Deaths in May 2004
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The following is a list of notable deaths in May 2004.
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.
- Francis James Harrison, 91, American Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Syracuse (1977–1987).
- Felix Haug, 52, Swiss pop musician (Double).
- John Howland Rowe, 85, American archaeologist and anthropologist.
- Moe Burtschy, 82, American baseball player, former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia & Kansas City Athletics.
- Paul Guimard, 83, French writer.
- Tony Poeta, 71, Canadian professional ice hockey player (Chicago Black Hawks).
- Anthony Ainley, 71, British actor best known as The Master in Doctor Who.
- Darrell Johnson, 75, American MLB catcher and manager.
- Volus Jones, 90, American animator.
- Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire, 84, British aristocrat and politician.
- Clement Dodd, 72, Jamaican reggae pioneer.
- Tage Frid, 88, Danish woodworker, complications of Alzheimer's disease.
- David Reimer, 39, Canadian notable gender-reassignment victim, suicide.
- Erik Smith, 73, German-born British music producer.
- Teddy Alfarero, 41, Filipino basketball player, complications from a liver ailment.
- John Cornforth, 66, English architectural historian.
- Duane Francies, 82, military aviator.
- Ritsuko Okazaki, 44, Japanese singer-songwriter and author.
- Kjell Hallbing (aka Louis Masterson), 69, Norwegian Western author.
- Sir John Hill, 90, British police officer.
- Barney Kessel, 80, American jazz guitarist and studio musician.
- Joe Lafata, 82, American baseball player (New York Giants).
- Daniel Thompson, 69, American poet.
- Nick Berg, 26, American businessman and hostage killed in Iraq.
- Douglas John Foskett, 85, British librarian.
- Oliver David Jackson, 84, Australian army officer.
- Waldemar Milewicz, 48, Polish journalist, and Mounyra Beouamrane, killed in Iraq.
- Lewis Caine, 39, Australian organised crime figure, murdered during the Melbourne gangland killings.
- Sir John Peel, 91, British politician, MP for Leicester South East (1957–1974).
- Ronnie Robinson, 53, American basketball player.
- Valentin Yezhov, 83, Soviet and Russian screenwriter and playwrigh.
- Tommy Farrell, 82, American film and television actor.
- Brenda Fassie, 39, South African singer.
- Akhmad Kadyrov, 52, Chechen politician, President of Chechnya.
- Alan King, 76, American comedian and actor.
- Wayne McLeland, 79, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers).
- Olive Osmond, 79, American Osmond singing family matriarch, mother of entertainers Marie Osmond and the various Osmond Brothers.
- Walter H. Stockmayer, 90, American chemist and university teacher, and a pioneer in polymer science.
- Percy M. Young, 91, British musicologist.
- Anthony Babington, 84, Anglo-Irish author, judge and Army officer.
- Phil Gersh, 92, American talent and literary agent.
- Eric Kierans, 90, Canadian economist and politician.
- Gunnar Ibsen Sørensen, 90, Danish Olympic rower (men's coxed four rowing at the 1936 Summer Olympics).
- Dennis Wilshaw, 78, English international footballer, heart attack.
- Mick Doyle, 63, Irish rugby union player and coach.
- Danny McLennan, 79, Scottish football player and coach.
- Hans Senger, 78, Austrian Olympic alpine skier (men's giant slalom and men's slalom at the 1952 Winter Olympics).
- John Whitehead, 55, American R&B artist, shot dead.
- Judith Cook, 70, British theatre historian, campaigner and novelist.
- Syd Hoff, 91, American children's book author, cartoonist.
- John LaPorta, 84, American jazz clarinetist, composer and educator.
- Dave Piontek, 69, American professional basketball player (Rochester / Cincinnati Royals, St. Louis Hawks, Chicago Packers).
- John Robson, 54, English footballer.
- Alexander Skutch, 99, American naturalist and writer, regarded as one of the world's greatest ornithologists.
- Vicente Doria Catan Jr, 56, Filipino comic book artist.
- Joey Curtis, 79, American professional boxer, boxing referee and business owner.
- Floyd Kalber, 79, American broadcast journalist.
- Brian McNaughton, 68, American horror and fantasy writer.
- Muhammad Nawaz, 79, Pakistani Olympic javelin thrower (men's javelin throw at the 1956 and 1960 Summer Olympics).
- Charlotte Benkner, 114, American supercentenarian, oldest recognized person in United States.
