Famous People Who Died in August 1997

  • Aug 1 Ngiratkel Etpison, president of Palau (1989-92), dies
  • Aug 1 Svyatoslav Richter, Russian pianist, dies of a heart attack at 82

William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

Aug 2 American writer (Naked Lunch, The Nova Trilogy) and visual artist, dies of a heart attack at 83

  • Aug 3 Pietro Rizzuto, Italian-Canadian politician (Senator for Repentigny, Quebec, 1976-97), dies at 83
  • Aug 4 Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (born Feb 21, 1875), dies at 122 years, 164 days
  • Aug 5 Clarence M. Kelley, American 2nd Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973-77), dies at 85
  • Aug 5 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 7 Douglas Gray, Scottish record and film producer, dies at 74
  • Aug 7 Vincent Gulliver, Britain's oldest man, dies at 109
  • Aug 8 Duncan Swift, jazz pianist, dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Robert Satanowski, Polish opera conductor and general, dies at 79
  • Aug 10 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (Soundings 4), dies at 84
  • Aug 10 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • Aug 12 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, dies at 83
  • Aug 12 Luther Allison, American blues and session guitarist (Howlin' Wolf; James Cotton), dies of lung and brain cancer at 57
  • Aug 13 Emil 'Bus' Mosbacher, American yachtsman (America's Cup 1962 [Weatherly], 1967 [Intrepid]), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Gerard McLarnon, British-Irish actor and writer (The Wrestler's Honeymoon), dies at 82
  • Aug 16 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pakistani qawwal (Sufi devotional music) vocalist, and composer, dies of cardiac arrest at 48
  • Aug 16 Yanick Dupre, Canadian NHL left wing, dies of Leukemia at 24
  • Aug 19 Petr Nov├ík, Czech rock singer-songwriter (George and Beatovens; Flamengo), dies of apparent poisoning at 51
  • Aug 20 Norris Bradbury, American physicist (b. 1909)
  • Aug 21 Misael Pastrana Borrero, President of Colombia (1970-74), dies
  • Aug 21 Yuri Nikulin, Russian clown and actor (b. 1921)
  • Aug 22 Mary Louise Smith, American political organizer, 1st female chair of the Republican party, dies at 82
  • Aug 23 Eric Gairy, first Prime Minister of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75
  • Aug 24 (Vincente) "Tete" Montoliu, Catalonian jazz pianist, dies at 64
  • Aug 24 Louis Essen, British physicist (time measurement, speed of light determination), dies at 88
  • Aug 24 Phillip Humphrey Vellacott, classicist, dies at 90
  • Aug 25 Clodomiro Almeyda Medina, Chilean external minister (1970-73), dies
  • Aug 25 James Dewar, journalist/documentary filmmaker, dies at 70
  • Aug 25 Robert Pinget, French novelist (The Interrogation) and playwright, dies at 78
  • Aug 27 Brandon Tartikoff, American TV executive and president of NBC (1981-91), dies from Hodgkin lymphoma at 48
  • Aug 27 Jeep Swenson, American actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40

Diana SpencerDiana Spencer (1961-1997)

Aug 31 English Princess of Wales, dies in car crash in Paris at 36

  • Aug 31 Dodi Fayed, Egyptian businessman, died in a car crash in Paris with Diana, Princess of Wales,at 42