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Famous Deaths on January 13

Gaius Marius

86 BC Gaius Marius, Roman general and politician (held the office of consul seven times), dies at 70

  • 533 Remigius van Reims, 1st bishop of Reims (459-533)/saint, dies about 96
  • 703 Empress Jitō of Japan (b. 645)
  • 858 Aethelwolf, king of Wessex (Battle at Aclea), dies
  • 888 Charles III, The Fat [Charles Le Gros], Carolingian Emperor (King of West Francia and Acquitaine, 884-887), dies at 49
  • 1049 Derrick IV, Count of Holland (1039-49), dies in battle
  • 1139 Simon I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1076)
  • 1151 Abbot Suger, French abbot who built St Denis, statesman and historian (b. 1081)
  • 1177 Hendrik Jasomirgott Babenberg, Duke of Austria, dies. (b. 1107)
  • 1307 Arnoud van Foreest, Dom deacon of Utrecht, dies
  • 1330 Frederick I (III), the Fair, Duke of Austrian/German anti-king, dies (b. 1286)
  • 1363 Meinhard III of Gorizia-Tyrol (b. 1344)
  • 1488 Hermann Vischer, "the Old", buried
  • 1599 Edmund Spenser, poet (Faerie Queene), dies at about 46
  • 1625 Pieter Bruegel "the Older", (Bloemenbruegel), Flemish painter, dies
  • 1630 Yuan Chonghuan, Chinese military commander, executed at 46
  • 1651 Abraham C Bloemaert, painter/cartoonist/engraver, dies at 86
  • 1658 Edward Sexby, English Puritan soldier (b. 1616)
  • 1682 Simon van Leeuwen, Dutch lawyer/historian, dies at 55
  • 1691 George Fox, founder of Quakers, dies at 66
  • 1702 Peter Rabus, Dutch poet and translator (Great Name Book), dies at 41
  • 1735 Polyxena of Hesse-Rotenburg, Queen consort of Sardinia, dies at 28
  • 1762 Leonhard Trautsch, German composer, dies at 68
  • 1766 King Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1723)
  • 1775 Johann Georg Walch, German theologian, dies at 81
  • 1790 Luc Urbain de Bouëxic, comte de Guichen, French admiral, dies at 77
  • 1795 Francois-Joseph Krafft, composer, dies at 73
  • 1796 John H. D. Anderson, Scottish scientist and inventor (b. 1726)
  • 1797 Elisabeth C von Brunswick-Bevern, wife of Frederick II, dies at 81
  • 1797 Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern, Queen of Prussia as wife of Frederik II the Great, dies at 81
  • 1828 Abbé Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, French composer and painter, dies at 80
  • 1832 Thomas Lord, English cricketer, founder of Lord's cricket ground (b. 1755)
  • 1838 Ferdinand Ries, German composer dies at 53
  • 1853 Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)
  • 1860 William Mason, American politician, dies at 73

Stephen Foster

1864 Stephen Foster, American composer (My Old Kentucky Home), dies at 37 in New York

  • 1879 Henry the Navigator, prince of the Netherlands, third son of King William II of the Netherlands, dies at 58
  • 1882 Wilhelm Mauser, German weapon designer and manufacturer (b. 1834)
  • 1885 Schuyler Colfax, American politician (b.1823)
  • 1889 Solomon Bundy, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 21st district), dies at 65
  • 1892 Charles Albert White, composer, dies at 62
  • 1894 Nadezhda von Meck, Russian patroness of Pyotr Tchaikovsky (b. 1831)
  • 1901 Carlo Angeloni, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • 1905 George Thorn, Premier of Queensland (b. 1838)
  • 1906 Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (b. 1859)
  • 1913 Thomas P. Krag, Norwegian author and novelist (Jon Graeff, Ulf Ran), dies at 44
  • 1914 Bernardus Hermanus Heldt, Dutch trade union leader and politician, dies at 72
  • 1914 Valentin Zubiaurre Spanish composer (Ferdinand Set), and educator, dies at 76
  • 1915 Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • 1924 Georg Hermann Quincke, German physicist (Test of Quincke), dies at 89
  • 1928 Johan Peter Koch, Danish officer/explorer, dies at 57

