complications of Parkinson’s disease.
February 19: Kelly Groucutt (Age 63) : Former Bass player for Electric Light Orchestra, ELO. Pic : COD: Heart Attack.
February 19: Miike Tenkula (Age 34) : Lead guitarist and songwriter for metal band Sentenced. Pic : COD: No official cause of death.
February 20: Robert Quarry (Age 83) : Portrayed Count Yorga, the vampire, in notable Vincent Price films. Pic : COD: No official cause of death – apparent natural causes.
February 22: Howard Zieff (Age 81) : Director of My Girl, My Girl 2, and Private Benjamin. Pic : COD: Complications from Parkinson’s disease.
February 25: Randall Bewley (Age 54) : Guitarist for band Pylon. No Pic: COD : Heart attack.
February 26: Clarence Swensen (Age 91) : A Wizard of Oz munchkin. Pic : COD: No official cause of death.
February 27: Alan Landers (Age 65) : Model for Winston cigarettes. Pic : COD: Cancer.
March 1: Robert Bruce (Age 65) : Professional wrestler and had a small role in A Clockwork Orange. Pic : COD: Died suddenly after short illness.
March 1: Marquis Cooper (Age 26) : Professional football player for Oakland Raiders. Pic : COD: Possible hypothermia and/or drowning.
March 1: Corey Smith (Age 29) : Professional football player for Detroit Lions. Pic : COD: Possible hypothermia and/or drowning.
March 3: Sydney Earle Chaplin (Age 80) : Son of Charlie Chaplin and actor of Satan’s Cheerleaders. Pic : COD: No cause yet determined.
March 4: Horton Foote (Age 92) : Novelist and screenwriter who wrote the screenplay for To Kill A Mocking Bird. Pic : COD: Apparent natural causes.
March 4: John Cephas (Age 78) : American blues guitarist. Pic : COD: Natural causes.
March 8: Willie King (Age 65) : American blues singer and guitarist. Pic : COD: Heart attack.
March 11: Charles Lewis Jr. (Age 43) : Co-founder of MMA fighting clothesline label called TapouT. Pic : COD: Car crash.
March 14: Altovise Davis (Age 65) : Widow of Sammy Davis Jr. with a short stint of acting. PIC : COD: Stroke.
March 14: Jeff Komlo (Age 52) : Former QB for Detriot Lions and Tampa Bay Buccs. Pic : COD: Car crash.
March 15: Ron Silver (Age 62) : Actor who was in Timecop and The Entity. Pic : COD: Esophageal Cancer.
March 18: Natasha Richardson (Age 45) : British actress married to Liam Neeson. Pic: COD: Traumatic brain injury.
March 18: Moultrie Patten (Age 89) : Actor in television series Northern Exposure. Pic : COD: Pneumonia.
March 24: Uriel Jones (Age 74) : Drummer for Funk Brothers. Pic : COD: Complications from a heart attack.
March 29: Maurice Jarre (Age 84) : Composer for the films Ghost, Dead Poets Society, Fatal Attraction, and Dreamscape. Pic : COD: Cancer.
March 29: Andy Hallett (Age 33) : Actor in Angel TV series. Pic : COD: Heart failure.
April 2: Lou Perryman (Age 67) : Actor who had roles in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Poltergeist. Pic : COD: Murdered by stabbing.
April 5: Wouter Barendrecht (Age 43) : Producer who produced such films as Vampire Hunters and Shortbus. Pic : COD: Heart failure.
April 7: Jack Wrangler (Age 62) : Porn actor who, majorly preformed in gay adult films, was in Devil in Miss Jones 2 and Guess Who’s Coming? Pic : COD: Lung disease.
April 9: Nick Adenhart (Age 22) : Baseball pitcher for the Anaheim Angels. Pic : COD: Car crash.
April 9: Lee Madden (Age 82) : Director of Night Creature, The Night God Screamed, and the comedy horror film Ghost Fever. Pic : COD: Pneumonia.
