Famous Deaths in May 1991

  • May 1 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies at 95
  • May 2 Hal Bell, dies at 65
  • May 2 Leib Lensky, dies at 82
  • May 2 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), dies at 81
  • May 3 Gerrit Mik, child psychiatrist and Dutch MP (D66), dies
  • May 3 Jersy Kosinski, Polish-American author (Being There), dies at 57
  • May 3 Margaret Tallichet, American actress (Stranger on the 3rd Floor), dies at 77
  • May 3 Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • May 4 Dennis Crosby, son of Bing, commits suicide at 54
  • May 5 William De Acutis, dies at 33
  • May 6 Anthony van Kampen, writer (Ketelbinkie, Geschonden Eldorado), dies
  • May 6 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • May 6 Thomas A Carlin, dies at 62
  • May 6 Wilfrid Hyde-White, Brits actor (Peyton Place/140+ films), dies at 87
  • May 8 Jean Langlais, composer, dies at 84
  • May 8 Lloyd Ford, stuntman, dies at 79
  • May 8 Ronnie Brody, British actor (Superman 3, What's Up Nurse), dies at 72
  • May 9 James L Reinsch, media-advisor (Roosevelt/Churchill/Kennedy), dies
  • May 9 Ronnie Brody, British actor (Superman III, Whats Up Nurse), dies at 72
  • May 9 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian/US pianist, dies
  • May 10 Armand HF Boni, [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • May 11 Filip J Field, dies at 67
  • May 11 Ho Dam, foreign minister North-Korea (1970-83), dies
  • May 13 Jimmy McPartland, jazz cornetist, dies of cancer at 83
  • May 14 Ast Fonteyne, Flemish lecture artist, dies
  • May 14 Herman Niels, Flemish radio director, dies

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May 14 Jiang Qing, widow of Chinese leader Mao Zedong, commits suicide

Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing
  • May 14 John Edward Craven, dies
  • May 14 Shintaro Abe, minister of Exterior of Japan (1982-86), dies
  • May 15 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), dies of cancer at 84
  • May 15 Reno Browne, American Western actress, dies at 70
  • May 15 Ronald Lacey, actor (Raiders of Lost Ark, Next Victim), dies at 55
  • May 15 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (b. 1956)
  • May 16 Prudence Nesbitt, British actress/TV producer, dies
  • May 18 Edwina Booth, actress (Trader Horn), dies of heart failure at 86
  • May 19 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch), dies
  • May 19 Rini Otte, Dutch actress (Ergens in Nederland), dies at 74
  • May 20 Julian Orbon De Soto, composer, dies at 65
  • May 21 Bobby Dale, dies at 92
  • May 21 Jean Van Joutte, PM of Belgium (1952-54), dies
  • May 21 Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minster (1984-89), assassinated at 46
  • May 22 Lino Brocka, director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • May 23 Jean van Houte, Belgian premier, dies
  • May 23 Peter T Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money), dies at 74
  • May 23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • May 23 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (b. 1895)
  • May 24 Gene Clark, folk-rocker (Byrds-Tambourine Man), dies at 49
  • May 24 Miriam di San Servolo, Italian actress (b. 1912)
  • May 25 Dorothy Davis Bostwick, entertainer, dies
  • May 26 Tom Cassidy, anchor (CNN), dies of AIDs at 41
  • May 26 Tom Eyen, playwright (Dreamgirls), dies of cardiac arrest at 50
  • May 27 Ed Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail), dies at 88
  • May 27 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • May 28 Brigitte B Fischer, writer, dies
  • May 28 Ethel Lois Payne, American journalist (Chic Defender), dies at 79
  • May 29 Coral Browne, Australian actor (Ruling Class), dies of cancer at 77
  • May 30 Manolo Gomez Bur, Spanish comedian dies at 74
  • May 31 Angus Wilson, [Johnstone-W], British writer (Wrong Set), dies
  • May 31 H N "Swanie" Swanson, literary agent, dies at 91 of a stroke