List of Famous people who died at 87

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Hilda Roberts
First Name Margaret
Last Name Thatcher
Born on October 13, 1925
Died on April 8, 2013 (aged 87)
Height 165 cm | 5'5

Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, was a British politician and stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her the "Iron Lady", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As prime minister, she implemented policies that became known as Thatcherism.

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Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez
First Name Gabriel
Last Name Márquez
Born on March 6, 1927
Died on April 17, 2014 (aged 87)

Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo [ˈɡaβo] or Gabito [ɡaˈβito] throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, particularly in the Spanish language, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. In 1958 he married Mercedes Barcha; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.

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Mother Teresa

First Name Mother
Last Name Teresa
Born on August 26, 1910
Died on September 5, 1997 (aged 87)
Born in North Macedonia

Mother Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu, honoured in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. She was born in Skopje, then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After living in Skopje for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.

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Desmond Doss

Desmond Thomas Doss
First Name Desmond
Last Name Doss
Born on February 7, 1919
Died on March 23, 2006 (aged 87)

Desmond Thomas Doss was a United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Guam and the Philippines. Doss further distinguished himself in the Battle of Okinawa by saving 75 men, becoming the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during the war. His life has been the subject of books, the documentary The Conscientious Objector, and the 2016 film Hacksaw Ridge.

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Helmut Kohl

Helmut Josef Michael Kohl
First Name Helmut
Born on April 3, 1930
Died on June 16, 2017 (aged 87)

Helmut Josef Michael Kohl was a German statesman and politician of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who served as Chancellor of Germany from 1982 to 1998 and as chairman of the CDU from 1973 to 1998. Kohl's 16-year tenure is the longest of any German Chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, and oversaw the end of the Cold War, the German reunification and the creation of the European Union.

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Born on April 29, 1901
Died on January 7, 1989 (aged 87)
Born in Japan, Tokyo

Hirohito was the 124th emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, ruling over the Empire of Japan from 25 December 1926 until 2 May 1947, after which he was Emperor of the state of Japan until his death. He was succeeded by his fifth child and eldest son, Akihito. Hirohito and his wife, Empress Kojun, had seven children, two sons and five daughters. In Japan, reigning emperors are known only as "the Emperor." He is now referred to primarily by his posthumous name, Shōwa (昭和), which is the name of the era coinciding with his reign; for this reason, he is also known as the Shōwa Emperor or Emperor Shōwa. By 1979, Hirohito was the only monarch in the world with the title "emperor." Hirohito was the longest-lived and longest-reigning historical Japanese emperor and one of the longest-reigning monarchs in the world.

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Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel
First Name Dr.
Died on September 24, 1991 (aged 21)

Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel was an American children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss (,). His work includes many of the most popular children's books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death.

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Ron Flowers

Ronald Flowers
First Name Ron
Last Name Flowers
Born on July 28, 1934
Died on November 12, 2021 (aged 87)

Ronald Flowers was an English professional footballer, who played as a midfielder, and was most known for his time at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was a member of England's victorious 1966 World Cup squad. He was the elder brother of John Flowers.

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Gregory Peck

Eldred Gregory Peck
First Name Gregory
Last Name Peck
Born on April 5, 1916
Died on June 12, 2003 (aged 87)
Height 189 cm | 6'2

Eldred Gregory Peck was an American actor. He was one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among 25 Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema, ranking him at No. 12.

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Leo Major

First Name Leo
Last Name Major
Born on January 23, 1921
Died on October 12, 2008 (aged 87)

Léo Major was a French-Canadian soldier who was the only Canadian and one of only three soldiers in the British Commonwealth to receive the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) twice in separate wars. Major earned his first DCM in World War II in 1945 after a successful reconnaissance mission in Zwolle. As he was sent to scout the city with one of his best friends, a firefight broke out in which his friend was killed, yet he still continued, after which he found that the city was mostly deserted by the German occupational army. Thanks to his efforts Zwolle was spared from the artillery fire that was planned the next day by the Allies. He received his second DCM during the Korean War for leading the capture of a key hill in 1951.

