List of Obituary (National and International)

List of famous personalities, celebrities of the world (List of Obituary- National and International) who passed away recently and they enlighten the world from their contribution. This list will helps the students to crack examinations like UPSC, State Services LIC AAO, SSC CGL, Railways RRB, SBI Clerk, IBPS PO and other exams.
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A notice of someone's death; usually includes a short biography refer to as obituary. Here, we are giving the list of famous personalities, celebrities of the world (List of Obituary- National and International) who passed away recently and they enlighten the world from their contribution. This list will helps the students to crack examinations like UPSC, State Services LIC AAO, SSC CGL, Railways RRB, SBI Clerk, IBPS PO and other exams.

List of Obituary

List of Obituary(National and International) 2016



A. B Bardhan

1. Freedom fighter, trade union leader and the former general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI)

2. wrote many books, such as: Debate on reservation Class, Caste Reservation & Struggle Against Casteism ;80 CPI Generalists; specialists and the working class ; The tribal problem in India; India's Freedom Struggle: Several Streams;  Hutatma Bhagat Singh; Prejudices & myths that feed communalism x-rayed; Reforms 2020: Last 20 Years, Next 20 Years

Sarosh Homi Kapadia

1. 38th Chief Justice of India (first Parsi Chief Justice of India)

2. Notable judgements were the quashing of appointment of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas in 2011 and also gave a dissenting judgement in Lalu Prasad Yadav's bail cancellation case

Lt. Gen. J.F.R Jacob

1. Remember for the role in India's victory in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 and the Liberation of Bangladesh

2. Served as the Governor of the Indian states of Goa and Punjab


Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman

1. BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) in 1991

2. Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film (Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny) in 1996

3. MTV World Cup Award for Favourite Harry Potter Character Portrayal (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2) in 2011

4. People's Choice Award for Favourite Ensemble Movie Cast (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2) in 2011

Mrinalini Sarabhai

1. Indian classical dancer, choreographer and instructor and the founder of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, an institute for imparting training in dance, drama, music and puppetry, in the city of Ahmadabad

2. Awards & Honours: Padma Shri (1965), Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Award (1991), and  Padma Bhushan (1992)


K. V Krishna Rao

1. Former Chief of the Indian Army and a former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura


Balram Jakhar

1. He was an Indian politician, a parliamentarian and Governor of Madhya Pradesh and 8th Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

2. He awarded 'Udyan Pandit' in 1975 for his contribution to Horticulture by the President of India.

3. Haryana Agricultural University Hisar and Gurukul Kangri Visvavidyalaya Haridwar have awarded him Doctor of Science and ‘'Vidya Martand'’ honorary degrees for his contribution to the Agriculture and Horticulture.

Edward Mitchel

1. He was a United States Navy officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, ufologist and NASA astronaut.

2. Apollo 14 astronaut who spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon.

Sudhir Tailang

1. He was an Indian cartoonist and worked for Navbharat Times in Delhi, Hindustan Times, the Indian Express and The Times of India.

2. Got Padma Shri (Literature & Education) in 2004

Nida Fazli

1. He was a prominent Indian Hindi and Urdu poet, lyricist and dialogue writer.

2. Awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 by the government of India for his contribution to literature.

3. Also honoured with National Harmony Award for writing on communal harmony.

Sushil Koirala

1. Former Prime Minister of Nepal

O.N.V Kurup

1. He was a renowned Malayalam poet and lyricist from Kerala who won Jnanpith Awards in 2007 and also got Padma Shri in 1998 and Padma Vibhushan in 2011.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

1. He was an Egyptian politician and diplomat who were the sixth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and the first Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.

Ustad Abdul Rashid

1. He was an Indian vocalist of Hindustani music. Known for performing khayal but also performed dhrupad, dhamar and thumri.

