Wednesday 29 January 2020


GV Wright, former Fianna Fail TD for Dublin North, is 67. Terry Wogan, Limerick-born BBC chat show legend, is 76. Tony Bennett, veteran crooner, is 88. Martin Sheen, actor who starred in Apocalypse Now, is 74. Ossie Ardiles, Argentinian former footballer, is 62. Martha Stewart, lifestyle guru and ex-con, is 73. James Hetfield, singer/guitarist of Metallica, is 51. Ryan Lochte, American Olympic swimmer, is 30. Eamon Dunphy, sports broadcaster and journalist, is 69.


Barack Obama, US president, is 53. Simon Preston, British organist, is 76. Billy Bob Thornton, actor, is 59. Roy Hodgson, England football manager, is 67. John Gormley, former Green Party leader, is 55.


Gay Byrne, Ireland's favourite television presenter, is 80. John Whitaker, international show jumper, is 59. Ray Clemence, former Liverpool and England goalkeeper, is 66. Kajol, Indian actress, is 40. Pete Burns, androgynous singer and reality TV star, is 55. Louis Walsh, Mayo-born pop music guru and judge on The X Factor, is 62.


Geri Halliwell, 'Ginger Spice' from the Spice Girls, is 42. Melissa George, Australian actress, is 38. Marisa Miller, model, is 36. M. Night Shyamalan, movie writer-director of The Sixth Sense, is 44. Robin van Persie, Manchester United and Holland footballer, is 31.


Michael Smurfit, giant of Irish business, is 78. David Duchovny, actor, is 54. Charlize Theron, Oscar-winning actress, is 39. Tina O'Brien, former Coronation Street actress, is 31. Greg Chappell, former Australian cricket captain, is 66. Walter Swinburn, former leading jockey, is 53. Garrison Keillor, humorist, is 72.


David Evans, aka 'The Edge', U2 guitarist, is 53. Connie Stevens, actress, is 76. Chris Eubank, colourful former boxing champion, is 48. Princess Beatrice, elder daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, is 26. Dustin Hoffman, actor, is 77. Nigel Mansell, former Formula One motor-racing champion, is 61. Roger Federer, Swiss tennis champion, is 33. Donny Most, actor in Happy Days, is 60.


Gillian Anderson, actress best known for The X Files, is 46. Melanie Griffith, actress married to actor Antonio Banderas, is 57. Eric Bana, actor, is 46. Audrey Tautou, actress who starred in Amelie, is 38. Tyson Gay, American sprinter at the centre of a recent doping scandal, is 32.


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