Famous Deaths in 1998

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • Jun 8th Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • Jun 10th Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)
  • Jun 10th Jim Hearn, American baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Jun 11th Catherine Cookson, British novelist (b. 1906)
  • Jun 13th Birger Ruud, Norwegian athlete (b. 1911)
  • Jun 20th Conrad Schumann, East German border guard (b. 1942)
  • Jun 21st Al Campanis, American baseball executive (b. 1916)
  • Jun 23rd Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (b. 1911)
  • Jun 25th Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 27th Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician (b. 1935)
  • Jun 29th Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jul 3rd Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
  • Jul 5th Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Jul 6th Roy Rogers, American actor (b. 1911)
  • Jul 7th Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • Jul 12th Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • Jul 12th Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 14th Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 16th John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)
  • Jul 19th Elmer Valo, baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Jul 20th June Byers, American professional wrestler (b. 1922)
  • Jul 21st Alan Shepard, astronaut (b. 1923)
  • Jul 21st Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best), dies at 91
  • Jul 22nd Hermann Prey, German bass-baritone (b. 1929)
  • Jul 23rd John Hopkins, English TV, Film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • Jul 25th Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist (b. 1921)
  • Jul 27th Binnie Barnes, British actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers), dies at 95
  • Jul 28th Lenny McLean, English bareknuckle fighter (b. 1949)
  • Jul 29th Jerome Robbins, American choreographer (b. 1918)
  • Jul 30th Buffalo Bob Smith, American television host (Howdy Doody) (b. 1917)
  • Aug 1st Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), dies at 72
  • Aug 2nd Shari Lewis, American puppeteer and ventriloquist (Lamb Chop), dies at 64
  • Aug 3rd Alfred Schnittke, Russian composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 4th Yuri Artyukhin, Russian cosmonaut (b. 1930)
  • Aug 5th Todor Zhivkov, Bulgarian dictator (b. 1911)
  • Aug 5th Otto Kretschmer, German U-boat commander (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6th Andre Weil, French mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Aug 8th Mahmoud Saremi, Iranian journalist
  • Aug 13th Julien Green, American novelist (b. 1900)
  • Aug 13th Nino Ferrer, French-Italian singer and composer (b. 1934)
  • Aug 17th Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17th Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • Aug 18th Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Aug 20th Raquel Rastenni, Danish singer (b. 1915)
  • Aug 24th E.G. Marshall, American actor (The Defenders), dies at 88
  • Aug 24th Gene Page, American arranger and composer (Righteous Brothers, Whitney Houston), dies at 58
  • Aug 26th Frederick Reines, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1918)
  • Sep 1st Józef Krupiński, Polish poet (b. 1930)
  • Sep 1st Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (b. 1921)
  • Sep 2nd Allen Drury, American author (b. 1918)
  • Sep 2nd Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)