On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1987

  • May 1 Bobo Holloman, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter on MLB debut 1953; St. Louis Browns), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • May 3 Dicky Fuller, cricketer (one Test for WI 1935, one run, 0-12), dies
  • May 3 Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], French-Italian actress (The Sixth Day), singer (Bambino), and Miss Egypt 1954, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4 Cathryn Damon, American actress (Mary-Soap, She's Having a Baby), dies of cancer at 56
  • May 4 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist and writer, dies at 59
  • May 4 Paul Butterfield, American blues singer and harmonica player (Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Better Days), dies of drug abuse at 44

Person of interestWilliam J. Casey

May 6 William J. Casey, American head of the CIA during the Iran-contra scandal (1981-87), dies of aspiration pneumonia at 73

CIA Director William J. Casey
CIA Director
William J. Casey
  • May 7 Colin Blakely, Northern-Irish character actor (Shattered, Equus, King Lear), dies of leukaemia at 56
  • May 8 Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • May 8 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • May 9 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman & nationalist, dies at 78
  • May 11 James Jesus Angleton, American intelligence officer & head of counterintelligence for the CIA (1954-75), dies at 69
  • May 12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist and drummer, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • May 13 Ron Saggers, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's), dies at 69
  • May 13 Phil Moore, American jazz pianist, arranger, and bandleader, dies at 70
  • May 14 Rita Hayworth [Margarita Cansino], American actress (Gilda, Cover Girl, The Lady from Shanghai), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 68

  • May 15 John Baur, American museum director and author (American Paintings in 19th Century), dies at 78
  • May 15 Wynne Gibson, actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
  • May 17 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist and economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • May 18 Wilbur J Cohen, American social security expert, worked on the New Deal, dies at 73
  • May 19 James Tiptree Jr. [Alice Sheldon], American sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • May 21 Alejandro Rey, Argentine-American actor and director (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies lung cancer at 57
  • May 22 Mario Zafred, Italian composer, and opera director dies at 65
  • May 23 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • May 24 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi; Music Man), dies at 89
  • May 27 John H. Northrop, American biochemist (crystallized enzymes (Nobel 1946)), dies at 95
  • May 28 Charles Ludlam, American playwright and actor (Big Easy), dies at 44
  • May 29 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • May 29 Charan Singh, Indian politician, 5th Prime Minister of India (1979-80), dies at 84
  • May 29 Phyllis Tate, English composer, dies at 76
  • May 30 Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), dies at 94
  • May 30 Melvin "Turk" Murphy, American Dixieland jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • May 31 Dorothy Patrick, actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies
  • May 31 Roy Winsor, American producer (Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life), dies at 75