On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1997

  • May 1 Bebe, AKA Flipper, dolphin, dies at 40
  • May 2 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher, dies at 75
  • May 2 Queen Mother Moore, African-American civil rights activist and humanitarian, dies at 98
  • May 3 Narciso Yepes, Spanish classical guitarist (b. 1927)
  • May 3 Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver, killed in a practice crash at 21
  • May 4 Alvin "Alvy" Moore, American comic actor (Green Acres, Scream, Intruder), dies of heart failure at 75
  • May 4 Vijayananda Dahanayake, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies
  • May 5 Walter Gotell, German actor (James Bond, From Russia With Love), dies at 73
  • May 8 Kai-Uwe Von Hassel, German President of Bundestag (CDU 1969-72), dies
  • May 9 Marco Ferreri, Italian film director, dies at 68
  • May 9 Bob Devaney, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship, University of Nebraska 1970, 71; University of Wyoming; career record 136–30–7), dies at 82
  • May 10 Joan [Joanie] Weston, American roller derby queen (Bay Bombers), dies at 61
  • May 11 Brenda Carlin, American television producer & wife of comedian George Carlin, dies at 57
  • May 13 Laurie Lee, English poet and author (I Can't Stay Long), dies at 82
  • May 14 Harry Blackstone, Jr., American stage magician (Blackstone Book of Magic & Illusion), dies of cancer at 62
  • May 14 Princess Caradja-Kretzulesco, descendant of Dracula, dies at 76

  • May 14 Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76
  • May 16 Elbridge Durbrow, American diplomat (b. 1903)
  • May 16 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), dies at 78
  • May 18 Bridgette Andersen, American actress, dies at 21
  • May 19 Millie, dog of US President George H. W. Bush (Millie's Book), dies at 12
  • May 20 Virgilio Boat, president of Colombia (1986-90), dies
  • May 22 A. D. Hershey, American biologist, worked with bacteriophages (Nobel 1969), dies at 88
  • May 24 Edward Mulhare, Irish actor (Knight Rider), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • May 25 Muhammad Fadhel, Prime Minister of Iraq (1953-54), dies
  • May 25 Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), dies at 74
  • May 26 Manfred Von Ardenne, German scientific pioneer, dies at 90
  • May 26 Jack Jersey, Indonesian-Dutch singer and producer, dies at 55
  • May 29 George Fenneman, American radio and TV announcer (You Bet Your Life), dies at 77
  • May 29 Jeff Buckley, American musician and singer ( "Hallelujah"), drowns at 30
  • May 29 John Sengstacke, publisher (Defender), dies at 84
  • May 30 West Arkeen, American musician, best known for co-writing several Guns N' Roses songs (It's So Easy, The Garden), dies of a drug overdose at 36
  • May 31 Rosie Will Monroe, WW II icon (Rosie the riveter), dies at 76
  • May 31 James Bennett Griffin, American archaeologist, dies at 92
  • May 31 Anton Zischka, Austrian writer (Lebendiges Europa), dies at 92