DEAD: David Niven

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

David Niven (aged 73)
British actor and novelist

James David Graham Niven (1 March 1910 – 29 July 1983) was a British actor, memoirist and novelist. His many roles included Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, and Sir Charles Lytton (“the Phantom”) in The Pink Panther.He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Separate Tables (1958).

DEATH: In February 1983, using a false name to avoid publicity, Niven was hospitalised for 10 days, ostensibly for a digestive problem. Afterwards, he returned to his chalet at Château-d’Œx. His condition continued to decline, but he refused to return to the hospital, and his family supported his decision. He died at his chalet from ALS on 29 July 1983 aged 73, the same day as Raymond Massey his co-star in The Prisoner of Zenda and A Matter of Life and Death. Niven’s body was buried in Château-d’Œx cemetery, Switzerland.

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