Famous Deaths in 1988

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  • Jan 1 Leo Steiner, NY Carnegie Deli's owner, dies
  • Jan 3 Gaston Eyskens, Prime Minister of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82
  • Jan 3 William Cagney, actor (Torrid Zone), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 3 Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  • Jan 3 Joie Chitwood, American racedriver & Daredevil (b. 1912)
  • Jan 4 Lily Laskine, French harpist (b. 1893)
  • Jan 5 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40

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Jan 5 Pete Maravich, American basketball player, dies of heart failure at 40

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Jan 6 Brent Collins, soap actor (Another World), dies of heart attack at 46
  • Jan 7 Trevor Howard, actor (Ryan's Daughter), dies of bronchitis at 71
  • Jan 7 Michel Auclair, French actor (b. 1922)
  • Jan 8 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
  • Jan 11 Gregory (Pappy) Boyington, ace WW II pilot, dies at 75 of cancer
  • Jan 11 Isidor Isaac Rabi, nuclear physicist (Nobel Prize-1944), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
  • Jan 12 Connie Mulder, South African politician (b. 1925)
  • Jan 13 Chiang Ching-huo, president of Taiwan (1978-88), dies at 69
  • Jan 14 Georgy M Malenkov, PM of USSR (1953-55), dies at 86

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Jan 15 Sean MacBride, Ireland, commander of Irish Republican Army, dies at 83

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • Jan 16 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (b. 1899)
  • Jan 19 Ballard Berkeley, actor (East meets West), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Philippe de Rothschild, Bordeaux Vineyard manager, dies in Paris at 86
  • Jan 20 Dora Stratou, Greek choreographer and folklorist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 21 Abraham Sofaer, actor (Naked Jungle, Elephant Walk), dies
  • Jan 22 Georgi M Malenkov, Russian premier (1953-55), dies at 86
  • Jan 22 Parker Fennelly, actor (Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm), dies at 96
  • Jan 23 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Charles Glenn King, biochemist (discovered vitamin C), dies at 91
  • Jan 24 Werner Fenchel, German mathematician (b. 1905)
  • Jan 25 Colleen Moore, actress (These Girls Won't Talk), dies at 87
  • Jan 27 Massa Makan Diabaté, Malian author (b. 1938)
  • Jan 28 Klaus Fuchs, German physicist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 29 Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • Jan 29 James R Killian Jr, MIT pres (1948-59), dies at 83
  • Jan 29 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer/conductor, dies at 46
  • Jan 30 Cornelia D "Corry" Spark, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Heather O'Rourke, (Poltergeist) star, dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • Feb 1 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • Feb 2 Clive Epstein, brother of Brian Epstein, dies at 51
  • Feb 2 G Mennen Williams, Supreme Court justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
  • Feb 6 Lee Goodman, actor (Imitation of Life), dies of TB at 64
  • Feb 6 Marghanita Laski, English author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies
  • Feb 6 Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • Feb 7 Lin[wood V] Carter, US, sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Allan Cuthbertson, actor (Running Man, 7th Dawn), dies at 67
  • Feb 14 Frederick Loewe, US composer (My Fair Lady), dies at 84
  • Feb 15 Frederick [Fritz] Loewe, composer, dies
  • Feb 15 Gardiner Means, US economist, dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Gerard Holt, architect, dies at 83
  • Feb 15 Neil R[onald] Jones, sf writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Richard P Feynman, physicist (Nobel 1965, Physical Law), dies at 69
  • Feb 16 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)
  • Feb 19 André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Feb 24 Irwan Chanin, US theater builder, dies at 96
  • Feb 24 Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
  • Mar 1 Jean Le Poulain, actor (Divine), dies at 63
  • Mar 1 Joe Besser, comedian (3's Stooges, Abbott & Costello), dies at 80
  • Mar 3 Lois Wilson, actress (Crash, Deluge, Bright Eyes), dies
  • Mar 3 Sewall Wright, US geneticist (evolution model), dies at 98
  • Mar 5 Alberto Olmedo, Argentine comedian (b. 1933)
  • Mar 6 Konstantin Iliev, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 7 Divine, [Harris Milstead], female impersonator (Pink Flamingos), dies
  • Mar 7 Robert Livingston, actor (The Lone Ranger), dies at 83 of emphysema
  • Mar 8 Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 8 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • Mar 9 Kurt Georg Kiesinger, West German chancellor (1966-69), dies at 83

