A chronology of those who died in 2014
A chronology of those who died in 2014
The Associated Press
Dec. 25, 2014
— David Greenglass, 92, who served 10 years in prison for his role in the most explosive atomic spy case in the Cold War and gave testimony that sent his brother-in-law and sister to the electric chair in 1953, in New York. No cause of death was given.
— Louis Zamperini, 97, an Olympic runner who survived a bomber crash in the Pacific Ocean, weeks adrift and then years as a Japanese prisoner of war and became the subject of a celebrated book and movie, in Los Angeles after a long battle with pneumonia.
— Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, 89, a founder of the Jewish Renewal movement and a widely influential figure in Jewish thought and practice, in Boulder, Colorado, after a long, unspecified illness.
— Richard Mellon Scaife, 82, the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortunes and a newspaper publisher who funded libertarian and conservative causes and various projects to discredit President Bill Clinton, in Pittsburgh. He had an untreatable form of cancer.
— Metropolitan Volodymyr, 78, the head of Ukraine's Orthodox church who led it for more than two decades during the tumultuous post-Soviet period, in Kiev after a long, unspecified illness.
— Eduard Shevardnadze, 86, the Soviet Union's foreign minister who helped end the Cold War but then as Georgia's president was forced into retirement by parliament, in Tbilisi, after a long, unspecified illness.
— Dick Jones, 87, the voice of Pinocchio in the classic 1940 Walt Disney cartoon, in Los Angeles. He had fallen but the cause of death was not determined.
— Eileen Ford, 92, a modeling agency founder who shaped a generation's standards of beauty and launched the careers of Candace Bergen, Lauren Hutton, Jane Fonda and countless others, in Morristown, New Jersey. No cause of death was given.
— David Azrieli, 92, a Canadian-Israeli billionaire real estate developer and philanthropist, in rural Quebec north of Montreal. No cause of death was specified.
— John Siegenthaler, 86, a journalist who edited The Tennessean, helped shape USA Today and worked for civil rights during the Kennedy administration in the 1960s, in Nashville, Tennessee. No cause of death was specified.
— Tommy Ramone, 65, a co-founder of the seminal punk band the Ramones and the last surviving member of the original group, in New York. He had bile duct cancer.
— David Legeno, 50, a British actor who played a werewolf in three "Harry Potter" films, in California's Death Valley of heatstroke. He may have died days earlier.
— Emil Bobu, 87, a devoted aid of ex-Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu who was sent to quell protests that sparked the 1989 revolution, in Bucharest of a heart attack.
— Loren Mazel, 84, a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, in Castleton, Virginia, of pneumonia.
— Nadine Gordimer, 90, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1991 for novels that explored the relationships and human cost of racial conflict in apartheid-era South Africa and who was a determined political activist in the struggle to end white minority rule in her country, in Johannesburg. No cause of death was given.
— Thomas Berger, 89, the witty and eclectic novelist who re-imagined the American West in the historic "Little Big Man" and mastered genres ranging from detective stories to domestic farce, in Nyack, New York. He had been in failing health.
— Jack W. Tocco, 70, who U.S. authorities say was a Detroit mob boss, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. No cause of death was given.
— James MacGregor Burns, 95, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote two candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, in Williamstown, Massachusetts. No cause of death was given.
— Johnny Winter, 70, a Texas blues legend, known for his lightning fast blues guitar riffs, long white hair and collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, in Zurich. No cause of death was given.
— Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable timing made her a Broadway legend, in Birmingham, Michigan, of natural causes.
— Otto Piene, 86, a German artist known for his colorful paintings and gigantic open air sculptures, in Berlin. No cause of death was given.
— Karl Albrecht, 94, co-founder of the Aldi grocery store empire and one of the world's richest people, in Essen, Germany. No cause of death was given.
— James Garner, 86, the wry and handsome leading man in films and television, best known as the gambler Bret Maverick in "Maverick" and the detective Jim Rockford in "The Rockford Files," in Los Angeles of apparent natural causes.
— Lionel Ferbos, 103, believed to be the oldest working jazz musician, performing regularly with his trumpet until last year, in New Orleans. No cause of death was given.
— Norberto Odebrecht, 93, founder of the Brazilian construction company behind large-scale projects such as dams and highways in the Amazon jungle and some World Cup stadiums, in Rio de Janeiro. He had heart problems.
— Skye McCole Bartusiak, 21, an actress who played Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film "The Patriot," in Houston. No cause of death was given.
— Dan Borislow, 52, the inventor of majicJack and a pioneer in developing phone calls over the Internet, in West Palm Beach, Florida, of a heart attack.
— Robert Panara, 94, who lost his hearing as a child and became a leading educator of the deaf and a pioneer of studies of deaf culture, in Rochester, New York, of natural causes.
— Carlo Bergonzi, 90, an Italian tenor considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, in Milan. No cause of death was given.
— Manny Roth, 94, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village, New York, whose Cafe Wha? and its basement-level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many others, in Ojai, California of natural causes.
— Theodore "Dutch" VanKirk, 93, the last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, in Stone Mountain, Georgia, of natural causes.
— James Shigeta, 85, who played the lead in the 1961 movie musical "Flower Drum Song" and appeared in other movies and TV shows, in Beverly Hills, California. No cause of death was given.
— Robert Halmi Sr., 90, a magazine photographer who made a midcareer switch to moving pictures and produced more than 200 programs and miniseries for American television over 50 years, in New York. No cause of death was given.
— Dick Smith, 92, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations of Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" among many others, in California of natural causes.
— Robert Drew, 90, a filmmaker and pioneer of the modern documentary who in "Primary" and other movies mastered the intimate, spontaneous style known as cinema verite and schooled a generation of influential directors, in Sharon, Connecticut. No cause of death was given.
— Dick Wagner, 71, the skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith and also co-wrote many of Cooper's hits, in Scottsdale, Arizona, of respiratory failure.