Deaths in September 2006
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The following is a list of notable deaths in September 2006. See Deaths in 2006 for other months.
- Tommy Chesbro, 66, American wrestler and coach (Oklahoma State University), heart attack.
- Nellie Connally, 87, American widow of Texas Governor John Connally, shared car at John F. Kennedy assassination.
- György Faludy, 95, Hungarian poet, writer and translator.
- Rashid Maidin, 89, Malaysian leader of the Communist Party.
- Ronald Mansbridge, 100, British-born American publisher, founded first US branch of Cambridge University Press.
- Richard Frewen Martin, 88, British fighter pilot and test pilot.
- Warren Mitofsky, 72, American pollster, creator of the exit poll, heart failure.
- Bob O'Connor, 61, American Mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, brain cancer.
- Travis I. Payze, 60, Australian footballer, prostate cancer.
- Sir Kyffin Williams, 88, Welsh artist, lung and prostate cancer.
- Bob Mathias, 75, American decathlete, twice Olympic gold medalist, United States Representative, cancer.
- Deforrest Most, 89, American gymnast, helped establish Muscle Beach, heart failure.
- Willi Ninja, 45, American dancer and choreographer, AIDS.
- Clermont Pépin, 80, Canadian composer, liver cancer.
- Silverio Pérez, 91, Mexican bullfighter, renal illness.
- Lionel Pickering, 74, British businessman, chairman of Derby County, cancer.
- Anthony Poon, 61, Singaporean abstract artist, lung cancer.
- Dewey Redman, 75, American jazz saxophonist, father of Joshua Redman, liver failure.
- Monty Stickles, 68, American football player (San Francisco 49ers), heart failure.
- Charlie Williams, 77, British comedian and footballer (Doncaster Rovers), Parkinson's disease.
- Françoise Claustre, 69, French ethnologist and archaeologist. (French)
- Levi Fox, 92, British conservationist and historian, Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
- Ian Hamer, 73, British jazz trumpeter.
- Eva Knardahl, 79, Norwegian classical pianist.
- Annemarie Wendl, 91, German actress, heart failure. (German)
- Rémy Belvaux, 38, Belgian writer, film producer and director (Man Bites Dog), suicide.
- Ingrid Bjoner, 78, Norwegian soprano.
- John Conte, 90, American actor, founded TV station KMIR, natural causes.
- Giacinto Facchetti, 64, Italian footballer, cancer.
- James Fee, 56, American photographer, liver cancer.
- Tamás Fejér, 86, Hungarian film director. (Hungarian)
- Mark Anthony Graham, 33, Canadian Olympian and soldier, friendly fire.
- Steve Irwin, 44, Australian naturalist (The Crocodile Hunter), stingray barb to the chest.
- Khadaffy Janjalani, 31, Filipino militant, leader of Abu Sayyaf, shot.
- Moses Khumalo, 26, South African jazz saxophonist, Best Newcomer at South African Music Awards (2002), suicide by hanging.
- Clive Lythgoe, 79, British pianist.
- Colin Thiele, 85, Australian children's author, heart failure.
- Astrid Varnay, 88, American soprano.
- Sir Michael Davies, 85, British jurist.
- Anne Gregg, 66, British television presenter (Holiday), cancer.
- Hilary Mason, 89, British character actress.
- John McLusky, 83, British comics artist (James Bond).
- J. Bazzel Mull, 91, American Christianity preacher and gospel music promoter.
- Warren Bolster, 59, American surf and skateboard photographer, suicide by gunshot.
- Sir John Drummond, 71, British controller of BBC Radio 3 and The Proms.
- Lovette George, 44, American Broadway theatre singer and actress, ovarian cancer.
- Peter Greenough, 89, American finance columnist (Boston Globe), husband of Beverly Sills, after long illness.
- Gordon Manning, 89, American television journalist (NBC and CBS), heart attack.
- Sir Michael Marshall, 76, British politician, MP for Arundel (1974–1997), President of the Chichester Festival Theatre.
- Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed, c.50, Sudanese newspaper editor, beheaded.
- Agha Shahi, 86, Pakistani diplomat and foreign minister, after illness.
- Mark Wright, 27, British soldier, posthumously awarded George Cross.
- Efraim Allsalu, 77, Estonian painter. (Estonian)
- Sir Norman Blacklock, 78, British physician, Medical Officer to the Queen (1976–1993).
- Clem Coetzee, 67, Zimbabwean conservationist, heart attack.
- James deAnda, 81, American lawyer and federal judge, part of the legal team in Hernandez v. Texas, prostate cancer.
- Jorge di Giandoménico, 75, Argentine Olympic sports shooter.
