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, English politician (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 (b. 1455)
  • 1573 Alardus/Eilard de Waterlant, duke of Alva, hanged
  • 1582 Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, marquis of Soria, dies at about 75
  • 1610 Adam Elsheimer, German painter/cartoonist/etcher, buried at 32
  • 1610 Forges Dimitri 2, Tsar of Russia, murdered
  • 1686 Louis II Condé, Duke of Bourbon (Rocroy), dies at 65
  • 1694 Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma (b. 1630)
  • 1718 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot dead invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten
  • 1737 John Strype, English historian (b. 1643)
  • 1747 Edmund Curll, English bookseller (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
  • 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 Kokaku of Japan (b. 1771)
  • 1847 Moritz von Strachwitz, German poet, dies at 25
  • 1857 Francois Henri Joseph Castil-Blaze, composer, dies at 73
  • 1872 Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (b. 1830)
  • 1880 Oliver Fisher Winchester, American businessman and politician (b. 1810)
  • 1891 Johan C J van Schagen, Dutch poet/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, cricket player/ump (1884-85 Ashes series), dies
  • 1909 Innokenty Annensky, Russian poet (b. 1855)
  • 1911 Thomas Ball, US sculptor/painter/singer, 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 war theorist/historian, dies at 81
  • 1933 Emile C Wauters, Belgian painter (Van der Goes Klooster), dies at 87
  • 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
  • 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, sculptor (October 3 Monument), dies at 79
  • 1959 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, dies at 59
  • 1964 Percy Kilbride, American actor (Egg & I, Ma & Pa Kettle), 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, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 59

  • 1971 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
  • 1972 John Mills, New Zealand cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), 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 Nobel laureate (b. 1901)
  • 1978 Paul O'Dea, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 1979 Claire Carleton, NYC, 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 Sir Neil Ritchie, British General (b. 1897)
  • 1984 George Waggner, director/writer, dies at 90
  • 1984 Oskar Seidlin, German-born American scholar (b. 1911)
  • 1986 Paul Keenan, actor (Summer Fantasy), dies at 30
  • 1987 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (RamalKhuna), dies at 1987
  • 1989 Louise Dahl-Wolfe, American photographer (b. 1895)
  • 1990 Fernand J Collin, Belgian economist/banker, dies at 92
  • 1991 Artur Lundkvist, Swedish writer/Prof (Swedish Academy), dies
  • 1991 Daniel Simon Scott, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 71
  • 1991 Robert Q. Lewis, American TV host (Masquerade Party, Robert Q Lewis Show), dies at 70
  • 1992 Michael Robbins, British actor and comedian (On the Buses, The Great Muppet Caper), dies of cancer at 62
  • 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 PM of China (1979), dies
  • 1994 Philip Phillips, American archaeologist (b. 1900)
  • 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), journalist, dies at 69
  • 1996 Herbert Sally Frankel, economist, dies at 93
  • 1996 Robert Bromston Thesiger Daniell, soldier, dies at 95
  • 1996 W. G. G. Duncan-Smith, British WWII fighter pilot, dies at 82
  • 1996 William George Rushton, actor, author and cartoonist (TW3), dies at 59
  • 1997 Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist, dies at 73
  • 1998 André Lichnerowicz, Polish-French physicist (b. 1915)
  • 1998 Lynn Strait, American singer (Snot) (b. 1968)
  • 2000 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (b. 1915)
  • 2000 David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (b. 1917)
  • 2004 M.S. [Madurai Shanmukhavadivu] Subbulakshmi, Indian singer (1st singer to be awarded the Bharat Ratna), dies at 88
  • 2004 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian footballer (b. 1962)
  • 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 Actress (b. 1981)

Person of interestBettie Page

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

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • 2008 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • 2008 Ron Carey, American labor leader (International Brotherhood of Teamsters), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 2010 Dick Hoerner, American football player (b. 1922)

Person of interestRavi Shankar

2012 Ravi Shankar, Indian musician (The Pandit), dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • 2013 Nadir Afonso, Portuguese geometric abstractionist painter, dies at 93
  • 2013 Barbara Branden, Canadian writer, dies from a lung infection at 84
  • 2015 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • 2017 Aline Griffith, American-born Spanish aristocrat, Countess of Romanones, spy and author, dies at 94