Famous Deaths in June 1997

  • Jun 1 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet PM (1980-85), dies at 92
  • Jun 2 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, dies of stroke at 91
  • Jun 2 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), dies of heart failure at 88
  • Jun 3 Dennis James, American television personality (b. 1917)
  • Jun 4 Kurt Alfred Adler, therapist/writer, dies at 92
  • Jun 4 Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), dies of multiple sclerosis at 51
  • Jun 5 J Anthony Lukas, writer (Pulitizer, Common Ground), suicide at 64
  • Jun 6 Magda Gabor [Magdolna Gábor], Hungarian actress (Mai lányok, People vs Zsa Zsa Gabor), dies of renal failure at 81
  • Jun 8 George Turner, Australian author (b. 1916)
  • Jun 9 Reid Shelton, actor (Daddy Warbucks-Annie), dies of stroke at 71
  • Jun 9 Stanley Knowles, Canadian politician (b. 1908)
  • Jun 11 Thalassa Cruso, gardening expert (PBS), dies of Alzheimer's at 87
  • Jun 12 Bulat Okudzhava, Russian writer and musician (b. 1924)
  • Jun 14 Henry C Gordon, USAF/astronaut (Dynasoar), dies at 71
  • Jun 14 Richard Jaeckel, American actor (3:10 to Yuma, Sands of Iwo Jima, Sometimes a Great Notion), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jun 14 Tesslynn O'Cull, American child abuse victim (b. 1995)

  • Jun 16 Dal Stivens, Australian author (b. 1911)
  • Jun 18 Lev Kopelev, Russian writer and dissident (b. 1912)
  • Jun 19 Bobby Helms [Robert Lee Helms], American country music singer (Jingle Bell Rock), dies at 63
  • Jun 20 Lawrence Payton, rocker (4 Tops-I'll Be There), dies at 59
  • Jun 21 Art Prysock, jazz musician, dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, singer, producer, and director (Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman), dies at 65
  • Jun 21 Fidel Velázquez Sánchez, Mexican labour leader (b. 1900)
  • Jun 22 Ted Gärdestad, Swedish singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 22 Don Henderson, English actor (b. 1932)
  • Jun 23 "Wino" Willie Forkner, American biker (Wild One), dies of heart attack at 77

Person of interestBetty Shabazz

Jun 23 Betty Shabazz, American educator and civil rights activist who was the widow of Malcolm X, dies from burns suffered in a fire started by her young grandson at 63

Civil Rights Activist Betty Shabazz
Civil Rights Activist
Betty Shabazz
  • Jun 24 Brian Keith, American actor (Family Affair, Loneliest Runner, The Parent Trap), commits suicide at 75
  • Jun 24 Jacques Van der Schueren, Belgian minister of Economic Affairs, dies at 75

Person of interestJacques Cousteau

Jun 25 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer, dies of heart attack at 87

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • Jun 25 William Lyle Woratzeck, convicted killer, executed in Ariz at 51
  • Jun 25 Ziggy Talent, American singer (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 85

Person of interestDon Hutson

Jun 26 Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • Jun 26 Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Native Hawaiian musician, entertainer and Hawaiian sovereignty advocate (Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World), dies at 38
  • Jun 29 William Hickey, American actor (Prizzi's Honor, The Nightmare Before Christmas), dies of emphysema at 69
  • Jun 30 Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)
  • Jun 30 Albus Dumbledore [Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore], fictional character, Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, dies at 115