On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1997

Deaths 1 - 200 of 604

  • Jan 1 Graham Kersey, cricket wicket-keeper, dies in car crash
  • Jan 1 Joan Rice, British actress (His Majesty O'Keefe, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men), dies at 66
  • Jan 1 John Burgess, rugby administrator, dies at 71
  • Jan 1 Townes Van Zandt, musician, dies at 52
  • Jan 1 Hagood Hardy, Canadian composer and musician (b. 1937)
  • Jan 1 James B. Pritchard, American theologist and archaeologist, dies at 87
  • Jan 2 Jim Rodger, sports writer, dies at 75
  • Jan 2 Randy California, [Wolfe], rock guitarist, dies at 45
  • Jan 3 Burton Lane, composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 3 Roger Goeb, American composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Harry B Helmsley, owner (Empire State Building), dies at 87
  • Jan 5 Andre Franquin, cartoonist, dies at 72
  • Jan 6 Ian Peter Leslie Smith, British journalist, dies at 52
  • Jan 6 Litz Pisk, movement teacher, dies at 87
  • Jan 6 Vince Williams, actor (Hamp-Guiding Light), dies of cancer at 39
  • Jan 6 Catherine Scorsese [Cappa], Italian-American actress (The King of Comedy, Goodfellas, Cape Fear), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84

  • Jan 7 Desmond Flower, English publisher, dies at 89
  • Jan 7 Sándor Végh, Hungarian-French violinist teacher and conductor, dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jan 8 Jesse White, American actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Maytag repairman, Million Dollar Mermaid), dies at 77
  • Jan 8 George Handy [George Joseph Hendleman], American jazz musician (Handyland, U.S.A.), dies at 76
  • Jan 8 Melvin Calvin, scientist, dies at 85
  • Jan 8 Phyllis Hartnoll, writer/editor, dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Edward Osobka-Morawski, prime minister of Poland (1945-47), dies
  • Jan 9 Junaidu ibn Buhari, scholar, dies at 90
  • Jan 10 Alvinio Misciano, Italian tenor, killed in a fall from a window
  • Jan 10 Elspeth Huxley, English author (The Flame Trees of Thika and The Mottled Lizard), dies at 89
  • Jan 10 George Young, Scottish football player, dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Hilary Grover Barratt Brown, conservationist, dies at 71
  • Jan 10 Shiv Verma, Indian revolutionary soldier, dies at 88
  • Jan 10 Alexander R. Todd, British chemist (Nobel Prize 1957), dies at 89
  • Jan 10 Darrell A. Amyx, American classical archaeologist (Greek Ceramics), dies at 85
  • Jan 11 Cavan O'Connor, British singer (I'm Only a Strolling Vagabond), dies at 97
  • Jan 11 Duncan Wood, television director and producer, dies at 71
  • Jan 11 Helen Foster Snow, American journalist (reported from China in the 1930s), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Sheldon Leonard, American actor, producer and director (Danny Thomas Show, Big Eddie), dies at 89

