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Deaths in History in May 2014

  • May 2 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor, dies at 95
  • May 3 Gary Becker, American economist (Nobel 1992) and recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom 2007, dies from complications following surgery at 83
  • May 3 Jim Oberstar, American politician, dies at 79
  • May 6 Farley Mowat, Canadian author, dies at 92
  • May 6 Leslie Thomas, Welsh writer (The Virgin Soldiers), dies at 83
  • May 8 Roger L. Easton, American scientist, inventor and designer of GPS, dies at 93
  • May 9 Mary Stewart, British sci-fi author (Crystal Cave), dies at 97
  • May 12 H. R. Giger, Swiss Oscar-winning surrealist artist, dies from injuries from a fall at 74
  • May 14 Stephen Sutton, English cancer blogger (Stephen's Story), dies at 19
  • May 15 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), dies from a fall at 73
  • May 17 Gerald Edelman, American biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies from natural causes at 84
  • May 18 Wubbo Ockels, Dutch physicist & astronaut, dies from renal cell cancer at 68
  • May 18 Dobrica Cosic, Serbian writer & President (1992-93), dies at 92
  • May 19 Michael Aldrich, British inventor (Online shopping), dies at 72
  • May 22 Mathew Cowles, American actor, dies at 69
  • May 23 Mona Freeman, American actress, dies at 87
  • May 24 Stormé DeLarverie, American gay rights leader (Stonewall protests), dies at 93
  • May 25 Wojciech Jaruzelski, Polish general and 1st President of Poland (1989-90), dies at 90
  • May 26 Manuel Uribe Garza, Mexican man who suffered from morbid obesity (peak weight of 600 kg), dies at 48
  • May 26 Didymos I, Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan (2005-10), dies at 92
  • May 27 Helma Sanders-Brahms, German director and writer (Apple Trees; Germany, Pale Mother), dies of cancer at 73

Person of interestMaya Angelou

May 28 Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots), dies at 86

Author, Poet and Activist Maya Angelou
Author, Poet and Activist
Maya Angelou
  • May 29 Karlheinz Böhm, Austrian actor, dies at 86
  • May 31 Martha Hyer, American actress (Day of the Wolves, Night of the Grizzly), dies at 89