Famous Deaths on September 27

  • 1249 Count Raymond VII of Toulouse (b. 1197)
  • 1259 Ezzeline III da Romano, gentleman of Verona/"cruel monster", dies
  • 1404 William of Wykeham, chancellor/Bishop of Winchester, dies
  • 1557 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (b. 1497)
  • 1566 Marcus A Vida, [Marcus Hieronymus], Italian humanist/poet/bishop, dies
  • 1590 Urban VII, [Giambattista Castagna], Italian Pope (1590), dies
  • 1612 Piotr Skarga, Polish theology/PM (Sanctity of Life), dies at 76
  • 1615 Arbella Stuart, English noblewoman (b. 1575)
  • 1617 Johan Earnest count of Nassau-Siegen, dies
  • 1641 Francois van d'aerssen, mister of Sommelsdijk/diplomat, dies at 69
  • 1651 Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria, dies at 78
  • 1660 St Vincent de Paul, Vincentian Cong founder, dies
  • 1674 Robert Arnauld d'andilly, French literary/financier/translator, dies
  • 1674 Thomas Traherne, English poet/mystic (Roman Forgeries), dies
  • 1700 Innocent XII, [Antonio Pignatelli], Pope (1691-1700), dies at 85
  • 1719 George Smalridge, English Bishop of Bristol (b. 1662)
  • 1730 Laurence Eusden, English poet, Poet Laureate (1718-30), dies at 42
  • 1735 Peter Artedi, Swedish naturalist (b. 1705)
  • 1737 John Sidney, 6th Earl of Leicester, English privy councillor (b. 1680)
  • 1742 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (b. 1672)
  • 1783 Étienne Bézout, French mathematician (b. 1730)
  • 1784 Boniface Stoecki, composer, dies at 38
  • 1808 Gaetano B Vestris, ballerina, dies at 79
  • 1821 Luis (Philippus) Brion, Curacaos admiral/supreme commander, dies at 39
  • 1831 Henry van Wine, archivist/founder General Rijksarchief, dies at 91
  • 1831 Joannis Capodistrias, Greek governor of Troezen, murdered at 55
  • 1844 Charles Nodier, French writer (History du chien the Brisquet), dies
  • 1868 Alexander Walewski, French earl/duke/diplomat/Foreign minister, dies
  • 1870 Henry TP Comstock, Canadian silver prospector, dies at 50
  • 1876 Braxton Bragg, American Confederate general (b. 1817)
  • 1891 Ivan Goncharov, Russian author (b. 1812)
  • 1911 Auguste Michel-Lévy, French geologist (b. 1844)
  • 1915 Conrad T van Deventer, Dutch jurist/MP (liberal), dies at 57
  • 1915 Kaspar C E Ritter von Zumbusch, German/Austrian sculptor, dies at 84
  • 1915 Remy de Gourmont, French poet (b. 1858)
  • 1916 Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian writer (Les Heures du Soir), dies at 61
  • 1917 Edgar H G Degas, French impressionist artist (ballerina), dies at 83
  • 1919 Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76
  • 1919 Robert Gleeson, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1921 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (SHänsel und Gretel), dies at 67
  • 1935 Alan Gray, composer, dies at 79
  • 1940 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • 1940 Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Austrian neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • 1942 Douglas Munro, only US Coast Guard with WW II-Med of Honor, dies
  • 1943 Waclaw Gieburowski, composer, dies at 65
  • 1944 Aimee Semple McPherson, Canadian-American evangelist (Pentecostal), dies at 53
  • 1944 Aristide Maillol, Fr sculptor/graphic artist, dies in car crash at 82
  • 1948 Frank Cellier, actor (Spider, Quiet Wedding, Big Blockade), dies at 64
  • 1953 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter/caricaturist, dies at 72
  • 1955 Henri Liebrecht, Belgian stagewriter/journalist, dies at 71
  • 1956 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), dies at 55 of disseminated shingles, complicated by encephalitis

