List of Famous people who died in 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana Frances Spencer
First Name Diana,
Last Name Wales
Born on July 1, 1961
Died on August 31, 1997 (aged 36)

Diana, Princess of Wales, was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales—the heir apparent to the British throne—and was the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. Diana's activism and glamour made her an international icon and earned her enduring popularity as well as unprecedented public scrutiny, exacerbated by her tumultuous private life.

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Amado Carrillo Palomino

Amado Carrillo Fuentes
First Name Amado
Last Name Palomino
Born on December 17, 1956
Died on July 4, 1997 (aged 40)
Born in Mexico, Sinaloa

Amado Carrillo Fuentes was a Mexican drug lord who seized control of the Juárez Cartel after assassinating his boss Rafael Aguilar Guajardo. Amado Carrillo became known as "El Señor de Los Cielos", because of the large fleet of jets he used to transport drugs. He was also known for laundering money via Colombia, to finance this fleet.

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The Notorious B.I.G.

Christopher George Latore Wallace
First Name The
Born on May 21, 1972
Died on March 9, 1997 (aged 24)
Height 188 cm | 6'2

Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names the Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie, was an American rapper and songwriter. Rooted in the New York rap scene and gangsta rap traditions, he is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. Wallace became known for his distinctive laidback lyrical delivery, offsetting the lyrics' often grim content. His music was often semi-autobiographical, telling of hardship and criminality, but also of debauchery and celebration.

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Gianni Versace

First Name Gianni
Born on December 2, 1946
Died on July 15, 1997 (aged 50)
Born in Italy, Calabria

Giovanni Maria "Gianni" Versace was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house that produces accessories, fragrances, make-up, home furnishings, and clothes. He also designed costumes for theatre and films. As a friend of Eric Clapton; Diana, Princess of Wales; Naomi Campbell; Kate Moss; Madonna; Elton John; Tupac Shakur and many other celebrities, he was one of the first designers to link fashion to the music world.

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Andrew Cunanan

First Name Andrew
Last Name Cunanan
Born on August 31, 1969
Died on July 23, 1997 (aged 27)

Andrew Phillip Cunanan was an American serial killer known to have murdered five people during a three-month period in mid-1997. His victims included Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and Chicago real estate developer Lee Miglin. Cunanan died of suicide by gunshot on July 23, 1997.

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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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Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

First Name Israel
Last Name Kamakawiwoʻole
Born on May 20, 1959
Died on June 26, 1997 (aged 38)

Israel Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, Hawaiian of the fearless eye, the bold face; May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997), also called Bruddah Iz or IZ, was a Hawaiian singer-lyricist, musician, and Hawaiian sovereignty activist.

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David ''D'' Barron

First Name David
Last Name Barron
Born on November 30, 1962
Died on November 27, 1997 (aged 34)

David Barron Corona, a.k.a. Popeye was a Mexican high-ranking member of the Logan Heights Gang, the Mexican Mafia and a hitman for the Tijuana Cartel under the command of drug lord Ramon Arellano Felix. Barron recruited and led a band of Mexican-American Logan Heights gang members as hired enforcers for the Arellano-Felix organization.

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James Stewart

James Maitland Stewart
First Name James
Last Name Stewart
Born on May 20, 1908
Died on July 2, 1997 (aged 89)

James Maitland Stewart, also known as Jimmy Stewart, was an American actor and military officer. Known for his distinctive drawl and everyman screen persona, Stewart's film career spanned 80 films from 1935 to 1991. With the strong morality he portrayed both on and off the screen, he epitomized the "American ideal" in the twentieth century. In 1999, the American Film Institute (AFI) ranked him third on its list of the greatest American male actors.

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Chris Farley

First Name Chris
Last Name Farley
Born on February 15, 1964
Died on December 18, 1997 (aged 33)
Height 173 cm | 5'8

Christopher Crosby Farley was an American actor and comedian. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago's Second City Theatre and later a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995. He then went on to pursue a film career, appearing in films such as Coneheads, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, Beverly Hills Ninja, Billy Madison, Dirty Work, and Almost Heroes (1998). He died of a drug overdose at the age of 33.

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