On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2012

  • May 1 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65
  • May 2 Junior Seau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (12 x Pro Bowl; 6 × First-team All-Pro; NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1992; SD Chargers), commits suicide at 43
  • May 2 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), dies at 90

Adam Yauch

May 4 MCA [Adam Yauch], American rap-rock vocalist (Beastie Boys -"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"), dies from cancer at 47

  • May 4 Mort Lindsey [Lippman], American pianist, arranger, musical director (Judy Garland, 1961-64; Merv Griffin Show, 1962-86; Barbra Streisand, 1968), and composer, dies at 89
  • May 5 "Sweet Joe" Russell, American a cappella singer (The Persuasions - "Slip Sliding Away"), dies at 72 [1]
  • May 5 Raman Surendranath, Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 26 wickets), dies at 75
  • May 6 George Lindsey, American actor (Andy Griffith Show -"Goober"), dies at 83
  • May 8 Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator, dies at 83
  • May 8 Nicholas Katzenbach, American Attorney General, dies at 90

Vidal Sassoon

May 9 Vidal Sassoon, British-American hair stylist & CEO of Vidal Sasson, dies from leukemia at 84

  • May 10 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot (most flying hours - 57,685), dies at 102
  • May 10 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89
  • May 11 Dorothea Hochleitner, Austrian giant slalom (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 86
  • May 13 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist (Booker T & The MG's; Stax Records house band; The Blues Brothers), dies at 70
  • May 14 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • May 15 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author (The Death of Artemio Cruz), dies from a haemorrhage at 83
  • May 15 Jean Craighead George, American writer (Julie of the Wolves), dies at 92
  • May 16 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89
  • May 16 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards, Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark) and actor (Clem-Popeye), dies of a lung infection caused by a collapsed lung at 75

Donna Summer

May 17 Donna Summer [LaDonna Gaines], American disco and pop singer-songwriter ("Love to Love You, Baby"; "On The Radio"; "Last Dance"), dies from lung cancer at 63

  • May 18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), dies at 86
  • May 19 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), dies of a brain aneurysm at 75
  • May 20 Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted bomber (Pan Am 103), dies from prostate cancer at 60

Robin Gibb

May 20 Robin Gibb, British singer-songwriter (The Bee Gees - "Night Fever"), dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

  • May 20 Robert Nix, American drummer and songwriter (Roy Orbison; Atlanta Rhythm Section - "So Into You"; "Imaginary Lover"), dies at 67
  • May 22 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, dies at 85
  • May 23 Joseph Lesniewski, American Easy Company, soldier in 101st Airborne, dies at 91
  • May 23 Paul Fussell, American historian, dies from natural causes at 88
  • May 25 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93
  • May 29 (Arthel) "Doc" Watson, American Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, folk, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer, dies from complications following surgery at 89
  • May 29 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, dies at 67
  • May 30 Andrew Huxley, British physiologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94
  • May 30 Jack Twyman, American Hall of Fame basketball player, dies from complications from blood cancer at 78