April 12: Marilyn Chambers (Age 57) : Legendary porn actress who starred in Behind the Green Door. Pic : COD: Unknown cause of death.
April 19: J.G. Ballard (Age 78) : British Novelist of the celebrated novel Crash later turned film directed by David Cronenberg. Pic : COD: Prostate Cancer
April 22: Jack Cardiff (Age 94) : Cinematographer who’s work included Rambo: First Blood II, Conan The Destroyer, and Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye. He also directed The Freakmaker. Pic : COD: No Cause of death but apparent natural causes.
April 22: Ken Annakin (Age 94): Director of The Longest Day and The Hellions. Pic : COD: Complications from a heart attack and stroke in February.
April 22: Kim Weiskopf (Age 62): Writer of a few episodes of Full House and Married with Children. No Pic: COD: Pancreatic cancer.
April 25: Beatrice Arthur (Age 86): One of the Golden Girls. Pic : COD: Cancer.
April 28: Buddy Rose (Age 56): Professional wrestler nicknamed “Playboy.” Pic : COD: Unknown cause of death.
May 1: Danny Gans (Age 52): American entertainer who circuited on the Vegas strip and was also a pro baseball player as well as an extra in Bull Durham. Pic: COD: Fatal reaction to painkillers.
May 1: Marc Rocco (Age 46): Writer of The Jacket and Dream A Little Dream. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
May 4: Dom Deluise (Age 75): American actor who played in numerous Mel Brooks movies such as Space Balls, Robin Hood: Men in Tights and History of the World Part I. Pic: COD: Kidney failure and respiratory problems.
May 5: BJ Flores (Age 30): Professional boxer who held the U.S. Amateur Heavyweight Belt 2001-2002. Pic: COD: Collapsed during fight and died 5 days later by possible body/head injuries.
May 6: Ean Evans (Age 48): Bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pic: COD: Cancer.
May 7: Micky Carroll (Age 89): One of the munchkins from The Wizard of Oz. Pic: COD: Natural causes.
May 7: Linda Dangcil (Age 67): Sister Ana on the Flying Nun TV show. Pic: COD: Throat Cancer
May 8: Dom DiMaggio (Age 92): Baseball player and brother of Joe DiMaggio. Pic: COD: pneumonia.
May 8: Blue Iris (Age 62): Member of Howard Stern’s The Wack Pack and a performer in granny porn. Pic: COD: Heart attack complications.
May 9: Stephen Bruton (Age 60): Guitarist who performed with Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and more. Pic: COD: Throat Cancer.
May 11: Mark Landon (Age 60): Small time actor and eldest son of Michael Landon. No Pic: Unknown cause of death.
May 13: Frank Aletter (Age 83): Tv actor who became a regular in older shows such as Bring Up Buddy and It’s About Time. Pic: COD: Cancer.
May 15: Bud Tingwell (Age 86): Aussie actor who had roles in Dracula: Prince of Darkness and Murder She Said. Pic: COD: Prostate cancer.
May 15: Wayman Tisdale (Age 44): Former pro basketball player and jazz bass guitarist. Pic: COD: Cancer.
May 18: Robert Anthony Burton II (Age 21): Atlanta based rapper named Dolla. Pic: COD: Shot to death during fight in L.A.
May 18: Wayne Allwine (Age 62): The voice of Mickey Mouse since 1977. Pic: COD: Complications from diabetes.
May 20: Lucy Gordon (Age 28): Actress in Spider-Man 3 and The Four Feathers. Pic: COD: Suicide by hanging.
May 24: Jay Bennett (Age 45): Former guitarist for the band Wilco. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
May 25: Matti Inkinen (Age 50): Lead singer of the Finnish electropop band SIG. Pic: COD: Apparent drowning.
May 26: Exodus Tyson (Age 4): Daughter of former heavy weight champion of boxing Mike Tyson. Pic: COD: Accidental strangulation with a treadmill cord.
