Deaths in July 2005
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The following is a list of notable people who died in July 2005.
- Renaldo "Obie" Benson, 69, American soul/R&B singer and member of The Four Tops, lung cancer.
- Rex Berry, 80, American football player.
- Gus Bodnar, 82, Canadian ice hockey player.
- Bill Frink, 78, American Sportscaster (WLS-TV).
- Arvo Ojala, 85, American technical advisor and actor, gun accident.
- Luther Vandross, 54, American R&B singer, complications of a stroke.
- Florence Kirsch, 90, American classical pianist.
- Ernest Lehman, 89, American screenwriter (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, North by Northwest).
- Kenneth Pinyan, 45, perforated colon after having sex with a horse .
- Norm Prescott, 78, co-founder of Filmation animation studios.
- Martin Sanchez, 26, Mexican boxer, of injuries sustained in July 1 bout.
- Scott Byrne, 44, American drummer of duo Instant Death.
- Siv Ericks, 87, Swedish character actress.
- Nan Kempner, 74, American society hostess.
- Alberto Lattuada, 90, Italian film director.
- Pierre Michelot, 77, French jazz bassist, played with Miles Davis.
- Gaylord Nelson, 89, former Governor of Wisconsin, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin and founder of Earth Day.
- Wenten Rubuntja, Australian artist and indigenous activist.
- Hedy West, 67, American folksinger.
- Chris Bunch, 62, American science fiction writer, lung ailment.
- Gustav-Adolf Bursche, 86, German World War II officer.
- Al Downing, 65, American R&B and country & western musician, leukaemia.
- June Haver, 79, American film actress, widow of Fred MacMurray.
- Marga López, 81, Mexican screen and television actress, heart failure.
- Hank Stram, 82, American National Football League coach (Kansas City Chiefs) and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Lorenzo Thomas, 60, Panamanian-born American poet.
- Leo Breiman, 77, American statistician.
- Ray Davis, 65, founding member of Parliament/Funkadelic.
- Baloo Gupte, 70, former Indian Test cricketer.
- James Stockdale, 81, American Vice Admiral, Medal of Honor recipient, ex-prisoner of war and independent VP Candidate in 1992.
- Bruno Augenstein, 82, German-born American mathematician and physicist.
- Paul Deliège, 74, Belgian comic book writer/artist.
- L. Patrick Gray, 88, former Director of the United States FBI, pancreatic cancer.
- James Haskins, 63, American professor, biographer, and author.
- Ed McBain, 78, American mystery novel writer, wrote under numerous pseudonyms (Ed McBain), cancer of the larynx.
- Donald McGinley, 85, American politician, U.S. Representative from Nebraska (1959–1961) and Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska (1983–1987).
- Patrick S. Parker, 75, American businessman (Parker Hannifin).
- Frank Shipston, 98, English cricketer.
- Claude Simon, 91, French writer and Nobel Prize winner.
- Grace Thaxton, 114, American supercentenarian, oldest resident of Kentucky and oldest person ever born in New York.
- Norman Bennett, 82, English rugby player and cricketer.
- Henri Betti, 87, French composer and pianist.
- Hasib Hussain, 18, British terrorist.
- Mohammad Sidique Khan, 30, British terrorist.
- Germaine Lindsay, 19, British terrorist.
- Ihab al-Sherif, Egyptian envoy in Iraq.
- Gustaf Sobin, 69, American-born poet and novelist.
- Shehzad Tanweer, 22, British terrorist.
- Chuck Cadman, 57, Canadian Member of Parliament.
- Yevgeny Grishin, 74, Russian speed skater, first speed skater under 40 seconds on 500 metres.
- Kevin Hagen, 77, actor on Little House on the Prairie.
- Byron Preiss, 52, American writer/editor/publisher.
- Alex Shibicky, 91, ice hockey player who made the first slapshot.
- Rafique Zakaria, 79, Indian Islamic scholar.
- Frank Moores, 72, former Newfoundland Premier.
- A.J. Quinnell, 65, writer, Man on Fire.
- Dick Sabot, 61, economist, Internet entrepreneur, co-founder of tripod.com.
- Freda Wright-Sorce, 50, wife of Don Geronimo of the Don and Mike Show.
- Jack Tripp, 83, British pantomime dame.
