On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 2018

  • May 1 Javier Aller, Spanish actor (The Biggest Robbery Never Told), dies at 46 of complications from diabetes
  • May 1 Elmar Altvater, German political scientist, dies at 79
  • May 1 Max Berrú, Ecuadorian-Chilean musician, dies at 74
  • May 1 Dennis Claridge, American football quarterback (NFL C'ship 1965, Green Bay Packers; Atlantic Falcons), dies at 76 from bladder cancer
  • May 1 Ninalee Craig, American-born Canadian teacher and photograph subject, dies at 90 of complications from lung cancer
  • May 1 Carl W. Duckworth, American politician (Utah House of Representatives, 1955–1958), dies of bone cancer at 53
  • May 1 Raymond D. Dzendzel, American politician (Michigan House of Representatives, 1955–1958; Senate, 1959–1970), dies at 96
  • May 1 Reg Gadney, British author, dies at 77
  • May 1 Phil Gowan, American historian (RMS Titanic), dies of cancer at 65
  • May 1 Robert B. Kennedy, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1975–1979), dies at 78
  • May 1 Chuck Missler, American evangelist and author, dies at 83
  • May 1 Ashok Mitra, Indian economist and politician, dies at 90
  • May 1 John "Jabo" Starks, American drummer (James Brown, The J.B.'s), dies at 79
  • May 1 Sun Yueh, Chinese-born Taiwanese actor (Papa, Can You Hear Me Sing), dies of sepsis at 87
  • May 1 Peter Temple-Morris, Baron Temple-Morris, British politician and life peer (MP for Leominster, 1974–2001), dies at 80
  • May 1 Andrés Reyes [Universo 2000], Mexican pro wrestler (3 x CMLL World Heavyweight Championship), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • May 1 Wanda Wiłkomirska, Polish violinist and teacher, dies at 89
  • May 1 Bob Woffinden, British journalist and author, dies of mesothelioma at 89
  • May 2 Gord Brown, Canadian politician (MP, 2004–2018), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • May 2 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter ("Cain and Abel"), dies at 80
  • May 2 Paul Dick, Canadian politician, dies at 77 of a heart attack
  • May 2 Dick Edell, American lacrosse coach (Maryland Terrapins), dies at 74 of pneumonia
  • May 2 Herman Krebbers, Dutch violinist, concert master, and music teacher, dies at 94
  • May 2 Katherine O'Regan, New Zealand politician (MP for Waipa, 1984–1996; list MP, 1996–1999), dies of cancer at 71
  • May 2 Kottayam Pushpanath, Indian author, dies at 80
  • May 2 Harald Range, German jurist (Attorney General, 2011–2015), dies at 70
  • May 2 James Thorp, American electrical engineer, dies at 81
  • May 2 Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83
  • May 2 Wolfgang Völz, German actor, dies at 87
  • May 2 Chris Walsh, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 2010–2018), dies of lymphoma at 66
  • May 2 Wang Danfeng, Chinese actress, dies at 93
  • May 2 Cliff Watson, English rugby league front rower (30 Tests GB, 4 England; St Helens 373 games, Cronulla-Sutherland), dies of cancer at 78
  • May 2 Sir Keith Williamson, British air force commander (Chief of the Air Staff, 1982–1985), dies at 90
  • May 3 Jim Argue, American politician (Arkansas Senate, 1996–2008), dies of kidney cancer at 66
  • May 3 Monica Barnes, Irish politician (Teachta Dála, 1982–1992, 1997–2002; Senator, 1982), dies at 82
  • May 3 H. Basil S. Cooke, South African-Canadian geologist and paleontologist, dies at 102
  • May 3 Doina Cornea, Romanian human rights activist and professor, dies at 88
  • May 3 Alfonso Dhlakama, Mozambican politician and opposition leader (RENAMO), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • May 3 Dan Grimm, American football player (Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 77
  • May 3 David Pines, American physicist, dies at 93
  • May 3 Bob Prewitt, American college basketball coach (SMU Mustangs), dies at 93
  • May 3 Junior Rodriguez, American Louisiana politician who criticized FEMA's Hurricane Katrina response, dies at 82
  • May 3 Joe Scannella, American football coach (Oakland Raiders, Montreal Alouettes, Cleveland Browns), dies at 89
  • May 3 Paolo Signorelli, Italian footballer, dies at 79
  • May 3 Demetrio Túpac Yupanqui, Peruvian academic and Quechua translator, dies at 94
  • May 4 Paul Bloodgood, American artist, dies at 58 of Alzheimer's disease
  • May 4 Edwin G. Burrows, American historian and professor, dies at 74
  • May 4 Naser Cheshm Azar, Iranian composer, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • May 4 Renate Dorrelstein, Dutch writer and journalist, dies of cancer at 64
  • May 4 Barnet Fain, American businessman and artist, dies at 86
  • May 4 Cathy Godbold, Australian actress (The Saddle Club, Home and Away), dies of brain cancer at 43
  • May 4 Bobbie Louise Hawkins, American poet and author, dies at 87
  • May 4 Larry Hunter, American college basketball coach (Wittenberg Tigers, Ohio Bobcats, Western Carolina Catamounts), dies at 68
  • May 4 BN Vijaya Kumar, Indian politician, dies at 59 of a heart attack
  • May 4 Luyanda Ntshangase, South African footballer (Maritzburg United), is struck by lightning and dies at 21
  • May 4 Steve Coy, British rocker and producer (Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)), dies at 56
  • May 5 Aaron D. Panken, American rabbi, dies in a plane crash at 53
  • May 5 Rosemarie Schruder, German writer, dies at 89
  • May 5 Stanley Falkow, American microbiologist (molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases), dies at 84
  • May 5 Ludwig Harig, German writer, dies at 90
  • May 5 Ermanno Olmi, Italian film director (The Tree of Wooden Clogs), dies at 86
  • May 6 Cirilo Bautista, Filipino writer and poet, dies at 76
  • May 6 Herbert E. Brekle, German typographer and linguist, dies at 82
  • May 6 Brad Steiger, American author and paranormal researcher, dies at 82
  • May 6 Khaled Mohieddin, Egyptian military officer (member of the Revolutionary Command Council), dies at 95
  • May 6 Eric Geboers, Belgian motocross racer and five-time world champion, drowns at 55
  • May 6 George G. Hall, Northern Irish applied mathematician, dies at 93
  • May 7 Mikhail German, Russian writer, dies at 85
  • May 7 Miki Muster, Slovenian artist, dies at 92
  • May 7 Isyaku Rabiu, Nigerian businessman and Islamic scholar, dies at 92
  • May 7 Jeremy D. Safran, Canadian-born American clinical psychologist, is killed during a burglary
  • May 7 Tore Torell, Norwegian magician, dies of cancer at 76
  • May 7 Roman Toi, Estonian-Canadian composer, choral conductor and organist, dies at 101
  • May 8 George Deukmejian, American politician, 35th Governor of California (1983-91), dies at 89
  • May 8 Ernest Medina, American soldier and commanding officer of the unit responsible for the My Lai Massacre of 16 March 1968, dies at 81
  • May 8 James Scott, American boxer and felon, dies at 71
  • May 8 Mahmoud Hammoud, Lebanese politician and diplomat, dies at 82 or 83
  • May 8 Anne V. Coates, British film editor (1962 Oscar, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 92
  • May 9 Poldine Carlo, American writer & Koyukon elder, dies at 97
  • May 9 Omar Daoud, Libyan footballer, dies in a traffic collision at 35
  • May 9 Duke Friedrich of Württemberg, German aristocrat & heir to the House of Württemberg, dies at 56 in a traffic collision
  • May 9 Delphine Gibson, American supercentenarian & former oldest person in the US, dies at 114 years and 265 days
  • May 9 Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Australian heroin smuggler (Bali Nine), dies of stomach cancer at 34
  • May 10 Evgeni Vasiukov, Russian chess grandmaster (World Senior Champion 1995), dies at 85
  • May 11 Josh Greenfeld, American author & screenwriter (A Child Called Noah), dies at 90
  • May 11 Scott Hutchinson, Scottish musician (Frightened Rabbit), found dead after a suffering from mental illness at 36
  • May 12 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), dies of dementia at 86
  • May 12 Dennis Nilsen, Scottish serial killer, dies at 72
  • May 13 Margot Kidder, Canadian American actress (Lois Lane in Superman films, Amityville Horror), dies at 69
  • May 14 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), dies at 95
  • May 14 Tom Wolfe, American journalist and author (The Right Stuff), dies at 88
  • May 15 Ian Denholm, Scottish shipping CEO (Murray Investment Trust), dies at 91
  • May 16 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • May 16 Joseph Campanella, American character actor (Guiding Light, Mannix), dies at 93
  • May 18 Stephanie Adams, American Playboy playmate (November 1992), kills herself and her child at 47
  • May 20 Carol Mann, American golfer (1964 Western Open, 1965 US Open), dies at 77

