Andy Rooney Cause of Death Complications From Minor Surgery
December 31, 2011 by staff
Andy Rooney Cause of Death Complications From Minor Surgery, The following is a list of notable Canadians and international figures who died in 2011:
Pete Postlethwaite British actor was nominated for an Oscar in 1993 for In the Name of the Father. His last appearances were in Inception and Clash of the Ti-tans. He died in hospital in Shropshire, England, after a long illness. He was 64.
Donald Himes Com-poser and piano player of theme song for the long-running CBC TV children’s show Mr. Dressup. He died in Toronto. He was 80.
Gerry Rafferty Scottish singer and songwriter best known for 1970s hits such as Baker Street and Stuck in the Middle with You. He died at home in Dorset, U.K., after a long illness including liver problems and kidney failure. He was 63.
Mohamed Bouazizi Tunisian fruit vendor who set himself on fire in December to protest government indifference succumbed to his injuries but gave birth to a protest movement in the Arab world. He died in Tunis. He was 26.
H.A.D. (Bert) Oliver Former B.C. Supreme Court judge and former provincial conflict of interest commissioner who presided over the conflict-of-interest probe of former premier Glen Clark. Oliver was 90.
Don Kirshner Longtime music promoter who created the television band the Monkees in the 1960s. He died of heart failure in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 76.
Jose Amaujaq Kusugak Former national leader of the Inuit of Canada, he negotiated the creation of the territory of Nunavut. He died of cancer in Rankin In-let, Nunavut. He was 60.
Jack LaLanne American fitness guru had an exercise program on television from 1951 to 1985. He died of complications from pneumonia at his home in California. He was 96.
John Barry British-born composer won several Os-cars for musical scores such as the James Bond theme, Born Free, and Dances with Wolves during a 40-year career. He died of a heart at-tack in New York. He was 77.
Len Lesser American ac-tor best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld’s eccentric Uncle Leo. He died of cancer at a facility in Burbank, Calif. He was 88.
Duke Snider Baseball player who won the World Series with the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers and spent years as the colour commentator for the Montreal Expos. He died of natural causes in hospital in Escondido, California. He was 84.
Jane Russell American movie actor from the 1940s and 1950s was a best known for the movie The Outlaw. She died of respiratory problems at her California home. She was 89.
David Broder Well-respected American political columnist for Washington Post. He died of complications of diabetes in Arlington, Virginia. He was 81.
Richard Martin The longtime Buffalo Sabre hockey player in the 1970s was part of a line called the “French connection.” Born in Verdun, Que., he was living in Clarence, New York. He suffered a heart attack.
Elizabeth Taylor Legendary actress was known for her marriages, AIDS activism and personal style as much for her acting. She died of congestive heart failure in hospital in Los Angeles. She was 79.
Roger Abbott Founding member of the Canadian comedy troop Air Farce that ran on radio or television from 1973 to 2008. He died in hospital in Toronto after a 14-year battle with leukemia. He was 64.
Edward John (E.J.) McGuire A longtime scout and coach with various NHL teams and the league. He died of cancer in Toronto. He was 58.
Sidney Lumet A prolific American film director whose work included Net-work and Dog Day After-noon. He died of cancer in New York. He was 86.
Allan Blakeney Former NDP premier of Saskatchewan, he is credited with creating Medicare as a young cabinet minister in the 1960s. As premier, he nationalized the potash industry and other resource companies and played a key role in constitutional negotiations between the provinces and Ottawa. He died of cancer in Saskatoon. He was 85.
Wes Richardson Saskatchewan curler who played on a family team and won many Canadian and World titles in the 1950s and 1960s. He died of cancer in Hawaii, where he retired.
Elisabeth Sladen British actress best known for playing Sarah Jane Smith, a companion in the iconic television series Doctor Who in the 1970s. She died of cancer in England. She was 63.
Hubert J. (Hub) Schlafly An inventor and television
executive, he helped create Fox television network, the TelePrompTer and one of the earliest satellite transmissions of a television program. He died in Stamford, Conn., of pneumonia. He was 91.
Ken Kostick Canadian celebrity chef and cook-book author, best known for his cooking show What’s for Dinner? He died in hospital in Toronto of pancreatitis. He was 57.
Osama bin Laden Saudi-born leader of al-Qaeda terrorist group that was responsible for the 9/11 at-tacks, was killed by U.S. navy SEALs during a raid on his compound in Abbot-tabad, Pakistan. He was 54.
Jackie Cooper American child actor from 1930s era films such as The Champ and the Our Gang shorts, who made a successful transition to adult roles and directing. He died at a nursing home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 88.