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Sam Huff

Robert Lee Huff Sr.
First Name Sam
Last Name Huff
Born on October 4, 1934
Died on November 13, 2021 (aged 87)

Robert Lee "Sam" Huff Sr. was an American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. He played college football for West Virginia University. He is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the latter of which he became a member in 1982.

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Georgette Chen

First Name Georgette
Died on March 15, 1993 (aged 23)
Net Worth $1.4B

Georgette Liying Chendana Chen, born Chang Li Ying and more commonly known as Georgette Chen, was a first-generation Singaporean painter and one of the pioneers of the Nanyang style of art. A key figure in the development of modern art in Singapore, Chen is known for her oil paintings and contributions to art education as a teacher at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) from 1954 to 1981. Prior to being based in Malaya and Singapore from the 1950s onwards, Chen moved between cities such as Shanghai, Paris, and New York. In 1982, Chen was awarded the Cultural Medallion for her contributions to the visual arts in Singapore.

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Coco Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel
First Name Coco
Last Name Chanel
Born on August 19, 1883
Died on January 10, 1971 (aged 87)

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was credited in the post-World War I era with popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style, replacing the "corseted silhouette" that was dominant beforehand. A prolific fashion creator, Chanel extended her influence beyond couture clothing, realizing her design aesthetic in jewellery, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Chanel herself designed her famed interlocked-CC monogram, which has been in use since the 1920s.

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Arnold Palmer

Arnold Daniel Palmer
First Name Arnold
Last Name Palmer
Born on September 10, 1929
Died on September 25, 2016 (aged 87)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Arnold Daniel Palmer was an American professional golfer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic players in the sport's history. Dating back to 1955, he won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and the circuit now known as PGA Tour Champions. Nicknamed The King, Palmer was one of golf's most popular stars and seen as a trailblazer, the first superstar of the sport's television age, which began in the 1950s.

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Franzisca Baruch

First Name Franzisca
Born on November 21, 1901
Died on September 3, 1989 (aged 87)
Born in Germany

Franzisca Baruch was a German–Israeli graphic designer. She is known for designing Hebrew fonts, the cover of the first Israeli passport, the emblem of Jerusalem, and the logo of the Ha'aretz newspaper.

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Chiang Kai-shek

First Name Chiang
Last Name Kai-shek
Born on October 31, 1887
Died on April 5, 1975 (aged 87)

Chiang Kai-shek, also known as Chiang Chung-cheng and romanized via Mandarin as Chiang Chieh-shih and Jiang Jieshi, was a Chinese Nationalist politician, revolutionary and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975, first in mainland China until 1949 and then in Taiwan until his death.

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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Csíkszentmihályi Mihály
First Name Mihaly
Last Name Csikszentmihalyi
Born on September 29, 1934
Died on October 20, 2021 (aged 87)

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi was a Hungarian-American psychologist. He recognised and named the psychological concept of flow, a highly focused mental state conducive to productivity. He was the Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He was the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College.

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Jean Rochefort

Jean Raoul Robert Rochefort
First Name Jean
Last Name Rochefort
Born on April 29, 1930
Died on October 9, 2017 (aged 87)

Jean Raoul Robert Rochefort was a French stage and screen actor. He received many accolades during his career, including an Honorary César in 1999.

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Walter Mercado

First Name Walter
Last Name Mercado
Born on March 9, 1932
Died on November 2, 2019 (aged 87)
Born in Puerto Rico

Walter Mercado Salinas, also known by his stage name Shanti Ananda, was a Puerto Rican astrologer, actor, dancer, and writer, best known as a television personality for his shows as an astrologer. His astrological prediction shows aired for decades in Puerto Rico, Latin America and the United States, and he became a cultural phenomenon in the Hispanic community.

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P. V. Gopalan

First Name P.
Last Name Gopalan
Born on January 1, 1911
Died on January 31, 1998 (aged 87)

Painganadu Venkataraman Gopalan was an Indian career civil servant who served as Director of Relief Measures and Refugees in the Government of Zambia, especially the exodus of Refugees from Southern Rhodesia. While in Zambia, he later served as Advisor to the president of Zambia. He served as Joint Secretary to the Government of India in 1960s.

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