- Joan Donaldson, 60, American founding head of the CBC Newsworld television network, complications from injuries.
- James Hawthorne, 74, British controller of the BBC in Northern Ireland (1979–1989).
- Robert Earl Jones, 96, American actor, father of James Earl Jones.
- Cornelius O'Leary, 78, Irish historian.
- John M. Watson, 69, American jazz musician and actor, non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
- Hilda Bernstein, 91, British-born South African author and anti-apartheid activist, heart failure.
- Peter Brock, 61, Australian touring car racer, car accident.
- Thomas Lee Judge, 71, American Governor of Montana (1973–1981), pulmonary fibrosis.
- Frank Middlemass, 87, British character actor (As Time Goes By).
- Erk Russell, 80, American college football coach (University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University), stroke.
- Fred Spiess, 86, American oceanographer and marine explorer, cancer.
- Gérard Brach, 79, French screenwriter (The Fearless Vampire Killers, The Name of the Rose), cancer.
- Clair Burgener, 84, American Representative for California (1973–1983), complications from Alzheimer's disease.
- Matt Gadsby, 27, British footballer (Hinckley United ), ARVC.
- Émilie Mondor, 25, Canadian Olympic distance runner, car accident.
- Elisabeth Ogilvie, 89, American author.
- Herbert Rudley, 95, American actor.
- Keshavram Kashiram Shastri, 101, Indian founder of VHP, natural causes.
- William Bernard Ziff, Jr., 76, American publishing magnate, prostate cancer.
- Ernestine Bayer, 97, American rower, complications from pneumonia.
- Patty Berg, 88, American golf pioneer, founder of the LPGA, complications from Alzheimer's disease.
- Melanie Lomax, 56, American civil rights lawyer, former president of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, car accident.
- Ted Risenhoover, 71, American Representative for Oklahoma (1975–1979).
- Bennie Smith, 72, American blues guitarist, heart attack.
- Daniel Wayne Smith, 20, American actor, son of Anna Nicole Smith, drug overdose.
- Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, 88, King of Tonga, after illness.
- William Auld, 81, British poet, author and supporter of Esperanto.
- Peter Clentzos, 97, American-born Greek 1932 Summer Olympics competitor in pole vault.
- Pat Corley, 76, American actor (Murphy Brown), heart failure.
- Solange Fernex, French ecologist and green politician. (French)
- Joachim Fest, 79, German historian and journalist.
- Joseph Hayes, 88, American author (The Desperate Hours).
- Johannes Bob van Benthem, 85, Dutch lawyer, first president of the European Patent Office (1977–1985).
- John S.R. Duncan, 85, British diplomat.
- Raymond Mikesell, 93, American economist at the Bretton Woods Conference.
- Emily Perez, 23, American first female African-American Army officer to die in combat, improvised explosive device.
- Craig Roberts, 38, Canadian Olympic wrestler.
- Bill Saul, 65, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), cancer.
- Edna Staebler, 100, Canadian cookbook and non-fiction author, stroke.
- Brian Biggins, 66, English football player (Chester City).
- Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker, 97, British Conservative minister and wartime SOE officer.
- Christopher Essex, 61, Australian fashion designer, cancer.
- Kimveer Gill, 25, Canadian school shooter (Dawson College shooting), suicide by gunshot.
- Ann Richards, 73, American Governor of Texas (1991–1995), esophageal cancer.
- Peter Tevis, 69, American musician, Parkinson's Disease.
- Norman Brooks, 78, Canadian singer, Al Jolson imitator, emphysema.
- Silviu Brucan, 90, Romanian ambassador to the United States, opponent of Nicolae Ceauşescu.
- Elizabeth Choy, 95, Singaporean war heroine, first female legislator, pancreatic cancer.
- Miklós Hargitay, 80, Hungarian former Mr. Universe and actor, ex-husband of Jayne Mansfield, father of Mariska Hargitay.
- J. William Kime, 72, American former commandant of the Coast Guard.
- Andrey Kozlov, 41, Russian First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia, shot.
- Peter Ling, 80, British television writer, creator of Crossroads.
- Paulo Marques, 58, Brazilian journalist and presenter, brain cancer. (Portuguese)
- Esme Melville, 87, Australian film and television actress.
- Terry O'Sullivan, 91, American television actor (Search for Tomorrow), pancreatic cancer.
- Johnny Palmer, 88, American golfer, seven-time PGA Tour winner.
- Frederic Wakeman, 68, American scholar of Chinese history.
- Raymond Baxter, 84, British television presenter (Tomorrow's World).
- Oriana Fallaci, 77, Italian journalist and writer, breast cancer.
