Deaths in September 2005
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The following is a list of notable people who died in September 2005.
- Terry Albritton, 50, American shotputter.
- Manuel Ausensi, 85, Spanish opera singer.
- R. L. Burnside, 78, American blues musician.
- Barry Cowsill, 50, American pop-singer and writer, victim of Hurricane Katrina.
- Anil Kumar Dutta, Indian artist, founder of Academy of Creative Art.
- Jacob A. Marinsky, 87, American chemist, co-discoverer of the element Promethium.
- Hermann Michael, 68, German conductor, aplastic anemia.
- Yang Kuan, 91, Chinese historian.
- Tom Bailey, 56, American footballer.
- Bob Denver, 70, American actor (Gilligan's Island), complications from cancer treatment.
- Adrian Karsten, 45, American ESPN announcer, suicide.
- Alexandru Paleologu, 86, Romanian diplomat.
- Warren Thomas, 47, American comedian.
- Rudolf Bäcker, 91, German World War II soldier.
- R. S. R. Fitter, 92, British natural historian.
- Robert W. Funk, 79, founder of the Jesus Seminar, lung failure.
- Jens Nygård, 71, Norwegian Olympic sport shooter.
- William Rehnquist, 80, Chief Justice of the United States, thyroid cancer.
- James Rossi, 69, American Olympic cyclist.
- Ekkehard Schall, 75, German actor.
- Lloyd Avery II, 36, American actor.
- Dame Nancy Buttfield, 92, Australian politician.
- Stanley Jennings, 84, American cartoonist, journalist.
- Alan Truscott, 80, one of the most known bridge columnists.
- Rizal Nurdin, 57, Governor of North Sumatra, Indonesia, Mandala Airlines Flight 091 crash.
- Raja Inal Siregar, 67, Indonesian politician, former Governor of North Sumatra, Indonesia, Mandala Airlines Flight 091 crash.
- Hasan Abidi, 76, Pakistani journalist and poet.
- Eugenia Charles, 86, Dominican politician, Prime Minister (1980–1995), after long illness.
- William John Kennedy, 86, Australian Aboriginal rights activist.
- Mark Matthews, 111, American supercentenarian and Army first Sergeant, oldest living Buffalo Soldier.
- Perugu Siva Reddy, 84, Indian eye surgeon.
- Omar Ali-Shah, 82/3, Sufi teacher.
- Moussa Arafat, 65, former head of general security in Gaza, cousin of Yasser Arafat, murdered.
- Stanley Dancer, 78, record-setting harness racing driver.
- Sergio Endrigo, 72, Italian singer and songwriter.
- Hope Garber, 81, Canadian entertainer and television personality, Alzheimer's disease.
- Nicolino Locche, 66, Argentine world boxing champion.
- L. J. K. Setright, 74, British motoring journalist.
- Norman Wylie, Lord Wylie, 81, Scottish politician, Lord Advocate (1970–1974).
- Boris Bittker, 88, American legal academic.
- Noel Cantwell, 73, former Manchester United captain, cancer.
- Oswald Hoffmann, 91, American Lutheran evangelist.
- Donald Horne, 83, Australian academic, historian, philosopher and intellectual.
- Józef Piotrowski, 118?, Polish organist and longevity claimant.
- Lewis Platt, 64, former Hewlett Packard CEO.
- Perry Stephens, 47, American actor (Loving).
- Samim Bilgen, 95, Turkish lawyer and musician.
- Giuliano Bonfante, 101, Italian linguistics expert and centenarian.
- John Wayne Glover, 72, Australian convicted serial killer nicknamed "The Granny Killer", suicide by hanging
- André Pousse, 85, French actor.
- Tarzan Taborda, 78, Portuguese wrestling champion, heart attack.
- Theodore X. Barber, 78, psychologist renowned for his critical studies of hypnosis, ruptured aorta.
- Sir Hermann Bondi, 85, mathematician & cosmologist; co-advocate (with Gold & Hoyle) of the Steady State theory.
- Ken Burgess, 77, Canadian politician.
- Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, 81, American blues musician.
- Lea Nikel, 86, Israeli abstract artist.
- Charlie Williams, 61, former Major League Baseball umpire; the first African American umpire to work behind home plate in a World Series game, complications of diabetes.
- E. Stewart Williams, 95, American architect, known for "Desert Modernism".
- Odd Berg, 98, Norwegian ship owner.
- Al Casey, 89, American jazz guitarist, colon cancer.
- Steve de Shazer, 65, therapist, founder of Brief Family Therapy Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and developer of solution focused brief therapy.
- Chris Schenkel, 82, American sportscaster, emphysema.
- Joseph Smitherman, 75, American politician, longtime mayor of Selma, Alabama, reformed segregationist.
- Henryk Tomaszewski, 91, Polish internationally recognized graphic artist.
- Helmut Baierl, 78, German playwright.
- Stephen Capen, 59, American radio presenter.
- Serge Lang, 78, American mathematician and political activist.
