On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1994

Ayrton Senna

May 1 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), dies in a crash at San Marino GP at 34

  • May 2 Louis Calaferte, writer (Requiem of the Innocents), dies at 65
  • May 2 Wilson Charles Geoffrey Baldwin, hero, dies at 75
  • May 3 Gustaaf Vincent Willem van Hemert tot Dingshof, Dutch Mayor of Maarn, dies at 78
  • May 3 Haty Tegelaar-Boonacker, Dutch politician and 2nd chamber member (CDA), dies at 63
  • May 3 Milford Dolliole, American pioneer jazz drummer, dies at 90
  • May 4 Karl Francis Hettinger, American police officer (Onion Field survivor), dies at 59
  • May 5 Hein Salomonson, architect, dies at about 83
  • May 5 Joe Layton, American director (Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip), dies at 63
  • May 6 Fred Sadoff, actor (Quiet American), dies of AIDS at 67
  • May 6 Haskell Sadler, American blues singer and guitarist, dies at 59
  • May 6 Helen Lessore, English artist, dies at 86
  • May 6 Montague Modlyn, broadcaster, dies at 72
  • May 6 Moses Rosen, Chief Rabbi of Romania (1948-94), dies at 81
  • May 7 Clement Greenberg, US art critic (Art & Culture), dies at 85
  • May 7 Margaret Skeete, oldest American, dies at 115
  • May 8 Cobina W "Coby" Molenaar, peace activist, dies at 88
  • May 8 George Peppard, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max), dies at 65
  • May 8 Rupert Haselden, journalist and screenwriter, dies at 36
  • May 8 Steven Keats, American actor (Death Wish), dies of apparent suicide at 48
  • May 9 Elias Motsoaledi, South African freedom fighter & anti-apartheid activist, dies at 69

ExecutionJohn Wayne Gacy

May 10 John Wayne Gacy, American mass murderer of 33 young men, executed in Illinois at 52

