On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2008

  • May 1 Anthony Mamo, Malta's first President (b. 1909)
  • May 1 Deborah Jeane Palfrey, American escort owner, commits suicide at 52
  • May 1 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, California Angels), dies at 93
  • May 2 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (Iris-Another World, Guiding Light), dies at 72
  • May 3 Leopoldo Calvo Sotelo, Spanish former Primer Minister (b. 1926)
  • May 3 Uroš Krek, Slovenian composer, dies at 85
  • May 5 Irv Robbins, Canadian-American entrepreneur (co-founded the Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor chain), dies at 90
  • May 5 Thomas Boggs, American rock drummer (Box Tops), dies at 63
  • May 5 Jerry Wallace, American country and pop singer ("Primrose Lane"; "If You Leave Me Tonight I'll Cry"), dies of heart failure at 79
  • May 8 Eddy Arnold, American country music singer ("Make The World Go Away"; "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"), dies at 89
  • May 8 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • May 8 Larry Levine, American sound engineer (Phil Spector's wall of sound; Herb Alpert; Beach Boys), dies of emphysema on his 80th birthday
  • May 9 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer & coach, dies at 79
  • May 9 Nuala O'Faolain, Irish journalist, dies at 68
  • May 10 Leyla Gencer, Turkish soprano (b. 1928)
  • May 10 Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
  • May 11 Dottie Rambo, American gospel singer, dies when her tour bus crashes at 74
  • May 11 John Rutsey, Canadian drummer (Rush, 1968-1974), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • May 11 Bruno Neves, Portuguese cyclist, dies in competition at 26
  • May 12 Robert Rauschenberg, American artist (b. 1925)
  • May 12 Irena Sendler, Polish social worker, WWII heroine (b. 1910)
  • May 13 Saad Al-Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Sheikh of Kuwait (b. 1930)
  • May 13 Ron Stone, American television reporter (b. 1936)
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, American composer of original Star Trek theme, dies at 88
  • May 15 Tommy Burns, Scottish soccer midfielder (8 caps; Celtic, Kilmarnock) and manager (Scotland, Celtic, Kilmarnock, Reading), dies of melanoma at 51
  • May 15 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • May 15 Willis Lamb, American physicist (Nobel 1955), dies at 94
  • May 15 Walt Dickerson, American jazz vibraphone player, and composer ("To My Queen"), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • May 16 Wilfrid Howard Mellers, English musicologist and composer (François Couperin and the French Classical Tradition), dies at 94
  • May 18 Joseph Pevney, American television director, dies at 96
  • May 19 Vijay Tendulkar, Indian playwright, (b. 1928)
  • May 20 Ali Sadikin, Indonesian politician and governor of Jakarta (1966-77), dies at 79
  • May 20 Hamilton Jordan, former Carter White House Chief of Staff (b. 1944)
  • May 21 Brian Keenan, Irish Provisional IRA member who played a key role in Northern Ireland's peace process (1998), dies of cancer at 66
  • May 22 Robert Asprin, American author (b. 1946)
  • May 23 David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)
  • May 23 (Bruce) "Utah" Phillips, American folk singer-songwriter ("Green Rolling Hills"; "The Goodnight-Loving Trail") storyteller, poet, and labor organizer, dies of heart disease at 73
  • May 24 Dick Martin [Thomas Richard], American actor and comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Carbon Copy), dies of respiratory complications at 86
  • May 25 J. R. Simplot, American potato farmer (b. 1909)
  • May 25 David Gahr, American photographer noted for his work with folk, jazz and rock musicians (Time Magazine; Folkways albums), dies at 85 [1]
  • May 25 Georgette Amowitz, French choreographer and educator, dies at 78

Sydney Pollack

May 26 Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Out of Africa, Tootsie) dies at 73

  • May 27 Franz Künstler, Last remaining Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I veteran (b. 1900)
  • May 28 Dennis Moss, British jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 80
  • May 28 David Mitton, Scottish-born director (b. 1938)
  • May 28 Robert Justman, American television producer (b. 1926)
  • May 28 Beryl Cook, British painter, dies at 81
  • May 29 Harvey Korman, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show; Blazing Saddles; High Anxiety), dies at 81
  • May 29 Dianne Odell, American medical figure (b. 1947)
  • May 30 Lorenzo Odone, American medical figure (b. 1978)