List of Famous people who died in 1989

Ted Bundy

Theodore Robert Cowell
First Name Ted
Died on January 24, 1989 (aged 19)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Theodore Robert Bundy was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, before his execution in 1989 he confessed to 30 homicides that he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. The true number of victims is believed to be higher.

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Lucille Ball

Lucille Désirée Ball
First Name Lucille
Born on August 6, 1911
Died on April 26, 1989 (aged 77)
Height 170 cm | 5'7

Lucille Désirée Ball was an American actress, comedian, model, studio executive and producer. As one of Hollywood’s greatest icons, she was the star and producer of sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, as well as comedy television specials aired under the title The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

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Salvador Dalí

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech
First Name Salvador
Last Name Dalí
Born on May 11, 1904
Died on January 23, 1989 (aged 84)
Born in Spain, Catalonia

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marquess of Dalí de Púbol was a Spanish surrealist artist renowned for his technical skill, precise draftsmanship and the striking and bizarre images in his work.

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Ferdinand Marcos

First Name Ferdinand
Last Name Marcos
Born on September 11, 1917
Died on September 28, 1989 (aged 72)

Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. was a Filipino politician and kleptocrat who served as the 10th President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. Espousing an ideology of "constitutional authoritarianism" under the New Society Movement, he ruled as a dictator under martial law from 1972 until 1981, and kept most of his martial law powers until he was deposed in 1986. One of the most controversial leaders of the 20th century, Marcos' rule was infamous for its corruption, extravagance, and brutality.

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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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Bette Davis

First Name Bette
Last Name Davis
Born on April 5, 1908
Died on October 6, 1989 (aged 81)
Height 157 cm | 5'2

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was an American actress with a career spanning more than 50 years and 100 acting credits. She was noted for playing unsympathetic, sardonic characters, and was famous for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical films, suspense horror, and occasional comedies, although her greater successes were in romantic dramas. A recipient of two Academy Awards, she was the first thespian to accrue ten nominations.

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Marc Lépine

Gamil Rodrigue Liass Gharbi
First Name Marc
Last Name Lépine
Born on October 26, 1964
Died on December 6, 1989 (aged 25)
Born in Canada, Quebec

Marc Lépine was a Canadian mass murderer from Montreal, Quebec who, in 1989, murdered fourteen women, and wounded ten women and four men at the École Polytechnique de Montréal, an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal, in the École Polytechnique massacre, also known as the "Montreal Massacre".

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Abbie Hoffman

Abbot Howard Hoffman
First Name Abbie
Born on November 30, 1936
Died on April 12, 1989 (aged 52)

Abbot Howard Hoffman, better known as Abbie Hoffman, was an American political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party ("Yippies") and was a member of the Chicago Seven. He was also a leading proponent of the Flower Power movement.

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Gilda Radner

First Name Gilda
Born on June 28, 1946
Died on May 20, 1989 (aged 42)
Height 168 cm | 5'6

Gilda Susan Radner was an American actress and comedian, who was one of the seven original cast members for the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). In her routines, Radner specialized in parodies of television stereotypes, such as advice specialists and news anchors. In 1978, she won an Emmy Award for her performances on the show. She also portrayed those characters in her highly successful one-woman show on Broadway in 1979. Radner's SNL work established her as an iconic figure in the history of American comedy.

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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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Yusaku Matsuda

First Name Yusaku
Died on November 6, 1989 (aged 19)

Yūsaku Matsuda was a Japanese actor. In Japan he was best known for roles in action films and a variety of television series in the 1970s as well as a switch to a wider range of roles in the 1980s. His final film appearance was as the villain Sato in Ridley Scott's Black Rain.

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Laurie Cunningham

Laurence Paul Cunningham
First Name Laurie
Last Name Cunningham
Born on March 8, 1956
Died on July 15, 1989 (aged 33)

Laurence Paul Cunningham was an English professional footballer. A left winger, he notably played in England, France and Spain, where he became the first ever Englishman to play for Real Madrid.

