On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1991

  • May 1 Richard Thorpe, American director (Jailhouse Rock, Night Must Fall), dies at 95
  • May 2 Hal Bell, dies at 65
  • May 2 Leib Lensky, dies at 82
  • May 2 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), dies at 81
  • May 3 Gerrit Mik, Dutch psychiatrist and politician (D66), dies
  • May 3 Jerzy Kosiński, Polish-American novelist (The Painted Bird, Being There), dies at 57
  • May 3 Margaret Tallichet, American actress (Stranger on the 3rd Floor), dies at 77
  • May 3 Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Egyptian singer and composer (b. 1907)
  • May 3 Don Whitmire, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Alabama, Navy - All American at both), dies at 68
  • May 4 Dennis Crosby, son of Bing, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4 George Delacorte, American philanthropist and publisher (Dell Books), dies at 96
  • May 5 William De Acutis, American actor (9½ Weeks, Other People's Money), dies from a brain lymphoma at 33
  • May 6 Anthony van Kampen, writer (Ketelbinkie, Geschonden Eldorado), dies
  • May 6 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • May 6 Thomas A Carlin, dies at 62
  • May 6 Wilfrid Hyde-White, British actor (My Fair Lady, Peyton Place), dies at 87

  • May 8 Jean Langlais, French organist, and composer (Missa Salve Regina), dies at 84
  • May 8 Lloyd Ford, stuntman, dies at 79
  • May 8 Ronnie Brody, British actor (Superman 3, What's Up Nurse, Ritz), dies at 72
  • May 9 James L. Reinsch, American broadcasting executive & presidential media adviser (Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy) who also advised Winston Churchill on his 1946 "Iron Curtain" speech, dies at 82
  • May 9 Rudolf Serkin, Bohemian-American pianist (Marlboro Sch of Music), dies at 88
  • May 10 Armand HF Boni [Armand the Good], Flemish poet/writer, dies
  • May 11 Ho Dam, North Korean foreign minister (1970-83), dies at 62
  • May 13 James "Jimmy" McPartland, American cornetist and musician (Magic Horn), dies of cancer at 83
  • May 14 Ast Fonteyne, Flemish lecture artist, dies
  • May 14 Herman Niels, Flemish radio director, dies

Person of interestJiang Qing

May 14 Jiang Qing [Madame Mao], Chinese communist and wife of Mao Zedong, commits suicide at 77

Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing
  • May 14 John Edward Craven, dies
  • May 14 Shintaro Abe, minister of Exterior of Japan (1982-86), dies
  • May 14 Aladár Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (7 Olympic gold 1932, 36, 48, 52, 56, 60), dies at 81
  • May 15 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), dies of cancer at 84
  • May 15 Reno Browne, American Western actress, dies at 70
  • May 15 Ronald Lacey, actor (Raiders of Lost Ark, Next Victim), dies at 55
  • May 15 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (Floer homology), dies at 34
  • May 16 Prudence Nesbitt, British actress/TV producer, dies
  • May 18 Edwina Booth, American actress (Trader Horn), dies of heart failure at 86

  • May 19 Douglas L Mays, cartoonist (Punch), dies
  • May 19 Rini Otte, Dutch actress (Ergens in Nederland), dies at 74
  • May 20 Julian Orbon De Soto, Cuban composer, dies at 65
  • May 21 Jean Van Joutte, Prime Minister of Belgium (1952-54), dies

MurderRajiv Gandhi

May 21 Rajiv Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister (1984-89), assassinated at 46 by a suicide bomber from the LTTE

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Indian Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi
  • May 22 Catalino "Lino" Brocka, Filipino film director (Macho Dancer, Jaguar), dies in car crash at 51
  • May 23 Jean van Houte, Belgian premier, dies
  • May 23 Peter Trevenen Thwaites, British Brigadier General and playwright (Love or money), dies at 74
  • May 23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • May 23 Wilhelm Kempff, German pianist and composer (Unter dem Zimbelstern), dies at 95
  • May 24 (Harold Eugene) Gene Clark, American singer-songwriter (The Byrds - "Eight Miles High"), dies from natural causes brought on by bleeding ulcer at 46
  • May 24 Miriam di San Servolo, Italian actress (b. 1912)
  • May 25 Dorothy Davis Bostwick, entertainer, dies
  • May 26 Tom Cassidy, anchor (CNN), dies of AIDs at 41
  • May 26 Tom Eyen, playwright (Dreamgirls), dies of cardiac arrest at 50
  • May 27 Ed Dodd, cartoonist (Mark Trail), dies at 88
  • May 27 Leopold Nowak, Austrian musicologist (b. 1904)
  • May 28 Brigitte B Fischer, writer, dies
  • May 28 Ethel Lois Payne, American civil rights journalist and "1st Lady of the Black Press", dies at 79
  • May 29 Coral Browne, Australian actress (Ruling Class, Time Express), dies of cancer at 77
  • May 30 Manolo Gomez Bur, Spanish comedian dies at 74
  • May 31 Angus Wilson [Johnstone-W], British writer (Wrong Set), dies
  • May 31 H N "Swanie" Swanson, literary agent, dies at 91 of a stroke