On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2001

  • May 2 Ted Rogers, British comedian (b. 1935)
  • May 2 Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (Goodfellas), dies at 39
  • May 3 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, dies at 64
  • May 4 Bonnie Lee Bakley, American murder victim (b. 1956)
  • May 5 Cliff Hillegass, American publisher (Cliffsnotes), dies at 83
  • May 7 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • May 9 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) & producer, dies at 81
  • May 9 William T. Stearn, British botanist, dies at 90
  • May 10 Deborah Walley, American actress (b. 1943)

Person of interestDouglas Adams

May 11 Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), dies of myocardial infarction and a fatal cardiac arrhythmia at 49

  • May 12 [Pierino] Perry Como, American singer (Catch A Falling Star) and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) dies at 89
  • May 12 Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1925)
  • May 12 Didi [Waldyr Pereira], Brazilian footballer, dies at 72

Person of interestR.K. Narayan

May 13 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), dies at 94

Novelist R.K. Narayan
Novelist
R.K. Narayan
  • May 13 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), dies at 62
  • May 14 Gil Langley, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56), dies at 81

  • May 16 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • May 17 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  • May 17 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), dies at 77
  • May 19 Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • May 20 Renato Carosone, Italian musician (b. 1920)
  • May 22 Jack Watling, British actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), dies at 78
  • May 22 Whitman Mayo, American actor (Grady Wilson-"Sanford & Son"), dies at 70
  • May 22 Lorez Alexandria, American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), dies at 71
  • May 26 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • May 26 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Sellner in Mrs. Doubtfire, Greta the secretary in Liar Liar), dies at 67
  • May 26 Moven Enock Mahachi, Defence Minister of Zimbabwe (b. 1952)
  • May 27 Ramon Bieri, American actor (Badlands, The Andromeda Strain), dies at 71
  • May 27 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), dies at 74
  • May 28 Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • May 28 Joe Moakley, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1973-2001), dies at 74
  • May 30 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55
  • May 31 Arlene Francis, American actress and radio and television personality (What's My Line?), dies at 93