Famous Deaths in May 1997

  • May 1 Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • May 2 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator (b. 1921)
  • May 3 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
  • May 4 Alvy Moore, actor/producer (Mr Kimball-Green Acres), dies at 75
  • May 4 Vijayananda Dahanayake, PM of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies
  • May 5 Walter Gotell, German actor (b. 1924)
  • May 8 Kai-Uwe Von Hassel, German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72), dies
  • May 9 Marco Ferreri, Italian film director (b. 1928)
  • May 10 Joanie Weston, roller derby queen (Bay Bombers), dies at 61
  • May 11 Brenda Carlin, TV producer/wife of comedian George Carlin, dies at 57
  • May 13 Laurie Lee, English writer ('Cider with Rosie'), dies at 82
  • May 14 Harry Blackstone Jr, magician, dies of cancer at 62
  • May 14 Princess Caradja-Kretzulesco, descendant of Dracula, dies at 76
  • May 14 Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76
  • May 16 Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • May 18 Bridgette Andersen, American actress (b. 1975)
  • May 19 Millie, dog of US President George H. W. Bush (Millie's Book), dies at 12
  • May 20 Virgilio Boat, president of Colombia (1986-90), dies
  • May 22 Alfred Hershey, American biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1908)
  • May 24 Edward Mulhare, actor (Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • May 25 Muhammad Fadhel, PM of Iraq (1953-54), dies
  • May 26 Manfred Von Ardenne, German scientific pioneer, dies at 90
  • May 29 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), dies at 77
  • May 29 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ( "Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • May 29 John Sengstacke, publisher (Defender), dies at 84
  • May 31 Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76
  • May 31 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist (b. 1905)