Recent notable deaths

+-

Tommy Page, Bill Paxton, Chuck Berry and more recent notable deaths around the world.

Joseph Schmitt

Joseph Schmitt, who helped develop the spacesuits worn
(Credit: Getty Images / NASA)

Joseph Schmitt, who helped develop the spacesuits worn by the nation's first astronauts, and who helped secure the straps, boots and helmets of John Glenn, Neil Armstrong and other astronauts just before their history-making flights, died Sept. 25, 2017. Schmitt, right, is shown assisting astronaut John Glenn Jr. on Feb. 20, 1962. He was 101. Newsday's obituary for Joseph Schmitt

Grady Tate

Grady Tate, a jazz musician who was nominated
(Credit: Getty Images / Anthony Barboza)

Grady Tate, a jazz musician who was nominated for Grammy Awards as a singer but was best known as a versatile drummer who helped propel the "soul-jazz" style of the 1960s and who appeared on hundreds of albums, died Oct. 8 , 2017, of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Tate, shown in a Feb. 22, 1985, photo, was 85. Newsday's obituary for Grady Tate

Sima Wali

Sima Wali, who fled her native Afghanistan before
(Credit: AP / Herbert Knosowski )

Sima Wali, who fled her native Afghanistan before the 1979 Soviet invasion and devoted the rest of her life to aiding the women who remained behind through years of war, deprivation and Taliban oppression, died Sept. 22, 2017, of a degenerative neurological disorder. Wali, shown in a Nov. 27, 2001, photo with Afghan diplomat Zalmai Rassoul, was 66. Newsday's obituary for Sima Wali

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE

Walter "Bunny" Sigler

Walter
(Credit: AP / Mel Evans)

Walter "Bunny" Sigler, a singer, songwriter and producer who helped create "The Sound of Philadelphia" in the 1970s, died Oct. 6, 2017, of a heart attack. Sigler, seen here on April 8, 2009, was 76. Newsday's obituary for Walter "Bunny" Sigler

Ben Hawkins

Ben Hawkins, a third-round pick of the Eagles
(Credit: AP )

Ben Hawkins, a third-round pick of the Eagles in 1966 who spent eight of his nine NFL seasons in Philadelphia, died Oct. 9, 2017. Hawkins, sen here on Oct. 25, 1970, was 73. Newsday's obituary for Ben Hawkins

Bob Schiller

Bob Schiller, a comedy writer whose credits reach
(Credit: Sadie Novello)

Bob Schiller, a comedy writer whose credits reach back to TV's infancy, including "I Love Lucy," and later, "Maude," "All in the Family" and "The Carol Burnett Show," died Oct. 10, 2017. He was 98. Newsday's obituary for Bob Schiller

Jean Rochefort

French actor Jean Rochefort, who starred in more
(Credit: Getty Images / Frank Perry)

French actor Jean Rochefort, who starred in more than 100 movies over a half-century and was much loved by the French public, died Oct. 9, 2017. Rochefort, shown in a Sept. 27, 1986 photo, was 87. Newsday's obituary for Jean Rochefort

Jerry Kleczka

Former Rep. Jerry Kleczka, a liberal Democrat who
(Credit: AP / Michael Sears)

Former Rep. Jerry Kleczka, a liberal Democrat who represented a Wisconsin district that included his hometown of Milwaukee for 20 years, died Oct. 8, 2017, of natural causes. Kleczka, seen here on Nov. 5, 1996, was 73. Newsday's obituary for Jerry Kleczka

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE

Armando Calderon Sol

Former Salvadoran President Armando Calderon Sol, who governed
(Credit: AP / Santiago Llanquin )

Former Salvadoran President Armando Calderon Sol, who governed El Salvador from 1994 to 1999, after the signing of the 1992 peace accords ended 12 years of civil war, died Oct. 9, 2017. Calderon Sol, seen here on April 19, 1998, was 69. Newsday's obituary for Armando Calderon Sol

