Famous Deaths on June 2

  • 193 Didius Julianus [Marcus Severus Didius Julianus], Roman Emperor, murdered at 61
  • 657 Eugene I, Italian Pope (654-7), dies
  • 910 Richilde of Provence, Queen of Western Francia
  • 1418 Katherine of Lancaster, wife of Henry III of Castile
  • 1564 Gellius Faber [Jelle Smit], Fries theologist, dies
  • 1567 Shane O'Neill, Irish chieftain
  • 1572 Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, English nobleman who participated in the Ridolfi plot to overthrow Elizabeth I, executed for high treason at 36
  • 1575 Pieter Aertsen [Long Worm], painter, dies at about 65
  • 1581 James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, regent of Scotland
  • 1597 Diederik Sonoy, German/Neth governor of Northern quarter, dies at 67
  • 1632 Ernst Casimir, count of Nassau-Dietz/mayor of Friesland, dies at 58
  • 1639 Floris II van Pallandt, Dutch Earl of Culemborg and politician, dies at 62
  • 1678 Pieter de Groot, Dutch regent and diplomat (First Stadtholderless Period of the Dutch Republic), dies at 63
  • 1693 John Wildman, English soldier and politician
  • 1701 Madeleine de Scudéry, French novelist (Artamène ou le grand Cyrus), dies at 93
  • 1716 Ogata Korin, Japanese painter
  • 1750 Johann Valentin Rathgeber, German organist, Benedictine priest, choirmaster, and composer (Augsburger Tafel-Confect), dies of gout at 68
  • 1754 Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish religious dissenter (b. 1680)
  • 1761 Jonas Alströmer, Swedish industrialist (b. 1685)
  • 1785 Jean Paul de Gua de Malves, French mathematician (b. 1713)
  • 1802 Pemulwuy [Bembilwuyam] Indigenous Australian (Bidjigal) who resisted colonization, shot to death, his head later sent to Joseph Banks (b. c. 1750) [1]
  • 1812 Jan William de Winter, Dutch admiral (commanded Dutch navy in Battle of Campertown), dies at 51
  • 1832 Manuel del Popolo García, Spanish composer and tenor, dies at 57
  • 1833 Simon Byrne, Irish bare-knuckle boxer (Irish heavyweight champion), dies as a result of boxing match injuries at 27
  • 1839 Wijnand Nuijen, Dutch romantic painter and lithographer (Wrecked), dies at 26
  • 1864 George Pierce Doles, US businessman/Confed brigadier general, dies at 34
  • 1865 Johannes Elias Feisser, Dutch theologist and founder of 1st Dutch baptist church, dies at 59
  • 1865 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician, dies at 81
  • 1871 George Stevens, English jockey (record 5 Grand National wins), dies from fractured skull at 38
  • 1873 François George-Hainl, French cellist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1875 Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (b. 1806)
  • 1881 Émile Littré, French lexicographer (b. 1801)

Giuseppe GaribaldiGiuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882)

Italian general and nationalist (Risorgimento) who helped unify Italy, dies at 74

  • 1896 Gerhard Rohlfs, German explorer and ambassador in Abyssinia, dies at 65
  • 1900 Samori Ture, Muslim leader of the Wassoulou Empire (1878-98), dies in captivity at 69 or 70
  • 1901 George Leslie Mackay, Canadian missionary (b. 1844)
  • 1901 James A. Herne, American playwright (Hearts of Oak; Margaret Fleming), dies at 62
  • 1908 Redvers Buller, English general and recipient of the Victoria Cross, dies at 68
  • 1913 Alfred Austin, English poet laureate of England (Garden), dies at 78
  • 1919 Ernest Ford, English composer, dies at 61
  • 1921 Phoebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, 1st female ordained minister in New England, dies at 92
  • 1927 Eduard Cuypers, Dutch architect (De Hooge Vuursche), dies at 67
  • 1927 Friedrich Hegar, Swiss composer, dies at 85

