Never heard of him? How have you not heard of him? He won the Grand cross of the Légion d'honneur, Bundesverdienstkreuz for chrissakes. Try reading the paper every once in a while. Sheesh.

Name
Claudio Abbado
Birthday
June 26, 1933
Age
80
Died on
Monday, January 20th, 2014
Famous
Confirmed
Sunday, September 23rd, 2001
Claudio Abbado
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Guess the Stiff!

There once was a fleet-footed Czech
whose name was Emil Zatopek.
Like a good little Pinky,
he won at Helsinki,
and then was too dumb to defect.

(d) November 21st, 2000