- Guy François, Haitian Army colonel, participated in failed coups in 1989 and 2001.
- Charles L. Grant, 64, American horror and science fiction author, heart attack. .
- Douglas Henderson, 71, British politician.
- Donald Kimball, 62, American defrocked Roman Catholic priest, convicted in sex abuse scandal.
- Nitun Kundu, 70, Bangladeshi artist and sculptor.
- David T. Lykken, 78, American professor of psychology (University of Minnesota).
- Abe Saffron, 86, Australian nightclub owner and property developer.
- Pablo Santos, 19, Mexican actor (Greetings from Tucson), plane crash.
- Sergio Savarese, 48, Italian furniture designer, plane crash.
- Meredith Thring, 90, British engineer.
- Sten Andersson, 83, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (1985–1991) and Minister for Social Affairs (1982–1985), heart attack.
- Floyd Curry, 81, Canadian four-time Stanley Cup winner (Montreal Canadiens).
- George Estman, 84, South African Olympic cyclist.
- E. H. H. Green, 47, British historian, multiple sclerosis.
- Zsuzsa Körmöczy, 82, Hungarian tennis player and coach, won 1958 French Championships.
- Rob Levin, 51, American founder of freenode, head injury from bicycle accident.
- Esther Martinez, 94, American Tewa storyteller and linguist, car accident.
- Fouad el-Mohandes, 82, Egyptian comedy actor, heart failure.
- Jack Banta, 81, American Major League Baseball player (Brooklyn Dodgers).
- Al Casey, 89, American rock and country music guitarist.
- George Heslop, 66, English footballer (Manchester City).
- Patricia Kennedy Lawford, 82, American socialite, sister of John F. Kennedy, ex-wife of actor Peter Lawford, pneumonia.
- Nathaniel Lubell, 90, American Olympic fencer and artist.
- Edward D. Re, 85, American lawyer and judge.
- Leonella Sgorbati, 65, Italian nun, shot.
- Kazuyuki Sogabe, 58, Japanese anime voice actor (Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball).
- Dorothy C. Stratton, 107, American first director of the Coast Guard Women's Reserve.
- Seán Clancy, 105, Irish oldest War of Independence veteran.
- Edward J. King, 81, American Governor of Massachusetts (1979–1983).
- Philip H. Melanson, 61, American academic, expert on assassinations, cancer.
- Nilton Pereira Mendes, 30, Brazilian footballer.
- Leo Navratil, 85, Austrian psychiatrist.
- Syd Thrift, 77, American general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles.
- Elizabeth Allen, 77, American actress (Donovan's Reef, Do I Hear a Waltz?, The Jackie Gleason Show).
- Danny Flores, 77, American saxophonist and vocalist (The Champs), pneumonia.
- Joe Glazer, 88, American singer-songwriter.
- Martha Holmes, 83, American Life photographer, natural causes.
- Sir Hugh Kawharu, 79, New Zealand academic and Māori leader.
- Vico Magistretti, 86, Italian architect and designer.
- Manuel Mindán Manero, 103, Spanish philosopher and priest, natural causes.
- Roy Schuiten, 55, Dutch track and road racing cyclist.
- Terry Smith, 47, Australian rules football player (Richmond, St Kilda), cancer.
- Phạm Xuân Ẩn, 78, Vietnamese journalist, North Vietnamese spy during Vietnam War, emphysema.
- Clarence Hill, 48, American convicted murderer, executed by lethal injection.
- Henri Jayer, 84, French winemaker.
- Armin Jordan, 74, Swiss conductor.
- Beth Levine, 91, American shoe designer.
- Sven Nykvist, 83, Swedish cinematographer and two-time Academy Award-winner.
- John W. Peterson, 84, American gospel hymn writer, cancer.
- Lillian Robinson, 65, American professor of women's studies (Concordia University).
- Don Walser, 72, American country singer and yodeler, complications from diabetes.
- Muddy Waters, 83, American college football coach (Michigan State University).
- Dean Wooldridge, 93, American physicist, co-founder of TRW.
- Boz Burrell, 60, British bassist and vocalist (Bad Company, King Crimson), heart attack.
- Margaret Ekpo, 92, Nigerian politician and women's rights activist.
- Alan Fletcher, 75, British graphic designer.
- Gilbert Jonas, 76, American fundraiser for the NAACP.
- Charles Larson, 86, American television writer and Emmy Award-nominated producer (The F.B.I.).
- Charles Rees, 78, British chemist.
- Edward Albert, 55, American actor, son of actors Margo and Eddie Albert, lung cancer.
