Famous Deaths on June 15

  • 923 Robert I, King of France (922-23), dies in battle
  • 948 Romanus I Lecapenus, Armenian emperor of Byzantium (919-44), dies
  • 991 Theophanu, wife of Holy Roman Emperor Otto II and regent of Otto III, dies (b. 960)
  • 1073 Emperor Go-Sanjō of Japan, 71st emperor of Japan, dies at 38
  • 1246 Frederik II "the Strijdbare", duke of Austria, dies in battle at 25
  • 1337 Angelus Clarenus/da Cingoli, Italian leader, dies
  • 1341 Andronicus III Paleologus, Byzantine emperor (1328-41), dies
  • 1381 Wat Tyler, leader of English Peasants' Revolt, beheaded in London
  • 1381 John Cavendish, Lord Chief Justice of England
  • 1383 John VI Cantacuzenus, Byzantine Emperor
  • 1389 Lazar I, Serbian prince, dies in battle
  • 1389 Murad I, Osmaans sultan, dies in battle
  • 1397 Count of Eu, French knight, dies in Turkish captivity
  • 1467 Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, dies at 70
  • 1521 Tamás Bakócz, Hungarian Catholic cardinal and statesman (b. 1442)
  • 1557 Sebastiaan Van Noyen, military master builder, dies

  • 1580 Nicolaas van Nieuwland, corrupt 1st bishop of Haarlem, dies at 70
  • 1614 Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton, English politician (b. 1540)
  • 1666 Pieter de Bitter, Dutch admiral (Colombo, Goa), dies
  • 1677 Giovanni Battista Chinelli, Italian composer, dies at 67
  • 1679 Guillaume Courtois, French painter (b. 1628)
  • 1702 Georg E Rumphius, German nature explorer, dies
  • 1703 Gillis Schey, Dutch admiral (battle at Lowestoft), dies at 58
  • 1708 Romeyn de Hooghe, painter/goldsmith, buried at 62
  • 1724 Henry Sacheverell, English churchman and politician (b. 1674)
  • 1750 Marguerite De Launay, Baronne Staal, French writer (b. 1684)
  • 1768 James Short, Scottish mathematician and optician (b. 1710)
  • 1772 Louis-Claude Daquin [d'Acquin], French organist and composer (La Rose), dies at 77
  • 1814 Charles Palissot de Montenoy, French writer/politician, dies at 84
  • 1828 Brizio Petrucci, composer, dies at 91
  • 1831 Peter Fuchs, composer, dies at 78
  • 1839 Hans Skramstad, composer, dies at 41
  • 1844 Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet (Ye Mariners of England), dies at 66
  • 1845 Francesco Capaccini, Italian cardinal and diplomat, dies at 60

Person of interestJames Knox Polk

1849 James Knox Polk, 11th US President (1845-1849), dies in Nashville Tenn at 53

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1856 David Cox, English painter (Treatise on Landscape Paint), dies at 73
  • 1858 Ary Scheffer, painter/etcher/sculptor, dies at 63
  • 1865 Edmun Ruffin, US secessionist/writer, commits suicide
  • 1865 Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, dies at 61
  • 1869 Albert Grisar, composer, dies at 60
  • 1875 Johan Peter Cronhamm, Swedish composer, dies at 72