Jimmy Beaumont

Jimmy Beaumont, the lead singer of the doo-wop
(Credit: AP / Bill Wade)

Jimmy Beaumont, the lead singer of the doo-wop group the Skyliners and a co-writer of the iconic ballad "Since I Don't Have You," died Oct. 7, 2017. Beaumont, shown in an April 4, 2015 photo, was 76. Newsday's obituary for Jimmy Beaumont

Y.A. Tittle

Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback who
(Credit: AP / NFL Photos)

Y.A. Tittle, the Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Giants to three division titles in the 1960s but never won a championship final in high school, college or the pros and is immortalized by one of sport's most famous images of defeat, died Oct. 8, 2017. He was 90. Newsday's obituary for Y.A. Tittle

Eberhard van der Laan

Eberhard van der Laan, the popular mayor of
(Credit: Getty Images / Phil Nijhuis)

Eberhard van der Laan, the popular mayor of Amsterdam who ran the city with a firm hand and a compassionate touch, died Oct. 5, 2017, after a long battle with lung cancer. Van der Laan, right, seen here with Dutch King Willem-Alexander on Sept. 8, 2017, was 62. Newsday's obituary for Eberhard van der Laan

Russ Ringsak

Russ Ringsak, a former architect who became the
(Credit: AP / Leila Navidi)

Russ Ringsak, a former architect who became the longtime truck driver for Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" public radio variety show, died Oct. 3, 2017. Ringsak, seen here on May 7, 2016, was 81. Newsday's obituary for Russ Ringsak

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE

Ralphie May

Ralphie May, a comedian who parlayed a second-place
(Credit: AP / Isaac Brekken)

Ralphie May, a comedian who parlayed a second-place finish on TV's "Last Comic Standing" in 2003 into TV and club appearances, died Oct. 6, 2017, of cardiac arrest. May, seen here in 2007, was 45. Newsday's obituary for Ralphie May

Robert McKay

Robert McKay, who designed the first Taco Bell
(Credit: AP)

Robert McKay, who designed the first Taco Bell restaurant and with founder Glen Bell turned it from a quirky food stand into a fast-food empire, died in September of cancer. McKay was 86. Newsday's obituary for Robert McKay

Arthur Janov

Arthur Janov, the psychotherapist whose
(Credit: AP / France Janov)

Arthur Janov, the psychotherapist whose "primal therapy" had celebrities screaming to release their childhood traumas and spawned a best-selling book in the 1970s, died Oct. 1, 2017. Janov, seen here in 2003, was 93. Newsday's obituary for Arthur Janov

Jalal Talabani

Jalal Talabani, Iraq's first Kurdish president, died Oct.
(Credit: AP / Hadi Mizban)

Jalal Talabani, Iraq's first Kurdish president, died Oct. 3, 2017. Talabani, seen here on Aug. 17, 2007, was 83. Newsday's obituary for Jalal Talabani

Chuck Low

Chuck Low, a real estate developer whose friendship
(Credit: AP / Andy Kropa)

Chuck Low, a real estate developer whose friendship with Robert De Niro led him to an acting career that included a notable appearance in "Goodfellas," died Sept. 18, 2017. Low, shown in an April 25, 2016, photo, was 89. Newsday's obituary for Chuck Low

Robert D. Hales

Top-ranking Mormon leader Robert D. Hales, who left
(Credit: AP / Rick Bowmer)

Top-ranking Mormon leader Robert D. Hales, who left a successful career as a businessman to help guide the church, died Oct. 1, 2017, from age-related causes. Hales, shown in a July 10, 2015, photo, was 85. Newsday's obituary for Robert D. Hales

Tom Petty

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty,
(Credit: Getty Images North America / Alberto E. Rodriguez)

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty, who with his band The Heartbreakers helped spearhead back-to-basics heartland rock in the late 1970s, died Oct. 2, 2017, after he suffered cardiac arrest. Petty, shown in a 2016 photo, was 66. Newsday's obituary for Tom Petty