- Carla Benschop, 56, Dutch basketball player. (Dutch)
- Tommy Garnett, 91, English-born Australian cricketer and educator.
- Enrique Gorriarán Merlo, 64, Argentine revolutionary and guerrilla leader, cardiac arrest due to abdominal aortic aneurysm.
- Tommy Olivencia, 64, Puerto Rican salsa singer and bandleader.
- Mary Orr, 95, American author whose story "The Wisdom of Eve" inspired the film All About Eve.
- Sir Malcolm Arnold, 84, British Academy Award-winning film score composer (The Bridge on the River Kwai), chest infection.
- Etta Baker, 93, American piedmont blues guitarist.
- Sir Charles Cutler, 88, Australian Deputy Premier of New South Wales (1965–1975), cancer.
- Aladár Pege, 67, Hungarian jazz musician.
- Tim Rooney, 59, American actor, son of Mickey Rooney, dermatomyositis.
- John S. Boskovich, 49, American artist and screenwriter(Without You I'm Nothing).
- Joel Broyhill, 86, American Republican congressman for Virginia (1953–1975), heart failure and pneumonia.
- Michael Ferguson, 53, Irish republican politician, testicular cancer.
- Sally Gray, 90, British actress.
- Joan Hatcher, 82, New Zealand cricketer.
- Ben Heppner, 63, Canadian politician, prostate cancer.
- Padmini, 74, Indian actress in Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, Telugu and Kannada films, heart attack.
- Patrick Quinn, 56, American actor, president of Actors' Equity Association (2000–2006), heart attack.
- Thomas Stewart, 78, American bass-baritone opera singer.
- Tetsuro Tamba, 84, Japanese actor.
- Henry Townsend, 96, American blues guitarist, pianist and songwriter, pulmonary edema.
- Safia Ahmed-jan, 65, Afghan women's rights advocate, shot.
- Omar al-Faruq, 35, Kuwaiti senior member of al-Qaeda, shot.
- Jeff Cooper, 86, American small arms expert.
- Maureen Daly, 85, American author (Seventeenth Summer).
- John M. Ford, 49, American science fiction and fantasy writer, natural causes.
- Sir Vijay Singh, 75, Indo-Fijian lawyer and politician, cancer.
- Sir Iain Tennant, 87, Scottish businessman and public servant.
- Metropolitan Vitaly Ustinov, 96, Russian First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (1985–2001).
- Gerhard Behrendt, 77, German inventor of Sandmännchen children's television character. (German)
- Giuseppe Bennati, 85, Italian film director.
- Laurence Jonathan Cohen, 83, British philosopher.
- Iva Toguri D'Aquino, 90, Japanese American convicted, and later pardoned, of being World War II propagandist Tokyo Rose.
- Mihály Fülöp, 70, Hungarian Olympic fencer.
- Byron Nelson, 94, American professional golfer.
- Sir Philip Randle, 80, British biochemist.
- Sir Martin Roth, 88, Hungarian-born British president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
- John Salisse, 90, British businessman and magician.
- Ralph Story, 86, American radio broadcaster and television host (The $64,000 Challenge), emphysema.
- William Horwitz, 88, American chemist.
- Helmut Kallmeyer, 95, German chemist and Action T4 perpetrator
- Craig Kusick, 57, American former first baseman for the Minnesota Twins, leukemia.
- Arthur Marwick, 70, British historian, first professor of history at the Open University.
- George Balzer, 91, American writer for Jack Benny's radio and TV shows.
- Adam Curle, 90, British academic and peace activist.
- James Hamilton, 4th Baron Hamilton of Dalzell, 68, British aristocrat and politician, cancer.
- Virgil Ierunca, 86, Romanian writer.
- Rosamond Carr, 94, American fashion illustrator turned humanitarian and activist.
- Jan Werner Danielsen, 30, Norwegian singer, heart failure. (Norwegian)
- Gerry Gazzard, 81, English footballer.
- Walter Hadlee, 91, New Zealand cricketer, stroke.
- Louis-Albert Vachon, 94, Canadian Archbishop Emeritus of Québec.
- Isabel Bigley, 80, American stage actress, Tony Award-winner for Guys and Dolls.
- Josh Graves, 79, American bluegrass dobro player.
- Bert James, 92, Australian politician, MP for Hunter (1960–1980).
- Adolf H. Lundin, 73, Swedish oil and mining entrepreneur, leukemia. (Swedish)
- Pino Mlakar, 99, Slovenian ballet dancer. (Slovenian)
- André Schwarz-Bart, 78, French novelist. (French)
- András Sütő, 79, Romanian writer of Hungarian descent, melanoma. (Hungarian)