Famous Deaths in 1997 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 544

  • Apr 23 Denis Compton, English cricketer (b. 1918)
  • Apr 24 Pat Paulsen, comedian (Smothers Brothers Show), dies at 69
  • Apr 26 Joey Faye, comic (Fruit of the Loom grapes), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies
  • Apr 26 Yegorov, Russian leader (1994-95), dies
  • Apr 26 Gene [Eugene] Ames, singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 27 Paul Lambert, actor (Tom-Executive Suite), dies at 73
  • Apr 28 Susan Seddon Boulet, artist, dies of cancer at 45
  • Apr 29 Keith Ferguson, American blues musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
  • Apr 29 Mike Royko, columnist, dies of stroke at 64
  • Apr 29 Peter Tali Coleman, gov of Americ Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies
  • 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)
  • Jun 1 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85), dies at 92
  • Jun 2 Doc Cheatham, jazz musician, dies of stroke at 91
  • Jun 3 Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)
  • Jun 4 Kurt Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • Jun 4 Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • Jun 5 J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • Jun 8 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)
  • Jun 9 Reid Shelton, actor (Daddy Warbucks-Annie), dies of stroke at 71
  • Jun 9 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (b. 1908)
  • Jun 11 Thalassa Cruso, gardening expert (PBS), dies of Alzheimer's at 87
  • Jun 12 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
  • Jun 14 Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 71
  • Jun 14 Richard Jaeckel, actor (Starman, The Dark), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jun 14 Tesslynn O'Cull, American child abuse victim (b. 1995)
  • Jun 16 Dal Stivens, Australian author (b. 1911)
  • Jun 18 Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
  • Jun 19 Bobby Helms, singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63
  • Jun 20 Bobby Helms, composer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 61
  • Jun 20 Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59
  • Jun 21 Art Prysock, jazz musician, dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese entertainer (b. 1931)
  • Jun 21 Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labour leader (b. 1900)
  • Jun 22 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 22 Don Henderson, English actor (b. 1932)
  • Jun 23 "Wino" Willie Forkner, biker (Wild One), dies of heart attack at 77
  • Jun 23 Betty Shabazz, widow of Malcolm X, suffering from burns, dies at 63
  • Jun 24 Brian Keith, actor (Family Affair), commits suicide at 75

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Jun 25 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jun 25 William Lyle Woratzeck, convicted killer, executed in Ariz at 51

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Jun 26 Don Hutson, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • Jun 26 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Hawaiian singer dies aged 38
  • Jun 29 William Hickey, American actor (Prizzi's Honor), dies of emphysema at 69
  • Jun 30 Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)
  • Jul 1 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), dies at 81
  • Jul 1 Robert Mitchum, actor (Winds of War), dies at 79

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Jul 2 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 89

  • Jul 2 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (The Philadelphia Story and It's a Wonderful Life), dies of pulmonary embolism at 89
  • Jul 4 Charles Kuralt, news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
  • Jul 5 Mrs. Miller, American singer (b. 1907)
  • Jul 7 Jerry Doggett, sportscaster (Bkln/LA Dodgers), dies at 80
  • Jul 8 Charles Drake, geologist, dies of heart attack at 92
  • Jul 13 Alexandra Danilova, ballet great, dies at 92
  • Jul 13 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (b. 1968)
  • Jul 15 Alan Chaig, paleontologist (Carl Sagan of BBC), dies at 70

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 15 Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (Versace), shot and murdered by Andrew Cunanan at 50

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace
  • Jul 18 Eugene Shoemaker, astronomer (Shoemaker-Levy comet), dies at 69
  • Jul 20 Linda Stirling, college prof/B movie actress (Pretender), dies at 75
  • Jul 23 Andrew Cunanan, serial killer (Gianni Versage), commits suicide
  • Jul 23 Chuhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)
  • Jul 24 Saw Maung, general/president of Myanmar (Burma) (1988-92), dies
  • Jul 24 William J. Brennan, Jr. American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), dies at 91

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Jul 25 Ben Hogan, golfer (Masters, British Open, US Open-1953), dies at 84

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Jul 25 Dora Maar, Picasso model/companion, dies at 89
  • Jul 25 Margaret Farrer, midwife, dies at 83
  • Jul 27 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier, dies at 99
  • Jul 27 Isabel Dean, English actress (Five Days One Summer Virgin Island, Ransom), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Louis Cohen, physicist, dies at 71
  • Jul 28 Seni Pramoj, PM of Thailand (1945-46, 75, 76), dies
  • Jul 30 Bảo Đại, last Emperor of Vietnam (1926-45) and Chief of State of South Vietnam (1949-55), dies at 85
  • Jul 31 Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • Jul 31 Ulrich Ernst Simon, theologian, dies at 63
  • Aug 1 Ngiratkel Etpison, president of Palau (1989-92), dies
  • Aug 1 Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of heart attack at 82
  • Aug 2 William S Burroughs, author (Naked Lunch), dies at 83
  • Aug 2 Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Nigerian musician (b. 1938)
  • Aug 3 Pietro Rizzuto, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Aug 4 Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (Feb 21 1875), dies at 122
  • Aug 5 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 7 Douglas Gray, archivist, dies at 74
  • Aug 7 Vincent Gulliver, Britain's oldest man, dies at 109
  • Aug 8 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • Aug 10 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • Aug 10 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (b. 1912)
  • Aug 12 Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • Aug 12 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, dies at 83
  • Aug 16 Gerard McLarnon, actor/writer, dies at 82
  • Aug 16 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani musician (b. 1948)
  • Aug 20 Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 21 Misael Pastrana Borrero, President of Colombia (1970-74), dies
  • Aug 21 Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (b. 1921)
  • Aug 22 Mary Louise Smith, chairman (Rep), dies at 82
  • Aug 23 Eric Gairy, first PM of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75
  • Aug 24 Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
  • Aug 25 Clodomiro Almeyda Medina, Chilean external minister (1970-73), dies
  • Aug 25 James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker, dies at 70
  • Aug 25 Robert Pinget, novelist/Playwright, dies at 78
  • Aug 27 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48
  • Aug 27 Jeep Swenson, actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 31 Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Princess of Wales
Diana Spencer
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • Sep 2 Viktor Frankl, psychotherapist (Man's Search for Meaning), dies at 92
  • Sep 4 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, dies at 91
  • Sep 4 Aldo Rossi, Italian architect (b. 1931)
  • Sep 5 Georg Solti, conductor, dead, dies at 84
  • Sep 5 Leon Edel, biographer, dies at 89

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 5 Mother Teresa [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu], Albanian born Indian nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity (Nobel Peace Prize, 1979), dies of cardiac arrest at 87

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Sep 6 Philippe Rossillon, administrator, dies at 66
  • Sep 6 P. H. Newby, British author and BBC radio director (b. 1918)
  • Sep 7 Alex Macintosh, broadcaster/actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72
  • Sep 7 Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65

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Sep 7 Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire (1965-97), dies at 66

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko
  • Sep 9 Myra McCulloch, teacher academic/administrator, dies at 48

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 9 Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn

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Sep 9 Burgess Meredith, actor (Penguin-Batman, Rocky), dies at 88

  • Sep 10 Jack Adkisson, professional wrestler (b. 1929)
  • Sep 11 Camille Henry, National Hockey League player (b. 1933)
  • Sep 11 Hannah Weiner American experimental poet (b. 1928)
  • Sep 12 Janet Leach, American potter, dies at 79
  • Sep 12 Judith Merril [Grossman], science fiction writer, dies at 74
  • Sep 12 Stikkan Stig Anderson, music entrepreneur (Polar), dies at 66
  • Sep 16 Antony Kearey, television producer, dies at 77
  • Sep 17 Jan Peder Syse, PM of Norway (1989-90), dies
  • Sep 17 John Seldon Whale, theologian, dies at 100
  • Sep 17 Red Skelton, comedian (Red Skelton Show), dies at 84
  • Sep 18 Harry Brian Boyne, journalist, dies at 87
  • Sep 18 Jimmy Witherspoon, singer, dies at 65
  • Sep 19 Clive Brain, educationalist, dies at 57
  • Sep 19 Kathy Keeton Guccione, CEO (General Media Intl), dies at 58
  • Sep 19 Malcolm Hughes, artist, dies at 77
  • Sep 19 Rich Mullins, American singer (b. 1955)
  • Sep 20 Edmund Falkiner, jazz saxophinist/probation officer, dies at 59
  • Sep 21 Tommy Cecil, Irish ferryman, dies at 51
  • Sep 21 Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Sep 22 Bryan Woods, soldier/clerk, dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Eric William Hunter Christie, barrister, dies at 77
  • Sep 22 George Bryan Ingham, artist, dies at 61
  • Sep 22 Ruth Picardie, journalist, dies at 33
  • Sep 22 Shoichi Yokoi, Jap WW II fighter (surrendered in 1972), dies at 82
  • Sep 22 George Thomas, 1st Viscount Tonypandy, British politician (Speaker of the House of Commons), dies at 97
  • Sep 23 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • Sep 23 Murray Burnett, writer (Everybody Goes to Rick-Casablanca), dies at 86
  • Sep 23 Shirley Clarke, actress (Cool World), dies at 78
  • Sep 24 Jonathon Silver, entrepreneur/arts patron, dies at 47
  • Sep 25 Sayed Mutawli ad Imam scholar/broadcaster-Darsh, dies at 66
  • Sep 25 Jean Françaix, French composer (b. 1912)
  • Sep 25 Hélène Baillargeon, Quebec singer and folklorist (b. 1916)
  • Sep 27 Walter Trampler, American violist (b. 1915)
  • Sep 29 Milner Connorton Gray, designer, dies at 97
  • Sep 29 Robert Arthur Thornbury Campbell, journalist/musician, dies at 55
  • Sep 29 Roy Lichtenstein, American pop artist, dies of pneumonia at 73
  • Sep 30 Male alligator, largest in Florida (14 feet), killed at about 65
  • Sep 30 Richard Selwyn Francis Schiling, British professor of occupational health, dies at 86
  • Oct 1 Gul Mohammed, world's shortest man (22.1"/56.16 cm), dies at 36
  • Oct 1 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor (b. 1923)
  • Oct 3 Alfred Leslie Rowse, historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 5 Andrew Keir, actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt), dies at 71
  • Oct 5 Dave Marr, golfer/commentator, dies at 63
  • Oct 5 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Oct 6 Johnny Vander Meer, pitched consecutive no-hitters, dies at 82
  • Oct 8 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 8 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • Oct 8 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Arthur Tracy, radio personality (Street Singer), dies at 98

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Oct 12 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Oct 13 Adil Carcani, prime minister of Albania (1982-91), dies
  • Oct 13 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), dies at 78
  • Oct 14 Harold Robbins, salacious novelist, dies at 81
  • Oct 16 Audra Lindley, actress (Helen Roper-3's Company, Ropers), dies at 79
  • Oct 16 James Mitchner, author (Hawaii), dies of kidney failure at 90
  • Oct 16 James Michener, American writer (b. 1907)
  • Oct 17 Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Oct 18 Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62