Severiano (Seve) Ballesteros Charismatic Spanish golfer who won both the British Open and the Masters in his early 20s. He died of brain cancer in Pedrena, Spain. He was 54.
Willard Boyle Canadian scientist who helped invent the charge-coupled device, an integral part of digital camera technology. He won the 2009 Nobel Prize for physics. He died of kidney illness in Truro, N.S. He was 86.
Derek Boogaard Regina-born hockey player for the New York Rangers was found dead in his Minnesota home after an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription medication. He had been injured most of the season, suffering a concussion. He was 28.
Wallace McCain New Brunswick-born co-founder of McCain Foods and later chairman of Maple Leaf Foods, he built both into giants in the frozen food business. He died in Toronto of pancreatic cancer. He was 81.
Jack Richardson Legendary Canadian music producer, he produced the Guess Who’s biggest hits and also worked with Bob Seger and Alice Cooper. The Bear, as he was nicknamed, died in Vancouver after a lengthy illness. He was 81.
Samuel Wanjiru Kenya marathon runner and cur-rent Olympic champion died after falling from a balcony during a dispute with his wife in his home in Nya-hururu, Kenya. He was 24.
Harmon Killebrew American Hall of Fame baseball player in the 1960s, he led the Minnesota Twins to consecutive World Series. He died of esophageal cancer at his Arizona home. He was 74.
Gil Scott-Heron American poet/musician whose songs include The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and The Bottle is considered a grandfather of hip-hop. He died in New York City of un-disclosed causes. He was 62.
Luce Depestre The Haitian-born mother of former governor general Michaelle Jean. She suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and died in an Ottawa nursing home. She was 80.
Jack Kevorkian American doctor known as Dr. Death who campaigned to legalize assisted suicide and claimed he helped 130 people end their lives. He died in a Detroit-area hospital after suffering pulmonary thrombosis. He was 83.
Lawrence Eagleburger U.S. diplomat served under five presidents and once called then-PM Pierre Trudeau an “erratic leftist.” He died of pneumonia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 80.
Shaun Best Reuters sports photographer based in Montreal, had covered the Grand Prix race and suffered a heart attack while driving home. He was 43.
Laura Ziskin Film producer who made Julia Roberts a star and brought Spider-Man to the big screen. She died at her Los Angeles home after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 61.
Betty Fox The mother of one-legged runner Terry Fox, she established the Terry Fox Foundation that raises money for cancer re-search, mostly with annual Terry Fox runs. She died of unknown causes at her Vancouver-area home. She suffered from diabetes and arthritis. She was 73.
Clarence Clemons American saxophone player with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Clemons also acted and produced solo albums. He died in Palm Beach, Fla., of complications from a stroke he suffered a week earlier. He was 69.
Harley Hotchkiss Philanthropist and business leader, best known for his contributions to health and sports development. A former NHL board chairman, he was one of the original owners who brought the Atlanta Flames to Calgary in 1980. He died at his Calgary home at the age of 83 after a battle with cancer.
Peter Falk. American actor best known for playing the rumpled television detective Columbo. He suffered from dementia in later years. He died at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home. He was 83.
Elizabeth Finlayson A breastcancer patient whose testimony before the provincial inquiry into faulty breast cancer screening personified the human toll of the scandal. She died in hospital in Labrador City after living with cancer for 11 years. She was 71.
Malcolm Forsyth South African-born Canadian classical musician and composer, Forsyth died just weeks after his last work A Ballad of Canada debuted at the National Arts Centre. He died of cancer in hospital in Edmonton. He was 74.
Gordon Tootoosis First Nations actor known for his work on the television show North of 60, movies like Legends of the Fall and for co-founding the Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company. He died in hospital in North Battleford, Sask., of pneumonia. He was 69.
Dick Williams Former manager of the Montreal Expos baseball club during their near-glory years, 1977-1981, he won the World Series with Oakland in the 1970s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008. He died of an aortic aneurysm in a Henderson, Nevada, hospital. He was 82.
Betty Ford Former U.S. first lady who went public with her battles with addiction and then founded an eponymous rehabilitation centre made famous by its celebrity clients. She died in hospital at Rancho Mirage, Calif., of natural causes. She was 93.
Sherwood Schwartz Television writer and producer who created 1960s sitcoms The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island and worked on hundreds of radio and television programs. He died in his sleep at the age of 94.
Julius Isaac In 1991 Isaac was the first black man appointed as chief justice of any Canadian court when he was appointed to the Federal Court. He later led an inquiry in Jamaica investigating police/gang violence in the capital of Kingston.
