Famous People Who Died in 2017

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  • Jan 1 Derek Parfit, British philosopher who specialized in problems of personal identity, rationality and ethics, dies at 74
  • Jan 2 Jean Vuarnet, French alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1960; World C'ship gold 1960), dies after a stroke at 83
  • Jan 2 John Berger, English art critic & author (Ways of Seeing), dies at 90
  • Jan 3 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) & test pilot, dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Douglas Wass, British civil servant (Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury, 1974-83), dies at 93
  • Jan 4 Georges Prêtre, French classical and opera conductor known for interpretation of Poulenc, dies at 92
  • Jan 4 Milt Schmidt, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1939, 41; Boston Bruins) and coach/GM (Stanley Cup 1970, 72; Boston Bruins), dies from a stroke at 98
  • Jan 4 Vlastimir Trajković, Serbian avant-garde composer, and educator, dies at 79
  • Jan 5 Géori Boué, French soprano, dies at 98

Mário Soares

Jan 7 Mário Soares, 17th President of Portugal (1986-96) and Prime Minister (1976-78 and 1983-85), dies after falling into a coma at 92

  • Jan 7 Nat Hentoff, American columnist and novelist (Village Voice, The Cold Society), dies at 91
  • Jan 8 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 4th President of Iran (1989-97) and de facto commander-in-chief of the Iranian military during the Iran-Iraq War, dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 8 Buddy Bregman, American orchestra leader and arranger (Eddie Fisher Show; Ella Fitzgerald's Cole Porter Songbook), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 86 [1]
  • Jan 8 Peter Sarstedt, British pop-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Where Do You Go To (My Lovely?"; "I Am A Cathedral"), dies at 75
  • Jan 8 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, dies at 82
  • Jan 9 Teresa Ann Savoy, British actress in Italian films (Caligula; Salon Kitty), dies of cancer at 61
  • Jan 9 Warren Allen Smith, American gay rights activist and writer, dies at 95
  • Jan 9 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-born sociologist (Modernity and the Holocaust), dies at 91
  • Jan 10 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90

Clare Hollingworth

Jan 10 Clare Hollingworth, British war correspondent who was the first to report on the outbreak of WWII, dies at 105

  • Jan 10 Oliver Smithies, British biochemist (2007 Noble Prize for gene targeting), dies at 91
  • Jan 10 Steven McDonald, New York City Police Department patrolman who was shot and paralyzed in the line of duty, dies at 59
  • Jan 10 Tony Rosato, Italian-born Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), dies at 63
  • Jan 11 François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), dies from cardiac arrest at 62
  • Jan 11 José Vicente Asuar, Chilean electronic music composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 13 Antony Armstrong-Jones [Lord Snowdon], British photographer and ex-husband of Princess Margaret, dies at 86
  • Jan 13 Dick Gautier, American stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Bye Bye Birdie), dies at 85
  • Jan 14 Zhou Youguang [Zhou Yaoping], Chinese language scholar (father of pinyin), dies at 111
  • Jan 15 Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka, Fijian-born American professional wrestler, dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Cuthbert Johnson, English musician and Benedictine abbot, dies at 70
  • Jan 16 Eugene Cernan, American NASA astronaut (12th person on the moon), dies at 82
  • Jan 17 Tibor Fátyol, Hungarian composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 18 Mike Kellie, British session and touring rock drummer (Spooky Tooth; The Only Ones), dies at 69
  • Jan 18 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket batter and captain (22 Tests, 23 ODOs; captain winning England team in inaugural Women's World Cup 1973), businesswoman and philanthropist, dies at 77
  • Jan 18 Roberta Peters [Peterman], American operatic soprano (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1950-85), dies of Parkinson's disease at 86
  • Jan 19 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, dies at 99
  • Jan 19 Miguel Ferrer, American actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), dies of cancer at 61
  • Jan 20 Ronald Mundy, American doo-wop tenor vocalist (The Marcels -"Blue Moon"), dies of pneumonia at 73
  • Jan 21 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), dies at 79
  • Jan 21 Maggie Roche, American singer-songwriter (The Roches - "Hammond Song"), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jan 21 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, specializing in choral music (Curse Upon Iron (Raua needmine)), dies at 86
  • Jan 22 Jaki Liebesit, German rock drummer (Can), dies at 78
  • Jan 22 Pete Overend Watts, English bass guitar player (Mott the Hoople - "All Young Dudes"), dies from throat cancer at 69
  • Jan 22 Yordano Ventura, Dominican MLB pitcher (Kansas City Royals), dies in a car crash at 25
  • Jan 23 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), dies at 76
  • Jan 23 Gorden Kaye, British actor (Allo Allo), dies at 75
  • Jan 23 Lee O’Denat, American internet entrepreneur (WorldStarHipHop.com), dies of heart disease at 43
  • Jan 24 Butch Trucks, American rock drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), dies at 69
  • Jan 25 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), dies at 72
  • Jan 25 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), dies at 77

