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A chronology of those who died in 2014

December 26, 2014


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 Franklin, Tennessee, after a lengthy, unspecified illness.

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. No cause of death was given.

— 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 Klamath Falls, 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 Manchester, New Hampshire. No cause of death was given.

Dec. 7

— Nikolai Vasenin, 95, a Russian who fought with the French Resistance during World War II, in Berezovsky, Russia. No cause of death was given.

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. No further details were available.

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. No cause of death was given.

— 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. No cause of death was given.

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. 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. No cause of death was given.

— Dieter E. Grau, 101, a member of the German rocket team that helped build America’s space program, in Huntsville, Alabama. No cause of death was given.

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. No cause of death was given.

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 Crawford, Colorado, of lung cancer.

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