Wyatt Earp

1929 Wyatt Earp, American frontiersman and marshal who participated in the gunfight at the OK Corral, dies at 80

  • 1929 H. B. Higgins, Australian politician and judge (b. 1851)
  • 1930 Auguste Rateau, French mining engineer and inventor (Rateau steam turbine), dies at 66
  • 1930 Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti, English electrical engineer and inventor, dies at 65
  • 1932 Sophia of Prussia, Queen consort of Constantine I of Greece, dies at 61
  • 1934 Jean-Baptiste Marchand, soldier/explorer (Sudan), dies at 70
  • 1934 Paul Ulrich Villard, French chemist and physicist who discovered gamma rays, dies at 73
  • 1937 Walter Brearley, cricketer (17 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1905-12), dies
  • 1937 Martin Elmer Johnson, American adventurer and filmmaker, dies at 52
  • 1939 Jacob Ruppert, CEO (NY Yankees, 1915-39), dies

James Joyce

1941 James Joyce, novelist (Ulysses), dies in Zurich Switzerland, at 58

  • 1943 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist dies of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at 53
  • 1947 Veit Valentin, German/American historian (German People), dies at 61
  • 1953 Paul Niggli, Swiss mineralogist (crystal structures), dies at 64
  • 1954 Roland Diggle, English-born American composer and organist, dies at 69
  • 1956 Lyonel Feininger, German-American cartoonist and painter, dies at 84
  • 1958 Edna Purviance, American actress (Charlie Chaplin, Sunnyside), dies at 61
  • 1958 John Lindeboom, Dutch vicar/church historian, dies at 75
  • 1958 Jesse L. Lasky, U.S. film producer (b. 1880)
  • 1960 Sibilla Aleramo [Rina Faccio], Italian feminist and poet (Una Donna), dies at 83
  • 1961 Blanche Ring, American singer ("In The Good Old Summer Time"), and stage and screen actress, dies at 89
  • 1962 Ernie Kovacs, American comedian (The Ernie Kovacs Show), dies in a car crash at 42
  • 1969 Fred Price, cricket wicket-keep (England, v Aust Headingley 1938), dies
  • 1969 Wilton Graff, American actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • 1971 Bernard "Heinz" Lammerding, German SS-gen/contractor (Tulle), dies at 65
  • 1971 Robert Still, English composer, dies at 60
  • 1971 Henri Tomasi, French conductor, classical and film music composer (Requiem for Peace; The Silence of the Sea), dies at 69
  • 1974 Raoul Jobin, Canadian tenor (b. 1906)
  • 1974 Salvador Novo, Mexican writer and poet, dies at 69
  • 1976 Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), dies of multiple sclerosis at 53

Hubert Humphrey

1978 Hubert Humphrey, American politician, 38th Vice President of the United States (1965-69), and 1968 Presidential candidate, dies of bladder cancer at 66