He died in hospital in Regina, possibly from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 82.
Lucian Freud A British portrait painter whose signature style was fleshy realism. In 2008 his painting of an overweight civil servant sold for the highest price ever paid for a work by a living artist, at over $30 million. He died at his London home after a brief illness. He was 88.
Elliot Handler American toymaker who co-founded Mattel and brought plastic dolls Barbie and Ken as well as Hot Wheels to children through the new medium of television advertising. He died of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 95.
Amy Winehouse British soul singer who was as famous for her addictions and erratic behaviour as for her music, she was found dead in her London home. An autopsy concluded she died of alcohol poisoning. She was 27.
Jeret (Speedy) Peterson American freestyle skier who won a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics shot himself in a remote canyon near Salt Lake City, Utah. He had been arrested a few days earlier for impaired driving. He was 29.
Richard Harris Defensive line coach with the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, he died of a heart attack after a practice in Winnipeg. The former NFL player was 63.
Ruth (Babs) Asper The wife of the late media mogul Izzy Asper died unexpectedly in hospital in Winnipeg. She was a philanthropist and worked to establish the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. She was 78.
Charles (Bubba) Smith A former NFL star and actor, best known for his role in the Police Academy movies. He died of natural causes at his Los Angeles area home. He was 66.
Royal Copeland One half of the Gold Dust Twins, star players with the Toronto Argonauts in the 1940s and early 1950s who helped the team to four Grey Cups. He died in Toronto after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86.
Shammi Kapoor Indian actor dubbed the “Elvis Presley of India” was a pillar of Bollywood for decades. He died in Mumbai from chronic renal failure at the age of 79.
Rick Rypien NHL hockey player best known for his fighting during his years in Vancouver, he had recently signed to play with the Winnipeg Jets. He was found dead in his home in Coleman, Alberta. He suffered from depression. He was 27.
Simon de Jong Former Reginaarea NDP MP, he served from 1979 to 1997 and championed environmental causes. He died at home in Vancouver of leukemia. He was 69.
Jack Layton Layton led the NDP to official Opposition status in the House of Commons in the May election. The longtime Toronto city councillor became leader of the NDP in January 2003. He died of cancer at his home in Toronto. He was 61.
Wade Belak Retired NHL enforcer was found dead in a hotel room in Toronto. He played 15 seasons for various teams but suffered from depression, according to family members. He was 35.
Brad McCrimmon Former NHL player who won a Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames, he died along with 44 others when the plane carrying the team he was coaching, Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of Europe’s Kontinental Hockey League, crashed shortly after takeoff. He was 52.
Among the other victims of the crash were former NHLers Pavol Demitra, Alexander Karpovtsev, Igor Korolev, Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins and Ruslan Salei.
Andy Whitfield An Australian actor best known for the television series Spartacus died of nonHodgkin’s lymphoma in Sydney. He was 39.
Burhanuddin Rabbani A former president of Afghanistan who was serving as the head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, he was assassinated in his Kabul home by a man with a bomb hidden in his turban. He was in his early 70s.
Wangari Maathai Kenyan environmentalist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. She died in Nairobi of cancer. She was 71.
Arch Clark West A retired Frito-Lay executive credited with creating Doritos tortilla chips. He died of natural causes at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He was 97.
Ralph Steinman Montrealborn scientist and doctor whose research into immunotherapy helped extend his life while he battled pancreatic cancer. He died three days before receiving the Nobel Prize for medicine. He was 68.
Clifford Olson Notorious serial killer who murdered at least 11 children and youths in British Columbia in the early 1980s. He died in the Archambault Institution health centre near Laval, Que. He was 71 and suffered from cancer.
Steve Jobs Co-founder of Apple and Pixar and creator of such iconic devices as the Macintosh computer and iPhone died at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. He was 56.
Dennis Ritchie American computer programmer who helped create the programming language C and the UNIX operating system was found dead in his New Jersey home. He had been in failing health for a few years. He was 70.
Betty Driver British actress who played Rovers Return barmaid Betty Turpin on Coronation Street for 42 years. She died in hospital in Manchester after a sixweek illness. She was 91.
Earl McRae Award-winning news and sports columnist with the Ottawa Citizen and more recently the Ottawa Sun, he collapsed in the Sun newsroom of a heart attack. He was 69.
Dan Wheldon British race-car driver was killed in a multi-car crash during the Las Vegas Indy 300. He was twice winner of the Indianapolis 500. He was 33.
Barney Danson Second World War veteran who became a Trudeau-era defence minister, he also chaired the advisory committee that oversaw the construction of the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. He died in Toronto. He was 90.
