Famous Deaths 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 2 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • May 2 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian Ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • May 2 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome") dies at 87
  • 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 9 Kenan Evren, Turkish soldier and politician, (President of Turkey 1980-1989 by military coup), dies at 97
  • May 9 Elizabeth Wilson, American screen and stage actress (Doc, East Side/West Side), dies at 94

Person of interestB.B. King

May 14 B.B. King, American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • May 15 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • 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), dies of cardiac arrest at 42
  • May 17 Lionel Pickens "Chinx", American rapper (Coke Boys), dies in a drive-by shooting at 31
  • May 21 Louis Johnson, American bassist and vocalist (Brothers Johnson), dies at 60
  • May 23 Anne Meara, American comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place, The Other Woman), mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85

Person of interestJohn Nash

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

Mathematician and Economist John Nash
Mathematician and Economist
John Nash
  • 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 29 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 89
  • May 29 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic golds 200m and 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72
  • May 29 Betsy Palmer [Patricia Betsy Hrunek], American actress (Mr Roberts, Friday the 13th), dies at 88
  • May 30 Joseph [Beau] Biden III, American politician and son of Vice President Joe Biden, dies of cancer at 47