- Rip Coleman, 72, American baseball player (New York Yankees, Kansas City Athletics, Baltimore Orioles).
- Jesus Gil, 71, Spanish businessman and politician, controversial owner of Atlético Madrid football club.
- Bill Hoffman, 86, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies).
- Anna Lee, 91, British-born American actress, best known for playing Lila Quartermaine on the soap opera General Hospital.
- Shaun Sutton, 84, British television executive.
- Jack Bradbury, 89, American animator and comic book artist.
- Gill Fox, 88, American political cartoonist, comic book artist, and animator.
- William H. Hinton, 85, American writer, farmer and Marxist, author of Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village.
- Colonel Robert Morgan, 85, American US Air Force pilot, former pilot of the Memphis Belle.
- Clint Warwick, 63, British bass guitarist (The Moody Blues).
- Moya Cole, 85, Northern Irish physician and hospice founder.
- Lord Hill-Norton, 89, British Royal Navy Admiral of the Fleet.
- Marika Rökk, 90, Egyptian-born German actress.
- Billy Stone, 78, American professional football player (Bradley University, Baltimore Colts, Chicago Bears).
- June Taylor, 86, American television dancer and choreographer.
- Gunnar Graps, 57, Estonian rock singer and percussionist.
- Robert Lewin, 85, Polish art dealer and philanthropist.
- Buster Narum, 63, American baseball player, former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Orioles and Senators.
- Jørgen Nash, 84, Danish poet, performance artist.
- Tony Randall, 84, American television actor (The Odd Couple), pneumonia.
- James Armstrong Richardson, 82, Canadian member of House of Commons, Minister of Supply and Services, Minister of National Defence.
- Ezzedine Salim, 60-61, Iraqi politician, president of the Iraqi Governing Council.
- Arnold O. Beckman, 104, American inventor, industrialist and philanthropist.
- Elvin Jones, 76, American jazz drummer, John Coltrane Quartet of the 1960s.
- Lü Fuyuan, 59, Chinese politician, Minister of Commerce of China, liver cancer.
- Kelsey Patterson, 49, American convicted murderer, lethal injection.
- David Tabor, 81, British army general.
- Hyacinthe Thiandoum, 83, Senegalese Roman Catholic Cardinal, Archbishop of Dakar.
- Mary Dresselhuys, 97, Dutch actress.
- Jack Eckerd, 91, American businessman, former owner of the Eckerd drugstore chain.
- Arnold Moore, 90, American blues artist.
- E.K. Nayanar, 87, Indian politician, three-time Chief Minister of Kerala, India.[https://web.archive.org/web/20050428034318/http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=2
- Dennis Coslett, 64, Welsh political activist.
- Stanisław Gronkowski, 82, Polish actor.(Polish)
- Len Murray, Lord Murray of Epping Forest, 81, British trade union leader.
- Andrew Green, 76, British author and ghost hunter.
- Rod Hall, 53, British literary agent, murdered.
- Toshikazu Kase, 101, Japanese civil servant and diplomat.
- Ali Sahli, 80, Libyan politician.
- Danylo Shumuk, 89, Ukrainian political activist.
- Michael Swindells, British police officer, stabbed.
- Gene Wood, 78, American television personality, announcer of Family Feud and other US game shows, lung cancer.
- Richard Biggs, 44, American actor, Babylon 5.
- Samuel Curtis Johnson, 76, American businessman, fourth generation president of SC Johnson company.
- Wayne Kimber, 55, New Zealand politician.
- Mikhail Voronin, 59, Russian gymnast, double Olympic champion.
- Sally Gilmour, 82, British ballet dancer.
- Adele Leigh, 75, English operatic soprano, heart attack.
- Ramon Margalef, 85, Spanish biologist and ecologist.
- Trudy Marshall, 84, American actress.
- Harry Preston, 72, Canadian Olympic field hockey player (Field hockey at the 1964 Summer Olympics).
- Daphne Blundell, 87, British naval officer.
- Henry Ries, 86, American photographer, known for his photos of the 1948 Berlin Air Lift.
- Lee Won-woo, 45, South Korean basketball player.
- Glenn Cunningham, 60, American politician, mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey.
- David Dellinger, 88, American antiwar activist, member of Chicago Eight.
- Nicholas Luard, 66, British writer and politician.
- Robert P. Sharp, 92, American geomorphologist and expert on the geology of Earth and Mars.
