Famous people from the world of entertainment who died in 2015 include screenwriter, director and producer Wes Craven, blues guitarist B.B. King, actor and director Leonard Nimoy, singer and songwriter Leslie Gore, and Academy Award-winning actress Maureen O'Hara. Some well-known sports figures who died in 2015 are baseball great Yogi Berra, basketball star Moses Malone, golfer Charles Sifford, baseball player and coach Ernie Banks, and football player and broadcaster Frank Gifford.
Many lists of prominent figures who have passed away in a given year focus on people from the world of sports and entertainment. In 2015, this included film actor Omar Sharif, television actor Dick Van Patten, film star Christopher Lee, singer Percy Sledge, saxophonist and songwriter Ornette Coleman, and TV screenwriter and producer Sam Simon.
Some eminent people who died in 2015 are remembered for their contributions to specialized fields. In the world of politics, this includes civil rights activists Marva Collins, Anne Moody and Solomon Seay Jr., Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and prime minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew. Other late figures who made outstanding contributions to their fields are architect Michael Graves, neurologist Oliver Sacks, mathematician John F. Nash, Jr., and stockbroker Sir Nicholas Winston, who arranged the evacuation of 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia to England prior to World War II.