The following is a list of notable deaths in May 2005.
Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:
- Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.
- Edgar Baird, 93, Canadian businessman.
- Rex Bergstrom, 79, New Zealand econometrician.
- Kenneth B. Clark, 90, African-American civil rights activist and psychologist.
- René Rivkin, 60, Australian stockbroker.
- Edward von Kloberg III, 63, American lobbyist.
- Renée Faure, 86, French actress.
- Robert Hunter, 63, Canadian journalist and co-founder of Greenpeace.
- Wee Kim Wee, 89, Singaporean politician, fourth President of Singapore from 1985 to 1993, prostate cancer.
- Theofiel Middelkamp, 91, Dutch cyclist, first Dutchman to win a stage in the Tour de France and first Dutch world champion.
- Jack Nichols, 67, American gay rights activist, cancer.
- Börje Nyberg, 85, Swedish actor and film director.
- John C. Pritzlaff Jr., 79, American politician and diplomat.
- Raisa Struchkova, 79, Russian dancer and People's Artist of the USSR.
- Henriette, Lady Abel Smith, 90, British courtier, lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth II.
- Jagjit Singh Aurora, 89, Indian army general.
- David Batchelor, 63, British sound mixer.
- George S. Bowman Jr., 93, United States Marine Corps officer and Naval aviator.
- Don Canham, 87, American track and field athlete, former University of Michigan athletic director.
- Bobby Forrest, 73, English footballer.
- Michel Maurice-Bokanowski, 92, French politician.
- Pierre Moerlen, 52, French drummer and percussionist.
- Willi Steffen, 80, Swiss football player.
- Mark Boyle, 70, Scottish artist.
- Purwoto Gandasubrata, 75, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia.
- David Hackworth, 74, American Vietnam War veteran, journalist.
- Michael Kernan, 78, American author and journalist.
- Joyce Lambert, 88, British botanist and ecologist, bronchopneumonia.
- Evelyn Lutman Roberts, 88, American wife of preacher Oral Roberts.
- Neal Pattman, 79, American electric blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, bone cancer.
- Luis Taruc, 91, Filipino Communist revolutionary figure, leader of the HUKBALAHAP, a guerrilla group against the Japanese during World War II.
- Don Trachte, 89, American cartoonist.
- Ted Atkinson, 88, Canadian-born American Hall of Fame jockey.
- Carolyn Brady, 67, American artist.
- Donald Brian Doe, 84, British archaeologist and architect.
- Elisabeth Fraser, 85, American actress (The Phil Silvers Show, A Patch of Blue, One Happy Family).
- June MacCloy, 96, American actress.
- Skip Minisi, 78, American football player.
- Magdolna Nyári-Kovács, 83, Hungarian Olympic fencer.
- Édgar Ponce, 30, Mexican actor, collision between car and motorcycle during filming of video for "Sólo para mujeres".
- Theodore J. Bauer, 95, American specialist in infectious diseases.
- Luis Cabellero, 42, Paraguayan footballer.
- Miguel Contreras, 52, American labor union leader.
- Rafael Díaz-Balart, 79, Cuban politician, opponent and former brother-in-law of Fidel Castro, father of U.S. Congressmen Lincoln Díaz-Balart and Mario Díaz-Balart.
- Joe Grant, 96, American animator and screenwriter (Fantasia, Alice in Wonderland, Pocahontas), heart attack.
- Jost Gross, 59, Swiss politician, member of the National Council.
- Earl Richmond, 43, American serial killer, execution by lethal injection.
- Lisa Freeman Roberts, 56, American vocalist.
- Herb Sargent, 81, American television comedy writer.
- Lee Stine, 91, American baseball player, who pitched in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees.
- Václav Boštík, 91, Czech artist.
- Tristan Egolf, 33, American author, suicide.
- Ray Hamann, 93, American basketball player and coach.
- Peter W. Rodino, 95, American politician and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment process against Richard Nixon.
- Otilino Tenorio, 25, Ecuadorian international football player, automobile accident.
- Rafiqul Bari Chowdhury, Bangladeshi cinematographer and director.
- Wolfgang Blochwitz, 64, German footballer.
- Lloyd Cutler, 87, American attorney, former White House Counsel under Presidents Carter and Clinton.
- Nasrat Parsa, 37, Afghan singer, murdered abroad.
- A. J. Shepherd, 78, American ex-Indianapolis 500 racing driver.
