Famous Deaths in 1997

Deaths 1 - 200 of 533

  • Jan 1st Graham Kersey, cricket wicket keeper, dies in car crash
  • Jan 1st Joan Rice, actress (Payroll, Steel Key, Curtain Up), dies at 66
  • Jan 1st John Burgess, rugby administrator, dies at 71
  • Jan 1st Townes Van Zandt, musician, dies at 52
  • Jan 1st Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer and musician (b. 1937)
  • Jan 2nd Jim Rodger, sports writer, dies at 75
  • Jan 2nd Randy California, [Wolfe], rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • Jan 3rd Burton Lane, composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 4th Harry B Helmsley, owner (Empire State Building), dies at 87
  • Jan 5th Andre Franquin, cartoonist, dies at 72
  • Jan 6th Ian Peter Leslie Smith, journalist, dies at 52
  • Jan 6th Litz Pisk, movement teacher, dies at 87
  • Jan 6th Vince Williams, actor (Hamp-Guiding Light), dies of cancer at 39
  • Jan 6th Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (b. 1912)
  • Jan 7th Desmond Flower, publisher, dies at 89
  • Jan 7th Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher/conductor, dies at 84
  • Jan 8th Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies at 68
  • Jan 8th Jesse White, actor (Maytag repairman), dies at 77
  • Jan 8th Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician, dies at 76
  • Jan 8th Melvin Calvin, scientist, dies at 85
  • Jan 8th Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
  • Jan 8th Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher, dies at 60
  • Jan 9th Edward Osobka-Morawski, prime minister of Poland (1945-47), dies
  • Jan 9th Junaidu ibn Buhari, scholar, dies at 90
  • Jan 10th Alvinio Misciano, Italian tenor, killed in a fall from a window
  • Jan 10th Elspeth Josceline Huxley, writer, dies at 96
  • Jan 10th George Young, footballer, dies at 74
  • Jan 10th Hilary Grover Barratt Brown, conservationist, dies at 71
  • Jan 11th Cavan O'Connor, singer, dies at 97
  • Jan 11th Duncan Wood, television director/producer, dies at 71
  • Jan 11th Helen Foster Snow, writer, dies at 89
  • Jan 11th Joshua William Steward, polymath, dies at 83
  • Jan 11th Sheldon Leonard, producer/director (Dick Van Dyke), dies at 89
  • Jan 12th Charles Huggins, surgeon/medical researcher, dies at 95
  • Jan 12th Jean Writer-Edern Hallier, dies at 60
  • Jan 12th Jill Summers, actress (Agatha Coronation Street), dies at 86
  • Jan 13th William Mills, painter, dies at 74
  • Jan 14th King Hu, film director, dies at 64
  • Jan 14th Dollard Ménard, French Canadian general (b. 1913)
  • Jan 15th Jose Ignacio Domecq, wine maker, dies at 82
  • Jan 15th Kenneth Thimann, botanist, dies at 92
  • Jan 16th Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • Jan 16th Ennis Cosby, son of Bill Cosby, murdered on LA highway at 29
  • Jan 16th Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • Jan 16th Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur, dies at 59
  • Jan 17th Andrea Fisher, artist, dies at 21
  • Jan 17th Asfa Wossen, [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
  • Jan 17th Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90
  • Jan 17th Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jan 18th Myfanwy Piper, librettist, dies at 85
  • Jan 18th Neville Crump, racehorse trainer, dies at 86
  • Jan 18th Paul Tsongas, (Sen-D-Mass), dies at 55
  • Jan 19th Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, dies at 70
  • Jan 19th George Armin Goyder, businessman/social philosopher, dies at 88
  • Jan 19th James Dickey, poet/novelist, dies at 84
  • Jan 20th Curt Flood, centerfielder (Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • Jan 20th Edith Haisman, the oldest survivor of Titanic, dies at 100
  • Jan 20th Vladimir Yamnikov, owner (Kristall vodka), dies of cirrhosis at 56
  • Jan 21st Colonel Tom Parker, manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • Jan 21st Dennis Main Wilson, TV/radio producer, dies at 72
  • Jan 21st Michael Duane, educationalist, dies at 81
