On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2003

  • May 1 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • May 1 Wim van Est, Dutch road cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
  • May 2 George Wyle [Bernard Weissman], American composer ("The Ballad of Gilligan's Island"; "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year"), and orchestra leader (Flip Wilson Show), dies at 87
  • May 3 Suzy Parker, American model and actress (Chamber of Horrors), dies at 70
  • May 5 Walter Sisulu, South African activist (b. 1912)
  • May 5 David Lewin, American composer, dies at 69
  • May 6 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • May 9 Russell B. Long, American politician (Sen-D-LA, 1948-86), dies at 84
  • May 10 Milan Vukcevich, Yugoslavian chemist and a grandmaster of chess problem composition, dies at 66
  • May 11 Noel Redding, English bassist (The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 57
  • May 11 Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), dies at 88
  • May 12 Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, French UN High Commissioner for Refugees (b. 1933)
  • May 12 Michael Richardson, British investment banker and advisor to Margaret Thatcher known as "Mr Privatisation", dies at 78
  • May 14 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), dies at 90
  • May 14 Robert Stack, American actor (The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries, Written on the Wind), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • May 14 William Jackson [Pepper LaBeija], American drag queen and fashion designer, dies of a heart attack at 54

June Carter Cash

May 15 June Carter Cash, American Grammy Award-winning folk-country singer, musician and songwriter (Ring Of Fire), dies from complications after heart valve replacement surgery at 73

  • May 15 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  • May 16 Mark McCormack, American businessman (b. 1930)
  • May 17 Frank "Pop" Ivy, American and Canadian football coach (b. 1916)
  • May 18 Anna Santisteban, Puerto Rican beauty contest organizer, dies at 89
  • May 18 Barb Tarbox, Canadian anti-smoking crusader, dies at 42
  • May 21 Frank D. White, American politician (b. 1933)
  • May 21 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer, dies at 74
  • May 22 Ousmane Zongo, Burkinab√© shooting victim
  • May 23 Jean Yanne, French actor and director (b. 1933)
  • May 23 Csaba Szabo. Hungarian composer, dies at 67
  • May 23 Edward Boguslawski, Polish composer, dies at 62
  • May 24 Rachel Kempson, English actress (b. 1910)
  • May 25 Jeremy Michael Ward, American musician (The Mars Volta), dies of a heroin overdose at 27
  • May 26 Kathleen Winsor, American writer (b. 1919)
  • May 26 Gerald S. Hawkins, English-American astronomer (archaeoastronomy), dies at 75
  • May 27 Luciano Berio, Italian composer (Chemins), dies at 77
  • May 28 Janet Collins, American ballerina, choreographer, and teacher, dies at 86
  • May 28 Oleg Makarov, cosmonaut (b. 1933)
  • May 28 Martha Scott, American actress (The Ten Commandments, Our Town, Ben-Hur), dies of natural causes at 90
  • May 28 Ilya Prigogine, Russian-born physicist and chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (b. 1917)
  • May 29 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, dies at 30
  • May 30 Mickie Most, English record producer (b. 1938)
  • May 30 Mickie Most [Michael Hayes], British record producer (Herman's Hermits, The Nashville Teens, Donovan, Lulu), dies of stomach cancer at 64
  • May 31 Billy Wade, South African cricket wicketkeeper (11 Tests, 1 x 100, 17 dismissals; Natal), dies at 88