On This Day

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 heart attack at 82

Person of interestWilliam S. Burroughs

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

Writer and Artist William S. Burroughs
Writer and Artist
William S. Burroughs
  • Aug 2 Fela Kuti, Nigerian Afrobeat musician and composer, dies of an illness at 58
  • Aug 3 Pietro Rizzuto, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Aug 4 Jeanne Calment, world's oldest person (born Feb 21, 1875), dies at 122 years, 164 days
  • Aug 5 Don Steele, LA radio personality (KRTH), dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 5 Clarence M. Kelley, American 2nd Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1973-77), dies at 85
  • 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 Jean-Claude Lauzon, director/writer (Leola), dies in air crash at 43
  • Aug 10 Conlon Nancarrow, American composer (Soundings 4), dies at 84
  • Aug 12 Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
  • Aug 12 Jack Delano [Jacob Ovcharov], Russian-born American composer and photographer, dies at 83

  • 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 musician (b. 1948)
  • Aug 19 Petr Nov├ík, Czech musician (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, chairman (Rep), dies at 82
  • Aug 23 Eric Gairy, first Prime Minister of Grenada (1974-79), dies at 75
  • 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, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48
  • Aug 27 Jeep Swenson, American actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40

Person of interestDiana Spencer

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

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