- Nino Terzo, 81, Italian actor.
- Don Youngblood, 51, American IFBB professional bodybuilder, heart attack.
- Billa Harrod, 93, British writer and architectural conservationist.
- Ang Kiukok, 74, Filipino painter.
- Sir Charles Morrison, 72, British landowner and Conservative politician.
- Akihiko Saito, 44, Japanese hostage in Iraq.
- Tiny Wharton, 77, British football referee.
- Philip Agustin, Filipino publisher and editor.
- Hal Griggs, 76, American baseball player (Washington Senators).
- Veikko Hursti, 80, Finnish philanthropist.
- Jim Love, 78, American sculptor.
- Jay Marshall, 85, American magician and ventriloquist, dean of the Society of American Magicians.
- David Wayne, 47, American singer of the heavy metal group Metal Church.
- Léo Cadieux, 96, Canadian politician and diplomat.
- Alfred Finnigan, 108, Welsh centenarian, oldest man in Wales and World War I survivor.
- Michalis Genitsaris, 86, Greek rebetiko singer and composer.
- Bob Stuart, 84, New Zealand rugby player.
- Percy Trezise, 82, Australian painter, writer and explorer.
- Carl Alpert, 92, American-born Israeli journalist.
- Maurice "The Matador" Catarcio, 76, American former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, cancer.
- Sara Gadimova, 82, Azerbaijani khananda singer.
- Evaristo Iglesias, 79, Cuban Olympic sprinter.
- Ömer Kavur, 60, Turkish film director, producer, and screenwriter, lymphoma.
- Martin Lings, 96, English writer, scholar, philosopher and arabist.
- Monica Zetterlund, 67, Swedish singer and actress.
- Eddie Barclay, 84, French record producer and founder of Barclay Records.
- George Dantzig, 90, American mathematician, "father of linear programming".
- Hugh Montefiore, 85, English Bishop of Birmingham and environmental activist with Friends of the Earth.
- Próspero Penados del Barrio, 79, Guatemalan Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Guatemala City.
- Michael Ross, 45, American convicted serial killer, executed by lethal injection.
- Michael Carson, 57, Australian television director.
- Jimmy Martin, 77, American bluegrass singer.
- Helvecio Martins, 74, Brazilian LDS leader.
- Tibor Šalát, 79, Slovak mathematician.
- Mary Treadgold, 95, English author, literary editor and BBC producer, cancer.
- Povl Ahm, 78, Danish engineer, cancer.
- Vakha Arsanov, Chechen warlord and vice president of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, killed.
- Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 11th Earl of Shaftesbury, 27, English peer, suspected heart attack.
- Les Bartley, 51, Canadian former coach of the Toronto Rock of the National Lacrosse League, colon cancer.
- Alan B. Gold, 88, Canadian retired Chief Justice of the Quebec Superior Court, negotiated an end to the Oka standoff and numerous strikes.
- Natalya Gundareva, 56, Russian actress, stroke.
- Bob Haak, 79, Dutch art expert and founder of the Rembrandt Research Project.
- Aulis Kallakorpi, 76, Finnish ski jumper, Olympic silver medalist (1956).
- Mahipal, 86, Indian film actor, cardiac arrest.
- L. Bruce Archer, 82, British mechanical engineer and designer.
- Sir Rees Davies, 66, Welsh historian.
- Dale Erdahl, 73, American businessman and politician.
- Andrew J. Goodpaster, 90, American Army general, former leader of NATO and veteran of World War II.
- June Lang, 90, American actor.
- Jose M. Lopez, 94, Mexican US Army soldier, Medal of Honor-winning soldier in World War II.
- Albert "Smiler" Marshall, 108, British veteran of World War I.
- Arthur Naftalin, 87, American politician, former mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Jiří Rubáš, 83, Czech football player and manager.
- Keiiti Aki, 75, Japanese seismologist.
- Ellis Batten Page, 81, American educational psychologist.
- Luc-Peter Crombé, 85, Belgian painter.
- Piero Dorazio, 77, Italian painter.
- Frank Gorshin, 71, American actor (Batman, 12 Monkeys, That Darn Cat!), cancer.
- Abrarul Haq Haqqi, 84, Indian Sunni Muslim scholar.
- Elsa Hilger, 101, American cellist.
- Gergely Pongrátz, 73, Hungarian anti-communist.