Mary Tyler Moore

Jan 25 Mary Tyler Moore, American Emmy Award-winning actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show- "Laura"; The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Ordinary People), dies at 80

  • Jan 25 Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY, 1978-83), dies at 84
  • Jan 26 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), dies at 94
  • Jan 26 Mike Connors [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), dies at 91
  • Jan 27 Benny Barth, American session and touring jazz drummer, dies at 86
  • Jan 27 Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (Hiroshima Mon Amour), dies at 89
  • Jan 27 Robert Ellis Miller, American film director, dies at 89
  • Jan 28 Geoff Nicholls, British rock keyboardist (Black Sabbath, 1980-2013), dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 31 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72
  • Jan 31 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • Feb 1 Desmond Carrington, British radio host (The Music Goes Round), dies at 90
  • Feb 1 Étienne Tshisekedi, Congolese opposition leader, dies at 84
  • Feb 1 Ken Morrison, English supermarket tycoon (Morrisons), dies at 85
  • Feb 4 Gervase de Peyer, British clarinetist, dies at 89
  • Feb 4 Steve Lang, Canadian rock bassist (April Wine, 1976-84 - "Just Between You And Me"), dies at 67
  • Feb 5 Thomas Lux, American poet (Split Horizon), dies of cancer at 70
  • Feb 6 "Professor" Irwin Corey, American comedian (Car Wash, Doc), dies at 102
  • Feb 6 Alec McCowen, English actor (Frenzy), dies at 91
  • Feb 6 Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby union halfback (89 Tests; Bulls), dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • Feb 6 Roger Walkowiak, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1956), dies at 89
  • Feb 7 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of cancer at 71
  • Feb 7 Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist, known as "The Fiddling Viking" (The Swe-Danes), dies at 100
  • Feb 8 Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, dies in prison at 77
  • Feb 8 Nicolai Gedda, Swedish opera tenor (Opera Two to Six), dies at 91
  • Feb 8 Peter Mansfield, British Physician whose discoveries led to MRI (2003 Nobel Prize), dies at 83
  • Feb 8 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, dies at 45