- Ronald Leigh-Hunt, 88, British actor.
- Katherine Sanford, 90, American cell biologist and cancer researcher, first to clone a mammal cell in vitro
- Susan Anne Catherine Torres, 40 days, baby born to Susan Torres, brain-dead woman, on 2 August 2005, heart failure after intestinal surgery.
- Ann Barnes, 60, American actress and singer.
- Toni Fritsch, 60, Austrian-born football player and American football placekicker with the Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Houston Oilers, and New Orleans Saints.
- Jack Green, 83, Australian cricketer.
- Helen Longley, 84, American politician, former First Lady of Maine, widow of former Governor James B. Longley.
- Julio César Turbay Ayala, 89, President of Colombia (1978–1982).
- Haydee Yorac, 64, Filipino lawyer and public servant.
- Kent Bellows, 56, American painter.
- William Berenberg, 89, leader in the treatment and rehabilitation of disabled children, professor of pediatrics, emeritis, at Harvard Medical School.
- Justin "Jud" Hurd, 92, cartoonist, editor and founder of Cartoonist PROfiles magazine.
- Frances Newton, 40, executed for murder in Texas; first African American woman executed there since 1858.
- Kenneth Turpin, former Provost of Oriel College, Oxford and Vice-Chancellor of University of Oxford.
- Vladimir Volkoff, 72, French-born Russian spy novelist.
- Robert Wise, 91, American film director (The Sound of Music, West Side Story), heart failure.
- William S. Bartman, 58, American businessman and art patron, multiple organ failure.
- Samuel Azu Crabbe, 77, Ghanaian jurist, Chief Justice of Ghana (1973-1977).
- Guy Green, 91, British film director and noted cinematographer.
- Jeronimas Kačinskas, 98, Lithuanian-born classical composer and conductor.
- Sid Luft, 89, American film producer, Judy Garland's third and last surviving husband.
- Stanley Burnshaw, 99, American renowned poet and literary figure.
- Arkadiusz Gołaś, 24, Polish volleyball player, member of Poland men's national volleyball team in 2001–2005, a participant of the Olympic Games 2004.
- Gordon Gould, 85, American pioneer in laser technology.
- Jay M. Gould, 90, American epidemiologist and anti-nuclear activist, heart disease.
- Donald S. Harrington, 91, Unitarian minister and former chairman and spokesman of the Liberal Party of New York.
- Harold Q. Masur, 96, American novelist.
- John McMullen, 87, former owner of Major League Baseball's Houston Astros and the NHL's New Jersey Devils.
- Constance Moore, 85, American actress (Buck Rogers).
- Mzukisi Sikali, 34, South African boxer; murdered during street robbery.
- Donn Clendenon, 70, American baseball player; MVP of the 1969 World Series, leukemia.
- Jack Lesberg, 85, jazz bassist.
- David E. Mark, 81, former U.S. ambassador to Burundi, car accident.
- Alfred Reed, 84, prominent American composer of concert band music.
- Edward Stutman, 60, retired lawyer and U.S. Justice Department official known for prosecution of alleged Nazi war criminals.
- Marta Bohn-Meyer, 48, American pilot and engineer for NASA.
- Richard Britton, 34, Northern Ireland motorcycle racer, racing accident.
- John Bromfield, 83, American television actor.
- Richard E. Cunha, 83, American cinematographer and director
- Sandra Feldman, 65, American advocate for disadvantaged students, teacher and labor leader, breast cancer.
- Joel Hirschhorn, 67, American Academy Award-winning songwriter.
- Richard Holden, 74, Canadian lawyer and politician.
- Jacques Lacarrière, 79, French author and classical translator.
- Noel Mander, 93, British organ maker and restorer.
- Michael Park, 39, British rally co-pilot, rally accident.
- Chas Smit, 23, lead guitarist and backing vocalist for South African acoustic rock band Plush, hit by car.
- George C. Watkins, 84, record-setting United States Navy test pilot, heart attack.
- Clint C. Wilson, Sr., 90, African American editorial cartoonist, Los Angeles Sentinel.
- Yegor Yakovlev, 75, Russian journalist, leading opponent of press censorship.
- David Austin, 70, British cartoonist.
- Willie Hutch, 59, American record producer, singer and songwriter.
- Isao Nakauchi, 83, Japanese businessman, founder of Daiei, stroke.
- Rupert Riedl, 80, Austrian zoologist and advocate of evolutionary epistemology. de:Rupert Riedl
- William Vacchiano, 93, American trumpeter and professor of music.
- Matest M. Agrest, 90, Russian ethnologist.
- Joe Bauman, 83, American longtime minor league baseball record-holder (72 home runs in 1954), pneumonia.
- Franzi Groszmann, 100, last surviving Kindertransport mother, consultant on the film Into the Arms of Strangers.
- Tobias Schneebaum, 83, American writer, artist, and explorer.
- Simon Wiesenthal, 96, Austrian Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter.
- Patrick Alexander, 65, Irish-born Australian poet.
