Famous People Who Died In 1997

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
Princess Diana
(Member of the British Royal Family)

Princess Diana
52
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sandringham, Norfolk, England
Died: August 31

 2 
The Notorious B.I.G.
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)

The Notorious B.I.G.
52
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 9

 3 
Chris Farley
(Actor, Comedian)

Chris Farley
40
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
25
Birthdate: May 20, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 2

 5 
Gianni Versace
(Fashion Designer)

Gianni Versace
20
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
98
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skopje, North Macedonia
Died: September 5

 7 
Andrew Cunanan
(FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive)

Andrew Cunanan
42
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: August 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: National City, California, United States
Died: July 23
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 8 
Jeanne Calment
(Oldest Person Ever)

Jeanne Calment
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 21, 1875
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Arles
Died: August 4

 9 
Michael Hutchence
(Lead Singer and Lyricist of the Rock Band 'INXS')

Michael Hutchence
22
Birthdate: January 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: November 22
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 10 
John Denver
(Best Know for His Songs 'Rocky Mountain High', 'Take Me Home, Country Roads', and 'Annie's Song')

John Denver
19
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States
Died: October 12

 11 
Robert Mitchum
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of Classic American Cinema)

Robert Mitchum
16
Birthdate: August 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 1
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 12 
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
(Singer-songwriter)

Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
18
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii
Died: June 26
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 13 

Burgess Meredith
3
Birthdate: November 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: September 9
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 14 
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
(Qawwal and Ghazal Singer)

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
27
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 13, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Faisalabad
Died: August 16

 15 

Jacques Cousteau
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 11, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France
Died: June 25

 16 

Brian Keith
5
Birthdate: November 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 24
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 17 
Fela Kuti
(Multi-instrumentalist)

Fela Kuti
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: August 2
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 18 
Jeff Buckley
(Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist)

Jeff Buckley
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: May 29

 19 
Red Skelton
(Comedian, Pantomimist)

Red Skelton
5
Birthdate: July 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vincennes
Died: September 17

 20 
Joanna Moore
(Actress)

Joanna Moore
3
Birthdate: November 10, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Parrott, Georgia, United States
Died: November 22

 21 
Mobutu Sese Seko
(President of Zaire (1965-97))

Mobutu Sese Seko
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: September 7

 22 
Deng Xiaoping
(Politician)

Deng Xiaoping
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guang'an, China
Died: February 19

 23 
William S. Burroughs
(Best Known for His Third Novel 'Naked Lunch')

William S. Burroughs
6
Birthdate: February 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: August 2

 24 

Toshiro Mifune
2
Birthdate: April 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Qingdao, China
Died: December 24
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 25 
Roy Lichtenstein
(Painter, Sculptor)

Roy Lichtenstein
9
Birthdate: October 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died: September 29

 26 
Townes Van Zandt
(Singer & Songwriter)

Townes Van Zandt
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: January 1

 27 

Denver Pyle
10
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
8
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
1
Birthdate: March 26, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria
Died: September 2

 31 
Ennis Cosby
(Teacher)

Ennis Cosby
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 16

 32 
Allen Ginsberg
(Poet, Writer)

Allen Ginsberg
6
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: June 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 5

 33 
Audra Lindley
(Actress)

Audra Lindley
1
Birthdate: September 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 16
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 34 
Betty Shabazz
(Educator)

Betty Shabazz
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pinehurst, Georgia, United States
Died: June 23

 35 
Paulo Freire
(Educator and Philosopher)

Paulo Freire
2
Birthdate: September 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Recife, Brazil
Died: May 2

 36 
Dodi Fayed
(Film producer, Romantic Partner of Princess Diana)

Dodi Fayed
16
Birthdate: April 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: August 31

 37 
Nicolette Larson
(Best known for her work in the late 1970s)

Nicolette Larson
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helena, Montana, United States
Died: December 16

 38 

Sheldon Leonard
0
Birthdate: February 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Died: January 11
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 39 
Diosdado Macapagal
(Former President of the Philippines)

Diosdado Macapagal
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubao, Pampanga, Philippine Islands
Died: April 21

 40 

James A. Michener
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 16

 41 
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)

 42 
Dora Maar
(Photographer, Painter)

Dora Maar
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 16

 43 
Curt Flood
(Baseball player)

Curt Flood
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston
Died: January 20
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 44 

Richard Jaeckel
1
Birthdate: October 10, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Long Beach, Long Island, New York, USA
Died: June 4
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 45 
Laura Nyro
(Songwriter)

Laura Nyro
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: April 8

 46 
Tony Williams
(Drummer)

Tony Williams
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: February 23

 47 

Marjorie Reynolds
1
Birthdate: August 12, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buhl, Idaho, USA
Died: February 1
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 48 
William Alexander
(Former painter known for hosting The Magic of Oil Painting Teaching television painter Bob Ross)

William Alexander
2
Birthdate: April 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: East Prussia
Died: January 24

 49 
Rich Ashburn
(Baseball Player)

Rich Ashburn
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tilden, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 9

 50 
Eugene Stoner
(Designer)

Eugene Stoner
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gosport, Indiana, United States
Died: April 24