Famous Deaths in 1988

Deaths 1 - 200 of 351

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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