Deaths in January 2004
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The following is a list of notable deaths in January 2004.
Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:
- Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.
- Harold Henning, 69, South African golfer.
- Elma Lewis, 82, American arts leader.
- Manuel Félix López, 66, Ecuadorian politician.
- Frederick Redlich, 93, Austrian-born American dean of the Yale University School of Medicine.
- John Stoneham, 95, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox).
- Etta Moten Barnett, 102, American actress.
- Lynn Cartwright, 76, U.S. actress (A League of Their Own).
- Sir John Grandy, 90, British Royal Air Force officer.
- Paul Hopkins, 99, American baseball player, reported to be the oldest living former Major League Baseball player.
- Dame Sheila McKechnie, 55, Scottish trade unionist, housing campaigner and consumer activist, head of Shelter, cancer.
- Dennis Silverthorne, 80, American Olympic pairs figure skater (pairs figure skating at the 1948 Winter Olympics).
- Lillian Beckwith, 87, English author.
- Des Corcoran, 75, Australian politician, Premier of South Australia.
- Taylor Duncan, 50, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics).
- David Lipschultz, 33, American journalist (USA Today, New York Times, SmartMoney and Red Herring).
- William Craig Reynolds, 70, American fluid physicist and mechanical engineer who specialized in turbulent flow and computational fluid dynamics.
- Sir James Waddell, 89, English civil servant.
- Leon Wagner, 69, American Major League Baseball player.
- Joan Aiken, 79, English writer, author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
- John Gallacher, Baron Gallacher, 83, British life peer.
- Brian Gibson, 59, English film director, What's Love Got to Do With It.
- Jake Hess, 76, American southern gospel singer.
- Jeff Nuttall, 70, English poet, publisher, actor, painter, sculptor, jazz trumpeter, social commentator and author.
- Michael Straight, 87, American magazine publisher, author and a confessed spy for the KGB.
- John Toland, 91, American author and historian.
- Charles Dumas, 66, American Olympic High Jump gold medalist.
- Norman Heatley, 92, British biochemist.
- Tug McGraw, 59, American Major League Baseball pitcher, brain cancer.
- Vera Bradford, 99, Australian pianist and piano teacher.
- Pierre Charles, 49, Dominican politician, Prime Minister of Dominica.
- Sumita Devi, 68, Bangladeshi film actress.
- John Evans, 74, British footballer.
- William Hurst Rees, 86, British valuation surveyor.
- Francesco Scavullo, 82, American fashion photographer.
- Charles Laverne Singleton, 44, American convicted murderer, executed by lethal injection in Arkansas.
- Reg Smith, 91, English football player and manager.
- Thomas Stockham, 70, American scientist, known as the "father of digital recording".
- Shalva Apkhazava, 23, Georgian footballer.
- Russell Blunt, 95, American sports coach.
- Ingrid Thulin, 76, Swedish actress, Cries and Whispers.
- Charles Brown, 57, American actor.
- John A. Gambling, 73, American radio host, Rambling with Gambling.
- Louis Stanley, 92, British author, journalist, team principal of BRM, stroke.
- Yinka Dare, 31, Nigerian basketball player.
- Nissim Ezekiel, 79, Indian poet, playwright and art critic.
- Norberto Bobbio, 94, Italian senator and jurist.
- Raymond Dale Rowsey, 32, American convicted murderer, executed by lethal injection in North Carolina.
- Princess Kira of Prussia, 60, German princess.
- Sir Henry Leask, 90, British army general.
- Ewald Pyle, 93, American baseball player (St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, New York Giants, Boston Braves).
- Alexandra Ripley, 70, American author, Scarlett.
- Max D. Barnes, 67, country singer and songwriter.
- Clement Conger, 91, American museum curator.
- Perry B. Duryea Jr., 82, American politician.
- Spalding Gray, 62, American actor and writer, suicide by drowning.
- Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, 53, American New Orleans jazz musician.
- Elza Mayhew, 87, Canadian sculptor.
- Mervyn Pike, Baroness Pike, 85, British politician.
