Famous Deaths in 2017

  • Jan 1 Derek Parfit, British philosopher who specialized in problems of personal identity, rationality and ethics, dies at 74
  • Jan 2 John Berger, English art critic and author (Ways of Seeing), dies at 90
  • Jan 3 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) and test pilot, dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Georges Prêtre, French conductor known for interpretation, dies at 92
  • Jan 4 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), dies at 98

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Jan 7 Mário Soares, 17th President of Portugal (1986-96) and Prime Minister (1976-78 and 1983-85), dies at 92

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  • Jan 8 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 8 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, dies at 82
  • Jan 8 Peter Sarstedt, British musician (Where do you go to my lovely), dies at 75
  • Jan 9 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-born sociologist (Modernity and the Holocaust), dies at 91
  • Jan 10 Tony Rosato, Italian-born Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), dies at 63
  • Jan 10 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Oliver Smithies, British biochemist (2007 Noble Prize for gene targeting), dies at 91
  • Jan 13 Dick Gautier, American stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Bye Bye Birdie), dies at 85
  • Jan 13 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, dies at 89
  • Jan 13 Anthony Armstrong-Jones [Lord Snowdon], British photographer and ex-husband of Princess Margaret, dies at 86
  • Jan 14 Zhou Youguang [Zhou Yaoping], Chinese language scholar (father of pinyin), dies at 111
  • Jan 16 Eugene Cernan, American NASA astronaut (12th person on the moon), dies at 82
  • Jan 18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • Jan 18 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Miguel Ferrer, American actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), dies of cancer at 61
  • Jan 19 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, dies at 99
  • Jan 21 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), dies at 79
  • Jan 21 Maggie Roche, American singer-songwriter (Roches), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jan 21 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 23 Gorden Kaye, British actor (Allo Allo), dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Lee O’Denat, American internet entrepreneur (WorldStarHipHop.com), dies of heart disease at 43
  • Jan 23 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Butch Trucks, American drummer (the Allman Brothers), dies at 69

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Jan 25 Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People), dies at 80

  • Jan 25 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), dies at 77
  • Jan 25 Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY, 1978-83), dies at 84
  • Jan 25 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), dies at 94
  • Jan 26 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), dies at 91
  • Jan 27 Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (Hiroshima Mon Amour), dies at 89
  • Jan 31 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 31 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72
  • Feb 1 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • Feb 1 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, dies at 84
  • Feb 4 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89
  • Feb 5 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), dies of cancer at 70
  • Feb 6 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • Feb 6 Alec McCowen, English actor (Frenzy), dies at 91
  • Feb 6 "Professor" Irwin Corey, American comedian (Car Wash, Doc), dies at 102
  • Feb 7 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of cancer at 71
  • Feb 8 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, dies at 45
  • Feb 8 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), dies at 83
  • Feb 8 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91
  • Feb 8 Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, dies in prison at 77
  • Feb 11 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, dies at 93
  • Feb 16 Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator (Miffy books), dies at 89
  • Feb 18 Norma McCorvey, American abortion activist (Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade) who later became pro-life, dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • Feb 19 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, dies at 93
  • Feb 21 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), dies at 95
  • Feb 21 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-born classical conductor and composer, dies at 93
  • Feb 22 Fritz Koenig, German sculptor (Sphere at World Trade Center), dies at 92
  • Feb 22 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76
  • Feb 23 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), dies at 87
  • Feb 25 Bill Paxton, American actor (Titanic, Big Love), dies from surgical complications at 61
  • Feb 25 Boaz Vaadia, Israeli-born sculptor who worked in America, dies of cancer at 65
  • Feb 26 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), dies at 97
  • Feb 26 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, dies at 93
  • Mar 1 Paula Fox, American writer for children (The Slave Dancer) and adults, dies at 92
  • Mar 2 Simon Hobday, South African PGA golfer (1994 US Senior Open), dies at 76
  • Mar 3 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', dies at 85
  • Mar 3 René Préval, President of Haiti (1996-2001, 2006-2011), dies at 74
  • Mar 3 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • Mar 3 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, dies at 90
  • Mar 4 Clayton Yeutter, American trade negotiator and Republican National chairman, dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Mother Divine [Edna Rose Ritchings], American cult leader of the International Peace Mission Movement, dies at 91
  • Mar 5 Anthony Beilenson, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1977-97), dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78
  • Mar 5 Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), dies at 100
  • Mar 6 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Hans Dehmelt, German-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 1989), dies at 94
  • Mar 8 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, dies at 94
  • Mar 9 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Robert James Waller, American author (Bridges of Madison County), dies at 77
  • Mar 10 [Joan] Joni Sledge, vocalist (Sister Sledge "We are Family"), dies at 60
  • Mar 10 John Surtees, British F1 driver (1964 Championship) and motorcyclist (7 world championships), dies at 83
  • Mar 13 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), dies at 86
  • Mar 13 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), dies at 89
  • Mar 16 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81
  • Mar 17 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, dies at 87
  • Mar 18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), dies at 90
  • Mar 18 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, dies at 80
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Breslin, American author and columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), dies at 88
  • Mar 19 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), dies at 85
  • Mar 20 David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 101
  • Mar 20 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), dies at 87
  • Mar 21 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, dies of a heart condition at 66
  • Mar 21 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86
  • Mar 21 Chuck Barris, american TV game show producer and host (Gong Show), dies at 87
  • Mar 22 Dallas Green, American baseball manager and pitcher (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 82
  • Mar 22 Francine Hughes Wilson, American domestic abuse victim "The Burning Bed" who changed pubic perceptions, dies at 69
  • Mar 23 Lola Albright, American actress (A Cold Wind in August), dies at 92
  • Mar 26 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), dies at 69
  • Mar 26 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter, dies at 71
  • Mar 27 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • Mar 27 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, dies at 87
  • Mar 28 Christine Kaufmann, Austrian-born actress (Town Without Pity, Red Lips), dies at 72
  • Mar 29 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), dies at 88
  • Mar 30 Donald Harvey, American serial killer, healthcare worker who killed at least 37 patients, dies after being attacked in prison at 64
  • Mar 31 Gilbert Baker, American gay activist, designed the rainbow flag, dies at 65
  • Mar 31 James Rosenquist, American pop artist, dies at 83
  • Mar 31 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 3 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84
  • Apr 6 Don Rickles, American comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), dies at 90
  • Apr 6 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), dies at 91
  • Apr 7 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), dies at 70
  • Apr 8 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), dies at 88
  • Apr 9 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital), dies at 95
  • Apr 11 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J. Geils Band - Centerfold), dies at 71
  • Apr 15 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die), dies at 96
  • Apr 15 Allan Holdsworth, British guitarist, dies at 70
  • Apr 22 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), dies at 56