Deaths in June 2006
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The following is a list of notable deaths in June 2006.
- Shokichi Iyanaga, 100, Japanese mathematician
- Rocío Jurado, 61, Spanish singer and actress, pancreatic cancer.
- Allan Prior, 84, British television scriptwriter (Z-Cars, Howards' Way, The Charmer), father of folk singer Maddy Prior.
- Abdul Latif Sharif, 59, Egyptian, suspect in the femicides in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, officially of natural causes, rumored poisoning.
- Jack Shelton, 82, Australian cricketer.
- William D. Winn, 59, professor of education at the University of Washington.
- Ronald Cass, 83, British film score composer.
- Roy Farran, 85, British army officer.
- Bernard Loomis, 82, American toymaker responsible for Strawberry Shortcake and Star Wars action figures, heart disease.
- Leon Pownall, 63, Canadian actor, cancer.
- Vince Welnick, 55, member of The Grateful Dead, suicide.
- Edward Yates, 87, director of American Bandstand (1952–1969).
- Vyacheslav Klykov, 66, Russian sculptor and nationalist politician.
- Leo Clarke, 82, Roman Catholic Bishop of Maitland–Newcastle, Australia, 1976-1995.
- Brian Duke, 79, tropical disease expert who helped to save millions from river blindness.
- Johnny Grande, 76, pianist, member of Bill Haley's backing band, The Comets. Complications arising from cancer.
- George Kashdan, 78, American comic book writer and editor for DC Comics.
- Doug Serrurier, 85, former Grand Prix racing driver and constructor.
- Alec Bregonzi, 76, British actor.
- Bill Fleming, 92, American MLB pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs
- Ron Jones, 41, American Major League Baseball player, brain hemorrhage
- Richard Kapp, 69, American conductor and founder of the Philharmonia Virtuosi.
- John Kerr, 46, British footballer (Tranmere Rovers).
- Anthony Marreco, 90, junior British prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials and founding member of Amnesty International.
- Sir John Rowlands, 90, British air marshal and George Cross recipient.
- William M. Steger, 85, United States district court judge and Republican candidate for Governor of Texas in 1960.
- Ray Cale, 83, Dual international for Wales in rugby union and rugby league.
- Frederick Franck, 97, Dutch artist, author, and dentist.
- Elizabeth Fretwell, 85, Australian opera singer best known for her performances with the Sadler's Wells company.
- Eric Gregg, 55, American former Major League Baseball umpire, stroke.
- Jorge Melendez, unknown age, involved in professional wrestling, committed suicide
- Edward L. Moyers, 77, American railroad executive.
- Robert Ross, 86, leader of the Muscular Dystrophy Association for 44 years and persuaded Jerry Lewis to undertake a yearly telethon to raise money for muscular dystrophy, complications of broken hip.
- Harley Rutledge, 80, American physicist and ufologist.
- Professor Leslie Alcock, 81, pioneer of Dark Age archaeology, led the team that excavated Cadbury Castle.
- Arnold Newman, 88, American photographer who pioneered "environmental portraiture". .
- Billy Preston, 59, American musician ("You Are So Beautiful", "Nothing from Nothing") known for his work with the Beatles, malignant hypertension leading to kidney failure.
- Hilton Ruiz, 54, American jazz pianist, injuries from a fall.
- Léon Weil, 109, French World War I veteran.
- Jason Moss, 31, Attorney and author of the book "The Last Victim"
- Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, 39, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, US military strike.
- Sheik Abd-Al-Rahman, spiritual adviser for Al-Qaeda in Iraq, US military strike.
- Roy Brain, 79, Australian cricketer.
- Terry McCann, 74, Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling and helped found USA Wrestling, and retired Executive Director of Toastmasters International, cancer (see ).
- Ingo Preminger, 95, Hollywood talent agent and producer (M*A*S*H), brother of Otto Preminger.
- Mickey Sims, 51, former player with the Cleveland Browns, heart attack.
- Louis B. Sohn, 92, Ukrainian-born scholar of international law, helped draft the UN Charter.
- John Tenta (aka Earthquake), 42, Canadian professional wrestler for the World Wrestling Federation, bladder cancer.
- Jake Copass, 86, American cowboy poet, leukemia.
- Robert Donner, 75, American character actor probably best known for playing Exidor on Mork and Mindy, aneurysm.
- Jack Jackson (nom de plume Jaxon), 65, American comic book artist and co-founder of Rip Off Press.
- Mykola Kolessa, 102, Ukrainian composer and conductor.
- Abouna Matta El Meskeen, 87, Spiritual Father of St. Macarius' Monastery in the Wilderness of Scetis, Egypt.