Billy Cannon

May 20 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), dies at 80

  • May 20 Dieter Schnebel, German experimental composer (Harley-Davidson, for nine motorbikes and trumpet), dies at 88
  • May 22 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), dies at 97
  • May 23 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), dies at 86
  • May 23 Homer Neal, African-American particle physicist, dies of a stroke at 75
  • May 23 Glynn Edwards, English television actor, dies at 87
  • May 24 Jerry Maren [Gerard Marenghi], American actor (The Wizard of Oz; Mayor McCheese), dies at 98
  • May 24 Gudrun Burwitz [Himmler], German daughter of SS leader Heinrich Himmler, dies at 88
  • May 25 Piet Kee, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 90
  • May 25 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), dies after brain surgery from a fall at 82
  • May 26 Ted [Samuel Frederick] Dabney, American electrical engineer and founder of Atari (Pong), dies at 81
  • May 26 Alan Bean, American Naval captain and astronaut (Ap 12, Skylab 3, 4th to walk on the moon), dies at 86
  • May 27 Russell Nype, American singer and actor (The Stuff,;Call Me Madam; Dorothy), dies at 98
  • May 27 Connie Kurtz, American Gay Rights advocate, dies at 81
  • May 27 Donald Herod Peterson, American USAF Colonel, and NASA astronaut (STS-6), dies of Alzheimer's disease and bone cancer, at 84
  • May 28 Jens Christian Skou, Danish scientist (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1997), dies at 99
  • May 28 Cornelia Frances [Zulver], British-Australian actress (Home and Away), dies from bladder cancer at 77
  • May 28 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, dies at 93
  • May 29 Rosa Briceño, Venezuelan conductor, and educator, dies of leukemia at 61