Deaths in History in December 2017

  • Dec 3 John B Anderson, American Republican politician and presidential candidate (1980), 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 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 11 Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, dies at 94
  • 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 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 17 Robert G Wilmers, American banker ( M&T Bank ), billionaire and philanthropist, dies at 83
  • Dec 19 Clifford Irving, American novelist and investigative reporter (hoax autobiography of Howard Hughes), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87
  • 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 22 Lou Adler, American music executive, director, producer, and co-owner of the famous Roxy Theatre, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Dec 28 Recy Taylor, American sexual assault victim, dies at 97
  • Dec 28 Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels ("A" Is for Alibi), dies at 77