Mike Ilitch

Feb 10 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), dies at 87

  • Feb 11 Harvey Lichtenstein, American head of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), dies at 76
  • Feb 13 Michael Naura, German jazz pianist, radio broadcaster, editor and anti-nuclear proliferation activist, dies at 82
  • Feb 13 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, dies at 93
  • Feb 16 Dick Bruna, Dutch illustrator (Miffy books), dies at 89
  • Feb 17 Alan Aldridge, British artist, graphic designer and illustrator whose artwork was used in record covers for The Beatles and The Who, dies at 73
  • Feb 17 Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, dies at 97
  • Feb 17 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), dies at 85
  • Feb 17 Robert H. Michel, American politician (Rep-R-IL, 1957-95), dies at 93
  • Feb 17 Warren Frost, American actor (Twin Peaks, Matlock, Seinfeld), dies at 91
  • Feb 18 Norma McCorvey, American abortion activist (Jane Roe in Roe vs Wade) who later became pro-life, dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Igor Shafarevich, Russian mathematician, dies at 93
  • Feb 19 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Kenneth Arrow, American economist, (Nobel Prize 1972), dies at 95
  • Feb 21 Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Polish-American conductor (Minnesota Orchestra, 1960-79) and composer (Passacaglia Immaginaria), dies at 93
  • Feb 22 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76
  • Feb 22 Eni Faleomavaega, American-Samoan politician (3rd Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa), dies at 73
  • Feb 22 Fritz Koenig, German sculptor (Sphere at World Trade Center), dies at 92
  • Feb 22 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 91
  • Feb 23 Derek Ibbotson, English 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 84
  • Feb 23 Lord David Waddington, British politician (Home Secretary 1989-90), dies at 87
  • Feb 24 Faye Glenn Abdellah, American pioneer in nursing research and US government official (health services), dies at 97
  • Feb 25 Bill Paxton, American actor (True Lies; Twister; Big Love), dies from surgical complications at 61
  • Feb 25 Boaz Vaadia, Israeli-born sculptor who worked in America, dies of cancer at 65
  • Feb 26 Dimiter Khristov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 83
  • Feb 26 Gerald Kaufman, British Labour MP, dies at 86
  • Feb 26 James E. Sellars, American composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 26 Joseph Wapner, American judge (People's Court), dies at 97
  • Feb 26 Robert Allworth, Australian composer (A Different Time, A Different Place), dies at 74
  • Feb 27 Jórunn Viðar, Icelandic pianist and composer, dies at 98
  • Feb 28 Claude Rene Georges Pascal, French composer, dies at 96
  • Feb 28 Leoncjusz Ciuciura, Polish classical composer (Spirals), dies at 86 [1] [2]
  • Feb 28 Nicholas Mosley, British novelist, biographer and son of Oswald Mosley, dies at 93
  • Mar 1 Paula Fox, American writer (The Slave Dancer), dies at 92
  • Mar 2 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1994), dies of cancer at 76
  • Mar 3 Jim Fuller, American 'Godfather of Surf Guitar' and songwriter (The Safaris - "Wipe Out"), dies at 69
  • Mar 3 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, dies at 87
  • Mar 3 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • Mar 3 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French soccer attacking midfielder (45 caps; Angers, Reims, Real Madrid; Ballon d'Or 1958; 'the Napoleon of football'), dies at 85

René Préval

Mar 3 René Préval, President of Haiti (1996-2001, 2006-2011), dies of cardiac arrest at 74

  • Mar 3 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), dies at 73
  • Mar 3 Tommy Page, American pop singer ("I'll Be Your Everything"), found dead of apparent suicide at 46
  • Mar 4 Clayton Yeutter, American trade negotiator and Republican National chairman, dies at 86
  • Mar 4 Mother Divine [Edna Rose Ritchings], American cult leader of the International Peace Mission Movement, dies at 91
  • Mar 4 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, dies at 90
  • Mar 4 Valerie Carter, American folk-rock singer-songwriter, and session vocalist, dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Mar 5 Anthony Beilenson, American politician (Rep-D-California, 1977-97), dies at 84
  • Mar 5 Kurt Moll, German bass opera singer, dies at 78
  • Mar 5 Leonard Manasseh, British architect (Rutherford School), dies at 100
  • Mar 6 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, dies at79
  • Mar 6 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), dies at 94
  • Mar 7 Hans Dehmelt, German-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 1989), dies at 94
  • Mar 7 Lynne Stewart, American defense attorney (known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants), dies at 77
  • Mar 8 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, dies at 94
  • Mar 9 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 (Joan) "Joni" Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge "We Are Family"), dies at 60
  • Mar 10 Gido Kokars, Latvian choral conductor, dies at 95
  • Mar 10 John Surtees, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), dies of respiratory failure at 83
  • Mar 10 Robert James Waller, American author (Bridges of Madison County), dies at 77
  • Mar 12 Luigi Barbarito, Italian prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 94
  • Mar 13 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), dies at 86
  • Mar 13 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), dies at 89
  • Mar 15 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), dies at 95
  • Mar 16 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, dies at 81
  • Mar 16 Torgny Lindgren, Swedish writer (The Way of a Serpent) dies at 78
  • Mar 17 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, dies at 87