  • May 10 Lucebert [J Swaanswijk], poet/cartoonist (PC Hooft 1967), dies at 69
  • May 10 Phyllis Flowerdew, school Reading text author, dies at 81
  • May 11 Alfred James Broomhall, British Protestant Christian medical missionary to China, dies at 82
  • May 11 Danny Overbea, American rock singer and guitarist ("Forty Cups of Coffee"), dies at 68
  • May 11 Leonard Friedman, British-Lithuanian violinist (Scottish Baroque Ensemble), dies at 63
  • May 11 Lewis B Puller, American writer (Pulitzer 1992), commits suicide at 48
  • May 11 Timothy Carey, American actor (Paths of Glory, The Killing), dies of stroke at 65
  • May 12 Alfred Lane Beit, British politician and art philanthropist, dies at 91
  • May 12 Helen Lee Mai, Hong Kong actress, dies at 63
  • May 12 John Smith, British Labour Party chairman (1992-94), dies at 55
  • May 12 Xenophon Balaskas, South Africa cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 22 wkts), dies at 83
  • May 12 Erik Erikson, American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst who coined the phrase "identity crisis", dies at 91
  • May 13 Arthur Basil Cottle, British academic and medievalist, dies at 77
  • May 13 Duncan Hamilton, Irish racing driver, dies at 74
  • May 13 Ruth Gillette, American actress (Wild Gold), dies of cancer at 88
  • May 14 Leonard Teale, Australian actor/reciter (Homicide), dies
  • May 14 Dave Albritton, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 81
  • May 15 Frederik van Pallandt, Danish folk singer (Nina & Frederik), murdered in the Philippines at 61
  • May 15 Gilbert Roland [Luis Alonso], Mexican actor (Juarez, Barbarosa), dies from cancer at 88
  • May 15 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, dies at 71
  • May 15 Royal Dano, American actor (Red Badge of Courage, Cocaine Wars, House II), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • May 15 [Henry] John Baker, resistance fighter/journalist (Slogan), dies at 79
  • May 16 Alain Cuny, French actor (La Dolce Vita, Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle), dies at 85
  • May 16 Barbara Jean Jones, fictional character on General Hospital, dies at 7
  • May 16 Phani Majumdar, film director, dies at 82
  • May 16 Vasek Simek, Czech/American actor (Green Card, Mistress), dies at 66
  • May 17 Andrew Brown, film Producer, dies at 55
  • May 17 (Donald) Keith Falkner, British bass-baritone singer, dies at 94
  • May 17 Willian Noel Moffet, architect, dies at 82
  • May 19 Henry Morgan, American comedian and TV panelist (I've Got a Secret; Arena), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • May 19 Jacques Ellul, French writer and philosopher, dies at 82
  • May 19 Luis Ocana, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
  • May 20 Dallas Pratt, American collector (The American Museum in Britain), dies at 79
  • May 20 Vivien John, English painter and daughter of Augustus John, dies at 79
  • May 21 Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60
  • May 21 Forsyth Hardy, Scottish documentary film pioneer, dies at 84
  • May 21 Giovanni Goria, Italian politician (Prime Minister of Italy, 1987-88), dies of lung cancer at 50
  • May 21 John Henry Weidner, Dutch-American resistance fighter, dies at 81
  • May 22 F. H. McClintock, British criminologist, dies at 68
  • May 22 Mitacq [Michel Tacq], Belgium comic strip artist (Beaver Patrol), dies
  • May 22 Norman Read, New Zealand 50k race walker (Olympic gold 1956), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • May 23 Joe Pass [Passalaqua], American jazz guitarist ("The Trio" with Oscar Peterson; Ella Fitzgerald) and composer, dies from liver cancer at 65
  • May 23 Carl Althoff, German circus director, dies at 82
  • May 23 Ray Candy, American professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 42
  • May 24 Jean-Pierre E Plooij, Dutch writer (Bird House), dies at 48
  • May 24 John Barrington Wain, author, dies at 69
  • May 24 S├índor Lakatos, Hungarian violinist, bandleader, and actor (mostly as a gypsy violinist), dies at 69
  • May 24 Yehuda Mor-Mirkovsky, Israeli kibbutz-founder, dies at 96
  • May 25 Eric Gale, American jazz, R&B, session and touring guitarist (Negril; Stuff; Paul Simon's One-Trick Pony; Bob James; Grover Washington, Jr.), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • May 26 George Ball, American politician and diplomat (US Ambassador to the UN, Under Secretary of State), dies at 84
  • May 26 Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, American jazz guitarist (Last Exit) dies of a heart attack at 53
  • May 27 Norman Cook, British museum curator, dies at 87
  • May 27 Red Rodney [Robert Chudnick], American jazz trumpeter (Charlie Parker Quintet), dies from lung cancer at 66
  • May 27 Theo Swagemakers, portrait painter, dies at 95
  • May 28 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), dies of heart attack at 74
  • May 28 Rita Gillespie, British pioneering TV Director, dies at 65
  • May 28 Charles Spry, Australian soldier and security chief, dies at 83
  • May 28 Ely Jacques Kahn, Jr., American writer, dies at 77
  • May 29 Erich Honecker, German politician, Head of State of East Germany (1971-89), dies in Chile at 81
  • May 29 Harry Levin, American literary scholar, dies at 81
  • May 29 Jose Bohr, actor (El Traidor, Sueno de Amor), dies at 92
  • May 29 Joseph Janni, producer, dies at 78
  • May 29 Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, American jazz drummer, dies at 61
  • May 30 Ezra Taft Benson, 13th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and US Secretary of Agriculture, dies at 94
  • May 30 Jean Gattegno, French translator and scholar, dies at 58
  • May 30 Juan Carlos Onetti, Uruguayan novelist (La vida breve), dies at 85
  • May 30 Marcel Bich, Italian-French baron and pen manufacturer (Bic), dies at 79
  • May 30 Agostino Di Bartolomei, Italian footballer (b. 1955)
  • May 31 Doug Freeman, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 1 wicket; Wellington), dies at 79
  • May 31 Herva Nelli, Italian-born American soprano, dies at 85
  • May 31 Sidney Gilliat, English screenwriter (Night Train to Munich) and director, dies at 86
  • May 31 [Emmanuel] "Mannie" Klein, American swing jazz and session trumpeter (Frank Trumbauer; NBC Orchestra), dies at 86