Famous Deaths in January 1997

  • Jan 1 Graham Kersey, cricket wicket keeper, dies in car crash
  • Jan 1 Joan Rice, English actress (Payroll, Steel Key, Curtain Up), 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 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, 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, Italian-American actress (b. 1912)
  • Jan 7 Desmond Flower, English publisher, dies at 89
  • Jan 7 Sandor Vegh, violinist teacher/conductor, dies at 84
  • Jan 8 Carole Carr, singer/actress (Down Among the Z Men), dies 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 8 Ronald William Eastman, cinematogrpaher, dies at 60
  • 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 Josceline Huxley, writer, dies at 96
  • 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
  • Jan 10 Alexander R. Todd, British chemist (Nobel Prize 1957), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Cavan O'Connor, singer, dies at 97
  • Jan 11 Duncan Wood, television director and producer, dies at 71
  • Jan 11 Helen Foster Snow, writer, dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Joshua William Steward, polymath, dies at 83
  • 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, 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 Asfa Wossen, [Amha Selassie], crown emperor of Ethiopia in exile, dies
  • Jan 17 Clyde William Tombaugh, discoverer (Pluto), dies at 90

  • Jan 17 Bert Kelly, Australian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jan 18 Myfanwy Piper, librettist, dies at 85
  • Jan 18 Neville Crump, 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 and novelist, dies at 84
  • 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 Colonel Tom Parker, manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • Jan 21 Dennis Main Wilson, TV/radio producer, dies at 72
  • Jan 21 Michael Duane, educationalist, dies at 81
  • Jan 21 Col. Tom Parker [Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk], Dutch-born talent manager (Elvis Presley), dies at 87
  • Jan 22 Ian Arthur Hoyle Munro, medical journalist, 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 musician (Associates) (b. 1957)
  • Jan 23 Charles Craig, opera singer, dies at 77
  • Jan 23 David Waller, actor (Lady Jane, Perfect Friday, Hannay), dies at 76
  • 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, lyricist (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 Lewis, airman/writer, dies at 98
  • Jan 27 Matthew Coady, journalist, dies at 73
  • Jan 27 Gerald Marks, American songwriter (All of Me) (b. 1900)
  • Jan 28 James Colin Ross Welch, journalist, 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, writer/editor, dies at 76
  • Jan 29 Osvaldo Soriano, writer, dies at 54
  • Jan 31 Eve Lister, actress/singer (No Limit, Hyde Park), dies at 84
  • Jan 31 John Joseph Scanlan, Irish Catholic prelate (b. 1930)