Famous Deaths in 1998

Deaths 1 - 200 of 360

Person of interestHelen Wills Moody

Jan 1 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (19 Grand Slam titles), dies of natural causes at 92

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Jan 2 Frank Muir, English writer, raconteur (b. 1920)
  • Jan 4 John Gary, singer, dies at 65
  • Jan 4 Mae Questel, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jan 5 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 5 Sonny Bono, (Rep-R-Ca)/singer (Sonny & Cher), dies skiing at 62
  • Jan 5 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 5 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Owen Bradley, American record producer (b. 1915)
  • Jan 7 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1975), dies at 91
  • Jan 7 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), dies of a heat attack at 82
  • Jan 8 Michael Tippett, English composer/conductor (Child of our Time) dies at 93
  • Jan 8 Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
  • Jan 9 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1981) dies at 79
  • Jan 9 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • Jan 11 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), dies at 71

  • Jan 13 Andrew Rutherford, Scottish scholar and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London (1994-97), dies at 68
  • Jan 15 Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian politician and economist. temporary Prime Minster of India (1964, 1966), dies at 99
  • Jan 15 Junior Wells, American blues musician, dies at 63
  • Jan 16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American blues musician, dies at 67
  • Jan 16 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator, dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 17 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • Jan 19 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter, dies at 65
  • Jan 20 Zevulun Hammer, Vice PM of Israel, dies
  • Jan 20 Bobo Brazil [Houston Harris], American professional wrestler, dies at 73
  • Jan 21 Jack Lord, American actor (Hawaii FIVE-O), dies at 77
  • Jan 23 Hilla Limann, president of Ghana in (1979-81), dies
  • Jan 24 Jay Monahan, husband of Katie Couric, dies of cancer at 42
  • Jan 25 Mohammad Yusuf Khan, prime minister of Afganistan in (1963-65), dies
  • Jan 26 S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
  • Jan 26 Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese music teacher (Suzuki Method), dies at 99
  • Jan 26 Walter Edmonds, writer (Drums Along the Mohawk), dies at 93
  • Jan 29 Joseph Alioto, mayor of San Francisco (b. 1916)
  • Jan 30 Ricky Sanderson, stabbed 16-year old girl in NC, executed at 38
  • Jan 30 Richard Cassilly, American tenor (b. 1927)
  • Feb 3 Karla Faye Tucker, murderer, executed at 38
  • Feb 5 Timothy "Tim" Kelly, American guitarist (Slaughter), dies in a car accident at 35
  • Feb 6 Carl Wilson, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Beach Boys), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • Feb 6 Nazim al-Kudsi, Syrian PM (1949, 1950-51)/pres (1961-63), dies
  • Feb 6 [Johann Hoelzel] Falco, singer (Rock Me Amadeus), dies at 40

  • Feb 6 Haroun Tazieff, French vulcanologist and geologist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Lawrence Sanders, American author (b. 1920)
  • Feb 8 Halldór Laxness, Icelandic writer (Nobel 1955), dies at 95
  • Feb 8 William Lambert, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter, dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Julian Lincoln Simon, American economist and author (b. 1932)
  • Feb 8 Enoch Powell, British Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member infamous for his "Rivers of Blood" speech, dies at 85
  • Feb 9 Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95
  • Feb 10 Buddy the Wonder Dog, dog (Air Bud), dies of cancer at 9
  • Feb 10 Maurice Schumann, French Minister of Foreign Affairs (1969-73), dies at 86
  • Feb 13 Jo Clayton, author, Cancer Died, Drums of Chaos, dies at 58
  • Feb 14 Claude Prey, French composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 15 Martha Gelhorn, female war correspondent (Reuters), dies at 89
  • Feb 15 Arthur Cohn, American composer and writer on music, dies at 87
  • Feb 17 Ernst Juenger, German writer, dies at 102
  • Feb 17 Bob Merrill, American composer and lyricist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 17 Ernst Jünger, German author and entomologist (Storm of Steel), dies at 102
  • Feb 18 Harry Caray, American sportscaster (Chicago Cubs), dies at probably 83
  • Feb 18 Mya Than Tint, Myanmarese author, dies of brain hemorrhage at 69
  • Feb 18 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)
  • Feb 19 Grandpa Jones, country comic/banjo wizard (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Grandpa [Louis Marshall] Jones, country singer (Hee Haw), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Jose Maria de Areilza, Sp minister of foreign affairs (1975-76), dies
  • Feb 22 Sandy Hume, American correspondent (Fox News), commits suicide at 28
  • Feb 22 Abraham Ribicoff, American politician (b. 1910)
  • Feb 23 Philip Abbott, American character actor (The FBI, Sweet Bird of Youth), dies at 73
  • Feb 24 Henny Youngman, American comedian and violinist (Take my wife ... please), dies at 91
  • Feb 24 Antonio Prohias, Cuban-born cartoonist (b. 1921)
  • Feb 25 Luigi Veronesi, Italian abstract artist (Campo Grafico), dies at 90
  • Feb 25 Umberto Mastroianni, Italian sculptor, dies at 87
  • Feb 25 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • Feb 26 J T Walsh, actor (Good Morning Vietnam), dies at 54
  • Feb 27 J. T. Walsh, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Feb 28 Dermot Morgan, Irish actor and comedian (Father Ted Crilly-Father Ted), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Feb 28 Arkady Shevchenko, Soviet diplomat (b. 1930)
  • Mar 2 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95
  • Mar 3 Fred Friendly, American broadcast executive (b. 1915)
  • Mar 5 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), dies at 91
  • Mar 6 Adem Jasari, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader, killed
  • Mar 6 Frank Barrett, American baseball player (b. 1913)