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Mar 10 Andy Gibb, singer, dies of heart infection at 30

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb
  • Mar 10 Glenn Cunningham, US world record miler, dies at 78
  • Mar 10 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 11 Pham Hung, premier of Vietnam, dies at about 74
  • Mar 12 Billie Rhodes, American silent film actress, dies at 93
  • Mar 12 William Camp, dies at 74
  • Mar 13 Olive Carey, actress (Affairs With a Stranger), dies at 92

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Mar 15 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, executed at 66

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • Mar 16 Dorothy Adams Foulger, actress (Laura, Devil Commands), dies at 88
  • Mar 17 Reg Sinfield, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1938), dies
  • Mar 17 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
  • Mar 20 Gil Evans, Canadian/US jazz composer (Out of the Cool), dies at 75
  • Mar 27 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • Mar 29 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball player (b. 1924)
  • Mar 30 Edgar Faure, French politician (b. 1908)
  • Mar 31 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer, dies at 48
  • Mar 31 William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)
  • Apr 1 Jim Jordan, actor (Fibber McGee), dies from a blod clot at 91
  • Apr 1 Marius W Holtrop, economist/president (Netherlands Bank), dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Milton A Caniff, US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), dies at 81
  • Apr 5 Alf Kjellin, Swedish actor/director (Juggler), dies
  • Apr 7 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian composer/organist, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Brook Benton, singer (Just a Matter of Time), dies at 56 of meningitis
  • Apr 9 Dave Prater, rocker (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50
  • Apr 10 Cliff Gladwin, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49), dies
  • Apr 11 Jeff Donnell, actor (Hoedown, 9 Girls), dies at 66 of a heart attack
  • Apr 12 Alan Stewart Paton, writer, dies
  • Apr 14 Herbert Reynolds Inch, composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 14 Johan Franco, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 14 John Stonehouse, British politician (b. 1925)
  • Apr 15 Hendrikus G "Han" Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • Apr 15 Kenneth Williams, dies at 61
  • Apr 15 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (b. 1954)
  • Apr 16 Clifford Roach, cricketer (16 Tests early in WI cricket history), dies
  • Apr 16 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch 2nd chamber member (soc-dem), dies at 90
  • Apr 16 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO leader, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
  • Apr 16 Warde Donovan, dies at 72
  • Apr 17 Eva Novak, actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • Apr 17 Louise Nevelson, sculptor, dies of brain tumor at 88
  • Apr 18 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • Apr 19 Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)
  • Apr 22 Irene Rich, US actress (Beau Brumell, Champ), dies at 96
  • Apr 23 Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • Apr 24 E S "Bob" Newson, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 1930's), dies
  • Apr 25 Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Carolyn Franklin, singer/songwriter/son of Aretha, dies at 43
  • Apr 25 Clifford D[onald] Simak, sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 27 David Scarboro, British actor (b. 1968)
  • Apr 28 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer (b. 1949)
  • Apr 29 Andrew Cruickshank, actor (Body in Library, Murder Most Foul), dies
  • Apr 29 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 30 James McCracken, US tenor, dies at 61
  • May 1 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • May 1 Paolo Stoppa, actor (Garibaldi, Visit, Freedom Fighters), dies
  • May 3 Lev Semenovich Pontryagin, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
  • May 3 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • May 5 George Rose, actor (Devil's Disciple, Hideaways), dies at 68
  • May 5 Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • May 5 Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  • May 7 Harris Glenn Divine, dies of natural causes at 42
  • May 8 Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • May 10 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85

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May 11 Kim Philby, British spy/Soviet mole, dies at 76

