Famous Deaths on April 17

  • 326 Alexander of Alexandria, Patriarch of Alexandria
  • 485 Proclus, Greek mathematician, dies in Athens [or Apr 14]
  • 617 Donnán of Eigg, Celtic Christian martyr, patron saint of Eigg
  • 818 Bernhard I, King of Italy, dies
  • 858 Benedict III, Italian Pope (855-58), dies
  • 1080 King Harald III of Denmark (b. 1041)
  • 1272 Zita/Cita, Italian maid/saint, dies at about 59
  • 1297 Willem van Afflighem, Flemish poet/abbot St Truiden, dies at about 86
  • 1427 Jan IV, duke of Brabant/Limburg/wife of Jacoba van Bayern, dies
  • 1539 George the Bearded, Duke of Saxony (1500-39), dies at 67
  • 1574 Joachim Camerarius [Liebhard Kammerer], German classical scholar, dies at 74
  • 1630 Christian I, ruler of Anhalt-Bernburg (battle of White Mt), dies
  • 1679 John van Kessel, Flemish painter, dies at 53
  • 1680 Kateri Tekakwitha [Lily of the Mohawks], first Native American saint (b. 1656)
  • 1696 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, French writer (b. 1626)
  • 1711 Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (1705-11), dies of smallpox at 32

  • 1713 David Hollatz, Pomeranian dogmatician (b. 1648)
  • 1714 Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, German composer, dies at 56
  • 1726 Henriette Amalia, ruler of Nassau-Dietz, dies at 49
  • 1742 Arvid Horn, Swedish statesman (b. 1664)
  • 1761 Thomas Bayes, English mathematician
  • 1764 Johann Mattheson, German composer, dies at 82

Person of interestBenjamin Franklin

1790 Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father, inventor, ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1799 Richard Jupp, English architect (b. 1728)
  • 1835 William Henry Ireland, forger (Shakespearean manuscripts), dies
  • 1837 Edouard viscount de Walckiers, South Netherland banker and politician, dies at 78
  • 1838 Johanna Schopenhauer, German writer and mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, dies at 71
  • 1843 Samuel Morey, American inventor (b. 1762)
  • 1854 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1863 Daniel Smith Donelson, Confederate general and cousin of Andrew Jackson, dies at 61
  • 1873 Semyon Stepanovich Gulak-Artemovsky, composer, dies at 60
  • 1882 George Jennings, English sanitary engineer, dies at 71
  • 1890 John Barnett, composer, dies at 87
  • 1891 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, composer, dies at 77

Person of interestAlexander Mackenzie

1892 Alexander Mackenzie, 2nd Prime Minister of Canada, dies of a stroke at 70

2nd Prime Minister of Canada Alexander Mackenzie
2nd Prime Minister of Canada
Alexander Mackenzie
  • 1899 Hans Balatka, composer, dies at 74
  • 1902 Francis of Assisi of Bourbon, King Consort of Spain (b. 1822)
  • 1910 Ignacio Mariscal, Mexican lawyer and diplomat (Secretary of Foreign Affairs), dies at 80
  • 1930 Alexander Golovin, Russian painter (b. 1863)
  • 1936 Charles J M Ruys de Beerenbrouck, Dutch PM (1918-23, 29-33), dies
  • 1937 Yi Sang, Korean author and poet (Dying Words, Wings, Child’s Bone), dies of tuberculosis in a Japanese prison camp at 26