Person of interestRay Nitschke

Mar 8 Ray Nitschke, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 61

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • Mar 10 Lloyd Bridges, American comedic actor (Sea Hunt, Roots, Airplane!), dies of natural causes at 85
  • Mar 12 Judge Dread, English reggae musician, dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Mar 12 Beatrice Wood, American artist and ceramist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 12 Jozef Kroner, Slovak actor (The Shop on Main Street), dies at 74
  • Mar 13 Bill Reid, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 13 Hans von Ohain, German engineer (b. 1911)

Person of interestBenjamin Spock

Mar 15 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

Pediatrician Benjamin Spock
Pediatrician
Benjamin Spock
  • Mar 15 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), dies at 91
  • Mar 16 Derek Harold Richard Barton, British chemist, Nobel laureate, dies at 79
  • Mar 16 Esther Bubley, American photographer aged 77
  • Mar 17 Bernarr Rainbow, English historian of music education, organist, and choir master, dies at 83
  • Mar 20 George Howard, American jazz saxophone musician
  • Mar 21 Galina Ulanova, Russian prima ballerina assoluta (b. 1910)
  • Mar 23 Gerald Stano, American serial killer (confessed to killing 41 people), dies at 46
  • Mar 25 Max Green, Australian lawyer (b. 1952)
  • Mar 25 Steve Schiff, United States Congressman (b. 1947)
  • Mar 25 Daniel Massey, English actor (Vault of Horror), dies at 64
  • Mar 27 Ferry Porsche, Austrian automobile pioneer (Porsche AG), dies at 88
  • Mar 27 David McClelland, American psychologist (b. 1917)
  • Mar 30 Ramsay Ames [Phillips], American actress, model and dancer (The Mummy's Ghost, Ali Baba & the 40 Thieves), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Mar 31 Bella Abzug "Battling Bella", American politician, feminist and activist (Rep-D-NY, 1970-74), dies at 77
  • Mar 31 Tim Flock, American race car driver (b. 1924)
  • Apr 1 Eugene "Gene" Evans, American actor (My Friend Flicka, Johnny Ringo, Alamo), dies of heart failure at 75
  • Apr 1 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), dies at 34
  • Apr 2 Rob Pilatus, American model and entertainer (Milli Vanilli) (b. 1965)
  • Apr 3 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Apr 5 Cozy Powell, British musician (b. 1947)

Person of interestTammy Wynette

Apr 6 Tammy Wynette, American country singer, dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 6 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer

  • Apr 7 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician, dies at 55
  • Apr 9 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, dies at 44
  • Apr 13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90

Person of interestPol Pot

Apr 15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (1976-79) and revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge (1963-97), dies at 72

Dictator and Revolutionary Pol Pot
Dictator and Revolutionary
Pol Pot
  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English snooker player (b. 1913)
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, dies at 77

Person of interestLinda McCartney

Apr 17 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Apr 19 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek, The Magic Sword, Monroes), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Apr 21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 21 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), dies at 82
  • Apr 22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 23 Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician, President of Greece (1980-85), dies at 91
  • Apr 23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70
  • Apr 24 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer and mystic, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher and media baron (b. 1915)
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist (b. 1907)
  • Apr 27 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (The Tempest, Well's Theater), dies at 96
  • Apr 28 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 29 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)
  • May 1 Eldridge Cleaver, American activist (b. 1935)
  • May 2 Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), dies from pneumonia a 89
  • May 2 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • May 2 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • May 2 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • May 5 Syd Lawrence, British bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra), dies at 74
  • May 7 Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924)
  • May 7 Eddie Rabbitt, American country singer (I Love a Rainy Night), dies at 56
  • May 8 Bebe Rebozo, American banker and Watergate figure (b. 1912)
  • May 9 Alice Faye [Leppert], American actress and singer (Hello Frisco, Hello, Fallen Angel, Stowaway), dies of stomach cancer at 83
  • May 12 Hermann Lenz, German writer Swabian Chronicles), dies at 75

