List of Famous people who died in 2006

Rajkumar

Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju
Died on April 12, 2006 (aged 36)

Singanalluru Puttaswamaiah Muthuraj, better known by his stage name Rajkumar or Dr. Rajkumar, was an Indian film actor and playback singer in the Kannada cinema. Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema and a versatile actor, he is considered a cultural icon and holds a matinée idol status in the Kannada diaspora, among whom he is popularly adulated as Nata Saarvabhouma, Bangarada Manushya, Vara Nata, Gaana Gandharva, Rasikara Raja and Rajanna / Annavru. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1983 and also received several national and state awards. He is the only lead actor to win National Award for singing. His films have been remade more than 50 times in various languages—33 movies have been remade 55 times in 7 languages. On the Centenary of Indian cinema in April 2013, Forbes included Rajkumar's performance in the film Bangaarada Manushya on its list of 25 Greatest Acting Performances of Indian Cinema. Upon his death, The New York Times had described him as one of India's most popular movie stars.

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Billy Preston

William Everett Preston
First Name Billy
Last Name Preston
Born on September 2, 1946
Died on June 6, 2006 (aged 59)

William Everett Preston was an American musician whose work encompassed R&B, rock, soul, funk, and gospel. Preston was a top session keyboardist in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Everly Brothers, Reverend James Cleveland, The Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. He went on to achieve fame as a solo artist with hit singles such as "That's the Way God Planned It", the Grammy-winning "Outa-Space", "Will It Go Round in Circles", "Space Race", "Nothing from Nothing", and "With You I'm Born Again". Additionally, Preston co-wrote "You Are So Beautiful", which became a #5 hit for Joe Cocker.

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Adrienne Shelly

First Name Adrienne
Born on June 24, 1966
Died on November 1, 2006 (aged 40)
Height 156 cm | 5'1

Adrienne Levine, better known by the stage name Adrienne Shelly, was an American actress, film director and screenwriter. She became known for roles in independent films such as 1989's The Unbelievable Truth and 1990's Trust. She wrote, co-starred in, and directed the 2007 posthumously-released film Waitress.

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Steve Irwin

Stephen Robert Irwin
First Name Steve
Last Name Irwin
Born on February 22, 1962
Died on September 4, 2006 (aged 44)
Born in Australia, Victoria
Height 179 cm | 5'10

Stephen Robert Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, television personality, wildlife expert, environmentalist, and conservationist.

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Desmond Doss

Desmond Thomas Doss
First Name Desmond
Last Name Doss
Born on February 7, 1919
Died on March 23, 2006 (aged 87)

Desmond Thomas Doss was a United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Guam and the Philippines. Doss further distinguished himself in the Battle of Okinawa by saving 75 men, becoming the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during the war. His life has been the subject of books, the documentary The Conscientious Objector, and the 2016 film Hacksaw Ridge.

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Gerald Ford

Leslie Lynch King Jr.
First Name Gerald
Last Name Ford
Born on July 14, 1913
Died on December 26, 2006 (aged 93)
Height 183 cm | 6'0
Net Worth $2.5B

Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th president of the United States from August 1974 to January 1977. Ford previously served as the 40th vice president of the United States from December 1973 to August 1974. Ford is the only person to have served as both vice president and president without being elected to either office by the Electoral College.

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Saddam Hussein

First Name Saddam
Born on April 28, 1937
Died on December 30, 2006 (aged 69)
Height 184 cm | 6'0

Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was an Iraqi politician who served as the fifth President of Iraq from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization, the Iraqi Ba'ath Party—which espoused Ba'athism, a mix of Arab nationalism and Arab socialism—Saddam played a key role in the 1968 coup that brought the party to power in Iraq.

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Dana Reeve

First Name Dana
Last Name Reeve
Born on March 17, 1961
Died on March 6, 2006 (aged 44)

Dana Charles Reeve was an American actress, singer, and activist for disability causes. She was the wife of actor Christopher Reeve.

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Augusto Pinochet

Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte
First Name Augusto
Last Name Pinochet
Born on November 25, 1915
Died on December 10, 2006 (aged 91)

Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte was a Chilean Army General, politician and military dictator who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990, first as the leader of the Military Junta of Chile from 1973 to 1981, being self-declared President of the Republic by the junta in 1974 and becoming the de facto dictator of Chile, and after from 1981 to 1990 as de jure President after a new Constitution, who confirmed him in the office, was approved by a referendum in 1980.

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P. W. Botha

First Name P.
Last Name Botha
Died on October 31, 2006 (aged 36)

Pieter Willem Botha,, commonly known as P. W. and Afrikaans: Die Groot Krokodil, was a South African politician. He served as the last Prime Minister from 1978 to 1984 and the first executive State President from 1984 to 1989.

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