May 26: Michael Ross (Age 89): Writer of some episodes of All in the Family, The Jeffersons and Threes Company. No Pic : COD: Complication from a heart attack.
May 30: Don Edmonds (Age 72): Director of the notorious naziploitation film Ilsa, She Wolf of the S.S. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death but most likely cancer.
May 31: Millvina Dean (Age 97): Last survivor of the Titanic that sank in 1912. Pic: COD: Pneumonia.
June 3: David Carradine (Age 72): Star of the widely popular Kung Fu TV series and co-starred in Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies. Pic: COD: Autoerotic asphyxiation.
June 4: Shih Kien (Age 96): Played major roles in various kung fu and Bruce Lee movies such as Enter the Dragon and Revenge of the Dragon. Pic: COD: Natural causes.
June 5: Del Monroe (Age 73): Actor in the TV series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Pic: COD: Leukemia.
June 8: Johnny Palermo (Age 27): TV Actor who played in Just For Kicks. Pic: COD: Car accident.
June 9: Michael Roof (Age 32): Actor in the xXx movies and Black Hawk Down. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
June 13: Mitsuharu Misawa (Age 46): Professional Japanese wrestler. Pic: COD: Heart attack.
June 14: Bob Bogle (Age 75): Member and founder of the surf instrumental band The Ventures. Pic : COD: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
June 17: John Josep[h Houghtaling (Age 92): Inventor of the Magic Fingers Vibrating Bed. Pic: COD: Natural causes.
June 23: Ed McMahon (Age 86): Popular sidekick of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Pic: COD: Various health irregularities.
June 25: Farrah Fawcett (Age 62): Actress in popular T.V. series Charlie’s Angels and former playboy model. Pic: COD: Anal Cancer.
June 25: Michael Jackson (Age 50): King of pop music. Pic: COD: Cardiac Arrest.
June 25: Sky Saxon (Age 72): Bass guitarists for band The Seeds. Pic: COD: Died after brief illness.
June 28: Billy Mays (Age 50): Infomercial seller and co-star of the Pitchman show. Pic: COD: Heart disease.
June 28: Fred Travelena (Age 66): American entertainer and comedian. Pic: COD: Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and prostate cancer.
June 29: Alberto Jiménez (Age 34-35): Mexican midget pro wrestler. Pic: Murder by overdose.
June 29: Alejandro Jiménez (Age 35-36): Mexican midget pro wrestler. Pic: Murder by overdose.
June 30: Pina Bausch (Age 68): Modern Dance Choreographer. Pic: COD: Cancer.
July 1: Karl Malden (Age 97): American actor with horror credits in The Cat O’Nine Tails and Dead Ringer. Pic: COD: Natural causes.
July 1: Harve Presnell (Age 75): American movie and broadway actor who had memorable roles in Fargo and Saving Private Ryan. Pic: COD: Pancreatic cancer.
July 1: Mollie Sugden (Age 86): British actress who appeared in Are You Being Served? television sitcom series. Pic: COD: Natural causes.
July 4: Steve McNair (Age 36): Quarterback for the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens. Pic: COD: Murder-suicide.
July 6: Oscar Mayer Jr. (Age 95): Chairman of Oscar Mayer meat company. No Pic: COD: Natural causes.
July 8: Judi Ann Mason (Age 55): Writer of Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Pic: COD: Aortic dissection.
July 13: Dash Snow (Age 27): Photographer and sculptor who portrayed violence, drugs, and explicit sex in his work. Pic: COD: Heroin overdose.
July 17: Walter Cronkite (Age 92): American broadcast journalist. Pic: COD: Cerebrovascular disease.
July 21: Les Lye (Age 84): Had numerous roles on the adult children program You Can Do That on Television? Pic: COD: Natural causes.