  • 1978 Joe McCarthy, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1932, 36–39, 41, 43; New York Yankees), dies at 96
  • 1979 Donny Hathaway, American rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • 1979 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • 1980 Andre Kostelanetz, Russian-American conductor (Lincoln Portrarit), dies of pneumonia at 78
  • 1981 Emiel van Hemeldonck, Belgian writer (Mary, My Child), dies at 83
  • 1982 Marcel Camus, French film director (Orfeu Negro), dies at 69
  • 1983 Arthur Space, actor (Doc Weaver-Lassie), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1983 D Mack Reynolds, American writer (Amazon Planet, Once Departed), dies
  • 1983 John McHugh, actor (Unspeakable), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1985 Adam Walsh, American College Football Hall of Fame center and coach (Notre Dame; Bowdoin), dies at 83
  • 1985 Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's teatime movie hostess, dies at 42
  • 1987 E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/co-founder (Trouw, Loyal), dies
  • 1988 Chiang Ching-huo, president of Taiwan (1978-88), dies at 69
  • 1989 Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
  • 1992 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 79
  • 1992 Yvonne Bryceland, South African stage actress (Road to Mecca), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1993 Rene Pleven, Prime Minister of France (1950-51, 51-52), dies at 91
  • 1993 Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer, dies at 85
  • 1994 Frederick William Sternfield, musicologist, dies at 79
  • 1994 Johan Jørgen Holst, Norwegian politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs (worked on the Oslo Peace Accords), dies at 56
  • 1995 Arnold Smith, painter (Vigelius Prize 1935), dies at 89
  • 1995 Arthur Mervyn Stockwood, Anglican bishop (Southwark England), dies at 81
  • 1995 Maxwell Henley Harris, Australian poet and publisher (Critics), dies at 73
  • 1996 Denise Grey [Edouardine Verthuy], actress (Julietta), dies at 99
  • 1996 Willian Myuon Bany Guerrilla leader, dies
  • 1997 William Mills, painter, dies at 74
  • 1998 Andrew Rutherford, Scottish scholar and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London (1994-97), dies at 68
  • 1998 Mihovil Logar, Serbian composer (A Would-be Lady), dies at 95
  • 2000 Alfred Nzo, South African General Secretary of the ANC (1969-91), dies at 75
  • 2001 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • 2002 Ted Demme, American film director, dies at 38
  • 2002 Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, reputed model for Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (b. 1897)
  • 2002 Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (Wayne and Shuster), dies at 85
  • 2003 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Arne Næss Jr., Norwegian mountain climber and businessman, dies at 66
  • 2004 Harold Shipman, British general practitioner and prolific serial killer, commits suicide at 57
  • 2005 Earl Cameron, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Nell Rankin, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • 2007 Michael Brecker, American jazz saxophonist (Brecker Brothers), dies at 57
  • 2007 Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • 2007 Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), dies at 70
  • 2008 Sergei Larin, Lithuanian tenor (b. 1956)
  • 2008 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • 2009 Doña Mary Ejercito, Filipino supercentarian, mother of Joseph Ejercito Estrada (b. 1905)
  • 2009 Patrick McGoohan, American-born Irish actor, writer, and director (The Prisoner, Secret Agent/ Danger Man), dies at 80
  • 2009 Mansour Rahbani, Lebanese composer and lyricist (b. 1925)
  • 2009 Nancy Bird Walton, Australian aviator (b. 1915)
  • 2009 William De Witt Snodgrass, American poet under the pseudonym S. S. Gardons (b. 1926)
  • 2010 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), dies of respiratory failure at 59
  • 2010 Jay Reatard, American garage punk musician (b. 1980)
  • 2010 Kalifa Tillisi, Libyan writer and linguist
  • 2011 Ellen Stewart, American actress, director and founder of La Mama Theatre Group, dies at 91
  • 2012 Rauf Denktash, leader of Turkish Cypriots, dies of multiple organ failure at 87
  • 2012 Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer, dies from cancer at 71
  • 2013 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), dies from complications from a stroke at 76
  • 2014 Bobby Collins, Scottish soccer midfielder (31 caps; Celtic, Everton, Leeds), dies at 82
  • 2015 Ronnie Ronalde [Ronald Charles Waldron], British entertainer and world-famous whistler, dies at 91
  • 2015 Trevor Leonard Ward-Davies 'Dozy', English musician (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich), dies at 70
  • 2015 Jack Hayward, British financier (Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club), dies at 91
  • 2015 Frank Glazer, American pianist (Satie), composer and teacher (Eastman School of Music, 1965-80), dies at 99
  • 2016 Brian Bedford, English actor (Anthony-Coronet Blue), dies at 80
  • 2017 Dick Gautier, American stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Bye Bye Birdie), dies at 85
  • 2017 Antony Armstrong-Jones [Lord Snowdon], British photographer and ex-husband of Princess Margaret, dies at 86
  • 2018 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87
  • 2018 Jack Nel, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in 6 Tests 1949-57), dies at 89
  • 2019 Mel Stottlemyre, American baseball pitcher and coach (5-time MLB All Star), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2021 Tim Bogert, American rock bassist (Vanilla Fudge; Jeff Beck), dies at 76
  • 2021 Siegfried Fischbacher, German American entertainer and magician (Siegfried and Roy), dies at 81 [1]
  • 2021 Bernd Kannenber, German race walker (Olympic gold FRG 50k 1972), dies at 78
  • 2021 Joël Robert, Belgian motocross racer (Motocross World C'ships 250cc 1964, 68–72), dies from COVID-19 at 77
  • 2021 Hannes Viljoen, South African rugby union winger (3 caps; Natal), dies at 77
  • 2022 Fred Parris, American doo-wop singer and songwriter (The Five Satins - "In The Still Of The Night"), dies at 85
January 13 Highlights