Famous Deaths in February 1990

  • Feb 2 Joel Fluellen, American actor (Porgy and Bess, Burning Cross, Learning Tree), commits suicide at 82
  • Feb 2 Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
  • Feb 4 Whipper Billy Watson, Canadian professional wrestler, dies at 74
  • Feb 6 Jane Novak, silent screen actress (Ghost Town), dies of stroke at 94
  • Feb 6 John Merivale, actor (Caltiki), dies
  • Feb 7 Dom Heider Camara, nonviolent/human rights Bishop of Brazil, dies
  • Feb 7 Jimmy Van Heusen [Edward Chester Babcock], American composer and songwriter (All the Way, Love & Marriage), dies following a stroke at 77
  • Feb 7 Nathan Wartels, publisher (Crown), dies at 88 of pneumonia
  • Feb 7 Alfredo M. Santos, First Four-star General of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, World War II hero (b. 1905)
  • Feb 8 Del Shannon, American rock musician and songwriter (Runaway), commits suicide at 55
  • Feb 8 George de Mestral, Swiss engineer (invented Velcro), dies at 83
  • Feb 13 Ken Lynch, actor (Paratroop Command, Legend of Tom Dooley), dies at 79
  • Feb 14 Graeme Hole, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 789 runs), dies
  • Feb 14 Jean Wallace, [Walasek], actress (Big Combo), dies of hemorrhage at 66
  • Feb 14 Tony Holiday, German singer
  • Feb 15 Henry Brandon [Heinrich von Kleinbach], German-American actor (The Searchers, Assault on Precinct 13, Drums of Fu Manchu), dies from a heart attack at 77
  • Feb 15 Jack Fletcher, American actor (Calucci's Department, Once Upon a Mattress), dies of heart attack at 68

Person of interestKeith Haring

Feb 16 Keith Haring, American graffiti artist (brilliant baby), dies of aids at 31

Artist & Social Activist Keith Haring
Artist & Social Activist
Keith Haring
  • Feb 17 Erik Rhodes [Ernest Sharpe], American actor (Top Hat, Night at the Ritz), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • Feb 17 Frans Kellendonk, Dutch writer (Good for Nothing), dies at 39
  • Feb 17 Marc Clement, actor (Career Opportunities, Sluggers Wife), dies
  • Feb 17 Hap Day, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (b. 1901)
  • Feb 18 Hulk, fictional character in "Death of Incredible Hulk" on NBC, dies
  • Feb 19 Michael Powell, English director (Life & Death of Col Blimp), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Stephen Burns, American actor (Casey's Shadow), dies from AIDS complications at 35
  • Feb 23 Annelien Kappeyne van de Coppello, Dutch lawyer and politician (Liberal), dies at 53
  • Feb 23 James Gavin, US 82nd Airborne Division General (Sicily/Normandy), dies at 82
  • Feb 23 Jose Napoleon Duarte, president of Salvador (1984-89), dies at 62
  • Feb 24 Johnnie Ray, American singer (Cry), dies of liver failure at 61

Person of interestMalcolm Forbes

Feb 24 Malcolm Forbes, American publisher of Forbes Magazine, dies of a heart attack at 70

Publisher Malcolm Forbes
Publisher
Malcolm Forbes
  • Feb 24 Sandro Pertini, 7th President of Italy (1978-85), dies at 93
  • Feb 24 Tony Conigliaro, baseball player (Red Sox), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • Feb 25 Deborra Hampton, actress (Crossroads, 2 of a Kind), dies at 30
  • Feb 26 Cornell Gunther, US musician (Coasters, Poison Ivy), dies at 53
  • Feb 26 Leslie Ames, cricketer (47 Tests, 2434 runs 8 centuries), dies
  • Feb 26 Maurine Stuart, Zen teacher (head of Cambridge Buddhist Association), dies
  • Feb 26 Scott Jarvis, musician (Great Expectationa), dies
  • Feb 27 Nahum Norbert Glatzer, Jewish-American scholar (b. 1903)
  • Feb 28 Colin Milburn, cricketer (9 Tests for England, 654 runs), dies
  • Feb 28 Fabia Drake, actress (Nice Girl Like Me), dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer (batsman v England 1929), dies