July 25: Clayton Hill (Age 78): Lead zombie in Dawn of the Dead and also played a priest in Hellraiser 3. Pic: COD: Complications from pneumonia
July 31: Baatin (Age 35): American rapper of the group Slum Village. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
July 31: Harry Alan Towers (Age 88): British producer and screenwriter who wrote and was responsible for countless horror and exploitation classics such as Fu-Manchu, The Bloody Judge, Count Dracula (1970), 99 Women and Circus of Fear. Pic: COD: After short illness.
August 1: Naomi Sims (Age 61): First African American supermodel. Pic: COD: Breast cancer.
August 4: Blake Snyder (Age 51): Screenwriter who wrote Stop, Or My Mom Will Shoot! and also wrote the kids’ comedy Blank Check. Pic: COD: Cardiac arrest.
August 5: Budd Schulberg (Age 95): Screenwriter who wrote Little Orphan Annie and On the Water Front. Pic: COD: Natural causes.
August 6: Reiko Ôhara (Age 62): Japanese actress who appeared in Zatoichi: The Festival of Fire and The Shogun Samurai. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death but body was discovered on this date and her death may have occured a week or two earlier.
August 6: Jay Smith (Age 26): Indy wrestler from the west coast known as DJ Rizz or Ravishing Rizz. Pic: COD: Car crash.
August 6: John Hughes (Age 59): Director and writer who became famous for such films as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. Pic: COD: Cardiac arrest.
August 11: Eunice Kennedy Shriver (Age 88): One of the Kennedys. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
August 12: Rashied Ali (Age 74): Jazz drummer who usually worked with John Coltrane. Pic: COD: Heart attack.
August 13: Les Paul (Age 94): Inventor of the solid-body electric guitar. Pic: COD: Complications from pneumonia.
August 13: Allen Schellenberger (Age 39): Drummer for the American alternative rock band Lit. Pic: COD: Brain cancer.
August 19: Don Hewitt (Age 86): Inventor of 60 Minutes television program. Pic: COD: Pancreatic cancer.
August 20: Larry Knechtel (Age 69): Keyboardist who performed with notable bands such as The Beach Boys, Neil Diamond and The Dixie Chicks. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
August 21: Johnny Carter (Age 75): R&B singer with The Flamingos and The Dells and is also in the RocknRoll Hall of Fame. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
August 23: Ryan Jenkins (Age 32): Canadian reality star who was a major suspect in the murder of a co-star. Pic: COD: Apparent suicide by hanging.
August 25: Ted Kennedy (Age 77): Brother of John F. Kennedy and a memeber of the U.S. Senate. Pic: COD: Brain cancer.
August 26: Dominick Dunne (Age 83): American novelist and screenwriter. Pic: COD: Bladder cancer.
August 27: Shing Fui-On (Age 54): Hong Kong actor who appeared in such films as The Ebola Syndrome, The Killer and The Untold Story. Pic: COD: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
August 28: Adam Goldstein (Age 36): A popular disc jockey who most notably survived a fatal leerjet accident with Blink-182’s Travis Barker. Pic: COD: Suspected drug overdose.
September 1: Jake Brockman (Age 53): Keyboards for the band Echo and the Bunnymen. Pic: COD: Motorcycle accident.
September 11: Larry Gelbart (Age 81): Main comedy writer behind the MASH TV series and also co-wrote Tootsie. Pic: COD: Cancer.
September 11: Jim Carroll (Age 59): Poet and music artist who formed the new wave/punk band The Jim Carroll Band. Pic: COD: Heart attack.
September 13: Paul Bruke (Age 83): American TV actor who also played the lead role in Psychic Killer. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
September 14: Patrick Swayze (Age 57): Lead actor of Point Break, Ghost, Dirty Dancing and Road House. Pic: COD: Pancreatic cancer.
September 14: Henry Gibson (Age 73): American actor who had parts in The ‘burbs, Gremlins 2, and appeared in the TV sitcom Boston Legal. Pic: COD: Cancer.
