Famous People Who Died in January 2017

  • 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 SoaresMário Soares (1924-2017)

Jan 7 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 HollingworthClare Hollingworth (1911-2017)

Jan 10 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

William Peter BlattyWilliam Peter Blatty (1928-2017)

Jan 12 American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, dies at 89

  • 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 MooreMary Tyler Moore (1936-2017)

Jan 25 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