On This Day

Famous Deaths on April 14

  • 711 Childebert III, king of French, dies at about 27
  • 911 Sergius III, Italian Pope (904-11), dies
  • 1099 Conrad, bishop of Utrecht, stabbed to death
  • 1132 Mstislav of Kiev (b. 1076)
  • 1279 Boleslaw the Pious, Polish duke
  • 1279 Boleslaus of Greater Poland
  • 1322 Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Lord Badlesmere, English soldier (b. 1275)
  • 1345 Richard Aungerville, English bishop and writer (b. 1287)
  • 1433 Lidwina, Dutch mystic (Christ's Bride) and saint, dies at 53
  • 1471 Richard Neville [16th Earl of Warwick], English nobleman and military commander known as Warwick the Kingmaker, slain in battle at 42
  • 1552 Laurentius Andreae [Lars Andersson], Swedish church reformer, dies
  • 1574 Christoffel Palts, German general strategist, dies in battle
  • 1574 Hendrik, count of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies in battle
  • 1574 Louis, earl of Nassau-Dillenburg, dies in battle at 35
  • 1578 James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, consort of Mary I of Scotland
  • 1599 Henry Wallop, English statesman
  • 1655 Johann Erasmus Kindermann, German composer, dies at 39
  • 1662 William Fiennes, 1st Viscount Saye and Sele, English statesman, dies at 79
  • 1682 Avvakum, Russian Orthodox archpriest and writer, dies at 60
  • 1692 Carlos de Gurrea, Spanish viceroy (Spanish Netherlands), dies
  • 1716 Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington, British admiral
  • 1721 Michel Chamillart, French statesman (b. 1652)
  • 1722 Pieter Erberveld, German-Thai merchant on Java, Indonesia. He was accused of plotting a rebellion with the Javanese, tortured and executed at around 62

George Frideric Handel

1759 George Frideric Handel, German-British baroque composer and organist (Messiah, Water Music), dies at 74

  • 1764 Peder [Nielsen] Horrebow, Danish astronomer, dies at 84
  • 1785 William Whitehead, English writer and poet, British Poet Laureate (1757-85), dies at about 70
  • 1792 Maximilian Hell, Slovakian astronomer (b. 1720)
  • 1813 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, Swedish violinist and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • 1843 Joseph Franz Karl Lanner, Austrian composer/violist, dies at 42
  • 1865 Ignaz Bösendorfer, Austrian musician, and piano maker, dies at 65
  • 1874 Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch author/engineer on Curacao, dies at 86
  • 1888 William Fiske Sherwin, American composer, dies at 62
  • 1894 Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German poet, dies at 78
  • 1910 Mikhail Vrubel, Russian painter (b. 1856)
  • 1911 Addie Joss, American baseball player (Cleveland Naps), dies of TB at 31
  • 1911 Henri Elzéar Taschereau, French Canadian jurist and Chief Justice of Canada (b. 1836)
  • 1912 Henri Brisson, French statesman (b. 1835)
  • 1913 Carl Hagenbeck, German animal trainer (Von Tieren und Menschen), dies at 68
  • 1914 Paul Ehrenreich, German etnologist/mythologist, dies at 58
  • 1914 Hubert Bland, English co-founder of the Fabian Society (b. 1855)
  • 1915 James Hutton Brew, Pioneer of West African Journalism, dies
  • 1917 L. L. Zamenhof, Polish physician and linguist (Esperanto), dies at 57
  • 1922 Cap Anson, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and manager (NL batting champion 1881, 88; 8 × NL RBI leader; Chicago White Stockings / Colts), dies from a glandular ailment at 69
  • 1924 Roland Napoléon Bonaparte, French prince and president of the Société de Géographie, dies at 65
  • 1925 Pieter D van Essen, Dutch artillery officer, dies at 54
  • 1930 Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet (Ode to Revolution), dies at 36
  • 1934 Gerald du Maurier, British actor (Power, Escape!, Masks and Faces), at 61
  • 1934 Karl Dane, Danish-American comedian and actor (The Big Parade) dies at 47
  • 1935 Amalie Emmy Noether, German mathematician (b. 1882)
  • 1938 Gillis Grafström, Swedish figure skater (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), dies of blood poisoning at 44
  • 1941 Jack Edmonson, Australian corporal in Tobruk (Victoria Cross), dies
  • 1941 Guillermo Kahlo, German-Mexican photographer and father of Frida Kahlo, dies at 69
  • 1943 Asser B Kleerekoper, SDAP-Second-Member of parliament, dies at 62
  • 1943 Geoffrey Turton Shaw, British organist, composer, and educator, dies at 63
  • 1949 Joseph A Cushman, US paleontologist, dies at 68
  • 1950 Sri Ramana Maharshi, Indian philosopher (b. 1879)
  • 1953 Emmanuel de Bom, Flemish writer (Scheldelucht), dies at 84
  • 1954 Lillian "Lil" Green, American blues singer and songwriter ("Romance In The Dark"), dies at 39 [or 57, or 48 - year of birth disputed]
  • 1964 Herb McGirr, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (played in NZ's 1st Test series; 2 Tests, 1 x 50; Wellington), dies at 72
  • 1964 Earle Hodgins, American fast-talking film and television character actor (Guestward Ho!), dies at 70