- John C. Roberts, 72, founder of Australian construction company Brookfield Multiplex. Complications of diabetes.
- Jamal Abu Samhadana, leader of PA / Hamas forces in Gaza Strip and PRC. Killed by Israeli air strike.
- Talcott Seelye, 84, former United States ambassador to Tunisia and Syria.
- Sir Peter Smithers, 92, British politician, MP for Winchester and Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
- Kinga Choszcz aka "Freespirit", Polish author (Led By Destiny: Hitchhiking Around the World), cerebral malaria.
- Drafi Deutscher, 60, German singer.
- Michael Forrestall, 73, Canadian senator, died following hospitalization for breathing problems.
- Patricia Janus, 74, American poet, heart attack brought on by liver cancer.
- Enzo Siciliano, 72, Italian writer, diabetes mellitus.
- Vern Williams, 76, bluegrass mandolin player and singer.
- Qadi Abdul Karim Abdullah Al-Arashi, 72, former President of North Yemen.
- Hubertus Czernin, 50, Austrian journalist who helped return paintings looted by the Nazis, mastocytosis.
- Moe Drabowsky, 70, Polish-born American Major League Baseball player, multiple myeloma.
- German Goldenshteyn, 71, Bessarabian-born clarinetist and klezmer musician.
- Wulff-Dieter Heintz, 76, German astronomer at Swarthmore College.
- Kenneth Jack, 81, Australian artist.
- Charles Johnson, 96, Negro League baseballer for the Chicago American Giants, complications of prostate cancer.
- Peter Douglas Kennedy, 83, British folklorist.
- Philip Merrill, 72, publisher and diplomat, suicide.
- Ruddy Thomas, 54, Jamaican singer, heart attack.
- Michael Bartosh, 28, Mac OS X Server expert, injuries from a fall.
- James Cameron, 92, founder of America's Black Holocaust Museum, lymphoma.
- Neroli Fairhall, 61, New Zealand paraplegic archer and Olympic competitor.
- Rolande Falcinelli, 86, French organist and composer.
- Tim Hildebrandt, 67, American artist. Complications of diabetes.
- Hugh Latimer, 93, English actor and toy maker.
- Mike Quarry, 55, light heavyweight boxer who challenged Bob Foster for the title, pugilistic dementia.
- Bruce Shand, 89, father of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, and father-in-law of Charles, Prince of Wales, cancer.
- Daniel Steiner, 72, American president of the New England Conservatory, lung disease.
- Anna Lee Aldred, 85, American jockey and first woman in US to receive a jockey's licence, member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
- Andrew William "Nicky" Barr, 90, Australian rugby union player and World War II fighter pilot
- Chakufwa Chihana, 67, veteran Malawi opposition figure who ran unsuccessfully for President losing to Bakili Muluzi, brain tumour.
- Kazuo Kuroki, 75, Japanese film director.
- György Ligeti, 83, Hungarian composer.
- José Leite Lopes, 87, Brazilian physicist.
- Evan Settle, 93, former University of Kentucky basketballer.
- Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, 82, billionaire Canadian media mogul and art collector. Possible heart attack.
- Freddie Gorman, 77, US songwriter.
- Charles Haughey, 80, former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, prostate cancer.
- Hiroyuki Iwaki, 73, Japanese conductor, congestive heart failure.
- Luis Jiménez, 65, American sculptor, crushed by a statue.
- Burke Riley, 92, American lawyer and politician, Alzheimer's disease.
- Dennis Shepherd, 79, South African Olympic boxer.
- Monty Berman, 94, British B-movie producer.
- Surinder Kaur, 77, Punjabi folk and classical singer known as the "nightingale of Punjab".
- Edward Craig Morris, 66, American archaeologist.
- Jean Roba, 75, Belgian comics writer
- Betty Curtis, 70, Italian singer, winner of Sanremo Music Festival in 1961 with Luciano Tajoli.
- Raymond Devos, 83, French humorist.
- Ján Langoš, 59, Slovak politician, head of the Nation's Memory Institute of Slovakia (Slovak)
- Roland Boyes, 69, Former Labour politician and photographer, Alzheimer's disease.
- Barbara Epstein, 76, co-founder of the New York Review of Books, lung cancer.
- Arthur Malvin, 83, Emmy award winning composer and lyricist, after a long illness.
- Scott Manning, 48, builder and pilot of the world's smallest jet, crash landing.
- Daphne Osborne, 76, British botanist.
- Igor Śmiałowski, 88, Polish actor,
- Norma Becker, 76, American anti-war activist, former chair of the War Resisters League.
