DEATHS - 2019 JANUARY

January 2

Veteran Bollywood actor Kader Khan passes away at 81.
Born in Kabul, Khan made his acting debut in 1973 with Rajesh Khanna’s Daag and went on to act in over 300 films. He also wrote dialogues for over 250 movies.
He received Sahitya Shiromani Award in 2013 for his work and contributions to Hindi Film industry and Cinema.

Early Internet Pioneer Larry Roberts Passes Away.
The man is one of the pioneers and architects of the early forms of the internet that we are so widely use and are accustomed to.
Roberts was responsible for being the program manager for ARPAnet, which was the precursor to the internet.

January 3

Veteran Kannada actor CH Lokanath dies at 91
CH Lokanath, who has acted in over 1000 plays and 600 films, passed away due to a cardiac arrest.
Lokanath, who has worked in the industry for six decades, is fondly known as 'Uncle Lokanath'.
He acted in many notable films like Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu, and Minchina Ota.
He made his film debut with the National award-winning film Samskara (1970).

Ramakant Achrekar, Sachin Tendulkar’s coach passes away
Ramakant Achrekar, who has honed a battery of Test cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, died at his residence
At least a dozen of disciples - including Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Chandrakant Pandit, Lalchand Rajput, Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Pravin Amre, Sameer Dighe, Ajit Agarkar, Paras Mhambrey, Ramesh Powar - represented India in Tests and many others succeeded in first-class cricket.

January 4

Bengali writer Dibyendu Palit passes away
Renowned Bengali writer and SahityaAkademi awardee DibyenduPalit passed away at 79 in Kolkata.
Palit was conferred the SahityaAkademi for his novel ‘Anubhab’ in 1998.
His first short story ‘Chhandopatan’ was published in 1955 and his first novel ‘SindhuBaroan’ published in 1959.

Emergency-fame retired judge CS Dharmadhikari dies at 91.
Retired justice Chandrashekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari, who delivered a landmark verdict during the Emergency on human rights, died.
Justice Dharmadhikari was also an eminent Gandhian, freedom-fighter, legal luminary and social activist.
A recipient of many awards, including Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, Justice Dharmadhikari was appointed a judge in Bombay High Court in July 1972.

January 10

Oldest person in the US dies at 114 in her Ohio home, as her family attributes her longevity to 'eating sweet potatoes every day
Lessie Brown, a 114-year-old Ohio woman who was believed to be the oldest person in the United States died.

January 13

Former banker, Aam Aadmi Party leader Meera Sanyal passes away
Banker-turned-politician Meera Sanyal passed away at 57.
Sanyal, who earlier served as the chief of Royal Bank of Scotland, resigned from her position to join Aam Aadmi Party in 2013.
She also contested in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai South constituency.

January 15

1956 Olympian footballer Zulfiqar passed away at 83
Former India and 1956 Olympian footballer, Mohammed Zulfiqaruddin, passed away in Hyderabad.
He also represented India in the 1958 Tokyo Asian Games and the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia.
He was the captain of Andhra Pradesh in the Santosh Trophy from 1955 to 1967.
He also captained AP Police team from 1954 to 1967 and won IFA Shield, Durand Cup and Rovers Cup tournaments.

Sir Michael Atiyah, a British mathematician passes away
Sir Michael Atiyah, a British mathematician who received the 1966 Fields Medal, also known as the ‘Nobel for Mathematics,’ passed away.
Atiyah was best known for his co-development of a branch of mathematics called topological K-theory and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem.
Atiyah was also the President of the Royal Society from 1990-1995.

January 16

Malayalam director Lenin Rajendran passed away
Malayalam director-screenwriter Lenin Rajendran passed away. He was 67.
Lenin Rajendran made his directorial debut with 1982 film Venal. He went on to helm films like Swathi Thirunal, Daivathinte Vikrithikal, Kulam, Rathri Mazha and Makaramanju.
His last directorial was the 2016 film Edavappathy.

