Famous Deaths in May 1997

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