Famous Deaths on April 11

  • 678 Donus, Italian Pope (676-78), dies
  • 1034 Romanus III Argyrus, Byzantine emperor (1028-34), assassinated by wife at 66 or 67
  • 1240 Llywelyn ab Iorwerth the Great, monarch of Wales (1194-1240), dies
  • 1500 Michael T Marullus, Greeks poet, drowns
  • 1512 Gaston de Foix, French pretender to Navarra throne, dies in battle
  • 1554 Thomas Wyatt the younger, English rebel (b. 1521)
  • 1612 Edward Wightman, English Baptist preacher (b. 1566)
  • 1626 Marin Getaldić, Croatian mathematician (b. 1568)
  • 1648 Matthaus Apelles von Lowenstern, composer, dies at 53
  • 1712 Richard Simon, French Biblical critic (b. 1638)
  • 1723 John Robinson, English diplomat (b. 1650)
  • 1729 Manuel de Egues, composer, dies at 71
  • 1783 Nikita I Panin, Russian earl/ambassador in Denmark, dies at 64
  • 1798 Karl Wilhelm Ramler, German poet (b. 1725)
  • 1810 Jakob Zupan, composer, dies at 75
  • 1812 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Opfer Noachs), dies at 35
  • 1838 Pieter L Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), murdered at 40
  • 1839 John Galt, Scottish writer (Last of the Lairds), dies at 59
  • 1842 John England, bishop of Charleston Carolina, dies
  • 1853 Louis Emmanuel Eadin, composer, dies
  • 1854 Karl Adolph von Basedow, German DR (Ziekte van Basedow), dies at 55
  • 1856 Juan Santamaría, national hero of Costa Rica (b. 1831)
  • 1861 Francisco González Bocanegra, Mexican poet (b. 1824)
  • 1873 Edward Canby, U.S. general (b. 1817)
  • 1875 Heinrich Schwabe, discoverer (11-year sunspot cycle), dies
  • 1881 Kristian Mandrup Elster, Norwegian author (Torn Trondal), dies at 40
  • 1887 Pyotr Petrovich Sokal'sky, composer, dies at 54
  • 1890 Joseph Merrick, "The Elephant Man", dies of asphyxia at 27
  • 1894 Constantin Lipsius, German architect (b. 1832)
  • 1895 Julius Lothar Meyer, German Chemist, dies at 64
  • 1901 Ivar Christian Hallstrom, composer, dies at 74
  • 1902 ... Potgieter, South African Boer general, dies in battle
  • 1903 Gemma Galgani, Italian saint, dies at 25
  • 1906 Georgi Apollonovitch Gapon, Rus-orthodox clergyman/tsarist agent, dies
  • 1906 James A Bailey, circus showman (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 58
  • 1906 Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (b. 1839)
  • 1908 Henry Bird, English Chess player and author (b. 1829)
  • 1916 Richard Harding Davis, American journalist and author (Soldiers of Fortune, The King's Jackal), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1918 Arthur Ochse, cricketer (WW I played for South Africa in 1889 aged 19), dies
  • 1921 Augusta Victoria, Queen of Prussia/wife of Emperor Wilhelm II, dies

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1926 Luther Burbank, American horticulturist who developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants, dies of gastrointestinal complications at 77

