Famous Deaths in 1989

Deaths 1 - 200 of 363

  • Jan 3 Sergei Lvovich Sobolev, Russian mathematician (b. 1909)
  • Jan 3 Nick Virgilio, American Haiku poet, dies at 60
  • Jan 5 Philip Herschkowitz, Romanian composer, dies at 82

Person of interestHirohito

Jan 7 Emperor Hirohito of Japan (1922-89) dies at 87 after a 62-year reign

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • Jan 8 Johnny Jordaan, [Jan van Musscher], Dutch folk singer, dies at 64
  • Jan 8 Kenneth McMillan, actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of heart attack at 56
  • Jan 9 Bill Terry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jan 10 Herbert Morrison, American radio reporter (b. 1905)
  • Jan 10 Colin Winchester, Australian Assistant Police Commissioner, murdered (b. 1933)
  • Jan 10 Donald Voorhees, American conductor (Bell Telephone Hour), dies at 85
  • Jan 13 Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
  • Jan 15 Wilf Slack, English cricketer, dies while playing cricket in Gambia at 34
  • Jan 16 Pierre Boileau, screenwriter (Vertigo), dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Romo Vincent, actor (Naked Jungle), dies
  • Jan 16 Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies
  • Jan 17 Sterling A Brown, US poet/critic (Southern Road), dies at 87

  • Jan 18 Bruce Chatwin, British writer, dies at 49
  • Jan 19 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies
  • Jan 20 Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • Jan 20 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • Jan 20 Halsey Stevens, American composer (Triskelion), dies at 80
  • Jan 21 Billy [Dorothy] Tipton, American jazz pianist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Carl Furillo, American Baseball player (b. 1922)

Person of interestSalvador Dali

Jan 23 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist (Crucifixion), dies of heart failure at 84

Painter Salvador Dali
Painter
Salvador Dali

Person of interestTed Bundy

Jan 24 Ted Bundy, American serial killer of up to 100 women during the 1970s, executed by electric chair in Florida at 42

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • Jan 24 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (b. 1937)
  • Jan 26 Paul Daels, Flemish chairman (IJzerbedevaart committee), dies
  • Jan 27 Thomas Sopwith, British aviation pioneer (b. 1888)
  • Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • Jan 29 Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)
  • Jan 31 Jack Douglas, humorist (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • Jan 31 Yasushi Akutagawa, Japanese composer (Orpheus of Hiroshima, Ellora Symphony), dies at 63
  • Feb 1 Elaine de Kooning, American artist (b. 1918)
  • Feb 2 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (b. 1951)
  • Feb 2 Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier, dies at 65
  • Feb 3 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), dies at 59
  • Feb 3 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer & Jethro), dies at 69
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, composer/songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • Feb 6 Barbara Tuchman, historian (Guns of August-Pulitzer), dies at 77

  • Feb 6 Chris Gueffroy, East German attempted defector (b. 1968)
  • Feb 6 Osbourne Ruddock, Jamaican Dub music performer (b. 1941)
  • Feb 8 Maurits Kok, Dutch writer/poet (Railroad Strike), dies at 81
  • Feb 9 Osamu Tezuka, Japanese manga artist (Kimba the White Lion), dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 10 Dan Kelly, NHL sportscaster, dies at 52, "He shoots, he scores!"
  • Feb 11 George O'Hanlon, american actor and director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
  • Feb 12 Mauritius Balfoort, French/Flemish director, dies at 83
  • Feb 12 Thomas Bernhard, Dutch/Austrian writer (Heldenplatz), dies at 58
  • Feb 13 Wayne Hays, American politician (b. 1911)
  • Feb 14 James Bond, American ornithologist (b. 1900)
  • Feb 17 Lefty Gomez, pitching great (NY Yankees), dies at 80
  • Feb 19 Jaap van de Merwe, Dutch journalist/cabareter (Hadjememaar), dies
  • Feb 21 Alex Thépot, French footballer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 21 Otar Vasilisdze Taktakishvili, Georgian composer, dies at 64
  • Feb 22 Joan Woodbury, American actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies at 73
  • Feb 22 Moisés da Costa Amaral, East Timorese leader, dies at 50
  • Feb 24 Sparky Adams, American baseball player (b. 1894)
  • Feb 26 Roy Eldridge, American jazz trumpet player, dies at 78
  • Feb 27 Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies
  • Feb 27 Joseph "Joe" Silver, American actor (Lenny, Mr I Magination), dies of liver cancer at 66
  • Feb 27 Konrad Lorenz, Austrian zoologist and ethologist (Man & His Ideas, Nobel Prize 1973), dies at 85
  • Feb 27 Paul Oswald Ahnert, German astronomer (b. 1897)
  • Feb 28 Hermann Burger, Swiss poet and writer, dies at 46
  • Mar 1 Henk van Stipriaan, Dutch radio host, dies at 64
  • Mar 1 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress and director (Bluejackets, De kleine zielen), dies at 71

Person of interestTiny Grimes

Mar 4 Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), dies of meningitis at 72

