Famous Deaths in December 1988

  • Dec 2 Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra)
  • Dec 4 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist, dies at 89
  • Dec 6 Bill Harris, US guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Roy Orbison, American musician (Pretty Woman), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • Dec 7 Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • Dec 7 Christopher Connelly, actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
  • Dec 7 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • Dec 8 Anne Seymour, actress (Misty, Chevy Mystery Show), dies at 79
  • Dec 8 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, US singer (Persuasions-Good news), dies at 44
  • Dec 10 Dick Clair, comedian (Clair & McMahon, Facts of Life), dies of AIDS
  • Dec 10 Richard Castellano, aqctor (Honor thy Father), dies at 55
  • Dec 12 John Canning, NY Post managing editor, dies at 56
  • Dec 12 Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)
  • Dec 16 Hunter "Stork" Hendry, Australian cricketer (11 Tests for Australia 1921-29), dies at 93
  • Dec 16 Sylvester [James Jr], American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), dies of complications from HIV and AIDS at 41

Person of interestMax Robinson

Dec 20 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of aids at 49

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson

  • Dec 20 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer and president of the CBC, dies at 80
  • Dec 21 Bob Steele [Robert Adrian Bradbury], American actor (Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany), dies of Emphysema at 60
  • Dec 21 Nicholas Tinbergen, Dutch/British biologist, dies at 81
  • Dec 22 Tucker Smith, singer/dancer (Cool-West Side Story), dies

Person of interestChico Mendes

Dec 22 Chico Mendes, Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, assassinated at 44 by rancher Darcy Alves

Environmentalist Chico Mendes
Environmentalist
Chico Mendes
  • Dec 25 Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  • Dec 25 Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (b. 1920)
  • Dec 26 Pablo Sorozábal, Spanish composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 26 Cynthia Stone, American actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers), dies at 62
  • Dec 26 John Loder, actor (Sabotage, Java Head), dies at 90
  • Dec 26 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • Dec 27 Fox Harris, actor (Alienator, Warlords, Sid & Nancy), dies
  • Dec 27 Hall Ashby, US director (Shampoo, 8 Million Ways to Die), dies at 59
  • Dec 28 Hal Ashby, academy-award winning director, dies of cancer at 59
  • Dec 29 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Dec 30 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)