- Asrul Sani, 76, Indonesian writer, poet and screenwriter.
- Ramakrishna Hegde, 77, Indian politician.
- Fred Holstein, 61, American folk music singer, complications from abdominal surgery.
- Olga Ladyzhenskaya, 81, Soviet and Russian mathematician.
- Randy VanWarmer, 48, American singer and songwriter ("Just When I Needed You Most").
- David C. C. Watson, 83, English teacher, author and creationist.
- William T. Young, 85, American businessman.
- Phillip Crosby, 69, American actor and singer, member of Crosby Boys band, son of crooner Bing Crosby.
- Rafael Gambra Ciudad, 83, Spanish philosopher.
- Mike Goliat, 82, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Browns).
- Tom Hurndall, 22, British political activist.
- Dean Miller, 79, American broadcaster and actor.
- Arne Næss, Jr., 66, Norwegian mountaineer and businessman, former husband of Diana Ross.
- Arthur Nobile, 83, American microbiologist.
- Harold Shipman, 54, British serial killer.
- Alan V. Tishman, 86, American real estate developer.
- Zeno Vendler, 82, American philosopher and linguist.
- Jack Cady, 71, American science fiction writer.
- Uta Hagen, 84, German-born American actress, acting teacher, wife of José Ferrer and Herbert Berghof.
- Verna Elizabeth Watre Ingty, Indian social worker.
- Joaquín Nin-Culmell, 95, Cuban-Spanish composer, concert pianist and emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Ron O'Neal, 66, American actor, starred in Superfly (1972).
- Eduard Sibiryakov, 62, Soviet Olympic volleyball player (men's volleyball tournament: 1964 gold medal winner, 1968 gold medal winner).
- Eric Sturgess, 83, South African tennis player, winner of six Grand Slam doubles titles (five mixed doubles, one men's doubles).
- Alex Barris, 81, Canadian actor and writer.
- Robert-Ambroise-Marie Carré, 95, French Catholic priest, member of the Académie française.
- Jim Devlin, 81, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians).
- Olivia Goldsmith, 54, American author.
- Gus Suhr, 98, American baseball player, former player for Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Mary Byrne, 86, Irish politician, first female Mayor of Galway (1975-1976).
- John Siomos, 56, American rock drummer.
- Kalevi Sorsa, 73, Finnish politician, former Finnish prime minister (1972–1975, 1977–1979, 1982–1987).
- Raymond Bonham Carter, 74, British banker.
- Harry Brecheen, 89, American baseball player, former Major League Baseball pitcher.
- Rafael Cordero, 61, Puerto Rican politician, mayor of Ponce, Puerto Rico.
- Hersh Freeman, 75, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Redlegs, Chicago Cubs).
- Czesław Niemen, 64, Polish musician.
- Tom Rowe, 53, American musician, member of Schooner Fare.
- Carlton R. Sickles, 82, American lawyer and politician (U.S. Representative for Maryland's at-large congressional seat).
- Ray Stark, 88, American film producer, known as one of the most successful and prolific independent film producers in postwar Hollywood.
- Noble Willingham, 72, American actor, former candidate for the United States Congress.
- Derek Birnage, 90, British comics writer and newspaper editor.
- Chris Faser Jr., 86, American politician.
- Frederick D. Sulcer, 77, American copywriter and executive.
- Tommy Glaviano, 80, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies).
- Teresa Ferster Glazier, 96, American nonfiction writer, author of The Least You Should Know About English.
- David Hookes, 48, Australian cricketer and Victorian coach.
- Jerry Nachman, 57, American MSNBC editor-in-chief.
- Miroslav Pavlović, 61, Serbian footballer.
- Robert Shope, 74, American virologist, epidemiologist and public health expert, known for his work on arthropod-borne viruses and emerging infectious diseases.
- Alan Brown, 84, British Formula One driver.
- Rudy Juedeman, 95, American farmer, businessman and politician.
- Lloyd Merriman, 79, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds/Redlegs, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs).