Chuck Berry

Mar 18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), dies at 90

  • Mar 18 Don Hunstein, American photographer of musicians, dies at 88
  • Mar 18 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, dies at 80
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Breslin, American author and columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), dies at 88
  • Mar 19 Ken Still, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • Mar 19 Mary Maples Dunn, American college president (Smith College), dies at 85
  • Mar 19 Roger Pingeon, French cylist (Tour de France 1967 champion), dies at 76
  • Mar 20 David Rockefeller, American CEO (Chase Manhattan Bank) and philanthropist, dies at 101
  • Mar 20 George Weinberg, American psychotherapist (coined "homophobia"), dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Leticia Ramos-Shahani, Filipino Senator, lawmaker and women's rights activist who led the drafting of the international women’s bill of rights, dies of colon cancer at 87
  • Mar 21 Chuck Barris, american TV game show producer and host (Gong Show), dies at 87
  • Mar 21 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86

Martin McGuinness

Mar 21 Martin McGuinness, Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member, dies of the rare heart condition amyloidosis at 66

  • Mar 22 Dallas Green, American baseball manager and pitcher (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 82
  • Mar 22 Francine Hughes Wilson, American domestic abuse victim "The Burning Bed" who changed pubic perceptions, dies at 69
  • Mar 23 Lola Albright, American singer and actress (Delta Country, Kid Galahad, A Cold Wind in August), dies at 92
  • Mar 23 Louis Frémaux, French conductor (Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, 1956-65; City of Birmingham Symphony, 1969-78; Sydney Symphony, 1979-82), dies at 95
  • Mar 25 Roberta Hazard, American retired Rear Admiral (US Navy), dies at 82
  • Mar 26 Alain Gagnon, Canadian composer (Chansons d'Orient), and music educator (Université Laval, 1967-2008), dies at 78
  • Mar 26 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), dies at 71
  • Mar 26 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), dies at 69
  • Mar 27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • Mar 27 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), dies at 74
  • Mar 27 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • Mar 28 Ahmed "Kathy" Kathrada, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, dies at 87
  • Mar 28 Christine Kaufmann, Austrian-born actress (Town Without Pity, Red Lips), dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Janine Sutto, French Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), dies of natural causes at 95
  • Mar 28 Ronald Hines, British actor (Not in Front of the Children, Pack of Lies), dies at 87
  • Mar 29 Alexei Abrikosov, Russian-born American physicist (Nobel Prize 2003), dies at 88
  • Mar 30 Donald Harvey, American serial killer, healthcare worker who killed at least 37 patients, dies after being attacked in prison at 64
  • Mar 30 Rosalie “Rosie” Hamlin, American singer-songwriter (Rosie and The Originals – “Angel Baby”), dies at 71
  • Mar 31 Gilbert Baker, American gay activist, designed the rainbow flag, dies at 65
  • Mar 31 James Rosenquist, American pop artist, dies at 83
  • Mar 31 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 3 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84
  • Apr 5 María Luisa Ozaita, Spanish pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist, conductor, and composer (Pelleas y Melisanda), dies at 77
  • Apr 6 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), dies at 91
  • Apr 6 Don Rickles, American comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), dies at 90
  • Apr 7 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), dies at 70
  • Apr 8 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), dies at 88
  • Apr 8 Georgy Grechko, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14), dies at 85
  • Apr 9 Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), dies at 72
  • Apr 9 Bob Wootton, American guitarist, dies at 75
  • Apr 9 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), dies at 95
  • Apr 10 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Apr 11 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J. Geils Band - Centerfold), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Toby Smith [Grafftey-Smith], British keyboardist and songwriter, dies of cancer at 46
  • Apr 12 Barry “Frosty” Smith, American rock, country and blues touring and session drummer (Lee Michaels; Roky Erikson; Doug Sahm), dies at 71
  • Apr 13 Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian, dies at 75
  • Apr 14 Manfred Jung, German operatic tenor (Wagner's heldentenor roles), dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Allan Holdsworth, British progressive rock guitarist, dies at 70
  • Apr 15 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die, Silver Streak), dies at 96
  • Apr 15 Sylvia Moy, American songwriter ("My Cherie Amour"; "This Old Heart Of Mine"; "It Takes Two"), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Apr 18 Gordon Langford [Colman], British composer and arranger of brass, choral, and orchestral music (Facets of Glass; Rhapsody for Trombone), dies at 86