Famous Deaths in May 1996

  • May 1 Asher Wallfish, journalist, dies at 67
  • May 1 Ivo Rudolph Jarosy, German-British film scholar and exhibitor, dies at 74
  • May 1 William Mitchell Byers, musician, dies on 79th birthday
  • May 2 Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton, civil servant, dies at 97
  • May 2 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), dies at 73
  • May 2 Peter John Swales, football club chairman, dies at 63
  • May 3 Jack Weston, American actor (Ishtar, Rad, Cuba), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • May 3 Timothy Gullikson, tennis player/coach, dies at 45
  • May 4 Jean Crepin, soldier/industrialist, dies at 87
  • May 4 Stanley William Reed, cineaste, dies at 85
  • May 5 Ai Qing, Chinese poet, dies at 86
  • May 5 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • May 6 Frank Hercules, writer, dies at 85
  • May 6 Geoffrey Dawes, physiologist, dies at 78
  • May 6 Geoffrey Hodges, bomb disposal expert, dies at 87
  • May 6 Joseph Stone, lawyer, dies at 79
  • May 6 Leon Joseph Suenens, cardinal, dies at 91
  • May 6 Michael Gerzon, mathematician, dies at 50
  • May 7 Albert Meltzer, anarchist, dies at 76
  • May 7 Henry Diamond, Irish Nationalist MP, dies at 87
  • May 7 Howard Frank Trayton Smith, diplomat/head of MI5, dies at 76
  • May 8 Jane Cowan, cello teacher, dies at 80
  • May 8 Luis Miguel Domiguin, bullfighter, dies at 69
  • May 8 Serge Chermayeff, Russian-British architect and designer, dies at 95
  • May 8 Garth Williams, American illustrator (b. 1912)
  • May 11 Bruce Boyce, singer/teacher, dies at 85
  • May 11 Joan Thirkettle, journalist, dies at 48
  • May 11 Malcolm MacEwen, writer, dies at 84
  • May 11 Nnamdi Azikiwe, President of Nigeria (1963-66), dies
  • May 11 Walter Hyatt, #Musician, dies at 46
  • May 11 Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (b. 1922)
  • May 12 Hubert William Dean, air armaments specialist, dies at 84
  • May 12 Robert Edwin Hall, mountaineer/businessman, dies at 35
  • May 13 John "Jack" Baines, mountaineering publisher, dies at 57
  • May 14 Edward John Gurney, American politician, US senator (1969-74), dies at 82
  • May 14 Qazaleh Alizadeh, writer, dies at 48
  • May 14 Sritharan Jeganathan, cricketer, 1st Sri Lankan Test player to die
  • May 14 Vera Chapman, English writer and Tolkien Society founder, dies at 98
  • May 15 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • May 15 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (b. 1910)
  • May 15 Claus Bremer, German dramatist, dies at 71
  • May 16 Edward McInnes, German scholar, dies at 60
  • May 16 Mike Jeremy Boorda, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) commits suicide at 57
  • May 16 Pierre Debizet, resistance fighter/special agent, dies at 72
  • May 17 Rusi Modi, cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies
  • May 17 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver, dies at 37
  • May 17 Willi Daume, olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • May 17 Willis Conover, American broadcaster (Voice of America), dies at 75
  • May 17 Johnny "Guitar" Watson, musician, dies at 61
  • May 17 Kevin Gilbert, American singer, composer and instrumentalist (b. 1966)
  • May 18 Dermot O'Callaghan Grubb, prison governor, dies at 76

  • May 18 Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner, dies at 44
  • May 19 Margaret Rawlings, actress (Roman Holiday), dies at 89
  • May 20 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
  • May 20 George Malcolm Thomson, journalist, dies at 96
  • May 20 Jack Wyngaard, South African dancer, dies at 37
  • May 20 Janaki Ramachandran, PM of Indian state of Tamil Nadu (1988), dies
  • May 20 John Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Dr Who), dies at 76
  • May 20 Julius Marmur, biochemist/geneticist, dies at 70
  • May 20 Lewis B Combs, naval commander/civil engineer, dies at 101
  • May 21 Al "Lash" La Rue, cowboy actor (Lash of the West), dies at 78
  • May 21 Bobby Tulloch, ornithologist, dies at 67
  • May 21 Eric Stuart Woord, archaeologist, dies at 83
  • May 21 Laurence Dowdall, lawyer, dies at 91
  • May 21 Mary Perot Nichols, journalist, dies at 79
  • May 21 Peter Fletcher, music teacher, dies at 60
  • May 22 Duncan Montgomery Stewart, academic, dies at 66
  • May 22 Rex Collings, writer/publisher, dies at 70
  • May 23 Dorothy Hyson, actress (Spare a Copper, Sing as We Go), dies at 81
  • May 23 Kronid Arkadyevich Lyubarsky, human rights activist, dies at 61
  • May 23 Patrick Cargill, actor (Up Pompeii, Magic Christian), dies at 77
  • May 23 Rob Hall, New Zealand high altitude climber, dies of exposure on Mount Everest at 35
  • May 23 Scott Fischer, American high altitude climber, dies of exposure on Mount Everest at 40
  • May 24 Alexander Langsdorf, physicist, dies at 83
  • May 24 Harry Campion, statistician, dies at 91
  • May 24 Jack McCarthy, kiddie show host (Popeye), dies of cancer at 81
  • May 24 Jacob Druckman, American composer, dies at 67
  • May 24 John Abbott, British actor (The Jungle Book, Gigi, Smogasboard), dies from cancer at 90
  • May 24 Joseph Mitchell, writer, dies at 87
  • May 25 Bernard Charles Sendall, deputy director general of ITA, dies at 83
  • May 25 Buck, dog (Married with Children), dies at 13
  • May 25 David W Howe, test pilot, dies at 77
  • May 25 Enid Kathleen Hutchinson, adult educationalist, dies at 86
  • May 25 John Morrison, politician/landowner, dies at 89
  • May 25 Laurence Marks, journalist, dies at 67
  • May 25 Renzo de Felice, historian, dies at 67
  • May 25 Bradley Nowell, American ska musician (Sublime), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • May 26 Halka Grossman, resistance fighter/politician, dies at 76
  • May 26 Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, musician, dies at 45
  • May 27 Albert "Pud" Brown, clarinetist/saxophonist, dies at 79
  • May 27 Ivan Sutton, concert Promotoer, dies at 82
  • May 27 Jack Massey, groundsman, dies at 85
  • May 28 John "Jack" Layden, local politician, dies at 70
  • May 28 Sidney Greenbaum, grammarian, dies at 66
  • May 29 James George "Jimmy" Rowles, jazz pianist, dies at 77
  • May 29 Jeremy Sinden, actor (Chariots of Fire, Ascendancy, Harem), dies at 45
  • May 29 Tamara Toumanova, dancer, dies at 77
  • May 30 Bob Stroup, trombonist, dies at 57
  • May 30 John Cameron, Scottish judge, dies at 96
  • May 30 John Kahn, bassist, dies at 47
  • May 30 Leon-Etienne Duval, French prelate and cardinal of the Catholic Church in Algeria, dies at 92
  • May 31 Colin Morris, playwright/documentary filmmaker, dies at 80
  • May 31 Elsbeary Hobbs, American rocker (Drifters), dies at 59
  • May 31 Paul Peter Piech, artist, dies at 76
  • May 31 Peter Gordon Dorrell, archaeologist/photographer, dies at 68
  • May 31 Timothy Francis Leary, Harvard prof/LSD guru, dues of cancer at 75