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A chronology of those who died in 2014

January 1, 2015


Dec. 1

— Kosta Karageorge, 22, Ohio State wrestler and American football player who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, days after disappearing amid complaints about concussions he suffered.

Dec. 2

— Bobby Keys, 70, a saxophonist and life-long rock ‘n’ roller who toured with Buddy Holly, played on recordings with John Lennon and laid down one of the all-time blowout solos on the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar,” in Tennessee.

— Jean Beliveau, 83, winner of 10 Stanley Cups with the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens and one of the most revered figures in hockey.

Dec. 3

— Herman Badillo, 85. New York City politician who became the first person born in Puerto Rico to become a U.S. congressman.

Dec. 4

— Jeremy Thorpe, 85, an influential British politician who helped revive the Liberal Party before his career was cut short by scandal, in London. He had Parkinson’s disease for 30 years.

— Bob Montgomery a songwriter and record producer who wrote his for pop and country artists from Buddy Holly to Eddy Arnold, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He had Parkinson’s disease.

Dec. 5

— Queen Fabiola, 86, who was inseparable from her husband, the late King Baudouin, and popular across much of Belgium, in Brussels.

— Ernest Brace, 83, a civilian who was captured during the Vietnam War flying supplies for the CIA and who later tapped code through a wall to fellow prisoner John McCain, in Oregon, of a pulmonary embolism.

Dec. 6

— Ralph Baer, 92, a video game pioneer who created both the precursor to Pong and the electric memory game Simon and led the team that developed the first home video game console, in New Hampshire.

Dec. 7

— Nikolai Vasenin, 95, a Russian who fought with the French Resistance during World War II, in Berezovsky, Russia.

Dec. 9

— Mary Ann Mobley Collins, 77, a former Miss America who appeared in films with Elvis Presley and later made documentary films around the world, in Beverly Hills, California. She had been battling breast cancer.

— Karl Otto Pohl, 85, a German economist and anti-inflation hawk who led the Bundesbank from 1980 to 1991.

Dec. 10

— Ralph Giordano, 91, a German writer and Holocaust survivor who spoke out against anti-Semitism and the far right and later became a prominent critic of Germany’s failure to integrate Muslim immigrants, in Cologne.

— Larry J. Cano, 90, the founder of the El Torito restaurant chain who helped popularize Mexican food in the United States, in Corona del Mar, California.

Dec. 11

— Michel du Cille, 58, a photojournalist who won America’s Pulitzer Prize three times and who recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, in Liberia, of an apparent heart attack.

Dec. 12

— Norman Bridwell, 86, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu stories about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersize franchise Clifford the Red Dog, in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He had been hospitalized after a fall and had several illnesses including prostate cancer.

Dec. 13

— Phil Stern, 95, an award-winning photographer who lugged his camera into combat during World War II and later became known for his candid shots of Hollywood stars, in Los Angeles. No cause of death was given, but he had emphysema.

Dec. 14

— Sy Berger, 91, the father of the modern baseball trading card who designed the famed Topps versions in the 1950s.

Dec. 15

— David Garth, 84, a powerful political adviser who spearheaded the creation of the modern political television commercial and helped elect governors, senators and mayors, in New York after a long, unspecified illness.

Dec. 17

— Richard C. Hottelet, 97, the last of the original “Murrow’s Boys,” the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS Radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, and who later was the network’s U.N. correspondent for 25 years, in Wilton, Connecticut.

— Dieter E. Grau, 101, a member of the German rocket team that helped build America’s space program, in Huntsville, Alabama.

Dec. 19

— Ernie Terrell, 75, the former heavyweight boxing champion who defended his crown twice before suffering a punishing loss to Muhammad Ali in a 1967 grudge match.

Dec. 18

— Mandy Rice-Davies, 70, a key figure in the “Profumo Scandal” that rocked Cold War Britain, in London. She had cancer.

Dec. 21

— Udo Juergens, 80, an Austrian-born star who dominated pop music in the German-speaking world and sold more than 100 million records in a career that spanned five decades, in Gottlieban, Switzerland, of apparent heart failure.

— Billie Whitelaw, 82, a British actress who collaborated closely with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett and appeared on stage and screen for decades, in London.

Dec. 22

— Joe Cocker, 70, the raspy-voiced British singer known for his frenzied cover of “With a Little Help From My Friends,” the teary ballad “You Are So Beautiful” and a contorted performing style that lent itself to parody, in Colorado, of lung cancer.

— Fritz Sdunek, 67, a former Olympic boxing trainer in East Germany who coached Vitali Klitschko to a string of heavyweight titles and also trained his brother Wladimir Klitschko.

Dec. 23

—C. Conrad Johnson, 110, the Swedish immigrant who was oldest man in the U.S. when he died in Illinois.

Dec. 24

— Robert “Showboat” Hall, 87, a former star of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team who played more than 5,000 games in nearly 90 countries over a 26-year career, in Detroit, of cancer.

— Leonard Beerman, 93, an American Reform rabbi who founded Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles and was known for defending Palestinian rights and supporting a two-state solution, in Los Angeles, of congestive heart failure.

— Jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, 91, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, in Panama City.

Dec. 26

— Stanislaw Baranczak, 68, Poland’s outstanding poet, translator and dissident and a former Harvard lecturer.

Dec. 27

— Ben Ammi Ben Israel, 75, spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe, in Dimona, the southern Israeli town where he brought his followers four decades ago.

Dec. 30

— Luise Rainer, German born star of cinema’s golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104.

— Melvin Jackson, 79, the blues musician who played trumpet and saxophone with legends B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Bland, traveling to more than 90 countries.

Dec. 31

— Edward Herrmann, 71, the star of TV’s “Gilmore Girls” star and Tony Award-winner who made his mark on stage, on screen and as the narrator of a number of documentaries.

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