On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2011

  • May 1 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), dies at 90
  • May 1 Henry Cooper, English boxer (British, European, C'wealth heavyweight champion; famous defeats to Muhammad Ali 1963, 66), dies of heart failure at 76

Person of interestOsama bin Laden

May 2 Osama bin Laden, Islamic militant and founder of al-Qaeda, shot and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by navy seals during Operation Neptune Spear at 54

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • May 3 Thanasis Veggos, Greek actor (b. 1927)
  • May 3 Jackie Cooper, American actor and director (Skippy, Superman), dies at 88
  • May 3 Sergo Kotrikadze, Georgian footballer (b. 1936)
  • May 4 Sada Thompson, American actress (Family, Pursuit of Happiness), dies at 83
  • May 4 Mary Murphy, American actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), dies at 80
  • May 5 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)
  • May 5 Claude Choules, last surviving World War I veteran (b. 1901)
  • May 5 Dana Wynter, German-English actress (Airport, Invasion of the Body Snatchers), dies at 79

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

May 7 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), dies of brain cancer at 54

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • May 7 Allyson Hennessy, Trindadian television presenter
  • May 7 Big George, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician (b. 1957)
  • May 8 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62
  • May 9 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist, dies at 26

  • May 10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • May 11 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64
  • May 11 [Eugene Edward] Snooky Young, American jazz trumpeter who mastered the plunger mute, dies at 92
  • May 12 Harry Danielsen, Norwegian educator and politician, dies at 74
  • May 13 Jack Richardson, Canadian record producer (The Guess Who), dies at 81
  • May 13 Derek Boogaard, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1982)
  • May 13 Bruce Ricker, American jazz and blues documentarian (b. 1942)
  • May 13 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 95
  • May 15 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • May 16 Bob Davis, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • May 16 Bill Skiles, American comic (b. 1931)
  • May 16 Edward Hardwicke, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 78
  • May 17 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 74
  • May 19 Garret FitzGerald, Irish politician and former Taoiseach (b. 1926)
  • May 19 Phyllis Avery, American actress (Ruby Gentry, George Gobel Show, Mr Novak), dies at 88
  • May 20 "Macho Man" Randy Savage, American pro wrestler (WWF/SMW/ICW), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • May 24 Huguette Clark, Heiress of the Clark Copper fortune, life-long reclusion from society. (b. 1906)
  • May 25 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), dies of oral cancer at 64
  • May 25 Terry Jenner, Australian cricketer (b. 1944)
  • May 25 Leonora Carrington, British-Mexican Surrealist artist dies aged 94
  • May 26 Arisen Ahubudu, Sri Lankan scholar, author and playwright (b. 1920)
  • May 26 Ben Roberts, British industrial relations expert (London School of Economics), dies at 93
  • May 27 Jeff Conaway, American actor (b. 1950)
  • May 27 Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)
  • May 27 Gill Scott-Heron, American writer, poet and singer (Whitey on the Moon), dies at 62
  • May 29 Ferenc Mádl, Hungarian politician, President of Hungary (b. 1931)
  • May 29 Bill Clements, American politician, Governor of Texas (1987-91), dies at 94
  • May 29 Sergei Bagapsh, Abkhazian president (b. 1949)
  • May 29 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), dies at 96
  • May 30 Clarice Taylor, American actress (Nurse Bailey-Nurse), dies at 93
  • May 30 Rosalyn Yalow, American medical physicist (Nobel 1977), dies at 89
  • May 31 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), dies at 85