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Famous Deaths on April 29

  • 852 Amalarius [Fortunatus] Frankish Bishop of Metz and Lyon, dies at 76
  • 926 Burchard II, Duke of Swabia
  • 1380 Catherine of Siena, Italian Dominican saint and Doctor of the Church (The Dialogue of Divine Providence), dies at 33
  • 1499 John IV, Dutch army leader, Earl of Egmond, dies
  • 1594 Thomas Cooper, English bishop, lexicographer, and writer
  • 1630 Agrippa d'Aubigné, French poet (b. 1552)
  • 1658 John Cleveland, English poet (b. 1613)
  • 1676 Michiel A. de Ruyter, Dutch rear-admiral, (Newport), killed at 69
  • 1698 Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (b. 1655)
  • 1699 Samuel Apostool, Flemish religious preacher (Zonisten), dies at 50
  • 1707 George Farquhar, Irish dramatist (b. 1678)
  • 1712 Juan Bautista Jose Cabanilles, Spanish organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 1743 Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, French writer (b. 1658)
  • 1768 Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and minerologist, dies at 73
  • 1776 Edward Wortley Montagu, English traveler and writer (b. 1713)
  • 1793 Yechezkel Landau, Polish rabbi and Talmudist, dies at 79
  • 1793 John Michell, English scientist and polymath, first to propose existence of black holes (b. 1724)
  • 1798 Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus, Austrian entomologist, dies at 74
  • 1813 Christian Danner, German violinist and composer, dies at 55
  • 1841 (Louis) "Aloysius" Bertrand, French poet (Gaspard de la Nuit - Gaspard of the Night), and playwright, dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • 1854 Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general, dies at 85
  • 1864 Charles-Julien Brianchon, French mathematician (Brianchon's theorem), dies at 80

Abraham Gesner

1864 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), dies at 66

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • 1867 Cadwalader Ringgold, American Commander (Union Navy), dies at 64
  • 1871 John Gelinde van Blom, Frisian poet, dies at 75
  • 1879 Douglas H. Cooper, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 63
  • 1891 Armistead Lindsay Long, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 65
  • 1903 Paul du Chaillu, French American explorer (first modern explorer to confirm existence of gorillas and pygmies) dies between 61-73 [birth date disputed] (b. c. 1835)
  • 1905 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), dies at 57
  • 1916 Jørgen Pedersen Gram, Danish mathematician (Gram-Schmidt process), dies at 65
  • 1920 William Henry Seward, Jr., Union Brigadier General in the American Civil War (b. 1839)
  • 1921 Arthur Mold, English cricket fast bowler (England 3 Tests; 1,673 1st class wickets), dies at 57
  • 1925 Edward J. McKeever, American baseball executive (co-owner Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of influenza at 66
  • 1928 Henrich Federer, Swiss writer (I Switch Off The Light), dies at 61
  • 1933 Constantine P. Cavafy, Egyptian Greek poet, journalist and civil servant, dies at 70
  • 1935 Leroy Carr, American blues piano player and singer-songwriter ("How Long, How Long Blues"), dies of nephritis of the kidneys at 30
  • 1936 Florentinus M. Wibaut, Amsterdam social alderman, dies at 76
  • 1937 William Gillette, American stage and silent film actor (Sherlock Holmes), and playwright (Secret Service), dies at 83
  • 1937 Wallace Carothers, American chemist and inventor (nylon), commits suicide at 41
  • 1943 Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist and composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
  • 1943 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, Swedish composer, dies at 68
  • 1943 Sidney Keyes, English poet (Foreign Gate), dies fighting during WWII at 20
  • 1944 Bernardino Machado, President of Portugal (1915–17, 1925–26), dies at 93
  • 1944 Billy Bitzer, American cinematography pioneer, dies at 72
  • 1945 Matthias Kleinheisterkamp, German SS officer (b. 1893)
  • 1947 Irving Fisher, US economist, dies at 80
  • 1951 Jules Verstraete [Julien Gustave de Graef], Flemish actor (rubber, The Three Wishes), dies at 67
  • 1951 Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austria English philosopher (Philosophical Investigations), dies at 62
  • 1953 Moïse Kisling, Polish-French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62
  • 1954 Ernst Heldring, Dutch ship owner and financier, dies at 82
  • 1956 Nemesio Otaño, Spanish organist, choral director, educator, and composer (Basque Suite), dies at 75
  • 1957 Otallo Morales, Spanish composer, dies at 82
  • 1961 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
  • 1961 (Irving Milford) "Miff" Mole, American jazz trombonist, and composer (Red Nichols and His Five Pennies - "Slippin' Around"; Sophie Tucker), dies at 63
  • 1964 Albert Saverys, Flemish painter, dies at 77
  • 1966 Eugene O'Brien, American actor (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 85
  • 1967 Anthony Mann, American film actor and director (El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1967 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 38
  • 1972 Ntare V, deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
  • 1973 Manfred Gurlitt, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1975 Darwin Judge, USMC-corporal, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • 1975 Michael John Shea, USMC-lt/pilot, 1 of last soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • 1975 William Craig Nystul, USMC capt, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • 1976 Wilhelm Maler, German composer, dies at 73
  • 1979 Julia Perry, American classical composer (Soul Symphony; Cask of Amontillado; Homunuclus C.F.) dies at 55
  • 1979 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), dies at 72

Alfred Hitchcock

1980 Alfred Hitchcock, English director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), dies of renal failure at 80

