Deaths in May 2005
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The following is a list of notable people who died in May 2005.
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.
- Edgar Baird, 93, Canadian businessman.
- Albert Rex Bergstrom, 79, New Zealand econometrician.
- Kenneth Clark, 90, African-American civil rights activist and psychologist.
- René Rivkin, 60, Australian stockbroker.
- Edward von Kloberg III, 63, American lobbyist.
- Robert Hunter, 63, Canadian journalist and co-founder of Greenpeace.
- Wee Kim Wee, 89, Singaporean politician, fourth President of Singapore from 1985 to 1993.
- Theofiel Middelkamp, 91, Dutch cyclist, first Dutchman to win a stage in the Tour de France and first Dutch world champion.
- Börje Nyberg, 85, Swedish actor and film director.
- Henriette, Lady Abel Smith, 90, British courtier, lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II.
- Jagjit Singh Aurora, 89, Indian army general.
- David Batchelor, 63, British sound mixer.
- Don Canham, 87, American track and field athlete, former University of Michigan athletic director.
- Pierre Moerlen, 52, French drummer and percussionist.
- Mark Boyle, 70, Scottish artist.
- David H. Hackworth, 74, American Vietnam War veteran, journalist.
- Evelyn Lutman Roberts, 88, American wife of preacher Oral Roberts.
- Luis Taruc, 91, Filipino Communist revolutionary figure, leader of the HUKBALAHAP, a guerrilla group against the Japanese during World War II.
- Ted Atkinson, 88, Canadian-born American Hall of Fame jockey.
- Carolyn Brady, 67, American artist.
- Elisabeth Fraser, 85, American actress on The Phil Silvers Show, etc.
- June MacCloy, 96, American actress.
- Skip Minisi, 78, American football player.
- Magdolna Nyári-Kovács, 83, Hungarian Olympic fencer.
- Édgar Ponce, 30, Mexican actor, collision between car and motorcycle during filming of video for "Sólo para mujeres".
- Theodore J. Bauer, 95, American specialist in infectious diseases.
- Luis Cabellero, 42, Paraguayan footballer.
- Miguel Contreras, 52, American labor union leader.
- Rafael Diaz-Balart, 79, Cuban politician, opponent and former brother-in-law of Fidel Castro, father of U.S. Congressmen Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Mario Díaz-Balart.
- Joe Grant, 96, American Disney animator, heart attack.
- Jost Gross, 59, Swiss politician, member of the National Council.
- Lisa Freeman Roberts, 56, American vocalist.
- Herb Sargent, 81, American television comedy writer.
- Lee Stine, 91, American baseball player, who pitched in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees.
- Václav Boštík, 91, Czech artist.
- Tristan Egolf, 33, American author, suicide.
- Peter Wallace Rodino, 95, U.S. congressman, (1949–1989).
- Otilino Tenorio, 25, Ecuadorian international football player, automobile accident.
- Wolfgang Blochwitz, 64, German footballer.
- Lloyd Cutler, 87, American attorney, former White House Counsel under Presidents Carter and Clinton.
- A. J. Shepherd, 78, American ex-Indianapolis 500 racing driver.
- Sir Charles Morrison, 72, British politician.
- Nasrat Parsa, 36, Afghan pop singer, after being assaulted in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
- Akihiko Saito, 44, Japanese hostage in Iraq.
- Tiny Wharton, 77, British football referee
- Hal Griggs, 76, American former MLB player Washington Senators.
- Veikko Hursti, 80, Finnish philanthropist.
- Jim Love, 78, American sculptor.
- Jay Marshall, 85, American magician and ventriloquist, dean of the Society of American Magicians.
- David Wayne, 47, American singer of the heavy metal group Metal Church.
- Léo Cadieux, 96, Canadian politician and diplomat.
- Alfred Finnigan, 108, Welsh centenarian, oldest man in Wales and World War I survivor.
- Michalis Genitsaris, 86, Greek rebetiko singer and composer.
- Bob Stuart, 84, New Zealand rugby player.
- Percy Trezise, 82, Australian painter, writer and explorer.
- Carl Alpert, 92, American-born Israeli journalist.
