Deaths in May 1999
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The following is a list of notable deaths in May 1999.
Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:
- Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.
- Sir Anthony Thorold, 15th Baronet, 95, English Royal Navy officer and public servant.
- Aldo Casera, 78, Italian professional golfer.
- Eddie Chamblee, 79, American tenor, alto saxophonist and vocalist.
- George Claessen, 89, Sri Lankan artist and poet.
- Alish Lambaranski, 84, Soviet and Azerbaijani statesman.
- Jos LeDuc, 54, Canadian professional wrestler, lung infection.
- Brian Shawe-Taylor, 84, British racing driver.
- Thomas C. Cochran, 97, American economic historian and author.
- Bill Davidson, 64, American football player and coach and college athletics administrator.
- Igor M. Diakonoff, 84, Russian historian, linguist and translator.
- Douglas Harkness, 96, Canadian politician, teacher and farmer.
- Robin Humphreys, 91, British historian and professor of Latin American studies.
- Tibor Kalman, 49, American graphic designer.
- Oliver Reed, 61, British actor (The Devils, Oliver, The Three Musketeers), alcohol intoxication.
- Anahit Tsitsikian, 72, Armenian female violinist.
- Joe Adcock, 71, American baseball player and manager, Alzheimer's disease.
- Crucita Calabaza, 77, Native American artist and potter.
- Steve Chiasson, 32, Canadian ice hockey player, drunk driving accident.
- Godfrey Evans, 78, English cricketer.
- Princess Urraca, 85, German noblewoman and member of the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
- Manny Babbitt, 50, U.S. Marine veteran of the Vietnam War and convicted murdered, execution by lethal injection.
- Sir Brinsley Ford, 90, British art historian and collector, heart attack.
- Wilfried Geeroms, 57, Belgian Olympic hurdler.
- Theo Green, 73, Australian race horse trainer and jockey mentor.
- Winifred Collins, 87, American officer in the US Navy, spinal cancer.
- Vasilis Diamantopoulos, 78, Greek actor, heart attack.
- John Howard, 86, British Army officer during World War II.
- Paul Moss, 90, American football player.
- Fehmi Agani, 67, Kosovan sociologist and politician.
- Dean Elliott, 73, American television and film composer.
- Sze-Tsen Hu, 84, Chinese-American mathematician.
- Sven Meyer, 21, German figure skater, suicide by gunshot.
- Johnny Morris, 82, British television presenter.
- Goran Raičević, 35, Serbian long-distance runner, killed in action by the Kosovo Liberation Army.
- Maria Laura Rocca, 81, Italian actress and writer.
- Mark Tuinei, 39, American football player, drug overdose.
- Vasily Ivanovich Andrianov, 78, Soviet Air Force major general and double Hero of the Soviet Union.
- Leon Hess, 85, American businessman and owner of the New York Jets.
- Chen Yanyan, 83, Chinese actress and film producer.
- Edward Abraham, 85, English biochemist, stroke.
- Sir Dirk Bogarde, 78, British actor and writer, (Doctor in the House, Victim, The Servant, Death in Venice, A Bridge Too Far), heart attack.
- Ed Gilbert, 67, American actor.
- Tony Harman, 87, English farmer and writer.
- Soeman Hs, 95, Indonesian author.
- Michael Nightingale, 76, English stage, film and television actor.
- Alan Paterson, 70, English high jumper.
- Sally Payne, 86, American actress.
- Dana Plato, 34, American actress (Diff'rent Strokes), suicide by overdose.
- Tim Brauch, 25, American skateboarder, cardiac arrest.
- Shirley Dinsdale, 72, American ventriloquist and television and radio personality, cancer.
- John G. W. Husted Jr., 72, American stockbroker.
- Božidar Kantušer, 77, Slovene composer of classical music, cerebral infarct.
- Wynona Lipman, American politician, cancer.
- Donald J. Metz, 74, American nuclear engineer.
- Ivan M. Niven, 83, Canadian-American mathematician.
- Anésia Pinheiro Machado, Brazilian female pilot.
- Carl Powis, 71, American baseball player.
- Shel Silverstein, 68, American poet, playwright, and cartoonist, heart attack.
- Eric Willis, 77, Australian politician.
- José F. Aguayo, Spanish photography director.
- Josef Dostál, 95, Czech botanist, pteridologist, conservationist and climber.
- Elaine Fifield, 68, Australian ballerina.
- Werner Fuchs, 50, German football player, heart attack.
- Giorgos Kappis, Greek actor.
- Charles R. Lyons, 66, American professor of drama and comparative literature.
- Robert Thomas, 72, Welsh sculptor.
- Robert Rose, 47, Australian sportsman.