- Lena Brogren, 86, Swedish actress.
- Harry Heltzer, 94, American inventor, former CEO of 3M.
- Ramón Martín Huerta, 48, minister of public security of the Mexican federal government, helicopter crash.
- Humphrey Kelleher, 59, Irish Gaelic footballer.
- Félix Javier Pérez, 33, Puerto Rican basketball player and former member of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team, murdered during robbery.
- Joseph Smagorinsky, 81, meteorologist and mathematician, pioneer in the use of mathematical modeling as a weather forecasting tool, complications of Parkinson's disease.
- Albert "Caesar" Tocco, 77, American convicted organized crime boss.
- Molly Yard, 93, former president of the U.S. National Organization for Women.
- Monty Basgall, 83, American baseball coach.
- Rolf Berntzen, 85, Norwegian actor.
- Joop Doderer, 84, Dutch actor who played Swiebertje for 17 years. .
- Bayaman Erkinbayev, 38, Kyrgyz former wrestler, businessman, and prominent parliamentarian, shot to death.
- Leavander Johnson, 35, American former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion boxer, brain injury suffered in bout.
- Hans Samelson, 89, Stanford mathematician, natural causes.
- Roger Brierley, 70, British actor.
- Apolônio de Carvalho, 93, founder of Brazil's ruling Workers' Party, leftist political icon.
- John Knatchbull, 7th Baron Brabourne, 80, British television producer.
- Betty Leslie-Melville, 78, wildlife conservationist and giraffe expert, complications of dementia.
- Filiberto Ojeda Ríos, 72, Puerto Rican nationalist and leader of the Boricua Popular Army.
- Preben Philipsen, 95, Danish film producer.
- Tommy Bond, 79, American actor known for playing Butch on Our Gang, heart disease.
- Leopold B. Felsen, 81, leading physicist in the study of waves, Holocaust survivor, complications of surgery.
- Byron "Mex" Johnson, 94, Negro Leagues baseball player, prostate cancer.
- Daniel Podrzycki, 42, Polish left wing politician, presidential candidate.
- Don Adams, 82, American actor (Get Smart, Inspector Gadget), lung infection while battling a bone lymphoma.
- George Archer, 65, American golfer and 1969 Masters winner, Burkitt's lymphoma.
- Georges Arvanitas, 74, French-born Greek jazz pianist and composer.
- Abu Azzam, Al-Qaeda's second-in-command in Iraq, shot to death by United States forces.
- Urie Bronfenbrenner, 88, Russian-born U.S. professor of psychology, among the founders of the Head Start program in the U.S., complications of diabetes.
- Steve Marcus, 66, American jazz saxophonist.
- M. Scott Peck, 69, American psychiatrist and author.
- Friedrich Peter, 84, Austrian politician (chairman of the Freedom Party of Austria 1958-1978), controversial as a former member of the Waffen-SS.
- Helen Cresswell, 71, British author of children's literature, ovarian cancer.
- Monty Gopallawa, 63, son of former Sri Lankan president William Gopallawa and governor of Central Province, Sri Lanka.
- Shawntinice Polk, 22, center on the University of Arizona's women's basketball team, pulmonary embolism.
- Herman Ashworth, 32, American convicted murderer, executed in Ohio.
- Ronald Golias, 76, Brazilian comedian.
- Jerry Juhl, 67, writer and puppeteer for The Muppets.
- Brett Kebble, 41, South African mining magnate, murdered.
- John McCabe, 84, American biographer of Laurel and Hardy.
- Ronald Pearsall, 77, English author.
- Willem van de Sande Bakhuyzen, 47, Dutch film director, cancer.
- Mary Lee Settle, 87, American author (the Beulah Quintet), lung cancer.
- Ahmad Abdullah, 64, Malaysian accountant and politician.
- Pol Bury, 83, Belgian sculptor.
- Sir Mark Heath, 78, British diplomat, Ambassador to the Holy See.
- Alan Matheney, 54, American convicted murderer, executed in Indiana.
- Constance Baker Motley, 84, American civil rights lawyer and the first female African American federal judge, congestive heart failure.
- Leo Sternbach, 97, Austrian-native chemist, known as the "Father of Valium".
- Olga de Alaketu, 80, Afro-Brazilian Candomblé high priestess, complications of diabetes.
- Patrick Caulfield, 69, British artist.
- Benjamin DeMott, 81, prominent American author, social critic, and professor, cardiac arrest.
- Austin Leslie, 71, famed New Orleans chef (also the inspiration for the television show Frank's Place), hospitalized with pneumonia since his evacuation several days after Hurricane Katrina.
- Gennadi Sarafanov, 63, former Soyuz 15 cosmonaut.
- Ivar Karl Ugi, 75, German chemicist.
- Basil Glass, 79, Northern Irish politician.
- Monika Hellwig, 74, German-born American theologian and Roman Catholic lay leader, cerebral hemorrhage.
- Sergei Starostin, 52, Russian linguist.