Famous Deaths on April 24

  • 624 Mellitus, third Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 709 Wilfrid, English bishop and saint, dies at about 76
  • 729 Egbert[us], English bishop/saint, dies in Iona at 89
  • 1077 Geza I, King of Hungary (1074-7), dies
  • 1185 Antoku Taira, emperor of Japan (1180-85), drowns
  • 1338 Marquis Theodore I of Montferrat (b. 1291)
  • 1530 Jacopo Sannazaro, Italian poet (De partu Virginis), dies at 74
  • 1617 Carlo Concino, French marquis of Ancre/state advisor, murdered
  • 1622 Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Swiss friar, martyr, and saint (b. 1577)
  • 1656 Thomas Fincke, Danish mathematician and physicist (b. 1561)

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1731 Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), dies at about 70

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Novelist
Daniel Defoe
  • 1736 Prince Eugene of Savoy, French-born Austrian general (b. 1663)
  • 1758 Florian Wrastill, composer, dies at 41
  • 1776 Carolus van de Abeele, Flemish Jesuit, dies at 84
  • 1776 Giuseppi Paolucci, composer, dies at 49
  • 1779 Eleazar Wheelock, American founder of Dartmouth College (b. 1711)
  • 1824 Herman Muntinghe, theologist (History of Mankind), dies at 71
  • 1827 Pierre Joseph Candielle, composer, dies at 82
  • 1848 Francois van Campenhout, Belgian composer (Brabanconne), dies at 69
  • 1850 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, composer, dies at 70
  • 1852 Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (b. 1783)
  • 1855 Walenty Karol Kratzer, composer, dies at 75
  • 1875 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer, dies at 58
  • 1891 Count Helmuth K B von Moltke, Prussian gen/fieldmarshal, dies
  • 1900 George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll and Secretary of State for India (1868-74, 1880-85), dies at 76
  • 1900 Andrew Smith Hallidie, American inventor and cable car pioneer, dies at 64
  • 1904 Friedrich Siemens, German industrial, dies at 77
  • 1912 Justin M'Carthy, Irish politician and novelist (Miss Misanthrope), dies at 81
  • 1917 Oskar Blumenthal, writer, dies
  • 1922 Richard Batka, composer, dies at 53
  • 1924 George Street, English cricket wicket keeper (1 Test 1923), dies
  • 1924 G. Stanley Hall, American psychologist (b. 1844)
  • 1928 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, dies at 72
  • 1935 Paul Klengel, composer, dies at 80
  • 1936 Alphons Diepenbrock, composer, dies at 73
  • 1936 Bernard van Dieren, composer, dies at 51
  • 1938 George Grey Barnard, American sculptor (b. 1863)
  • 1939 John Foulds, English composer, dies at 58
  • 1941 Karin Boye, Swedish writer (Kallocain) commits suicide at 40

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1942 Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian author (Anne of Green Gables), dies at 67

  • 1942 Leonid Kulik, Russian Minerologist (Tunguska meteor site) dies of typhus in a Nazi prison camp at 58
  • 1943 Gerardus H de Hare, socialist vicar, dies at 63
  • 1944 William Stephens, U.S. political figure (b. 1859)
  • 1945 Anton de Kom, Suriname resistance fighter, dies at 47
  • 1945 Hubert Bath, composer, dies at 61
  • 1947 Willa Cather, American writer (b. 1873)
  • 1948 Joseph Wihtol, composer, dies at 84
  • 1948 Manuel Marua Ponce, Mexican composer (Ferial), dies at 65
  • 1948 Rosita Marstini, actress (I Cover Waterfront, Big Parade), dies at 54
  • 1952 Hans [Hendrik A] Kramers, physicist (quantum mechanics), dies at 57
  • 1952 Jules Poncelet, Belgian minister of State, dies at 82

  • 1955 Alfred Polgar, Austrian writer/theater critic, dies at 79
  • 1956 Albrecht G Alt, German theologist (Small Schriften), dies at 72
  • 1956 Henry Stephenson, British actor (Conquest, Little Old NY, Mr Lucky), dies at 85
  • 1957 Andries CD de Graeff, gov-gen of Neth Indies (1926-31), dies at 84
  • 1959 Jef van Hoof, composer, dies at 72
  • 1960 John P "John" Musch, actor/founder (JM), dies at 84
  • 1960 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, dies at 80
  • 1961 Lee Moran, American actor (Circus Clown), dies of heart ailment at 72 (b. 1888)
  • 1964 Gerhard Domagk, German bacteriologist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (declined) (b. 1895)
  • 1965 Louise Dresser, actress (State Fair, Ship Comes In, Mammy), dies at 86
  • 1967 Frank Overton, actor (12 O'Clock High), dies at 48
  • 1967 Vladimir M Komarov, cosmonaut (Voshkod I), dies in Soyuz 1 at 40
  • 1968 Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • 1968 Tommy Noonan, actor (Gentlemen Perfer Blondes), dies at 45
  • 1974 Bud Abbott, comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 78
  • 1975 Pete Ham, rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide by hanging himself at 27
  • 1976 Mark Tobey, US abstract painter, (Broadway Norm), dies at 85
  • 1979 John Carroll, actor (Hired Wife, Fiesta, Geraldine), dies at 72
  • 1980 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • 1983 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • 1985 Sergei Yutkevich, Russian director, (Otello, Banya), dies at 80

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1986 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • 1986 Bill Edrich, cricketer (39 Tests for England), dies
  • 1988 E S "Bob" Newson, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 1930's), dies
  • 1990 Joseph Leberman, entertainer, dies
  • 1990 Tom Rolfing, actor (He Knows You're Alone, Cliff-Another World), dies
  • 1991 J de Graaf, ethicus/president church & peace, dies
  • 1993 Oliver R Tambo, chairman (African National Congress), dies at 75
  • 1995 Douglas Gunsekera, banker, dies at 77
  • 1996 Donald Cammell, film director, dies at 62
  • 1996 Preston Lockwood, English actor (House of Windsor, Black Candle), dies at 83
  • 1997 Pat Paulsen, comedian (Smothers Brothers Show), dies at 69
  • 1998 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • 2001 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), dies at 85
  • 2001 Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)

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2004 Estée Lauder, American cosmetics entrepreneur (Estée Lauder cosmetics), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 97

Cosmetics Company Founder Estée Lauder
Cosmetics Company Founder
Estée Lauder
  • 2005 Ezer Weizman, President of Israel (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2006 Steve Stavro, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1927)
  • 2006 Moshe Teitelbaum, Hassidic rabbi (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Brian Labone, English footballer (b. 1940)
  • 2009 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • 2011 Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure (b. 1926)
  • 2011 Marie-France Pisier, French actress (b. 1944)
  • 2016 Papa Wemba, Congolese singer, dies at 66
  • 2016 Billy Paul [Paul Williams], American singer (Me & Mrs Jones), dies at 81
  • 2016 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 52, 60), dies at 85
  • 2017 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), dies at 88
  • 2017 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), dies at 77
  • 2017 Agustín Edwards, Chilean media tycoon (El Mercurio), dies at 89
  • 2017 Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), dies at 90