- Saul Steinberg, 84, Romanian American cartoonist and illustrator.
- Daniel Frank Walls, 56, New Zealand theoretical physicist, cancer.
- Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz, 88, Saudi Arabian Islamic scholar.
- Ricardo Gangeme, 55, Argentine journalist and newspaper editor, gunshot to the head.
- Meg Greenfield, 68, American editorial writer, cancer.
- Erle Loran, 93, American painter and art historian.
- Giuseppe Petrilli, 86, Italian professor and European Commissioner.
- Gene Sarazen, 97, American golf player, complications of pneumonia.
- Manuel del Cabral, 92, Dominican poet, writer, and diplomat.
- Joseph F. Smith, 79, American politician.
- Bobby Veck, 79, English footballer.
- Asrat Woldeyes, 70, Ethiopian surgeon, a professor of medicine, heart ailment.
- Nitya Chaitanya Yati, 74, Indian philosopher, psychologist, author and poet.
- Valeh Barshadly, 71, first Azerbaijani Minister of Defense
- Rob Gretton, 46, British band manager (Joy Division, New Order), heart attack.
- Alma Lesch, 82, American fiber artist.
- Tom Lowder, 74, English footballer.
- Colette Ripert, 69, French actress.
- John Minor Wisdom, 93, United States Circuit Judge.
- Hector Godinez, 74, Mexican-American civil rights leader, Parkinson's disease.
- George Hodel, 91, American physician and suspect in several murders.
- Andy Norval, 87, Australian rugby player.
- James Broughton, 85, American poet, memoirist, playwright and filmmaker, heart failure.
- Bruce Fairbairn, 49, Canadian musician and record producer.
- Božidar Finka, 73, Croatian linguist and lexicographer.
- Henry Jones, 86, American actor, complications from a fall.
- Thelma Kalama, 68, American Olympic swimmer.
- Lembit Oll, 33, Estonian chess grandmaster, suicide.
- Günter Hermann Ewen, German mass murderer, suicide.
- Augustus Pablo, 44, Jamaican record producer and musician, collapsed lung.
- Betty Robinson, 87, American athlete and winner of the first Olympic 100 m, Alzheimer's disease.
- Bill Ballantine, Americanclown and writer and illustrator of circus subjects, Alzheimer's disease.
- Candy Candido, 85, American radio performer, bass player and voice actor.
- Ramesh Tendulkar, Indian novelist.
- Eithne Ní Uallacháin, 42, Irish singer and songwriter.
- James E. Hill, 77, United States Air Force general and World War II flying ace, cancer.
- Sir Robert Rhodes James, 66, British politician.
- Alie Stijl, 76, Dutch swimmer.
- Vanessa Brown, 71, Austrian-born American actress, breast cancer.
- Jozef Cleber, 82, Dutch trombonist, violinist, composer and producer.
- Yvonne Lawley, 85, New Zealand actor.
- Norman Rossington, 70, English actor.
- Mark Edward Bradley, 92, United States Air Force general and aviator pioneer.
- Duilio Coletti, 92, Italian film director and screenwriter.
- Donna Smith, 33, Australian Paralympic athlete, heart attack.
- Owen Hart, 34, Canadian professional wrestler (WWF), injuries sustained from fall.
- John T. Hayward, 90, American naval aviator during World War II, cancer.
- Asa Singh Mastana, 71, Indian musician and singer.
- René Mauriès, 78, French journalist, reporter and writer.
- Sam Smith, 81, American artist.
- Irene Bache, 98, British artist.
- Guru Hanuman, 98, Indian wrestling coach, car crash.
- T. N. Gopinathan Nair, 81, Indian dramatist, novelist, poet and screenwriter.
- Fredda Brilliant, 96, Polish sculptor and actress.
- Hillary Brooke, 84, American film actress, blood clot in the lung.
- Horst Frank, 69, German film actor.
- William Cutolo, 49, American mobster (Colombo crime family), murdered.
- Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, 89, Austrian political scientist and journalist.
- Andrés Montoya, 31, Latino American poet, leukemia.
- Felipe Rodríguez, 73, Puerto Rican singer of boleros.
- Waldo Semon, 100, American inventor.
- Jack Wells, 88, American radio and television broadcaster.
- Alice Adams, 72, American short story writer and novelist.
- Ajay Ahuja, 36, fighter pilot in the Indian Air Force and recipient of the Maha Vir Chakra, killed in action.
- Zach de Beer, 70, South African politician and businessman, stroke.
- Leah Ray, 84, American singer and actress.
- James Rowland, 76, Australian air chief marshal.
- Raquel Verdesoto, 88, Ecuadorian writer, poet, feminist, and activist.
- Florence MacMichael, 80, American character actress of stage, film and television.