Jazz Guitarist Tiny Grimes
Jazz Guitarist
Tiny Grimes
  • Mar 6 Harry Andrews, English actor (Equus, Helen of Troy, Hill), dies at 77
  • Mar 9 Robert Mapplethorpe, US photographer, dies at 42
  • Mar 10 Doc Green, American singer (The Drifters), dies at 54
  • Mar 11 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish linguist, dies at 57
  • Mar 11 James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Mar 11 John J. McCloy, United States Secretary of War (b. 1895)
  • Mar 12 Maurice Evans, British actor (Planet of the Apes, Bewitched), dies at 87
  • Mar 14 Edward Abbey (environmental author), dies after surgery at 62
  • Mar 14 Zita, Empress of Austria/Queen of Hungary, dies at 96
  • Mar 15 Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • Mar 17 Merritt Butrick, actor (Shy People, Wired to Kill), dies of AIDS at 29
  • Mar 18 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer player, dies at 51
  • Mar 18 William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
  • Mar 19 Alan Civil, British horn player (played horn solo in Beatles "For No One"), dies of liver and kidney failure at 59
  • Mar 20 Alan Gifford [John Lennox], American actor (Time Lock, 2001: A Space Odyssey), dies at 78
  • Mar 20 Archie Bleyer, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey), dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Milton Frome, actor (Family Jewels), dies
  • Mar 27 May Allison, actress (Youth for Salem Men of Steel), dies
  • Mar 29 Bernard Blier, actor (Les Miserables, Women & War), dies at 73
  • Mar 30 Dort Clark, actor (In Harm's Way), dies
  • Apr 1 Henk Gortzak [Hendricus Gortzak], Dutch carpenter and politician (CPN/PSP), dies at 57
  • Apr 3 Norman Woolard, actor (Guilty, Saul & David, Medeleine), dies at 79
  • Apr 3 Norman Wooland, German actor (Ivanhoe, Quo Vadis, Hamlet), dies at 79
  • Apr 5 María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran Teacher (b. 1938)
  • Apr 6 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), dies at 86
  • Apr 7 Tikhon Toropets, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint, dies at 123(?)
  • Apr 7 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara, Rio Grande), dies at 86
  • Apr 10 Joan Barry, dies at 85
  • Apr 11 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist, dies at 68
  • Apr 12 Abbie Hoffman, yippie peace activist of the 60's, dies at 52

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

Apr 12 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walter Smith], American middle/welterweight boxer (1946-52, 55, 58), dies of alzheimer's disease at 67

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Apr 12 Gerald Flood, British actor (Doctor Who, Patton), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 12 Herbert Mills, American Singer (The Mills Brothers), dies at 77
  • Apr 14 Lance Pierre, cricketer (Test WI v Engl 1948, DNB, 7 overs 0-28), dies
  • Apr 15 Charles Vanel, French actor and director (Wages of Fear), dies at 96
  • Apr 15 Hu Yaobang, general sec of Chinese Commnist Party, dies
  • Apr 15 Nesuhi Ertegün, American record executive (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies
  • Apr 17 Charles Lampkin, dies
  • Apr 18 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), dies at 84
  • Apr 19 Daphne Du Maurier, English writer (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 21 Princess Dukhye of Korea (b. 1912)
  • Apr 22 Huey Newton, American Black Panther leader, shot dead at 47

Person of interestEmilio G. Segrè

Apr 22 Emilio G. Segrè, Italian physicist and Nobel laureate (discovered the elements technetium, astatine and the sub-atomic antiparticle antiproton), dies at 84 of a heart attack

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Emilio G. Segrè
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Emilio G. Segrè
  • Apr 25 George Coulouris, British actor (Runaway Bus), dies at 85

Person of interestLucille Ball

Apr 26 Lucille Ball, comedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • Apr 27 Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese industrialist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 28 Olaff J de Landell [JB van Sparwoude], Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • Apr 30 Sergio Leone, Italian director who invented spaghetti westerns (The Man with No Name trilogy), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 30 Yi, Bang-ja, Crown Princess of Korea (b. 1901)
  • May 1 David Webster, South African white anti-apartheids activist, murdered
  • May 1 Douglass Watson, American actor (Satan Murders, Another World), dies at 68
  • May 1 Marion Mack, actress (General), dies
  • May 1 Sally Kirkland, fashion editor at LIFE (b. 1912)
  • May 2 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • May 2 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • May 3 Christine Jorgensen, 1st transsexual, dies at 62
  • May 3 Muriel Ostriche, American silent film actress dies at 92
  • May 3 Edward Ochab, Polish Communist politician (b. 1906)
  • May 4 Evelle Jansen Younger, American prosecutor (Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan), dies at 70
  • May 5 Frank Easton, cricket wicketkeeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
  • May 6 Guy Williams [Armando Joseph Catalano], American actor (Zorro, Lost in Space), dies of a brain aneurysm at 65
  • May 9 Keith Whitley, country singer (Don't Close Your Eyes), dies at 33
  • May 10 Woody Shaw, American jazz musician (b. 1944)
  • May 12 Joe Valdez Caballero, creator of hard taco, shell, dies at 81
  • May 12 Marcelle de Manziarly, French pianist and composer, dies at 89
  • May 15 John Waldo Green, composer, dies at 80
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • May 16 Hassan Khaled, sheik of Lebanon, murdered
  • May 19 Able J Herzberg, Russ/Neth lawyer (Eichmann in Jerusalem), dies
  • May 19 E Galgoczi, writer, dies
  • May 19 Robert Webber, American actor (12 Angry Men, Moonlighting, 79 Park Avenue), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 64
  • May 19 CLR James, West Indian writer and journalist (b. 1901)
  • May 20 Anton Diffring [Alfred Pollack], German character actor (Assignment Vienna), dies at 70
  • May 20 Gilda Radner, comedienne (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies at 42
  • May 20 John R Hicks, English economist (Nobel 1972), dies
  • May 22 Steven DeGroote, South African classical pianist (b. 1953)
  • May 23 Georgy Tovstonogov, Russian theatre director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Herwig Hensen [Flor Mielants], Flemish dramatist/poet, dies at 72
  • May 26 Don Revie, English footballer and soccer manager (Leeds and England), dies at 61
  • May 27 Jack Starrett, director/actor (Chase, Nightwish, 1st Blood), dies
  • May 27 Arseny Tarkovsky, Russian poet (b. 1907)
  • May 29 John Cipollina, American musician (Quicksilver Messenger Service), dies from a longterm illness at 45

