On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2017 (Part 3)

Deaths 401 - 500 of 500

  • 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
  • Oct 25 Jack Bannon, American actor (Art in Lou Grant, Trauma Center), dies at 77
  • Oct 25 John Manduell, British-based South African composer and educator (Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, 1973-96), dies at 89
  • Oct 27 Ladislav Kubík, Czech-American composer (Aulos; Subterranean River) and educator (Florida State University, 1990-2017), dies at 71
  • Oct 29 Dennis Banks, American activist (leader of the American Indian Movement), dies at 80
  • Oct 29 Muhal Richard Abrams, American educator and composer, dies at 87
  • Oct 30 M V Sridhar, Indian cricketer (scored 366 for Hyderabad v Andhra Pradesh 1994), dies of a heart attack at 51

  • Nov 1 Katie Lee, American folk singer, environmentalist and author (Colorado River Songs), dies at 98
  • Nov 1 Ray Robinson, American magazine editor and biographer (Lou Gehrig), dies of a stroke at 96
  • Nov 4 Gilbert Rogin, American journalist and author (The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated), dies at 87
  • Nov 6 Richard F. Gordon, Jr., American naval officer and astronaut (Gemini 11; Apollo 12), dies at 88
  • Nov 7 Robert De Cormier, American conductor and musical director (The Belafonte Folk Singers), dies at 95
  • Nov 7 Paul Buckmaster, British Grammy Award-winning artist, arranger, conductor and composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 7 Roy Halladay, American MLB pitcher, 1998-2013, 8X All-Star, 2X Cy Young Award (Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies), killed when piloting a plane acrobatically over the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Port Richey, Florida, while under the influence of painkillers and sleeping pills at 40
  • Nov 9 Fred Cole, American rock artist (The Lollipop Shoppe, Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows), dies from cancer at 69
  • Nov 9 John Hillerman, American actor (Magnum PI, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles), dies at 84
  • Nov 9 Hans Vermeulen, Dutch singer and guitarist (Sandy Coast), dies at 70
  • Nov 11 Francesco "Frank" Corsaro, American opera director (The Night of the Iguana, Play of the Week), dies at 92
  • Nov 12 Liz Smith [Mary Elizabeth], American journalist and gossip columnist known as "The Grand Dame of Dish" (WNBC, NY Daily News), dies at 94
  • Nov 12 Eric Salzman, American composer (New Musical Theater), dies at 84
  • Nov 12 Michel Chapuis, French classical organist and pedagogue, dies at 77
  • Nov 13 Bobby Doerr, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (9-time All Star, Boston Red Sox), dies at 99
  • Nov 15 Lil Peep [Gustav Åhr], American rapper, dies of a drug overdose at 21
  • Nov 16 Ferdie Pacheco, American boxer and physician (the "Fight Doctor"), dies at 89
  • Nov 17 Earle Hyman, American actor (The Cosby Show, ThunderCats, Coriolanus), dies from natural causes at 91
  • Nov 17 William Mayer, American composer (A Death in the Family, Brief Candle), dies from heart failure at 91
  • Nov 17 Salvatore Riina, Italian mobster and chief of the Sicilian Mafia, dies at

  • Nov 17 Azzedine Alaïa, Tunisian-born fashion designer, dies at 82
  • Nov 18 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), dies from endometrial cancer at 61
  • Nov 18 Mother Flawless Sabrina [Jack Doroshow], American LGBT activist and drag queen who was a pioneer for transgender people and drag queens, dies at 78
  • Nov 18 Malcolm Young, Scottish guitarist and songwriter (founding member of AC/DC), dies at 64

Person of interestCharles Manson

Nov 19 Charles Manson, American criminal, murderer and cult leader (Manson Family), dies of natural causes at 83

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson
  • Nov 19 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), dies at 86

Person of interestJana Novotna

Nov 19 Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player (Wimbledon 1998), dies of cancer at 49

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • Nov 19 Mel Tillis [Lonnie Melvin Tillis], American country singer (Who's Julie, M-M-Mel), dies of respiratory failure at 85
  • Nov 21 David Cassidy, American singer and actor (Keith-Partridge Family), dies at 67
  • Nov 21 Rodney Bewes, English actor (The Likely Lads), dies at 79
  • Nov 22 John Hendricks, American lyricist and singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), dies at 96
  • Nov 22 Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian operatic baritone, dies of brain cancer at 55
  • Nov 23 Fred van der Spek, Dutch 2nd chamber member (PSP), dies at 93
  • Nov 23 Carol Neblett, American operatic soprano (Metropolitan Opera, 1979-93), dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Carol Neblett, American soprano (City and Metropolitan Operas, 1969-83), dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Mitch Margo, American rocker (The Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight), dies of natural causes at 70
  • Nov 25 Rance Howard, American actor (Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind), dies at 89
  • Nov 27 Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell, American jazz-funk bass guitarist, dies at 66
  • Nov 28 Shadia [Fatmah Ahmed Kamal Shaker], Egyptian actress and singer Midaq Alley, The Thief and the Dogs), dies from respiratory failure at 86
  • Nov 29 Slobodan Praljak, Bosnian Croat general & war criminal, commits suicide at 72

