On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2017 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 488

  • May 1 Janet Pilgrim, American early playmate model for Playboy (July 1955, Dec 1955, Oct 1956), dies at 82
  • 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), 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 at 37
  • May 7 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, dies at 92
  • 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 11 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86
  • May 11 Jur Mellema, Dutch politician (CHU), 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 12 Mauno Koivisto, President of Finland (1982-94), dies at 93
  • May 14 Brad Grey, American film and TV producer (Sopranos), Chairman of Paramount Pictures, dies of cancer at 59

  • May 14 Powers Boothe, American Actor (Sin City, Deadwood), dies at 68
  • May 14 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 52; Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 94
  • May 14 Elske ter Veld, Dutch politician (State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment), dies at 72
  • 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 Roger Ailes, American TV executive & CEO of Fox News (1996-2016), dies at 77
  • 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 20 Jimmy Dale, British-Canadian pianist and orchestra leader (The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • May 22 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35
  • May 22 Dina Merrill, American actress (Operation Petticoat, Butterfield 8), dies at 93

Person of interestRoger Moore

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

  • May 23 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)dies at 48
  • May 23 Alexander Burdonsky, Russian theater director and Joseph Stalin's grandson, dies at 75
  • May 25 Sir Alistair Horne, British historian and journalist (A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962), dies at 91
  • May 26 Zbigniew Brzezinski, Polish-American national security advisor to President Carter (1977-1981), dies at 89
  • May 26 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, politician (perfect game vs Mets 1965, Rep. Senator-Ky), 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 27 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), dies of cancer at 69

  • May 28 John Noakes, British TV presenter, dies at 83

Person of interestManuel Noriega

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

Panamanian General and Dictator Manuel Noriega
Panamanian General and Dictator
Manuel Noriega
  • May 29 Constantine Mitsotakis [Konstantinos Mitsotakis], Prime Minister of Greece (1990 –1993), dies at 98
  • May 30 Elena Verdugo, American actress (Little Giant, Cavalier of the West), dies at 92
  • Jun 1 Roberto De Vicenzo, Argentine golfer (British Open 1967; US Masters 1968 runner-up), dies at 94
  • Jun 1 Jack McCloskey, American basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers 1972-74) and executive (GM Detroit Pistons NBA C'ship 1989, 90), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • Jun 2 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), dies at 96
  • Jun 3 Jimmy Piersall, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1954, 56; his bipolar disorder subject book & film, "Fear Strikes Out"), dies at 87
  • Jun 6 Adnan Khashoggi, Saudi businessman (arms dealing), dies at 81
  • Jun 6 Paul Zukofsky, American violinist and conductor (Cappricio), dies from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 73
  • Jun 9 Adam West [William West Anderson], American actor (Batman, Last Precinct) dies from leukemia at 88
  • Jun 10 Samuel V. Wilson, American ex-director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and former Army lieutenant general, dies of lung cancer at 93
  • Jun 13 Anita Pallenberg, Italian model and actress credited as the muse of the Rolling Stones, dies of complications of hepatitis C. at 75
  • Jun 13 A. R. Gurney, American playwright (The Dining Room), dies at 86
  • Jun 15 Jacques Charpentier, French organist and composer (72 études karnatiques), dies at 83
  • Jun 15 John Robert Jones [John Dalmas], American sci-fi author (White Regiment, Lizard War), dies at 90
  • Jun 15 Aleksey Batalov, Russian actor named a People's Artist of the USSR (1976) and a Hero of Socialist Labour (1989), dies at 88
  • Jun 15 James W. McCord Jr., American CIA officer who led the Watergate break-in, dies of pancreatic cancer at 93

Person of interestHelmut Kohl

Jun 16 Helmut Kohl, German chancellor (West Germany, 1982-90, unified Germany, 1990-98), dies at 87

