On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 1988

  • Feb 1 Heather O'Rourke, American child actress (Poltergeist), dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • Feb 1 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • Feb 1 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), dies at 59
  • Feb 2 Clive Epstein, British music artist manager, and brother of Brian Epstein, dies at 51
  • Feb 2 G. Mennen Williams, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Michigan, 1949-61), diplomat, and jurist (Chief Justice of Michigan Supreme Court, 1983-86), dies at 76
  • Feb 6 Lee Goodman, American comedian and stage and screen actor (Imitation of Life), dies of tuberculosis at 64
  • Feb 6 Marghanita Laski, English journalist and author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies at 72
  • Feb 6 Barclay Plager, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NHL All-Star 1970, 71, 73, 74 St. Louis Blues) and coach (St. Louis Blues 1977-83), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 46
  • Feb 7 Lin[wood V] Carter, American sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Allan Cuthbertson, Australian-British actor (Running Man, 7th Dawn), dies at 67
  • Feb 10 Paolo Renosto, Italian composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 10 Don Patterson, American jazz organist (Hip Cake Walk; Holiday Soul), dies at 51
  • Feb 13 John Curulewski, American rock guitarist and singer (Styx), dies of a brain aneurysm at 37
  • Feb 14 Frederick Loewe [Friedrich Löwe], Austrian-born American composer (My Fair Lady, Camelot), dies at 86
  • Feb 14 Frederick Loewe, Austrian-American musical theater composer (with Alan Jay Lerner: My Fair Lady; Camelot; Brigadoon), dies at 86
  • Feb 15 Gardiner Means, US economist, dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Gerard Holt, architect, dies at 83
  • Feb 15 Neil R. Jones, American sci-fi writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist known for his work on quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics (1965 Nobel), dies of liposarcoma at 69
  • Feb 16 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler, dies at 71
  • Feb 16 Charles Delaunay, French writer, magazine publisher (Le Jazz Hot), jazz musiclogist (Hot Discography), record label founder, and music promoter, dies at 77
  • Feb 19 André F. Cournand, French physician and physiologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 92
  • Feb 19 René Char, French poet and painter, dies at 80
  • Feb 20 Bob O'Farrell, American baseball catcher (World Series, NL MVP 1926, St. Louis Cardinals) and manager (St.L Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 91
  • Feb 24 Irwan Chanin, US theater builder, dies at 96
  • Feb 24 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman], American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • Feb 24 Uno "Miff" Görling, Swedish jazz trombonist, arranger, bandleader, and composer, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
  • Feb 28 Harvey Kuenn, American baseball utility (AL batting champion 1959; 10 × All-Star 1953–1960²; Detroit Tigers), dies from heart disease and diabetes at 57