Horticulturist Luther Burbank
Horticulturist
Luther Burbank
  • 1936 Mitya Stillman, composer, dies at 44
  • 1939 SS Van Dine, [William Huntingdon Wright], detective writer, dies at 50
  • 1945 Kamiel van Baelen, Flemish resistance fighter (in Dachau), dies at 29
  • 1947 Louise Peete, American murderess (b. 1880)
  • 1952 Wadih Sabra, Lebanese composer (Kulluna lil Watan), dies at 76
  • 1953 Kid Nichols, American baseball player (b. 1869)
  • 1958 Konstantin Yuon, Russian painter (b. 1875)
  • 1961 Francis de Bourguignon, composer, dies at 70
  • 1967 Donald Sangster, Jamaican prime-minister (b. 1911)
  • 1969 Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer, dies at 74
  • 1970 Cathy O'Donnell, dies at 66
  • 1970 John H O'Hara, US journalist (Pal Joey, Rage to Live), dies at 65
  • 1973 Ted Decorsia, actor (Police Chief Hegedorn-Steve Canyon), dies at 69
  • 1974 Curt Conway, American actor, dies at 58
  • 1975 Dorothy Patten, American actress, dies at 70
  • 1976 Liam Dunn, American actor, dies at 59
  • 1977 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • 1980 Charlotte Henry, dies
  • 1980 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), dies at 75
  • 1981 Marie Ney, dies at 85
  • 1983 Dolores Del Rio, actress (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 78
  • 1985 Enver Hoxha, party leader/premier of Albania, dies at 76
  • 1985 Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter (b. 1900)
  • 1987 Erskine Caldwell, novelist (Tobacco Road), dies at 83
  • 1987 Kent Taylor, actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders), dies at 79
  • 1987 Primo Levi, Italy, chemist/writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67
  • 1988 Jeff Donnell, actor (Hoedown, 9 Girls), dies at 66 of a heart attack
  • 1989 Henk van Galen Last, Dutch journalist, dies at 68
  • 1990 Barbara Ann Miller, dies
  • 1990 Harold Ballard, Canadian ice hockey club owner and executive (b. 1903)
  • 1990 Xenophon Zolotas, Greek economist, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1904)
  • 1991 Tom Rosqui, dies at 62
  • 1992 Adele Dixon, singer/actress (Uneasy Virtue), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1992 Eve Merriam, poet (Inner City Mother Goose), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1992 James Brown, actor (Rip-Adv of Rin Tin Tin), dies at 72
  • 1992 Alejandro Obregón, Colombian painter (b. 1920)
  • 1993 Mohammed el-Himi, brigade-general of Egyptian police, murdered
  • 1993 Rachmon Nabiyev, President of Tadzjikistan (1973..92), dies at 63
  • 1994 Johan Block, Dutch aviation pioneer (Martinair/Transavia), dies at 64
  • 1996 Daniel Wolf, journalist, dies at 80
  • 1996 Edwin Clarke, historian/neurologist, dies at 76
  • 1996 Jessica Dubroff, hoped to be youngest to fly across US, crashed at 7
  • 1996 Louis Osman, artist/goldsmith/craftsman, dies at 82
  • 1996 Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, advertising magnate, dies at 89
  • 1997 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52
  • 2000 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • 2001 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • 2001 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor and comedian (b. 1921)
  • 2003 Cecil Howard Green, British geophysicist and businessman (b. 1900)
  • 2005 André François, French cartoonist (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Maurice R. Hilleman, American Microbiologist who developed over 36 vaccines including measles, mumps, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, meningitis, pneumonia, dies at 85
  • 2006 June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters) (b. 1953)
  • 2006 Proof, American rapper (D12) (b. 1973)
  • 2007 Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor (b. 1925)

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2007 Kurt Vonnegut Jr, American author, dies from head trauma at 84

  • 2007 Ronald Speirs, American Army officer(CO of Easy Company) (b. 1920)
  • 2007 Janet McDonald, American novelist (b. 1954)
  • 2008 Merlin German, United States Marine
  • 2009 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist (b. 1927)
  • 2011 La Esterella, Flemish singer (b. 1919)
  • 2012 Ahmed Ben Bella, First president of Algeria, dies at 93
  • 2013 Grady Hatton, American baseball player and manager, dies from natural causes at 90
  • 2013 Hilary Koprowski, Polish virologist and immunologist, dies at 96

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2013 Maria Tallchief, American prima ballerina, dies at 88

Ballerina Maria Tallchief
Ballerina
Maria Tallchief
  • 2013 Jonathan Winters, American comedian and actor, dies from natural causes at 87
  • 2014 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • 2014 Bill Henry, American baseball player, dies from a heart attack at 86
  • 2016 Emile Ford, Caribbean-born British singer and engineer (first black male singer to top UK charts), dies at 78