People died on 17 February

(16 found)

Mickey Wright
golf

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Kathryn Wright
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85, 3 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

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Winner of 82 tournaments on the LPGA tour.

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Mindy McCready
singer, country, criminal, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Malinda Gayle McCready
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
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Song Guys Do It All the Time. Album Ten Thousand Angels. Sentenced to jail for probation violations after conviction on prescription fraud. Dispute over custody of her son. Suicide by gunshot.

Kathryn Grayson
actor, singer, Broadway, educator, opera

Real/Birth Name:
Zelma Kathryn Hedrick
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, 8 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie musicals Show Boat, Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate. Broadway musical Camelot. Sang in operas.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1600 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry

Brad Van Pelt
football

Real/Birth Name:
Brad Alan Van Pelt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
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Linebacker. Teams Michigan State University, New York Giants, Los Angeles Raiders, Cleveland Browns. Member of the linebacker group Crunch Bunch.

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Mike Awesome
wrestling, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Lee Alfonso
Also Known As:
The Gladiator
Nickname(s):
The Fat Chick Thrilla
That '70s Guy
Canadian Career Killer
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42, 24 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pro wrestler. Friends found him hanging inside his Tampa home.

Sunshine Parker
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Lloyd Olen Parker
Also Known As:
'Sunshine' Parker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Tremors, Road House, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, The Sure Thing.

Bob Merrill
composer, lyricist, suicide, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Robert Merrill Levan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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Brief Facts:

Lyricist for musical/movie Funny Girl. Songs Don't Rain on my Parade, (How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window?, People, Mambo Italiano. Broadway musical plays Funny Girl, Breakfast at Tiffanys. Suicide by gunshot.

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Frank Kurtis
auto racing

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Peter Kuretich
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79, 23 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
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Racing car designer.

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Red Ruffing
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Herbert Ruffing
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
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Pitcher. Teams Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox.

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Lefty Gomez
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Vernon Louis Gomez
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher for team New York Yankees from 1930 to 1942. Noted for his wit and his fastball.

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Lee Strasberg
educator, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Israel Lee Strassberg
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
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Taught "method acting." Movie The Godfather: Part II.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6757 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry27 November 1977

Thelonious Monk
musician, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Thelonious Sphere Monk
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
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Jazz pianist.

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Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7055 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry24 July 1989

Alfred Newman
composer, conductor, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Alfred Newman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69, 28 days before his 70th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
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Scores for movies Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Mark of Zorro, How Green Was My Valley, The Song of Bernadette, Captain from Castile, All About Eve, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Anastasia, The Diary of Anne Frank, How the West Was Won, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Airport.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1708 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry

Margaret Leahy
actor, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Margaret Leahy
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group WAMPAS Baby Stars (1923). Only film, Three Ages. Committed suicide.

Uncle Jimmy Thompson
country, musician, radio

Real/Birth Name:
Jesse Donald Thompson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age:
83 or 84
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Old time fiddler. Drank whiskey from a jug before performing, "to loosen up my arm".

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Geronimo
historical

Real/Birth Name:
Goyahkla
Also Known As:
Goyathlay
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21

Brief Facts:

Bedonkohe Apache leader. Indian name means One Who Yawns.
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