Famous Deaths on April 25

  • 68 Saint Mark, the first Pope of Alexandria and the founder of Christianity in Africa
  • 974 Ratherius of Verona/Liege, bishop/abbot, dies at about 84
  • 1265 Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester, English crusader
  • 1295 Sancho IV, the Brave, scholar/king of Castile/Leon, dies
  • 1342 Benedict XII, [Jacques Fournier], Pope (1334-42), dies
  • 1472 Leon Battista degli Alberti, scupltor/musician (Dinner Pieces), dies
  • 1516 John Yonge, English diplomat (b. 1467)
  • 1566 Diane de Poitiers, French mistress of French King Henry II, dies at 66
  • 1566 Louise Labé, French poet
  • 1595 Torquato Tasso, Italian poet (Gerusalemme liberata), dies at 51
  • 1605 Naresuan, King of Siam (b. 1555)
  • 1607 Don Juan Alvarez, Spanish Admiral (Gibraltar), dies in battle
  • 1607 Jacob van Heemskerck, Dutch Admiral (Nova Zambia), dies in battle
  • 1635 Alessandro Tassoni, Italian political writer (Rape of Bucket), dies at 69

Person of interestChongzhen

1644 Chongzhen, last Ming Emperor of China, commits suicide at 33

Chinese Emperor Chongzhen
Chinese Emperor
Chongzhen
  • 1647 Matthias Gallas, Austrian earl of Campo and Duke of Lucerna, dies at 62

  • 1660 Henry Hammond, English churchman, dies at 54
  • 1663 Heinrich Pape, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • 1690 David Teniers the Younger, Flemish painter (Pictorium), dies at 79
  • 1728 John Woodward, geologist/physician, dies
  • 1740 Shrimant Baji Rao Vishwanath Bhat, also known as Baji Rao I, a general and Peshwa (b. 1699)

Person of interestAnders Celsius

1744 Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer (proposed the Celsius temperature scale), dies at 42

Astronomer Anders Celsius
Astronomer
Anders Celsius
  • 1770 Jean-Antoine Nollet, French abbot and physicist (b. 1700)
  • 1792 Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Beckmann, German composer, dies at 54
  • 1792 Nicolas J Pelletier, French highwayman, 1st person guillotined
  • 1800 William Cowper, English lawyer/poet (Olney Hymns), dies at 68
  • 1808 Alois Luigi Tomasini, composer, dies at 66
  • 1828 John Goldberg, Dutch patriot/statesman, dies at 64
  • 1840 Siméon-Denis Poisson, French mathematician (Poisson distribution) and physicist, dies at 58
  • 1845 Thomas Duncan, Scottish painter, dies at 37

Person of interestWilliam Beaumont

1853 William Beaumont, physiologist, dies at 67

  • 1862 Charles Ferguson Smith, US Union Gen-Maj, dies of infection at 55
  • 1873 Walter de la Mare, Engl poet/author (Behold the Dreamer), dies at 43
  • 1873 Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (VP: Imperial Academy of Arts 1828-68), dies at 90
  • 1875 Trinley Gyatso, 12th Dalai Lama of Tibet, dies at 18
  • 1878 Anna Sewell, English author (Black Beauty), dies at 58
  • 1891 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (b. 1811)
  • 1892 Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (b. 1840)
  • 1905 Jacob Olie, Dutch photographer, dies at about 70
  • 1906 John Knowles Paine, US composer, dies at 67
  • 1911 Emilio Salgari, Italian novelist (b. 1862)