- Cláudio Besserman Vianna (Bussunda), 43, Brazilian comedian, member of Casseta & Planeta, heart attack
- Arthur Franz, 86, American character actor (Sands of Iwo Jima, Invaders from Mars), emphysema and heart disease.
- Mikhail Lapshin, 71, Russian politician, leader of the Agrarian Party and former president of the Altai Republic (2002–2006), cause unknown.
- Bill Lamb, 76, American public television executive, co-founder of WNET and former chief of KCET.
- Charles Older, 88, Los Angeles Superior Court judge who presided over the Charles Manson trial, complications of a fall.
- Abdul-Khalim Saydullayev, 38 or 39, Chechen separatist rebel leader.
- Hiroaki Shukuzawa, 55, Japanese rugbu union coach, heart attack.
- Julian Slade, 76, English composer and lyricist of Salad Days, cancer.
- Bob Weaver, 77, Miami, Florida-based weatherman known as "Weaver the Weatherman" on WTVJ, cancer.
- Luke Belton, 87, Irish politician.
- Hubert Cornfield, 77, film director in Hollywood (“The Night of the Following Day”, “Les Grandes Moyens” etc.).
- Nathaniel Neiman Craley, Jr., 78, former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives (1965–67) from Pennsylvania.
- Jesus Fuertes, 68, Spanish painter and protégé of Pablo Picasso, heart attack.
- Chris and Cru Kahui, 3-months, New Zealand child homicide victims.
- Gică Petrescu, 91, Romanian singer.
- Sir David Poole, 68, British judge.
- Donald Reilly, 72, American cartoonist (The New Yorker), cancer.
- René Renou, 54, French vintner.
- Netta Rheinberg, 94, English cricketer.
- Vincent Sherman, 99, American film director (Mr. Skeffington, The Young Philadelphians), natural causes.
- Richard Stahl, 74, American comedy actor, Parkinson's disease.
- Madeleine St John, 64, Australian novelist who wrote a book shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1997, emphysema.
- Hugh Baird, 76, footballer for Leeds United, Aberdeen, Airdrieonians and Scotland.
- Duane Roland, 53, guitarist and a founder of rock band Molly Hatchet.
- Howard Shanet, 87, US conductor and composer.
- Melvin Watson, 98, American Baptist minister who trained Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders, complications from surgery
- Arthur Yap, 64, poet, artist, and lecturer, English Department, University of Singapore, cancer of the throat.
- Maurice Bevan, 85, British bass-baritone.
- Bill Daniel, 90, former Governor of Guam.
- Evelyn Dubrow, 95, US women and labor advocate awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999.
- Billy Johnson, 87, former New York Yankee and All-Star third baseman, cause not given.
- E. Pierce Marshall, 67, son of J. Howard Marshall and Anna Nicole Smith's stepson and plaintiff in their inheritance feud, aggressive infection.
- Lamont Reese, 28, American convicted murderer, executed.
- William Shurcliff, 97, physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb.
- Claydes Charles Smith, 57, co-founder and lead guitarist of Kool and the Gang.
- Theo Bell, 52, National Football League receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, kidney disease and scleroderma.
- Vern Leroy Bullough, 77, medical historian known for his history of nursing, cancer.
- Monsignor Denis Faul, 73, former chaplain at the Maze Prison, outspoken critic of The Troubles and a key figure in attempts to end the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike in Northern Ireland, cancer.
- Jacques Lanzmann, 79, French author, editor and songwriter.
- Khamis al-Obeidi, 39, defense lawyer for Saddam Hussein, assassinated.
- David Walton, 43, member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee
- Jonathan Wordsworth, 73, scholar of Romanticism and chair of the Wordsworth Trust.
- Heinz Ansbacher, 101, German-born psychologist and expert in the work of Alfred Adler.
- Back Alley John, 51, Canadian musician.
- Gilbert Monckton, 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, 90, British army general.
- Moose, 16, canine star of U.S. sit-com Frasier, played the character Eddie, "Skip" on film "My Dog Skip".
- Chanel Petro Nixon, 16, student, murder victim in Brooklyn, New York.
- Martin Adler, 47, Swedish journalist. Shot by unknown assailant in Mogadishu, Somalia.
- Harriet, 176, Galápagos tortoise believed to be the third oldest animal in the world and allegedly owned by Charles Darwin, heart failure.
- Grady Johnson, 66, former WWF wrestler known as "Crazy" Luke Graham; heart failure.
- Budhi Kunderan, 66, former India wicketkeeper/batsman, lung cancer.
- Basil O'Ferrall, 81, Irish Anglican priest, Dean of Jersey (1985–1993).
- Tom Pelly, 70, Australian rules footballer (North Melbourne).