Timothy Thomas FortuneTimothy Thomas Fortune (1856-1928)

American orator, civil rights leader, writer and publisher (New York Age), dies at 71

  • 1929 Charles Coventry, cricketer (13 runs in 2 Tests Eng v S Af 1889), dies
  • 1933 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1900), dies at 54
  • 1937 Louis Vierne, French organist (Notre-Dame, 1900-37), and composer (Messe solennelle), dies at the console at 66
  • 1938 Nathanael Greene Herreshoff, American yacht designer (6 x undefeated America's Cup campaigns 1893-1920) and naval architect (built first torpedo boat for US Navy), dies at 90
  • 1940 Willem Roelofs, Dutch painter and cartoonist, dies at 66

Lou GehrigLou Gehrig (1903-1941)

American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP; 7 x MLB All Star; NY Yankees), dies of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a disorder now commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease at 37

  • 1942 (Roland) "Bunny" Berigan, American session and big band jazz trumpeter (Paul Whiteman; Benny Goodman - "King Porter Stomp"; Tommy Dorsey - "Marie"), vocalist, and bandleader ("I Can't Get Started"), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 33
  • 1943 Nile Kinnick Jr., American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1939; University of Iowa), dies during a WWII training flight at 24
  • 1944 Vera Menchik, Russian born British chess master, 1st official Women's World Chess Champion (1927-39), dies in a London air raid at 38
  • 1947 Herman Darewsky, British composer, dies at 64
  • 1948 Karl Brandt, German Nazi physician of Adolf Hitler, executed by hanging for war crimes at 44
  • 1948 Karl Gebhardt, German Nazi physician (convicted of war crimes for experimenting on concentration camp inmates), executed by hanging at 50
  • 1948 Viktor Brack, German Nazi physician and war criminal, executed by hanging at 43
  • 1948 Waldemar Hoven, German Nazi physician (convicted of war crimes for experimenting on concentration camp inmates at Buchenwald), executed by hanging at 43
  • 1948 Wolfram Sievers, German Nazi physician (convicted of war crimes for atrocities while director of the SS), executed by hanging at 42
  • 1949 Dynam-Victor Fumet, French composer, dies at 82
  • 1950 Stanislas Bizot, French draughts champion (1925), dies at 70
  • 1951 Alain [Emile-Auguste Chartier], French philosopher and writer, dies at 83
  • 1951 John Erskine, American poet and writer (Private Life of Helen of Troy), dies at 71
  • 1956 Jean Hersholt, Danish actor (Heidi, Greed, Men in White, Aryan), dies form cancer at 69
  • 1959 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • 1961 George S. Kaufman, American playwright (This is Show Business), dies at 72
  • 1961 Peter H "Paul" Huf, actor and director (Dutch Comedy), dies at 70
  • 1962 Fran Saleški Finžgar, Slovene folk writer (Our Blood, Service Girls), dies at 91
  • 1962 Vita Sackville-West, English novelist, poet (The Land) and gardener (Sissinghurst), dies at 70
  • 1963 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), dies at 62
  • 1965 Albert Michotte van den Berck, Belgian experimental psychologist, dies at 83
  • 1967 Benno Ohnesorg, German student (b. 1940)
  • 1967 Zamah Cunningham, actress (Menosha the Magnificent), dies at 74
  • 1968 André Mathieu, Canadian pianist and composer (Concerto de Québec), dies at 39

R. Norris WilliamsR. Norris Williams (1891-1968)

American tennis player (US National C'ship 1914, 16; survived sinking of RMS Titanic), dies of emphysema at 77