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl
German Chancellor
Helmut Kohl
  • Jun 16 Stephen Furst, American actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere) dies from diabetes complications at 63
  • Jun 16 John G. Avildsen, American film director (Rocky, The Karate Kid), dies of cancer at 81
  • Jun 18 Hope Ryden, American wildlife activist and photographer, dies at 87
  • Jun 18 Lord Joffe [Joel Goodman Joffe], South African-born British lawyer (instructing solicitor for Nelson Mandela’s defence team) and businessman, dies at 85
  • Jun 20 Prodigy [Albert Johnson], American rapper (Mobb Deep), dies at 42
  • Jun 21 Ludger Rémy, German harpsichordist, conductor (Les Amis de Philippe), and musicologist, dies at 68
  • Jun 22 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), dies at 92
  • Jun 22 Hervé Filion, Canadian harness racing driver (World Driving C'ship 1970; Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year 1969-74, 76, 78, 81, 89), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • Jun 25 Gordon Wilson, Scottish politician (Leader of the Scottish National Party), dies at 79
  • Jun 25 Bill Dana [William Szathmary], American comedian, characters actor (José Jiménez) and screenwriter (The Nude Bomb, The Bill Dana Show), dies at 92
  • Jun 25 George "Skip" Homeier, American actor (Boys Ranch, Beachhead, Dan Raven, Interns), dies of spinal myelopathy at 86
  • Jun 27 Geri Allen, American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, and educator, dies of cancer at 60 [1]
  • Jul 1 Norman Dorsen, American lawyer, human rights advocate and president of the American Civil Liberties Union, dies of complications from a stroke at 86
  • Jul 1 Heathcote Williams [John Henly Heathcote Williams], British poet, actor and political activist, dies at 75
  • Jul 2 Vladislav Rastorotsky, Soviet gymnastics coach, dies at 84
  • Jul 2 Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player (Women's Soviet Chess Championship 1960, 62, 63), dies at 81
  • Jul 3 Spencer Johnson, American author (Who Moved My Cheese?), dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • Jul 4 Gene Conley, American MLB player and NBA player, dies at 86
  • Jul 5 Pierre Henry, French composer (considered pioneer of musique concrète), dies at 89
  • Jul 5 Irina Ratushinskaya, Soviet dissident poet (Beyond the Limit), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jul 6 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss football player and manager, dies at 82
  • Jul 6 Thomas E. Sanders, American aerial cameraman (Living Daylights), dies at 63
  • Jul 8 Elsa Martinelli, Italian actress (Indian Fighter), dies at 82
  • Jul 8 Nelsan Ellis, American actor (True Blood), dies of complications from heart failure at 39
  • Jul 10 Betty Dukes, American Walmart employee who fought against gender discrimination (2001 Betty Dukes v. Walmart lawsuit) dies at 67
  • Jul 12 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, dies from colorectal cancer at 72
  • Jul 12 Scharlette Holdman, American death penalty mitigation specialist, dies at 70

Person of interestLiu Xiaobo

Jul 13 Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer and human rights activist, dies from liver cancer at 61

Writer and Human Rights Activist Liu Xiaobo
Writer and Human Rights Activist
Liu Xiaobo
  • Jul 14 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian mathematician, dies of breast cancer at 40
  • Jul 15 Martin Landau, American actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Ed Wood), dies at 89
  • Jul 15 Babe Parilli, American football player, dies at 87

Person of interestGeorge A. Romero

Jul 16 George A. Romero, American Canadian filmmaker "Father of the Zombie Film" (Night of the Living Dead), dies at 77

  • Jul 20 Chester Bennington, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park), commits suicide at 41
  • Jul 21 John Heard, American actor (Home Alone, Cat People, Big), dies at 71
  • Jul 21 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, dies from motor neurone disease at 56
  • Jul 22 Bobby Taylor, American singer and producer who discovered "The Jackson 5" (Motown Records), dies of cancer at 83