  • 1982 Herbert Collum, German composer, dies at 67
  • 1986 Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25
  • 1988 Andrew Cruickshank, actor (Body in Library, Murder Most Foul), dies
  • 1988 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • 1990 Floyd Butler, American soul singer (Friends of Distinction - "Grazin' in the Grass"), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 1991 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • 1992 Mae Clarke [Violet Mary Klotz], American actress (Frankenstein, Waterloo Bridge), dies at 81
  • 1993 Cy Howard, director (Lovers & Other Strangers), dies at 77
  • 1993 Michael Gordon, actor and director (Pillow Talk), dies at 83
  • 1993 Mick Ronson, English rock guitarist (David Bowie's Spiders From Mars), and producer (Mott the Hoople; Lou Reed), dies of liver cancer at 46
  • 1994 William "Bill" Quinn, American actor (Star Trek, The Birds, Rifleman, All in the Family), dies of natural causes at 81
  • 1994 Oscar Sheldon A Williams, artist/critic, dies at 74
  • 1995 Robert Gibb, British zoo and theme park creator (Flamingo Land; Pleasure Island), dies in a car accident at 57
  • 1995 Angier Biddle Duke, American diplomat and the youngest American ambassador in history, dies at 79
  • 1996 David William Eric Davis, broadcaster, dies at 87
  • 1996 Jaime Garcia Terre, poet/essayist, dies at 71
  • 1996 Siti Hartinah, Second First Lady of Indonesia, wife of President Suharto of Indonesia, dies at 72
  • 1996 Tony Hymphris, political activist, dies at 45
  • 1996 David Davis, British radio broadcaster (BBC Children's Hour), dies at 87
  • 1997 Keith Ferguson, American blues bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of liver failure due to heroin use at 50
  • 1997 Mike Royko, American journalist (Chicago Daily News) and author (Boss), dies of stroke at 64
  • 1997 Peter Tali Coleman, Governor of American Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies at 77
  • 1998 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • 1999 Léon Barzin, Belgian-American conductor (NY City Ballet, 1948-58), dies at 98
  • 1999 Perry Ford [Brian Pugh], British pop singer, session musician and songwriter (The Ivy League - "Tossing And Turning"), dies at 65
  • 2001 Barend Biesheuvel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1971-73), dies at 81
  • 2002 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • 2002 Lor Tok [Sawong Supsamruay], Thai comedian and actor (Ngern, Ngern, Ngern), dies at 88
  • 2002 Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist, dies at 100
  • 2004 Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • 2005 William J. Bell, American television writer and producer (b. 1927)
  • 2005 Mariana Levy, Mexican actress, singer, and television show host, dies of a heart attack at 39

John Kenneth Galbraith

2006 John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist (Affluent Society-58 Hillman Award), dies of natural causes at 97

Economist and Author John Kenneth Galbraith
Economist and Author
John Kenneth Galbraith
  • 2007 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), dies at 94
  • 2007 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, dies at 29
  • 2007 Ivica Račan, former Prime Minister of Croatia (b. 1944)
  • 2007 Arve Opsahl, Norwegian actor and stand-up comedian (Mot i brøstet, Olsen-banden), dies of heart failure at 85
  • 2007 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1940)
  • 2007 Zhang Taofang, Chinese sniper (b. 1931)
  • 2008 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist (first synthesised LSD), dies at 102
  • 2008 Michael "Micky" Waller, British blues and rock drummer (Long John Baldry; Jeff Beck Group), dies of liver failure at 66
  • 2010 Johannes Fritsch, German composer, dies at 68
  • 2011 David Mason, British orchestral, solo and session trumpet player (The Beatles "Penny Lane"), dies of leukemia at 85
  • 2012 Shukri Ghanem, Libyan Prime Minister, dies at 69
  • 2012 Amarillo Slim, American professional poker player, dies at 83
  • 2012 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), dies of a chronic nervous system disorder at 72
  • 2013 John La Montaine, American composer, dies at 93
  • 2014 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • 2014 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, dies of cancer at 68
  • 2014 Paul Goddard, American rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section - "So In To You"), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2015 Calvin Peete, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 2015 Jean Nidetch, American businesswoman and founder of Weight Watchers, dies at 91
  • 2015 Brian Sedgemore, British MP (Labour Party 1974-79 and 1983-2005), dies at 78
  • 2018 Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom "Soap", dies at 86
  • 2018 Michael Martin, British politician and Speaker of the House of Commons (2000-09), dies at 72
  • 2019 Gino Marchetti, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl x 11), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 2019 John Singleton, American director and screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood), dies of a stroke at 51
  • 2020 Irrfan Khan, Indian film producer & actor (Paan Singh Tomar, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2020 Jill Gascoine, British stage and pioneering TV actress (The Gentle Touch- "Maggie Forbes"), and novelist, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 2020 Trevor Cherry, English soccer defender (27 caps; Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City) and manager (Bradford City), dies at 72
  • 2020 Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), dies at 80
  • 2020 Maj Sjowall, Swedish writer (Martin Beck crime novels), dies at 84
  • 2020 Denis Goldberg, South African anti-apartheid activist (convicted alongside Mandela), dies at 87
  • 2021 Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, Queen of the Zulu nation, dies a month after becoming regent at 65
  • 2021 Johnny Crawford, American actor (The Mickey Mouse Club; The Rifleman - "Mark"), singer ("Sandy"), and bandleader (JCO), dies at 75
  • 2021 Zhang Enhua, Chinese soccer defender (65 caps; Dalian Wanda FC, Grimsby Town), dies from cardiac arrest at 48
  • 2021 Billie Hayes [Brosch], American stage, film, and television actress Li'l Abner - "Mammy Yokum"; Witchiepoo), dies at 96
  • 2021 Pierce Fulton, American electronic dance music DJ and record producer ("Runaway"; "Better Places"), dies at 28
  • 2021 Courtney Hall, American NFL center (San Diego Chargers), dies at 52
April 29 Highlights