  • 1956 Milburn Apt, in X-2 rocket plane reaches 3370 kph, but, dies in crash
  • 1956 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias, American Hall of Fame athlete, dies of colon cancer at 45
  • 1960 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist/daughter of Emmeline, dies at 78
  • 1961 Hilda Doolittle, US poetess (Bid Me to Live), dies at 75
  • 1962 Francisco Brochado da Rocha, PM of Brazil (1962), dies at 52

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1965 Clara Bow, US actress (It), dies at 60

Silent Screen Actress Clara Bow
Silent Screen Actress
Clara Bow
  • 1965 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
  • 1967 Felix Yussupov, Russian aristocrat, dies at 80
  • 1969 Violet Farebrother, English actress (Downhill, Easy Virtue), dies at 81
  • 1972 Rory Storm, lead singer (Rory Storm & Hurricane), commits suicide
  • 1972 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)
  • 1974 Silvio Frondizi, Argentine lawyer, assassinated by the Triple A(b. 1907)
  • 1975 Mark Frechette, actor (Zabriskie Point, Uomini Contro), dies at 27
  • 1975 Jack Lang, Australian politician (b. 1876)
  • 1979 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • 1981 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist, dies at 77
  • 1981 Robert Montgomery, actor/dir (Robert Montgomery Presents), dies at 77
  • 1982 Saad Sayd, [Abu Walid], Palestinian commandant in Lebanon, dies
  • 1983 Tino Rossi, singer/actor (Destins, Belle Menuniere), dies at 76
  • 1984 John Facenda, sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72
  • 1985 Lloyd Nolan, actor (Dr Chegley-Julia), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1986 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • 1988 William V. Shannon, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), dies at 61
  • 1991 Huib Orizand, Dutch actor (Paul Vlanderen), dies
  • 1991 Jan Hart, director (Friends of Curacao), dies
  • 1991 Oona Chaplin, daughter of Eugene O'Neill/wife of Charles, dies at 66
  • 1992 Keith Prentice, US actor (Boys in the Band), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1992 Ray Gill, actor (Prelude to a Kiss), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1992 Wim Van Exter, founder Unity Profession Central (1944), dies
  • 1993 Andrei Solovyiov, Russian photographer, dies in battle at 38

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1993 James Doolittle, US air force general (Tokyo 1942), dies at 96

Aviation Pioneer Jimmy Doolittle
Aviation Pioneer
Jimmy Doolittle
  • 1994 Gerald Bledsoe, DJ (Soul Alive, WWRL), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1994 Guiseppe Martelli, physicist, dies at 71
  • 1994 Ruth Niehaus, German actress dies at 69
  • 1995 Alison "Night Bird" Steele, DJ (WNEW-FM, WXRK-FM), dies of cancer
  • 1995 Christopher Shaw, composer pianist/critic, dies at 71
  • 1996 Mohammed Najibullah, politician, dies at 55
  • 1996 Najibullah, President of Afghanistan Democratic Party (1986-90), executed
  • 1997 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 82
  • 1998 Doak Walker, American football player (b. 1927)
  • 1998 Narita Bryan, Japanese racehorse (b. 1991)
  • 2003 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • 2003 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74
  • 2004 John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Ronald Golias, Brazilian comedian and actor (A Família Trapo), dies at 76
  • 2007 Kenji Nagai, Japanese photojournalist (b. 1957)
  • 2008 Mahendra Kapoor, Indian singer (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Ivan Dykhovichnyy, Russian film director and screenwriter (b. 1947)

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2009 William Safire, American Columnist, dies at 79

American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter William Safire
American Political Columnist & Presidential Speechwriter
William Safire
  • 2010 George Blanda, American football player (b. 1927)
  • 2010 Balaji Sadasivan, Singaporean politician and neurosurgeon (b. 1955)
  • 2011 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)
  • 2012 R. B. Greaves, American singer, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • 2012 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • 2013 Gates Brown, American MLB player, dies at 74
  • 2013 Jay Robinson, American actor, dies at 83
  • 2014 James A Traficant Jr, American politician, dies at 73
  • 2015 Frank Tyson, English cricketer ("Typhoon Tyson" pace bowler), dies at 85
  • 2015 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), dies at 89
  • 2017 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90