On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2010

  • May 1 Rob McConnell, Canadian jazz composer, arranger and valve trombonist (The Boss Brass), dies of liver cancer at 75
  • May 1 Helen Wagner, American actress (Mister Peepers; As The World Turns), dies of natural causes at 91
  • May 1 Antonio Mastrogiovanni, Uruguayan composer, dies at 73
  • May 1 Danny Aiello III, American film and television stunt performer, stunt coordinator, and actor, dies of pancreatic cancer at 53
  • May 2 Lynn Redgrave, British-American actress (Gods and Monsters, Georgy Girl), dies of cancer at 67
  • May 4 Ernie Harwell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • May 4 Zvonimir Levačić - Ševa, Croatian humorist and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • May 5 Alfons Kontarsky, German concert pianist (best known for duo-piano performance with his brother, Aloys) dies at 77
  • May 6 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 x MLB All Star; won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53; Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 83
  • May 7 Adele Mara [Adelaida Delgado], American actress, singer and dancer (Cool Million; Wheels), dies at 87
  • May 9 Lena Horne, American actress and Grammy Award-winning singer (Cabin in the Sky; Stormy Weather; The Wiz), dies at 92
  • May 9 Otakar Motejl, Czechoslvakian politician, dies at 77
  • May 10 Frank Frazetta [Frazzetta], American fantasy illustrator of comic book, paperback, album cover art, dies of a stroke at 82
  • May 13 Lode Backx, Flemish pianist, dies at 87
  • May 14 Goh Keng Swee, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (b. 1918)
  • May 15 Besian Idrizaj, Footballer (b. 1987)
  • May 15 Moshe Greenberg, American-Israeli Bible scholar, dies at 81
  • May 15 Diether de la Motte, German composer and music theorist, dies at 82
  • May 16 Ronnie James Dio [Padavona], American singer, songwriter and musician (Elf; Rainbow; Black Sabbath; Dio; and Heaven & Hell), dies at 67
  • May 16 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, dies at 91
  • May 17 Walasse Ting, Chinese-American painter (b. 1929)
  • May 17 Yvonne Loriod, French pianist, composer (Mélopées africaines), and teacher, dies at 86
  • May 21 Trevor Meale, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v England 1958), dies at 81
  • May 23 Jose Lima, Dominican baseball player (b. 1972)
  • May 23 Simon Monjack, English actor, producer, & writer (b. 1970)
  • May 23 Gane Todorovoski, Macedonian literary critic, poet, & publicist (b. 1929)
  • May 23 Leonida Georgievna, Grand Duchess Of Russia (b. 1914)
  • May 23 Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of the Rolling Stone"), dies at 68
  • May 24 Ray Alan, English ventriloquist & television entertainer (Lord Charles), dies at 79
  • May 24 Virendra Bhatia, Indian politician (b. 1947)
  • May 24 Tapen Chatterjee, Bengali actor from India (b. 1937)
  • May 24 Raymond V. Haysbert, African-American business executive and civil rights leader (b. 1920)
  • May 24 Anneliese Rothenberger, German operatic lyric soprano, 1942-83, dies at 85
  • May 24 Morrie Martin, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1949-59 (Brooklyn Dodgers, Philadelphia Athletics, and 5 other teams), and double Purple Heart Army veteran, dies at 87
  • May 24 Petr Muk, Czech new-wave and pop musician, and singer-songwriter (Oceán; Shalom), dies from mixing alcohol and prescription medications at 45
  • May 24 Paul Gray, American heavy metal bassist (Slipknot), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • May 25 Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African operatic tenor singer, dies of meningitis at 35
  • May 25 Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • May 25 Alan Hickinbotham, Australian businessman, football player, & football coach (b. 1925)
  • May 25 Gabriel Vargas, Mexican cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • May 25 Silvius Magnago, Italian politician (b. 1914)
  • May 25 Michael H. Jordan, businessman and former CEO PepsiCo and CBS Corporation (b. 1936)
  • May 26 Jean Constantin, Romanian actor (b. 1928)
  • May 26 Art Linkletter, Canadian-American radio and television personality (b. 1912)
  • May 26 Christopher Moran, British Air Chief Marshal (b. 1956)
  • May 26 Kieran Phelan, Irish senator (b. 1949)
  • May 27 Payut Ngaokrachang, Thai animator (b. 1929)
  • May 27 John William Finn, American US Navy sailor, awarded the 1st Medal of Honor of WWII for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor, dies at 100
  • May 28 Gary Coleman, American actor (Diff'rent Strokes), dies at 42
  • May 28 Jacob Kistemaker, Dutch nuclear physicist (ultra centrifuge), dies at 93
  • May 28 Eddie Barth [Edward Bartholetti], American actor and voiceover artist nicknamed "Mr. Gravel" for his raspy vocals (Shaft, Simon & Simon), dies at 78
  • May 28 Hugh Ford, British mechanic engineer, dies at 96

Dennis Hopper

May 29 Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (True Grit, Blue Velvet, Easy Rider), dies at 74

  • May 30 Duff Roblin, Canadian politician (b. 1917).
  • May 31 Louise Bourgeois, French-born American sculptor, painter and print maker, dies at 98
  • May 31 Brian Duffy, British photographer and film producer (b. 1933)
  • May 31 William A. Fraker, American cinematographer (b. 1923)
  • May 31 Rubén Juárez, Argentine bandoneonist, dies of cancer at 62
  • May 31 Benjamin Lees [Lisniansky], American composer (Kalmar Nyckel; Memorial Candles), dies at 86
  • May 31 Merata Mita, New Zealander filmmaker (Mauri, Patu!), dies at 67

Chris Haney

May 31 Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", dies at 59