On This Day

Famous Deaths on December 11

  • 384 Pope Saint Damasus I, Pope of the Catholic Church, dies
  • 711 Justitianus II, emperor of Byzantium, dies at about 42
  • 1121 Al-Afdal Shahanshah, Caliph of Egypt (b. 1066)
  • 1226 Robert de Ros, northern English Nobleman (one of the Twenty-five barons appoints under the Magna Carta) (b. 1177)
  • 1282 Michael VIII, Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1259-82), dies
  • 1524 Henry Van Zutphen, Dutch protestant martyr, burned at stake
  • 1532 Pietro Accolti, Italian Catholic cardinal (Dean of the Roman Rota), dies at 77
  • 1573 Alardus/Eilard de Waterlant, duke of Alva, hanged
  • 1582 Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, Spanish noble and diplomat (governor of the Netherlands (1567–1573)), dies at about 75
  • 1610 Adam Elsheimer, German painter, cartoonist and etcher, buried at 32
  • 1610 False Dmitry 2, Tsar of Russia, murdered
  • 1686 Louis II Condé, Duke of Bourbon (Rocroy), dies at 65
  • 1694 Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma, dies at 64

Charles XII

1718 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot in battle invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten at 36

  • 1737 John Strype, English historian and biographer, dies at 94
  • 1747 Edmund Curll, English bookseller who quarrelled with poet Alexander Pope (b. ca. 1675)
  • 1748 Ewald G. von Kleist, German lawyer/, inventor of condensator, dies at 55
  • 1756 Theodor A. Freiherr von Neuhoff, German adventurer and King of Corsica, dies at 62
  • 1756 Maria Amalia of Austria, Holy Roman Empire Empress as the spouse of Emperor Charles VII, dies at 55
  • 1797 Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)
  • 1817 Max von Schenkendorf, German poet, dies at 34
  • 1831 John George Schetky, American violoncellist, music teacher and composer, dies at 55
  • 1840 Emperor Kōkaku of Japan (1780-1817), dies at 69
  • 1847 Moritz von Strachwitz, German poet, dies at 25
  • 1857 Castil-Blaze [Francois Henri Joseph Blaze], French composer and music critic, dies at 73
  • 1872 Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (1863-72), dies at 42
  • 1880 Oliver Winchester, American politician and rifle maker (Winchester Repeating Arms Company), dies at 70
  • 1891 Johan C. J. van Schagen, Dutch poet and writer (Narrenwijsheid), dies
  • 1892 William Milligan, Scottish theologian (b. 1821)
  • 1899 Andrew Wauchope, British Major-General, dies in Battle of Magersfontein in the Boer war, South Africa. Another British Major, The Marquess of Winchester also killed.
  • 1902 Matthias Hohner, German manufacturer (harmonica), dies at 68
  • 1903 Patrick McShane, Australian cricket player and umpire (1884-85 Ashes series), dies at 45
  • 1909 Innokenty Annensky, Russian poet (b. 1855)
  • 1911 Thomas Ball, American sculptor, painter and musician, dies at 92
  • 1918 Ivan Cankar, Slavic author (Hlapec Jernej), dies at 42
  • 1928 Lewis Howard Latimer, American inventor (carbon filament lightbulb), dies at 80
  • 1930 Friedrich von Bernhardi, German general and military historian (Germany & the Next War), dies at 80
  • 1933 Emile Wauters, Belgian painter (Van der Goes Klooster), dies at 87
  • 1938 Christian Lous Lange, Norwegian pacifist and internationalist (Nobel Peace Prize 1921), dies at 69
  • 1941 John Gillespie Magee, Jr., American poet and aviator (b. 1922)
  • 1941 Charles Émile Picard, French mathematician, died at 85
  • 1942 Franz C. Schmelkes, Czech-born Chemist who discovered azochloramid (chlorazodin), a disinfectant, dies of a heart attack at 43
  • 1942 Jochen Klepper, German writer, commits suicide at 39
  • 1945 Charles Fabry, French physicist, discoverer of ozone layer in upper atmosphere, dies at 78
  • 1950 Leslie Comrie, New Zealand astronomer and computing pioneer, dies at 57
  • 1955 Franz Adolf Syberg, Danish composer, dies at 51
  • 1955 Johan C. Altorf, Dutch sculptor (October 3 Monument), dies at 79
  • 1959 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, dies at 59
  • 1964 Percy Kilbride, American stage and screen actor (The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), dies at 76
  • 1964 Sam Cooke, American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" (You Send Me), shot to death at 33
  • 1967 Howard Freeman, American actor (Studio One, Double Dynamite), dies after illness at 68
  • 1967 Richard Stöhr, Austrian composer, dies at 93
  • 1967 Victor De Sabata, Italian conductor and composer (II Macigno), dies at 75
  • 1968 Nadine Riga, American actress, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59
  • 1971 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
  • 1972 John Mills, New Zealand cricket batsman (7 Tests, 241 runs, 1 x 100), dies at 67
  • 1972 Semjon I. Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • 1974 Reed Hadley, American actor (Zorro's Fighting Legion, Racket Squad, Shock, Grand Canyon), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • 1975 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • 1978 Vincent du Vigneaud, American chemist and (1955 Nobel Prize for Chemistry - for work on sulphur compounds), dies at 77
  • 1978 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 1979 Claire Carleton, American actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • 1979 James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • 1981 I. D. du Plessis, South African writer and director (3rd World), dies at 81
  • 1983 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), dies at 82
