Famous Deaths on June 15

  • 923 Robert I, King of France (922-23), dies in battle
  • 948 Romanus I Lecapenus, Armenian emperor of Byzantium (919-44), dies
  • 991 Theophanu, wife of Holy Roman Emperor Otto II and regent of Otto III, dies (b. 960)
  • 1073 Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan, the 71st emperor of Japan, dies at 38
  • 1246 Frederik II "the Strijdbare", duke of Austria, dies in battle at 25
  • 1337 Angelus Clarenus/da Cingoli, Italian leader, dies
  • 1341 Andronicus III Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1328-41), dies
  • 1381 Wat Tyler, leader of English Peasants' Revolt, beheaded in London
  • 1381 John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England
  • 1383 John VI Cantacuzenus, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1389 Lazar I, Serbian prince, dies in battle
  • 1389 Murad I, Osmaans sultan, dies in battle
  • 1397 Count of Eu, French knight, dies in Turkish captivity
  • 1467 Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 70
  • 1521 Tamás Bakócz, Hungarian Catholic cardinal and statesman (b. 1442)
  • 1557 Sebastiaan Van Noyen, military master builder, dies
  • 1580 Nicolaas van Nieuwland, corrupt 1st bishop of Haarlem, dies at 70
  • 1614 Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton, English politician (b. 1540)
  • 1666 Pieter de Bitter, Dutch admiral (Colombo, Goa), dies
  • 1677 Giovanni Battista Chinelli, composer, dies at 67
  • 1679 Guillaume Courtois, French painter (b. 1628)
  • 1702 Georg E Rumphius, German nature explorer, dies
  • 1703 Gillis Schey, Dutch admiral (battle at Lowestoft), dies at 58
  • 1708 Romeyn de Hooghe, painter/goldsmith, buried at 62
  • 1724 Henry Sacheverell, English churchman and politician (b. 1674)
  • 1750 Marguerite De Launay, Baronne Staal, French writer (b. 1684)
  • 1760 Antoine Court, French reformed theologist, dies at 69
  • 1768 James Short, Scottish mathematician and optician (b. 1710)
  • 1772 Louis-Claude Daquin, French organist/composer (La Rose), dies at 77
  • 1814 Charles Palissot de Montenoy, French writer/politician, dies at 84
  • 1828 Brizio Petrucci, composer, dies at 91
  • 1831 Peter Fuchs, composer, dies at 78
  • 1839 Hans Skramstad, composer, dies at 41
  • 1844 Thomas Campbell, poet (Ye Mariners of England), dies at 66
  • 1845 Francesco Capaccini, Italian cardinal/diplomat, dies at 60

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1849 James Knox Polk, 11th US President (1845-1849), dies in Nashville Tenn at 53

