The following is a list of notable deaths in March 2005.
Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:
- Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.
- Edmund Adams, 90, English cricketer.
- Cissy van Bennekom, 93, Dutch film actress.
- George "Wild Child" Butler, 68, American blues musician.
- Sergio Campanato, 75, Italian mathematician.
- Reverend Walter Halloran, 83, American priest who participated in the exorcism on which The Exorcist was based.
- Brian Luckhurst, 66, English cricketer, cancer.
- Peter Malkin, 77, Israeli Mossad agent, the man who captured Adolf Eichmann.
- Stephen Anthony Mobley, 39, American convicted murderer, executed by lethal injection.
- Bala Bredin, 88, British army general.
- Martin Denny, 93, American founder of exotica musical genre, bandleader.
- Hermann Dörnemann, 111, German supercentenarian and World War I veteran, oldest living person in Germany, heart failure.
- Tillie K. Fowler, 62, U.S. politician, former four-term Florida congresswoman.
- Rick Mahler, 51, American baseball pitcher, heart attack.
- George Atkinson, 69, American businessman, inventor of the video rental.
- James Corbett, 96, Australian politician.
- Max M. Fisher, 96, American millionaire philanthropist, listed in Forbes 400.
- Rinus Michels, 77, Dutch football player and coach, former Netherlands national football team coach.
- Raveendran, 61, Indian composer and playback singer.
- Guylaine St. Onge, 39, Canadian actress (Earth: Final Conflict, Fast Track, Angel Eyes), cancer.
- Mihai Brediceanu, 84, Romanian musician.
- Nicola Calipari, 51, Italian intelligence officer, shot by the US Army in Iraq.
- Douglas Dumbleton, 86, New Zealand cricket umpire.
- Una Hale, 82, Australian operatic soprano.
- Yuri Kravchenko, 53, Ukrainian General of Internal Service and statesman, former interior minister of Ukraine.
- Carlos Sherman, 70, Uruguayan-born Belarusian translator and writer.
- George Worsley Adamson, 92, American-born British illustrator.
- Harold Brooks-Baker, 71, American publishing director of Burke's Peerage Limited.
- Sergiu Comissiona, 76, Romanian orchestra conductor.
- Morris Engel, 86, American photographer, cinematographer and filmmaker.
- Vance Gerry, 75, American animator and screenwriter (The Aristocats, Hercules, The Fox and the Hound).
- James McGirr Kelly, 76, American federal judge.
- David Sheppard, Baron Sheppard of Liverpool, 75, English former international cricketer and Church of England bishop, cancer.
- Larned B. Asprey, 85, American chemist.
- Hans Bethe, 98, German-born American Nobel Laureate in Physics, discover of stellar fusion.
- Danny Gardella, 85, American baseball player, New York Giants outfielder.
- Gladys Marín, 63, Chilean communist politician, cancer.
- Keith Rawle, 80, Australian rules footballer.
- Chuck Thompson, 83, American Baltimore Orioles broadcaster, complications of massive stroke.
- Tommy Vance, 64, British radio DJ and TV host, stroke.
- Teresa Wright, 86, American actress (Mrs. Miniver, Shadow of a Doubt, The Best Years of Our Lives, Oscar winner (1943), heart attack.
- Walter Arendt, 80, German politician.
- A. W. Baxter, 78, Canadian winemaker.
- Helon Blount, 76, American musical theatre actress, born in Texas.
- John Box, 85, British production designer (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Oliver!), 4-time Oscar winner.
- Terry Buck, 61, Australian swimmer.
- Debra Hill, 54, American screenwriter and film producer (Halloween, Escape from New York, The Fisher King).
- Bildad Kaggia, 82, Kenyan politician.
- Philip Lamantia, 77, American surrealist poet.
- Sir Peregrine Rhodes, 79, British diplomat, Ambassador to Greece (1982–1985)
- James Stuart, 76, American opera director.
- Ross Benson, 56, British journalist for the Daily Mail and award-winning foreign correspondent.
- Larry Bunker, 76, American jazz drummer.
- Anna Haycraft, 72, English writer, lung cancer.
- César Lattes, 80, Brazilian physicist, contributed to the physics of elementary particles and discovered the pion.
- Aslan Maskhadov, 53, Chechen separatist leader, killed by Russian troops.
- Brigitte Mira, 94, German theatrical actress.
- Fred Rice, 86, American football coach.
- Jeremy Russell, 60, American cofounding member of the band Blue Cheer.
- Thomas F. August, 78, American lawyer and politician.
- Meredith Davies, 82, British conductor.
- Glenn Davis, 80, American football player, Heisman Trophy winner, prostate cancer.
- Josef Fuchs, 93, German Roman Catholic theologian.
- Sheila Gish, 62, English actress (Company, Highlander, Mansfield Park), cancer.
