Famous Deaths in 1997

Deaths 1 - 200 of 543

  • Jan 1 Graham Kersey, cricket wicket keeper, dies in car crash
  • Jan 1 Joan Rice, actress (Payroll, Steel Key, Curtain Up), dies at 66
  • Jan 1 John Burgess, rugby administrator, dies at 71
  • Jan 1 Townes Van Zandt, musician, dies at 52
  • Jan 1 Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer and musician (b. 1937)
  • Jan 2 Jim Rodger, sports writer, dies at 75
  • Jan 2 Randy California, [Wolfe], rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • Jan 3 Burton Lane, composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 3 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Harry B Helmsley, owner (Empire State Building), dies at 87
  • Jan 5 Andre Franquin, cartoonist, dies at 72
  • Jan 6 Ian Peter Leslie Smith, journalist, dies at 52
  • Jan 6 Litz Pisk, movement teacher, dies at 87
  • Jan 6 Vince Williams, actor (Hamp-Guiding Light), dies of cancer at 39
  • Jan 6 Catherine Scorsese, Italian-American actress (b. 1912)
  • Jan 7 Desmond Flower, publisher, dies at 89
  • Jan 7 Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher/conductor, dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies at 68
  • Jan 8 Jesse White, actor (Maytag repairman), dies at 77
  • Jan 8 Joseph George Handy Hendleman, musician, dies at 76
  • Jan 8 Melvin Calvin, scientist, dies at 85
  • Jan 8 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
  • Jan 8 Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher, dies at 60
  • Jan 9 Edward Osobka-Morawski, prime minister of Poland (1945-47), dies
  • Jan 9 Junaidu ibn Buhari, scholar, dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Alvinio Misciano, Italian tenor, killed in a fall from a window
  • Jan 10 Elspeth Josceline Huxley, writer, dies at 96
  • Jan 10 George Young, footballer, dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Hilary Grover Barratt Brown, conservationist, dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Shiv Verma, Indian revolutionary soldier, dies
  • Jan 10 Alexander R. Todd, British chemist (Nobel Prize 1957), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Cavan O'Connor, singer, dies at 97
  • Jan 11 Duncan Wood, television director/producer, dies at 71
  • Jan 11 Helen Foster Snow, writer, dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Joshua William Steward, polymath, dies at 83
  • Jan 11 Sheldon Leonard, producer/director (Dick Van Dyke), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Charles Huggins, surgeon/medical researcher, dies at 95
  • Jan 12 Jean Writer-Edern Hallier, dies at 60
  • Jan 12 Jill Summers, actress (Agatha Coronation Street), dies at 86
  • Jan 13 William Mills, painter, dies at 74
  • Jan 14 King Hu, film director, dies at 64
  • Jan 14 Dollard Ménard, French Canadian general (b. 1913)
  • Jan 15 Jose Ignacio Domecq, wine maker, dies at 82
  • Jan 15 Kenneth Thimann, botanist, dies at 92
  • Jan 16 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • Jan 16 Ennis Cosby, son of Bill Cosby, murdered on LA highway at 29
  • Jan 16 Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • Jan 16 Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Andrea Fisher, American artist, dies at 41
  • Jan 17 Asfa Wossen, [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
  • Jan 17 Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90
  • Jan 17 Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jan 18 Myfanwy Piper, librettist, dies at 85
  • Jan 18 Neville Crump, racehorse trainer, dies at 86
  • Jan 18 Paul Tsongas, (Sen-D-Mass), dies at 55
  • Jan 19 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, dies at 70
  • Jan 19 George Armin Goyder, businessman/social philosopher, dies at 88
  • Jan 19 James Dickey, poet/novelist, dies at 84
  • Jan 20 Curt Flood, centerfielder (Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • Jan 20 Edith Haisman, the oldest survivor of Titanic, dies at 100
  • Jan 20 Vladimir Yamnikov, owner (Kristall vodka), dies of cirrhosis at 56
  • Jan 21 Colonel Tom Parker, manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • Jan 21 Dennis Main Wilson, TV/radio producer, dies at 72
  • Jan 21 Michael Duane, educationalist, dies at 81
  • Jan 22 Ian Arthur Hoyle Munro, medical journalist, dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Irwin Levine, composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 58
  • Jan 22 Mollie Panter-Downes, writer, dies at 90
  • Jan 22 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 22 Billy Mackenzie, Scottish musician (Associates) (b. 1957)
  • Jan 23 Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • Jan 23 David Waller, actor (Lady Jane, Perfect Friday, Hannay), dies at 76
  • Jan 23 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer, dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Laura "Dinky" Patterson, dies bungee jumping at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43
