Famous People Who Died in May 2017

  • May 1 Janet Pilgrim, American early playmate model for Playboy (July 1955, Dec 1955, Oct 1956), dies at 82
  • May 1 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97), dies at 78
  • May 1 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Minnesota Twins record 102 wins 1965), dies at 95
  • May 1 Stan Weston, American toy licensing agent, had concept for G.I. Joe, dies at 84
  • May 2 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto singer, dies of Parkinson's Disease at 89
  • May 2 Abelardo Castillo, Argentine writer and novelist, dies at 82
  • May 2 Grigori Zhislin, Russian concert violinist, and viola player, dies at 71
  • May 2 Leo Thorsness, American Vietnam War pilot (Medal of Honor), dies at 85
  • May 2 Vincent Baggetta, American actor (Lou-Chicago Story), dies at 72
  • May 3 Daliah Lavi [Levinbuck], Israeli actress (Casino Royale: Lord Jim), and singer, dies at 74
  • May 3 Lukas Ammann, Swiss actor (Graf Yoster; Day of Anger; Class Reunion; Palace Hotel), dies of complications from surgery at 104
  • May 4 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), dies at 95
  • May 5 Adolph Kiefer, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1936), dies at 98
  • May 6 Steven Holcomb, American Bobsledder (Olympic gold, 2010), dies in his sleep, with mix of alcohol and prescription medication found in his blood, at 37
  • May 7 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, dies at 92
  • May 8 Robert Gutter, American conductor and teacher (founded International Institute for Conductors, 1996), dies at 78
  • May 9 Michael Parks, American actor (Tusk, Then Came Bronson), dies at 77
  • May 9 Qian Qichen, Chinese diplomat & vice premier, dies at 89
  • May 9 Robert Miles [Roberto Concina], Swiss musician, record producer, and composer of trance and ambient music ("Children"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 47
  • May 10 Geoffrey Bayldon, British stage and screen actor (Catweazle; Worzel Gummidge - "Crowman"), dies at 93
  • May 11 Jur Mellema, Dutch politician (CHU), dies at 93
  • May 11 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86
  • May 12 Bill Dowdy, American jazz drummer (The Three Sounds), dies at 84
  • May 12 Mauno Koivisto, President of Finland (1982-94), dies at 93
  • May 12 Michael Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (NFL receiving TD leader 1996; Baltimore Ravens), dies in a motorcycle accident at 48
  • May 14 Brad Grey, American film and TV producer (Sopranos), Chairman of Paramount Pictures, dies of cancer at 59
  • May 14 Elske ter Veld, Dutch politician (State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment), dies at 72
  • May 14 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 52; Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 94
  • May 14 Powers Boothe, American Actor (Sin City, Deadwood), dies at 68
  • May 15 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), dies in prison at 79
  • May 18 Chris Cornell, American musician (Soundgarden, Audioslave), commits suicide at 52
  • May 18 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, dies of kidney disease at 51
  • May 18 Jacque Fresco, American industrial designer & founder of the Venus Project, dies at 101
  • May 18 Jimmy "Bro" Hayes, American doo-wop bass singer (Persuasions - "Under the Boardwalk"), dies at 74
  • May 18 Roger Ailes, American TV executive & CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), dies at 77
  • May 20 Jimmy Dale, British-Canadian pianist and orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • May 22 (Granville) "Mickey" Roker, American jazz drummer (Art Farmer; Milt Jackson; Dizzy Gillespie), dies suffering from diabetes and lung cancer at 84
  • May 22 Barbara Smith Conrad, American operatic mezzo-soprano singer, and educator (Wagner Theater), dies at 79
  • May 22 Dina Merrill, American actress (Operation Petticoat, Butterfield 8), dies at 93
  • May 22 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35
  • May 23 Alexander Burdonsky, Russian theater director and Joseph Stalin's grandson, dies at 75
  • May 23 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)dies at 48

Roger MooreRoger Moore (1927-2017)

May 23 British actor (The Saint, James Bond), dies at 89

  • May 25 Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), dies at 91

Jim BunningJim Bunning (1931-2017)

May 26 American Baseball HOF pitcher (9 x MLB All-Star; perfect game 1964; no-hitter 1958; Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies) and politician (US Senator Kentucky 1999-2011; US Representative 1987-99), dies of a stroke at 85

  • May 26 John Severson, founder of 'Surfer' magazine and artist (known for his depictions of surf culture), dies of cancer at 83
  • May 26 Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-American national security advisor to President Carter (1977-1981), dies at 89
  • May 27 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), dies of cancer at 69
  • May 28 Elisabeth Chojnacka, Polish harpsichordist, with works dedicated to her by over 80 composers, dies at 79
  • May 28 John Noakes, British TV presenter, dies at 83
  • May 29 Constantine Mitsotakis [Konstantinos Mitsotakis], Prime Minister of Greece (1990 –1993), dies at 98

Manuel NoriegaManuel Noriega (1934-2017)

May 29 Panamanian general and dictator (1983-89), dies at 83

  • May 30 Elena Verdugo, American actress (Little Giant, Cavalier of the West), dies at 92
  • May 30 Wendell Burton, American actor (New Dick Van Dyke Show - "Lucas"; The Sterile Cuckoo), dies of brain cancer at 69
  • May 31 Jiří Bělohlávek, Czech conductor (Czech Philharmonic, 1990-92 & 2012-17; Prague Philharmonia, 1993-2005; BBC Symphony, 2006-12), dies of cancer at 71