Famous Deaths on March 11

ElagabalusElagabalus (203/204-222 AD)

Roman Emperor (218-22), murdered by the Praetorian Guard at 18

  • 222 Julia Soaemias, mother of Elagabalus (b. 180). Ruler during her son's minority, murdered by the Praetorian Guard
  • 638 Sophronius of Jerusalem, saint/patriarch of Jerusalem, dies
  • 859 Eulogius of Cordoba, Spanish Bishop and Christian Martyr
  • 1198 Marie de Champagne, daughter of Louis VII of France (b. 1145)
  • 1486 Albert III Achilles [Albrecht III], Elector of Brandenburg, dies at 71
  • 1514 Donato Bramante, Italian architect (b. 1444)
  • 1575 Matthias Flacius, Croatian Lutheran Protestant reformer, dies at 55
  • 1602 Emilio de' Cavalieri, Italian composer
  • 1607 Giovanni Maria Nanino, Italian composer
  • 1715 Jan-Erasmus Quellinus, Flemish painter (court painter to Emperor Leopold I), dies at 80
  • 1722 John Toland, Irish rationalist philosopher, dies at 51
  • 1759 John Forbes, British general (b. 1710)
  • 1772 Johann George Reutter, composer, dies at 63
  • 1786 Charles Humphreys, American delegate to the Continental Congress, dies at 71
  • 1786 Jacobus Bellamy [Zelandus], Dutch poet, dies at 28
  • 1787 Maximilien Gardel, French ballet dancer and choreographer (Menuet Reine), dies at 45
  • 1807 Anton Eberl, Austrian composer, dies at 41
  • 1820 Benjamin West, Anglo-American painter (Death of General Wolfe), dies at 81
  • 1826 Gervais-François Couperin, French composer, dies at 66
  • 1833 Fridolin Weber, German composer, dies at 71
  • 1851 George McDuffie, Governor of South Carolina (b. 1790)
  • 1854 Willard Richards, American physician and religious leader, dies at 49
  • 1856 James Beatty, Irish railway engineer (b. 1820)
  • 1857 Manuel Jose Quintana, Spanish author and poet (A la paz), dies at 84
  • 1863 Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet, English general (b. 1803)
  • 1869 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher & writer, dies at 65
  • 1870 Moshoeshoe I, King of Lesotho (1822-70), dies at about 47
  • 1874 Charles Sumner, American politician, Senator Massachusetts (1851-74) and anti-slavery advocate, dies at 63
  • 1894 John Selby, England Test cricket batsman (6 Tests), dies of paralytic stroke at 44
  • 1897 Berthold Tours, Dutch-English composer, dies at 58
  • 1897 Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist and evangelist (The Greatest Thing in the World), dies at 45
  • 1898 William Rosecrans, American Civil War Union general (b. 1819)
  • 1900 Edmund Peate, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1881-86), dies
  • 1907 Jean Casimir-Périer, French politician (President of France 1894-95), dies at 59
  • 1907 Nikola Petkow, premier (Bulgaria), murdered
  • 1908 Benjamin Waugh, English clergyman and social reformer who founded the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, dies at 69
  • 1908 Peter Milne, Scottish composer, dies at 83
  • 1913 John Shaw Billings, American librarian & surgeon, dies at 74
  • 1915 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (Robbery Under Arms), dies at 88
  • 1919 Harald Fryklöf, Swedish composer, dies at 36
  • 1920 Julio Garavito Armero, Colombian astronomer (b. 1865)
  • 1921 Sherburne Wesley Burnham, American astronomer (binary stars), dies at 83
  • 1925 Andreas Hallen, composer, dies at 78
  • 1926 Biddy Anderson, South African cricket batsman (1 Test as captain; Western Province) and rugby union centre (3 Tests), dies at 51
  • 1931 F. W. Murnau German film director (Nosferatu, The Last Laugh), dies of a car crash at 42
  • 1932 Dora Carrington, British Bloomsbury artist commits suicide aged 38
  • 1937 Joseph S. Cullinan, American oil industrialist (b. 1860)
  • 1937 Paul Scheinpflug, composer, dies at 61
  • 1941 Walford Davies, British organist, composer, educator, and broadcaster (BBC), dies at 71
  • 1944 Hendrik W. van Loon, Dutch-American radio commentator and writer, dies at 62
  • 1944 Irvin S. Cobb, American writer and humorist (Old Judge Priest), dies at 67
  • 1947 Victor Hely-Hutchinson, British composer (Carol Symphony), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • 1949 Juan Lamote de Grignon, Catalan pianist, composer (La nit de Nadal (Christmas Night); Hespèria), and orchestra leader (Cobla Barcelona; València Municipal Orchestra), dies at 76
  • 1950 Florence Arliss, British actress (Disraeli), dies at 78
  • 1951 Philippe of Isacker, Belgian minister, dies at 66
  • 1952 Pierre Renoir, French stage and film actor and director (b. 1885)