  • Jan 23 Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47
  • Jan 23 Richard Berry, lyricist (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • Jan 23 Roger John Tayler, astrophysicist, dies at 67
  • Jan 24 Callum Alexander MacDonald, historian, dies at 49
  • Jan 25 Herbert Eugene Caen, columnist, dies at 80
  • Jan 25 Jean Dixon, psychic (Gift of Prophecy), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Jan 26 Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/the Rhine, dies at 83
  • Jan 26 Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator, dies at 53
  • Jan 26 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • Jan 27 Cecil Lewis, airman/writer, dies at 98
  • Jan 27 Matthew Coady, journalist, dies at 73
  • Jan 27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)
  • Jan 28 James Colin Ross Welch, journalist, dies at 72
  • Jan 28 Pietro Cavallero, bandit, dies at 68
  • Jan 28 Vivien Signy, nurse, dies at 80
  • Jan 29 Eric Schneider, murderer of 2 teachers, executed in MO at 35
  • Jan 29 Louis Pauwels, writer/editor, dies at 76
  • Jan 29 Osvaldo Soriano, writer, dies at 54
  • Jan 31 Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84
  • Jan 31 John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)
  • Feb 1 Herb Caen, columnist, Lung cancer, dies at 80
  • Feb 1 Mitchell Goodman, writer, dies at 71
  • Feb 1 Peter Morris, historian of France, dies at 50
  • Feb 1 Thelma Moss, psychologist, dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Chico Science Francisco Franca, musician, dies at 40
  • Feb 2 Godfrey Baseley, British radio executive, dies at 92
  • Feb 2 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 2 Sanford Meisner, American actor (b. 1904)
  • Feb 3 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, writer/curator, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Bohumil Hrabal, writer, dies at 82
  • Feb 3 William Geoffrey Biddle, bomb disposal expert, dies at 79
  • Feb 4 James Friell, political cartoonist, dies at 84
  • Feb 5 John Richard Patterson, businessman, dies at 51
  • Feb 5 Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador (to France), dies of stroke at 76
  • Feb 7 Danil Shafran, cellist, dies at 74
  • Feb 8 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
  • Feb 9 Barry Evans, actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House), dies at 53
  • Feb 9 Brian Connolly, lead singer (Sweet), dies of heart failure at 52
  • Feb 10 Milton Cato, PM of San Vincent & Grenadines (1979-84), dies
  • Feb 10 Matthew Eappen of Newton Massachusetts (b. 1996)
  • Feb 11 Don Porter, actor (Gidget), dies at 84
  • Feb 12 Nora Beloff, journalist, dies at 78
  • Feb 12 Walter Ritchie, sculptor, dies at 77
  • Feb 13 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (b. 1920), Jessica Browne, singer and dancer
  • Feb 16 Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American physicist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 17 Zein Isa, Palestinian militant imprisoned in the United States for the honor killing of his daughter
  • Feb 18 Emily Hahn, American writer, dies at 92
  • Feb 18 Enrique Peralta Azurdia, Colonel and military President of Guatemala (1963-66), dies at 88
  • Feb 18 Eric William Fenby, musician, dies at 90

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Feb 19 Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), dies at 92

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

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Apr 5 Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

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

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

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • Apr 13 Ann Craft, researcher/writer, dies at 53
  • Apr 13 Dorothy Frooks, American author and military figure (b. 1896)
  • Apr 13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • Apr 15 Sam Moskowitz, SF fandom historian, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Zdenek Mlynar, Sec of Czech Communist Central Committee (1968), dies
  • Apr 16 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, media tycoon, dies at 66
  • Apr 16 Mae Boren Axton, song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
  • Apr 16 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • Apr 17 Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • Apr 17 Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • Apr 18 Edward Barker, cartoonist, dies at 46
  • Apr 19 El Duce, American singer and drummer (The Mentors) (b. 1958)
  • Apr 21 Andres Rodriguez, Paraguayan president (1989-93), dies
  • Apr 21 Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines (1961-65), dies at 86