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Obituary Events in 1997

21st Jan

Admiral S. N. Kohli, 80, former chief of Naval staff.

19th Feb

Mr. Deng Xiaoping, 92, Chinese leader.

9th Mar

Mr. Bezawada Gopala Reddy, 89, former Union Minister and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

14th Mar

Mr. Veerendra Patil, 73, twice former Chief Minister of Karnataka.

1st Apr

Mr. Lakhubhai Pathak, 76, NRI businessman, main prosecution witness in cheating case against Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao and godman Chandraswami.

17th Apr

Mr. Biju Patnaik, 81, Janata Dal leader and important personality in Orissa politics.

29th Apr

R. N. Malhotra, 71, former RBI Governor.

29th May

Kerala Agriculture Minister and senior CPI leader Mr. V. K. Rajan (57), in Thiruvananthapuram.

16th Jun

Malayalam film actor P. Sukumaran (50) in Kochi.

20th Jun

Film-maker, Basu Bhattacharya (65), in Mumbai.

2nd Jul

James Stewart (89), lanky slow-talking actor who embodied American values of decency and moral courage in movies such as ``Mr. Smith goes to Washington'' and ``It's a wonderful life,'' at his Beverly Hills home.

31st Jul

Tamil Nadu Commercial Taxes Minister, Mr. V. Thangapandian (64), at Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar district.

16th Aug

Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (49), in London.

24th Sep

Former Chief Justice of India, Mr. E. S. Venkataramiah (72), in Bangalore.

1st Oct

Gul Mohammed (36) world's shortest man, dies in New Delhi. Standing 56.16 cm tall, Mohammed enters Guinness Book of World Records in 1992.

Parliamentarian and All-India Forward Bloc general secretary, Mr. Chitta Basu dies during journey by Howrah-bound Danaput Express from Patna. He was 72.

13th Oct

John Denver (53), dies in plane crash. Famous singer of country music songs - ``Rocky Mountain High,'' ``Take Me Home Country Roads.''

15th Oct

Writer Harold Robbins (81), who has penned several best-sellers capturing the fast paced life of the rich and the famous, dies of pulmonary arrest.

28th Oct

Veena maestro Dr. V. Doreswamy Iyengar (77), household name among Carnatic music lovers, dies in Bangalore.

9th Dec

Dr. K. Shivarama Karanth (95), doyen of Kannada literature and Jnanpith Award winner, in Manipal.

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