Famous People Who Died in January 1998

  • Jan 1 Åke Seyffarth, Swedish speed skater (Olympic gold 10,000m 1948; WR 3,000 & 5,000m), dies at 78

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

  • Jan 2 Frank Muir, English writer & raconteur, dies at 77
  • Jan 4 John Gary [Strader], American pop and easy listening singer ("Cold"), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jan 4 Mae Questel, American vaudeville, screen and voice actress (Olive Oyl; Betty Boop), dies from complications of Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Jan 5 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests, 13 dismissals; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny; Yorkshire CCC), dies from suicide at 46
  • Jan 5 Georgi Sviridov, Soviet neoromantic composer, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 5 Ken Forssi, American musician (Love) (b. 1943)
  • Jan 5 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), dies at Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, when he hits a tree at 62
  • Jan 5 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), dies at 85
  • Jan 6 Georgy Sviridov, Soviet Russian neo-romantic composer (The Blizzard; Time; Forward!), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 7 Owen Bradley, American pop country music record producer (Patsy Cline; Loretta Lynn; Conway Twitty), dies at 82
  • Jan 7 Richard Hamming, American Mathematician and Computer Scientist (Hamming code), dies of a heat attack at 82
  • Jan 7 Vladimir Prelog, Croatian-Swiss organic chemist (Nobel 1975), dies at 91
  • Jan 8 Michael Tippett, English conductor and composer (Child of Our Time), dies at 93
  • Jan 8 Walter Diemer, inventor (bubble gum 1928), dies of heart failure at 93
  • Jan 9 Charito Solis, Filipino actress (b. 1935)
  • Jan 9 Kenichi Fukui, Japanese Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1981), dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Klaus Tennstedt, German conductor (Fidelio), dies at 71
  • Jan 12 Peter Jona Korn, German composer, dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Andrew Rutherford, Scottish scholar and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London (1994-97), dies at 68
  • Jan 13 Mihovil Logar, Serbian composer (A Would-be Lady), dies at 95
  • Jan 15 Gulzarilal Nanda, Indian politician and economist. temporary Prime Minister of India (1964, 1966), dies at 99
  • Jan 15 Junior Wells, American blues singer ("In My Younger Days"), dies at 63
  • Jan 16 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American blues musician, dies at 67
  • Jan 16 Dimitris Horn, Greek actor (A Girl in Black), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 16 Lionel Birkett, West Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests, 1 x 50; Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago), dies at 92
  • Jan 16 Peter Diamand, artistic administrator, dies at 84
  • Jan 17 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • Jan 19 Carl Perkins, American rock and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Blue Suede Shoes"; "Honey Don't"), dies at 65
  • Jan 20 Bobo Brazil [Houston Harris], American professional wrestler, dies at 73
  • Jan 20 Zevulun Hammer, Israeli politician, minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Israel (1996-98), dies at 61
  • Jan 21 Jack Lord, American actor (Hawaii FIVE-O), dies at 77
  • Jan 21 Larry Gilbert, American golfer (Senior Players Championship 1997), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • Jan 23 Hilla Limann, president of Ghana in (1979-81), dies at 63
  • Jan 24 Jay Monahan, husband of Katie Couric, dies of cancer at 42
  • Jan 24 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), dies at 62
  • Jan 24 Walter Bishop, Jr, American bebop jazz pianist, music theorist, and educator, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jan 25 Attila Zoller, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist, educator (Vermont Jazz Center, 1974-98), and inventor (bi-directional pickup), dies at 70
  • 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 28 Colin Sanders, British computer engineer (Solid State Logic), dies in a helicopter crash at 50
  • Jan 29 Joseph Alioto, American politician (Mayor of San Francisco 1968-76), dies at 81
  • Jan 30 Richard Cassilly, American tenor, dies at 70
  • Jan 30 Ricky Sanderson, stabbed 16-year old girl in NC, executed at 38