Famous Deaths in May 2014

  • May 2 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor, dies at 95
  • May 3 Gary Becker, American economist & Nobel laureate, dies from complications following surgery at 83
  • May 3 Jim Oberstar, American politician, dies at 79
  • May 6 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • May 6 Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74
  • May 6 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), dies at 83
  • May 7 Will Gaines, American-British tap dancer, dies at 86
  • May 8 Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, dies at 93
  • May 9 Mel Patton, American sprinter, double Olympic champion, dies at 89
  • May 9 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), dies at 97
  • May 11 Ed Gagliardi, American bass guitarist, dies from cancer at 62
  • May 11 Reg Gasnier, Australian Hall of Fame rugby league player, dies at 74
  • May 12 H. R. Giger, Swiss Oscar-winning surrealist artist, dies from injuries from a fall at 74
  • May 14 Stephen Sutton, English cancer blogger (Stephen's Story), dies at 19
  • May 15 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian politician, dies from a fall at 73
  • May 17 Gerald Edelman, American biologist & Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 84
  • May 18 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist and astronaut, dies from renal cell cancer at 68
  • May 18 Jerry Vale, American singer, dies at 83
  • May 18 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer and President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • May 19 Michael Aldrich, British inventor, dies at 72
  • May 19 Jack Brabham, Australian racing driver and triple Formula 1 world champion, dies at 88
  • May 20 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer, dies at 77
  • May 22 Mathew Cowles, American actor, dies at 69
  • May 23 Mona Freeman, American actress, dies at 87
  • May 25 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general & President, dies at 90

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May 28 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), dies at 86

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
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  • May 28 James K. Randall, American composer, dies at 84
  • May 29 Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor, dies at 86
  • May 31 Martha Hyer, American actress, dies at 89