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Famous Deaths on April 16

  • 69 Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor, dies at 36
  • 744 al-Walid II, Umayyad caliph (743-744), killed at 35
  • 924 Berengar of Friuli, King of Italy, Holy Roman Emperor (915-924) (b c. 845)
  • 1090 Sikelgaita, Lombard princess, wife of Robert Guiscard, Duke of Apulia and Calabria, who often went into battle, armed, dies at about 50
  • 1113 Sviatopolk II of Kiev, Russian prince (b. 1050)
  • 1118 Adelaide del Vasto, wife of Roger II of Sicily
  • 1198 Duke Frederick I of Austria
  • 1446 Filippo Brunelleschi, Italian Renaissance architect (dome of Florence cathedral), dies at 68 or 69
  • 1496 David van Bourgondie, Bishop of Utrecht (1456-96), dies at about 69
  • 1529 Louis de Berquin, French humanist, reformer and heretic, burned at stake
  • 1619 Denijs Calvaert/Caluwaert [Dionisio Fiamingo], Flemish painter, dies
  • 1645 Tobias Hume, Scottish composer (The First Part of Ayres), dies
  • 1687 George Villiers, 2nd duke of Buckingham, English statesman and poet, dies at 59
  • 1689 Aphra Behn, English dramatist and novelist, dies at 48
  • 1743 Cornelis van Bijnkershoek, Dutch jurist who helped develop international law along positivist lines, dies at 69
  • 1756 Jacques Cassini, French astronomer, dies at 79
  • 1760 Laurence, 4th Earl Ferrers, executed for murder of his steward
  • 1783 Christian Mayer, Czech Catholic priest and astronomer, dies at 63
  • 1788 George-Louis Leclerc, count de Buffon, French naturalist and writer on natural history (Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière), dies at 80
  • 1825 Henry Fuseli, Swiss-born painter and art writer (Tracks in the Snow), dies at 84
  • 1828 Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Spanish painter and printmaker (The Third of May 1808), dies at 82
  • 1846 Domenico Dragonetti, Italian composer and double bass player, dies at 83

Madame Tussaud

1850 Marie Tussaud, French founder of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, dies at 88

  • 1858 Johann Baptist Cramer, German British pianist, composer and publisher, dies at 87
  • 1859 Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian (b. 1805)
  • 1860 Carolina, duchess of Berry/daughter of crown prince of Naples, dies
  • 1865 Robert C. Tyler, US Confederate brigadier general, dies during the Battle of West Point, at 32
  • 1870 Anatoli O Demidov, Russian ruler of Donato/traveller, dies
  • 1876 Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, Belgian military officer, painter, composer, and librettist, dies at 83
  • 1879 Bernadette Soubirous, French saint (saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies from tuberculosis at 35 in Nevers, France
  • 1881 George William Martin, English composer, dies at 56
  • 1888 Zygmunt Florenty Wróblewski, Polish physicist and chemist, dies at 42
  • 1890 John Barnett, English composer (The Mountain Sylph), dies at 87
  • 1899 Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary, dies at 23
  • 1904 Maximilian Kronberger, German poet, dies at 16
  • 1904 Samuel Smiles, Scottish writer and reformer (b. 1812)
  • 1914 George William Hill, American astronomer (moon orbit), considered to be the greatest master of celestial mechanics of his time, dies at 76
  • 1914 S. R. Crockett, Scottish novelist (The Stickit Minister), dies at 54
  • 1915 Nelson W. Aldrich, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, dies at 73
  • 1916 Tom Horan, Australian cricketer (15 Tests for Aust, 471 runs, 11 wickets), dies a 62
  • 1920 John Conrad Nordqvist, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • 1924 Jack Board, English cricket wicket-keeper (Eng in 6 Tests 1898-1906), dies at 57
  • 1928 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman and founder of Henri Birks and Sons, dies at 87
  • 1929 Abraham van Stolk Jzn, Dutch art collector, dies at 57
  • 1930 José Carlos Mariátegui, Peruvian journalist, political philosopher and activist (b. 1894)
  • 1931 Rachel Bluwstein, Hebrew poet, dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • 1938 Bertram Mills, British circus proprietor (Bertram Mills Circus), dies at 70
  • 1938 Steve Bloomer, English footballer (b. 1874)
  • 1941 Josiah Stamp, 1st Baron Stamp, British civil servant, industrialist, economist, statistician and banker, dies at 60
  • 1946 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born American race car driver and automobile designer, takes his own life at 61
  • 1947 Rudolf Höss, German commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, dies at 45
  • 1955 Abdullah Seif el-Islam, brother of Yemenite king Ahmed, beheaded

