Famous Deaths on December 11

  • 711 Justitianus II, emperor of Byzantium, dies at about 42
  • 1121 Al-Afdal Shahanshah, Caliph of Egypt (b. 1066)
  • 1226 Robert de Ros, English politician (b. 1177)
  • 1282 Michael VIII, Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1259-82), dies
  • 1524 Henry Van Zutphen, Dutch protestant martyr, burned at stake
  • 1532 Pietro Accolti, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1455)
  • 1573 Alardus/Eilard de Waterlant, duke of Alva, hanged
  • 1582 Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, marquis of Soria, dies at about 75
  • 1595 Philip III van Croij, prince of Chimay/general, dies at 69
  • 1610 Adam Elsheimer, German painter/cartoonist/etcher, buried at 32
  • 1610 Forges Dimitri 2, Tsar of Russia, murdered
  • 1686 Louis II Condé, duke of Bourbon, dies at 65
  • 1694 Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma (b. 1630)
  • 1718 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot dead invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten
  • 1737 John Strype, English historian (b. 1643)
  • 1747 Edmund Curll, English bookseller (b. ca. 1675)
  • 1748 Ewald G von Kleist, German lawyer/inventor of condensator, dies at 55
  • 1756 Theodor A Freiherr von Neuhoff, German adventurer and King of Corsica, dies at 62
  • 1797 Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)
  • 1817 Max von Schenkendorf, German poet, dies at 34
  • 1831 John George Schetky, composer, dies at 55
  • 1840 Emperor Kokaku of Japan (b. 1771)
  • 1847 Moritz Grave von Strachwitz, German poet, dies at 25
  • 1857 Francois Henri Joseph Castil-Blaze, composer, dies at 73
  • 1872 Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (b. 1830)
  • 1880 Oliver Fisher Winchester, American businessman and politician (b. 1810)
  • 1891 Johan C J van Schagen, Dutch poet/writer (Narrenwijsheid), dies
  • 1892 William Milligan, Scottish theologian (b. 1821)
  • 1899 Andrew Wauchope, British Major-General, dies in Battle of Magersfontein in the Boer war, South Africa. Another British Major, The Marquess of Winchester also killed.
  • 1902 Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica), dies at 68
  • 1903 Patrick McShane, cricket player/ump (1884-85 Ashes series), dies
  • 1909 Innokenty Annensky, Russian poet (b. 1855)
  • 1911 Thomas Ball, US sculptor/painter/singer, dies at 92
  • 1918 Ivan Cankar, Slavic author (Hlapec Jernej), dies at 42
  • 1928 Lewis Howard Latimer, American inventor (carbon filament lightbulb), dies at 80
  • 1930 Friedrich von Bernhardi, German war theorist/historian, dies at 81
  • 1933 Emile C Wauters, Belgian painter (Van der Goes Klooster), dies at 87
  • 1941 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
  • 1941 Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician, died at 85
  • 1942 Franz C. Schmelkes, Czech-born Chemist who discovered azochloramid (chlorazodin), a disinfectant, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1945 Charles Fabry, French physicist (b. 1867)
  • 1950 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer, dies at 57
  • 1955 Franz Adolf Syberg, composer, dies at 51
  • 1955 Johan C Altorf, sculptor (October 3 Monument), dies at 79
  • 1959 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (b. 1900)
  • 1964 Percy Kilbride, actor (Ma & Pa Kettle), dies at 76
  • 1964 Sam Cooke, US soul musician ('A Change is Gonna Come') shot to death at 33
  • 1967 Howard Freeman, actor (Double Dynamite), dies after illness in NYC
  • 1967 Richard Stohr, composer, dies at 93
  • 1967 Victor De Sabata, composer, dies at 75
  • 1968 Nadine Riga, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59

  • 1971 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
  • 1972 John Mills, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies
  • 1972 Semjon I Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • 1974 Reed Hadley, actor (Racket Squad, Public Defender), dies at 63
  • 1975 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • 1978 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • 1978 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 1979 Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • 1979 James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • 1983 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), dies at 82
  • 1983 Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)
  • 1984 George Waggner, director/writer, dies at 90
  • 1984 Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
  • 1986 Paul Keenan, actor (Summer Fantasy), dies at 30
  • 1987 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (b. 1923)
  • 1989 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)
  • 1990 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker, dies at 92
  • 1991 Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer/Prof (Swedish Academy), dies
  • 1991 Daniel Simon Scott, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 71
  • 1991 Robert Q Lewis, US comic/TV panel member (RQL Show), dies at 70
  • 1992 Michael Robbins, actor (Lunch Hour, On the Buses), dies at 62
  • 1993 Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
  • 1993 Eliva "Elvire" Popesco, Romanian/French actress (Le roi), dies at 99
  • 1994 Stanislaw Maczek, Polish/British general-major (WWII), dies at 102
  • 1994 Yao Yilin, Vice PM of China (1979), dies
  • 1994 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (b. 1900)
  • 1995 Arthur Mullard, comedian, dies at 82
  • 1995 John Heawood, actor singer/choreographer (Pleasure Garden), dies at 75
  • 1995 Robert Shelton (Shapiro), journalist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Herbert Sally Frankel, economist, dies at 93
  • 1996 Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, soldier, dies at 95
  • 1996 W G G Duncan-Smith, fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • 1996 William George Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), dies at 59
  • 1997 Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist, dies at 73
  • 1998 André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
  • 1998 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (b. 1968)
  • 2000 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (b. 1915)
  • 2000 David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
  • 2004 M.S. Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (b. 1916)
  • 2004 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)
  • 2006 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), dies at 116
  • 2007 Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), dies of breast cancer at 84
  • 2007 Ashleigh Aston Moore, Canadian Actress (b. 1981)

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2008 Bettie Page, American Playboy pin-up model, dies at 85

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • 2008 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • 2010 Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)

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2012 Ravi Shankar, Indian musician, dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • 2013 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter, dies at 93
  • 2013 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84
  • 2015 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53