Noted British mathematician Michael Atiyah with India links dead
Atiyah, who was based at Oxford and Cambridge, among several universities, during his career, is best known for his contribution to a branch of mathematics called topological K-theory and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem.
Michael Atiyah, one of the foremost mathematicians whose work encompassed topology and geometry, and who worked with several Indian mathematicians during his career, has passed away aged 89.
Atiyah was the chancellor of the University of Leicester, among his several roles in British and American academia during his career.

Former Maharashtra Minister Shivajirao Deshmukh passed away
Shivajirao Deshmukh, who had served as revenue minister in the Vasantsada Patil government in 1976-85, hailed from Shirala tehsil in Sangli district of western Maharashtra.
He was 84 and a sitting member of the Legislative Council.
During his long political career spanning over five decades, Deshmukh served in various key posts, including as a cabinet minister on several occasions.

January 17

VHP leader Vishnu HariDalmia passed away
Vishnu HariDalmia, one of the major leaders of the Ram Janmabhoomi protest along with Ashok Singhal and Acharya Giriraj Kishore passed away in New Delhi.
He also served as ‘PrabandhNyasi’ (managing trustee) of Sri Krishna Janmasthan Mathura.
Dalmia played a crucial role in the Ram Janambhumi agitation.

Malayalam Director Lenin Rajendran passed away
Malayalam director and screenwriter Lenin Rajendran passed away at 67.
He was a five-time recipient of the Kerala State Film Awards and also received the International Federation of Film Critics Award for the best Malayalam film for his ‘Makaramanju’ screened at the 2010 IFFK.
In the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) six of his films were screened under the category ‘Chronicler of Our Times’.

January 18

Vanguard Group Founder John C. Bogle passed away
John C. Bogle, who founded the Vanguard Group of Investment Companies in 1974 and built it into a giant kingdom, with $4.9 trillion in assets under management, died at the age of 89.
Bogle was also a best-selling author, Stay the Course: The Story of Vanguard and the Index Revolution is the recent and the last master piece written by him.
Jack Bogle, who preached buy and hold investing, was considered one of the world's greatest investors.

January 19

Mary Oliver, a Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet, Dies at Age 83
Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet passed away. She was 83.
The cause of death was lymphoma.
Oliver - author of more than 15 poetry and essay collections - wrote brief, direct pieces that sang of her worship of the outdoors and disdain for greed, despoilment and other human crimes.

Philippines wealthiest man Henry Sy passed away
He started his first business after WWII selling shoes imported by US soldiers.
He founded SM Investments, which runs department stores, supermarkets, shopping malls and banks.
According to Forbes, he had a net worth of $19 billion.
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January 20

Pehowa MLA JaswinderSandhu passed away after battling cancer
Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)’s senior leader and MLA Jasvinder Singh Sandhu passed away after Suffering from Cancer at the age of 63 in Haryana.
He had been elected to the Haryana VidhanSabha from the Pehowa seat in 1991, 1996, 2000 and 2014.
He had also served as the agriculture minister of the state.

January 21

Eminent neurologist Jagjit Singh Chopra passed away
Padma Bhushan neurologist Jagjit Singh Chopra has died at the age of 84.
He was the founder of the department of neurology at PGIMER, Chandigarh.
He received lifetime achievement award by the World Federation of Neurology in 2017.

January 22

Siddaganga mutt seer Sri Shivakumara Swamiji passed away
Siddaganga mutt seer Sri Shivakumara Swamiji, popularly known as “Nadedaduva Devaru” (Walking God) passed away in Tumakuru,Karnataka.
Born on April on April 1, 1907, in Veerapura village of Ramanagara, Swamiji was well known for his philanthropic activities.
In the year 1965, Karnataka University conferred Swamiji an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature.
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Tony Mendez, the real CIA spy behind Argo passed away
Ex-CIA agent Tony Mendez, who inspired the Oscar-winning film Argo, has died at the age of 78.
He had been suffering from Parkinson's Disease. At the CIA, Mendez specialised in disguises, forgery and rescues.
He is best known for smuggling six American diplomats out of Iran during the 1979-81 hostage crisis by posing as a film producer.