- Shaima Rezayee, 24, Afghan TV presenter of Hop, an Afghan programme similar to MTV.
- Bobby Thompson, 67, American banjoist (Area Code 615).
- Whayne Wilson, 29, Costa Rican footballer.
- Denis Wright, 94, British diplomat, prostate cancer.
- Bob Wynn, 65, American golfer, lung cancer.
- Stella Zázvorková, 83, Czech actress.
- John Arthur, 85, South African boxer.
- Richard Cartwright, 31, American convicted murderer, executed by lethal injection.
- Henry Corden, 85, Canadian voice actor (The Flintstones, The Ten Commandments, Johnny Quest), emphysema.
- Batya Gur, 57, Israeli author, lung cancer.
- Richard Lewine, 94, American Broadway composer and TV producer.
- Victor Wouk, 86, American scientist and electrical engineer.
- Anthony Athanas, 93, Albanian-born American restaurateur.
- J. D. Cannon, 83, American actor (McCloud, Cool Hand Luke, Raise the Titanic).
- Marian Foik, 71, Polish Olympic sprinter.
- Harriet White Medin, 91, American actress (Death Race 2000, The Horrible Dr. Hichcock, The Terminator).
- Paul Ricœur, 92, French philosopher and teacher.
- Lujo Tončić-Sorinj, 90, Austrian diplomat and politician, former Foreign Minister of Austria.
- Monica Charlot, 81, British historian and political scientist.
- Stephen Elliott, 86, American actor (Arthur, Beverly Hills Cop, Dallas).
- Bedford Jezzard, 77, English footballer, former Fulham F.C. football player and manager.
- David Lang, 37, American football player, former NFL running back with the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys.
- Howard Morris, 85, American voice actor (The Flintstones, Garfield and Friends, Police Academy).
- Subodh Mukherjee, 84, Indian filmmaker.
- Fred Rosen, 74, American physician.
- Terry Carisse, 62, Canadian singer-songwriter.
- Charilaos Florakis, 91, Greek politician, honorary president and former secretary general (1972–1989) of the Communist Party of Greece.
- Julia Randall, 81, American poet.
- Thurl Ravenscroft, 91, American voice actor (Tony the Tiger, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!).
- John Rothwell, 91, Australian cricketer.
- John Albano, 82, American comic book writer (Jonah Hex).
- Hugh Cabot III, 75, American artist.
- Sígfrid Gràcia, 73, Spanish footballer.
- Derek Ratcliffe, 75, British conservationist.
- Billy Smart, Jr, 71, British circus impresario.
- Roderick Wright, 64, Scottish Roman Catholic bishop, disgraced and renounced the office of bishop.
- Carl Amery, 83, German writer.
- Arthur Haulot, 91, Belgian journalist, member of the resistance during World Waa II.
- Robert McAuliffe, 66, Trinidadian-born Olympic sports shooter for the United States Virgin Islands.
- Dick Raikes, 93, British Royal Navy officer.
- Saeed Khan Rangeela, 68, Pakistani actor, singer and director.
- Sunil Dutt, 75, Indian Bollywood actor and Union Minister, India.
- Robert Jankel, 67, British limousine designer.
- Graham Kennedy, 71, Australian TV celebrity and comedian.
- Vera Komarkova, 62, Czech-American mountaineer and botanist, complications of breast cancer treatment.
- Ruth Laredo, 67, American pianist.
- Steve Mason, 65, American poet and war veteran.
- Ismail Merchant, 68, Indian-born film producer.
- Zoran Mušič, 96, Slovene painter, graphic artist and draughtsman.
- Domenic Troiano, 59, Canadian guitarist, cancer.
- Eddie Albert, 99, American actor (Roman Holiday, Green Acres, The Heartbreak Kid)
- Albinas Albertynas, 71, Lithuanian politician.
- John Hope Anderson, 93, American politician.
- Charles Bouvet, 86, French Olympic pole vaulter.
- James G. Butler, 84, American lawyer.
- Chico Carrasquel, 77, Venezuelan shortstop, the first Latin American player to appear in an MLB All-Star game.
- Israel Epstein, 90, Polish-Chinese communist journalist and author.
- Sangoulé Lamizana, 89, Burkinabe politician, former president of Burkina Faso.
- Krzysztof Nowak, 29, Polish football player for VfL Wolfsburg and the Polish national team, ALS.
- Radius Prawiro, 76, Indonesian economist and politician, Minister of Finance.