- Kathie Kay, 86, Scottish big band singer, Alzheimer's disease.
- Chris LeDoux, 56, American country music and rodeo star, complications from liver cancer.
- William Murray, 78, American mystery novelist.
- István Nyers, 80, Hungarian footballer.
- Jeanette Schmid, 80, German-born professional transsexual whistler.
- Redmond A. Simonsen, 62, American game designer.
- Dave Allen, 68, Irish comedian.
- Charles R. Baxter, 75, American physician, pneumonia, surgeon who tried to save JFK, pneumonia.
- Sir James Beament, 83, British biologist.
- Debbi Besserglick, 49, Israeli actress and voice actress, cancer.
- Danny Joe Brown, 53, American singer (Molly Hatchet).
- Bruno Manser, 45, Swiss environmental activist.
- Sy Wexler, 88, American maker of educational films.
- Rowland Barnes, 64, American jurist, murdered in court.
- Karen Wynn Fonstad, 59, American cartographer and academic, author of atlases of fictional worlds, breast cancer.
- Len Morgan, 82, American aviator and writer.
- Humphrey Spender, 94, British photojournalist, notably for Picture Post.
- Tony Arena, 86, American football player.
- Aleksandar Atanacković, 84, Serbian footballer.
- Carl Beck-Friis, 83, Swedish Olympic shooter
- Joseph M. Breitenbeck, 90, American Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Grand Rapids (1969–1989).
- Norbert Callens, 80, Belgian cyclist.
- Bill Cameron, 62, Canadian journalist, cancer.
- Lisa Fittko, 95, German World War II dissident who led Jews over the Pyrenees to freedom.
- Stanley Grenz, 55, American Christian theologian.
- Amanullah Khan, 71, Pakistani Test cricket umpire.
- Stavros Kouyioumtzis, 73, Greek music composer
- Edward E. Simbalist, 61, American role-playing game designer
- Old Man Bukashkin, 66, Russian poet and artist.
- Lyn Collins, 56, American soul singer, aka "Female Preacher"
- Jason Evers, 83, American actor, star of B-movie Brain That Wouldn't Die
- Ahmed Hassan Diria, 67, Tanzanian politician and diplomat, foreign minister from 1990 to 1993.
- Frank House, 75, American baseball player, retired Major League Baseball catcher and Alabama legislator
- Stan Campbell, 74, American NFL player.
- Richard Cooper, 58, Australian jurist.
- Richard S. Forrest, 72, American novelist and short story writer, smoking and lung disease.
- Janet Reger, 69, British designer of women's lingerie.
- Sir Donald Thompson, 73, British politician.
- Simon Webb, 55, British chess grandmaster living in Sweden, stabbed to death by his son.
- Akira Yoshizawa, 94, Japanese origami master.
- Bob Bellear, 60, Australian jurist, first indigenous judge in Australia.
- Audrey Callaghan, 89, Spouse of the British Prime Minister (1976–1979).
- Don Durant, 82, American actor (Johnny Ringo) and singer.
- Sante Graziani, 85, American artist and art educator.
- Loe de Jong, 90, Dutch historian.
- Otar Korkiya, 81, Georgian basketball player.
- Bill McGarry, 77, English football manager.
- Jim Pearcy, 86, American football player.
- Judith Scott, 61, American outsider artist.
- Shoji Nishio, 77, Japanese aikido teacher holding the rank of 8th dan shihan from the Aikikai.
- Wanda Alston, 45, American activist.
- Arciso Artesiani, 83, Italian motorcycle racer.
- Todd Bell, 47, American football safety, former Chicago Bears player.
- Mohammed Bijeh, 30, Iranian serial killer.
- Ralph Erskine, 91, British architect (Byker Wall).
- Anthony George, 84, American actor.
- Allan Hendrickse, 77, South African politician.
- Justin Hinds, 62, Jamaican vocalist and songwriter.
- William Lehman, 91, American politician, represented Dade County, Florida in U.S. Congress.
- Dick Radatz, 67, American baseball player.
- Renzo Alverà, 72, Italian bobsledder.
- William J. Bakrow, 81, American academic administrator.
- Irvine Barrow, 92, Canadian accountant and senator.
- Gary Bertini, 77, Israeli conductor and composer.
- Sir Jeremy Blacker, 65, British army general.
- Mike Campbell-Lamerton, 71, British army officer and rugby player.
- Royce Frith, 81, Canadian senator.
- Prentice Gautt, 67, American former NFL player.
- Lalo Guerrero, 88, American father of Chicano music.
- Sverre Holm, 73, Norwegian actor.
- George F. Kennan, 101, U.S. diplomat and historian.
- David Little, 46, American college and professional football player, former Pittsburgh Steelers player.
- Andre Norton, 93, American science fiction and fantasy author.
