List of Famous people who died at 47

Hélmer Herrera Buitrago

First Name Hélmer
Last Name Buitrago
Born on August 24, 1951
Died on November 6, 1998 (aged 47)

Francisco Hélmer Herrera Buitrago also known as "Pacho" and "H7", was a Colombian drug trafficker, fourth in command in the Cali Cartel, and believed to be the son of Benjamin Herrera Zuleta.

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Jim Jones

First Name Jim
Last Name Jones
Born on May 13, 1931
Died on November 18, 1978 (aged 47)

James Warren Jones was an American cult leader, preacher and self-professed faith healer. He launched the Peoples Temple in Indiana during the 1950s. Jones and his inner circle orchestrated a mass murder-suicide of himself and his followers in his jungle commune at Jonestown, Guyana on November 18, 1978.

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Jim Valvano

First Name Jim
Last Name Valvano
Born on March 10, 1946
Died on April 28, 1993 (aged 47)
Height 183 cm | 6'0

James Thomas Anthony Valvano, nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college basketball player, coach, and broadcaster.

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Rodney King

Rodney Glen King
First Name Rodney
Last Name King
Born on April 2, 1969
Died on June 17, 2012 (aged 43)

Rodney Glen King was an American author and activist who was a victim of police brutality by the Los Angeles Police Department. On March 3, 1991, King was beaten by LAPD officers after a high-speed chase during his arrest for drunk driving on I-210. An uninvolved individual, George Holliday, filmed the incident from his nearby balcony and sent the footage to local news station KTLA. The footage showed an unarmed King on the ground being beaten after initially evading arrest. The incident was covered by news media around the world and caused a public furor.

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Lisa Martinek

Lisa Wittich
First Name Lisa
Last Name Martinek
Born on February 11, 1972
Died on June 28, 2019 (aged 47)

Lisa Martinek was a German actress. She appeared in about 80 film and television productions since 1993, mostly in German television. She died in a swimming accident in Italy.

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Ken McElroy

Ken Rex McElroy
First Name Ken
Last Name McElroy
Born on June 1, 1934
Died on July 10, 1981 (aged 47)

Ken Rex McElroy was a resident of Skidmore, Missouri, United States. Known as "the town bully", McElroy's unsolved killing became the focus of international attention. Over the course of his life, McElroy was accused of dozens of felonies, including assault, child molestation, statutory rape, arson, animal cruelty, hog and cattle rustling, and burglary.

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Gilbert Ray Hodges

First Name Gilbert
Last Name Hodges
Born on April 4, 1924
Died on April 2, 1972 (aged 47)

Gilbert Ray Hodges, ne Hodge was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman and manager who played most of his 18-year career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Alexis Arquette

First Name Alexis
Last Name Arquette
Born on July 28, 1969
Died on September 11, 2016 (aged 47)

Alexis Arquette was an American actress, cabaret performer, underground cartoonist, and activist.

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Luisito Rey

Luis Gallego
First Name Luisito
Born on June 28, 1945
Died on December 9, 1992 (aged 47)
Born in Spain, Andalusia

Luis Gallego Sánchez, better known as Luisito Rey, was a Spanish singer-songwriter and music exective, better known as the father and first manager of singer Luis Miguel.

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Manute Bol

First Name Manute
Born on October 16, 1962
Died on June 19, 2010 (aged 47)
Height 231 cm | 7'7

Manute Bol was a Sudanese-born American professional basketball player and political activist. Listed at 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m) or 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) tall, Bol was one of the tallest players in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Francis Gary Powers

First Name Francis
Last Name Powers
Born on August 17, 1929
Died on August 1, 1977 (aged 47)

Francis Gary Powers was an American pilot whose Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) U-2 spy plane was shot down while flying a reconnaissance mission in Soviet Union airspace, causing the 1960 U-2 incident.

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Yuri Budanov

First Name Yuri
Last Name Budanov
Born on November 24, 1963
Died on June 10, 2011 (aged 47)

Yuri Dmitrievich Budanov was a Russian military officer convicted by a Russian court of kidnapping and murder in Chechnya.

