On This Day

Famous People Who Died in March 2017

  • 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 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', dies at 85

Person of interestRené Préval

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

President of Haiti René Préval
President of Haiti
René Préval
  • Mar 3 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • Mar 3 Stephen Ross, American economist (arbitrage pricing theory), dies at 73
  • Mar 3 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, dies at 87
  • Mar 4 Thomas Starzl, American surgeon, performed 1st successful liver transplant, dies at 90
  • 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 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 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), dies at 84
  • Mar 6 Alberto Zedda, Italian opera conductor and musicologist, dies at79

  • 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 7 Francis Thorne, American composer (Fortuna; Elegy), dies at 94
  • Mar 8 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, dies at 94
  • Mar 9 Howard Hodgkin, British abstract painter, dies at 84
  • Mar 10 Robert James Waller, American author (Bridges of Madison County), dies at 77
  • Mar 10 [Joan] Joni Sledge, American vocalist (Sister Sledge "We Are Family"), dies at 60
  • Mar 10 John Surtees CBE, 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 Gido Kokars, Latvian choral conductor, dies at 95
  • 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 17 Derek Walcott, Caribbean poet (Omeros), Nobel Prize for Literature 1992, dies at 87

Person of interestChuck Berry

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

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • Mar 18 Trisha Brown, American choreographer and dancer, dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Don Hunstein, American photographer of musicians, dies at 88
  • Mar 19 Ken Still, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • Mar 19 Jimmy Breslin, American author and columnist (NY Post, News, Newsday), dies at 88

  • 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

Person of interestMartin McGuinness

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

Sinn Féin Leader Martin McGuinness
Sinn Féin Leader
Martin McGuinness
  • Mar 21 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86
  • Mar 21 Chuck Barris, american TV game show producer and host (Gong Show), dies at 87
  • 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 25 Roberta Hazard, American retired Rear Admiral (US Navy), dies at 82
  • Mar 26 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), dies at 69
  • Mar 26 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter (credited with making rotational technique popular), dies at 71
  • Mar 27 David Storey, British novelist and playwright (This Sporting Life), dies at 83
  • Mar 27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • Mar 27 Chelsea Brown, American comedienne (Laugh-in, Matt Lincoln), dies at 74
  • 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 Ronald Hines, British actor (Not in Front of the Children, Pack of Lies), dies at 87
  • Mar 28 Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), dies of natural causes at 95
  • 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 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