- Theodor Uppman, 85, American operatic baritone.
- Alfred Adcock, 88, English cricketer.
- Encarnación Cabré, 93, Spanish archaeologist.
- Sol Linowitz, 91, American diplomat and entrepreneur.
- Maria Rosseels, 88, Belgian writer and journalist.
- John DeLorean, 80, American car designer and manufacturer.
- John Ebdon, 81, British author, broadcaster and director of the London Planetarium.
- Knox Ramsey, 79, American gridiron football player (Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins).
- Ronnie Bird, 63, English footballer (Bradford Park Avenue, Birmingham City).
- David Bonser, 71, British Anglican prelate, Bishop of Bolton.
- Ted Brown, 80, American radio personality.
- Walter Hopps, 72, American art dealer and gallery owner.
- Sir Leslie Porter, 84, British businessman (Tesco).
- Maynard Jack Ramsay, 90, American entomologist.
- Andrew Toti, 89, American inventor of the Mae West inflatable life vest.
- Rodney Aller, 88, American skier and lawyer.
- Fred Blair, 98, American communist politician.
- Barney Martin, 82, American actor (Seinfeld, The Producers, Arthur), lung cancer.
- Stanley Sadie, 74, English musicologist and critic, Lou Gehrig's disease.
- Bobby Short, 80, American cabaret singer and pianist, leukemia.
- Jeff Weise, 16, American school shooter, suicide.
- Abid Azad, 52, Bangladeshi poet.
- Vernon Carrington, 68, Jamaican Rastafarian.
- Clemente Domínguez y Gómez, 58, Spanish antipope self-proclaimed Gregory XVII in 1978.
- Gerald R. Dunn, 70, American politician.
- Gemini Ganesan, 84, Indian actor.
- Theresa Kobuszewski, 84, American baseball player (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League).
- Edward Moskal, 80, American president of the Polish American Congress.
- Rod Price, 57, English guitarist (Foghat).
- Kenzo Tange, 91, Japanese architect.
- Rizvan Chitigov, 40, Chechen rebel field commander, K.I.A.
- Naftali Halberstam, 74, Polish-born Grand Rabbi of the Bobover Hasidim
- Robert L. Hendershott, 106, American numismatist.
- David Kossoff, 85, British actor, father of Free guitarist Paul Kossoff
- Chen Yi-sein, Sino-Burmese scholar.
- Lyle Bennett, American football and track coach.
- Richard Bowman, 71, English cricketer.
- Sir Lindsay Bryson, 80, British admiral.
- David P. Bushnell, 91, American entrepreneur, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
- Elizabeth Girling, 92, English political activist and charity campaigner.
- Shelley Mann, 67, American swimmer and Olympic medalist.
- Mercedes Pardo, 83, Venezuelan painter.
- Sir Ronald Forrest, 82, British admiral.
- Greg Garrison, 81, American television producer and director (The Dean Martin Show, Your Show of Shows).
- David Sanctuary Howard, 77, British expert on Chinese porcelain.
- Paul Henning, 93, American television producer (Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres).
- Davis McCaughey, 90, Australian politician, Governor of Victoria, Australia.
- Achiam, 89, Israeli sculptor.
- Melihate Ajeti, 69, Kosovar actress.
- David Boone, 53, Canadian football player.
- James Callaghan, 92, British politician, Prime Minister (1976–1979), MP (1945–1987).
- Harold Cruse, 89, American academic and social critic.
- Gérard Filion, 95, Canadian businessman and journalist.
- Paul Hester, 46, Australian drummer (Crowded House, Split Enz), suicide.
- Allison Green, 93, American politician.
- Marius Russo, 90, American baseball pitcher, member of 1941 and 1943 World Series New York Yankees teams.
- Georgeanna Seegar Jones, 92, American scientist and endocrinologist.
- Osias Tager, 90, British businessman.
- Wilfred Gordon Bigelow, 91, Canadian heart surgeon.
- Gwydion Brooke, 93, British bassoonist.
- Bob Casey, 79, American PA announcer for the Minnesota Twins.
- Grant Johannesen, 83, American classical pianist and composer.
- Antonio Tellez, 84, Spanish anarchist historian and journalist.
- Rigo Tovar, 58, Mexican singer and composer.
- Ahmad Zaki, 56, Egyptian actor, lung cancer.
- Raffaello Baldini, 80, Italian writer and poet.
- Tom Bevill, 84, American politician, former US Congressman from Alabama.
- Said Dimayev, 65, Soviet/Russian composer of Chechen descent.
- Dave Freeman, 82, British scriptwriter (Benny Hill, Carry On films, etc.).
- Pál Losonczi, 85, Hungarian Communist political figure, former chairman of the Presidential Council of Hungary (head of state).
- Dame Moura Lympany, 89, British classical pianist.