- Eddie Barclay, 84, French record producer and founder of Barclay Records.
- Maurice Catarcio, 76, American former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, of cancer.
- Sara Gadimova, 82, Azerbaijani khananda singer.
- Evaristo Iglesias, 79, Cuban Olympic sprinter.
- Monica Zetterlund, 67, Swedish singer and actress.
- George Dantzig, 90, American mathematician, "father of linear programming".
- Hugh Montefiore, 85, English Bishop of Birmingham and environmental activist with Friends of the Earth.
- Próspero Penados del Barrio, 79, Guatemalan Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Guatemala City.
- Michael Ross, 45, American convicted serial killer, executed by lethal injection.
- Michael Carson, 57, Australian television director.
- Jimmy Martin, 77, American bluegrass singer.
- Helvecio Martins, 74, Brazilian LDS leader.
- Povl Ahm, 78, Danish engineer, cancer.
- Les Bartley, 51, Canadian former coach of the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League, colon cancer.
- Alan B. Gold, 88, Canadian retired Chief Justice of the Quebec Superior Court, negotiated an end to the Oka standoff and numerous strikes.
- The Earl of Shaftesbury, 27, English peer, suspected heart attack.
- L. Bruce Archer, 82, British mechanical engineer and designer.
- Sir Rees Davies, 66, Welsh historian.
- Dale Erdahl, 73, American businessman and politician.
- Andrew J. Goodpaster, 90, American Army General, former leader of NATO and veteran of World War II.
- June Lang, 90, American actor.
- Jose M. Lopez, 94, Mexican US Army soldier, Medal of Honor-winning soldier in World War II.
- Albert "Smiler" Marshall, 108, British veteran of World War I.
- Arthur Naftalin, 87, American politician, former mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Jiří Rubáš, 83, Czech football player and manager.
- Keiiti Aki, 75, Japanese seismologist.
- Frank Gorshin, 71, American film and television actor, cancer.
- Ellis Batten Page, 81, American educational psychologist.
- Shaima Rezayee, 24, Afghan TV presenter of Hop, an Afghan programme similar to MTV.
- Bobby Thompson, 67, American banjoist (Area Code 615).
- Whayne Wilson, 29, Costa Rican footballer.
- Stella Zázvorková, 83, Czech actress.
- John Arthur, 85, South African boxer.
- Richard Cartwright, 35, American convicted murderer, executed by lethal injection.
- Henry Corden, 85, Canadian voice actor (The Flintstones), emphysema.
- Batya Gur, 57, Israeli author.
- Richard Lewine, 94, American Broadway composer and TV producer.
- Victor Wouk, 86, American scientist and electrical engineer.
- Anthony Athanas, 93, Albanian-born American restaurateur.
- J. D. Cannon, 83, American actor.
- Marian Foik, 71, Polish Olympic sprinter.
- Paul Ricœur, 92, French philosopher and teacher.
- Lujo Tončić-Sorinj, 90, Austrian diplomat and politician, former Foreign Minister of Austria.
- Stephen Elliott, 86, American actor, Arthur.
- Bedford Jezzard, 77, English footballer, former Fulham F.C. football player and manager.
- David Lang, 37, American football player, former NFL running back with the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys.
- Howard Morris, 85, American comedy actor and director.
- Subodh Mukherjee, 84, Indian filmmaker.
- Fred Rosen, 74, American physician.
- Terry Carisse, 62, Canadian singer-songwriter.
- Charilaos Florakis, 91, Greek politician, Honorary President and former Secretary General (1972–1989) of the Communist Party of Greece.
- Julia Randall, 81, American poet.
- Thurl Ravenscroft, 91, American voice actor (Tony the Tiger, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!).
- John Rothwell, 91, Australian cricketer.
- John Albano, 82, American comic book writer.
- Hugh Cabot III, 75, American artist.
- Sígfrid Gràcia, 73, Spanish footballer.
- Derek Ratcliffe, 75, British conservationist.
- Billy Smart, Jr, 71, British circus impresario.
- Roderick Wright, 64, Scottish Roman Catholic bishop, disgraced and renounced the office of bishop.