- Donie O'Donovan, 73, Irish Gaelic football manager and player.
- Raphael Recanati, 75, Israeli-American shipping magnate, banker, and philanthropist, heart failure.
- B. Vittalacharya, 79, Indian film director and producer.
- Joe Busch, 91, Australian rugby player.
- William R. Lawley Jr., 78, United States Army Air Forces officer and recipient of the Medal of Honor.
- João Carlos de Oliveira, 45, Brazilian athlete, complications of alcoholism.
- Mariappan Saravanan, 26, Indian Army officer and recipient of the Maha Vir Chakra, killed in action.
- Rajesh Singh Adhikari, 28, Indian Army officer and recipient of the Maha Vir Chakra, killed in action.
- James Cuffey, 87, American astronomer.
- Sonia Chadwick Hawkes, 67, English archaeologist.
- Kalju Lepik, 78, Estonian poet.
- Kenny Macintyre, 54, Scottish political journalist, heart attack while jogging.
- Paul S. Newman, 75, American writer of comic books and strips, heart attack.
- Inayat Hussain Bhatti, 71, Pakistani actor, producer, director, script writer, social worker and columnist.
- Don Biederman, 59, Canadian stock car racer, brain aneurysm.
- Auguste Le Breton, 86, French novelist.
- Davor Dujmović, 29, Bosnian Serb actor, suicide.
- Charles Pierce, 72, American female impersonator.
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- "Carolina's Chiasson Killed in Auto Accident". Washington Post. May 3, 1999. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
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- White, Jerry. California executes mentally ill Vietnam veteran, World Socialist Web Site (May 5, 1999); retrieved April 27, 2019.
- Bellamy, Christopher (May 7, 1999). "Major John Howard His longest D-day secured the allied advance into Normandy". The Guardian. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- "Naturalist who brought Animal Magic to millions". BBC News. 6 May 1999. Retrieved 27 April 2019
- "Pro football; autopsy finds Tuinei died of drug overdose". Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- New York Times: "Leon Hess, Who Built a Major Oil Company and Owned the Jets, Is Dead at 85" By GERALD ESKENAZI May 08, 1999
- "Dirk Bogarde dies". BBC News. May 8, 1999. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- "Dana Plato, 34, Star of 'Diff'rent Strokes'". The New York Times. May 10, 1999. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- "Shirley Dinsdale Layburn". Variety. May 24, 1999. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
- Honan, William H. (May 11, 1999). "Shel Silverstein, Zany Writer and Cartoonist, Dies at 67". The New York Times. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- Clarke, Mary (May 31, 1999). "Elaine Fifield". The Guardian. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
- Plimmer, Martin (May 18, 1999). "Obituary: Saul Steinberg". The Independent. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- Dorman, Larry (May 14, 1999). "Gene Sarazen, 97, golf champion, dies". New York Times. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- Brian Barder (May 24, 1999). "Asrat Woldeyes". The Guardian. London. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- John Minor Wisdom at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- "George Hill Hodel Jr (Deceased), South Pasadena, CA California". South Pasadena High School Alumni Association - Classes of 1907-2018. South Pasadena Public Library, 2011. 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- Williams, Jonathan (June 3, 1999). "Obituary: James Broughton". The Independent. London. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- Staff writer(s) (May 21, 1999). "Lembit Oll Chess Grandmaster, 33". The New York Times. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
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- "Bill Ballantine, 88, Clown, Artist and Writer". The New York Times. New York. May 19, 1999. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
- Roth, Andrew (May 22, 1999). "Sir Robert Rhodes James". The Guardian. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
- Oliver, Myrna (May 24, 1999). "Vanessa Brown; Actress, Writer and Artist". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- "Son cycles in his mum's memory". Warrick News. April 15, 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
- "Wrestler Owen Hart killed in fall during stunt". CNN.com. May 24, 1999. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
- "Vice Adm. John T. 'Chick' Hayward Dies at 90". The Washington Post. May 29, 1999.
- R. M. Healey (June 23, 1999). "Obituary: Irene Bache". The Independent. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
- "Hillary Brooke, 84; Actress in Movies". June 8, 1999. Retrieved April 26, 2019 – via NYTimes.com.
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- "Awaiting a Burial, This Time an Actual One" By ALAN FEUER New York Times October 8, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2019
- "Death of Air Marshal Sir James Anthony Rowland". Parliament of New South Wales. March 27, 1999. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
- "Obituaries: Raphael Recanati; Israeli Banker, Shipping Magnate". The Los Angeles Times. June 1, 1999. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
- "League's Grand Old Man Departs". The Daily Telegraph. May 31, 1999.
- "Obituary: Sonia Chadwick Hawkes". The Independent. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
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