  • 1941 Al Bowlly, British dance band vocalist (b. 1899)
  • 1942 Jean Perrin, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1870)
  • 1944 J T Hearne, cricketer (took 49 wkts in 12 Tests for England), dies
  • 1945 Hannie Schaft, "Girl with red hair," executed
  • 1945 Ion Pillat, Romania poet/senator (Umbra timpului), dies
  • 1945 Walter Model, German fieldmarshal, commits suicide at 54
  • 1946 John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
  • 1948 Johan P earl of Limburg Stirum, diplomat, dies at 75
  • 1948 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • 1954 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist (b. 1900)
  • 1960 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist (C'Mon Everybody), dies at 21 in a car crash
  • 1962 Louise Fazenda, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 66
  • 1967 Red Allen, American jazz trumpeter (b. 1908)
  • 1968 Margaret Seddon, dies at 95
  • 1970 Sergei U S Aleksi, patriarch of Russian-Orthodox church, dies at 92
  • 1971 Roberto Lupi, composer, dies at 62
  • 1971 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, dies at 67
  • 1974 Frank McGee, American news anchor (NBC Evening News), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1974 Herbert Elwell, US composer (Happy Hypocrite), dies at 75
  • 1974 Vinnie Taylor, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a drug overdose
  • 1975 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher and leader, Second President of India (1962-67), dies at 86
  • 1976 Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter, dies at 85
  • 1976 Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • 1977 Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 86
  • 1977 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • 1983 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • 1983 Mark W Clark, US general (WWII), dies at 87
  • 1983 Peter Potter, DJ (Peter Potter Show, Juke Box Jury), dies at 78
  • 1984 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 1985 Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • 1986 Bessie Head, Botswana writer (When Rain Clouds Gather, Maru, A Question of Power), dies at 49
  • 1987 Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • 1987 Dick Shawn [Richard Schulefand], American character actor and comedian (Producers, Maid to Order, Angel), dies on stage at 57
  • 1987 Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • 1987 Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • 1987 Cornelius Van Til, Dutch philosopher and Christian apologist, dies at 91
  • 1988 Eva Novak, actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • 1988 Louise Nevelson, sculptor, dies of brain tumor at 88
  • 1989 Charles Lampkin, dies
  • 1990 Ralph David Abernathy, US civil rights leader, dies
  • 1991 Jack Yellen, US poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • 1992 Hank Penny, country music singer, dies at 73 of heart failure
  • 1993 Turgut Özal, president of Turkey (1989-93), dies at 65
  • 1994 Peter Hacker, US journalist/actor (NBC, Broadcast News), dies at 69
  • 1995 A R A (Anton) Murray, cricketer (289 runs & 11 wkts in 10 Tests), dies
  • 1995 Nancy Mayhew Youngman, English painter and educationalist, dies at 88
  • 1995 Frank E. Resnik, American business executive (Philip Morris USA), dies at 66
  • 1996 Eva Jones, German poet and novelist (Taboo), dies at 82
  • 1996 Jose Luis Lopez Aranguren, philosopher, dies at 86
  • 1997 Chaim Herzog, President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • 1997 Allan Francovich, American documentarian

Person of interestLinda McCartney

1998 Linda McCartney, American-born photographer and wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • 2003 Robert Atkins, American dietician (b. 1930)
  • 2003 John Paul Getty Jr., American-born British philanthropist and oil magnate (Getty Oil), dies at 70
  • 2003 Earl King, American musician and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • 2003 Yiannis Latsis, Greek shipping tycoon, dies at 92
  • 2004 Edmond Pidoux, Swiss writer (L'histoire de Jonas), dies at 95
  • 2004 Soundarya, Indian actress (b. 1971)
  • 2005 James Archibald Houston, Canadian author and filmmaker (Tikta'Liktak), dies at 83
  • 2006 Henderson Forsythe, American actor (As the World Turns, Crisis at Central High), dies at 88
  • 2007 Kitty Carlisle, American actress and television personality, dies at 96
  • 2008 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician, dies at 94
  • 2008 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rocker and musician (E Street Band), dies of melanoma at 58
  • 2009 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People), dies aged 88
  • 2011 Eric Gross, Austrian-Australian composer (b. 1926)
  • 2011 Nikos Papazoglou, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1948)
  • 2011 AJ Perez, Filipino teen actor (b. 1993)
  • 2012 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 2013 Bi Kidude, Tanzanian Taarab singer, dies at c. 100
  • 2013 Deanna Durbin [Edna Mae Durbin], Canadian actress and vocalist (Every Sunday, Three Smart Girls, 100 Men & a Girl), dies at 91

Person of interestGabriel García Márquez

2014 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), dies of pneumonia at 87

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez

Person of interestDoris Roberts

2016 Doris Roberts, American actress (Everybody Loves Raymond), dies at 90

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts

Person of interestBarbara Bush

2018 Barbara Bush, First Lady of the US (1989-93) and wife of George H. W. Bush, dies following long illness at 92

US First Lady Barbara Bush
US First Lady
Barbara Bush