  • Jan 12 Charles Huggins, American-Canadian physician and cancer researcher (1966 Nobel Prize), dies at 95
  • Jan 12 Jean Writer-Edern Hallier, dies at 60
  • Jan 12 Jill Summers, actress (Agatha Coronation Street), dies at 86
  • Jan 13 William Mills, painter, dies at 74
  • Jan 14 King Hu, film director, dies at 64
  • Jan 14 Dollard Ménard, French Canadian general (b. 1913)
  • Jan 15 Jose Ignacio Domecq, Spanish wine maker, dies at 82
  • Jan 15 Kenneth Thimann, botanist, dies at 92
  • Jan 16 Charlie Alfred Galbraith, English jazz trombonist, dies at 76
  • Jan 16 Ennis Cosby, son of Bill Cosby, murdered on LA highway at 29
  • Jan 16 Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • Jan 16 Stephen Fitz-Simon, entrepreneur, dies at 59
  • Jan 17 Andrea Fisher, American artist, dies at 41
  • Jan 17 Amha Selassie, Crown prince of Ethiopia and son of emperor Haile Selassi, dies at 82
  • Jan 17 Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90
  • Jan 17 Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jan 18 Myfanwy Piper, British librettist and art critic, dies at 85
  • Jan 18 Neville Crump, British racehorse trainer, dies at 86
  • Jan 18 Paul Tsongas, (Sen-D-Mass), dies at 55
  • Jan 19 Adriana Caselotti, voice of Snow White in Disney's animated film, dies at 70
  • Jan 19 George Armin Goyder, businessman/social philosopher, dies at 88
  • Jan 19 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), dies at 73
  • Jan 20 Curt Flood, centerfielder (Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • Jan 20 Edith Haisman, the oldest survivor of Titanic, dies at 100
  • Jan 20 Vladimir Yamnikov, owner (Kristall vodka), dies of cirrhosis at 56
  • Jan 21 Dennis Main-Wilson, British TV and radio producer (Marty, Till Death Us Do Part), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 21 Michael Duane, British progressive educationalist and author, dies at 81
  • Jan 21 Colonel Tom Parker [Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk], Dutch-born talent manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 Ian Munro, British medical journalist, humanitarian and cricketer, dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Irwin Levine, composer (Tie a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 58
  • Jan 22 Mollie Panter-Downes, British writer and columnist (The Shoreless Sea), dies at 90
  • Jan 22 Wally Whyton, musician/broadcaster, dies at 66
  • Jan 22 Ron Holden, American singer (b. 1939)
  • Jan 22 Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock vocalist (The Associates-Affectionate Punch), committed suicide at 39
  • Jan 22 Pilar Barbosa, Puerto Rican historian and political activist, dies at 98
  • Jan 23 Charles Craig, English opera singer, dies at 77
  • Jan 23 Jeremy Stephen Maas, writer/art dealer, dies at 68
  • Jan 23 Laura "Dinky" Patterson, dies bungee jumping at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43
  • Jan 23 Randy Greenawalt, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47
  • Jan 23 Richard Berry, African-American singer and musician (Louie Louie), dies at 61
  • Jan 23 Roger John Tayler, British astrophysicist (author of The Origin of the Chemical Elements), dies at 67
  • Jan 24 Callum Alexander MacDonald, historian, dies at 49
  • Jan 25 Jean Dixon, psychic (Gift of Prophecy), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Jan 26 Margaret Hesse, princess of Hesse/the Rhine, dies at 83
  • Jan 26 Sarah Lucas, theatre administrator, dies at 53
  • Jan 26 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer (b. 1904)
  • Jan 27 Cecil Arthur Lewis, British fighter pilot and writer, dies at 98
  • Jan 27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me), dies at 96
  • Jan 28 Colin Welch, British political journalist and critic of Enid Blyton's Noddy series, dies at 72
  • Jan 28 Pietro Cavallero, bandit, dies at 68
  • Jan 28 Vivien Signy, nurse, dies at 80
  • Jan 29 Eric Schneider, murderer of 2 teachers, executed in MO at 35
  • Jan 29 Louis Pauwels, French writer and editor, dies at 76
  • Jan 29 Osvaldo Soriano, writer, dies at 54
  • Jan 30 Frank Tejeda, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), dies at 51

