Famous Deaths in May 1971

  • May 1 Edith Day, American actress (A Romance of the Air), dies at 75
  • May 1 Glenda Farrell, actress (Grand Slam, Exposed), dies at 66
  • May 4 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, US chemist (Cyanosis), dies at 88
  • May 4 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
  • May 4 Louis de Bree, [Louis C Davids], Dutch actor (Bluejackets), dies at 87
  • May 5 Alice Tissot, actress (Italian Straw Hat), dies of cancer at 81
  • May 5 Petro Scaglione, Italian procureur-general, killed by Mafia
  • May 5 Violet Jessop, Titanic survivor (b. 1887)
  • May 6 Helene Weigel, Austrian/German actress (Metropolis), dies at 70
  • May 7 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • May 10 Mihail Jora, Romanian composer, dies at 79
  • May 10 Shukichi Mitsukuri, composer, dies at 75
  • May 12 J M Taylor, cricketer (20 Tests 1920-26, 997 runs), dies
  • May 12 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • May 13 Valerian Mikhaylovich Bogdanov-Berezovsky, composer, dies 67
  • May 15 Tyrone Guthrie, English director, producer, and writer (b. 1900)
  • May 19 Bernard Wagenaar, Neth/US composer, dies at 76
  • May 19 Ogden Nash, poet/TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 68
  • May 20 Waldo Williams, Welsh poet (b. 1904)
  • May 21 Dennis King, actor (Devil's Brother), dies of heart ailment at 73
  • May 25 Jo Etha Collier, young African American woman killed by 3 whites in Drew Miss
  • May 25 Mark Brunswick, composer, dies at 69
  • May 25 Terence De Marney, actor (Case Thomas-Johnny Ringo), dies at 62
  • May 26 John Longden, actor (Man From Interpol), dies at 70
  • May 27 Chips Rafferty, actor (Kona Coast, Walk into Hell), dies at 62
  • May 28 Audie Murphy, American actor (Whispering Smiths), dies of plane crash at 45
  • May 28 Jean Vilar, French actor (b. 1912)
  • May 29 Max Trapp, German composer, dies at 83
  • May 30 Audie Murphy, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Sierra), killed in plane crash at 46
  • May 30 Rodd Redwing, actor (Buffalo Bill in Tomahawk Territory), dies at 66
  • May 30 Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer (b. 1886)
  • May 31 Dainty Ironmonger, cricketer (74 wkts in 14 Tests after age 46), dies
  • May 31 Massimo Campigli, Italian painter/illustrator, dies at 75