- Deaths in January 2006
The following is a list of notable deaths in January 2006.
Days of the month
- Owen Abrahams, 72, former Australian rules footballer, serious illness. 
- Ruairi Brugha, 88, Irish Fianna Fáil politician, son of Cathal Brugha. 
- Henry S. Coleman, 79, dean at Columbia University. 
- Boris Kostelanetz, 94, tax lawyer. 
- George Koval, 92, Soviet intelligence agent.
- Jason Sears, 38, American punk rock singer (Rich Kids on LSD), complications from drug abuse. 
- Moira Shearer, 80, British ballerina, actress, and newspaper columnist, married to Sir Ludovic Kennedy, natural causes. 
- Stew Albert, 66, 1960s anti-establishment activist, co-founder of the Yippies, liver cancer. 
- Paul Clinton, 53, CNN film critic, founder of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA). 
- Seth Fisher, 33, comic book illustrator, fall from a building. 
- Arnold Graffi, 95, German Researcher for oncology, long illness. 
- Coretta Scott King, 78, American civil rights leader, widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., ovarian cancer. 
- Otto Lang, 98, film producer and ski mogul, heart disease. 
- Irving Rosenwater, 73, English statistician. 
- Wendy Wasserstein, 55, American playwright, lymphoma. 
- Andrew Gonzalez, 65, Filipino linguist and educator, complications from diabetes. 
- Emory Hale, 36, professional wrestler, complications from kidney failure .
- Paik Nam-june, 73, South Korean-born American artist, particularly noted for his video art, natural causes. 
- George Psychoundakis, 85, Greek Resistance fighter during World War II. 
- Yitzchak Kaduri, 106, renowned Sephardic Orthodox rabbi and kabbalist. 
- Henry McGee, 76, British actor. 
- Maurice Colclough, 52, English Rugby Union player, brain tumour. 
- Tana Hoban, 88, photographer of children, author of over 110 children's books 
- Phyllis King, 100, British Wimbledon-winner. 
- Carol Lambrino, 86, elder son of King Carol II of Romania. 
- Christopher Lloyd, 84, gardening writer, stroke. 
- Gene McFadden, 56, singer and songwriter, cancer. 
- Johannes Rau, 75, President of Germany (Bundespräsident) from 1999 - 2004. 
- Len Carlson, 68, Canadian voice actor, heart attack during sleep
- Dr John Dunwoody CBE, 76, former British Member of Parliament, effects of an accident. 
- Morris Silverman, 93, philanthropist, founder of the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. 
- Dave Tatsuno, 92, documented the Topaz Japanese internment camp in his film Topaz 
- Khan Wali Khan, 89, prominent Pakistani opposition Leader and prominent Pashtun leader, heart attack. 
- Marion Dudley, 33, American convicted murderer, executed in Texas. 
- Luther Green, 59, former NBA player, lung cancer. 
- John F. Kerin, professor, reproductive scientist, gynaecologist, farm accident..
- Anna Malle, 38, American adult film actress, car accident. 
- Herbert Schilder, 77, dental surgeon, improved root canal procedures, Lewy body disease. 
- Sudharmono, 78, Vice President of Indonesia from 1988–1993, pneumonia. 
- Allan Temko, 81, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, brief illness. 
- Zaki Badawi, 84, Islamic religious leader in Britain. 
- Schafik Handal, 75, former Presidential candidate and leader of El Salvador's main political opposition party, the FMLN, heart attack. 
- Peter Ladefoged, 80, phonetician, stroke.
- Carlos (Café) Martínez, 41, former MLB player, complications from a long illness.
- Fayard Nicholas, 91, American dancer, elder of the renowned Nicholas Brothers, pneumonia and complications of a stroke.  
- Chris Penn, 40, American actor, brother of Sean Penn, cardiomyopathy combined with multiple medication intake.  
- Sir Nicholas Shackleton, 68, British geologist, leukemia. 
