On This Day

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 John Berger, English art critic & author (Ways of Seeing), dies at 90
  • Jan 2 Jean Vuarnet, French alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1960; World C'ship gold 1960), dies after a stroke at 83
  • Jan 3 Igor Volk, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz T-12) & test pilot, dies at 79
  • Jan 4 Georges Prêtre, French conductor known for interpretation, 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 Douglas Wass, British civil servant (Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury, 1974-83), dies at 93

Person of interestMário 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

President of Portugal Mário Soares
President of Portugal
Mário Soares
  • 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 Roy Innis, American activist, leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, dies at 82
  • Jan 8 Peter Sarstedt, British musician (Where do you go to my lovely), dies at 75
  • Jan 8 Buddy Bregman, American orchestra leader and arranger (Eddie Fisher Show; Ella Fitzgerald's Cole Porter Songbook), dies at 86 from Alzheimer's disease complications
  • Jan 9 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-born sociologist (Modernity and the Holocaust), dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Warren Allen Smith, American gay rights activist and writer, dies at 95
  • Jan 10 Tony Rosato, Italian-born Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), dies at 63
  • Jan 10 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90

  • 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

Person of interestClare Hollingworth

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

Journalist Clare Hollingworth
Journalist
Clare Hollingworth
  • Jan 11 François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), dies from cardiac arrest at 62

Person of interestWilliam Peter Blatty

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

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty
  • Jan 13 Dick Gautier, American stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Bye Bye Birdie), dies at 85
  • Jan 13 Anthony Armstrong-Jones [Lord Snowdon], British photographer and ex-husband of Princess Margaret, dies at 86
  • 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 Eugene Cernan, American NASA astronaut (12th person on the moon), dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Cuthbert Johnson, English musician and Benedictine abbot, dies at 70
  • Jan 18 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • 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 19 Miguel Ferrer, American actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), dies of cancer at 61
  • Jan 19 H. Boyd Woodruff, American microbiologist whose research led to antibiotics, dies at 99
  • Jan 21 Emma Tennant, English writer (Pemberley: Or, Pride and Prejudice Continued), dies at 79
  • Jan 21 Maggie Roche, Irish-American singer-songwriter (Roches), dies of cancer at 65
  • Jan 21 Veljo Tormis, Estonian composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 22 Jaki Liebesit, German rocker (Can), dies at 78
  • 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 23 Bobby Freeman, American singer (Do You Want to Dance), dies at 76
  • Jan 24 Butch Trucks, American drummer (The Allman Brothers Band), dies at 69

Person of interestMary Tyler Moore

Jan 25 Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People), dies at 80

  • Jan 25 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), dies at 77
  • Jan 25 Robert Garcia, American politician hit by Wedtech scandal (Rep-D-NY, 1978-83), dies at 84
  • Jan 25 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian English writer (Price of Bride), dies at 72
  • 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 Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (Hiroshima Mon Amour), dies at 89
  • Jan 27 Robert Ellis Miller, American film director, dies at 89
  • Jan 31 John Wetton, British rock vocalist and bassist (Asia, King Crimson), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jan 31 Deke [Roger] Leonard, Welsh rock musician (Man), dies at 72