Deaths in May 2005
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The following is a list of notable people who died in May 2005.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Betty Talmadge, 81, American ex-wife of Senator Herman Talmadge, testified against him in Senate ethics committee in 1979, from Alzheimers.
- 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.
- 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 for 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keiiti Aki, 75, Japanese seismologist. 
- Frank Gorshin, 71, American film and television actor, cancer
- Paul Keene, 94, American organic farmer
- 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.
- David Lang, 37, American football player, former NFL running back with the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys.
- 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.
- 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 FC football player and manager.
- 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, American executed for murdering an 82-year-old woman, had asked for a temporary reprieve to donate his liver to his sister.
- 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.
- Eddie Albert, 99, American actor, star of Green Acres. 
- John Hope Anderson, 93, American politician.
- 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, suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
- Jim Ray, 60, American baseball player.
- Terry Shannon, 52, American IT expert.
- Domenic Troiano, 59, Canadian guitarist, cancer.
- Abuzar Aydamirov, 71, Chechen writer.
- Otto Binnig, 81, German World War II soldier.
- Maurice Cohen, 93, American metallurgist.
- Fay Godwin, 74, British photographer. 
- 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). 
- 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)