  • May 30 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), dies of a stroke at 83
  • May 31 C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
  • May 31 Charles A Hufnagel, doc (artificial heart valve pioneer), dies at 72
  • May 31 Terry Drinkwater, CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Jun 2 Ted a'Beckett, cricketer (4 Tests 1928-32), dies

Person of interestAyatollah Khomeini

Jun 3 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran (1979-89), dies of a heart attack at 89

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini
Supreme Leader of Iran
Ayatollah Khomeini
  • Jun 3 John McCauley, NHL official (b. 1945)
  • Jun 4 Dik Browne, cartoonist (Hi & Lois, Hagar the Horrible), dies at 71
  • Jun 4 Vaclav Kaslik, Czech opera composer/conductor, dies at 71
  • Jun 7 Milton van Embricqs, Suriname/Dutch publicist, dies
  • Jun 7 Percy Stuart, Suriname/Dutch sports journalist, dies
  • Jun 7 Chico Landi, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1907)
  • Jun 9 Piet[er J] Lieftinck, Dutch minister of Finance (1945-52), dies
  • Jun 9 Wolfdietrich Schnurre, German writer, dies at 68
  • Jun 9 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor (b. 1915)
  • Jun 9 George Beadle, US Biologist and Nobel Laureate (biochemical genetics), dies at 85
  • Jun 10 Richard Quine, American actor and director (How to Murder Your Wife, Clay Pigeon), commits suicide at 68
  • Jun 12 Peter Conrad Baden, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Lou Monte, American singer (Peppino the Italian Mouse), dies at 72
  • Jun 13 Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81
  • Jun 14 Pete de Freitas, British drummer (Echo & the Bunnyman), dies in a motorcycle accident at 27
  • Jun 15 Ray McAnally, Irish actor (The Mission, My Left Foot, Empire State, Sicilian), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Jun 15 Victor French, actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • Jun 15 Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 17 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end (Oak Raider) and actor (The Goonies), dies of an accidental propoxyphene overdose at 38
  • Jun 17 Stanley David Griggs, American astronaut (STS 51-D), dies in plane crash at 59 (b. 1939)
  • Jun 18 I. F. Stone, American journalist (b. 1907)
  • Jun 19 Hy Gardner, newspaper columnist, dies at 80
  • Jun 19 Isidore Feinstein Stone, author (I F Stone's Weekly), dies at 81
  • Jun 19 Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter, dies at 91
  • Jun 21 Lee Quencey Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 56
  • Jun 21 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist and TV host (Amsterdamned), dies at 70
  • Jun 22 Bengt Johansson, Finnish composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 22 Lee Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 66
  • Jun 22 Lucien Saulnier, Canadian politician, dies at 72
  • Jun 23 Werner Best, German jurist and nazi leader (b. 1903)
  • Jun 27 Alfred J Ayer, English philosopher (Logical Positivism), dies
  • Jun 27 Jack Beutel, actor (The Outlaw), dies
  • Jun 28 Joris Ivens, director (Indonesia), dies at 90
  • Jul 1 William Ching, actor (Moonlighter, Terror in Haunted House), dies
  • Jul 2 Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
  • Jul 3 Andrei Gromyko, Soviet politician (President of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), dies just short of his 80th birthday
  • Jul 3 James "Jim" Backus, American actor (Mr Magoo, Rebel Without a Cause, Gilligan's Island), dies of pneumonia at 76
  • Jul 5 Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 6 Janos Kádár, premier of Hungary (1956-58), dies at 77
  • Jul 10 Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian best known for his Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig), dies at 81
  • Jul 10 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), dies at 80

Person of interestLaurence Olivier

Jul 11 Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen acting great (Hamlet, Rebecca), dies at 82

  • Jul 13 Abdul Rahman Qassemlu, Iran Kurds leader, murdered