2. He composed several compositions and was also a prolific writer and poet under the pseudonym "Rasan Piya".

Harper Lee

1. She was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird which was published in 1960.

2. won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature

Umberto Eco

1. Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician, and university professor

Purno Agito Sangama

1. Indian politician who served as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Chief Minister of Meghalaya

Ray Tomlinson

1. American computer programmer who implemented the first email program on the ARPANET system, the precursor to the Internet, in 1971

George Martin

1. English record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician. He was referred to as the "Fifth Beatle", including by Paul McCartney, in reference to his extensive involvement on each of the Beatles' original albums

Andrew Grove

1. Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, author and a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry

2. Awards and Honours: J J Ebers Award (1974), and Time Man of the Year, 1997

Prince Rogers Nelson

1. American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer

2. Won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain.

V.T Thomas

1. Cartoonist from Kerala, India who created the cartoon characters Boban and Molly

 Jenny Diski

1. She was a regular contributor to the London Review of Books; the collections Don't and A View from the Bed includes articles and essays written for the publication.

2. Won Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for Stranger on a Train: Daydreaming and Smoking around America With Interruptions in 2003.

Balraj Madhok

1. Indian activist of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), president of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS), and politician

Muhammad Ali

1. American professional boxer and activist

2. Awards and Honours:  6-time Ring magazine Fighter of the Year; 3-time Ring heavyweight champion (1964–71, 1974–78, 1978–79);  3-time lineal heavyweight champion (1964–68, 1974–78, 1978–79); 2-time WBC heavyweight champion (1964–69, 1974–78); 3-time WBA heavyweight champion (1964–68, 1974–78, 1978–79); 3-time NABF heavyweight champion (1970–71, 1971–73, 1973–74); 2-time AAU champion (1959, 1960); 2-time National Golden Gloves champion; 6-time Kentucky Golden Gloves champion (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960); Olympic light heavyweight champion (1960) etc

Manohar Aich

1. Indian bodybuilder and was the second Indian (after Monotosh Roy in 1951) to win any Mr. Universe title.

2. He was only 4 feet 11 inches (1.50 m) tall and hence called as the "Pocket Hercules"

Inder Malhotra

1. Indian journalist, editor and author

2. Received the Ramnath Goenka Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013

Kavalam Narayana Panicker

1. Indian dramatist, theatre director, and poet

2. Written over 26 Malayalam plays, many adapted from classical Sanskrit drama and Shakespeare, notably Madhyamavyayogam (1979), Kalidasa's Vikramorvasiyam (1981, 1996), Shakuntalam (1982), Karnabharam (1984, 2001), Bhasa's Uru Bhangam (1988), Swapnavasavadattam, and Dootavakyam (1996).

Carlo Pedersoli

1. Known as Bud Spencer, was an Italian actor, professional swimmer and water polo player.

2. Famous for action-comedy roles with his long-time film partner Terence Hill.

K.G Subramanyam

1. He was an Indian artist.

2. Awards & Honours:  Padma Shree, Kalidas Samman, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan

Isak Chisi Swu

1. He was Naga militant leader who led a bloody insurgency in the Northeast for over three decade

Ramachandran Chintamani Dhere

1. Marathi writer from Maharashtra, India

2. wrote over 100 scholarly books, including some edited or translated works of others, on Marathi folk literature and culture, Marathi literature, religious sects in Maharashtra, and lives of sant poets

3. Received a Sahitya Akademi Award in 1987 for his Shri Vitthal: Ek MahaSamanvay

Michael Cimino

1. American film director, screenwriter, producer and author.

Abbas Kiarostami

1.  Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer

2. Notable work    : Where Is the Friend's Home? ; Close-Up ; Through the Olive Trees;  Taste of Cherry; and The Wind Will Carry Us

Abdul Sattar Edhi

1. Pakistani philanthropist, ascetic, and humanitarian who founded the Edhi Foundation which runs hospitals, homeless shelters, rehab centres, and orphanages across Pakistan.

2. Awards and honours: Lenin Peace Prize (1988); Nishan-e-Imtiaz (1989); and Wolf of Bhogio Peace Award (2005) ,Italy

Mubarak Begum

1. Indian vocalist who sang in the Hindi and Urdu languages and  also recorded and given public performances in a number of other genres, including Ghazal and Na`at

Mahasweta Devi

1. Indian Bengali fiction writer and social activist

2. Notable works : Hajar Churashir Maa (Mother of 1084); Aranyer Adhikar (The Right of the Forest); and Titu Mir

Hanif Mohammad

1. Pakistani cricketer who played for the Pakistani cricket team in 55 Test matches between the 1952–53 season and the 1969–70 season with averaged 43.98 scoring twelve centuries.