Rachel Carson

1964 Rachel Carson, American marine biologist, conservationist and author (Silent Spring), dies at 56

  • 1964 Tatyana Afanasyeva, Russian-Dutch mathematician and physicist (fields of statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics), dies at 87
  • 1965 Leonard Mudie, British actor (Magnetic Monster, British Intelligence), dies of heart ailment at 82
  • 1965 Perry E Smith, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged
  • 1965 Robert E Hickok, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged
  • 1971 Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies
  • 1973 Magda Janssens, Flemish actress (Nederlands in 7 Lessons), dies at 88
  • 1973 Minna Gombell, dies in Santa Monica CA
  • 1974 Al Morgan, American jazz double-bassist (Cab Calloway; Fats Waller; Louis Jordan), dies at 65

Fredric March

1975 Fredric March, American actor (Inherit the Wind), dies of prostate cancer at 77

  • 1976 Maude Prickett, actress (Rosie-Hazel), dies at 60
  • 1976 José Revueltas, Mexican writer (b. 1914)
  • 1977 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • 1980 Tom Fadden, actor (Duffeild-Broken Arrow, Cimarron City), dies at 84
  • 1981 Ivan Galamian, American violinist and violin teacher, dies at 78
  • 1983 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 64

Pete Farndon

1983 Pete Farndon, English rock bassist (The Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"), drowns in his bathtub after a drug overdose at 30

  • 1983 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer (Les Prédictions) and pedagogue, dies at 42
  • 1983 Elisabeth Lutyens, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1984 Dionisis Papagiannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • 1985 Reginald Beane, American pianist (Starlit Time: Once Upon a Tune), dies at 63
  • 1985 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads) dies at 65

Simone de Beauvoir

1986 Simone de Beauvoir, French author and feminist (The Mandarins, The Second Sex, She Came to Stay), dies of pneumonia at 78

