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 Webley, British broadcaster, composer, bandleader and musician, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • May 8 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62
  • May 8 Cornell Dupree, American jazz and R&B session guitarist (Atlantic Records - Aretha Franklin), dies of emphysema at 68

  • May 9 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist, dies at 26
  • May 10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • May 11 (Eugene) "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 (Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser), dies at 68
  • 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

Person of interestHarmon Killebrew

May 17 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 74

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • 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 22 Ze'ev Wolfgang Steinberg, Israeli violist and composer, dies at 92
  • 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 and singer (Taxi - "Bobby"; Grease - "Kenickie"; Babylon 5 - "Zack"), dies of pneumonia and sepsis at 51
  • 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 30 Giorgio Tozzi, American operatic bass (dubbed vocals of Emile de Becque for "South Pacific" film), dies at 88
  • May 31 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), dies at 85