On This Day

Famous People Who Died in June 1998

  • Jun 1 Darwin Joston, American actor (Assault on Precinct 13), dies at 60
  • Jun 2 Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler, dies at 45
  • Jun 3 Poul Bundgaard, Danish comic actor (Olsen-banden films) and operetta singer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1958-73), dies at 75
  • 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 6 Svend Simon Schultz, Danish composer, dies at 84
  • Jun 7 Thomas Narcejac, French writer (Vertigo), dies at 89

Person of interestSani Abacha

Jun 8 Sani Abacha, de facto President of Nigeria (1993-98), 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 9 Lois Mailou Jones, American painter (Peasants on Parade), dies at 92
  • Jun 10 Hammond Innes, English author (b. 1914)
  • Jun 10 Jim Hearn, American baseball player, dies at 77
  • Jun 10 Steve Sanders, American country baritone singer (Oak Ridge Boys, 1987-95), dies of a self-inflicted gunshot at 45
  • 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 12 Leo Buscaglia, American psychologist known as "Dr Love" (Love), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 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, Greek baseball second baseman and executive (first Greek player in MLB history; GM LA Dodgers 1968-87), dies from coronary artery disease at 81
  • 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, Kabylian singer-songwriter, guitar and mandole player, and Berber rights activist,, assassinated by the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) at 42
  • Jun 27 Gilles Rocheleau, French Canadian politician, dies at 62
  • Jun 27 Boris Nikolayevich Belousov, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 67
  • Jun 27 Desmond Heap, British lawyer and authority on British planning law, dies at 90
  • Jun 29 Horst Jankowski, German pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jun 29 Louis Hostin, French weightlifter (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 90