September 15: Troy Kennedy-Martin (Age 77): Screenwriter who wrote the original The Italian Job and also wrote Kelly’s Heros. Pic: COD: Liver cancer.
September 16: Mary Travers (Age 72): Part of the group Peter, Paul and Mary. Pic: COD: Leukemia.
September 17: Frank Deasy: (Age 49): Screenwriter who penned Prozac Nation. Pic: COD: Liver cancer.
September 17: Dick Durock: (Age 72): American actor and stuntman who portrayed Swamp Thing in the films and in the T.V. series. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
September 19: Roc Raida (Age 37): A disc jockey who performed with the group X-Ecutioners. Pic: COD: Complications from a car accident.
September 21: Robert Ginty (Age 60): Main actor in The Exterminator and The Exterminator 2. Pic: COD: Cancer.
September 22: Lucy Voddon (Age 46): Famous for being the subject of the popular Beatles track “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Pic: COD: Lupus.
September 24: Susan Atkins (Age 61): A member of the Mason Family and a convicted murderer. Pic: COD: Brain Cancer.
September 27: Beau Velasco (Age ??): One of the two members of the punk/electronica band The Death Set. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
September 30: John Couey (Age 51): American convicted murderer of Jessica Lunsford in February of 2005. Pic: COD: Cancer.
October 2: John Rivas (Age ??): A hip-hop artist and DJ who went by the stage name of Mr. Magic. Mr. Magic: COD: Heart attack.
October 6: Tony Fein (Age 27): Former Baltimore Ravens and Iraq veteran. Pic: COD: Heart attack.
October 9: Barry Letts (Age 84): Director and producer of the original Doctor Who television show. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
October 10: Stephen Gately (Age 33): Irish pop singer of the boy band Boyzone. Pic: COD: Pulmonary oedema.
October 10: Veronika Neugebauer (Age 39): German voice actress and dubber who voiced some of the anime Sailor Moon and dubbed voices in the Scream trilogy, The Blair Witch Project and Wild Things. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
October 12: Dickie Peterson (Age 61): Bassist and lead singer for band Blue Cheer. Pic: COD: Liver cancer.
October 13: Al Martino (Age 82): An American-Italian singer and actor who appeared in all three Godfather films as Johnny Fontane. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
October 14: Lou Albano (Age 76): A professional wrestler known as Captain Lou also appeared on the kids television show The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! as the legendary Nintendo Mario character. Pic: COD: Natural causes.
October 17: Victor Mizzy (Age 93): A composer who did scores for Addams Family, Green Acres and delved a little into Sam Raimi’s Spiderman 2 and 3. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
October 19: Joseph Wiseman (Age 91): Canadian actor who portrayed the first James Bond villain Dr. No. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
October 22: Soupy Sales (Age 83): American comedian who worked with puppets. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
November 7: Joe Maross (Age 86): American television star who appeared in various TV shows such as Hawaii 5-0, Mission Impossible and The Twilight Zone to name a few. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
November 8: Jerry Fuchs (Age 34): Former drummer for the indie electronic rock band !!!. Pic: COD: Fell down elevator shaft.
November 10: John Allen Muhammad (Age 48): Beltway/D.C. Sniper who gunned down 10 people during the late half of the summer of 2002. Pic: COD: Lethal injection.
November 12: Paul Wendkos (Age 87): Director of The Bad Seed, The Mephisto Waltz and Gidget. Pic: COD: Stroke complications.
November 15: Ken Ober (Age 52): Host of the MTV game show Remote Control. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
November 15: Jocelyn Quivrin (Age 30): French actor who appeared in movies such as Syriana and Empire of the Wolves. Pic: COD: Car crash fire.
November 15: Dennis Cole (Age 69): Actor who appeared in Zombie Death House. Pic: COD: Unknown cause of death.
November 16: Edward Woodward (Age 79): British actor who starred in the original The Wicker Man and in Hot Fuzz. Pic: COD: Pneumonia
List of Celebrities Who Died in 2009