  • May 13 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
  • May 14 Willem Drees, PM of Netherland (1948-58), dies at 101
  • May 15 Andrew Duggan, actor (Jigsaw, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 15 Greta Nissen, actress (Ambassador Bill), dies
  • May 16 Kay Baxter, best bodybuilder in the world (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42
  • May 16 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • May 16 Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • May 18 Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • May 19 Virginia Farmer, actresss (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90
  • May 21 Dino Conte Grandi, Italy, delegate to league of nations, dies at 92
  • May 21 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • May 22 Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71
  • May 22 Giorgio Almirante, Italy, fascist (member of parliament), dies at 73
  • May 23 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris), dies at 73
  • May 24 James "Hamish" Hamilton, British publisher (Salinger/Mitford), dies at 87
  • May 24 Tom Burtt, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer in 11 Tests 1947-53), dies
  • May 25 Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • May 27 Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79
  • May 27 Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • May 27 Renato Salvatori, actor (Burn, Luna, 2 Women), dies
  • May 30 Ella Raines, actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact), dies at 66
  • Jun 2 Horace A Hildreth, (Gov-Maine, 1945-49), dies at 85
  • Jun 5 Clarence M Pendleton, chairman of comm on Civil Rights (1981-88) dies
  • Jun 6 Ella Raines, actress (Brute Force), dies of throat cancer at 66
  • Jun 7 Joe Partridge, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1963-65), commits suicide
  • Jun 7 Vernon Washington, American actor (b. 1927)
  • Jun 8 Eli Mintz, actor (Boardwalk), dies
  • Jun 8 Russell Harty, broadcaster, dies
  • Jun 8 Virgil Oliver Jr, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 10 Louis L'Amour, western writer (Bowdrie), dies at 80 of cancer
  • Jun 11 Giuseppe Saragat, president of Italy (1964-71), dies at 89
  • Jun 11 Nathan Cook, actor (White Night), dies of an allergic reaction at 38
  • Jun 12 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron/composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 16 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • Jun 19 Zdenek Blazek, composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 19 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biologist (b. 1922)
  • Jun 19 Gladys Spellman, American. Congresswoman (b. 1918)
  • Jun 21 Robert Lee "Bobby" Dodd, US football coach
  • Jun 22 Bramwell Fletcher, actor (Mummy, Raffles, Svengali), dies at 84
  • Jun 22 Dennis Day, actor/tenor (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 71
  • Jun 22 Ross Ford, actor (Reform School Girl, Jungle Patrol), dies
  • Jun 22 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • Jun 23 Dayton Lummis, actor (Moonfire, Flight that Disappeared), dies
  • Jun 23 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 73
  • Jun 23 M Gregor-Dellin, writer, dies
  • Jun 25 Axis Sally, [Mildred E Gillars], US nazi propagandist (WW II), dies
  • Jun 25 Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
  • Jun 27 Leonie Fuller Adams, US poetess (High Falcon), dies at 88
  • Jun 28 Kurt Raab, writer/actor (Boarding School, Stationmaster's Wife), dies
  • Jul 1 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 1 Lex van Delden, Dutch composer/writer, dies at 68
  • Jul 3 Gabriel Dell, actor (Dead End Kids), dies of leukemia at 68
  • Jul 4 Adrian Adonis, [Keith Franke], WWF wrestler, killed in auto accident
  • Jul 7 Jimmy Edwards, actor (Plank, Bottoms Up, Late Mr H), dies at 68
  • Jul 8 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (b. 1905)
  • Jul 9 Anthony Holland, AIDS sufferer committed suicide at 60
  • Jul 9 Barbara Woodhouse, dog trainer, dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Jul 10 Errol John, playwright, dies at 63
  • Jul 11 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), dies at 84
  • Jul 12 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer, dies at 79 of palsy
  • Jul 12 Raymond W Goldsmith, US economist, dies at 83
  • Jul 13 Huub Bals, Dutch film promotor, dies at 51
  • Jul 13 Samuel L Mendel, oldest US war veteran, dies at 104
  • Jul 15 Eleanor Estes, author (Ginger Pye, Moffats), dies at 82
  • Jul 17 Bruiser Brody [Frank Goodish], professional wrestler, stabbed to death at 42
  • Jul 18 Nico, US model/pop singer (Velvet Underground), dies at 43
  • Jul 22 Duane Jones, dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 51
  • Jul 22 Luigi Lucioni, Italian, landscape painter (opera stars), dies at 87
  • Jul 23 Jahangir Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for India 1932-36), dies