Famous People Who Died In 1997

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Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1997. This list includes people like The Notorious B.I.G., Mother Teresa, John Denver, Andrew Cunanan, Chris Farley and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include artists, political leaders, poets and philosophers who died in 1997. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Germany and many more countries.
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 1 
Princess Diana
(First Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales)
Princess Diana
69
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 31
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 2 
The Notorious B.I.G.
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)
The Notorious B.I.G.
60
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 9
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 3 
Chris Farley
(Actor and Comedian)
Chris Farley
50
Birthdate: February 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: December 18
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 4 
James Stewart
(Ranked 3rd on the List of 'Greatest American Male Actors')
James Stewart
31
Birthdate: May 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 2
 5 
Gianni Versace
(Fashion Designer)
Gianni Versace
32
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Died: July 15
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 6 
Mother Teresa
(Roman Catholic Nun, Founder and Active Member of the ‘Missionaries of Charity’)
Mother Teresa
157
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skopje, North Macedonia
Died: September 5
 7 
Michael Hutchence
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the Rock Band 'INXS')
Michael Hutchence
27
Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: November 22
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 8 
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
(Hawaiian Musician Best Known for His Medley 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow')
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
20
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: June 26
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 9 
Jeanne Calment
(Oldest Person Ever)
Jeanne Calment
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 21, 1875
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Arles
Died: August 4
 10 
Robert Mitchum
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of Classic American Cinema)
Robert Mitchum
18
Birthdate: August 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 1
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 11 
John Denver
(Best Know for His Songs 'Rocky Mountain High', 'Take Me Home, Country Roads', and 'Annie's Song')
John Denver
26
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States
Died: October 12
 12 
Burgess Meredith
(One of the Most Accomplished Actors of the 20th Century)
Burgess Meredith
7
Birthdate: November 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: September 9
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 13 
Jacques Cousteau
(Co-Inventor of the First Open-Circuit, Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus 'Aqua-Lung')
Jacques Cousteau
19
Birthdate: June 11, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France
Died: June 25
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 14 
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
(Qawwal and Ghazal Singer)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
38
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Faisalabad
Died: August 16
 15 
Brian Keith
5
Birthdate: November 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 24
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 16 
Fela Kuti
(Multi-Instrumentalist & the Creator of ‘Afro-beat’, a Genre that Fuses West African Music with American Funk & Jazz)
Fela Kuti
14
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: August 2
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 17 
Jeff Buckley
(Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist)
Jeff Buckley
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: May 29
 18 
Red Skelton
(Comedian, Pantomimist)
Red Skelton
9
Birthdate: July 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vincennes
Died: September 17
 19 
Joanna Moore
(American Film and Television Actress)
Joanna Moore
3
Birthdate: November 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Parrott, Georgia, United States
Died: November 22
 20 
Andrew Cunanan
(FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive)
Andrew Cunanan
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: August 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: National City, California, United States
Died: July 23
 21 
Mobutu Sese Seko
(President of Zaire (1965 - 1997))
Mobutu Sese Seko
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: September 7
 22 
William S. Burroughs
(Best Known for His Third Novel 'Naked Lunch')
William S. Burroughs
8
Birthdate: February 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: August 2
 23 
Deng Xiaoping
(Politician)
Deng Xiaoping
21
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guang'an, China
Died: February 19
 24 
Toshiro Mifune
3
Birthdate: April 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Qingdao, China
Died: December 24
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 25 
Roy Lichtenstein
(American Pop Artist Who Became a Major Figure in the New Art Movement During the 1960s)
Roy Lichtenstein
10
Birthdate: October 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died: September 29
 26 
Townes Van Zandt
(Country Singer & Songwriter Best Known for His Songs: 'Pancho and Lefty' and 'For the Sake of the Song')
Townes Van Zandt
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: January 1
 27 
Denver Pyle
(Actor and Director Known for His TV Series ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ and ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’)
Denver Pyle
11
Birthdate: May 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bethune, Colorado, United States
Died: December 25
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 28 
Lillian Disney
(Wife of Walt Disnry)
Lillian Disney
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spalding, Idaho, United States
Died: December 16
 29 
Ben Hogan
(American professional golfer)
Ben Hogan
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Texas
Died: July 25
 30 
Viktor Frankl
(Psychiatrist)
Viktor Frankl
2
Birthdate: March 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria
Died: September 2
 31 
Dodi Fayed
(Film producer, Romantic Partner of Princess Diana)
Dodi Fayed
23
Birthdate: April 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: August 31
 32 
Betty Shabazz
(Educator and Activist Best Known as the Wife of African-American Activist Malcolm X)
Betty Shabazz
10
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pinehurst, Georgia, United States
Died: June 23
 33 
Allen Ginsberg
(Best Known for His Poem ‘Howl’, Which is One of the Most Significant Products of the 'Beat Movement')
Allen Ginsberg
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 5
 34 
Audra Lindley
(Actress)
Audra Lindley
2
Birthdate: September 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 16
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 35 
Ennis Cosby
(Teacher)
Ennis Cosby
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 16
 36 
Paulo Freire
(Educator and Philosopher)
Paulo Freire
3
Birthdate: September 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Recife, Brazil
Died: May 2
 37 
Magda Gabor
(Hungarian-American Actress and Socialite)
Magda Gabor
5
Birthdate: June 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 6
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 38 
Nicolette Larson
(Best known for her work in the late 1970s)
Nicolette Larson
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helena, Montana, United States
Died: December 16
 39 
Sheldon Leonard
1
Birthdate: February 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Died: January 11
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 40 
James A. Michener
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 16
 41 
Anatoli Boukreev
(Mountaineer)
Anatoli Boukreev
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Korkino, Chelyabinsk Oblast
Died: December 25
 42 
Diosdado Macapagal
(Former President of the Philippines)
Diosdado Macapagal
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubao, Pampanga, Philippine Islands
Died: April 21
 43 
Richard Jaeckel
2
Birthdate: October 10, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Beach, Long Island, New York, USA
Died: June 4
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 44 
Billy Bremner
(Association football player, Association football manager)
Billy Bremner
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stirling
Died: December 7
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 45 
Don Messick
(Actor, Dub actor, Stage actor)
Don Messick
0
Birthdate: September 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buffalo
Died: October 24
 46 
Adriana Caselotti
(Actress, Singer)
Adriana Caselotti
3
Birthdate: May 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: January 19
 47 
Tony Williams
(Drummer)
Tony Williams
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: February 23
 48 
Dora Maar
(Photographer, Painter)
Dora Maar
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16
 49 
Curt Flood
(Baseball player)
Curt Flood
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston
Died: January 20
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 50 
Marjorie Reynolds
(American Actress Known for Her Role as 'Linda Mason' in the 1942 Musical Film 'Holiday Inn')
Marjorie Reynolds
2
Birthdate: August 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buhl, Idaho, United States
Died: February 1
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)