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1856 David Cox, English painter (Treatise on Landscape Paint), dies at 73
  • 1858 Ary Scheffer, painter/etcher/sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1865 Edmun Ruffin, US secessionist/writer, commits suicide
  • 1865 Jakob Zeugheer, composer, dies at 61
  • 1869 Albert Grisar, composer, dies at 60
  • 1875 Johan Peter Cronhamm, composer, dies at 72
  • 1888 Emperor Friedrich III of Germany (b. 1831)
  • 1889 Mihail Eminesco, Romanian poet (Luceafarul), dies at 39
  • 1893 Ferenc Erkel, Hungarian composer (Himnusz), dies at 82
  • 1895 Richard Genee, composer, dies at 72
  • 1905 Hermann von Wissmann, German African expl/gov East-Africa, dies
  • 1907 William Le Baron Jenney, US architect, dies
  • 1914 A G Steel, cricketer (13 Tests, 29 wkts, Eng capt 1886), dies
  • 1917 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian physicist (b. 1867)
  • 1917 Lillian Bassman, Russian emigrant to America, photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Michel-Gaston Carraud, composer, dies at 55
  • 1923 Alexander Stamboeliski, premier Bulgaria (1919-23), dies
  • 1934 Alfred Bruneau, composer, dies at 77
  • 1938 Ernst L Kirchner, German painter, dies at 58
  • 1941 Evelyn Underhill, British writer (b. 1875)
  • 1941 Otfrid Foerster, German neurologist (b. 1873)
  • 1942 Vera Figner, writer, dies
  • 1943 Cecil Parkin, cricketer (32 wkts in 10 Tests for Eng 1920-24), dies
  • 1952 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist, dies at 70
  • 1958 Francois de Vries, economist, dies at 74
  • 1961 Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1962 Alfred Cortot, French pianist, dies at 84
  • 1965 E. A. Speiser, American Bible scholar (b. 1902
  • 1965 Steve Cochran, American actor (b. 1917)
  • 1967 Edward Eagan, boxer (Oly-gold-20)/bobsledder (Oly-gold-32), dies at 69
  • 1968 Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • 1968 Wes Montgomery, American jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 1971 Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1976 Jimmy Dykes, baseball player and manager (b. 1896)
  • 1978 Anton Roosjen, politician/NCRV-chairman, dies at 83
  • 1979 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • 1982 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1982 Neil Fitzgerald, Irish actor (Bride of Frankenstein), dies at 90
  • 1983 Srirangam Srinivasarao, also known as Sri Sri, Telugu poet (b. 1910)
  • 1984 Meredith Willson, composer (Meredith Willson Show), dies at 82
  • 1984 Ned Glass, actor (Charade, Street Music), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1985 Len Hopwood, cricketer (took 0-155 in two Tests Eng v Aust 1934), dies
  • 1985 Percy Fender, cricketer (13 Tests for England, 380 runs 29 wkts), dies
  • 1985 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • 1985 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)
  • 1986 K K Tarapore, cricketer (Test for India 1948), killed by motor-scooter
  • 1987 J A K Cochrane, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1931), dies
  • 1987 Walter Heller, American economist (Old Myths & New Realities), dies at 71
  • 1989 Ray McAnally, actor (My Left Foot, Empire State), dies in Dublin at 63
  • 1989 Victor French, actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • 1989 Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • 1991 Happy Chandler, American politician and Commissioner of Baseball (b. 1898)
  • 1992 Eddie Lopat, pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 73
  • 1992 Leo Halle, soccer goalie (Go Ahead, Orange), dies
  • 1993 John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), dies at 76
  • 1993 Mahfoud Boucebi, Algerian psychiatrist, murdered
  • 1993 Vera, scarf/linen designer, dies of cardiac arrest at 87
  • 1994 David Lawson, executed in NC (wanted execution shown on Donahue)
  • 1994 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer (Never on Sunday), dies at 68
  • 1994 Nadia Gray, actress (La Dolce Vita, Naked Summer), dies at 70
  • 1995 Charles Bennett, screenwriter, dies at 95

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1996 Ella Fitzgerald, singer, dies at 78

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1996 Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet, Scottish adventurer, soldier, writer and politician and an inspiration for Ian Flemings James Bond, dies at 85
  • 1996 Helen Sinclair Glatz, musician, dies at 88
  • 1996 Jean Gimpel, author/iconoclast, dies at 77
  • 1996 Dick Murdoch, professional wrestler (b. 1946)
  • 2000 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • 2001 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 2002 Choi Hong Hi, founder of Taekwon-Do (b. 1918)
  • 2003 Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (b. 1911)
  • 2005 Suzanne Flon, French actress (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Raymond Devos, French humourist (b. 1922)
  • 2006 Herb Pearson, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910)
  • 2007 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (b. 1950)
  • 2007 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), dies of an overdose at 49
  • 2008 Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Bekim Fehmiu, Yugoslavian actor (Black Sunday, Permission to Kill, Cagliostro), dies of suspected suicide at 74
  • 2011 Bill Haast, American Herpetologist (b. 1910)
  • 2013 Kenneth Wilson, American physicist and Nobel laureate, dies from lymphoma at 77
  • 2013 Stan Lopata, American baseball player, dies from complications of a cardiac condition at 87
  • 2013 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, dies from respiratory failure at 90

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2014 Casey Kasem, creator of American Top 40 and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, dies from Lewy body dementia at 82

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • 2014 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), dies from complications from pneumonia at 86
  • 2015 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), dies at 98
  • 2016 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), dies at 82