January 23

Former India hockey player Raghbir Bhola passed away
Former Indian hockey player Raghbir Singh Bhola, a two-time Olympic medallist, has passed away aged 92.
Bhola was a member of the Indian team at two Olympics - 1956 and 1960 - winning gold and silver respectively.
Bhola was awarded the Arjuna for Lifetime Contribution in 2000.

Senior journalist Gopinath Kochattil passed away
He authored 'Njaan kanda Europe’ one of the earliest travelogues in Malayalam.
He was 82 years old.
He worked for several publications including Patriot, Morning Post, Hong Kong Standard, South China Morning Post and Deccan Herald.

January 25

Bengali Writer Atin Bandyopadhyay Passed Away
Bandyopadhyay won the 2001 Sahitya Akademi award for his compilation of short stories 'Panchashati Galpo'.
Bandyopadhyaywas born in Dhaka in then undivided Bengal and had taken up various jobs as a sailor, school teacher, factory manager, journalist to finally became a writer.
Bandyopadhyay had also penned popular fiction pieces like Nilkantha Pakhir Khonje, Aloukik Jaljaan, Nil Timi, Ekti Jaler Rekha in his illustrious career spanning over decades.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Russell Baker passed away
Baker got his start as a news reporter with the Baltimore Sun, but became known for his "Observer" column in the Times, where he commented on modern life with unmistakable whimsy.
Baker won Pulitzers in 1979 for the ''Observer'', the Times column, and in 1983 for his autobiography ''Growing Up''.

Famous Hindi writer Krishna Sobti passed away
She had won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1980 for her novel Zindaginama and was awarded the Jnanpith in 2017 for her contribution to Indian literature.
She received prestigious awards like Sahitya Akademi, Jnanpith and was also offered Padma Bhushan, which she had declined.

January 26

Jnanpith awardee, acclaimed author Krishna Sobti passed away at 93
Acclaimed Hindi fiction writer and essayist Krishna Sobti passed away at the age of 93 due to prolonged illness.
Her writings insinuate Punjabi, Urdu, and afterwards Rajasthani languages. Her works mainly underscores the issues of female identity.
She was also conferred with the Jnanpith in 2017 for her contribution to Indian literature.

Ex Goa governor and former minister Bhanu Prakash Singh dies aged 90
Former ex Goa Governor and head of the Narsinghgarh royal family Bhanu Prakash Singh passed away due to physical illness in Indore.
Singh was elected as an MP from the Rajgarh Lok Sabha seat in 1962 as an independent candidate.
In 1991, he became the Governor of Goa.

January 27

Veteran Bengali Actress Supriya Devi Passes Away
Veteran Bengali film actress and Padmashri awardee, Supriya Devi, passed away in Kolkata, following a severe cardiac arrest. She was 83.
Supriya Devi made her debut in the Uttam Kumar-starrer Basu Parivar in 1952. She was also awarded the Banga Vibushan - the highest-ever civilian award given by the Bengal Government, and a Life Time Achievement Award by Filmfare during their eastern India version of the award show.

January 28

Oscar-winning French composer Michel Legrand dies, age 86
Legrand won his first Academy Award in 1969 for the song "The Windmills of Your Mind" from the film "The Thomas Crown Affair".
He won Oscars for his music in the 1972 film "summer of '42'' and "Yentl" in 1984.
Legrand wrote over 200 film and TV scores, as well as songs (known for his often jazz-tinged music).

January 29

Former defence minister George Fernandes passed away
Former Defence Minister George Fernandes passed away in Delhi at the age of 88.
Fernandes also served as the Railways Minister in former Prime Minister VP Singh's government.
His last stint as a parliamentarian was as a Rajya Sabha MP between August 2009 and July 2010.

January 31

Amrik Singh Nagra, Ex-Ranji Player Died of Cardiac Arrest.
Former Ranji player and a Cricket coach, Amrik Singh Nagra, died of a cardiac arrest while training students on the ground at the Baba Ishar Singh School, Ludhiana.
Many of the former Ranji players, alongside the ex-India captain, Bishen Singh Bedi paid their condolences.


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