Dave Strader

Dave Strader, the hockey broadcaster known affectionately as
(Credit: AP / Virginia Sherwood)

Dave Strader, the hockey broadcaster known affectionately as "The Voice," died Oct. 1, 2017, after battling bile duct cancer for more than a year. Strader, shown in an April 4, 2011, photo, was 62. Newsday's obituary for Dave Strader

Donald Malarkey

Donald Malarkey, a World War II paratrooper who
(Credit: AP / Franck Prevel)

Donald Malarkey, a World War II paratrooper who was awarded the Bronze Star after parachuting behind enemy lines at Normandy to destroy German artillery on D-Day, died Sept. 30, 2017. Malarkey, shown in a June 6, 2005, photo, was 96. Newsday's obituary for Donald Malarkey

Samuel I. ''Si'' Newhouse

S.I. Newhouse Jr., the low-profile billionaire media mogul
(Credit: AP / Mike Albans)

S.I. Newhouse Jr., the low-profile billionaire media mogul who ran the parent company of some of the nation's most prestigious magazines, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, after a long illness. He was 89. Newsday's obituary for Samuel I. ''Si'' Newhouse

Monty Hall

Monty Hall, the former
(Credit: AP / Jordan Strauss)

Monty Hall, the former "Let's Make a Deal" host, died Sept. 30, 2017, after a long illness. Hall, seen in 2014, was 96. Newsday's obituary for Monty Hall

Zuzana Ruzickova

Zuzana Ruzickova, a Czech musician who survived Nazi
(Credit: AP / Katerina Suldova)

Zuzana Ruzickova, a Czech musician who survived Nazi death camps and communist persecution before winning world acclaim as a harpsichordist, died Sept. 27, 2017. Ruzickova, seen in 2016, was 96. Newsday's obituary for Zuzana Ruzickova

Richard Pyle

Journalist Richard Pyle, whose long and accomplished Associated
(Credit: AP)

Journalist Richard Pyle, whose long and accomplished Associated Press career spanned the globe and a half-century of crisis, war, catastrophe and indelible moments in news reporting, died Sept. 28, 2017, of respiratory failure due to lung fibrosis and obstructive lung disease. Pyle, seen in Oct. 1970, was 83. Newsday's obituary for Richard Pyle

Red Miller

Red Miller, the fiery head coach who guided
(Credit: AP)

Red Miller, the fiery head coach who guided the Denver Broncos from obscurity to their first Super Bowl, died Sept. 27, 2017 after complications from a stroke. Miller, seen in 1978, was 89. Newsday's obituary for Red Miller

Hugh Hefner

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who turned silk pajamas
(Credit: AP / Jae C. Hong)

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who turned silk pajamas into a work uniform, women into centerfolds and sexual desire into a worldwide multimedia empire that spanned several generations of American life, died Sept. 27, 2017 of natural causes. Hefner, seen in a Nov. 4, 2010, photo, was 91. Newsday's obituary for Hugh Hefner

Lady Lucan

Lady Lucan, a British aristocrat who survived a
(Credit: AP)

Lady Lucan, a British aristocrat who survived a vicious 1974 attack by her husband that sparked a decades-long mystery, died Sept. 27, 2017. Lucan, seen in 1975, was 80. Newsday's obituary for Lady Lucan

Rob Nigh

Rob Nigh, a defense attorney who represented Oklahoma
(Credit: AP / Michael Conroy)

Rob Nigh, a defense attorney who represented Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and witnessed his 2001 execution, died Sept. 24, 2017, after a battle with cancer. He was 57. He is seen in a photo taken May 11, 2001. Newsday's obituary for Rob Nigh

Jan Triska

Jan Triska, an actor who moved to the
(Credit: AP / Michal Krumphanz)

