On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2017 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 550

  • Apr 22 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), dies at 56
  • Apr 22 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), dies at 96
  • Apr 22 Václav Kučera, Czech composer (Concierto imaginativo; Homenaje a Salvador Dalí), dies at 87
  • Apr 23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • Apr 24 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), dies at 77
  • Apr 24 Agustín Edwards, Chilean media tycoon (El Mercurio), dies at 89
  • Apr 24 Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), dies at 90
  • Apr 26 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73
  • Apr 26 Raj Bagri, Indian-British merchant in metal, dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Vinod Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor (Mera Gaon Mera Desh), dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Julius Youngner, American virologist, helped develop Salk polio vaccine, dies at 96
  • Apr 28 Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • Apr 30 Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, dies in a climbing accident in Nepal at 40
  • May 1 Mike Lowry, American politician (Rep-D-WA, 1979-89, Governor of Washington 1993-97), dies at 78
  • May 1 Stan Weston, American toy licensing agent, had concept for G.I. Joe, dies at 84
  • May 1 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Minnesota Twins record 102 wins 1965), dies at 95
  • 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 2 (Mary) Norma Procter, British contralto singer, dies of Parkinson's Disease at 89
  • May 2 Grigori Zhislin, Russian concert violinist, and viola player, dies at 71
  • May 2 Abelardo Castillo, Argentine writer and novelist, dies at 82
  • 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 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
  • May 22 Barbara Smith Conrad, American operatic mezzo-soprano singer, and educator (Wagner Theater), dies at 79
  • May 22 (Granville) "Mickey" Roker, American jazz drummer (Art Farmer; Milt Jackson; Dizzy Gillespie), dies suffering from diabetes and lung cancer at 84

Roger 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

Jim Bunning

May 26 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame MLB pitcher, 1955-71 (9X All-Star; perfect game 1964; no-hitter 1958; Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies), and politician (US Senator from 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 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
  • May 28 Elisabeth Chojnacka, Polish harpsichordist, with works dedicated to her by over 80 composers, dies at 79
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 11 Rosalie Sorrels, American traditional folk singer-songwriter ("Up Is A Nice Place To Be"; "Nevada Moon"), dies at 83
  • Jun 12 Felice Taylor, American R&B singer (I Feel Love Comin' On), dies at 73
  • 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

Helmut Kohl

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

  • 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 19 Brian Kenny, British Army officer, deputy supreme allied commander (Europe), dies at 83
  • Jun 19 Brian Cant, British stage and screen actor and children's television presenter (Play School, 1964-85), dies at 83
  • 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 22 Jimmy Nalls, American session and touring rock-jazz-fusion guitarist (Sea Level), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 66
  • 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 baseball pitcher (4 x MLB All Star; Boston/Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies) and basketball forward (NBA C'ship 1959–1961; Boston Celtics), 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 7 Egil Monn-Iversen, Norwegian pianist, composer, and conductor (Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, 1981-96), dies at 89
  • Jul 7 Lala Rukh, Pakistani activist and abstract artist (Women’s Action Forum), dies at 69 [1]
  • 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 (Charles) "Chuck" Blazer, American soccer administrator, dies from colorectal cancer at 72
  • Jul 12 Scharlette Holdman, American death penalty mitigation specialist, dies at 70
  • Jul 12 Ray Phiri, South African jazz and mbaqanga guitarist (Paul Simon; Stimela), dies of cancer at 70

Liu Xiaobo

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

  • Jul 14 Maryam Mirzakhani, Iranian mathematician, dies of breast cancer at 40
  • Jul 15 Martin Landau, American actor (Ed Wood; North By Northwest; Mission Impossible; Space 1999), dies at 89
  • Jul 15 Babe Parilli, American football player, dies at 87

George A. Romero

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

  • Jul 18 Harvey Atkin, Canadian actor (Meatballs), dies at 74
  • 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 25 Ivana Loudová, Czech composer (Vocal Symphony), dies at 76
  • Jul 26 June Foray, American voice actress (Rocky the Flying Squirrel; Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who), dies at 99
  • Jul 26 Paul Angerer, Austrian violist, violinist, conductor (Concilium Musicum Wien), harpsichordist, composer and radio host, dies at 90
  • 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, [John Goadsby] Canadian rock organist (Steppenwolf - "Born To Be Wild"; "Magic Carpet Ride"), 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 (Olympic gold 100m, 200m, 4x100m 1956; 400m 1964), dies from dementia at 79
  • Aug 7 David Maslanka, American composer (Angel Of Mercy; Sea Dreams), and educator, dies of colon cancer at 73
  • Aug 7 Janet Seidel, Australian jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, and educator, dies of ovarian cancer at 62

Glen Campbell

Aug 8 Glen Campbell, American Grammy Award-winning country-pop singer ("By The Time I Get to Phoenix"; "Wichita Lineman"; "Rhinestone Cowboy"), session guitarist (The Beach Boys; Elvis Presley; The Monkees; Phil Specter), television personality (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), and actor (True Grit), dies at 81

  • Aug 8 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (The Music Man), dies at 89
  • Aug 9 Al McCandless, American Republican politician (Rep-R-CA 1983-95), dies at 90
  • Aug 9 Marián Varga, Slovak musician (Prúdy), dies at 70
  • Aug 10 Kim Wall, Swedish journalist killed investigating Danish inventor Peter Madsen, dies at 30 [or 11th Aug]
  • Aug 10 Xavier Benguerel, Catalan composer (Llibre Vermell; Jo, Dalí), dies at 86
  • Aug 14 Frank Broyles, American collegiate athlete, and administrator (University of Arkansas Athletic Director, 1974-2007), dies at 92
  • 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 pop singer ("Deep Purple" (the song, not the group); "Heart and Soul"), and radio host, dies at 100

Jerry Lewis

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

  • 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 20 Colin Meads 'Pinetree', New Zealand rugby union player (All Black great), dies at 81
  • Aug 21 Thomas Meehan, American writer (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), dies at 88
  • Aug 21 Abdur Razzak, Bangladeshi actor and director (Ki Je Kori, Chandranath), dies at 75
  • 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 25 Enzo Dara, Italian operatic basso buffo (The Barber of Seville - "Don Bartolo"), and author, dies at 78
  • 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 pianist, darabukha drummer, and composer (Martha Graham ballet scores), 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

Walter Becker

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

  • 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 8 Catherine Hardy Lavender, American 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 87
  • 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