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

May 14 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • May 14 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist (b. 1890)
  • May 15 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • May 19 Sōsuke Uno, Japanese prime minister (b. 1922)

  • May 21 Douglas Fowley, American actor (Singin' in the Rain, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 86
  • May 22 José Enrique Moyal, mathematical physicist (b. 1910)
  • May 22 John Derek, American actor, director and photographer (Knock on Any Door, All the King's Men, Rogues of Sherwood Forest), dies at 71
  • May 26 Sergey Yablonsky, Soviet and Russian mathematician and one of the founders of the Soviet school of mathematical cybernetics and discrete mathematics, dies at 73

Person of interestPhil Hartman

May 28 Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49

  • May 29 Barry M. Goldwater, U.S. Senator from Arizona and presidential candidate (b. 1909)
  • May 29 Eric St Eval Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59), dies at 70
  • May 31 Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor of classical music, dies at 76
  • May 31 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)
  • May 31 Aart Verstegen, Dutch ballet dancer and choreographer (Jolly Joker's Last Joke), dies at 77
  • Jun 1 Darwin Joston, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Jun 2 Sylvester Ritter, American professional wrestler (b. 1952)
  • Jun 3 Poul Bundgaard, Danish actor and singer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 5 Jeanette Nolan, American actress (Richard Boone Show, Virginian), dies following a stroke at 86
  • Jun 5 Sam Yorty, American politician, Mayor of Los Angeles (1961-73), dies at 88
  • Jun 5 Alfred Kazin, American writer and literature critic (The Inmost Leaf), dies at 83
  • Jun 6 Jan Seidel, Czech composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 7 Thomas Narcejac, French writer (Vertigo), dies at 89

Person of interestSani Abacha

Jun 8 Sani Abacha, President of Nigeria, dies at 54

President of Nigeria Sani Abacha
President of Nigeria
Sani Abacha
  • Jun 8 Maria Reiche, German-born mathematician and archaeologist (b. 1903)
  • Jun 10 Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)
  • Jun 10 Jim Hearn, American baseball player, dies at 77
  • Jun 11 Catherine Cookson, English novelist (Bannaman Legacy), dies at 91
  • Jun 12 Theresa Merritt [Hines], American singer and actress (The Wiz, That's My Mama), dies of skin cancer at 75
  • Jun 12 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, dies at 66
  • Jun 13 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 86
  • Jun 13 Reg Smythe, English cartoonist (Andy Capp), dies at 80
  • Jun 18 Charles Korvin [Geza Korvin Karpathi], Austrian actor (Berlin Express, Ship of Fools), dies at 90
  • Jun 20 Conrad Schumann, East German border guard, committed suicide at 56
  • Jun 21 Al Campanis, American baseball executive (b. 1916)
  • Jun 23 Maureen O'Sullivan, Irish actress (Tarzan, Pride & Prejudice, Hannah and Her Sisters), dies at 87
  • Jun 23 Paul O'Dwyer, Irish-American politician and President of City Council (D-NYC), dies at 90
  • Jun 25 Lounès Matoub, a famous Berber Kabyle singer (b. 1956)
  • Jun 27 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician, dies at 62
  • Jun 27 Boris Nikolayevich Belousov, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 67
  • Jun 29 Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jul 3 Danielle Bunten Berry, American software developer (b. 1949)
  • Jul 3 George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), dies at 85
  • Jul 5 Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Jul 6 Roy Rogers, American actor (b. 1911)
  • Jul 7 Brigadier Theuns Swanepoel, South African Security Police notorious for ordering the police to shoot at protesting school children in 1976, 70
  • Jul 7 Moshood Abiola, 1993 Nigerian presidential election candidate and presumed winner of the inconclusive election, dies in detention at 60
  • Jul 11 Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon runner-up 1926-28), dies at 93
  • Jul 12 Serge Lemoyne, French Canadian artist (b. 1941)
  • Jul 12 Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician (b. 1907)
  • Jul 13 Morris "Red" Badgro, NFL hall of famer (NY Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), dies at 95
  • Jul 14 Richard McDonald, American fast food pioneer (b. 1909)
  • Jul 14 Robert A. W. Lowndes, American sci-fi author (Puzzle Planet), dies at 81
  • Jul 16 John Henrik Clarke, American historian and scholar (b. 1915)