Famous Deaths in May 1989

  • May 1 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • May 1 Douglass Watson, actor (Mac Cory-Another World), dies at 68
  • May 1 Marion Mack, actress (General), dies
  • May 1 Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • May 2 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • May 2 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • May 3 Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • May 3 Muriel Ostriche, dies
  • May 3 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • May 5 Frank Easton, cricket wicketkeeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
  • May 6 Guy Williams, actor (Zorro, Lost in Space)
  • May 9 Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
  • May 9 Paul J Steenbergen, actor (Ciske de Rat), dies at 82
  • May 10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • May 12 Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco, shell, dies at 81
  • May 12 Marcelle de Manziarly, composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 John Waldo Green, composer, dies at 80
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • May 16 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • May 19 Able J Herzberg, Russ/Neth lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies
  • May 19 E Galgoczi, writer, dies
  • May 19 Robert Webber, actor (Alex-Moonlighting), dies of ALS at 64
  • May 19 CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • May 20 Anton Diffring, actor (Zeppelin, Fahrenheit 451), dies at 70
  • May 20 Gilda Radner, comedienne (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies at 42
  • May 20 John R Hicks, English economist (Nobel 1972), dies
  • May 22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • May 23 Georgy Tovstonogov, Russian theatre director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • May 26 Don Revie, Former footballer and England and Leeds United Manager (b. 1927)
  • May 27 Jack Starrett, director/actor (Chase, Nightwish, 1st Blood), dies
  • May 27 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • May 29 John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (b. 1943)
  • May 30 Zinka Milanov, Met Opera Diva, dies of a stroke at 83
  • May 31 C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
  • May 31 Charles A Hufnagel, doc (artificial heart valve pioneer), dies at 72
  • May 31 Terry Drinkwater, CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer