Famous Deaths in 1998

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Jan 1 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (31 Grand Slams), dies at 92

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Jan 2 Frank Muir, English writer, raconteur (b. 1920)
  • Jan 4 John Gary, singer, dies at 65
  • Jan 4 Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jan 5 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 5 Sonny Bono, (Rep-R-Ca)/singer (Sonny & Cher), dies skiing at 62
  • Jan 5 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 7 Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • Jan 7 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss Chemist and Nobel Laureate, dies at 91
  • Jan 7 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), dies of a heat attack at 82
  • Jan 8 Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
  • Jan 8 Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
  • Jan 9 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1981) dies at 79
  • Jan 9 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • Jan 11 Klaus Tennstedt, conductor, dies at 71
  • Jan 15 Gulzarilal Nanda, temporary PM of India (1964, 66), dies
  • Jan 15 Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63
  • Jan 16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, blues musician, dies at 67
  • Jan 16 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator, dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (b. 1921)
  • Jan 17 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • Jan 19 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
  • Jan 20 Zevulun Hammer, Vice PM of Israel, dies
  • Jan 20 Bobo Brazil, American professional wrestler (b. 1924)
  • Jan 21 Jack Lord, American actor (b. 1920)
  • Jan 23 Hilla Limann, president of Ghana in (1979-81), dies
  • Jan 24 Jay Monahan, husband of Katie Couric, dies of cancer at 42
  • Jan 25 Mohammad Yusuf Khan, prime minister of Afganistan in (1963-65), dies
  • Jan 26 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • Jan 26 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • Jan 26 Walter Edmonds, writer (Drums Along the Mohawk), dies at 93
  • Jan 29 Joseph Alioto, mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)
  • Jan 30 Ricky Sanderson, stabbed 16-year old girl in NC, executed at 38
  • Jan 30 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • Feb 3 Karla Faye Tucker, murderer, executed at 38
  • Feb 5 Tim Kelly, American musician dies at 34
  • Feb 6 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • Feb 6 Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/pres (1961-63), dies
  • Feb 6 [Johann Hoelzel] Falco, singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40
  • Feb 6 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • Feb 8 William Lambert, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 8 Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member (b.1912)
  • Feb 9 Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95
  • Feb 10 Buddy the Wonder Dog, dog (Air Bud), dies of cancer at 9
  • Feb 10 Maurice Schumann, French foreign minister (1969-73), dies
  • Feb 13 Jo Clayton, author, Cancer Died, Drums of Chaos, dies at 58
  • Feb 14 Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 15 Martha Gelhorn, female war correspondent (Reuters), dies at 89
  • Feb 15 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • Feb 17 Ernst Juenger, German writer, dies at 102
  • Feb 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 18 Harry Caray, American sportscaster (Chicago Cubs), dies at probably 83
  • Feb 18 Mya Than Tint, Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
  • Feb 18 Robert Merrill, songwriter (Funny Girl), commits suicide at 76
  • Feb 18 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)
  • Feb 19 Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Jose Maria de Areilza, Sp minister of foreign affairs (1975-76), dies
  • Feb 22 Sandy Hume, correspondent (Fox News), commits suicide at 28
  • Feb 22 Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Philip Abbott, actor (Arthur Ward-FBI), dies at 74
  • Feb 24 Henny Youngman, comedian (Take my wife please), dies at 92
  • Feb 24 Antonio Prohias, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Luigi Veronesi, Italian abstract artist (Campo Grafico), dies at 90
  • Feb 25 Umberto Mastroianni, Italian sculptor, dies at 87
  • Feb 25 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • Feb 26 J T Walsh, actor (Good Morning Vietnam), dies at 54
  • Feb 27 J. T. Walsh, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Feb 28 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (b. 1952)
  • Feb 28 Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)
  • Mar 2 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
  • Mar 3 Fred Friendly, American broadcast executive (b. 1915)
  • Mar 6 Adem Jasari, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader, killed
  • Mar 6 Frank Barrett, American baseball player (b. 1913)

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Mar 8 Ray Nitschke, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 61

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke
  • Mar 10 Lloyd Bridges, American actor (b. 1913)
  • Mar 12 Judge Dread, English musician (b. 1945)
  • Mar 12 Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 12 Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (b. 1924)
  • Mar 13 Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 13 Hans von Ohain, German engineer (b. 1911)

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Mar 15 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • Mar 16 Derek Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Mar 16 Esther Bubley, American photographer aged 77
  • Mar 17 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • Mar 21 Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
  • Mar 25 Max Green, Australian lawyer (b. 1952)
  • Mar 25 Steve Schiff, United States Congressman (b. 1947)
  • Mar 27 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile manufacturer (b. 1909)
  • Mar 27 David McClelland, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • Mar 31 Bella Abzug, American politician (b. 1920)
  • Mar 31 Tim Flock, American race car driver (b. 1924)
  • Apr 1 Gene Evans, American actor (b. 1922)
  • Apr 1 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death) (b. 1963)
  • Apr 2 Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)
  • Apr 3 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Apr 5 Cozy Powell, British musician (b. 1947)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 6 Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 6 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 9 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)
  • Apr 13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90
  • Apr 15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (b. 1925)
  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician (b. 1920)
  • Apr 17 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney (b. 1941)
  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Apr 21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 23 Constantine Karamanlis, Greek politician (b. 1907)
  • Apr 23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70
  • Apr 24 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born writer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron (b. 1915)
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • Apr 27 Godrey Kenton, English stage actor, dies at 96
  • Apr 28 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 29 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • May 1 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • May 2 Gene Raymond, American actor (b. 1908)
  • May 2 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • May 2 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • May 2 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • May 7 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • May 7 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer (I Love a Rainy Night), dies at 56
  • May 8 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • May 9 Alice Faye, American actress (Barricade), dies of stomach cancer at 83
  • May 12 Hermann Lenz, German writer Swabian Chronicles), dies at 75

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May 14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • May 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist (b. 1890)
  • May 15 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • May 19 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)
  • May 22 José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • May 26 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73

MurderMurder of Interest

May 28 Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49

  • May 29 Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
  • May 31 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)
  • Jun 1 Darwin Joston, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Jun 2 Sylvester Ritter, American professional wrestler (b. 1952)
  • Jun 3 Poul Bundgaard, Danish actor and singer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 5 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (b. 1911)
  • Jun 5 Sam Yorty, American politician, Mayor of Los Angeles (1961-73), dies at 88
  • Jun 6 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, dies at 89

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Jun 8 Sani Abacha, President of Nigeria, dies at 54

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • Jun 8 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • Jun 10 Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)
  • Jun 10 Jim Hearn, American baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Jun 11 Catherine Cookson, British novelist (b. 1906)
  • Jun 13 Birger Ruud, Norwegian athlete (b. 1911)
  • Jun 20 Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (b. 1942)
  • Jun 21 Al Campanis, American baseball executive (b. 1916)
  • Jun 23 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (b. 1911)
  • Jun 25 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 27 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician (b. 1935)
  • Jun 29 Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jul 3 Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
  • Jul 5 Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Jul 6 Roy Rogers, American actor (b. 1911)
  • Jul 7 Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • Jul 12 Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • Jul 12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 13 Morris "Red" Badgro, NFL hall of famer (NY Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), dies at 95
  • Jul 14 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 16 John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)
  • Jul 19 Elmer Valo, baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Jul 20 June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • Jul 21 Alan Shepard, astronaut (b. 1923)
  • Jul 21 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), dies at 91
  • Jul 22 Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Jul 23 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • Jul 25 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (b. 1921)
  • Jul 27 Binnie Barnes, British actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), dies at 95
  • Jul 28 Lenny McLean, English bareknuckle fighter (b. 1949)
  • Jul 29 Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (b. 1918)
  • Jul 30 Buffalo Bob Smith, American television host (Howdy Doody) (b. 1917)
  • Aug 1 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), dies at 72
  • Aug 2 Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
  • Aug 3 Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 4 Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • Aug 5 Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
  • Aug 5 Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Andre Weil, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Aug 8 Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
  • Aug 13 Julien Green, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • Aug 13 Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 17 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • Aug 18 Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Aug 20 Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 24 E.G. Marshall, American actor (The Defenders), dies at 88
  • Aug 24 Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • Aug 26 Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • Sep 1 Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (b. 1930)