  • 1888 Emperor Friedrich III of Germany (b. 1831)
  • 1889 Mihail Eminesco, Romanian poet (Luceafarul), dies at 39
  • 1893 Ferenc Erkel, Hungarian composer (Himnusz), dies at 82
  • 1895 Richard Genee, composer, dies at 72
  • 1905 Hermann Wissmann, German African explorer and governor of East-Africa,, dies at 51
  • 1907 William Le Baron Jenney, American architect (father of skyscraper), dies at 74
  • 1914 A G Steel, cricketer (13 Tests, 29 wkts, Eng capt 1886), dies
  • 1917 Kristian Birkeland, Norwegian explorer and physicist (nominated 7 times for Nobel Prize), dies at 49
  • 1917 Lillian Bassman, Russian emigrant to America, photographer and painter (Harper's Bazaar), (d. 2012)
  • 1920 Michel-Gaston Carraud, French composer, dies at 55
  • 1923 Alexander Stamboeliski, premier Bulgaria (1919-23), dies
  • 1934 Alfred Bruneau, composer, dies at 77
  • 1938 Ernst L Kirchner, German painter, dies at 58
  • 1941 Evelyn Underhill, British Anglo-Catholic poet, dies at 65
  • 1941 Otfrid Foerster, German neurologist, dies at 67
  • 1942 Vera Figner, writer, dies
  • 1943 Cecil Parkin, cricketer (32 wkts in 10 Tests for Eng 1920-24), dies
  • 1952 Jakob Jud, Swiss linguist/etymologist, dies at 70
  • 1958 François de Vries, Dutch economist, dies at 74
  • 1961 Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1962 Alfred Cortot, French-Swiss pianist and teacher, dies at 84
  • 1965 E. A. Speiser, American Bible scholar (b. 1902
  • 1965 Steve Cochran [Robert Alexander Cochran], American actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas), dies from acute infectious edema at 48
  • 1968 Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • 1968 John "Wes" Montgomery, American musician and composer, considered one of the world's greatest jazz guitarists, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1971 Wendell Meredith Stanley, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • 1976 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder, manager (All Star 1933-34), dies at 79
  • 1978 Anton Roosjen, Dutch politician and NCRV-chairman, dies at 83
  • 1979 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • 1981 Philip Toynbee, British journalist and writer (Savage Days, Barricade), dies at 64
  • 1982 Art Pepper, American alto saxophonist and clarinetist, dies of a stroke at 56
  • 1982 Neil Fitzgerald, Irish actor (Bride of Frankenstein), dies at 90
  • 1983 Srirangam Srinivasarao [Sri Sri], Indian Telugu poet, dies at 73
  • 1984 Meredith Willson, composer (Meredith Willson Show), dies at 82
  • 1984 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), dies of heat failure at 78
  • 1985 Len Hopwood, cricketer (took 0-155 in two Tests Eng v Aust 1934), dies
  • 1985 Percy Fender, English cricketer (13 Tests for England, 380 runs 29 wkts), dies at 92
  • 1985 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • 1985 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)
  • 1986 Keki Tarapore, Indian cricketer (Test for India 1948), killed by motor-scooter at 75
  • 1987 J A K Cochrane, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1931), dies
  • 1987 Walter Heller, American economist (Old Myths & New Realities), dies at 71
  • 1989 Ray McAnally, Irish actor (The Mission, My Left Foot, Empire State, Sicilian), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • 1989 Victor French, American actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • 1989 Maurice Bellemare, Canadian politician (b. 1912)
  • 1991 Happy Chandler, American politician and Commissioner of Baseball (b. 1898)
  • 1992 Eddie Lopat, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 73
  • 1992 Leo Halle, soccer goalie (Go Ahead, Orange), dies
  • 1993 Mahfoud Boucebi, Algerian psychiatrist, murdered
  • 1993 Vera, scarf/linen designer, dies of cardiac arrest at 87
  • 1993 John Connally Jr, American politician, 39th Governor of Texas, and federal treasurer who was critically wounded during the assassination of Kennedy, dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 76
  • 1994 David Lawson, executed in NC (wanted execution shown on Donahue)
  • 1994 Manos Hadjidakis, Greek composer (Never on Sunday), dies at 68
  • 1994 Nadia Gray [Nadia Kujnir-Herescu], Romanian actress (Naked Runner, Maniac, Candide), dies at 70
  • 1995 Charles Bennett, English screenwriter, dies at 95

Person of interestElla Fitzgerald

1996 Ella Fitzgerald, singer, dies at 78

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 1996 Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet, Scottish adventurer, soldier, writer and politician and an inspiration for Ian Flemings James Bond, dies at 85
  • 1996 Helen Sinclair Glatz, English composer, dies at 88
  • 1996 Jean Gimpel, French author and medievalist, dies at 77
  • 1996 Dick Murdoch, professional wrestler (b. 1946)
  • 1999 Ernst van Altena, Dutch author and interpreter (Chansons van Earnest), dies at 65
  • 2000 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • 2001 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • 2001 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • 2002 Choi Hong Hi, South Korean army general and Founder of Taekwon-Do, dies at 83
  • 2003 Hume Cronyn, Canadian actor (World According to Garp, Cocoon), dies at 91
  • 2005 Suzanne Flon, French actress (One Deadly Summer, Moulin Rouge), dies of gastroenteritis at 87
  • 2006 Raymond Devos, Belgian-French humorist, dies at 83
  • 2006 Herb Pearson, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1910)
  • 2006 Alireza Shapour Shahbazi, Iranian archaeologist and a world expert on Achaemenid archeology, dies of cancer at 63
  • 2007 Claudia Cohen, American gossip columnist and socialite (b. 1950)
  • 2007 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), dies of an overdose at 49
  • 2007 Richard Bell, Canadian musician (Full Tilt Boogie Band), dies of multiple myeloma at 61
  • 2008 Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
  • 2010 Bekim Fehmiu, Yugoslavian actor (Black Sunday, Permission to Kill, Cagliostro), dies of suspected suicide at 74
  • 2011 Bill Haast, American Herpetologist (b. 1910)
  • 2013 Kenneth G. Wilson, American physicist (Nobel 1982), dies from lymphoma at 77
  • 2013 Stan Lopata, American baseball player, dies from complications of a cardiac condition at 87
  • 2013 José Froilán González, Argentine race car driver, dies from respiratory failure at 90

Person of interestCasey Kasem

2014 Casey Kasem, American radio personality (creator of American Top 40) and the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo, dies from Lewy body dementia at 82

Disc Jockey and Actor Casey Kasem
Disc Jockey and Actor
Casey Kasem
  • 2014 Daniel Keyes, American author (Flowers for Algernon), dies from complications from pneumonia at 86
  • 2014 Jacques Bergerac, French actor (Gigi, Les Girls, Thunder in Sun) and business executive (Revlon), dies at 87
  • 2015 Kirk Kerkorian, American CEO and "father of the mega-resort" (MGM, UA), dies at 98
  • 2015 Mighty Sam McClain, American soul and blues singer-songwriter, dies at 72
  • 2015 Jean Doré, Canadian politician (39th Mayor of Montreal), dies at 70
  • 2016 Lois Duncan, American young adult novelist (I Know What You Did Last Summer), dies at 82
  • 2017 John Robert Jones [John Dalmas], American sci-fi author (White Regiment, Lizard War), dies at 90
  • 2017 Aleksey Batalov, Russian actor named a People's Artist of the USSR (1976) and a Hero of Socialist Labour (1989), dies at 88