- Freddy Soto, 35, American comedian and actor.
- Keith Alexander, 41, American guitarist.
- Ole Christian Bach, 48, Norwegian fraudster.
- Gretchen Franklin, 94, English television actress, best known as "Ethel Skinner" in EastEnders.
- Shinya Hashimoto, 40, Japanese professional wrestler.
- Jesus Ricardo Iglesias, 83, Grand Prix racing driver.
- Frances Langford, 92, American singer/actress.
- Mickey Owen, 89, former MLB player for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- Piero Cappuccilli, 78, Italian opera singer.
- Meyer Cardin, 97, American jurist.
- Joseph Patrick Delaney, 70, Roman Catholic bishop of the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas for many years.
- Arthur Fletcher, 80, Assistant Labor Secretary under US President Richard Nixon, called the "father of affirmative action".
- John King, Baron King of Wartnaby, 87, businessman and chairman of British Airways from 1981 to 1993.
- Scott Paul, 24, American actor (Wyatt Earp).
- John Thorley, 78, Welsh rugby union and rugby league footballer.
- Robert P. Abelson, 76, American psychologist and political scientist.
- Sir David Brown, 77, British admiral.
- Bob Maslen-Jones, 84, British Olympic shooter.
- Mark Carlisle, Baron Carlisle of Bucklow, 76, British politician.
- Richard Leiterman, 70, award-winning Canadian cinematographer.
- Matt Patrick, 86, Scottish footballer.
- Jacques Roche, early 40s, Haitian journalist.
- Dame Cicely Saunders, 87, British palliative care activist; founded St. Christopher's Hospice (where she herself died), cancer.
- J. B. Trapp, 89, New Zealand historian.
- David Daiches, 92, Scottish literary critic.
- Anne Drungis, 73, American Olympic fencer.
- Michael Gibson, 60, Tony-nominated orchestrator and musician.
- Kenneth Graham, 82, British trade unionist.
- Sir Ronald Wilson, 82, Australian High Court justice.
- Mira Ashby, 84, Canadian physician.
- Blue Barron, 92, American orchestra leader.
- Mark Chorvinsky, 51, American magician and entrepreneur, and founder of StrangeMag magazine.
- Pietro Consagra, 84, Italian sculptor.
- W. Fox McKeithen, 58, 5-time Louisiana Secretary of State.
- John Ostrom, 77, American paleontologist who revolutionized understanding of dinosaurs.
- Miguel Pérez, 68, Puerto Rican wrestler.
- Helen Bonchek Schneyer, 84, American folk musician.
- Laurel Aitken, 77, Jamaican musician.
- Biplab Dasgupta, 66, Indian economist
- Geraldine Fitzgerald, 91, Irish-American actress, Alzheimer's disease.
- Sir Edward Heath, 89, British politician, Prime Minister (1970 - 1974), pneumonia.
- Gavin Lambert, 80, novelist, screenwriter (Inside Daisy Clover, Sons and Lovers).
- Joe Vialls, Australian writer.
- Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, 95, American educationist.
- Paul Duke, 78, American political journalist.
- Amy Gillett, 29, Australian rower and cyclist.
- Jim Parker, 71, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Gerry Thomas, 83, American innovator, inventor of the TV dinner, cancer.
- William Westmoreland, 91, U.S. Army General who commanded American military operations in the Vietnam War from 1964 to 1968.
- Jim Aparo, 72, comic book artist (Batman, the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre).
- Alain Bombard, 80, French biologist and physician.
- Edward Bunker, 71, American author, screenwriter, and actor (Mr. Blue in Reservoir Dogs).
- John D. Cartano, 96, American lawyer.
- John Herald, 66, American folk musician, recording artist, member of The Greenbriar Boys Vanguard Records.
- Hastings Keith, 89, American politician, United States Representative from Massachusetts, served 1959–1973, as a member of the Republican Party.
- John Tyndall, 71, founder of the British National Party.
- Charles Chibitty, 83, last surviving Comanche code talker.
- James Doohan, 85, Canadian actor (best known for his role as Scotty on the original Star Trek), pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease.
- Finn Gustavsen, 79, Norwegian politician.
- Kayo Hatta, 47, film director (Picture Bride).