  • Jan 31 Eve Lister, British film and television actress (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84
  • Jan 31 John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)
  • Feb 1 Herb Caen, American columnist (SF Chronicle), dies of lung cancer, at 80
  • Feb 1 Mitchell Goodman, writer, dies at 71
  • Feb 1 Peter Morris, historian of France, dies at 50
  • Feb 1 Thelma Moss, psychologist, dies at 78
  • Feb 1 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress and dancer (Holiday Inn, Life of Riley), dies from congestive heart disease at 79
  • Feb 2 Chico Science Francisco Franca, musician, dies at 40
  • Feb 2 Godfrey Baseley, British radio executive, dies at 92
  • Feb 2 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 2 Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher, dies at 91
  • Feb 3 Anthony Cuthbert Baines, English music scholar, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Bohumil Hrabal, Czech writer (Closely Observed Trains), dies at 82
  • Feb 3 William Geoffrey Biddle, English bomb disposal expert, dies at 79
  • Feb 4 James Friell, Scottish political cartoonist (Daily Worker), dies at 84
  • Feb 5 John Richard Patterson, businessman, dies at 51
  • Feb 5 Pamela Harriman, US Ambassador (to France), dies of stroke at 76
  • Feb 7 Danil Shafran, cellist, dies at 74
  • Feb 8 Roy George Elroy Josephs, jazz dance teacher, dies at 57
  • Feb 9 Barry Evans, actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House), dies at 53
  • Feb 9 Brian Connolly, lead singer (Sweet), dies of heart failure at 52
  • Feb 10 Milton Cato, 1st Prime Minister of San Vincent and the Grenadines (1979-84), dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Matthew Eappen of Newton Massachusetts (b. 1996)
  • Feb 11 Don Porter, actor (Gidget), dies at 84
  • Feb 12 Nora Beloff, journalist, dies at 78
  • Feb 12 Walter Ritchie, British sculptor (Man's Struggle), dies at 77
  • Feb 13 Mark Krasnosel'skii, Russian-Ukrainian mathematician (nonlinear functional analysis), dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Antonius "Ton" Lensink, Dutch actor (Rituelen), dies at 74
  • Feb 16 Chien-Shiung Wu, Chinese-American experimental physicist (conduced the Wu experiment) dies at 84
  • Feb 16 Arthur Hewlett, British actor (The Pied Piper), dies at 89

  • Feb 17 Zein Isa, Palestinian militant imprisoned in the United States for the honor killing of his daughter
  • Feb 18 Emily Hahn, American writer, dies at 92
  • Feb 18 Enrique Peralta Azurdia, Colonel and military President of Guatemala (1963-66), dies at 88
  • Feb 18 Eric Fenby, English composer and president (Delius Society), dies at 90

Person of interestDeng Xiaoping

Feb 19 Deng Xiaoping, Chinese revolutionary and paramount leader of China (1978-92), dies of a lung infection and Parkinson's disease at 92

Paramount Leader of China Deng Xiaoping
Paramount Leader of China
Deng Xiaoping
  • Feb 19 Leo Rosten, American writer and humourist (Joys of Yiddish), dies at 88
  • Feb 19 Stanley Pearson, footballer, dies at 76
  • Feb 20 Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist, dies at 36
  • Feb 21 Kenneth Rowntree, painter, dies at 81
  • Feb 21 Michael Hollings, British Catholic priest/crusader, dies at 75
  • Feb 22 Austin Andrew Wright, British sculptor, dies at 85
  • Feb 22 Frank Launder, director/scriptwriter, dies at 91
  • Feb 22 Joseph Aiuppa, American gangster (b. 1907)
  • Feb 22 Albert Shanker, American labor leader (Amer Fed of Teachers), dies at 68
  • Feb 23 Oscar Lewenstein, impressario, dies at 80
  • Feb 23 Tony Williams, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • Feb 24 Isabelle Harriet Lucas, Canadian-born British actress and singer (Outland, Comics), dies at 69
  • Feb 25 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, Russian writer and critic, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Feb 26 Nuccio Bertone, Italian automobile designer, dies at 82
  • Feb 27 Kingsley Davis, American sociologist and demographer (coined the term "population explosion"), dies at 88
  • Mar 3 Stanislav Shatalin, Russian economist (500 Days), dies
  • Mar 4 Robert H. Dicke, American physicist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 Carey Loftin, American actor (The Deer Hunder, The Goonies), dies at 83
  • Mar 5 Samm Sinclair Baker, American diet author (b. 1909)
  • Mar 6 Anthony Hopkins, English clinical neurologist and Director of the Research Unit at the Royal College of Physicians, dies at 59
  • Mar 6 Cheddi B Jagan, dentist/founder PPP/Guyanese Premier (1953, 1957-64) dies
  • Mar 6 Michael Manley, Jamaican PM (PNP, 1972-80, 89-92), dies
  • Mar 6 Ed Furgol, American golfer (US Open 1954), dies at 79
  • Mar 7 Edward Mills Purcell, American physicist (Nobel 1952), dies at 84

