A chronology of those who died in 2014
The Associated Press
Jan. 01, 2015
— Juan Farrell, 71, a Cuban musician who for more than four decades was the driving force behind the big band salsa orchestra Los Van Van, in Havana.
— Efrem Zimbalist Jr., 95, the son of famous musical parents who established his own lasting celebrity in two of American television's most popular series, "77 Sunset Strip" and "The FBI," in Solvang, California.
— William Worthy, 92, an American foreign correspondent who defied travel bans to Cold War adversaries of the United States, in Massachusetts.
— Cornelius Gurlitt, 81, a reclusive German art collector with a long-secret hoard of 1,280 major works that set off an international uproar last year over the fate of art looted by the Nazis, in Munich.
— Sheikh Muhammad Nazim Adil al-Qubrusi al-Haqqani, a leading figure of Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, in northern Cyprus.
— Bill Dana, 83, a famed research test pilot who flew the X-15 rocket plane at record supersonic speeds and other pioneering aircraft including one that led to the development of NASA's space shuttle, in Phoenix of complications from Parkinson's disease.
— Farley Mowat, 92, one of Canada's best-known writers regarded as a master storyteller and tireless defender of nature and wildlife, in Ontario. He had suffered a stroke in January.
— Cornelius Gurlitt, 81, a reclusive German collector whose long-secret hoard of well over 1,000 artworks triggered an international uproar over the fate of art looted by the Nazis.
— Colin Pillinger, 70, an ebullient space scientist who captured the popular imagination with his failed attempt to land a British probe on Mars, in Cambridge, England of a brain hemorrhage.
— Herb Lotman, 80, a food industry entrepreneur and founder of Keystone Foods, one of the largest such companies in the world, in Philadelphia of complications from heart failure.
— Nancy Malone, 79, veteran actress, director and producer, in Los Angeles of complications from leukemia.
— Andres Cararasco, 67, an Argentine neuroscientist who challenged pesticide regulators to re-examine one of the world's most widely used weed killers, in Buenos Aires.
— Jeb Stuart Magruder, 79, a Watergate conspirator-turned minister who claimed in later years to have heard President Richard Nixon order the infamous apartment break-in in the 1970s that led to his downfall, in Connecticut.
— Jacinto Convit, 100, a Venezuelan physician who played a key role in fighting two of the world's most feared diseases, leprosy and the tropical illness leshmaniasis, in Caracas.
— H.R. Giger, 74, a Swiss artist who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," in Zurich of injuries suffered in a fall.
— Malik Bendjelloul, 36, the cash-strapped filmmaker who shot to Hollywood stardom overnight with the Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," about an obscure Mexican-American folk singer who became a cult hero in apartheid-era South Africa, in Stockholm, an apparent suicide.
— Jean-Luc Dehaene, 73, a former Belgian prime minister who worked as hard to keep his linguistically divided nation together as he did to give Europe more unity, in France after a fall. He had been diagnosed earlier with cancer.
— Viktor Sukhodrev, 81, a Soviet interpreter who for three decades brought the words of Kremlin leaders to the English-speaking world, in Moscow. No cause of death was given.
— Clyde Snow, 86, a forensic anthropologist who worked on cases ranging from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to mass graves in Argentina, in Norman, Oklahoma. He had lung cancer and emphysema.
— Radu Florescu, 88, a Romanian-born historian, professor and philanthropist who intrigued American culture by writing a book linking the fictional Count Dracula the 15th century Romanian prince Vlad the Impaler, in Mougins, France, of complications connected to pneumonia.
— Dobrica Cosic, 92, a nationalist writer who served briefly as Yugoslavia's president as the country unraveled in civil war, in Belgrade.
— Jerry Vale, 83, the beloved crooner known for his high tenor voice and romantic songs in the 1950s and early 1960s, in California.
— Gordon Willis, 82, one of Hollywood's most celebrated and influential cinematographers, nicknamed "The Prince of Darkness" for his subtle but indelible touch on such definitive 1970s releases as "The Godfather," ''Annie Hall" and "All the President's Men," on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He had cancer.
— Sam Greenlee, 83, a poet and novelist best known for his 1969 novel "The Spook Who Sat by the Door," later adapted into a political drama movie, in Chicago.
— Jack Brabham, 88. Three-time Formula One champion who famously pushed his car to the finish line to claim his first season title.
— Sante Kimes, 79. She and her son made up a notorious grifter team convicted of the murders of a wealthy widow in New York and a businessman in Los Angeles.
— Arthur Gelb, 90, a veteran editor whose news sense, arts sensibility and journalistic vigor sculpted The New York Times for decades, in New York of complications from a stroke.
— Prince Rupert Lowenstein, 80, a Bavarian aristocrat who as their manager helped make the Rolling Stones as rich as kings, in London. He had Parkinson's disease.
— Jaime Lusinchi, 89, a former Venezuelan president who struggled to contain an economic crisis sparked by plunging oil prices in the 1980s and then saw his reputation tarnished by allegations of corruption after he left office, in Caracas. He had been receiving treatment for an infection.
— Ricky Grigg, 77, a former top-ranked by wave surfer and oceanographer whose work confirmed one of Charles Darwin's theories about the origin of tropical islands, in Honolulu of pneumonia.
— Donald Levine, 86, the Hasbro executive credited as the father of G.I. Joe for developing the world's first action figure, in Providence, Rhode Island. He had cancer.
— Michael Schmidt, 68, a German photographer who documented post-war Berlin in stark black and white images and whose work was displayed in art galleries, in Berlin.
— Bunny Yeager, 85, a model turned pin-up photographer who helped jump start career of then unknown Betty Page, in North Miami.
— Herb Jeffries, 100, the jazz singer who performed with Duke Ellington and was known as the "Bronze Buckaroo" in a series of all-black 1930s westerns, in Los Angeles of heart failure.
— Wojciech Jaruzelski, 90. Communist leader who imposed harsh military rule on Poland in 1981 in an attempt to crush the pro-democracy Solidarity movement but later allowed reforms that ended up dismantling the regime.
— Manuel Uribe, 48. Mexican man once listed as the world's heaviest human at 1,230 pounds (560 kilograms).
— Massimo Vignelli, 83, a renounced graphic artist whose vision ranged from subterranean transit maps to airline logos, in New York.
— Maya Angelou, 86, a poet and author who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page and reciter of the most popular U.S. presidential inaugural poem in history, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
— Karlheinz Boehm, 86, an Austrian actor and human rights activist who founded an aid group dedicated to helping people in Ethiopia, near Salzburg.
— Joan Lorring 88, an Oscar-nominated actress with a long career in films and on Broadway, in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
— Mary Soames, 91 the last surviving child of British leader Winston Churchill and author of several books about her family, in London.
— Marilyn Beck 85, an entertainment columnist who spent a four-decade career interviewing Hollywood luminaries, in Los Angeles. She had lung cancer.
— Martha Hyer, 89, and Academy Award-nominated actress who starred alongside the likes of Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart and later gained notoriety for an extravagant lifestyle, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.