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Famous Deaths on April 28

  • 1109 Saint Hugh of Cluny, 6th abbot of Cluny, dies at 84
  • 1192 Conrad of Montferrat, King of Jerusalem, assassinated at 52
  • 1498 Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, English politician, dies at 40
  • 1533 Nicholas West, English bishop & diplomat, dies at 72
  • 1710 Thomas Betterton, British actor & dramatist (Coriolanus), dies at 74
  • 1716 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest, dies at 43

Person of interestMary Read

1721 Mary Read, English pirate who operated in the Caribbean, dies of a violent fever while in prison and likely still pregnant aged 36

Pirate Mary Read
Pirate
Mary Read
  • 1726 Thomas Pitt, British merchant & Governor of Madras, dies at 72
  • 1741 Magnus Julius De la Gardie, Swedish general & statesman, dies at 73
  • 1754 Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Italian Rococo painter of religious subjects and genre scenes (Fortune Teller), dies at 72
  • 1770 Marie-Anne de Cupis de Camargo, French dancer, dies at 60
  • 1772 Johann Friedrich Struensee, German physician of Christian VII of Denmark, dies at 34
  • 1781 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 58
  • 1799 Francois Giroust, French composer, dies at 62
  • 1804 Hans Gram, Danish composer, dies at 49
  • 1813 Mikhail Kutuzov, Russian field marshal (Battle of Borodino), dies at 67

  • 1816 Johann Heinrich Abicht, German philosopher, dies at 53
  • 1841 Peter Chanel, French priest & saint, dies at 37
  • 1843 William Wallace, Scottish mathematician (rights of Wallace), dies at 74
  • 1853 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, dies at 79
  • 1858 Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist, dies at 56
  • 1865 Samuel Cunard, Canadian-British shipping magnate & founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line), dies at 77
  • 1881 Robert Olinger, American warden & the last victim of Billy the Kid, dies at 31
  • 1887 Carl Ferdinand Pohl, German-Austrian music historian & composer, dies at 67
  • 1896 Heinrich von Treitschke, German historian & political writer, dies at 61
  • 1905 Fitzhugh Lee, American Major General (Confederate Army) & 40th Governor of Virginia, dies at 69

Person of interestGavrilo Princip

1918 Gavrilo Princip, Bosnian-Serb assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, dies of tuberculosis at 23

Assassin Gavrilo Princip
Assassin
Gavrilo Princip
  • 1925 Louis Bouwmeester, Dutch actor (Shakespeare), dies at 82
  • 1933 Robin Irvine, British actor (Easy Virtue, When Boys Leave Home), dies of pleurisy at 31
  • 1934 Charley Patton, American Delta blues musician (Pony Blues; High Water Everywhere), dies of a mitral valve disorder between the ages of 37 and 43
  • 1935 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, dies at 87
  • 1936 Fuʾād I [Aḥmad Fuʾād Pasha], King of Egypt (1922-36), dies at 68
  • 1944 Frank Knox, American politician, dies at 70

Person of interestBenito Mussolini

1945 Benito Mussolini [Il Duce], Fascist Italian dictator (1922-43), shot by communist partisans at 61

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1945 Claretta Petacci, Italian mistress of Mussolini, executed at 33
  • 1945 Hans Bloesch, Swiss author, dies at 67

