Famous Deaths on February 25

  • 779 Walburgis, Anglo-Saxon abbess/saint (Walpurgis Night), dies
  • 1246 Dafydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd
  • 1247 Hendrik IV, duke of Limburg/earl of Bergen (1226-47), dies
  • 1495 Djem Sultan, son of Turkish sultan Mehmed II, dies at 35
  • 1522 William Lilye, English classical scholar
  • 1536 Berthold Haller, German-born reformer (b. 1492)
  • 1553 Hirate Masahide, Japanese diplomat and tutor of Oda Nobunaga (suicide) (b. 1492)
  • 1558 Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Portugal and France (b. 1498)
  • 1601 Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, executed for treason against Elizabeth I
  • 1602 Everard van Reyd, Dutch historian, dies at about 51
  • 1634 Albrecht WE baron von Wallenstein, German duke, murdered at 50
  • 1634 Van Friedland/Mecklenburg, general-admiral, dies at 50
  • 1643 Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer, dies at 60
  • 1655 Daniel Heinsius, Flemish scholar (b. 1580)
  • 1682 Alessandro Stradella, Italian violist/composer, murdered at 37
  • 1713 Frederik I, King of Prussia (1701-13), dies at 55
  • 1715 Pu Songling, Chinese writer (b. 1640)
  • 1719 Giovanni Maria Casini, composer, dies at 66

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1723 Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), dies at 90

Architect Christopher Wren
Architect
Christopher Wren
  • 1756 Eliza Haywood, English actress and writer (b. 1693)
  • 1798 Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (b. 1716)
  • 1805 Thomas Pownall, British colonial statesman (b. 1722)
  • 1826 Piotr A von der Pahlen, military governor of St Petersburg, dies at 60
  • 1850 Daoguang, Emperor of China (b. 1782)
  • 1851 Ferdinand Simon Gassner, composer, dies at 53
  • 1852 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, dies at 72
  • 1860 Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman, educator, and lexicographer (b. 1790)
  • 1865 Otto Ludwig, German writer (Zwischen Himmel und Erde), dies at 47
  • 1894 James Morrison Steele Mackaye, US actor/author/director, dies at 51
  • 1899 Paul Julius von Reuter, German-born founder of Reuters news agency, dies at 82
  • 1901 Jose Rogel, Spanish composer, dies at 71
  • 1902 Carl Ignaz Franz Umlauf, composer, dies at 77
  • 1906 Anton Stepanovich Arensky, Russian composer/conductor c t, dies at 44
  • 1912 Guillaume IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (b. 1852)
  • 1914 John Tenniel, British illustrator (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 93
  • 1915 George Mimot, physician (Nobel-1934), dies
  • 1919 Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
  • 1920 Aloys, Liechtenstein nobleman/politician, dies at 73
  • 1922 Henri-Desire Landru, French sex murderer, guillotined at 52
  • 1925 Pedro Miguel Marques y Garcia, composer, dies at 81
  • 1934 Daniel Protheroe, composer, dies at 67
  • 1934 John J McGraw, manager (NY Giants), dies at 60
  • 1942 Leo Ascher, Austrian-born composer who moved to the US, dies at 61
  • 1945 Mário de Andrade, Brazilian writer, photographer and modernist, dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1947 Friedrich Paschen, German physicist, dies at 82
  • 1950 George Minot, American physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1885)
  • 1953 Jesus Garcia Leoz, composer, dies at 49
  • 1955 Marij Kogoj, Slovenian composer, dies at 59
  • 1957 Kurt von Wolfurt, composer, dies at 76
  • 1957 Mark Aldanov, [Mark A Landau], Russian/French chemist, dies at 70

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1957 Bugs Moran, American gangster, dies of lung cancer in prison at 65

