Wikipedia – Tracking notable deaths in May

So far I have looked at the numbers for notable deaths on Wikipedia for the first four months of the year. Now, it is time to look at the numbers for May. Overall, the month saw a total of 540 notable deaths. However, for all the numbers below it will only count 535 of these.

Those not counted and why

Animal: Sir Des Champs – Irish racehorse (age 11)

Estimated age: Mahmoud Hammoud – Lebanese politician and diplomat (age 82-83), Wilson Chisala Kalumba –  Zambian politician (53-54), Dilshad Najmuddin – Pakistani police officer (80–81) and Colin Forsyth – English rugby leage footballer (70-71).

Deaths per day for May

The 28th saw the most deaths with 24, while the 22nd and 31st tied with the least with only 11. On average each day in May saw 17.25 notable deaths. 22 days (70.96%) in the month saw less than 20 deaths while nine days (29.03%) saw 20 or more deaths.

Number of notable deaths per day on Wikipedia for May 2018

The average age of those who died 

The average age of the 535 notable people who died in May is 78.75 years old. May 3rd saw the highest average age of death at 84.53 years old. Ironically, the next day saw the lowest average age for the month. May 4th was the first day of 2018 to see the average age go under 70 for the first time this year at 69.52 years old.

The average age of death for notable people each day (from Wikipedia, May 2018)

The oldest person to pass away American supercentenarian Delphine Gibson (age 114). Passing away at 114 years and 265 days old, Gibson was the 58th oldest person to have ever lived. From July 13th, 2017 until her death on May 9th, she was the oldest living American citizen.

The youngest was South African footballer Luyanda Ntshangase (age 21), who had played in the South African Premier Division for Maritzburg United since 2016. On March 1st during a friendly game, Luyanda was one of four players struck by a bolt of lightning.

Luyanda was rushed to the hospital after suffering suffer burns to his chest and was soon placed in a medically induced coma. Sadly on May 4th, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away.

Age difference between the youngest and oldest deaths each day on Wikipedia (May 2018)

Of the 31 days in May, 24* of them saw the most notable people dying to be between the ages of 80-89. Overall, 32.89% of deaths in the month were from people in this age range.

60-69 70-79 80-89 90-99
Days with most deaths* 4 7 24 9
Percentage of days in the month
12.90% 22.58% 77.41% 29.03%

*Includes ties. Example: On May 17th five people between 60-69, 70-79 and 80-89 died.

Number of deaths by age range (Wikipedia, May 2018)

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All charts and tables made using Google Spreadsheets