DEATHS - 2017 AUGUST

August 1

Actor and playwright Shepard takes last bow
Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor whose celebrated career spanned nearly five decades, has died. He was 73.
Shepard, who wrote nearly 50 plays, won the Pulitzer for drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1984 for best actor in a supporting role for The Right Stuff.

Veteran Molecular biologist Pushpa Mittra Bhargava passed away at 89
Veteran molecular biologist and a vehement critic of genetically modified crops, Pushpa Mittra Bhargava, died. He was 89.
Dr Bhargava, while active, had recently developed kidney complications and was undergoing dialysis.


August 2

Former union minister Santosh Mohan Dev passes away
Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader Santosh Mohan Dev passed away.
Dev, a seven-time Congress MP, was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980. He represented Silchar five times and Tripura twice. He was appointed the Heavy Industry Minister in the Manmohar Singh-led UPA-I government.
He also served as minister of state for communications from 1986-1988 and MoS for home between 1988-1989. Dev was given independent charge of of the steel ministry under the PV Narasimha Rao government in 1991.

August 3

Robert Hardy, Harry Potter actor, dies at 91
The Harry Potter actor Robert Hardy has died at the age of 91.
Hardy was also known for his many portrayals of Winston Churchill and as the irascible vet Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small.

August 4

Indian Woman hockey player Jyoti Gupta died at the age of 20
An India international hockey player, 20-year-old Jyoti Gupta, allegedly committed suicide by jumping in front of a Chandigarh-Jaipur train near the railway flyover at the Rewari-Rohtak section. Gupta, who hails from Sonepat, had represented India in the South Asian Games in 2016, played as a forward and had also represented India in the Five-Nation international junior hockey tournament played in Valencia last year.

August 8

Ex-MP Vishvjit P Singh passed away
Rajya Sabha mourned the death of its former member Vishvjit P Singh.
When the House met for the day, Chairman Hamid Ansari mentioned the passing away of Singh at the age of 71. He had represented Maharashtra for two consecutive terms from April 1982 to April 1988 and April 1988 to April 1994.

August 8

Acclaimed Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away
Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal passed away. He was 54.
Sitaram The actor, who made his Bollywood debut in 1994 with "Bandit Queen" and went on to feature in critically-acclaimed films such as, Peepli Live, Slumdog Millionaire, Paan Singh Tomar and Jolly LLB 2, died.


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