Major Causes of Death: Accidental | Cancer | Drug | Heart Attack | Heart Failure | Lung | Natural Causes | Suicide

Almost Unnoticed Deaths

2009 

  • December 17, 2009: Dan O’Bannon, Wrote Screenplay for ‘Alien,’ died of Crohn’s disease, 63
  • December 16, 2009: Arthur Cores, Founder of the Boston Market Chain, dies of esophageal cancer, 52
  • November 28, 2009: Bob Keane, Del-Fi Records founder, best known for discovering Ritchie Valens and Sam Cooke, dies 87
  • August 10, 2009: Merlyn Mantle, the widow of the Hall of Fame Yankees outfielder Mickey Mantle, dies 77.
  • August 8, 2009: Tony Huesman, A heart transplant recipient who lived a record 31 years with a single donated organ has died at age 51 of cancer, his heart was still going strong.
  • July 21, 2009, Gidget, The Taco Bell Chihuahua Gidget died of a stroke at 15
  • July 19, 2009: Ray Shaw, former president of Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, died 75. 
  • July 19, 2009: Frank McCourt, Author of Acclaimed ‘Angela’s Ashes,’ Dies 78  
  • Dallas R. McKennon (July 19, 1919 - July 14, 2009) voice actor for Gumby, Archie Andrews (Filmation's Archie series), and Buzz Buzzard (Woody Woodpecker).  
  • July 6, 2009 - Oscar G. Mayer, third generation, retired chairman of Oscar Mayer Foods, died 95 
  • Robert McNamara (June 9, 1916 - July 6, 2009) served as Defense Secretary for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson during the Vietnam War.  Died of natural causes at 93. Vietnam war is called  "McNamara's war" by some.
  • Drake Levin (August 17, 1946 – July 4, 2009) guitarist for Paul Revere & the Raiders. Died of cancer at 62.
  • June 25, 2009: Dr. Jerri Nielsen, South Pole Cancer Survivor Dies 57.
  • June 15, 2009: Patrick Farrow, Mia Farrow's brother, shoots himself. 
  • June 05, 2009: Bernard L. Barker, burglar whose 1972 break-in at the Watergate building in Washington led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon, died 92
  • May 25, 2009: Barry Comden, Doris Day's 4th husband dies 74 of heart failure.
  • May 24, 2009: Charles Donald Albury, Co-pilot in Nagasaki bombing dies at 88
  • May 15, 2009: Frank Mundy, NASCAR pioneer, dies at 90 
  • May 13, 2009: former chairman of FDIC L. William Seidman dies at 88 
  • Mickey Carroll (July 8, 1919 – May 7, 2009) One of the last surviving munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Died 89. 
  • April 6, 2009: Carmelita Durio, O.J. Simpson's sister who collapsed in a Las Vegas courtroom died in her early 60s.  Death was kidney related.
  • March 14, 2009: Altovise Davis, widow of Rat Pack singer Sammy Davis Jr., died from a stroke at 65.
  • March 5, 2009: Irby Mandrell, father and longtime manager of country singer Barbara Mandrell, dies at 84, of stroke.
  • February 27, 2009: Alan Landers, model who posed for Winston cigarette ads and later sued the tobacco industry, died of throat cancer at 68 
  • February 25, 2009: Clarence Swensen, American actor, one of the last surviving munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, died 91.
  • February 21, 2009: Socks Clinton, the White House cat dies of cancer.
  • February 14, 2009: Sir Bernard Ashley, founder of Laura Ashley (widower of Laura Ashley) dies of cancer at 82 
  • February 3, 2009: Tom Brumley, former steel player for Buck Owens' Buckaroos, dies 73
  • January 19, 2009: Yuri Trushechkin, Man who shot down McCain in Vietnam war, dies in Russia of cancer.
  • January 16, 2009: Independent wrestler Paul Fuchs (Paul E. Normus) died 33. He was among the many real life wrestlers featured in the film "The Wrestler" (won 2 Golden Globes - Movie to be released nationwide Jan/23/09)
  • January 16, 2009: Andrew Newell Wyeth (born July 12, 1917) was a realist painter, and regionalist artist. He was one of the best-known of the 20th century and sometimes referred to as the "Painter of the People.
  • January 15, 2009: Bill Winfrey, newspaper photographer who got Oswald image dies 75.
  • January 9, 2009: Harry Endo, a forensic scientist from Hawaii Five-0, died in Brooklyn from stroke at 87

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