Moammar Gadhafi Deposed Libyan dictator was killed near his hometown of Sirte after his capture by forces loyal to the National Transitional Council government. He ruled Libya for 42 years before he was ousted in September. He was 69.
Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz was the heir apparent to the throne of Saudi Arabia. He died in New York, where he received treatment for colon cancer for many years. He was about 80.
Dorothy Rodham Mother of Secretary of State and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. She died in hospital in Washington. She was 92.
John Opel Longtime executive with IBM, he oversaw their first mainframe computer in the 1960s and, as CEO, the company’s first personal desktop computer in 1981. He died in Ft. Myers, Fla. He was 86.
Andy Rooney American television newsman best known for his commentaries on the show 60 Minutes. He retired from that role weeks before he died in New York from complications from minor surgery. He was 92.
Hickstead The stallion used by top-ranked Canadian show jumper Eric Lamaze collapsed and died after a competition in Verona, Italy. The pair won gold medal in equestrian at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was 15.
Joe Frazier American boxer known as Smokin’ Joe was a former heavyweight champion and the first boxer to defeat Muhammad Ali in a prize fight. He died of liver cancer in Philadelphia. He was 67.
Heavy D American hip-hop singer born Dwight Arrington Myers, he was best known for songs Got Me Waiting and Big Daddy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He collapsed at his Los Angeles home and died in hospital. He was 44.
Bill Keane American cartoonist who created the Family Circus feature syndicated in newspapers for the past 40 years. He died of heart failure at home in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He was 89.
Tom Kent The former journalist and Liberal Party policy adviser helped develop the welfare state and chair of the Royal Commission on Newspapers in the early 1980s. He died of a heart attack following surgery. He was 89.
Fraser Mustard Canadian researcher best known for research into early childhood education that showed the positive effect of preschool programs on intellectual development and led to Ontario adopting full-day kindergarten. He died at his Toronto home. He was 84.
Eddy Palchak The former trainer was with the Montreal Canadiens for 31 years and 10 Stanley Cup wins. He died in hospital in Montreal. He was 71.
John Neville The former artistic director of the Stratford Festival, Citadel Theatre in Edmonton and Neptune Theatre in Halifax was also an actor in television and film. He died in Toronto after years of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 86.
Hal Patterson One of the great players in the CFL in the 1950s and 1960s, he played for the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton TigerCats and still holds the record for most receiving yards, 338, in one game. He died in Kansas following years of poor health. He was 79.
Herb Capozzi general manager of the B.C. Lions in the 1950s and 1960s, he is credited with building the team into Grey Cup contenders. He was also involved with the Vancouver Canucks and the Whitecaps soccer team for part of his career. He died at home in Vancouver. He was 86.
Gary Speed Welsh soccer coach and former Premier League player apparently committed suicide at his home in Cheshire. He was 42.
Patrice O’Neal American comedian was better known to the comedy club circuit but did appear on television and a few films. His last appearance was the Charlie Sheen roast in September. He died in a New York hospital a month after suffering a stroke. He was 41.
Graham Dennis Dennis was the owner and publisher of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald newspaper for nearly 60 years. He died at his Halifax home. He was 84.
Gordon Stollery Canadian entrepreneur and businessman who was involved with a number of energy companies as well as horse breeding and golf course design. Although based out of Markham, Ont., he died in an accident while vacationing in the British Virgin Islands. He was 64.
Christopher Hitchens Columnist and commentator for myriad publications including The Nation, Salon, Vanity Fair and Slate. Author of several provocative books, including God is Not Great, The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and The Trial of Henry Kissinger. Hitchens died of esophageal cancer at age 62.
Kim Jong-il North Korean strongman who died of “physical and mental over-work,” according to North Korean television. Known as “Dear Leader,” he ruled over an unstable, isolated, impoverished nation that was nonetheless pushing forward to build a nuclear arsenal. He was 69.
Vaclav Havel Czech dissident and playwright, imprisoned several times for his views, who became president of Czechoslovakia as a result of the Velvet Revolution. He held office from 1989 to 1992 and, when the country split in two, became president of the Czech Republic until 2003. Havel received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Order of Canada. He was 75.
Cheetah The chimpanzee, reportedly the one that starred in several Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller in the 1930s, lived in an animal sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida, since 1960. He died of kidney failure at about 80.
Johnny Wilson Kincardine, Ont.-born NHL player who won four Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings in the 1950s and went on to coach in the NHL. He died in suburban Detroit, after several years living with lung and colon cancer. He was 82.
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