  • 1986 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, dies at 46
  • 1987 Karl Höller, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1988 Herbert Reynolds Inch, American composer and teacher, dies at 83
  • 1988 Johan Franco, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • 1988 John Stonehouse, British politician (b. 1925)
  • 1989 Lance Pierre, West Indian cricketer (Test WI v Engl 1948, DNB, 7 overs 0-28), dies at 67
  • 1990 Martin Kessel, writer, dies on 89th birthday
  • 1990 Peter Dunn, actor (Invaders from Mars) dies
  • 1990 Thurston Harris, American pop vocalist (The Sharps, Little Bitty Pretty One), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1992 David Miller, dies of cancer at 82
  • 1992 Sammy Price, American boogie-woogie pianist, and bandleader, dies at 83
  • 1993 Jo Boer, Dutch painter and author (Catharina & the Magnolias), dies at 85
  • 1993 Sam Ntombani, ANC-secretary in Soweto South-Africa, shot to death
  • 1994 Selometsi Baholo, vice-premier of Lesotho, murdered
  • 1994 Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, Pakistani scientist and scholar (b. 1897)
  • 1995 Brian Coffey, Irish poet (Advent), dies at 89
  • 1995 Burl Ives, American folk singer (A Holly Jolly Christmas), and actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), dies from complications of mouth cancer at 85
  • 1995 Donald Keech, entrepreneur, dies at 74
  • 1995 James Daniel "Danny" Turner, saxophonist, dies at 75
  • 1995 Michael Scott Montague Fordham, English child psychiatrist and Jungian analyst, dies at 89
  • 1996 Gaylord Birch, American session drummer (Pointer Sisters; Herbie Hancock), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1996 Manuel A "Manny" Greenhill, American folk music record producer and manager (Joan Baez; Rev. Gary Davis), dies of leukemia at 80
  • 1996 Mervyn Levy, artist/critic, dies at 81
  • 1996 William K. Everson, English American film historian, dies at 67
  • 1996 James Sargent Russell, US pilot and admiral (WW II Pacific Ocean), dies at 93
  • 1998 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90
  • 1999 Ellen Corby [Hansen], American actress (The Waltons, Vertigo, Caged), dies of natural causes at 87
  • 1999 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), dies at 67
  • 2000 Phil Katz, American computer programmer (Zip file format), dies from the effects of alcoholism at 37
  • 2000 Wilf Mannion, English footballer (b. 1918)
  • 2001 Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director (b. 1927)
  • 2001 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (b. 1939)
  • 2004 Micheline Charest, French Canadian television producer (b. 1953)
  • 2005 Benny Bailey, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 79
  • 2006 Mahmut Bakalli, Kosovo politician (b. 1936)
  • 2007 June Callwood, Canadian journalist, author and social activist (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Don Ho, Hawaiian-American pop and Hawaiian music singer ("Tiny Bubbles"; "Ain't No Big Thing!"), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2008 Tommy Holmes, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1945, 48; NL HR leader 1945; Boston Braves) and manager (Boston Braves), dies at 91
  • 2008 Ollie Johnston, American animator and the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men, dies at 95
  • 2008 Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • 2008 Esbjörn Svensson, Swedish jazz pianist (Seven Days Of Falling), dies in scuba diving accident at 44
  • 2009 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), dies at 90
  • 2010 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), dies of sepsis at 48
  • 2011 Walter Breuning, American supercentenarian (b. 1896)
  • 2011 Trevor Bannister, British actor (Are You Being Served?), dies at 76
  • 2011 William Lipscomb, American chemist working in nuclear magnetic resonance, theoretical chemistry, boron chemistry, and biochemistry (Nobel 1976), dies at 91
  • 2012 Émile Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 92
  • 2012 John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid, Canadian actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • 2013 John S Ragin, American actor (Dr Astin-Quincy ME), dies at 83
  • 2013 Sir Colin Davis, British conductor (Covent Garden, 1970-85; Bavarian Radio Symphony, 1983-93; London Symphony, 1995-2006), dies at 85
  • 2013 Dennis Moran, American computer hacker, dies from overdose at 30
  • 2014 Armando Peraza, Cuban jazz, Latin jazz, and rock percussionist (George Shearing; Cal Tjader; Santana, 1972-90), dies at about 89 [birth year disputed]
  • 2015 Percy Sledge, American soul singer ("When A Man Loves A Woman"), dies at 73
  • 2017 Manfred Jung, German operatic tenor (Wagner's heldentenor roles), dies at 76
  • 2019 John MacLeod, American basketball coach (NBA Phoenix Suns 1973-87), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • 2019 Birgitta "Bibi" Andersson, Swedish actress (Persona, Wild Strawberries), dies at 83
  • 2020 Ron Wylie, Scottish soccer forward (Notts County, Aston Villa, Birmingham City) and manager (WBA), dies at 86
  • 2020 Hank Steinbrenner, American businessman and MLB team owner (New York Yankees 2010-20), dies of liver condition at 63
  • 2020 Paul Bayvel, South African rugby union scrum-half (10 caps; Transvaal), dies from cancer at 71

Bernie Madoff

2021 Bernard "Bernie" Madoff, American fraudster and financier who committed the largest fraud in US history, dies in prison of natural causes at 82

  • 2021 Norman "Rusty" Young, American pedal-steel guitarist, singer and songwriter (Poco - "Rose of Cimarron"; "Crazy Love"), dies of a heart attack at 75
April 14 Highlights