- Carl Amery, 83, German writer.
- Arthur Haulot, 91, Belgian journalist, active member of the resistance movement against the Nazi occupation.
- Robert McAuliffe, 66, Trinidadian-born Olympic sports shooter for the United States Virgin Islands.
- Sunil Dutt, 75, Indian Bollywood actor and Union Minister, India.
- Robert Jankel, 67, British limousine designer.
- Gregory Scott Johnson, 40, American criminal.
- Graham Kennedy, 71, Australian TV celebrity and comedian.
- Ruth Laredo, 67, American pianist.
- Steve Mason, 65, American poet and war veteran.
- Ismail Merchant, 68, Indian-born film producer.
- Zoran Mušič, 96, Slovene painter, graphic artist and draughtsman.
- Domenic Troiano, 59, Canadian guitarist, cancer.
- Eddie Albert, 99, American actor, star of Green Acres.
- Albinas Albertynas, 71, Lithuanian politician.
- John Hope Anderson, 93, American politician.
- Charles Bouvet, 86, French Olympic pole vaulter.
- James G. Butler, 84, American lawyer.
- Chico Carrasquel, 77, Venezuelan shortstop, the first Latin American player to appear in an MLB All-Star game.
- Sangoulé Lamizana, 89, Burkinabe politician, former president of Burkina Faso.
- Krzysztof Nowak, 29, Polish football player for VfL Wolfsburg and the Polish national team, ALS.
- Jim Ray, 60, American baseball player.
- Terry Shannon, 52, American IT expert.
- Abuzar Aydamirov, 71, Chechen writer.
- Otto Binnig, 81, German World War II soldier.
- Maurice Cohen, 93, American metallurgist.
- Fay Godwin, 74, British photographer.
- Terje Johanssen, 62, Norwegian poet.
- Ian Mackenzie-Kerr, 75, British book designer.
- Emil Appolus, 70, Namibian politician.
- Benjamin Biaggini, 89, American railroad executive.
- Clair A. Callan, 85, American politician, U.S. Representative from Nebraska (1965–1967).
- John Sidney Garrett, 83, American politician, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
- Arnold Morton, 83, American restaurateur, founder of Morton's of Chicago steakhouses.
- David Oswald Thomas, 81, Welsh philosopher.
- Ricky Allen, 70, American blues singer.
- María de los Ángeles Alvariño González, 88, Spanish oceanographer.
- Oscar Brown, Jr., 78, American musician, playwright, activist.
- Patsy Calton, 56, British Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament, cancer.
- Joseph Karth, 82, American politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota (1959–1977).
- Hamilton Naki, 78, South African surgeon.
- Sir Frederick Page, 88, British aircraft designer.
- George Rochberg, 86, American composer.
- Sir Gordon Tait, 83, British admiral.
- Takanohana Kenshi (née Mitsuru Hanada), 55, Japanese sumo wrestler, aka "The Prince of Sumo".
- Jan Knappert, 78, Dutch linguist.
- Fazal Mahmood, 78, Pakistani cricket captain.
- Tomasz Pacyński, 47, Polish fantasy and science fiction author.
- Alma Ziegler, 87, American baseball player (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League).
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- "Herb Sargent Legendary Writer and Producer and Writers Guild of America, East President, Dies". Writers Guild of America, East. May 6, 2005. Archived from the original on May 12, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
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- "Stephen Elliott, 86, Dies; Co-Star of 'Arthur'". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 26, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- "Thurl Ravenscroft dies at 91". Orange County Register. May 23, 2005. Archived from the original on February 24, 2007. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Hoge, Warren (May 26, 2005). "Ismail Merchant, Producer of Sumptuous and Literate Films, Dies at 68". The New York Times. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- "Eddie Albert". Legacy.com. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- "Jim Ray". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- "Fay Godwin has died". Photo.net. May 30, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Morley, Brian (July 27, 2005). "Ian Mackenzie-Kerr: Designer who transformed the appearance of Thames & Hudson books". The Guardian. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- "Callan, Clair Armstrong, (1920-2005)". Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
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- "Air Chief Marshal Sir John Aiken". The Daily Telegraph. June 4, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
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