  • 1915 Nicola d' Arienzo, composer, dies at 72
  • 1915 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)
  • 1923 Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician, dies at 82
  • 1925 George Stephanescu, composer, dies at 81
  • 1926 Ellen K S Key, Swedish author/feminist (Century of the Child), dies at 76
  • 1928 Pjotr N Wrangel, Russian baron general, dies at 49
  • 1931 Bert Hopkins, Australian cricketer (20 Tests for Aust, 509 runs), dies at 56
  • 1937 Clem Sohn, air show performer dies at 26 when his chute fails to open
  • 1937 Michał Drzymała, Polish peasant rebel (Drzymała's wagon), dies at 79
  • 1942 Paul Kornfeld, writer, dies at 52
  • 1943 Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovich-Danchenko, playwright/director, dies
  • 1944 Tony Mullane, Irish-American baseball player, dies at 85
  • 1946 Albert Knight, cricketer (3 Tests for England on 1903-04 tour), dies
  • 1946 Joseph Vine, cricketer (batted in two Tests Eng v Aust 1911-12), dies
  • 1949 Jankel Adler, Polish painter and printmaker, dies at 53
  • 1951 Jerzy Fitelberg, composer, dies at 47
  • 1954 Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
  • 1955 Constance Collier, actress (Perils of Pauline), dies at 77
  • 1955 Paul Basilius Barth, Swiss painter and lithographer, dies at 73
  • 1960 Amanullah, emir/king of Afhanistan (1919-28), dies at 67
  • 1960 Hope Emerson, actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), dies at 62
  • 1960 Ilmari Henrik Reinhold Krohn, composer, dies at 92
  • 1961 Hans F Blunck, writer, dies
  • 1966 Maurice Roelants, Flemish novelist and poet (Komen en gaan, Prayer for a Good End), dies at 70
  • 1968 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • 1969 Margarita Xirgu, Catalan stage actress, director and political radical (Bloody Wedding, Mariana Pineda), dies at 80
  • 1970 Anita Louise, American actress (The Little Princess, Gorilla, My Friend Flicka), dies from a stroke at 55
  • 1971 Max Drischner, composer, dies at 80
  • 1972 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), commits suicide at 65
  • 1974 Pamela Courson, American woman and long-term companion of Jim Morrison, dies of a heroin overdose at 27
  • 1975 Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • 1976 Carol Reed, English film director (Agony & Ecstasy, Oliver!), dies at 69
  • 1976 Margaret Bannerman, actress (Great Defender), dies at 79
  • 1978 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • 1980 Katia Mann, German actress and wife of German writer Thomas Mann, dies at 96
  • 1982 Celia Johnson, English actress (Brief Encounter, Happy Breed), dies at 73
  • 1982 Don Wilson, TV announcer (Jack Benny Show), dies at 81
  • 1982 John Cody, US cardinal/archbishop of Chicago (1965-82), dies at 74
  • 1982 Paul de Vree, Flemish author (Round Table), dies at 72
  • 1982 William R Burnett, American writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
  • 1984 Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack
  • 1985 Murray Matheson, actor (Felix-Banacek), dies at 72
  • 1985 Richard Haydn, British actor (The Sound of Music, Alice in Wonderland), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • 1988 Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
  • 1988 Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter, sister of Aretha, dies of cancer at 43
  • 1988 Clifford D. Simak, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • 1988 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist, author of SCUM Manifesto, who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, dies of pneumonia at 52
  • 1989 George Coulouris, British actor (Runaway Bus), dies at 85
  • 1990 Dexter Gordon, American jazz tenor saxophonist and actor (Round Midnight, The Other Side of Round Midnight), dies of kidney failure at 67
  • 1991 Frank Hamilton, actor (Subterraneans), dies at 66
  • 1991 Theo Laseroms, [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • 1992 Brian MacLeod, Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist (Chilliwack), dies of cancer at 39
  • 1992 Dany [Daniel S] Tuijnman, Dutch min of traffic & water, dies at 77
  • 1992 Panos Christi, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1992 Yutaka Ozaki, Japanese rock artist, dies at 26 of pulmonary edema
  • 1993 Rosita Moreno, actress (Walls of Gold), dies of heart attack at 85
  • 1994 David Langton [Basil Muir Langton-Dodds], Scottish actor (The Avengers, Quintet, St Joan, Abandon Ship), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 1994 George Gennimatas, Greek minister of National Economy, dies at 55
  • 1994 Talaat Yassin Hamman, militant Muslim leader, shot dead at 32
  • 1995 Art Fleming, game show host (Jeopardy), dies at 74

Person of interestGinger Rogers

1995 Ginger Rogers, American actress, dancer and singer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83

Actress and Dancer Ginger Rogers
Actress and Dancer
Ginger Rogers
  • 1995 Joseph Heifitz, film director, dies at 89
  • 1996 John Eustace Theodore Brancker, lawyer/parliamentarian, dies at 87
  • 1996 John Lorne Campbell, folklorist, dies at 90
  • 1996 Saul Bass, American graphic designer of logos and film titles (Psycho), dies at 75
  • 1998 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • 1999 Lord Killanin, Irish 6th International Olympic Committee President (1972-80), dies at 84
  • 2000 David Merrick, American theatrical producer (b. 1911)
  • 2000 Lucien le Cam, French mathematician (b. 1924)
  • 2001 Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)
  • 2002 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • 2002 Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • 2002 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov, Girly), dies at 74
  • 2003 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • 2004 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), dies at 74
  • 2004 Albert Paulsen, Ecuadorian-American actor (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Doctors' Hospital), dies at 78
  • 2005 Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk (b. 1908)
  • 2006 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), dies at 89
  • 2007 Alan Ball, English footballer (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American singer-songwriter (Monster Mash), dies from leukemia at 69
  • 2007 Arthur Milton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), dies at 86
  • 2009 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2009 Bea Arthur, American comedian, singer and actress (All in the Family, The Golden Girls), dies at 86
  • 2010 Dorothy Provine, loving grandmother, (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82
  • 2013 Rick Camp, American MLB pitcher, dies of natural causes at 59
  • 2013 Virginia Gibson, American actress, dies at 88
  • 2014 Earl Morrall, American football player, dies from complications from Parkinson's disease at 79