Rosalind Franklin

1958 Rosalind Franklin, English chemist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, dies of ovarian cancer at 37

  • 1959 Charles Halton, British stage actor (Dr Cyclops, Tugboat Annie Sails Again), dies at 83
  • 1967 Jean Alexandre Barré, French neurologist who helped identify the Guillain-Barré-Strohl syndrome, dies at 86
  • 1968 Edna Ferber, American author and playwright (American Beauty, Cimarron), dies at 82
  • 1968 Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • 1970 Richard Neutra, American architect (b. 1892)
  • 1972 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), dies at 72
  • 1973 István Kertész, Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, dies at 43
  • 1978 Lucius du Bignon Clay, American WWII general and military governor of West Germany, dies at 80
  • 1980 Morris Stoloff, American violinist, Academy Award-winning composer, music director (Columbia Pictures, 1938-62), and orchestra leader (Moonglow/Theme from Picnic), dies at 81
  • 1981 Eric Hollies, English cricket spin bowler (13 Tests, 44 wickets; dismissed Donald Bradman for 0 in his final Test innings), dies at 68
  • 1985 Scott Brady [Gerald Tierney], American actor (Shotgun Slade, China Syndrome, Gremlins, Johnny Guitar), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 60
  • 1988 Clifford Roach, cricketer (16 Tests early in West Indian cricket history), dies
  • 1988 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch politician and writer (Fascism is War!), dies at 90
  • 1988 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO leader, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
  • 1988 Warde Donovan, dies at 72
  • 1989 Tawfieq Yusuf Awwaad, Lebanese writer, dies

