Famous People Who Died in May 2002

  • May 2 John Nathan-Turner, English television producer (b. 1947)
  • May 2 W. T. Tutte, English-born codebreaker (b. 1917)
  • May 3 Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  • May 3 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian conductor (USSR State Symphony, 1965-2000; Residentie Orchestra 1992-2000), pianist, and composer (Siberian Fantasy), dies at 73
  • May 4 Dane Škerl, Slovene conductor, composer (Rhapsodic Symphony), and teacher, dies at 70
  • May 5 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • May 5 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • May 5 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs, dies at 98
  • May 6 Murray Adaskin, Canadian violinist, composer, conductor (Saskatoon Symphony), and teacher (University of Saskatchewan), dies at 96
  • May 6 Otis Blackwell, American songwriter ("Fever"; "Don't Be Cruel"; "Great Balls Of Fire"; All Shook Up"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • May 6 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
  • May 6 Saleh Selim, Egyptian football player and 10th president of the Egyptian Al-Ahly Sporting Club, dies at 71
  • May 7 Kevyn Aucoin, Makeup Artist and Photographer (b. 1962)
  • May 7 Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • May 9 Dan Devine, American football coach, dies at 77
  • May 9 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • May 10 Lynda Lyon Block, convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • May 10 Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • May 11 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-American mafioso & crime boss of the Bonanno crime family, dies of heart failure at 97
  • May 11 Renaude Lapointe, French Canadian journalist & senator, dies at 90
  • May 12 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit), dies after surgery at 22
  • May 13 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (Mother and Son), dies at 76
  • May 13 Valeri Lobanovsky, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1939)
  • May 14 Derek Birley, English founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster and sports writer, dies at 75
  • May 16 Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC (b. 1899)
  • May 16 Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • May 17 Dave Berg, American cartoonist (The Lighter Side of...), dies at 81

James Chichester-Clark

May 17 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), dies at 79

  • May 17 Joe Black, American Negro League and MLB player, dies at 78
  • May 17 László Kubala, Hungarian soccer striker (3 caps Hungary, 6 Czechoslovakia, 19 Spain, 4 Catalonia; FC Barcelona 186 games) and manager (Spain 1969–80), dies at 74
  • May 17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), dies of complications following a cerebral hemorrhage at 62 (b. 1940)
  • May 18 David "Davey Boy" Smith, English professional wrestler (WWF Intercontinental Championship; British Bulldogs), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • May 19 John Gorton, Australian politician, 19th Prime Minister of Australia (1968-71), dies at 90
  • May 19 Walter Lord, American author (A Night to Remember), dies at 84

Stephen Jay Gould

May 20 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, dies of cancer at 60

  • May 21 Niki de Saint Phalle, French sculptor, dies at 71
  • May 22 Curnick Muzuvukile Ndlovu, South Africian worker's union leader, and African National Congress Leader, dies at 70

Sam Snead

May 23 Sam Snead, American golfer ((7 PGA Tour major titles; US Masters 1949, 52, 54), dies of a stroke at 89

  • May 24 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • May 25 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), dies at 75
  • May 26 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 69
  • May 28 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • May 29 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • May 31 Eric Boyland, English biochemist (cancer research), dies at 97
  • May 31 Subhash "Fergie" Gupte, Indian cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner), dies at 72