  • 1945 Roberto Farinacci, Italian fascist, dies at 52
  • 1946 Louis Bachelier, French mathematician, dies at 76
  • 1949 Aurora Quezon, First Lady of the Philippines, assassinated at 61
  • 1954 Léon Jouhaux, French socialist & co-founder UN's ILO (Nobel 1951), dies at 74
  • 1955 Lode Cantens, Flemish playwright (Gnomes of the City), dies at 43
  • 1957 Heinz Bär, German fighter pilot, dies at 43
  • 1960 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer & philosopher, dies at 87
  • 1960 Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, 19th and 25th President of Chile, dies at 82
  • 1964 Rolf de Maré, Swedish art collector & museum director, dies at 75
  • 1965 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer & writer (Character), dies at 80
  • 1966 Ralph Bunker, American actor (Ghost Goes West), dies of a stroke at 77
  • 1969 Johannes Röntgen, Dutch composer, dies at 70
  • 1970 Ed Begley, American actor (12 Angry Men, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 69
  • 1973 Pat Henning, American actor (Goodyear TV Playhouse), dies at 64
  • 1973 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 80
  • 1973 Jacques Maritain, French Catholic philosopher (exponent of St Thomas), dies at 90
  • 1974 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), dies at 70
  • 1975 Jan A. de Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 48
  • 1976 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • 1976 Richard Hughes, English writer (Fiction as Truth), dies at 76
  • 1977 Ricardo Cortez [Jacob Krantz], American actor & director (The Maltese Falcon), dies at 76
  • 1978 Mohammed Daoud Khan, 1st President of Afghanistan (1973-78) & Prime Minister of Afghanistan (1953-63), dies at 68
  • 1979 Feliks Roderyk Łabuński, Polish composer, dies at 86
  • 1980 Dee Carroll [Betty Jean Marsh], actress (Mad Bomber, Split), dies at 54
  • 1980 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30
  • 1981 Mickey Walker, American boxer (World Welterweight Champion 1922-26; World Middleweight Champion 1926-29), dies at 79
  • 1981 Cliff Battles, American football halfback (First-team All-Pro 1933, 34, 36; Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), dies at 70
  • 1982 Bert van Dongen [Albert Cohen], Dutch singer, impressionist and actor (Het meisje met den blauwen hoed), dies at 66
  • 1982 Nobby Clark, English cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies at 81
  • 1983 Ron James, Australian cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies at 62
  • 1984 Glen H Taylor, American senator, dies at 80
  • 1984 Silvia Ashton-Warner, New Zealand writer, dies at 76
  • 1987 Ben Linder, American engineer, murdered by Contras in Nicaragua at 27
  • 1987 Åke Olof Sebastian Uddén, Swedish violist, composer and educator (Royal College Of Music, 1934-70), dies at 84
  • 1988 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, dies at 38
  • 1989 Olaf J. de Landell, Dutch writer, dies at 77
  • 1991 Floyd McKissick, American lawyer & civil rights activist, dies at 69
  • 1991 Ken Curtis, American actor (Festus - Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • 1991 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive, dies at 85
  • 1992 Francis Bacon, Irish-British abstract painter (Study for a Pope), dies at 82
  • 1992 Iceberg Slim [Robert Beck], African-American writer, dies at 73
  • 1993 Jim Valvano, American basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1995 Andrew Salkey, Panamanian-born novelist, dies at 67
  • 1995 Henry C. Rogers, American publicist, dies at 81
  • 1995 Peaches Davis, American baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • 1996 Gilles Grangier, French film director (Archimède le clochard), dies at 84
  • 1996 Henry Clarke, American fashion photographer, dies at 78
  • 1996 Julio Cesar Mendez Montenegro, Guatemalan politician, dies at 80
  • 1996 William Colby, American intelligence officer (CIA Director, 1973-76), dies at 76
  • 1997 Susan Seddon Boulet, American artist, dies of cancer at 45
  • 1997 Ann Lane Petry, American journalist & author (Street), dies at 88
  • 1998 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricket fast bowler (28 Tests, 74 wickets, 1 x 50; Bombay), dies from cardiac arrest at 58
  • 1999 Rory Calhoun [Francis Timothy McCown], American actor (Blue & Gray, How to Marry a Millionaire), dies of emphysema at 76
  • 1999 Alf Ramsey, English football manager, dies at 79

Person of interestArthur Leonard Schawlow

1999 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist who shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, dies of leukemia at 77


  • 1999 Walter Gieseler, German composer, dies at 79
  • 2000 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer, dies at 83
  • 2000 Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician, dies at 74
  • 2002 Alexander Lebed, Russian general, dies at 52
Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • 2005 Chris Candido, American wrestler, dies at 33
  • 2005 Taraki Sivaram, Tamil journalist of Sri Lanka, dies at 45
  • 2005 Percy Heath, American jazz bassist (Modern Jazz Quartet), dies at 81
  • 2006 Ben-Zion Orgad, Israeli composer, dies at 79
  • 2007 Robert "Dabbs" Greer, American actor (Gunsmoke, The Green Mile, Little House on Prairie), dies of a kidney and heart ailment at 90
  • 2007 Tommy Newsom, American saxophonist & bandleader (The Tonight Show), dies at 78
  • 2007 Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker, German physicist & philosopher, dies at 94
  • 2007 Bertha Wilson, Canadian lawyer & the 1st woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, dies at 83
  • 2009 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2009 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina, dies at 70
  • 2009 Vern Gosdin, American country singer (Set 'Em Up Joe), dies after a stroke at 74
  • 2011 William Campbell, American actor (Jerry-Cannonball, Luke-Dynasty), dies at 87
  • 2012 Patricia Medina, British actress (The Three Musketeers, High-Low), dies from natural causes at 92
  • 2012 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist & session musician, dies at 90
  • 2012 Matilde Camus, Spanish poet & researcher, dies at 92
  • 2013 János Starker, Hungarian-American cellist, dies at 88
  • 2014 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster, dies at 80
  • 2014 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning musician, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • 2014 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), dies from cancer at 89
  • 2015 Jack Ely, American singer and guitarist (The Kingsmen - "Louie, Louie"), dies at 71
  • 2016 Jenny Diski, English writer (Stranger on a Train), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2016 Conrad Burns, American politician (Senate-R-Montana 1989-2007), dies at 81
  • 2017 Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • 2020 Louis Cardiet, French soccer defender (6 caps; Stade Rennais FC, Paris SG), dies at 77
  • 2020 Eddy Pieters Graafland OON, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Ajax; European Cup 1970, Feyenoord), dies at 86
  • 2020 Michael Robinson, Irish soccer striker (24 caps, Republic of Ireland; Brighton & Hove Albion) and Spanish TV host (Canal+, El día después), dies from melanoma at 61
  • 2020 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer (Tossin' and Turnin'), dies at 95
April 28 Highlights