  • 1969 Leo Gorcey, American stage and screen comic actor, and malapropist (The Dead End Kids; The East Side Boys; The Bowery Boys), dies of liver failure at 51, and malpropist
  • 1970 Albert Lamorisse, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • 1970 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, dies in a car crash at 32
  • 1971 Charles de Keukeleire, Belgian director (Evil Eye), dies at 66
  • 1972 Franz Philipp, German composer, dies at 81
  • 1974 Arnold Lunn, British skier (created the modern Alpine slalom race), dies at 86
  • 1974 Elliott Sullivan, American actor (The Persuaders!, Fury Below, Sergeant), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • 1974 Eric Marx, South African cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, 3 wickets; 240 on FC debut for Transvaal), dies at 78
  • 1974 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver, dies at 25

Eisaku SatōEisaku Satō (1901-1975)

Prime Minister of Japan (1963-72) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1974), dies of a stroke at 74

  • 1976 Alan Dewitt, American actor (It's About Time), dies at 55
  • 1976 Bartoes [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer, dies at 73
  • 1976 Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • 1977 Forrest Lewis, American actor (All That Heaven Allows, Monster of Piedras Blancas), dies at 77
  • 1977 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, dies at 91
  • 1977 Stephen Boyd [William Millar], Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1979 Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45
  • 1982 Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician (b. 1904)
  • 1983 Donald Gramm, American concert and opera bass-baritone, dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1983 Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter, dies in aircraft fire at 33
  • 1984 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek violinist, composer (Four Preludes on The Return from The Front; Clouds), educator and arts advocate, dies at 75
  • 1986 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84 (b. 1901)
  • 1986 Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor and composer (Elegie), dies at 80
  • 1987 Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist and composer, dies at 94
  • 1987 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye)), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1988 Horace Hildreth, American politician (Gov-Maine, 1945-49) and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (1953-57), dies at 85
  • 1988 Raj Kapoor, Indian actor known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema" (Awaara, Boot Polish), dies of complications related to asthma at 63
  • 1989 Dick Mayer, American golfer (US Open 1957), dies from alcoholism complications at 64
  • 1989 Ted à Beckett, Australian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 3 wickets; Victoria), dies at 81
  • 1990 Frederick Mellinger, founder of Fredericks of Hollywood, dies at 76

Rex HarrisonRex Harrison (1908-1990)

English actor (My Fair Lady), dies of cancer at 82

  • 1990 Robert Noyce, American inventor (co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968), dies at 62
  • 1990 Shriram Sharma, Indian spiritual leader and founder of "All World Gayatri Pariwar", dies at 78
  • 1990 Stuart Hall, actor (Cavalcade, Dawn Patrol), dies
  • 1990 Walter Davis Jr., American hard bop pianist (Davis Cup, Illumination), dies of liver and kidney disease at 57
  • 1992 Philip Dunne, founder (Screen Writers Guild), dies of cancer at 84
  • 1993 French JFM of Thiel, Dutch 2nd chamber chairman (1963-72), dies at 86
  • 1993 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10 x MLB All Star; 5 × World Series champion; NL batting champion 1939; 4 × NL HR leader; St. Louis Cardinals, NY Giants, NY Yankees), dies of cardiac arrest at 80
  • 1993 Norton Simon, American industrialist (Hunts Foods, Norton Simon Museum), dies at 86
  • 1994 David Stove, Australian philosopher (b. 1927)
  • 1995 Harper MacKay, American orchestra leader (NBC Follies), dies at 73
  • 1996 Amos Tversky, Israeli psychologist (b. 1937)
  • 1996 John Alton, cinematographer, dies at 94
  • 1996 Leon Garield, writer, dies at 74
  • 1996 Peter Bird, ocean rower, dies at 49
  • 1996 Pilar Lorengar [Lorenza Pilar García], Aragones soprano, dies of cancer at 68
  • 1996 Ray Combs, American comedian and TV host (Family Feud, 1988-94), commits suicide at 40
  • 1997 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, dies of stroke at 91
  • 1997 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), dies of heart failure at 88
  • 1998 Sylvester Ritter (Junkyard Dog), American professional wrestler, dies at 45
  • 1999 Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican musician (The Wailers) (b. 1949)
  • 2000 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • 2000 Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Russian ophthalmologist (b. 1927)
  • 2001 Frank Stagg, American Baptist Theologian (b. 1911)
  • 2001 Imogene Coca, American comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl), dies at 92
  • 2001 Joey Maxim, American boxer (World Light Heavyweight Champion 1950-52), dies from effects of a stroke at 79
  • 2003 Fred Blassie, American professional wrestler (b. 1918)
  • 2003 Július Kowalski, Slovak composer, dies at 91
  • 2004 Loyd Sigmon, American radio broadcaster, sound engineer, and inventor ("Sig Alert" for traffic and emergency notices), dies from complications of Parkinson's disease at 95
  • 2004 Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bulgarian operatic basso singer, dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2005 Gunder Gundersen, Norwegian Nordic combined skier and sports official (b. 1930)
  • 2005 Melita Norwood, British spy (b. 1912)
  • 2005 Samir Kassir, Lebanese journalist and teacher (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Keith Smith, English professional rugby player (b. 1952)
  • 2006 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes - "Tak To Ya Later"; Grateful Dead, 1990-95), commits suicide at 55
  • 2007 Huang Ju, Chinese Vice-Premier
  • 2007 Kentaro Haneda, Japanese pianist, composer and arranger for film, anime, and video games, dies of liver cancer at 58