  • Jul 23 Mervyn Rose, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1954, French C'ships 1958)), dies at 87
  • Jul 25 Barbara Sinatra, American model and philanthropist, dies at 90
  • Jul 25 Hywel Bennett, Welsh, actor (Family Way, Shelley), dies at 73
  • Jul 26 June Foray, American voice actress (Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who), dies at 99
  • Jul 27 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor and playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), dies at 73
  • Jul 29 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies from pneumonia at 74
  • Jul 31 Jeanne Moreau, French actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim), dies at 89
  • Aug 1 Goldy McJohn, Canadian musician (Steppenwolf), dies at 72
  • Aug 3 Robert Hardy, British actor (Harry Potter, All Creatures Great and Small), dies at 91
  • Aug 3 Theodore "Ted" Stanley, American anesthesiologist and medical entrepreneur (created the fentanyl lollipop), dies at 77
  • Aug 3 Ty Hardin [Orison Hungerford Jr.], American actor (Riptide, Bronco), dies at 87
  • Aug 5 Doug Insole, English cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests), dies at 91
  • Aug 5 Mark White, American politician, lawyer, and 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-7), dies at 77
  • Aug 6 Darren Daulton, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1992, 93, 95; World Series 1997; Silver Slugger Award 1992; Philadelphia Phillies), dies of brain cancer at 55
  • Aug 6 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), dies at 79
  • Aug 7 David Henry Maslanka, American composer (Angel Of Mercy; Sea Dreams), and educator, dies of colon cancer at 73

Person of interestGlen Campbell

Aug 8 Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), dies at 81

Country Singer Glen Campbell
Country Singer
Glen Campbell
  • Aug 8 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89
  • Aug 9 Al McCandless, American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Kim Wall, Swedish journalist killed investigating Danish inventor Peter Madsen, dies at 30 [or 11th Aug]
  • Aug 15 Vernon "Vern" Ehlers, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives), dies of complications from Alzheimers disease at 83
  • Aug 18 Brian Aldiss, British sci-fi author (Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, Helliconia trilogy), dies at 92
  • Aug 18 Zoe Laskari, Greek actress, dies at 72
  • Aug 18 Bruce Forsyth, British entertainer and presenter (The Generation Game), dies at 89
  • Aug 19 Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), dies of heart failure at 84
  • Aug 19 Charles R. Bentley, American pioneer or polar science, dies from complications of Parkinson’s disease at 87
  • Aug 19 Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple; Heart and Soul), dies at 100

Person of interestJerry Lewis

Aug 20 Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), dies at 91

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Aug 20 Wilhelm Killmayer, German composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 20 Fredell Lack, American concert violinist, and teacher (University of Houston, 1959-2009), dies at 95

  • Aug 21 Thomas Meehan, American writer (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), dies at 88
  • Aug 22 Rafael "Felo" Ramírez, Cuban-American Spanish language sports announcer (Miami Marlins), dies at 94
  • Aug 22 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • Aug 23 [Jacob] "Jack" Rosenthal, American journalist and government official, dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • Aug 23 Susan Vreeland, American author (The Passion of Artemisia), dies at 71
  • Aug 24 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), dies of cancer at 69
  • Aug 24 Charlie Robertson, American politician (mayor of York, Pennsylvania 1994-2002), dies of cancer at 83
  • Aug 28 Bobby Boyd, American NFL cornerback (5 × All-Pro 1964–1968; NFL interceptions leader 1965; Baltimore Colts), dies of bladder cancer at 79
  • Aug 29 Janine Charrat, French ballerina and choreographer, dies at 93
  • Aug 29 Dmitri Kogan, Russian concert violinist (Five Great Violins), dies of cancer at 38
  • Aug 29 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), dies at 95
  • Aug 31 Richard Anderson, American actor (Oscar Goldman- The 6 Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman television series), dies at 91
  • Aug 31 Edward du Cann, British politician and Chairman of the Conservative Party (1965-67), dies at 93
  • Sep 1 Novella Nelson, American actress (Antwone Fisher, Purlie, Chiefs), dies at 78
  • Sep 2 Halim El-Dabh, Egyptian-American composer (Martha Graham Ballets), dies at 96
  • Sep 2 Murray Lerner, American documentary and experimental film director and producer (Secrets of the Reef), dies at 90
  • Sep 2 Dave Hlubek, American rock guitarist (Molly Hatchet), dies at 66