  • Jan 22nd Ian Arthur Hoyle Munro, medical journalist, dies at 73
  • Jan 22nd Irwin Levine, composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 58
  • Jan 22nd Mollie Panter-Downes, writer, dies at 90
  • Jan 22nd Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • Jan 22nd Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 22nd Billy Mackenzie, Scottish musician (Associates) (b. 1957)
  • Jan 23rd Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • Jan 23rd David Waller, actor (Lady Jane, Perfect Friday, Hannay), dies at 76
  • Jan 23rd Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer, dies at 68
  • Jan 23rd Laura "Dinky" Patterson, dies bungee jumping at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43
  • Jan 23rd Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47
  • Jan 23rd Richard Berry, lyricist (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • Jan 23rd Roger John Tayler, astrophysicist, dies at 67
  • Jan 24th Callum Alexander MacDonald, historian, dies at 49
  • Jan 25th Herbert Eugene Caen, columnist, dies at 80
  • Jan 25th Jean Dixon, psychic (Gift of Prophecy), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Jan 26th Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/the Rhine, dies at 83
  • Jan 26th Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator, dies at 53
  • Jan 26th Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • Jan 27th Cecil Lewis, airman/writer, dies at 98
  • Jan 27th Matthew Coady, journalist, dies at 73
  • Jan 27th Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)
  • Jan 28th James Colin Ross Welch, journalist, dies at 72
  • Jan 28th Pietro Cavallero, bandit, dies at 68
  • Jan 28th Vivien Signy, nurse, dies at 80
  • Jan 29th Eric Schneider, murderer of 2 teachers, executed in MO at 35
  • Jan 29th Louis Pauwels, writer/editor, dies at 76
  • Jan 29th Osvaldo Soriano, writer, dies at 54
  • Jan 31st Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84
  • Jan 31st John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)
  • Feb 1st Herb Caen, columnist, Lung cancer, dies at 80
  • Feb 1st Mitchell Goodman, writer, dies at 71
  • Feb 1st Peter Morris, historian of France, dies at 50
  • Feb 1st Thelma Moss, psychologist, dies at 78
  • Feb 2nd Chico Science Francisco Franca, musician, dies at 40
  • Feb 2nd Godfrey Baseley, British radio executive, dies at 92
  • Feb 2nd Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 2nd Sanford Meisner, American actor (b. 1904)
  • Feb 3rd Anthony Cuthbert Baines, writer/curator, dies at 84
  • Feb 3rd Bohumil Hrabal, writer, dies at 82
  • Feb 3rd William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert, dies at 79
  • Feb 4th James Friell, political cartoonist, dies at 84
  • Feb 5th John Richard Patterson, businessman, dies at 51
  • Feb 5th Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador (to France), dies of stroke at 76
  • Feb 7th Danil Shafran, cellist, dies at 74
  • Feb 8th Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
  • Feb 9th Barry Evans, actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House), dies at 53
  • Feb 9th Brian Connolly, lead singer (Sweet), dies of heart failure at 52
  • Feb 10th Milton Cato, PM of San Vincent & Grenadines (1979-84), dies
  • Feb 10th Matthew Eappen of Newton Massachusetts (b. 1996)
  • Feb 11th Don Porter, actor (Gidget), dies at 84
  • Feb 12th Nora Beloff, journalist, dies at 78
  • Feb 12th Walter Ritchie, sculptor, dies at 77
  • Feb 13th Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (b. 1920), Jessica Browne, singer and dancer
  • Feb 16th Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American physicist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 17th Zein Isa, Palestinian militant imprisoned in the United States for the honor killing of his daughter
  • Feb 18th Emily Hahn, writer, dies at 91
  • Feb 18th Enrique Peralta Azurdia, milt pres of Guatemala in (1963-66), dies
  • Feb 18th Eric William Fenby, musician, dies at 90