- Jim Ray, 60, American baseball player.
- Terry Shannon, 52, American IT expert.
- Dale Velzy, 77, American surfboard shaper.
- Abuzar Aydamirov, 71, Chechen writer.
- Morris Cohen, 93, American metallurgist.
- Fay Godwin, 74, British photographer.
- Terje Johanssen, 62, Norwegian poet.
- Ian Mackenzie-Kerr, 75, British book designer.
- Emil Appolus, 70, Namibian politician.
- Benjamin Biaggini, 89, American railroad executive.
- Clair A. Callan, 85, American politician, U.S. Representative from Nebraska (1965–1967).
- John Sidney Garrett, 83, American politician, member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.
- Arnold Morton, 83, American restaurateur, founder of Morton's of Chicago steakhouses.
- David Oswald Thomas, 81, Welsh philosopher.
- Ricky Allen, 70, American blues singer.
- María de los Ángeles Alvariño González, 88, Spanish oceanographer.
- Oscar Brown, Jr., 78, American musician, playwright, activist.
- Patsy Calton, 56, British Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament, cancer.
- Joseph Karth, 82, American politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota (1959–1977).
- Hamilton Naki, 78, South African surgeon.
- Sir Frederick Page, 88, British aircraft designer.
- Svatopluk Pluskal, 74, Czechoslovak footballer.
- George Rochberg, 86, American composer.
- Sir Gordon Tait, 83, British admiral.
- Takanohana Kenshi, (née Mitsuru Hanada), 55, Japanese sumo wrestler, aka "The Prince of Sumo".
- Jan Knappert, 78, Dutch linguist.
- Fazal Mahmood, 78, Pakistani cricket captain.
- Tomasz Pacyński, 47, Polish fantasy and science fiction author.
- Herbert Warren Wind, 88, American sportswriter.
- Alma Ziegler, 87, American baseball player (All-American Girls Professional Baseball League).
- Sir John Aiken, 83, British air marshal.
- Emily Blatch, Baroness Blatch, 67, British politician and life peer.
- Archil Gomiashvili, 79, Soviet Georgian actor.
- Yuri Kleschev, 74, Soviet volleyball coach, referee and writer.
- Harry Larche, 81, American football player and coach.
- Jaime Mendoza-Nava, 79, Bolivian-American composer and conductor.
- Grisélidis Réal, 75, Swiss writer and sex worker, cancer.
- Eduardo Teixeira Coelho, 86, Portuguese comic book artist.
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- Jason Diamos (May 7, 2005). "Ted Atkinson, Hall of Fame Jockey for Tom Fool, Dies at 88". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
- "Elisabeth Fraser, 85, Character Actress". The New York Times. May 18, 2005. p. B 10. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
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- Douglas Martin (May 7, 2005). "Herb Sargent, TV Writer, Is Dead at 81". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
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- Douglas Martin (May 29, 2005). "Martin Lings, a Sufi Writer on Islamic Ideas, Dies at 96". The New York Times. p. 1 31. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
- Margalit Fox (May 22, 2005). "Eddie Barclay, Recording Magnate, Dies at 84". The New York Times. p. 1 31. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
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- Wolfgang Saxon (May 26, 2005). "Richard Lewine, 94, a Television Producer Who Also Wrote Music for Broadway". The New York Times. p. C 18. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Stuart Lavietes (June 12, 2005). "Victor Wouk, 86, Dies; Built Early Hybrid Car". The New York Times. p. 1 50. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
- Margalit Fox (May 24, 2005). "Paul Ricoeur, 92, Wide-Ranging French Philosopher, Is Dead". The New York Times. p. B 9. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
- "Stephen Elliott, 86, Dies; Co-Star of 'Arthur'". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 26, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- "Thurl Ravenscroft dies at 91". Orange County Register. May 23, 2005. Archived from the original on February 24, 2007. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Hari Kumar (May 26, 2005). "Sunil Dutt, Star in India and Politician, Dies at 75". The New York Times. p. C 18. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
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- Margalit Fox (June 11, 2005). "Hamilton Naki, 78, Self-Taught Surgeon, Dies". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
- "George Rochberg, Composer, Dies at 86". The New York Times. June 1, 2005. p. B 9. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
- Frank Litsky (June 1, 2005). "Herbert Warren Wind, Golf Writer, Dies at 88". The New York Times. p. B 9. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
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