Person of interestWalter Becker

Sep 3 Walter Becker, American rock bassist, guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Steely Dan - "Deacon Blues"; "Peg"), dies of esophageal cancer at 67

Musician and Record Producer Walter Becker
Musician and Record Producer
Walter Becker
  • Sep 3 Sugar Ramos [Ultiminio Ramos], Cuban-Mexican boxer (World Featherweight champion 1963-64), dies at 75
  • Sep 3 John Ashbery, American poet (Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror), dies at 90
  • Sep 5 Holger Czukay [Holger Schüring], German musician (Can), dies at 79
  • Sep 6 Jim McDaniels, American basketball forward (All American 1971; Western Kentucky Uni; No. 1 overall pick ABA Draft 1971; ABA All-Star 1972; Carolina Cougars), dies from diabetes complications at 69
  • Sep 6 Derek David Bourgeois, British composer, conductor and educator (National Youth Chamber Orchestra), dies of cancer at 75
  • Sep 7 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Sep 8 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), dies from emphysema at 78
  • Sep 8 Pierre Bergé, French industrialist and co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent Couture House, dies at 86
  • Sep 10 Harry Landers [Sorokin], American actor (Star Trek, Ben Casey, Drive a Crooked Road), dies at 96
  • Sep 11 Peter Hall, English stage, film and opera director (Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre director), dies at 86
  • Sep 12 Edith Windsor [née Schlain], American LGBT rights activist (lead plaintiff in United States v. Windsor), dies at 88
  • Sep 12 Riem de Wolff, Indonesian-Dutch singer and guitarist (Blue Diamonds), dies at 74

  • Sep 13 Frank Vincent, American actor (The Sopranos), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Sep 13 Pete Domenici, American politician, U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1973-2009), dies at 85
  • Sep 13 Grant Hart, American punk rock drummer and songwriter (Hüsker Dü), dies of liver cancer at 56
  • Sep 14 Basi, world's oldest giant panda in captivity, dies in Fuzhou, China, at 37
  • Sep 15 Harry Dean Stanton, American actor, musician, and singer (Lucky, Alien, Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II), dies at 91
  • Sep 17 Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, American pro wrestling manager, colour commentator and wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame), dies of throat cancer at 72
  • Sep 17 Laudir de Oliveira, Brazilian percussionist (Chicago), died on stage of a heart attack at 77
  • Sep 19 Billy Hatton, English rock bassist (The Fourmost - A Little Loving), dies at 76
  • Sep 19 David Shepherd, British painter (paintings of steam locomotives), dies at 86

Person of interestJake LaMotta

Sep 19 Jake LaMotta, American boxer (world middleweight champion 1949-51, immortalised in 'Raging Bull'), dies at 95

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • Sep 19 Bernie Casey, American actor (Boxcar Bertha, Rent-a-Cop), dies at 78
  • Sep 21 Liliane de Bettencourt, French heir to L'Oreal and richest woman in the world from 2016, dies at 94
  • Sep 23 Tsisana Tatishvili, Georgian lyric-dramatic soprano, dies at 79
  • Sep 24 Joseph M. McDade, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania, 1963-1999), dies at 85
  • Sep 25 Anthony "Tony" Booth, British actor and father of Cherie Blair (Till Death Us Do Part), dies at 85
  • Sep 25 Folke Rabe, Swedish avant-garde composer (What??) dies at 81
  • Sep 26 Robert Delpire, French publisher, editor and photographer, dies at 91