  • Mar 7 E. H. Bronner, German-American soap magnate (b. 1908)
  • Mar 7 Geraldine Clinton Little, Irish poet (A Little Bouquet), dies at 73
  • Mar 8 Alexander Salkind, producer (Superman), dies at 75
  • Mar 9 Terry Nation, writer (Dr Who, Blake 7) at 66
  • Mar 9 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper shot dead at 24
  • Mar 10 La Vern Baker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • Mar 11 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), dies at 81
  • Mar 11 Hugo Weisgall, American composer (4 Impressions), dies at 84
  • Mar 13 Leo O'Brien, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman in 5 Tests 1932-36), dies at 89
  • Mar 14 Fred Zinnemann Austrian-American director (From Here to Eternity, Julia), dies of heart attack at 89
  • Mar 14 John Curtis Jr, pres/CEO (Luby's Cafe), commits suicide at 58
  • Mar 14 Jurek Becker, Polish-born German writer (Jacob the Liar), dies at 59
  • Mar 14 Lucy Kroll, American talent agent, dies at 87
  • Mar 15 Gail Davis, American actress (Annie Oakley), dies at 71
  • Mar 15 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter and author (Op Art), dies at 90
  • Mar 19 Willem De Kooning, Dutch artist (Abstract), dies of Alzheimer at 92
  • Mar 20 Carlo Fassi, figure skating coach (Fleming, Hamill), dies at 67
  • Mar 20 Grace Hefner, mother of Hugh Hefner (Playboy), dies at 101
  • Mar 20 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), dies at 83
  • Mar 21 W. V. Awdry, English children's writer (b. 1911)
  • Mar 24 Martin Caidin, American aviation writer, dies at 69
  • Mar 24 Harold Melvin, American singer (Blue Notes), dies at 57
  • Mar 25 Roberto Sanchez Vilella, governor of Puerto Rico in (1965-69), dies
  • Mar 26 Marshall Applewhite, American cult leader (b. 1931)
  • Mar 29 Eddie Ryder, American actor (General Hospital, Up Yours), dies at 74
  • Mar 29 Ellen Clara Pollock, actress (Wicked Lady, Fake), dies at 94
  • Mar 31 Edwin Alberian, TV celebrity (Clarabell), dies at 76
  • Mar 31 Laxmishankar Pathak, food retailer, dies at 62
  • Mar 31 Arthur Cunningham, American composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 1 Jolie Gabor, mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 97

  • Apr 1 Nancy Woodhull, news editor (USA Today), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 1 Norman Carr, British conservationist working in Central and Southern Africa, dies at 84
  • Apr 2 Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer (Godzilla), dies of a stroke at 86
  • Apr 2 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 2 Anthony Bushell, British actor (Journey's End, A Night to Remember), dies at 92
  • Apr 3 Judy Flannery, master triathelete, killed by a car at 56
  • Apr 3 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 70
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, dies at 72

Person of interestAllen Ginsberg

Apr 5 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, dies of liver cancer via complications of hepatitis at 70

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Apr 5 Alparslan Turkes, Turkish politician (MHP), dies
  • Apr 6 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 84
  • Apr 6 Stephan Hermlin, German writer, dies at 81
  • Apr 7 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, dies at 73
  • Apr 7 Georgy Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 6), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 7 Sam Parks Jr., American golfer (US Open 1935), dies at 87
  • Apr 8 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter, dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • Apr 8 Jon Stone, American director and co-creator of Sesame Street, dies at 64
  • Apr 9 Helene Hanff, author (84 Charing Cross Road), dies at 80
  • Apr 11 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52