  • 1983 Neil Ritchie, British General (commanded British Eighth Army in North Africa in WWII), dies at 86
  • 1984 George Waggner, American director and writer (The Wolf Man), dies at 90
  • 1984 Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
  • 1986 Paul Keenan, American actor (Summer Fantasy), dies of AIDS at 30
  • 1987 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (RamalKhuna), dies at 64
  • 1989 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American fashion photographer, dies at 94
  • 1990 Fernand J. Collin, Belgian economist and banker, dies at 92
  • 1991 Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer and professor (Swedish Academy), dies at 85
  • 1991 Simon Scott, American actor, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 71
  • 1991 Robert Q. Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), dies at 71
  • 1992 Michael Robbins, British actor and comedian (On the Buses; The Great Muppet Caper), dies of cancer at 62
  • 1992 Andy Kirk, American jazz saxophonist, tuba player, and bandleader (Clouds Of Joy - "I Won't Tell a Soul (I Love You)"), dies at 94
  • 1993 Ales Gartner, Slavic ski trainer of Norway, dies at 45
  • 1993 Eliva "Elvire" Popesco, Romanian-French actress (Le roi), dies at 99
  • 1994 Stanislaw Maczek, Polish-British general-major (WWII), dies at 102
  • 1994 Yao Yilin, Vice Prime Minister of China (1979-88), dies at 77
  • 1994 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist ( Mississippian culture), dies at 94
  • 1994 Carl Marzani, Italian-born American leftwing political activist, publisher and documentarian, dies at 81
  • 1995 Arthur Mullard, English actor, comedian and singer (Romany Jones), dies at 82
  • 1995 John Heawood, Canadian actor, singer and choreographer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), dies at 75
  • 1995 Robert Shelton [Shapiro], American born music and film critic, dies at 69
  • 1996 Herbert Sally Frankel, South African born economist, dies at 93
  • 1996 Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, English soldier, dies at 95
  • 1996 W. G. G. Duncan-Smith, British WWII fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • 1996 William Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3, Private Eye), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • 1997 Kenneth W. Gatland, British aerospace scientist, dies at 73
  • 1998 André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
  • 1998 [James] Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot), dies in a car accident at 30
  • 1999 Charles Earland, American jazz Hammond organist, and bandleader, dies of heart failure at 58
  • 2000 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (b. 1915)
  • 2000 David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2002 Lou Stein, American pianist (Tonight! America After Dark), dies at 80
  • 2003 Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach, dies at 87
  • 2004 M.S. [Madurai Shanmukhavadivu] Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (1st singer to be awarded the Bharat Ratna), dies at 88
  • 2004 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian soccer defender (21 caps; Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors, Nîmes Olympique), dies from gunshot wound in stomach while hunting at 43
  • 2004 Margaret Fay Shaw, American photographer and folklorist known for her work in the Scottish Hebrides, dies at 101
  • 2006 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), dies at 116
  • 2007 Christie Hennessy, Irish singer (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Grace Paley, American poet, political activist and teacher (1970 Arts & Letters Award), dies of breast cancer at 84
  • 2007 Ashleigh Aston Moore, Canadian child actress (Now and Then), dies of a drug overdose at 26

Bettie Page

2008 Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', dies at 85

  • 2008 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • 2008 Ron Carey, American labor leader (International Brotherhood of Teamsters), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 2009 Claudia Boyarskikh, Soviet cross country skier (5 Olympic gold 1964, 1968), dies at 70
  • 2010 Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)

Ravi Shankar

2012 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), dies at 92

  • 2012 Colleen Walker, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1997), dies of cancer at 56
  • 2013 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter, dies at 93
  • 2013 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84
  • 2014 Hans Wallat, German opera conductor, dies at 85
  • 2015 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2016 Sid O'Linn, South African cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960), dies at 89
  • 2017 Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, dies at 94
  • 2017 Keith Chegwin, English television presenter & actor, dies at 60
  • 2019 David Bellamy, English botanist and TV presenter, dies at 86
  • 2021 Manuel Santana, Spanish tennis player (French Open 1961, 64; Wimbledon 1966; US Open 1965; French Open doubles 1963), dies at 83
  • 2021 Dennis Ward, Australian rugby league halfback (6 Tests; Canterbury- Bankstown RLFC, Manly RLFC), dies at 74

Anne Rice

2021 Anne Rice, American Gothic novelist (Interview With A Vampire), dies of complications from a stroke at 80


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