- T. Nadaraja, 86, Sri Lankan academic lawyer.
- Bernard Punsly, 80, American physician and actor, cancer.
- Don Shinnick, 68, American professional football player (UCLA, Baltimore Colts) and coach.
- Guinn Smith, 83, American Olympic pole vaulter (gold medal winner in men's pole vault at the 1948 Summer Olympics).
- Johnny Blatnik, 82, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals).
- Kenneth Hubbard, 83, British pilot.
- John T. Lewis, 71, Welsh physicist.
- Jock Newall, 86, New Zealand football player.
- Yordan Radichkov, 74, Bulgarian writer and playwright.
- Ray Rayner, 84, American actor and Chicago children television entertainer (Bozo's Circus, Ray Rayner and His Friends).
- Chea Vichea, Cambodian labor leader.
- Islwyn Ffowc Elis, 79, Welsh Welsh-language writer.
- Billy May, 87, American big band and pop music arranger.
- Tom Mead, 85, Australian politician.
- Ann Miller, 81, American dancer.
- Vincent Palmer, 37, British criminal.
- Royce Smith, 54, American professional football player (Georgia, New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons).
- Charles-Gustave Stoskopf, 96, French architect.
- George Woodbridge, 73, American illustrator.
- Bob Keeshan, 76, American actor, starred as "Captain Kangaroo".
- Helmut Newton, 83, German-born Australian photographer.
- Lennart Strand, 82, Swedish Olympic middle-distance runner (silver medal winner in men's 1500 metres at the 1948 Summer Olympics).
- Abdul Rahman Munif, 70, Saudi novelist.
- Vladimir Nekora, 65, Yugoslavian (Croatian) Olympic rower (men's coxed four rowing at the 1960 Summer Olympics).
- Donald Schmuck, 88, U.S. Marine Corps brigadier general.
- Leônidas da Silva, 90, Brazilian football player, complications due to Alzheimer's disease..
- Jack Tunney, 69, Canadian professional wrestling promoter, heart attack.
- Fanny Blankers-Koen, 85, Dutch athlete.
- Miklós Fehér, 24, Hungarian football player.
- Zurab Sakandelidze, 58, Soviet (Georgian) Olympic basketball player (men's basketball: 1968 bronze medal winner, 1972 gold medal winner).
- Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, 91, British artist.
- Fred Haas, 88, American golfer.
- Jacob Mishler, 92, American judge (United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York).
- Andrew Morrison, 84, Guyanese Roman Catholic Jesuit priest and journalist.
- Rikki Fulton, 79, Scottish comedian.
- Salvador Laurel, 75, Filipino lawyer and politician, Vice President (1986–1992).
- Jack Paar, 85, American author, and The Tonight Show host.
- Harold Price, 95, American business executive and philanthropist, built a business empire on Cottage Donuts and Popsicles.
- José Miguel Agrelot ("Don Cholito"), 76, Puerto Rican comedian and radio show host.
- Elroy Hirsch, 80, American football player, Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- S. Lewis Johnson, 88, American theologian and pastor.
- Mel Pritchard, 56, British drummer.
- Alaettin Tahir, 55, Macedonian poet, heart attack.
- Joe Viterelli, 66, American actor, complications from heart surgery.
- Sox Walseth, 77, American college basketball coach.
- Mary-Ellis Bunim, 57, American producer and co-creator of The Real World.
- O. W. Fischer, 88, Austrian actor.
- Janet Frame, 79, New Zealand writer.
- M. M. Kaye, 95, British author, The Far Pavilions.
- Guusje Nederhorst, 34, Dutch actress.
- Louie B. Nunn, 79, American politician, Governor of Kentucky (1967-1971).
- Stojan Puc, 82, Yugoslavian (Slovenian) chess International Master.
- Soko Richardson, 64, American rhythm and blues drummer (Ike & Tina Turner, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Albert Collins).
- James Saunders, 79, British playwright.
- Ed Sciaky, 55, American broadcaster and disk jockey.