- Ernie Baron, 65, Filipino radio/TV host and meteorologist, myocardial infarction brought about by diabetes.
- Andrea Bronfman, 60, philanthropist and wife of Charles Bronfman, hit by car. 
- Savino Guglielmetti, 94, Italian gymnast, 1928 Olympic gold-medalist and oldest surviving Olympic champion. 
- General Samuel W. Koster, 86, highest ranking United States Army officer charged in My Lai massacre, renal cancer 
- Chris McKinstry, 38, an independent researcher in artificial intelligence, suicide.
- Joseph M. Newman, 96, American Film Director/Producer, This Island Earth. 
- Bill Rice, 74, American artist. 
- Virginia Smith, 94, former Republican United States Representative from Nebraska (1975–1991).
- Michael Wharton, 92, British humorist ("Peter Simple").
- Janette Carter, 82, last living member of the Carter Family country music group. 
- Alec Coxon, 90, Yorkshire and England cricketer. 
- Sherman Ferguson, 61, jazz drummer 
- Nellie Y. McKay, 67, African-American literary critic, colon cancer. 
- Michael Chan, Baron Chan, 65, British paediatrician, second peer of Chinese origin. 
- John James Cowperthwaite, 90, British civil servant, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong (1961–1971). 
- Robert Knudson, 80, American sound engineer, three-time Academy Award winner, supranuclear palsy. 
- Ibrahim Rugova, 61, President of Kosovo, lung cancer. 
- Andrei Iordan, 71, former prime minister of Kyrgyzstan.
- David Maust, 51, convicted serial killer, heart failure after a botched suicide attempt. 
- Dave Lepard, 25, Swedish musician (Crashdïet), suicide.
- Rose Bouziane Nader, 99, President of the Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest, mother of US Presidential candidate Ralph Nader, congestive heart failure. 
- Perrie Simpson, 43, American convicted murderer, executed by lethal injection.
- Pio Taofinu'u, 82, Samoan Roman Catholic cardinal. 
- Gary Downie, South African psychotherapist and television production manager (Doctor Who, Star Cops), cancer. 
- Anthony Franciosa, 77, American actor, third husband of Shelley Winters, stroke. 
- Tom Nugent, 92, football coach, member of the College Football Hall of Fame, congestive heart failure. 
- Wilson Pickett, 64, American soul singer, heart attack. 
- Awn Alsharif Qasim, 73, Sudanese writer, educator and Islamic scholar
- Geoff Rabone, 84, New Zealand cricketer.
- Franz Seitz, 85, German film director.
- Norman McCabe, 94, animator and director, famous for Tokio Jokio and The Ducktators shorts from his Termite Terrace tenure at Warner Bros.
- Thomas Murphy, 90, former CEO of General Motors. 
- Anton Rupert, 89, South African businessman, philanthropist and founding member of World Wide Fund for Nature, natural causes. 
- Jan Twardowski, 90, Polish priest and poet. 
- Clarence Ray Allen, 76, American convicted murderer, executed by lethal injection. 
- Harold R. Collier, 90, former Republican United States Representative from Illinois from 1957–1975
- Wallace Mercer, 59, former chairman of Heart of Midlothian F.C., cancer. 
- Giles Worsley, 44, British architectural historian and journalist, nephew of the Katharine, Duchess of Kent, cancer. 
- Stanley Biber, 82, American physician and pioneer in sex reassignment surgery, complications of pneumonia.
- Richard P. McCormick, 89, professor at Rutgers University, expert on early American political history and New Jersey history, illness.
- Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 79, Emir of Kuwait, brain hemorrhage. 
- Glyn Berry, 59, Welsh-born Canadian diplomat in Afghanistan.
- Hilma Contreras, 95, Dominican writer. 
- Edward N. Hall, 91, U.S. Air Force rocket expert, father of the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile program. 
- George Worth, 90, American Olympic fencer. 
- Henri Colpi, 84, Swiss film director and cinematographer.
- Jim Gary, 66, American sculptor, complications from a cerebral hemorrhage. 