Jan Triska, an actor who moved to the United States after being banned by the Czechoslovak Communist regime, died Sept. 25, 2017, in Prague's military hospital due to injuries after he fell from Charles Bridge under unclear circumstances. He was 80. He is seen in a photo taken March 24, 2017. Newsday's obituary for Jan Triska

Tony Booth

Tony Booth, a British actor and the father-in-law
(Credit: AP / Peter Wilcock)

Tony Booth, a British actor and the father-in-law of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, died Sept. 25, 2017, from Alzheimer's disease and heart problems. He was 85. He is seen with his daughter, Cherie Blair, center, and wife, Gale, on July 15, 1997. Newsday's obituary for Tony Booth

Orville Lynn Majors

Orville Lynn Majors, who was convicted of killing
(Credit: AP / Chuck Robinson)

Orville Lynn Majors, who was convicted of killing six people while he was a nurse at a rural Indiana hospital, died Sept. 25, 2017, while serving a 360-year sentence. He is seen in a photo taken Oct. 6, 1999. Newsday's obituary for Orville Lynn Majors

Joseph M. McDade

Joseph M. McDade, an 18-term Republican congressman who
(Credit: AP / Chris Gardner)

Joseph M. McDade, an 18-term Republican congressman who was known for bringing federal dollars home to his northeastern Pennsylvania district and who was acquitted in 1996 on a bribery charge, died Sept. 24, 2017. He was 85. He is seen in a photo taken in 1992. Newsday's obituary for Joseph M. McDade

Barbara Blaine

Barbara Blaine, the founder and former president of
(Credit: AP / Matt Rourke)

Barbara Blaine, the founder and former president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, died Sept. 24, 2017, following a recent cardiac event. She was 61. She is seen in a photo taken in March 2011. Newsday's obituary for Barbara Blaine

Denny Marcin

Former New York Giants and Jets assistant coach
(Credit: Richard Harbus)

Former New York Giants and Jets assistant coach Dennis "Denny" Marcin died Sept. 20, 2017. He was 75. He is shown in a 2003 photo. Newsday's obituary for Denny Marcin

Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley, known as the
(Credit: EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock)

Charles Bradley, known as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" for a powerful, raspy style that evoked one of his musical heroes, James Brown, died Sept. 23, 2017. He was 68. He is shown in a July 2016 photo. Newsday's obituary for Charles Bradley

Bill Goodling

Bill Goodling, a former Republican congressman who represented
(Credit: York Daily Record / Paul Kuehnel)

Bill Goodling, a former Republican congressman who represented parts of central Pennsylvania in the U.S. House for more than a quarter century, died Sept. 24, 2017. He was 89. He is shown in a 2000 photo. Newsday's obituary for Bill Goodling

Mahdi Akef

Mahdi Akef, the former leader of Egypt's outlawed
(Credit: AP / Nasser Nouri)

Mahdi Akef, the former leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group who had been detained since 2013, died of complications from cancer and other health issues on Sept. 22, 2017. He was 89. He is shown in a 2009 photo. Newsday's obituary for Mahdi Akef

Jon Breen

Jon Breen, the former New Hampshire newspaper editor
(Credit: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)

Jon Breen, the former New Hampshire newspaper editor who prompted a testy "I am paying for this microphone" retort from Ronald Reagan in a 1980 presidential primary debate, died Sept. 14, 2017. He was 81. Breen, center, is seen at a debate with GOP candidates Reagan, left, and George H.W. Bush in 1980. Newsday's obituary for Jon Breen

Liliane Bettencourt

Liliane Bettencourt, the L'Oreal cosmetics heiress and the
(Credit: Getty Images / Patrick Kovarik )

Liliane Bettencourt, the L'Oreal cosmetics heiress and the world's richest woman, died Sept. 21, 2017. She was 94. She is shown in an April 18, 2005, photo. Newsday's obituary for Liliane Bettencourt

Albert Speer Jr.

