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 NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43
  • May 2 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), dies at 90

Person of interestAdam 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

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 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, dies at 83
  • May 8 Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator, dies at 83
  • May 8 Nicholas Katzenbach, American Attorney General, dies at 90

Person of interestVidal Sassoon

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

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • 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, 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

Person of interestDonna Summer

May 17 Donna Summer, American singer (Love to Love You Baby), dies from lung cancer at 63

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • 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

Person of interestRobin Gibb

May 20 Robin Gibb, British singer-songwriter, dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

Singer-songwriter Robin Gibb
Singer-songwriter
Robin Gibb
  • May 20 Robert Nix, American musician (founding member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section), 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 Doc Watson, American bluegrass musician, 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