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The following is a list of notable deaths in 1997. Names are listed under the date of death and not the date it was announced. Names under each date are listed in alphabetical order by family name.

Deaths of notable animals (that is, those with their own Wikipedia articles) are also reported here.

A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:

  • Name, age, country of citizenship and reason for notability, established cause of death, reference (and language of reference, if not English).


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  • Edith Brown, one of the last remaining and oldest survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912 (b. 1896)
  • Albín Brunovský, Slovak painter, graphic artist, lithographer, illustrator and pedagogue (b. 1935)
  • Curt Flood, American baseball player (b. 1938)

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  • Cecil Arthur Lewis MC, British fighter pilot who flew in World War I and last surviving World War I ace (b. 1898)

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  • Ernie Anderson, American disc jockey, and television and radio announcer/voiceover artist (b. 1923)

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  • Ziya Bunyadov, Azerbaijani historian, academician, and Vice-President of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (b. 1921)
  • Choe Kwang, North Korean army general and politician (b. 1918)

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  • Leo Picard, Israeli geologist and an expert in the field of hydrology (b. 1900)

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  • Dorothy Frooks, American author, publisher, military figure and actress (b. 1896)
  • Rodolfo Oroz, Chilean writer, professor, and philologist, won the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 1978 (b. 1895)

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  • Rawya Ateya, Egyptian woman who became the first female parliamentarian in the Arab world (b. 1926)

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  • Kim Ki-soo, South Korea's first world champion boxer, liver cancer (b. 1938) [2]

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  • Sir David Pitblado, British civil servant, Principal Private Secretary to successive Prime Ministers (b. 1912)

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  • Munir Bashir, Assyrian musician in Iraq and one of the most famous musicians in the Middle East during the 20th century (b. 1930)

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  • Sheila Bellush, American woman whose murder created a media frenzy and inspired several books

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Frans Piët". lambiek.net.
  2. ^ "국내 첫 프로권투 세계챔피언 金基洙씨 별세".
  3. ^ "Richard Mason, 78, 'Suzie Wong' Author".