News A List of the people that died in 2017 ( might not be complete)


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As they say in Argentina, It takes two to Tango.


December 2016

  • Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov (Russian: Андре́й Генна́дьевич Ка́рлов; 4 February 1954 – 19 December 2016) was a Russian career diplomat who served as the Russian Ambassador to Turkey and earlier as the nation's ambassador to North Korea.

    On the evening of 19 December 2016, while speaking at an art gallery exhibition in Ankara, Turkey, Karlov (aged 62) was assassinated by Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, an off-duty Turkish policeman.

  • Kyriakos Amiridis, in Greek Κυριάκος Αμοιρίδης (30 September 1957 – c. 26 December 2016), was a Greek career diplomat who served as the Ambassador of Greece to Libya and Brazil.

    On 30 December 2016, a Rio de Janeiro police officer had confessed to the stabbing, killing and burning of the 59-year-old Greek Ambassador.


January 2017

  • Igor Petrovich Volk (Russian: Игорь Петрович Волк; Ukrainian: Ігор Петрович Волк; 12 April 1937 – 3 January 2017) was a cosmonaut and test pilot in the Soviet Union. He was married and had two children.
    Died 3 January 2017 (aged 79).

  • Mário Alberto Nobre Lopes Soares, (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaɾiu suˈaɾɨʃ]; 7 December 1924 – 7 January 2017) was a Portuguese politician who served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1976 to 1978 and from 1983 to 1985, and subsequently as the 17th President of Portugal from 1986 to 1996.
    Died 7 January 2017 (aged 92), Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, (Persian: اکبر هاشمی رفسنجانی‎, translit. Akbar Hāshemī Rafsanjānī‎) (هاشمی بهرمانی‎, 25 August 1934 – 8 January 2017) was the chairman of the Expediency Council (a legislative arbitration committee) of Iran from 1989 until his death. He was also the fourth President of Iran from 3 August 1989 until 3 August 1997. He was the head of the Assembly of Experts from 2007 until 2011 when he decided not to nominate himself for the post.
    Died 8 January 2017 (aged 82), Tehran, Iran.

  • Roman Herzog, (5 April 1934 – 10 January 2017) was a German politician, who served as President of Germany from 1994 to 1999. A member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), he was the first President of Germany to be elected to office after the reunification of Germany. Prior to his election to the presidency of Germany, he served as a judge of the Federal Constitutional Court, and he was the President of the Constitutional Court from 1987 to his election as President of Germany.
    Died 10 January 2017 (aged 82), Berlin, Germany.

  • Andrei Malanin. The Russian embassy in Greece confirmed the death of the Russian consul in Athens.
    The consul died from natural causes.
    Died Circa 09.01.2017, 55-year-old.

  • Vsevolod Serafimovich Murakhovsky (Russian: Всеволод Серафимович Мураховский; 20 October 1926 – 12 January 2017) was a Ukrainian-Russian politician who served as first deputy premier during the Gorbachev Era.
    Died 12 January 2017, (aged 90).

  • Zhou Youguang (Chinese: 周有光; pinyin: Zhōu Yǒuguāng; 13 January 1906 – 14 January 2017) was a Chinese economist, banker, linguist, sinologist, publisher and supercentenarian, known as the "father of Pinyin", a system for romanization of Mandarin Chinese which was officially adopted by the Chinese government in 1958, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 1982, and the United Nations in 1986.
    Died 14 January 2017 (aged 111 years, 1 day), Beijing, China.

  • Eugene Andrew "Gene" Cernan, CAPT, USN (/ˈsər.nən/; March 14, 1934 – January 16, 2017) was an American astronaut, naval aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and fighter pilot, and was the last human to walk on the Moon, in 1972.
    He traveled into space three times: as Pilot of Gemini 9A in June 1966, as Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 10 in May 1969, and as Commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final Apollo lunar landing. On Apollo 17, Cernan became the eleventh person to walk on the Moon and the most recent man to walk on the Moon, since he was the last to re-enter the Lunar Module Challenger after the mission's third and final extravehicular activity (EVA). Cernan was also a backup crew member for the Gemini 12, Apollo 7 and Apollo 14 space missions.
    Died January 16, 2017 (aged 82), Houston, Texas, U.S.