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran
  • 1960 Everhardus J van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
  • 1962 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
  • 1964 Alexander Archipenko, sculptor, dies
  • 1964 Grace Metalious, American writer (b. 1924)
  • 1966 James D. Norris, American sports businessman (b. 1906)
  • 1967 John Griggs, actor (Joey Bishop Show), dies at 57
  • 1968 Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), dies at 96
  • 1969 Jan Zajic, Czech student, self incinerates
  • 1970 Mark Rothko, abstract expressionist (Green on Blue), dies at 66
  • 1971 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1884)
  • 1975 Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, dies in Chicago at 77
  • 1978 Daniel "Chappie" James Jr, retired Air Force general, dies at 58
  • 1982 J K Irani, cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests for India 1947-48), dies
  • 1983 John Cowles Sr, US publisher, dies at 84

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1983 Tennessee Williams, US playwright and writer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • 1987 James Coco, actor (Joe-Dumplings), dies at 58
  • 1988 Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
  • 1990 Deborra Hampton, actress (Crossroads, 2 of a Kind), dies at 30
  • 1992 Guy Deghy, actor (Matter of Who, 1 Eyed Soldiers), dies at 79
  • 1992 John E Allen Jr, actor (1 2 3), dies
  • 1992 Ollie O'Toole, dies after long illness at 79
  • 1993 Eddie Constantine, actor (Alphaville, License to Kill), dies at 75
  • 1993 Jan D Boeke, Dutch organist/conductor, dies
  • 1993 Jean G H "Sjeng" Tans, Dutch PM (social dem, 1965-69), dies
  • 1993 Toy Caldwell, country musician (Marshall Tucker Band), dies at 45
  • 1993 Mary Walter, Filipino actress (b. 1912)
  • 1994 Baruch Goldstein, physician/murderer (53 in mosque), lynched at 42
  • 1994 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (170 wickets for South Africa in 37 Tests), dies

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1994 Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer, dies at 80

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1994 Wladyslaw Sila Lawyer Adviser to Solidarity-Nowicki, dies at 80
  • 1994 Yann Piat, French MP (FN/PR), murdered at 44
  • 1995 Jack Clayton, British director (Great Gatsby), dies at 73
  • 1995 Oh Jin Woo, Korean minister of defense, dies
  • 1995 Terence Weil, cellist/teacher, dies at 73
  • 1996 Haing S Ngor, doctor/actor (Killing Fields), dies at 45
  • 1996 Marion Farouk Political scientist-Sluglett, dies at 59
  • 1996 Vehbi Koc, indistrialist/philanthropist, dies at 94
  • 1997 Andrei Donatovich Sinyavsky, writer/critic, dies at 71
  • 1997 Tony Williams, jazz drummer (Miles Davis), dies at 51
  • 1998 Luigi Veronesi, Italian abstract artist (Campo Grafico), dies at 90
  • 1998 Umberto Mastroianni, Italian sculptor, dies at 87
  • 1998 Celestine Tate Harrington, a quadriplegic street musician and writer.
  • 1999 Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1912)

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2001 Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer, dies at 92

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 2003 Tom O'Higgins, Irish Chief Justice (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Alberto Sordi, Italian actor (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Donald Hings, Canadian inventor (b. 1907)
  • 2005 Peter Benenson, English founder of Amnesty International (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Darren McGavin, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • 2007 William R. Anderson, CO USS Nautilus submarine, US Congressman (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Mark Spoelstra, American singer/songwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2008 Ashley Cooper, Australian race car driver (b. 1980)
  • 2008 Hans Raj Khanna, Judge of the Supreme Court of India (b. 1912)
  • 2008 Static Major, American singer (b. 1974)
  • 2009 Ivan Cameron, son of David Cameron UK politician
  • 2009 Philip José Farmer, American science fiction writer (Riverworld) dies aged 91
  • 2010 İhsan Doğramacı, Turkish academic and the founder of YÖK (d. 1915)
  • 2012 Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • 2012 Lynn Compton, American jurist and commissioned officer, dies from heart attack at 90
  • 2012 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • 2013 Charles Koop, American pediatric surgeon and health administrator, dies at 96
  • 2013 C. Everett Koop, 13th US Surgeon General (1982-89), dies at 96
  • 2016 Tony Burton, American actor (Rocky films) and boxer, dies at 78
  • 2016 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • 2017 Bill Paxton, American actor (Titanic, Big Love), dies from surgical complications at 61
  • 2017 Boaz Vaadia, Israeli-born sculptor who worked in America, dies of cancer at 65