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Lee Van Cleef

First Name Lee
Last Name Cleef
Born on January 9, 1925
Died on December 16, 1989 (aged 64)
Height 188 cm | 6'2

Clarence LeRoy "Lee" Van Cleef Jr. was an American actor best known for his roles in Spaghetti Westerns such as For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He declined to have his nose altered to play a sympathetic character in his film debut, High Noon, and was relegated to a non-speaking outlaw as a result. For a decade he was typecast as a minor villain, his "sinister" features overshadowing his acting skills. After suffering serious injuries in a car crash, Van Cleef had begun to lose interest in his declining career by the time Sergio Leone gave him a major role in For a Few Dollars More. The film made him a box-office draw, especially in Europe.

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Baby Huwae

Baby Constance Irene Theresia Huwae
First Name Baby
Last Name Huwae
Born on November 22, 1939
Died on June 5, 1989 (aged 49)

Baby Constance Irene Theresia Huwae was a Dutch-born Indonesian film actress and singer. Born in Rotterdam, she had moved to Indonesia by the 1950s and taken up modelling. She entered the film industry in 1958, and gained popularity following the success of Asrama Dara. Over the next several years she acted in a further five films and established a girl group, the Baby Dolls. However, after she married in 1960, Huwae focused on modelling. In the 1970s she worked as a fortune teller.

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Naval Tata

First Name Naval
Born on August 30, 1904
Died on May 5, 1989 (aged 84)
Born in India

Naval Hormusji Tata was an adopted son of Sir Ratanji Tata and a noted alumni DAVIET of the Tata Group. He is the father of Ratan Tata, Jimmy Tata and Noel Tata.

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Andrei Sakharov

First Name Andrei
Last Name Sakharov
Born on May 21, 1921
Died on December 14, 1989 (aged 68)
Born in Russia

Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov was a Russian nuclear physicist, dissident, Nobel laureate, and activist for disarmament, peace and human rights.

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Bruno Carette

Bruno Frédéric Carette
First Name Bruno
Last Name Carette
Born on November 26, 1956
Died on December 8, 1989 (aged 33)

Bruno Carette (1956–1989) was a French humorist. He was a member and founder of the group of comedians Les Nuls alongside Alain Chabat, Chantal Lauby and Dominique Farrugia.

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José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha

First Name José
Last Name Gacha
Born on May 14, 1947
Died on December 15, 1989 (aged 42)

José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, also known by the nickname El Mexicano, was a Colombian drug lord who was one of the leaders of the notorious Medellín Cartel along with the Ochoa Brothers and Pablo Escobar. At the height of his criminal career, Rodríguez was acknowledged as one of the world's most successful drug dealers. In 1988, Forbes magazine included him in their annual list of the world's billionaires.

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Ruhollah Khomeini

First Name Ruhollah
Died on June 3, 1989 (aged 19)

Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, also known in the Western world as Ayatollah Khomeini, was an Iranian politician, revolutionary, and cleric. He was the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which saw the overthrow of the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and the end of the 2,500-year-old Persian monarchy. Following the revolution, Khomeini became the country's Supreme Leader, a position created in the constitution of the Islamic Republic as the highest-ranking political and religious authority of the nation, which he held until his death. Most of his reign was taken up by the Iran–Iraq War of 1980–1988. He was succeeded by Ali Khamenei on 4 June 1989.

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Raul Seixas

Raul Santos Seixas
First Name Raul
Born on June 28, 1945
Died on August 21, 1989 (aged 44)
Born in Brazil, Bahia

Raul Santos Seixas was a Brazilian rock composer, singer, songwriter and producer. He is sometimes called the "Father of Brazilian Rock" and "Maluco Beleza", the last one roughly translated as "Groovy Nutcase". He was born in Salvador (Bahia), Brazil, and died of pancreatitis in São Paulo. Every year on Seixas' birthday, legions of fans, including thousands of impersonators, throw a parade in his honor in downtown São Paulo.

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