Albert Speer Jr., the son of Adolf Hitler's
(Credit: AP / Arne Dedert)

Albert Speer Jr., the son of Adolf Hitler's chief architect who had his own accomplished architectural career but struggled to distance himself from his father's legacy, died Sept. 16, 2017. He was 83. He is shown in a Nov. 11, 2012, photo. Newsday's obituary for Albert Speer Jr.

Zurab Sotkilava

Renowned Soviet and Russian opera singer Zurab Sotkilava
(Credit: AP / Mikhail Klimentyev)

Renowned Soviet and Russian opera singer Zurab Sotkilava died Sept. 18, 2017. He was 80. He is shown in a Feb. 21, 2008, photo. Newsday's obituary for Zurab Sotkilava

Jake LaMotta

Bronx-born Jake LaMotta, an iron-fisted battler who brawled
(Credit: Getty Images / Keystone)

Bronx-born Jake LaMotta, an iron-fisted battler who brawled his way to a middleweight title and was later memorialized by Robert De Niro in the film "Raging Bull," died Sept. 19, 2017. He was 95. He is shown in a 1949 photo, Newsday's obituary for Jake LaMotta

Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey, the professional football player turned actor
(Credit: AP / Ryan Miller)

Bernie Casey, the professional football player turned actor known for parts in "Revenge of the Nerds" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," died Sept. 19, 2017, after a brief illness. He was 78. He is shown in a May 23, 2014, photo. Newsday's obituary for Bernie Casey

Johnny Sandlin

Johnny Sandlin, an Alabama musician and recording engineer
(Credit: Getty Images / House Of Fame LLC)

Johnny Sandlin, an Alabama musician and recording engineer who produced songs for groups including the Allman Brothers Band, died Sept. 19, 2017. He was 72. He is shown, left, with Allman Brothers Band guitarist Duane Allman in a 1968 photo. Newsday's obituary for Johnny Sandlin

Lillian Ross

Lillian Ross, the ever-watchful New Yorker reporter whose
(Credit: AP / Joe Tabacca )

Lillian Ross, the ever-watchful New Yorker reporter whose close, narrative style defined a memorable and influential 70-year career, including a revealing portrait of Ernest Hemingway, a classic Hollywood exposé and a confession to an adulterous affair, died Sept. 20, 2017, after suffering a stroke. She was 99. She is shown in a June 1997 photo. Newsday's obituary for Lillian Ross

Bobby "The Brain" Heenan

Legendary pro wrestling manager Bobby
(Credit: WWE)

Legendary pro wrestling manager Bobby "the Brain" Heenan died Sept. 17, 2017, from cancer complications. He was 73. Newsday's obituary for Bobby "The Brain" Heenan

Mitchell Flint

Mitchell Flint, an American aviator who helped form
(Credit: AP)

Mitchell Flint, an American aviator who helped form the Israeli Air Force in 1948 and served in Israel's first fighter squadron, died Sept. 16, 2017, of natural causes. He was 94. He is shown in a 1949 photo. Newsday's obituary for Mitchell Flint

Penny Chenery

Penny Chenery, who bred and raced 1973 Triple
(Credit: AP / Jack Kanthal)

Penny Chenery, who bred and raced 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat as well as realizing her ailing father's dream to win the Kentucky Derby in 1972 with Riva Ridge, died Sept. 16, 2017, of complications from a stroke. She was 95. She is shown in a June 9, 1973, photo. Newsday's obituary for Penny Chenery

Show More

Subscribe to the Entertainment newsletter

Sign up

By clicking Sign up, you agree to our privacy policy.

Related Media

Roy Dotrice, a veteran British actor, died at Celebrities who've died in 2017 Adam West, left, as Batman and Burt Ward Adam West through the years Chester Bennington (March 20, 1976 -- July 20, Shocking celeb deaths

Comments

Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.

By using this site, you agree to our Privacy policy.

OK