Famous Deaths on April 29

  • 852 Amalarius/Fortunatus/Symphosius of Metz/Lyon, bishop, dies at 76
  • 926 Burchard II, Duke of Swabia
  • 1380 Catherine of Siena, Italian saint (b. 1347)
  • 1499 John IV, Dutch army leader, Earl of Egmond, dies
  • 1535 John Houghton, English, executed
  • 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, vicar/theologist (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 (b. 1724)
  • 1798 Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus, Austrian entomologist, dies at 74
  • 1813 Christian Danner, German violinist and composer, dies at 55
  • 1841 A Bertrand, writer, dies
  • 1854 Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey, English general (b. 1768)
  • 1864 Charles-Julien Brianchon, math (Brianchon's theorem), dies at 80

Person of interestAbraham 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, Fries notary/author, dies at 75
  • 1891 Armistead Lindsay Long, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 65
  • 1903 Paul du Chaillu, French explorer (b. 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, British cricket bowler (1893, banished for throwing), dies
  • 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 singer-songwriter, dies at 30
  • 1936 Florentinus M Wibaut, Amsterdam social alderman, dies at 76
  • 1937 William Gillette, American actor, playwright and manager (Sherlock Holmes on stage), dies at 83
  • 1937 Wallace Hume Carothers, American chemist and inventor (nylon), commits suicide at 41
  • 1943 Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist/composer (Golem suite), dies at 56
  • 1943 Karl Adrian Wohlfart, composer, dies at 68
  • 1943 Sidney A K Keyes, English poet (Foreign Gate), dies at 20

  • 1944 Bernardino Machado, President of Portugal (1915–17, 1925–26), dies at 93
  • 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 Moise Kisling, Polish/French painter (La souris boiteuse), dies at 62
  • 1954 Ernst Heldring, Dutch ship owner and financier, dies at 82
  • 1956 Nemesio Otano y Eugenio, composer, dies at 75
  • 1957 Otallo Morales, Spanish composer, dies at 82
  • 1961 Cisco Houston, American folk singer (b. 1918)
  • 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 composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
  • 1979 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), dies at 72

Person of interestAlfred 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), dies 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 guitarist/producer (Mott the Hoople), dies 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, zoo/theme park creator, dies 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 Suharto, 2nd 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 musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
  • 1997 Mike Royko, American journalist (Chicago Daily News) and author (Boss), dies of stroke at 64
  • 1997 Peter Tali Coleman, gov of Americ Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies
  • 1998 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • 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
  • 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 (b. 1966)

Person of interestJohn 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, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)
  • 2010 Johannes Fritsch, German composer, dies at 68
  • 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
  • 2015 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (12 PGA wins), dies 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