Famous Deaths in May 1974

  • May 4 Israel Citkowitz, composer, dies at 65
  • May 4 John Wengraf, Austrian actor (12 to the Moon, Pride & Passion), dies at 77
  • May 8 Graham Bond, British R&B musician, dies jumping under a train at 36
  • May 9 Lyubomir Pipkov, composer, dies at 69
  • May 10 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), dies at 74
  • May 13 Jaime Torres Bodet, Mexican writer (b. 1902)

Person of interestDenny Shute

May 13 Denny Shute, American golfer, dies at 69

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • May 17 Charles Braswell, actor (Only Game in Town), dies at 49
  • May 17 Ernest Nash, German born archaeologist (b. 1898)
  • May 18 Daniel R Topping, US owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • May 23 Kathleen Cannell, writer, dies

Person of interestDuke Ellington

May 24 Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75

Jazz Musician and Composer Duke Ellington
Jazz Musician and Composer
Duke Ellington
  • May 25 Donald Crisp, British actor and director (How Green Was My Valley, Pollyana), dies at 91
  • May 25 Frank Ward, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1936-38), dies
  • May 25 Pam Morrison, wife of Door's vocalist Jim, dies of drug overdose
  • May 26 Kitty Gordon, entertainer, dies at 96
  • May 26 Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • May 31 Adelle Davis, US nutrionalist (Let's stay healthy), dies at 70