Person of interestHugh Hefner

Sep 27 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), dies of natural causes at 91

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • Sep 27 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90
  • Sep 27 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), dies at 94
  • Sep 28 Vann Molyvann, Cambodian architect (New Khmer architecture), dies at 90
  • Sep 29 Ludmila Belousova, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 81
  • Sep 30 Monty Hall, Canadian-American TV game show host (Let's Make a Deal), dies at 96
  • Sep 30 Alam Thomas "Tom" Paley, American folk musician (New Lost City Ramblers), dies at 89
  • Sep 30 Elizabeth Baur, American actress (Fran-Ironside, Teresa-Lancer), dies at 69
  • Oct 1 Samuel I Newhouse Jr., American magazine publisher (Parade, Vogue, Vanity Fair), dies at 89
  • Oct 1 Arthur "Art" Janov, American psychologist and psychotherapist notable for creating primal therapy (The Primal Scream), dies of natural causes at 93
  • Oct 2 Tom Petty, American classic rock singer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), dies of an accidental overdose at 66
  • Oct 2 Robert Yates, American auto racing team owner and engine builder (Yates Racing, NASCAR), dies from cancer at 74

Person of interestJalal Talabani

Oct 3 Jalal Talabani, Iraqi-Kurdish politician and President of Iraq (2005-2014), dies at 83

6th President of Iraq Jalal Talabani
6th President of Iraq
Jalal Talabani

  • Oct 3 Michel Jouvet, French neuroscientist and medical researcher who discovered the region of the brain that controls rapid eye movement (REM sleep), dies at 91
  • Oct 3 Isabella Karle, American scientist who was instrumental in developing techniques to extract plutonium chloride, dies from a brain tumor at 95
  • Oct 4 Liam Cosgrave, Irish politician (Fine Gael Party), dies at 97
  • Oct 6 Terry Downes, British middleweight boxing champion (1961-62), dies at 81
  • Oct 8 Jerry Kleczka, American politician (Rep-D-WI, 1984-2005), dies at 73
  • Oct 8 Y. A. Tittle, American NFL quarterback (Baltimore, San Francisco, NY Giants, MVP 1963), dies at 90
  • Oct 9 Hervé Leroux, French fashion designer and founder of Hervé Léger fashion house, dies from a ruptured aneurysm at 60
  • Oct 9 Jean Rochefort, French actor (Man on the Train, The Artist and the Model), dies at 87
  • Oct 12 Grape-kun, a Humbolt penguin from Tobu Zoo, who gained fame from the anime series "Kemono Friends", dies aged 21 (Miyashiro, Saitama Prefecture, Japan).
  • Oct 16 Daphne Caruana Galizia, Maltese journalist (Panama Papers), killed by a car bomb at 53
  • Oct 16 Sean Hughes, Irish stand-up comedian, writer and actor, dies at 51
  • Oct 16 Roy Dotrice, British actor (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Amadeus) and narrator (A Song of Ice and Fire), dies at 94
  • Oct 17 Ingvar Lidholm, Swedish composer (Toccata e Canto), dies at 95
  • Oct 17 Julian May, American sci-fi author (Golden Torc, Magnificat), dies at 86
  • Oct 17 Gordon Downie, Canadian rock musician (The Tragically Hip), dies of glioblastoma at 53
  • Oct 22 George Young, Scottish-Australian musician, songwriter and record producer (the Easybeats, Flash and the Pan), dies at 70
  • Oct 22 Paul J. Weitz, American test pilot and NASA astronaut (Skylab 2, STS 6), dies at 85

Person of interestFats Domino

Oct 24 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues star of the early rock ’n’ roll era (Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday), dies from natural causes at 89

Singer Fats Domino
Singer
Fats Domino
  • Oct 24 Robert Guillaume [Williams], American actor (Rafiki- The Lion King, Sports Night, Benson, Soap), dies at 89