Famous People Who Died in February 1984

  • Feb 3 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 5 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), dies at 78
  • Feb 7 Brooks West, actor (Richard-My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • Feb 8 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (Olympic bronze 1928), dies at 80
  • Feb 9 (Tanjore) Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies at 65

Yuri Andropov

Feb 9 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

  • Feb 10 David Von Erich, professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • Feb 12 Anna Anderson [possibly born Franziska Schanzkowska], best-known of several imposters claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, dies still maintaining her fraudulent claim at 87
  • Feb 12 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), dies at 69
  • Feb 13 Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
  • Feb 14 Elmer Keith, American firearms enthusiast and author (Guns & Ammo), dies at 84
  • Feb 15 Avon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation;The Sting; Harry and Tonto), dies of cancer at 73

Ethel Merman

Feb 15 Ethel Merman [Zimmermann], American Tony and Grammy Award-winning stage and screen singer ("There's No Business Like Show Business"), and actress (It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), dies of brain cancer at 76

  • Feb 15 Leamon Hunt, American Director General of Multinational Force and Observers (international peacekeepers) in Sinai, assassinated Red Brigade communists in Rome, at 56
  • Feb 16 Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Lucille Benson, American actress (Halloween II, 1941, Bosom Buddies), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • Feb 19 Claude Hopkins, American jazz stride pianist, arranger, bandleader, and musical director (Josephine Baker), dies at 80
  • Feb 19 Ina Ray Hutton, American orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Fikret Amirov, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer (Azerbaijan Capriccio, Shur), dies at 61
  • Feb 21 Mikhail Sholokhov, Soviet writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965), dies at 78
  • Feb 22 David, spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
  • Feb 22 Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • Feb 24 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (Sociology of Sex), dies at 71
  • Feb 24 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • Feb 28 Leslie Walcott, cricketer (Test for WI v England 1930), dies
  • Feb 29 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball), dies of heart problems at 83