- Aaron Spelling, 83, American television producer (Charlie's Angels, Starsky and Hutch, Beverly Hills, 90210), complications of stroke.
- Denice Denton, 46, chancellor of the University of California at Santa Cruz, suicide.
- Tichaona Jokonya, 67, Information & Publicity Minister in Zimbabwe, cardiac arrest.
- Patsy Ramsey, 49, mother of JonBenét Ramsey, ovarian cancer.
- Lyle Stuart, 83, American journalist and publisher.
- Gerald Tomlinson, 73, mystery and baseball writer.
- Ric Weiland, 53, Microsoft pioneer, developed BASIC, COBOL and Microsoft Works, suicide.
- Elkan Allan, 83, created Ready Steady Go! and developed the first television listings for the UK in the Sunday Times.
- Eliyahu Asheri, 18, Israeli civilian kidnapped and murdered by militants in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
- Charles Barrow, 84, former justice of the Texas Supreme Court.
- Richard DeVore, 73, Colorado sculptor, lung cancer.
- Harry Elliot, 101, former professional wrestling promoter, natural causes
- Kenneth Griffith, 84, Welsh actor and documentary maker, Parkinson's disease.
- Akbar Hossain, 65, Bangladeshi Minister for Shipping and hero of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, heart attack
- Dr. Irving Kaplansky, 89, American mathematician at the University of Chicago.
- Dibya Khaling, 56, lyricist and composer of Nepali music responsible for 1,000 songs, cardiac arrest.
- Arif Mardin, 74, Turkish-American Grammy Award winning music producer, pancreatic cancer.
- Sophie Maslow, 95, American choreographer.
- Gad Navon, 84, Former Chief Israeli Military Rabbi, cancer.
- Jaap Penraat, 88, Dutch architect and member of Dutch resistance in World War II.
- Seema Aissen Weatherwax, 100, Ukrainian photographer.
- Bear JJ1 (Bruno the Bear), the first wild bear in Germany in 170 years, shot to death.
- Paulino Díaz, 71, Mexican sport shooter.
- Johnny Jenkins, 67, American blues guitarist who influenced Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix, stroke.
- Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunga, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Army, bomb blast.
- Frederick Mayer, 84, educational philosopher, creativity expert, author of "History of Educational Thought".
- Eric Rofes, 51, American author and AIDS educator, heart attack.
- Stan Torgerson, 82, radio announcer for Ole Miss football and basketball games.
- Jeff Winkless, 65, Los Angeles voice actor, brain tumor
- Eileen Barton, 76, American singer, actress, ovarian cancer
- Robert Carrier, 82, American celebrity chef.
- J. Robert Elliott, 96, US Federal District Judge who overturned the conviction of Lt. William Calley.
- Sir Gerard Mansfield, 84, British admiral.
- Ángel Maturino Reséndiz, 46, Mexican convicted serial killer, execution via lethal injection.
- Sedley Alley, 50, American convicted murderer and rapist, executed via lethal injection.
- Jim Baen, 62, science fiction editor and publisher.
- Vikram Dharma, 44/45, Indian film stunt director.
- Theodore Levitt, 81, German-born former editor of the Harvard Business Review and author of books on marketing, coined the term globalization.
- Mahmoud Mestiri, 77, former foreign minister of Tunisia
- George Page, 71, creator and narrator of the PBS series Nature.
- Peter Rawlinson, Baron Rawlinson of Ewell, 87, English barrister, politician and author.
- Fernando Sanchez, 70, Belgian-born fashion designer.
- George Unwin, 93, Battle of Britain flying ace.
- Lennie Weinrib, 71, American actor.
- Fabián Bielinsky, 47, Argentine film director, heart attack.
- Joseph Edamaruku, 71, Indian journalist, heart attack.
- Joyce Hatto, 77, classical pianist who plagiarized more than 100 albums, cancer.
- Stanley Moskowitz, 68, CIA liaison to Congress, heart attack.
- Wallace Potts, 59, film archivist for the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, lymphoma.
- Lloyd Richards, 87, first black Broadway director, Tony Award winner, heart failure.
- Pierre Rinfret, 82, Canadian-born economist and Republican candidate for Governor of New York in 1990.
- Randy Walker, 52, Northwestern University football coach, apparent heart attack
- F. Mark Wyatt, 86, a CIA officer, who delivered bags of money to swing the 1948 Italy election.
- Robert Gernhardt, 68, German satirist
- Edward Hamilton, 89, highly decorated United States Army veteran during World War II, pneumonia.
- Dr. Harold Olmo, 96, American grape breeder and geneticist.
- Richard Streeton, 75, English journalist
- Ross Tompkins, 68, American The Tonight Show pianist.