- Roger W. Straus, Jr., 87, American publisher (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
- Donald Hamish Cameron of Lochiel, 93, Scottish landowner and a financier.
- Rewata Dhamma, 74, Burmese Theravada Buddhist monk and scholar.
- Gatjil Djerrkura, 54, Australian indigenous leader.
- Umberto Agnelli, 69, Italian industrialist, head of Fiat.
- Patience Cleveland, 73, American actress.
- Jack Losch, 69, American member of 1st Little League World Series championship team.
- Jim Marshall, 63, British Labour MP.
- Mikhail Postnikov, 76, Soviet mathematician, known for his work in algebraic and differential topology.
- Michael Alison, 77, British Privy Council member and former minister and MP.
- Gerald Anthony, 52, American actor, best known for playing Marco Dane on the TV show One Life to Live.
- Josie Carey, 73, American lyricist, host of the Pittsburgh children's show "Children's Corner".
- Irene Manning, 91, American actress and singer (Yankee Doodle Dandy).
- James Neil Tucker, 47, American convicted murderer.
- Archibald Cox, 92, American lawyer, Watergate special prosecutor.
- Sam Dash, 79, American lawyer, chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal.
- Magne Havnå, 40, Norwegian former professional boxer, in boating accident.
- Frank Newman, 77, American education reformer and administrator (Education Commission of the States).
- Jack Rosenthal, 72, British television dramatist.
- Sir Gordon Wolstenholme, 91, British physician.
- Raymond M. Clausen, Jr., 56, American marine, Medal of Honour recipient.
- Bobbie Irvine, 71, British ballroom dancer.
- Ed Stanczak, 82, American professional basketball player (Anderson Packers, Boston Celtics).
- Gunnar Hansen, 87, Norwegian Olympic boxer.
- Alberta Martin, 97, American notable widow, last known widow of a Confederate soldier.
- Stanislav Otáhal, 90, Czechoslovakian Olympic middle-distance runner (men's 800 metres at the 1936 Summer Olympics).
- Artimus Parker, 52, American professional football player (Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets).
- Robert Quine, 61, American punk rock guitarist.
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- Tony Poeta, Sports-Reference / Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
- "ESPN Classic - Johnson's Red Sox lost classic Series in '75". www.espn.com. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- "Joe Lafata". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- "South Africans mourn top pop diva". May 11, 2004. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- "Wayne McLeland". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- Kovac, Jeffrey; Fixman, Marshall. "Walter H. Stockmayer 1914–2004" (PDF). National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Gunnar Ibsen Sørensen, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
- Hans Senger, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
- "John D. LaPorta, 84, Clarinetist-Composer". The New York Times. May 15, 2004. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- "Dave Piontek". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
- Pearce, Jeremy (June 7, 2004). "Alexander Skutch, 99, Expert On Central American Birds". The New York Times. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
- Muhammad Nawaz, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
- Laing, Jeff. "Rip Coleman". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- "Bill Hoffman". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- "Billy Stone". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- "Buster Narum". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
- Severo, Richard (May 18, 2004). "Tony Randall, Half of the 'Odd Couple,' Dies at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- "The Hon. James Armstrong Richardson, P.C." Parliament of Canada. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- "Cyfrowe muzeum - Narodowy Stary Teatr im. Heleny Modrzejewskiej w Krakowie". www.cyfrowemuzeum.stary.pl. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- "Top literary agent found murdered". May 25, 2004. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- Harry PRESTON, Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2019-02-05.
- Martin, Douglas (May 26, 2004). "Henry Ries, 86, Photographer Who Captured Berlin Airlift". The New York Times. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
- Nagourney, Eric (June 14, 2004). "Robert Sharp Dies at 92; Linked Study of Planets". The New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
- Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher (May 27, 2004). "Roger W. Straus Jr., Book Publisher From the Age of the Independents, Dies at 87". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- "Fiat boss Umberto Agnelli dies". May 28, 2004. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- Patience Cleveland 1931–2004
- "Veteran Labour MP dies suddenly". May 27, 2004. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- "Mikhail Mikhailovich Postnikov". MacTutor History of Mathematics archive. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
- Arenson, Karen W. (June 4, 2004). "Frank Newman, 77, Dies; Shaped Education". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
- "TV writer Rosenthal dies aged 72". May 29, 2004. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
- "Ed Stanczak". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 18, 2019.
- Stanislav Otáhal, Sports-Reference / Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
- "Artimus Parker". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.