- Yesmore Mutero, 25, Zimbabwean footballer (women's national team), AIDS-related illness.
- Eula Pearl Carter Scott, 89, American stunt pilot and political activist.
- Robin Spry, 65, Canadian film and television producer and screenwriter, road accident.
- Johnnie Cochran, 67, American lawyer, defended O. J. Simpson, brain cancer.
- Edward D. Head, 85, American Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Buffalo (1973–1995).
- Howell Heflin, 83, American politician, U.S. Senator from Alabama.
- George Matthews, 88, British journalist and political activist.
- Clive McLean, 60, English adult photographer.
- Roy Askevold, 69, Norwegian boxer.
- Arieh Atzmoni, 78, Israeli soldier.
- Ivor Brown, 77, British motorcycle speedway rider and writer.
- Robert Creeley, 78, American poet, complications from respiratory disease.
- Emil Dimitrov, 64, Bulgarian singer and musician.
- Alan Dundes, 70, American folklorist and teacher, apparent heart attack while teaching.
- Milton Green, 91, American former record holder in hurdles, boycotted the 1936 Summer Olympics as a protest against Adolf Hitler.
- Mitch Hedberg, 37, American comedian, intoxication.
- Fred Korematsu, 86, Japanese-American civil rights leader, respiratory illness.
- Derrick Plourde, 33, American drummer (Lagwagon, the Ataris), suicide.
- O. V. Vijayan, 74, Indian author, cartoonist and matchbox.
- Alan Bloom, 98, British horticulturist.
- Yeiki Kobashigawa, 87, United States Army soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor.
- Charles Palmer, 85, English cricketer.
- Frank Perdue, 84, American poultry magnate.
- Terri Schiavo, 41, American persistent vegetative state patient.
- Surender Singh, 58, Indian politician.
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- Douglas Martin (March 3, 2005). "Tillie Fowler, 62, a Former House Leader, Dies". The New York Times. p. A 29. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Jennifer Bayot (March 9, 2005). "George Atkinson Dies at 69; Pioneer in Renting of Videos". The New York Times. p. A 23. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- "Rinus Michels; Dutch coach who invented 'total football'". The Independent. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- James R. Oestreich (March 7, 2005). "Sergiu Comissiona, 76, Busy Conductor, Is Dead". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Dave Kehr (March 7, 2005). "Morris Engel, 86, a Pioneer in Independent Film, Dies". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
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- Douglas Martin (March 8, 2005). "Teresa Wright, Stage and Film Star, Dies at 86". The New York Times. p. A 21. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (March 21, 2005). "Philip Lamantia, 77, Surrealist Poet, Is Dead". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
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- Richard Goldstein (March 18, 2005). "Dick Radatz, Pitcher With Power for the Red Sox, Dies at 67". The New York Times. p. B 8. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Anne Midgette (March 25, 2005). "Gary Bertini, an Israeli Conductor in Demand for Opera, Dies at 77". The New York Times. p. B 11. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Tim Weiner and Barbara Crossette (March 18, 2005). "George F. Kennan Dies at 101; Leading Strategist of Cold War". The New York Times. p. A 1. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (March 18, 2005). "Andre Norton Dies at 93; a Master of Science Fiction". The New York Times. p. B 8. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Anthony Tommasini (March 19, 2005). "Theodor Uppman, 85, Singer Known for 'Billy Budd' Role, Dies". The New York Times. p. A 13. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
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- Roberta Smith (March 23, 2005). "Walter Hopps, 72, Curator With a Flair for the Modern, Is Dead". The New York Times. p. C 15. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
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- Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (March 30, 2005). "Harold Cruse, Social Critic and Fervent Black Nationalist, Dies at 89". The New York Times. p. A 15. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
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- Richard Goldstein (April 4, 2005). "Marius Russo, 90, Yankees Pitcher, Dies". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
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- Jeremy Pearce (March 31, 2005). "Dr. Wilfred G. Bigelow, 91, a Pioneer in Heart Surgery, Dies". The New York Times. p. A 25. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Allan Kozinn (March 30, 2005). "Grant Johannesen, Unorthodox Pianist, Is Dead at 83". The New York Times. p. D 8. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
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- Robert Pear (March 30, 2005). "Howell Heflin, Former Alabama Senator, Dies at 83". The New York Times. p. A 15. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Dinitia Smith (April 1, 2005). "Robert Creeley, 78, Groundbreaking Poet, Dies". The New York Times. p. C 13. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Margalit Fox (April 2, 2005). "Alan Dundes, 70, Folklorist Who Studied Human Custom, Dies". The New York Times. p. A 12. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
- Jesse McKinley (April 1, 2005). "Mitch Hedberg, a Comedian Who Performed Surreal Routines, Dies at 37". The New York Times. p. C 13. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
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