- Conrad Hendricks, 27, South African professional football player, car crash. 
- Mark Philo, 21, English professional football player, injuries from a car crash. 
- Bob Weinstock, 77, founded independent jazz record label Prestige Records, complications of diabetes. 
- Shelley Winters, 85, American actress (Lolita, The Poseidon Adventure), heart failure. 
- Raúl Anguiano, 90, Mexican engraver and painter. 
- Richard Dalitz, 80, Australian physicist, expert in exotic particles, studied quarks.
- Frank Fixaris, 71, American sportscaster, house fire. 
- Ron Jessie, 57, former NFL wide receiver, heart attack. 
- Marc Potvin, 38, former NHL player, found dead in his hotel room in Michigan, suicide.
- Joan Root, 69, wildlife conservationist, shot to death. 
- William Matthew Byrne, Jr., 75, presiding judge in the trial of Daniel Ellsberg, pulmonary fibrosis. 
- Brendan Cauldwell, 83, Irish actor, died in sleep.
- Eldon Dedini, 84, cartoonist, esophageal cancer. 
- Shaikh Faisal bin Hamad Al Khalifa, 15, Bahraini prince, injuries from a car crash.
- Günther Landgraf, 77, German physicist and former President of Technische Universität Dresden. 
- Stewart Linder, 74 American Oscar-winning film editor.
- Anne Meacham, 80, American stage (Suddenly, Last Summer) and television actress (Another World). 
- Meinrad Schütter, 95, Swiss composer. 
- Eric Namesnik, 35, American Olympic swimmer, injuries from a car crash.
- Mark Spoon, 39, German DJ and prominent figure in trance music, heart attack. 
- Ira B. Black, 64, neuroscientist, founder of the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey, infection related to a tumor. 
- Dave Brown, 52, former National Football League player, heart attack. 
- Elliot Forbes, 88, Harvard University professor and Beethoven scholar. 
- Sidney Frank, 86, American businessman and philanthropist, heart failure. 
- Alethea Hayter, 94, British writer. 
- Dennis Marks, 73, animation writer-producer. 
- Andy Caldecott, 41, Australian Dakar Rally motorcycle rider, fatal neck injury sustained in an accident in Mauritania. 
- Patricia Hitt, 87, Assistant United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Nixon, natural causes. 
- Selwyn Hughes, 77, British fundamentalist evangelical who founded Crusade for World Revival
- Mikk Mikiver, 68, Estonian stage director and actor.
- W. Cleon Skousen, 92, BYU professor and prominent Latter-day Saint author and lecturer.
- Jack Snow, 62, former National Football League player and radio announcer, complications from a staph infection. 
- Don Stewart, 70, actor (Michael Bauer on The Guiding Light), lung cancer. 
- Tony Banks, Baron Stratford, 62, former British Minister for Sport, stroke and cerebral hemorrhage. 
- Elson Becerra, 27, Colombian football (soccer) player, shot. 
- Alex Elmsley, 76, English magician, heart attack.
- Georg Wilhelm, Prince of Hanover, 90, educator and Olympian. 
- David Rosenbaum, 63, New York Times reporter, head injury during mugging. 
- Mimmo Rotella, 87, Italian artist, illness. 
- Raatbek Sanatbayev, 36, Kyrgyz Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler and candidate for National Olympic Committee president, shot 
- José Luis Sánchez, 31, Argentine football (soccer) player, from injuries sustained in a biking accident.
- Urano Teixeira da Matta Bacellar, 58, Head of the UN peacekeeping force in Haiti, suicide. 
- Heinrich Harrer, 93, Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer and author. 
- Jim Zulevic, 40, American actor, heart attack. 
- Allaire du Pont, 92, thoroughbred enthusiast, owner of Kelso, natural causes. 
- Roshan Khan, 76, Pakistani squash player, father of Jahangir Khan complications from a heart attack and coma. 