  • Colo (December 22, 1956 – January 17, 2017) was a western gorilla widely known as the first gorilla to be born in captivity anywhere in the world and as the oldest known gorilla in the world.
    Died January 17, 2017 (aged 60), Ohio, U.S.

  • Andy Manuel Marte (October 21, 1983 – January 22, 2017) was a Dominican professional baseball third baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, and Arizona Diamondbacks. On January 22, 2017, Marte was killed in a car crash.
    Died: January 22, 2017 (aged 33), San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic.

  • Yordano Ventura Hernández (Spanish: [ɟʝorˈðano βenˈtuɾa]; June 3, 1991 – January 22, 2017) was a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was twice named to the All-Star Futures Game. On January 22, 2017, Ventura was killed in a car crash.
    Died: January 22, 2017 (aged 25), Juan Adrián, Dominican Republic.

  • Hua Hsi-chun (Chinese: 華錫鈞,华锡钧; pinyin: Huá xī jūn; 1925 – 24 January 2017) was a Chinese aeronautical engineer, fighter jet pilot, Black Cat Squadron U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft pilot, executive vice president of National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, former director of Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation.
    He studied in the United States in the 1960s and obtained a Ph.D. from Purdue University's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. After returning to Taiwan R.O.C., he led the research and development program for the AIDC F-CK-1 Ching-kuo (經國號戰機), commonly known as the Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) air superiority jet fighter.
    He is known as the "Father of the IDF fighter jet".
    Died 24 January 2017 (aged 92 years), Taizhong, Republic of China.

  • Alexander Mikhailovich Kadakin (Russian: Александр Михайлович Кадакин; 22 July 1949 – 26 January 2017) was a Russian diplomat and the Russian Ambassador to India. He began his career here in 1971. His first term as an ambassador in India was from 1999-2004.
    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Sweden (2005 – 2009).
    Since October 27, 2009 – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of India.
    He "died after a brief illness". He died in a city hospital after a "heart attack".
    Died 26 January 2017 (aged 67 years), New Delhi, Republic of India.

February 2017

  • Ren Xinmin (Chinese: 任新民; pinyin: Rén Xīnmín; Wade–Giles: Jen Hsin-Min; 5 December 1915 – 12 February 2017) was a Chinese aerospace engineer. He was a specialist in astronautics and liquid rocket engine technology. Ren was the technical director of the Long March 1 rocket, which was used for the successful launch of Dong Fang Hong I, China's first satellite, and chief designer of Chinese storable propellant rocket engine. He was also the chief designer for Long March 3 launch vehicle, Fengyun, and SJ (Shijian) series satellites.
    Died 12 February 2017 (aged 101), Beijing, China.

  • Kim Jong Nam (Chosŏn'gŭl: 김정남; Hancha: 金正男, Korean pronunciation: [kim.dzʌŋ.nam] or [kim] [tsʌŋ.nam]; 10 June 1970 – 13 February 2017) was the eldest son of Kim Jong Il, the late leader of North Korea.
    Died 13 February 2017 (aged 46), Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia.

  • Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin (Russian: Виталий Иванович Чуркин; IPA: [vʲɪˈtalʲɪj ɪˈvanəvʲɪtɕ ˈtɕurkʲɪn]; 21 February 1952 – 20 February 2017) was a Russian diplomat and former child actor. Ambassador Churkin served as Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2006 until his death in 2017.
    He died suddenly of a cardiac arrest before being transferred to hospital.
    Died 20 February 2017 (aged 64), New York City, U.S.
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