  • Nov 30 Jim Nabors, American comedian, actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), dies from health complications at 87

Person of interestMarina Popovich

Nov 30 Marina Popovich, Soviet Air Force colonel, engineer and test pilot (102 world records), dies at 86

  • Dec 3 John B. Anderson, American politician and 1980 Republican presidential candidate, dies at 95
  • Dec 3 Ivan Chermayeff, British-born American graphic designer, dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemeni politician and 1st President of Yemen (1990-2012), is killed during the Battle of Sana'a at 75
  • Dec 4 Shashi Kapoor [Balbir Raj Kapoor], prominent Indian Bollywood actor (Deewar, The Deceivers, Shalimar, Heat & Dust), dies from a chest infection at 79
  • Dec 4 Christine Keeler, British model and showgirl (Profumo affair), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 75
  • Dec 4 Mary Louise Hancock, American politician and activist, dies at 97
  • Dec 5 Surin Pitsuwan, Thai foreign minister and 12th Secretary General of ASEAN (2008-2012), dies from heart failure at 68
  • Dec 5 Michael I, King of Romania (1927-1930 and 1940-1947), dies from cancer at 96
  • Dec 5 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74
  • Dec 6 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), dies of complications from dementia at 89
  • Dec 6 William H. Gass, American novelist and philosopher (Omensetter's Luck), dies at 93
  • Dec 7 Peter Walwyn, British thoroughbred trainer (champion trainer 1974-75), dies at 84
  • Dec 7 James "Sunny" Murray, American jazz musician and drummer, dies at 81
  • Dec 10 Zarley Zalapski, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1987-2000 (Pittsburgh Penguins; Calgary Flames, and 3 other teams), dies of a viral infection at 49
  • Dec 11 Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, dies at 94
  • Dec 11 Keith Chegwin, English television presenter & actor, dies at 60
  • Dec 12 Pat DiNizio, American rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (The Smithereens - "Only A Memory"), dies from ill health at 62
  • Dec 13 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), dies at 74
  • Dec 13 Bette Howland [Lee Sotonoff], American writer and literary critic (Blue in Chicago, The iron year), dies from multiple sclerosis and dementia at 80
  • Dec 13 Warrel Dane, American singer (Nevermore), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Dec 14 Lones Wigger, American competitive rifle shooter (Olympic gold/silver-1964, 72), dies at 80
  • Dec 14 Yú Guāngzhōng [Yu Kwang-chung], Taiwanese poet, essayist, and translator (Nostalgia), dies from respiratory failure at 89
  • Dec 15 Don Hogan Charles, American photographer and first African-American photographer hired by The New York Times, dies at 79

  • Dec 15 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and TV/ radio presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), dies from heart failure at 89
  • Dec 16 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and pop singer (w/ husband Louis Prima -"That Old Black Magic"; "I Wish You Love"), dies from heart failure at 89 [1]
  • Dec 17 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist (Double Rainbow), dies at 59
  • Dec 17 Robert G Wilmers, American banker (M&T Bank), billionaire and philanthropist, dies at 83
  • Dec 18 Jonghyun [Kim Jong-hyun], South Korean singer-songwriter, radio host, and author (SHINee), commits suicide at 27
  • Dec 19 Clifford Irving, American novelist and investigative reporter (hoax autobiography of Howard Hughes), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
  • Dec 19 Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, American professional baseball player at 1st female pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues, dies from heart complications at 82
  • Dec 20 Bernard Francis Law, Disgraced American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church (1982-2002), dies at 86
  • Dec 21 Bruce McCandless II, American aviator, electrical engineer and astronaut who made the 1st untethered space walk (STS 41B, STS-31), dies at 80
  • Dec 21 Richard "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster (NBC, CBS, ESPN), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Dec 21 Wolfgang Ludewig, German composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 24 Heather Menzies-Urich, Canadian actress (The Sound of Music; Piranha), dies of cancer at 68
  • Dec 25 Vladimir Shainsky, Soviet and Russian composer, dies at 92
  • Dec 28 Recy Taylor, American sexual assault victim, dies at 97
  • Dec 28 Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), dies at 94
  • Dec 28 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), dies at 77
  • Dec 29 Peggy Cummins [Augusta Fuller], Welsh-born Irish actress (Gun Crazy, Curse of the Demon), dies at 92
  • Dec 29 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1953-56), dies at 88
  • Dec 29 John C. Portman Jr., American architect (Ivan Allen Award-1964), dies at 93