David Lean

1991 David Lean, film director (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), dies of pneumonia at 83

  • 1992 Andy Russell, American drummer and vocalist (Your Hit Parade), dies of stroke at 72
  • 1992 Frank Killmond, dies at 58
  • 1992 Neville Brand, American soldier and actor (DOA, Love Me Tender), dies of emphysema at 71
  • 1993 John P W Meefout, sculptor (Laying wife), dies at 77
  • 1994 John McLiam [Williams], Canadian actor (First Blood, Sleeper, Men From Shiloh), dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 1994 Ralph Waldo Ellison, American writer (Invisible Man), dies at 80
  • 1994 Ron Vawter, American actor (Roy Cohn, The Silence of the Lambs), dies at 45
  • 1994 Samuel "Sam" Selvon, Trinidad-born writer (The Lonely Londoners), dies at 70
  • 1995 Arthur English, British comedian and actor (Malachi's Cove, Are You Being Served?), dies of complications from emphysema at 75
  • 1995 Cheyenne Brando, daughter of Marlon, commits suicide
  • 1995 Cyril Enfield, film Director, dies at 80
  • 1995 Stewart Myles MacPherson, Canadian-born British broadcaster, dies at 86
  • 1995 Iqbal Masih, Pakistani child slave labourer, activist (b. 1982)
  • 1996 Lucille Bremer, American actress and dancer (Meet Me in St. Louis; Ziegfeld Follies), dies from a heart attack at 79
  • 1996 Madeleine Bourdouxhe, Belgian writer, dies at 89
  • 1996 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), dies at 62
  • 1996 Stavros Niarchos, Greek shipping magnate (Those Fabulous Greeks), dies at 86
  • 1996 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuban filmmaker (Muerte de un burócrata), dies at 67
  • 1997 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, American Mexican media tycoon (Televisa), dies at 66
  • 1997 Mae Boren Axton, American songwriter, known as the"Queen Mother of Nashville" ("Heartbreak Hotel"), dies at 82
  • 1997 Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1997 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • 1997 Doris Angleton, American socialite, murdered at 46
  • 1997 Ray Green, American composer and publisher, dies at 88
  • 1998 Fred Davis, English 8-time World Snooker Champion (1948-49, 51), dies at 84
  • 1998 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, dies at 77
  • 1999 Alexander "Skip" Spence, Canadian-American guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 2001 Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • 2002 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (Ruth's Chris Steak House in Louisiana), dies at 75
  • 2002 Robert Urich, American actor (Spenser: For Hire), dies of cancer at 55
  • 2003 Graham Jarvis, Canadian actor (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Charlie"; Misery; 7th Heaven), dies of multiple myeloma at 72
  • 2003 Graham Stuart Thomas, English author and garden designer (b. 1909)
  • 2005 Kathleen "Kay" Walsh, British actress (The Horse's Mouth, Oliver Twist), dies in a fire at 93
  • 2005 Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor (b. 1943)
  • 2005 Marla Ruzicka, American humanitarian worker and peace activist (b. 1976)
  • 2006 Francisco Adam, Portuguese actor and model (b. 1983)
  • 2007 Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)
  • 2007 Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Seung-Hui Cho, Korean American murderer (b. 1984), see List of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre
  • 2007 Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, American instructor of French (b. 1958)
  • 2007 Kevin Granata, American professor of Engineering (b. 1961)
  • 2007 Liviu Librescu, American Jewish-Romanian professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (b. 1930)
  • 2007 G. V. Loganathan, Indian American professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (b. 1954)
  • 2007 Frank Bateson, New Zealand astronomer (b. 1909)
  • 2008 Joseph Solman, American painter
  • 2008 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, dies at 90
  • 2010 Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)
  • 2010 Daryl Gates, LAPD Chief, dies at 83
  • 2010 Marion Ladewig, American ten-pin bowler (9 time woman bowler of year 1950-63), dies at 95
  • 2011 Harold Volkmer, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri, dies at 80
  • 2011 Bijan, Iranian men's apparel designer (Bijan), dies of stroke at 71
  • 2011 William A. Rusher, American lawyer and columnist, dies at 87
  • 2011 Allan Blakeney, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Saskatchewan), dies at 85
  • 2011 Gerry Alexander, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (25 Tests, top score 108, 90 dismissals), dies at 82
  • 2011 Paul Des Marais, American composer, dies at 90 [1]
  • 2012 Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Danish shipping Magnate, dies at 98
  • 2015 Martin Quittenton, British rock and blues guitarist (Steamhammer), and songwriter ("Maggie May; "You Wear It Well"), dies at 69
  • 2016 Peter Tolson, English rock guitarist (Pretty Things), dies at 64
  • 2018 Harry Anderson, American comic, magician, and actor (Night Court - "Judge Harry Stone"; Daves's World), dies at 65
  • 2019 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), dies at 101
  • 2019 Jörg Wolfgang Demus, Austrian classical pianist and composer, dies at 90
  • 2020 Luis Sepúlveda, Chilean writer and political activist (The Old Man Who Read Love Stories), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • 2020 Howard Finkel, American pro wrestling ring announcer (WWE Hall of Fame), dies from stroke complications at 69
  • 2020 Gene Deitch, American illustrator (Tom Terrific, Nudnik), dies at 95
  • 2020 Steve Cash, YouTube personality (Talking Kitty Cat), commits suicide at 40
  • 2020 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, dies at 88
  • 2021 Helen McCrory, English actress (The Queen, Peaky Blinders), dies of cancer at 52
  • 2021 Felix Silla, Italian-American circus performer, Hollywood stuntman, and actor (The Addams Family - "Cousin Itt"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 84
  • 2021 Mike Mitchell, American rock guitarist (The Kingsmen -"Louie, Louie"), dies on his 77th birthday
  • 2021 John Dawes, Welsh rugby union centre (22 caps Wales, 4 caps British & Irish Lions; London Welsh; Barbarians), dies at 80
  • 2021 Serhiy Novikov, Russian judoka (Olympic gold heavyweight 1976), dies at 71
  • 2021 Johnny Peirson, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NHL All Star 1950, 51; Boston Bruins) and broadcaster (WBZ and WSBK), dies at 95
April 16 Highlights