- Alfred Hayes, 76, British wrestler/ wrestling Announcer (most notably with the WWF).
- David Tomblin, 74, British film and television director.
- Bryn Allen, 84, Welsh footballer.
- Long John Baldry, 64, British blues musician.
- Bruce Bolt, 75, Scientist and earthquake expert.
- Andrzej Grubba, 47, Polish table tennis player.
- Jair da Rosa Pinto, 84, Brazilian footballer.
- Ian Robertson, Lord Robertson, 92, Scottish judge.
- Shirley Thomas, 85, American space historian, Hollywood producer, and USC professor.
- Jean-Charles de Menezes, 27, Electrician, shot by police.
- William Beatley, 81, British Olympic fencer.
- Jerry Marcus, 81, American cartoonist (Trudy).
- Eugene Record, 64, lead vocalist for The Chi-Lites.
- Hinako Sugiura, 46, Japanese author and cartoonist.
- George D. Wallace, 88, American actor (Forbidden Planet, The Pajama Game).
- Xue Muqiao, 100, Chinese economist, director of National Bureau of Statistics.
- Ray Crist, 105, American centenarian and chemist.
- Joseph Dessertine, 82, French cyclist.
- Myron Floren, 85, longtime accordionist/bandleader on The Lawrence Welk Show.
- John Hunt, 87, American oceanographer.
- Ray Oldham, 54, former NFL cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Viktor Berkovsky, 73, Russian bard.
- George Buhr, 76, American football coach.
- Sir Richard Doll, 92, British epidemiologist, first person to link cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
- Pavel Dostál, 62, Czech minister for cultural affairs.
- Fraser McLuskey, 90, Scottish military chaplain and minister.
- Francis Ona, 50s, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, rebel leader.
- Paul Britten Austin, 83, British writer and broadcaster.
- Giulio Cantoni, 89, Italian-born American physician.
- Eddie Crook, Jr., 76, US Olympic boxer and Vietnam veteran.
- David Jackson, 71, British actor.
- Alf Joint, 77, British stuntman.
- Maria do Couto Maia-Lopes, 114, Portuguese supercentenarian, oldest person ever documented in Portugal.
- Albert Mangelsdorff, 76, German trombonist.
- Ford Rainey, 96, American actor.
- Pierre Broué, 79, French Trotskyist historian.
- John Edwards, 93, Canadian footballer.
- Alexander Golitzen, 97, Oscar-winning movie art director and production designer.
- Jack Hirshleifer, 79, American economist.
- Danny Simon, 85, American comedy writer, brother of Neil Simon.
- Shelley Appleton, 86, American labor leader.
- Betty Astell, 93, American entertainer and widow of Cyril Fletcher.
- Tungia Baker, 64, Māori artist, actress (The Piano).
- Al Held, 76, American abstract painter.
- Helen Phillips, 86, American opera singer.
- Dom Um Romão, 79, Brazilian jazz drummer.
- Marten Toonder, 93, Dutch author and cartoonist.
- Robert Wright, 90, American musical lyricist (team of Wright & Forrest – Grand Hotel, Kismet, Song of Norway, etc.).
- Ian Baker, 77, British Army general.
- Christopher Bunting, 80, English cellist.
- Bergur Sigurbjörnsson, 88, Icelandic politician.
- Hermione Hammond, 94, English painter and portrait artist.
- Hildegarde Sell, 99, cabaret singer/chanteuse, natural causes.
- Pat McCormick, 78, American television comedy writer (Johnny Carson, Phyllis Diller, Red Skelton; Candid Camera, Get Smart, etc.).
- Carl Beam, 62, Canadian Ojibwe artist.
- Georges Briard, 88, Russian-born American designer.
- Ray Cunningham, 100, recognized as the oldest living former Major League Baseball player.
- John Garang, 60, Sudanese Vice President, helicopter crash.
- Lucky Thompson, 81, American saxophonist.
- Wim Duisenberg, 70, Dutch banker and politician, suffered a heart attack while swimming and drowned.
- Armando Ferreira, 85, Portuguese footballer.
- Mantle Hood, 87, influential American ethnomusicologist.
- Lawrence Teeter, 56, attempted to have Sirhan Sirhan retried, saying he did not kill Robert F. Kennedy, lymphoma.