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Abel Rodríguez Ramirez

First Name Abel
Last Name Ramirez
Born on November 30, 1970
Died on October 15, 2021 (aged 50)

Abel Rodríguez Ramírez was a Cuban actor. He was married to the Colombian actress Anna Lopez with whom he has a son named Benjamin.

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Norihito, Prince Takamado

First Name Norihito,
Born on December 29, 1954
Died on November 21, 2002 (aged 47)
Born in Japan, Tokyo

Norihito, Prince Takamado was a member of the Imperial House of Japan and the third son of Takahito, Prince Mikasa and Yuriko, Princess Mikasa. He was a first cousin of Emperor Akihito, and was seventh in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne at the time of his death.

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Bronwyn Oliver

First Name Bronwyn
Born on February 22, 1959
Died on July 11, 2006 (aged 47)
Born in Australia

Bronwyn Joy Oliver was an Australian sculptor whose work primarily consisted of metalwork. Oliver was raised in rural New South Wales. She trained at Sydney's Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education and London's Chelsea School of Art. She had early success, winning a New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship in 1981 and the Moet & Chandon Australian Art Fellowship in 1984. Oliver settled in Sydney, where she practised and taught until her death in 2006.

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Yılmaz Güney

Yılmaz Pütün
First Name Yılmaz
Last Name Güney
Born on April 1, 1937
Died on September 9, 1984 (aged 47)
Born in Adana Province

Yılmaz Güney was a Kurdish film director, scenarist, novelist, and actor. He quickly rose to prominence in the Turkish film industry. Many of his works were devoted to the plight of ordinary, working class people in Turkey. Güney won the Palme d'Or with the film Yol he co-produced with Şerif Gören at Cannes Film Festival in 1982. He was at constant odds with the Turkish government because of his portrayals of Kurdish culture, people and language in his movies. After killing a judge, something Yılmaz claimed to be innocent of, and being convicted in a trial in 1974, he fled the country and later lost his citizenship.

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Oliver Sipple

First Name Oliver
Last Name Sipple
Born on November 20, 1941
Died on February 2, 1989 (aged 47)

Oliver Wellington "Billy" Sipple was an American known for intervening to block an assassination attempt against U.S. President Gerald Ford on September 22, 1975. A decorated U.S. Marine and disabled Vietnam War veteran, he grappled with Sara Jane Moore as she fired a pistol at Ford in San Francisco, causing her to miss. The subsequent public revelation that Sipple was gay turned the news story into a cause célèbre for LGBT rights activists, leading Sipple to sue — unsuccessfully — several publishers for invasion of privacy, and causing his estrangement from his parents.

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Adam Yauch

Adam Nathaniel Yauch
First Name Adam
Last Name Yauch
Born on August 5, 1964
Died on May 4, 2012 (aged 47)

Adam Nathaniel Yauch, better known under the stage name MCA, was an American rapper, bass player, filmmaker and a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys.

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Huey P. Newton

First Name Huey
Last Name Newton
Born on February 17, 1942
Died on August 22, 1989 (aged 47)

Huey Percy Newton was an African-American revolutionary who, along with fellow Merritt College student Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party (1966–1982). Together with Seale, Newton created a ten-point program which laid out guidelines for how, in their words, the African-American community could achieve liberation.

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Daniel Lewis Lee

First Name Daniel
Last Name Lee
Born on January 31, 1973
Died on July 14, 2020 (aged 47)

Daniel Lewis Lee was an American white supremacist and convicted mass murderer who was sentenced to death and executed for the murders of William Frederick Mueller, Nancy Ann Mueller, and their daughter Sarah Elizabeth Powell. Lee and his accomplice, Chevie Kehoe, murdered the family at their home in Arkansas, on January 11, 1996. Kehoe was found guilty of the triple murder in a separate trial and sentenced to three consecutive terms of life imprisonment without parole.

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