On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1997 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 614

  • Apr 9 Helene Hanff, author (84 Charing Cross Road), dies at 80
  • Apr 10 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), dies at 68
  • Apr 11 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52

Person of interestGeorge Wald

Apr 12 George Wald, American physiologist and biologist (Nobel Prize 1967, vitamin A in retina), dies at 90

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • Apr 13 Dorothy Frooks, American author & military figure, dies at 101
  • Apr 13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler, dies at age 94
  • Apr 15 Sam Moskowitz, American writer & historian of science fiction, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Zdenek Mlynar, Czech politician (secretary of the Czechoslovak communist party, 1968–70), dies at 66
  • Apr 16 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, American Mexican media tycoon (Televisa), dies at 66
  • Apr 16 Mae Boren Axton ["Queen Mother of Nashville"], American song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
  • Apr 16 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • Apr 16 Doris Angleton, American socialite, murdered at 46
  • Apr 16 Ray Green, American composer and publisher, dies at 88
  • Apr 17 Chaim Herzog, 6th President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • Apr 17 Allan Francovich, American documentarian

  • Apr 18 Edward Barker, English cartoonist, dies at 46
  • Apr 19 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), dies from a "misadventure" on a train-track at 39
  • Apr 21 Andres Rodriguez, Paraguayan president (1989-93), dies
  • Apr 21 Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines (1961-65), dies at 86
  • Apr 23 Dennis Compton, England cricket batsman & footballer (5,807 Test runs, Arsenal 1950 FA Cup), dies at 78
  • Apr 24 Pat Paulsen, American comedian (Smothers Brothers Show) and presidential candidate , dies at 69

Person of interestEugene Stoner

Apr 24 Eugene Stoner, American firearms designer and inventor of the M16, dies of cancer at 74

Inventor Eugene Stoner
Inventor
Eugene Stoner
  • Apr 26 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies at 94
  • Apr 26 Gene Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 26 John Beal [James Andrew Bliedung], American actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Les Misérables), dies at 87
  • Apr 27 Paul Lambert, American character actor (Executive Suite, Spartacus), dies at 74
  • Apr 28 Susan Seddon Boulet, American artist, dies of cancer at 45
  • Apr 28 Ann Lane Petry, American journalist & author (Street), dies at 88
  • Apr 29 Keith Ferguson, American blues musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
  • Apr 29 Mike Royko, American journalist (Chicago Daily News) and author (Boss), dies of stroke at 64
  • Apr 29 Peter Tali Coleman, Governor of American Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies at 77
  • Apr 30 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), dies at 90
  • 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
  • Jun 1 Nikolai Tikhonov, Soviet politician (Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union 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 4 [John Robert] Johnny "Hammond" Smith, American jazz and bop organist (Wild Horses Rock Steady), dies of cancer at 63
  • 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, English-American gardening expert (The Mike Douglas Show, The Tonight Show), dies of Alzheimer's at 88
  • 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 20 John Akii-bua, Ugandan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1972), dies at 49

  • Jun 21 Arthur Prysock, American jazz and R&B singer (I Didn't Sleep a Wink Last Night), dies at 68 or 73
  • 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, British actor (The XYY Man, Strangers), dies at 65
  • 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 26 Charlie Chester, English comedian (Never Say Die), dies at 83
  • 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
  • Jul 1 Joshua Hassan, first Chief Minister of Gibraltar (1964-69, 72-87), dies at 81
  • Jul 1 Robert Mitchum, American actor (Out of the Past, Winds of War, North & South), dies of lung cancer and emphysema at 79

Person of interestJames Stewart

Jul 2 Jimmy Stewart, American actor (The Philadelphia Story and It's a Wonderful Life), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 89

  • Jul 4 Charles Kuralt, news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
  • Jul 5 Mrs. Miller, American singer (A Lover's Missouri), dies at 89
  • Jul 6 Brun Smith, New Zealand cricket batsman (4 Tests @ 47.40), dies at 75
  • Jul 7 Jerry Doggett, American sportscaster (Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 80
  • Jul 13 Alexandra Danilova, Russian-American ballerina (The Turning Point), dies at 92
  • Jul 13 Miguel Ángel Blanco, Spanish politician (b. 1968)
  • Jul 15 Alan Chaig, paleontologist (Carl Sagan of BBC), dies at 70

MurderGianni Versace

Jul 15 Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer (Versace), shot and murdered by Andrew Cunanan at 50

