On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2006

  • May 1 Big Hawk, American rapper (b.1969)
  • May 1 Johnny Paris, American saxophonist (Johnny and the Hurricanes) (b. 1940)
  • May 1 Rob Lacey, Christian Author. (b. 1962)
  • May 1 George Haines, American swimming coach (7 x US Olympic teams), dies of a stroke at 82
  • May 2 Louis Rukeyser, American columnist (b. 1933)
  • May 3 Karel Appel, Dutch painter (Vragende Children), dies at 85
  • May 3 Pramod Mahajan, Indian politician (b. 1949)
  • May 3 Earl Woods, Athlete and father of Tiger Woods (b. 1932)
  • May 5 Naushad Ali, Indian composer (b. 1919)
  • May 5 Joep de Boer, Dutch naval officer and politician (CDA), dies at 81
  • May 6 Lillian Asplund, last American RMS Titanic survivor (b. 1906)
  • May 6 Shigeru Kayano, Japanese Ainu activist (b. 1926)
  • May 6 Grant McLennan, co-founder of Australian band The Go-Betweens (b. 1958)
  • May 6 Lorne Saxberg, Canadian television journalist (b. 1958)
  • May 7 Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b.1943)
  • May 7 Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918)

  • May 7 Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend (b. 1943)
  • May 8 Iain Macmillan, Abbey Road photographer (b. 1938)
  • May 8 Viola Mae Wilkerson, American pop singer ("Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now", dies of cancer at 69
  • May 10 Raizo Matsuno, Japanese politician (b. 1917)
  • May 10 A. M. Rosenthal, American journalist and newspaper editor (NY Times), dies at 84
  • May 10 Soraya, Colombian-American singer (b. 1969)
  • May 10 Val Guest, British film director (b. 1911)

Person of interestFloyd Patterson

May 11 Floyd Patterson, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 71

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • May 11 Frankie Thomas, American actor & author (Tom Corbett Space Cadet), dies of a stroke at 85
  • May 11 Yossi Banai, Israeli singer, dies at 74
  • May 12 Sonny Montgomery, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi 1967-97), dies at 85
  • May 13 Jaroslav Pelikan, American historian (b. 1923)
  • May 13 Johnnie Wilder, Jr., American singer (Heatwave), dies at 56
  • May 14 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • May 14 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)
  • May 14 Eva Norvind, Norwegian-Mexican actress, dies from drowning at 62
  • May 14 James Botten, South African cricketer (all-rounder in 1965 South African series v England), dies at 67
  • May 17 Cy Feuer, American playwright (b. 1911)
  • May 17 Eric Forth, British Member of Parliament (b. 1944)
  • May 17 Captain Nichola Goddard, Canadian soldier (b. 1980)

  • May 17 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), dies at 61
  • May 18 Andrew Martinez, American activist (U.C. Berkeley's "Naked Guy"), dies at 33
  • May 19 Freddie Garrity, English lead singer from the band Freddie and the Dreamers (b. 1940)
  • May 21 Katherine Dunham, American dancer (b. 1909)
  • May 21 Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (Plae Kao), dies at 74
  • May 21 Billy Walker, American singer (b. 1929)
  • May 22 Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization, dies of stroke at 61
  • May 22 Heather Crowe, Canadian activist (b. 1945)
  • May 22 Jack Patrick Fallon, Canadian-British jazz double and electric bass player, dies at 90
  • May 23 Clifford Antone, American businessman, dies at 56
  • May 23 Lloyd Bentsen, American politician (b. 1921)
  • May 23 Frits Bernard, American clinical psychologist and pedophile activist, dies at 85
  • May 23 Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer (b. 1921)
  • May 24 Henry Bumstead, American art director (b. 1915)
  • May 24 Michał Życzkowski, Polish technician (b. 1930)
  • May 25 Desmond Dekker, Jamaican reggae pioneer (Aces-Israelites), dies at 64
  • May 25 Otto Zykan, Austrian pianist and composer, dies at 71
  • May 26 Édouard Michelin, CEO of tire manufacturer Michelin (b. 1963)
  • May 26 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (b. 1919)
  • May 26 Ted Schroeder, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1942, Wimbledon 1949), dies of cancer at 84
  • May 27 Craig Heyward, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995; New Orleans Saints), dies from brain cancer at 39
  • May 27 Paul Gleason, American actor (Breakfast Club, Die Hard), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • May 27 Alex Toth, American cartoonist (b. 1928)
  • May 27 Rob Borsellino, American columnist (b. 1949)
  • May 27 Oduvil Unnikrishnan, Indian actor (b. 1944)
  • May 27 Dieter Acker, German composer and pedagogue, dies at 65
  • May 28 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • May 29 Steve Mizerak, American pool player (b. 1944)
  • May 29 Jacques Bouchard, Canadian advertising executive, dies at 75
  • May 30 Shohei Imamura, Japanese film director (b. 1926)
  • May 30 Robert Sterling, American actor (George Kirby-Adv of Topper), dies at 88
  • May 30 David Lloyd, New Zealand biologist (b. 1938)
  • May 30 Marius van Amelsvoort, Dutch politician (CDA), dies at 75
  • May 31 Ryan Bennett, broadcast commentator (b. 1970)
  • May 31 Miguel Berrocal, sculptor (b. 1933)
  • May 31 Raymond Davis Jr., American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • May 31 Lula Mae Hardaway, American songwriter, mother of singer Stevie Wonder (b. 1930)