A chronology of those who died in 2014
The Associated Press
Jan. 01, 2015
— Wayne Static, 48, the front man for the metal band Static-X.
— Acker Bilk, 85, an English clarinet player who beat the Beatles and other British rockers to the top of the U.S. music charts with the instrumental "Stranger on the Shore," in Bath, England.
— Veljo Kadijevic, 88, a former Yugoslav general who was accused of war crimes in Croatia and who fled to Russia to avoid testifying at a U.N. tribunal, in Moscow.
— Tom Magliozzi, 77, one half of the brother duo who hosted National Public Radio's popular "Car Talk," where they bantered with callers and commiserated over the car problems, near Boston, of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
— S. Donald Stookey, 99, who invented CorningWare, the durable, heat-resistant ceramic glass used in cookware by millions and in missile nose cones by the military, in Rochester, New York.
— Manitas de Plata, 94, a Flamenco guitarist who sold nearly 10 million records worldwide and broke boundaries for Gypsy musicians, in Montpellier, France.
Raymond Almiran Montgomery, 78. Author of the popular children's book series "Choose Your Own Adventure."
— Ken Takakura, 84, a craggy-faced, quiet star known for playing outlaws and stoic heroes in scores of Japanese films, in Tokyo of lymphoma.
— Toimas Young 34, a wounded Iraq war veteran who was an outspoken critic of the conflict and the subject of a 2007 documentary "Body of War," in Seattle.
— John Doar, 92, who as a top U.S. Justice Department civil rights lawyer fought to protect the rights of black voters and worked against segregation in the South, in New York of congestive heart failure.
— Big Hank Hank, 57, a member of the pioneering group The Sugarhill Gang responsible for one of the most popular rap songs of all time, "Rapper's Delight," in Englewood, New Jersey, of complications from cancer.
— Carol Ann Susi, 62, a character actress best known as the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz on "The Big Bang Theory," an American television sitcom, in Los Angeles. She had cancer.
— Kakha Bendukidze, 58, author of liberal reforms that overhauled Georgia's post-Soviet economy, in London where he had been recovering from heart surgery.
— Alexander Grothendiech, 86, an opinionated and reclusive giant of 20th-century mathematics who shunned accolades and supported pacifist and environmentalist causes, in Saint Girons, France.
— Mary Alison Glen-Haig, 96, one of the first women to become a member of the International Olympic Committee. Glen-Haig competed in fencing events for Britain at four Olympics from 1948 to 1960.
— Jadwiga Pilsudska-Jaraczewska, 94, a World War II pilot and daughter of Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, father of Polish independence, near Warsaw.
— John T. Downey, 84, a former CIA agent who survived more than 20 years in a Chinese prison before becoming a U.S. judge, in Hartford, Connecticut, of cancer.
— Jimmy Ruffin, 78, the Motown singer whose hits included "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," in Las Vegas.
— Mike Nichols, 84, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage his as "The Graduate," Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," in New York of cardiac arrest.
— Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the Dutchess of Alba, 88, one of Spain's wealthiest and most colorful aristocrats and recognized as the world's most titled noble, in Seville of pneumonia.
— Marion Barry, 78, a former Washington mayor whose four terms were overshadowed by his 1980 arrest after being caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine, in Washington. He had been battling kidney problems stemming from diabetes and high blood pressure.
— Pat Quinn, 71, former NHL player and longtime coach and executive. Quinn guided Canada to the championship at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, the country's first gold medal in men's hockey in 50 years.
— Dorothy "Dodo" Cheney, 98, who in 1938 became the first American woman to win the tennis tournament now known as the Australian Open.
— Viktor Tikhonov, 84, the Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the United States in the 1980 "Miracle on Ice."
— Denham Harman, 98, a renowned scientist who developed a prominent theory on aging that is now widely used to study cancer, of Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, in Omaha, Nebraska.
— Sabah, 87, a Lebanese singer and entertainer beloved for her powerful voice and brazen in the conservative Arab world for her many marriages, in Beirut.
— P.D. James, 94, a mystery writer who brought realistic, modern characters to the classic British detective story, in Oxford, England.
— Frank Yablans, 79, a former president of Paramount Pictures who presided over the release of several groundbreaking pictures such as "The Godfather," in Los Angeles of natural causes.
— Jack Kyle, 88, who led Ireland to prominence in the 1940s and '50s as one of rugby's greatest players.
— Phillip Hughes, 25, Australian cricketer died from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match.
— Roberto Gomez Bolanos, 85, a famous Mexican comedian known as "Chespirito" who wrote and played the boy television character "El Chavo del Ocho" that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children, in Cancun, Mexico.
— Saeed Akl, 102, Lebanon's leading poet whose fame spread throughout the Arab world, in Beirut.
— Mark Strand, a former U.S. poet laureate known for his elegiac verse that was translated into 30 languages, in New York of liposarcoma.
— Radwa Ashour, 68, an acclaimed Egyptian writer and educator who often used her deeply personal writing style to champion human rights issues, in Cairo. She had cancer.
— Anthony Marshall, 90, a decorated World War II veteran, diplomat and Broadway producer who saw his aristocratic life unravel as he was convicted in 1990 of raiding the fortune of his socialite mother Brooke Astor, in New York. He had heart and other health problems for years.
— South African conservationist Ian Player, 87, the brother of golfer Gary Player and a key figure in building the region's rhino population from a perilously small number half a century ago.