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Feb 19th Deng Xiaoping, head (Chinese Communist Party), dies at 92

Chinese Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping
Chinese Communist Party Leader
Deng Xiaoping
  • Feb 19th Leo Rosten, writer/humourist (Joys of Yiddish), dies at 88
  • Feb 19th Stanley Pearson, footballer, dies at 76
  • Feb 20th Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist (b. 1960)
  • Feb 21st Kenneth Rowntree, painter, dies at 81
  • Feb 21st Michael Hollings, catholic priest/crusader, dies at 75
  • Feb 22nd Austin Andrew Wright, sculptor, dies at 85
  • Feb 22nd Frank Launder, director/scriptwriter, dies at 91
  • Feb 22nd Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907)
  • Feb 23rd Oscar Lewenstein, impressario, dies at 80
  • Feb 23rd Tony Williams, jazz musician, dies at 51
  • Feb 24th Isabelle Harriet Lucas, actress/singer (Outland, Comics), dies at 69
  • Feb 25th Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, writer/critic, dies at 71
  • Feb 25th Tony Williams, jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • Feb 26th David Doyle, actor (Charlie's Angels), dies at 67
  • Feb 26th Giuseppe 'Nuccio' Bertone, car Designer, dies at 82
  • Mar 3rd Stanislav Shatalin, Russian economist (500 Days), dies
  • Mar 4th Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4th Carey Loftin, American actor/stuntman (b. 1914)
  • Mar 5th Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6th Anthony Hopkins, clinical Neurologist, dies at 59
  • Mar 6th Cheddi B Jagan, dentist/founder PPP/Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) dies
  • Mar 6th Michael Manley, Jamaican PM (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92), dies
  • Mar 7th E. H. Bronner, German-American soap magnate (b. 1908)
  • Mar 8th Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman), dies at 75
  • Mar 9th Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7) at 66
  • Mar 9th The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper shot dead at 24
  • Mar 10th La Vern Baker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 14th Fred Zinnemann (director), dies of heart attack at 89
  • Mar 14th John Curtis Jr, pres/CEO (Luby's Cafe), commits suicide at 58
  • Mar 15th Gail Davis, (Annie Oakley), dies at 72
  • Mar 15th Victor Vasarely, Hungarian painter (b. 1906)
  • Mar 17th Gail Davis, actress (Annie Oakley), dies at 71
  • Mar 18th Willem de Kooning (abstract artist), dead Alzheimer's at 92
  • Mar 19th Willem De Kooning, artists (Abstract), dies of Alzheimer at 92
  • Mar 20th Carlo Fassi, figure skating coach (Fleming, Hamill), dies at 67
  • Mar 20th Grace Hefner, mother of Hugh Hefner (Playboy), dies at 101
  • Mar 20th Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • Mar 21st W. V. Awdry, English children's writer (b. 1911)
  • Mar 24th Martin Caidin, American aviation writer (b. 1927)
  • Mar 25th Roberto Sanchez Vilella, governor of Puerto Rico in (1965-69), dies
  • Mar 26th Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • Mar 29th Eddie Ryder, actor (Slick Jones-General Hospital), dies at 74
  • Mar 29th Ellen Clara Pollock, actress (Wicked Lady, Fake), dies at 94
  • Mar 31st Edwin Alberian, TV celebrity (Clarabell), dies at 76
  • Mar 31st Laxmishankar Pathak, food retailer, dies at 62
  • Apr 1st Jolie Gabor, mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 97
  • Apr 1st Nancy Woodhull, news editor (USA Today), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 2nd Tomoyuki Tanaka, producer (Godzilla), dies of a stroke at 86
  • Apr 3rd Judy Flannery, master triathelete, killed by a car at 56

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Apr 5th Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Apr 5th Alparslan Turkes, Turkish politician (MHP), dies
  • Apr 6th Jack Kent Cooke, NFL owner (Wash Redskins), dies at 84
  • Apr 7th Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player (b. 1923)
  • Apr 7th Georgi Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (b. 1935)
  • Apr 8th Laura Nyro, singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • Apr 9th Helene Hanff, author (84 Charing Cross Road), dies at 80
  • Apr 11th Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Apr 12th George Wald, scientist, (Nobel Prize, vitamin A in retina) dies at 90

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • Apr 13th Ann Craft, researcher/writer, dies at 53
  • Apr 13th Dorothy Frooks, American author and military figure (b. 1896)
  • Apr 13th Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • Apr 15th Sam Moskowitz, SF fandom historian, dies at 76
  • Apr 15th Zdenek Mlynar, Sec of Czech Communist Central Committee (1968), dies
  • Apr 16th Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, media tycoon, dies at 66
  • Apr 16th Mae Boren Axton, song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
  • Apr 16th Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
  • Apr 16th Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • Apr 17th Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • Apr 17th Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • Apr 18th Edward Barker, cartoonist, dies at 46
  • Apr 19th El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)
  • Apr 21st Andres Rodriguez, Paraguayan president (1989-93), dies
  • Apr 21st Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines (1961-65), dies at 86
  • Apr 23rd Denis Compton, English cricketer (b. 1918)
  • Apr 24th Pat Paulsen, comedian (Smothers Brothers Show), dies at 69
  • Apr 26th Joey Faye, comic (Fruit of the Loom grapes), dies at 86
  • Apr 26th Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies
  • Apr 26th Yegorov, Russian leader (1994-95), dies
  • Apr 27th Paul Lambert, actor (Tom-Executive Suite), dies at 73