- Alf McMichael, 78, footballer for Northern Ireland & Newcastle United.
- Józef Milik, 83, Polish Catholic priest and Dead Sea Scrolls scholar.
- Comandante Ramona, 47, Tzotzil Indian Zapatista rebel leader and women's rights advocate, kidney disease and tuberculosis. 
- Lou Rawls, 72, jazz and blues singer, lung and brain cancer. 
- Hugh Thompson, Jr., 62, Vietnam War helicopter pilot who helped stop the My Lai Massacre, removed from life support. 
- Stanley Roger Tupper, 84, former Republican United States Representative from Maine from 1961 - 1967.
- Gábor Zavadszky, 31, Hungarian footballer (soccer player), probably pulmonary embolism. 
- Ramona Bell, 47, wife of broadcaster Art Bell, asthma attack. 
- Rod Dedeaux, 91, American college baseball coach, complications from a stroke. 
- Sophie Heathcote, 35, Australian actress and founder of skin care range Ki[disambiguation needed ], aneurysm. 
- Keizo Miura, 101, Japanese mountaineer. 
- Lord Merlyn-Rees, 85, former British Home Secretary, following a number of falls.
- Ken Mosdell, 83 Former Montreal Canadiens Hockey player
- Simon Shanks, 34, linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals in 1995, murdered by home intruder. 
- Rachel Squire, 51, British Labour Member of Parliament for Dunfermline and West Fife, stroke. 
- Alex St. Clair, 64, American musician, primarily with Captain Beefheart.
- Vajramuni, 62, Indian actor.
- John Hahn-Petersen, 75, Danish actor, heart attack. 
- Milton Himmelfarb, 87, American essayist. 
- Stan Hunt, 76, American cartoonist. 
- Irving Layton, 93, Canadian poet, complications from Alzheimer's disease. 
- Maria de Lourdes Pereira dos Santos Van-Dúnem, 70, Angolan singer, typhoid fever. 
- Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 62, Ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, heart attack. 
- Gretl Schörg, 91, German actress.  (German)
- Nel van Vliet, 79, Dutch swimmer. 
- Urbano Lazzaro, 81, Italian resistance fighter, capture of Benito Mussolini. 
- Steve Rogers, 51, Australian rugby league player, apparent suicide. 
- Sir William Skate, 52, Papua New Guinean politician, Prime Minister (1997–1999), stroke. 
- Bruce Wilson, 64, Australian journalist, cancer. 
- Raul Davila, 74, Puerto Rican actor and television producer, heart attack. 
- Ofelia Fox, 82, Cuban nightclub owner (Tropicana Club), cancer. 
- Osa Massen, 91, Danish actress. 
- Michael S. Smith, 59, American jazz drummer. 
- Francis Steinmetz, 91 Dutch author and Colditz Castle escapee. 
- Frank Wilkinson, 91, American civil liberties activist, natural causes. 
- John Wojtowicz, 60, American bankrobber, cancer. 
- John Woodnutt, 81, British actor. 
- Lidia Wysocka, 89 , Polish actress. 
- Frank Cary, 85, American businessman, chairman of IBM (1973–1981), natural causes. 
- Mapita Cortés, 75, Mexican actress, cancer. 
- Bryan Harvey, 49, American musician (House of Freaks, Gutterball), murdered. 
- Dawn Lake, 78, Australian entertainer, widow of Bobby Limb. 
- John Latham, 84, Zambian artist, natural causes. 
- Paul Lindblad, 64, American baseball player, Alzheimer's disease. 
- Dragan Lukić, 77, Serbian writer, after long illness. 
- Harry Magdoff, 92, American socialist and editor, natural causes. 
- Charles O. Porter, 86, American politician, Representative from Oregon (1957–1961), Alzheimer's disease. 
- Gideon Rodan, 71, American biochemist, cancer. 
- Hubert Schoemaker, 55, Dutch chemist, co-founder of Centocor, brain cancer. 
- Charles Steen, 81, American geologist and businessman. 
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