- Helge Seip, 84, Norwegian politician (Social Liberal Party).
- George Bennions, 90, British World War II fighter pilot.
- Cristina Gutierrez, 52, American criminal defense attorney, heart attack.
- Robert Harth, 47, American executive director of Carnegie Hall.
- Fuad Rouhani, 96, Iranian administrator and translator.
- "John Stoneham". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Zenardi, Pete. "Paul Hopkins". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- "Obituary: Sheila McKechnie". BBC News. January 5, 2004. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- Dennis Silverthorne, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
- "Taylor Duncan". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Landhuis, Esther (January 13, 2004). "William Reynolds, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, dies". Stanford University. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- Berman, Jay. "Leon Wagner". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Oliver, Myrna (January 8, 2004). "Michael Straight, 87; Former Magazine Publisher Wrote of His Spying for Soviets". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Silverman, Matthew. "Tug McGraw". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Legendary film and television artiste, Sumita Devi passes away leaving behind mourning fans and admirers
- Nemy, Enid (January 7, 2004). "Francesco Scavullo, Fashion Photographer, Dies at 82". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
- McLellan, Dennis (January 9, 2004). "Thomas Stockham, 70; Digital Audio Pioneer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- "Louis Stanley". Motor Sport. March 2004. p. 18. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- "Ewald Pyle". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Gilpin, Kenneth N. (January 27, 2004). "Alexandra Ripley, 'Scarlett' Author, Dies at 70". The New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
- The Associated Press (January 15, 2004). "Randy VanWarmer, 48; Singer, Country Songwriter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
- Rogers, C. Paul III. "Mike Goliat". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Maclay, Kathleen (January 20, 2004). "Composer and pianist Nin-Culmell, an emeritus music professor, dies at age 95". University of California, Berkeley News. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- McLellan, Dennis (January 16, 2004). "Ron O'Neal, 66; Star of Blaxploitation Hit 'Superfly'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Eduard Sibiryakov, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
- "Eric Sturgess". The Telegraph, London. February 5, 2004. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- "Jim Devlin". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- "Gus Suhr". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Koulumies, Jyrki (March 4, 2004). "Kalevi Sorsa". The Guardian. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
- Wolf, Gregory H. "Harry Brecheen". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- Nowlin, Bill. "Hersh Freeman". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- "SICKLES, Carlton Ralph, (1921 - 2004)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
- Kilgannon, Corey (January 18, 2004). "Ray Stark, Oscar-Nominated Producer, Is Dead at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- "Tommy Glaviano". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- Lavietes, Stuart (January 23, 2004). "Robert Shope, 74, Virus Expert Who Warned of Epidemics". The New York Times. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
- "Lloyd Merriman". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- "Don Shinnick". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
- Guinn Smith, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
- Wickline, John. "Johnny Blatnik". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- Angusheva, Adelina; Tihanov, Galin (January 31, 2004). "Yordan Radichkov". The Guardian. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- Hageman, William (January 22, 2004). "Ray Rayner". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- "Recaptured fugitive found hanged". BBC News. January 23, 2004. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- "Royce Smith". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
- "Fonds Stoskopf, Gustave (1907-2004). 127 Ifa". archiwebture.citechaillot.fr. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
- Lennart Strand, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-18.
- Vladimir Nekora, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
- Glanville, Brian (January 27, 2004). "Leonidas da Silva". The Guardian. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
- Zurab Sak'andelidze, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-09.
- "Mishler, Jacob". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Severo, Richard (January 27, 2004). "Jack Paar, 85, Former 'Tonight' Show Host, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- Woo, Elaine (February 6, 2004). "Harold Price, 95; Executive Funded Business Education". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- "Stojan Puc". Chessgames.com. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- "Passings". Los Angeles Times. February 3, 2004. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
- Irvin, Jim (February 4, 2004). "James Saunders". The Guardian. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
- "Squadron Leader 'Ben' Bennions". The Daily Telegraph. February 12, 2004. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
- "Ernest Burke". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
- Eleanor Holm, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-07.