On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1999

  • May 2 Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938)
  • May 3 Joe Adcock, American baseball utility, manager (Milwaukee Braves; 2-time MLB All Star), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 71
  • May 3 Steve Chiasson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • May 3 Godfrey Evans, English cricket wicket-keeper (91 Tests; 219 dismissals; Kent), dies at 78
  • May 4 Brinsley Ford, British art historian and CEO (National Art Collections Fund), dies at 90
  • May 6 Dennis Riley, American composer (Masques (for wind quintet)), dies at 55
  • May 6 Johnny Morris, British broadcaster and actor (Once in a Lifetime), dies at 82
  • May 8 Dirk Bogarde [Derek van den Bogaerde] British writer and actor (Death in Venice, Servant), dies at 78
  • May 8 Ed Gilbert, American actor (The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries), dies at 67
  • May 8 Dana Plato, American actress (Kimberly-Diff'rent Strokes), dies at 34
  • May 9 Ivan M. Niven, Canadian-American mathematician, dies at 83
  • May 10 Shel Silverstein, American writer and cartoonist (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities; The Giving Tree) and songwriter (A Boy Named Sue; The Cover Of The Rolling Stone), dies at 68
  • May 12 Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia 1993-1999 (b. 1910)
  • May 12 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist and illustrator (The New Yorker), dies at 84
  • May 12 Penny Santon [Pierina Burlando], American actress (Fletch, Roll Out, Matt Houston), dies at 82
  • May 13 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 major titles including major slam), dies of pneumonia at 97

  • May 17 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian musician and record producer (Loverboy; Bon Jovi; Aerosmith) dies at 49
  • May 17 Henry Jones, American actor (Vertigo, Phyllis, Falcon Crest, Gun Shy), dies from complications from a fall at 86
  • May 18 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), dies at 44
  • May 18 Betty Robinson, American runner, dies at 87
  • May 18 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • May 19 James Blades, English percussionist (b. 1901)
  • May 19 Candy Candido [Jonathan Joseph Candido], American actor and radio performer (Peter Pan, The Great Mouse Detective), dies at 85
  • May 20 Robert Rhodes James, British politician historian (Gallipoli), dies at 66
  • May 21 Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12) (b. 1979)
  • May 21 Vanessa Brown [Smylla Brind], Austrian-born American actress (My Favorite Husband), dies at 71
  • May 22 Alfred Kubel, German politician, dies at 89
  • May 23 Owen Hart, Canadian-American professional wrestler, dies at 34
  • May 25 Hillary Brooke, American film actress (The Abbott and Costello Show), dies at 84
  • May 26 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor and entrepreneur, dies at 93
  • May 26 Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)
  • May 27 Alice Adams, American author (Beautiful Girl), dies at 72
  • May 28 Henry Carlsson, Swedish soccer (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 81