Bo DiddleyBo Diddley (1928-2008)

American rock `n' roll pioneer guitarist (Bo Diddley), dies of heart failure at 79

  • 2008 Mel Ferrer, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor), dies at 90
  • 2009 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Erapheael “Ray” Bryant, American jazz pianist, composer and arranger ("Madison Time"), dies at 79
  • 2011 Willem Duys, Dutch commentator and music producer (b. 1928)
  • 2012 Kathryn Joosten, American actress (Desperate Housewives), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 2012 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), dies from esophageal cancer at 79
  • 2013 John Gilbert, British politician and Minister (Labour), dies at 86
  • 2013 Mario Bernardi, Canadian pianist and conductor, dies at 82
  • 2015 Irwin Rose, American biologist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2004), dies at 88
  • 2015 Paul Karolyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • 2016 Freddie Wadling, Swedish actor and musician (The Leather Nun, Fleshquartet), dies at 64
  • 2017 Peter Sallis, British actor (Wallace and Gromit, Last of the Summer Wine), dies at 96
  • 2018 Bruce Kison, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), dies at 68
  • 2018 Malcolm Morley, English-American painter, dies at 86
  • 2018 Paul D. Boyer, American biochemist and Nobel Prize Laureate for research on the "enzymatic mechanism underlying the biosynthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)" (1997), dies at 99
  • 2019 Lowell North, American yachtsman (Olympic Gold 1968) and sailmaker (North Sails), dies at 89
  • 2020 Arrogate, American thoroughbred racehorse (Breeders' Cup Classic, World's Best Racehorse 2016; Pegasus World Cup, Dubai World Cup 2017), dies at 7
  • 2020 Carlo Ubbiali, Italian motorcycle racer (World Champion 125cc 1951, 55, 56, 58-60; 250cc 1956, 59, 60), dies of respiratory failure at 90
  • 2020 John Cuneo, Australian sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1972), dies at 91
  • 2020 Wes Unseld, American Basketball Hall of Fame center and coach (NBA C'ship, Finals MVP 1978; NBA MVP 1969; 5 x NBA All-Star; Washington Bullets), dies from pneumonia at 74
  • 2021 Bill Scanlon, American tennis player (World #9 1984; 6 x ATP titles), dies from cancer at 64
  • 2021 Ottorino Sartor, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (27 caps; Defensor Arica, CNI), dies at 75
  • 2023 Kaija Saariaho, Finnish electro-acoustic and contemporary classical composer (L'Amour de loin (Love from Afar); Circle Map), dies of brain cancer at 70 [1]
June 2 Highlights