 S. R Nathan

1. He was the sixth President of Singapore

Akhlaq Ur Rahman

1. Indian chemist and politician who served as governor of the states of Bihar, West Bengal, and Haryana.

2. Awarded with India's second highest civilian award i.e. the Padma Vibhushan

Islam Karimov

1. He was the first president of Uzbekistan from its independence on 1 September 1991.

Captain Ayub khan

1. He was Former Union Minister and a war hero of 1965.

2. Recipient of Vir Chakra for his acts of valour during the 1965 India-Pakistan

Edward Albee

1. American playwright known for works such as The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), and A Delicate Balance (1966).

2. awards and Honours: Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1967, 1975, and 1994); Tony Award for Best Play (1963 and 2002); National Medal of Arts (1996); Special Tony Award (2005); and America Award in Literature (2015)

Charmian Carr

1. American actress and singer best known for her role as Liesl, the eldest Von Trapp daughter in the 1965 film version of The Sound of Music.

Yusuf Arakkal

1. He was a Malayali painter.

2. Received the prestigious Lorenzo De Medici Gold Medal, at Florence Internazionale Biennale, in Florence, Italy for his work Bacon’s Man with the Child and Priest.

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej

1. He was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri Dynasty as Rama IX.

Dario Fo

1.  Italian actor–playwright, comedian, singer, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, painter, political campaigner for the Italian left-wing

2.  Recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature

Junko Tabei

1. Japanese mountaineer who became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, and the first woman to ascend all Seven Summits by climbing the highest peak on every continent

Pandit Amaradeva

1. He was a prominent Sri Lankan vocalist, violinist and composer.

2. Awards and Honours:  Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award (2001), Indian Padma Sri Award (2002), President's Award of Kala Keerthi (1986), Doctor of Philosophy (Fine Arts) Honoris Causa (University of Kelaniya - 1991), The Degree of Doctor of Letters (University of Ruhuna - 1993),[2] Honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (University of Peradeniya)[3] (1998), Deshamanya (1998)

Kanu Ramdas Gandhi

1. Indian photographer and was a grandnephew of Mahatma Gandhi.

2. His nickname was "Bapu's Hanuman".

Leonardo Norman Cohen

1. Canadian singer-songwriter , poet , writer and composer

2. He was awarded the title of Fellow of the ' Order of Canada, the highest honour granted by Canada, and in 2011 he received the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature.

Lt. General S.K Sinha

1. Indian soldier who also served as Governor of the states of Jammu and Kashmir and Assam.

Ram Naresh Yadav

1. Indian politician who was Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and also served as Governor of Madhya Pradesh

M.G.K Menon

1. Indian physicist and policy maker

2. Awards and honours: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology (1960), Fellow of the Royal Society(FRS)(1970), and Abdus Salam Medal (1996)

Fidel Castro

1. He Cuban revolutionary and politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister


1. Indian politician who was the minister for co-operation, statistics and ex-servicemen in the Tamil Nadu state of India between 2006 and 2011 Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) regime.

Cho S. Ramaswamy

1. Indian actor, comedian, character actor, editor, political satirist, playwright and dialogue writer, film director and lawyer in Tamil Nadu.

John Glen

1. American aviator, engineer, astronaut, and United States Senator from Ohio.

2. First American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times.

V. C Kulandaiswamy

1. Indian academic and author

2. Received the Padma Bhushan (2002) and Padma Shri (1992), awarded by the President of India

Edward Ricardo Braithwaite

1. Guyanese-born British-American novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat, best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

1. Hungarian-American actress and socialite

Henry Heimlich

1. American thoracic surgeon and medical researcher

2. Invented the Micro Trach portable oxygen system for ambulatory patients and the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve, or "flutter valve," which drains blood and air out of the chest cavity

George Michael

1. English singer, songwriter, and record producer

Vera Rubin

1. American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates

2. Awards and Honours: Bruce Medal, Dickson Prize in Science, Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, National Medal of Science

Carrie Fisher

1. American actress, writer and humorist.

2. Became first for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series.

Sunder Patwa

1. Indian statesman, who served as the Chief minister of Madhya Pradesh and a cabinet minister in the Government of India

Debbie Reynolds

1. American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, and humanitarian.

2. She was first discovered by talent scouts from Warner Brothers

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