On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2015

  • May 1 Grace Lee Whitney, American singer and actress (Yeoman Rand-Star Trek), dies at 85
  • May 1 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), dies at 80
  • May 1 Dan Farley, American racing journalist (President National Turf Writer's Association), dies at 72
  • May 1 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), dies at 92
  • May 1 (Alexander) "Bobby" Kok, Boer-British classical and session cellist (BBC Symphony; George Harrison - "When We Was Fab"), dies at 89
  • May 2 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • May 2 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian prima ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • May 2 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome) dies at 87
  • May 2 Ma Shui-long, Taiwanese classical composer (The Peacock Flies Southeast), dies at 75
  • May 5 Craig Gruber, American rock bassist (Rainbow), dies of cancer at 63
  • May 6 Errol Brown, British-Jamaican singer-songwriter (Hot Chocolate - "You Sexy Thing"), dies at 71
  • May 6 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • May 7 Sir Samuel "Sam" Edwards, Welsh physicist (condensed matter physics), dies at 87
  • May 8 Jaime León, Colombian pianist, composer, and conductor Filarmónica de Bogota, 1971-78), dies at 93
  • May 8 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, dies at 81
  • May 9 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier & politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • May 9 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen & stage actress (Doc, East Side/West Side), dies at 94
  • May 9 Christopher Wood, English screenwriter & novelist (Confessions), dies at 79
  • May 12 Ruth Mompati, South African politician and Secretary of Nelson Mandela, dies at 89
  • May 12 Mervyn Burtch, Welsh composer (The Raven King) and educator, dies at 85
  • May 13 Robert Drasnin, American clarinetist, composer, and film and television music supervisor (CBS, 1977-91), dies after a fall at 87

B.B. King

May 14 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), dies at 89

  • May 15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • May 15 Bob Hopkins, American basketball forward and coach (Syracuse Nationals; Seattle SuperSonics), dies of heart and kidney failure at 80
  • May 16 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • May 16 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang: The Kite), dies of cardiac arrest at 42
  • May 17 Chinx [Lionel Pickens], American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • May 20 Brian Cubbon, British senior civil servant, dies at 87
  • May 21 Louis Johnson, American rock bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • May 22 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 88
  • May 22 John Horlock, British vice-chancellor (Open College), dies at 87
  • May 23 Anne Meara, American comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place, The Other Woman), mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

John Nash

May 23 John Nash, American mathematician (subject of movie "A Beautiful Mind") and Nobel laureate, dies in a car crash at 86

  • May 23 John Carter, American actor (Scarface, The Hoax, Badlands, Max-Falcon Crest), dies at 87
  • May 24 Tanith Lee, British Science-fiction author (The Flat-Earth Cycle), dies of cancer at 67
  • May 28 Steven Gerber, American classical composer (Music in Dark Times), dies at 66
  • May 29 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 89
  • May 29 Henry Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 4x400m 1964) and football safety (NY Giants), dies at 72
  • May 29 Betsy Palmer [Patricia Betsy Hrunek], American actress (Mr Roberts, Friday the 13th), dies at 88
  • May 29 Peter Cropper, British violinist (Lindsay Quartet, 1965-2005), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • May 30 Azmat Rana, Pakistan cricket batsman (1 Test, top score 49; 2 ODIs), dies at 63
  • May 30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47
  • May 30 L. Tom Perry, American religious leader (LDS apostle), dies at 92