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 Salzedo, British orchestral, ballet, and film composer (The Witch Boy; Requiem Sine Voxibus, Hammer Films), dies at 78

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

May 7 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor (Prisoner of Zenda; Gunga Din), and decorated US naval officer (WWII Beach Jumpers), dies of a heart attack at 90

  • May 8 Alexander Chislenko, Russian-American transhumanist (b. 1959)
  • May 8 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • May 8 Henry Nicols, American AIDS activist, dies as the result of a car accident at 26
  • 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 auto racer (son of Kyle Petty; death leads to NASCAR mandate of steering wheel kill switch), dies in practice session accident at 19
  • May 13 Olivier Greif, French classical composer (Lettres de Westerbork), dies at 50
  • 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 16 William Ferris, American composer and conductor (William Ferris Chorale, 1971-2000), dies while conducting a rehearsal of Verdi's Requiem at 63
  • May 17 Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury (1974-80), dies at 90
  • May 18 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), dies at 80
  • May 18 Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Muslim scholar, dies at 68
  • May 18 Steve Wolownik, American ethno-musicologist, balalaika player, arranger, and co-founder of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, dies at 54
  • May 19 Yevgeny Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 66
  • May 20 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), dies of heart failure at 72
  • May 21 Barbara Cartland, English romance author (Camfield #69), dies at 98
  • May 21 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (b. 1956)

John Gielgud

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

  • May 23 Marcus Hutson, American R&B singer (The Whispers - "And the Beat Goes On"; "Rock Steady"), dies of prostate cancer at 57
  • 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)
  • May 27 Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)

Maurice Richard

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

  • May 30 Doris Hare, Welsh actress (b. 1905)
  • May 30 Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)
  • May 31 Joe Puma, American session and jazz guitarist (Herbie Mann; Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five; Chuck Wayne), dies at 72
  • May 31 Johnnie Taylor, American R&B and multi-genre singer ("Disco Lady"; "I Believe In You"), dies at 66
  • May 31 Tito Puente, American mambo and Latin jazz bandleader ("Oye Como Va"), dies at 77