Obituary Events in 1997
Admiral S. N. Kohli, 80, former chief of Naval staff.
Mr. Deng Xiaoping, 92, Chinese leader.
Mr. Bezawada Gopala Reddy, 89, former Union Minister and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.
Mr. Veerendra Patil, 73, twice former Chief Minister of Karnataka.
Mr. Lakhubhai Pathak, 76, NRI businessman, main prosecution witness in cheating case against Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao and godman Chandraswami.
Mr. Biju Patnaik, 81, Janata Dal leader and important personality in Orissa politics.
R. N. Malhotra, 71, former RBI Governor.
Kerala Agriculture Minister and senior CPI leader Mr. V. K. Rajan (57), in Thiruvananthapuram.
Malayalam film actor P. Sukumaran (50) in Kochi.
Film-maker, Basu Bhattacharya (65), in Mumbai.
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.
Tamil Nadu Commercial Taxes Minister, Mr. V. Thangapandian (64), at Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar district.
Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (49), in London.
Former Chief Justice of India, Mr. E. S. Venkataramiah (72), in Bangalore.
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.
John Denver (53), dies in plane crash. Famous singer of country music songs - ``Rocky Mountain High,'' ``Take Me Home Country Roads.''
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.
Veena maestro Dr. V. Doreswamy Iyengar (77), household name among Carnatic music lovers, dies in Bangalore.
Dr. K. Shivarama Karanth (95), doyen of Kannada literature and Jnanpith Award winner, in Manipal.