On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2000

  • May 1 Stephen "Steve" Reeves, American professional bodybuilder, actor, and philanthropist (Hercules, Goliath, Sandokan), dies from a blood clot at 74
  • May 3 John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of New York (b. 1920)
  • May 3 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, dies at 76
  • May 5 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938, 48; Giro d'Italia 1936-7, 46), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • May 6 Leonard Lopes-Salzedo, British composer
  • May 7 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor and decorated naval officer (Ghost Story), dies at 90
  • May 8 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • May 8 Alexander Chislenko, Russian-American transhumanist (b. 1959)
  • May 8 Henry Nicols, AIDS activist (b. 1973)
  • May 8 Karl-Rudi Griesbach, German composer, dies at 83
  • May 10 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • May 10 Jules Deschênes, Canadian Quebec Superior Court judge, dies at 76
  • May 11 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress, dies at 93
  • May 12 Adam Petty, American race car driver (b. 1980)
  • May 13 Paul Bartel, American actor (b. 1938)
  • May 14 Obuchi Keizo, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)

  • May 16 Bodacious the Bull Famous rodeo bull (b. 1988)
  • May 17 Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury (1974-80), dies at 90
  • May 18 Stephen M. Wolownik, Russian musician & arranger, dies at 54
  • May 18 Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Muslim scholar, dies at 68
  • May 19 Yevgeny Khrunov, cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • May 20 Jean Pierre Rampal, French flutist (b. 1922)
  • May 21 Barbara Cartland, English romance author (Camfield #69), dies at 98

Person of interestJohn Gielgud

May 21 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Hamlet, Arthur, Ages of Man), dies at 96

  • May 21 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (b. 1956)
  • May 24 Kurt Schork, American reporter (b. 1947)
  • May 25 Nicholas Clay, English actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies at 53
  • May 27 Crawford Murray MacLehose of Beoch, British statesman (b. 1917)

Person of interestMaurice Richard

May 27 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), dies of abdominal cancer and Parkinson's disease at 78

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • May 27 Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)
  • May 30 Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)
  • May 30 Doris Hare, Welsh actress (b. 1905)
  • May 31 Tito Puente, American bandleader (Dance Mania), dies at 77
  • May 31 Johnnie Taylor, American R&B and multi-genre singer (Disco Lady, I Believe in You), dies at 66