Famous Deaths in December 1988

  • Dec 2 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Dec 4 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist (b. 1899)
  • Dec 6 Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Roy Orbison, American musician (Pretty Woman), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • Dec 7 Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • Dec 7 Christopher Connelly, actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
  • Dec 7 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • Dec 8 Anne Seymour, actress (Misty, Chevy Mystery Show), dies at 79
  • Dec 8 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, US singer (Persuasions-Good news), dies at 44
  • Dec 10 Dick Clair, comedian (Clair & McMahon, Facts of Life), dies of AIDS
  • Dec 10 Richard Castellano, aqctor (Honor thy Father), dies at 55
  • Dec 12 John Canning, NY Post managing editor, dies at 56
  • Dec 12 Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)
  • Dec 16 H "Stork" Hendry, cricketer (11 Tests for Australia 1921-29), dies
  • Dec 16 Sylvester, American singer (b. 1948)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 20 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of AIDS at 49

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • Dec 20 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer (b. 1908)
  • Dec 21 Bob Steele, [Robert Bradbury], American actor, dies after short illness at 60
  • Dec 21 Nicholas Tinbergen, Dutch/British biologist, dies at 81
  • Dec 22 Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies

MurderAssassination

Dec 22 Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, assassinated at 44 by rancher Darcy Alves

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Environmentalist
Chico Mendes
  • Dec 25 Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  • Dec 25 Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (b. 1920)
  • Dec 26 John Loder, actor (Sabotage, Java Head), dies at 90
  • Dec 26 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • Dec 27 Fox Harris, actor (Alienator, Warlords, Sid & Nancy), dies
  • Dec 27 Hall Ashby, US director (Shampoo, 8 Million Ways to Die), dies at 59
  • Dec 28 Hal Ashby, academy-award winning director, dies of cancer at 59
  • Dec 29 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Dec 30 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)