Fashion Designer Gianni Versace
Fashion Designer
Gianni Versace
  • Jul 16 Dora Maar, French photographer, painter and poet, lover of Picasso, dies at 89

  • Jul 18 Eugene M. Shoemaker, American planetary scientist and geologist (Shoemaker-Levy comet), dies at 69
  • Jul 20 Linda Stirling, college prof/B movie actress (Pretender), dies at 75
  • Jul 20 Clifford McWatt, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (6 Tests, 10 dismissals), dies in a car crash at 75
  • Jul 23 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese track and field athlete (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 93
  • Jul 24 Andrew Cunanan, serial killer (Gianni Versage), commits suicide
  • Jul 24 Saw Maung, general/president of Myanmar (Burma) (1988-92), dies
  • Jul 24 William J. Brennan, Jr. American Supreme Court judge (1956-90), dies at 91
  • Jul 24 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • Jul 24 Frank Parker, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies at 81

Person of interestBen Hogan

Jul 25 Ben Hogan, American golfer (9-time major title winner; US masters 1951, 53), dies of a stroke at 84

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Jul 25 Dora Maar, Picasso model/companion, dies at 89
  • Jul 25 Margaret Farrer, midwife, dies at 83
  • Jul 27 K'Tut Tantri, broadcaster/hotelier, dies at 99
  • Jul 27 Isabel Dean, English actress (Five Days One Summer Virgin Island, Ransom), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Seni Pramoj, Prime Minister of Thailand (1945-46, 75, 76), dies
  • Jul 28 Rosalie Crutchley, British actress (Armchair Theatre: Black Limelight, Four Weddings and a Funeral), dies at 77

Person of interestBảo Đại

Jul 30 Bảo Đại, last Emperor of Vietnam (1926-45) and Chief of State of South Vietnam (1949-55), dies at 85

Emperor of Vietnam Bảo Đại
Emperor of Vietnam
Bảo Đại
  • Jul 31 Edith Fore, pitchwoman (I've fallen and I can't get up!), dies at 81
  • Jul 31 Ulrich Ernst Simon, German-Jewish Anglican theologian, dies at 63
  • 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 Novák, 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
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95
  • Sep 2 Viktor Frankl, psychotherapist (Man's Search for Meaning), dies at 92
  • Sep 4 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, dies at 91
  • Sep 4 Aldo Rossi, Italian architect (b. 1931)
  • Sep 4 Natko Devčić, Croatian composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 4 Jeffrey Bernard, British writer (Spectator Magazine - Low Life), dies at 65
  • Sep 5 Georg Solti, conductor, dead, dies at 84
  • Sep 5 Leon Edel, biographer, dies at 89

Person of interestMother Teresa

Sep 5 Mother Teresa [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu], Albanian born Indian nun and founder of Missionaries of Charity (Nobel Peace Prize, 1979), dies of cardiac arrest at 87

Catholic Missionary Mother Teresa
Catholic Missionary
Mother Teresa
  • Sep 6 Philippe Rossillon, administrator, dies at 66
  • Sep 6 P. H. Newby, British author and BBC radio director (b. 1918)
  • Sep 7 Alex Macintosh, British BBC presenter and actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72
  • Sep 7 Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65

Person of interestMobutu Sese Seko

Sep 7 Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire (1965-97), dies at 66

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko
  • Sep 7 Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), dies at 78

Person of interestRichie Ashburn

Sep 9 Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn

Person of interestBurgess Meredith

Sep 9 Burgess Meredith, American actor (Mr Novak, The Penguin in Batman, Rocky), dies at 88

  • Sep 10 Jack Adkisson, professional wrestler (b. 1929)
  • Sep 11 Camille Henry, National Hockey League player (b. 1933)
  • Sep 11 Hannah Weiner, American experimental poet, dies at 68
  • Sep 12 Janet Leach, American potter, dies at 79
  • Sep 12 Judith Merril [Grossman], sci-fi writer, dies at 74
  • Sep 12 "Stikkan" Stig Anderson, Swedish actor, music entrepreneur and co-founder of Polar Music (ABBA), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Sep 16 Antony Kearey, television producer, dies at 77
  • Sep 16 Terence Cooper, British actor (Casino Royale), dies at 64
  • Sep 17 Jan Peder Syse, Prime Minister of Norway (1989-90), dies
  • Sep 17 John Seldon Whale, theologian, dies at 100