Alexander FlemingAlexander Fleming (1881-1955)

Scottish bacteriologist (invented penicillin; Nobel Prize 1945), dies of a heart attack at 73

  • 1955 Oscar Mayer, Bavarian-born American meat packer (b. 1859)
  • 1956 Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83

Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd (1888-1957)

American aviator and polar explorer (1st to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by air - disputed), dies at 68

  • 1958 Ole Kirk Christiansen, Danish carpenter, inventor, and toy maker (Lego Group), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1959 Haydn Wood, English violinist, and composer of light classical music (Roses of Picardy), dies at 76
  • 1959 Lester Dent, American writer (Doc Savage), dies at 54
  • 1960 Roy Chapman Andrews, US scientist and explorer (found 1st known dinosaur eggs, director of the American Museum of Natural History), dies at 76
  • 1962 Will Vesper, German author (Tristan und Isolde), dies at 79
  • 1963 Mahomed Nissar, Indian cricketer (6 Tests for India 1932-36, 25 wkts), dies at 52
  • 1965 James Reeb, American minister and civil rights activist, dies from head injuries after being beaten in Selma, Alabama at 38
  • 1967 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • 1967 Joseph Forte, British-American actor (Reefer Madness; Life With Luigi), dies at of a heart attack at 75
  • 1969 John Wyndham, American sci-fi author (Chrysalids), dies at 65

Erle Stanley GardnerErle Stanley Gardner (1889-1970)

American detective writer (Perry Mason), dies at 80

  • 1971 Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1971 Whitney Young Jr, American leader (National Urban League 1961-71), dies at 49
  • 1972 Fredric Brown, American sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), dies at 65
  • 1972 Zack Wheat, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NL batting champion 1918; Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins 1909–26), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • 1975 Philip Bezanson, American composer (Golden Child), and eductor, dies at 59
  • 1975 Sammy Spear, American big band trumpet player and orchestra leader (The Jackie Gleason Show), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1976 Louis Gesensway, Latvian-American violinist (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1926-71), and composer (Ode To Peace), dies at 70
  • 1977 Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • 1977 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)
  • 1978 Claude François, French pop singer-songwriter ("Comme d'habitude"), electrocuted in a home mishap at 39
  • 1979 Victor Kilian, American actor (Gentleman's Agreement), dies at 88
  • 1982 Edmund Cooper, British sci-fi writer (Tomorrow Came), dies at 55
  • 1982 Horace Gregory, American poet, dies at 83
  • 1983 Lurlean Hunter, American jazz singer, dies at 63
  • 1984 Kostas Roukounas, Greek rembetiko singer and songwriter, dies at about 81 (b. 1903)
  • 1984 Nakagawa Soen, Taiwanese-born Japanese Zen master and poet, dies in Rytutakuji monastery at 76
  • 1986 Sonny Terry, American bind Piedmont blues musician, dies at 74
  • 1987 Joe Gladwin, British actor (Nearest and Dearest, No Hard Feelings), dies at 81
  • 1988 Pham Hung, premier of Vietnam, dies at about 74
  • 1989 James Kee, American politician (b. 1917)
  • 1989 Johan Fleerackers, Flemish linguist, dies at 57
  • 1989 John Jay McCloy, American lawyer and banker (Secretary of War 1941-45, Chairman Chase Manhattan Bank, President of World Bank 1947-49), dies at 93
  • 1989 William Challee, American stage and screen actor (Desperate; Five Easy Pieces; Moonchild), dies at 84
  • 1990 Dean Horrix, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • 1992 David Carroll, actor (Grand Hotel), dies of pulmonary embolism at 41
  • 1992 Manuel De Dios Unanue, US anti-drug journalist, murdered at 48
  • 1992 Richard Brooks, American film director (Blackboard Jungle; In Cold Blood; Key Largo), dies at 79
  • 1993 Dino Bravo, wrestler (WWF), shot to death at 44
  • 1993 Edgar Nelson Barclift, dancer, dies after lengthy illness at 76
  • 1993 Manuel da Fonseca, Portuguese writer (Cerro Maior), dies at 81
  • 1994 Jacques Doucet, French painter (Mostar Sarajevo), dies at 69
  • 1995 Carel Birnie, found Utrecht Opera/Dutch Dance Theater, dies at 69
  • 1995 Ernest Kabushemeye, Burundese minister of Mijnbouw, murdered
  • 1995 Frank Fidler, English artist, dies at 84
  • 1996 Barry Appleby, British cartoonist (The Gambols), dies at 86
  • 1996 Charles Oatley, English electrical engineer (developed scanning electron microscope), dies at 92
  • 1996 John Henry Pyle Pafford, librarian, dies at 96
  • 1996 Vince Edwards, American actor, director, and singer (Ben Casey, The Devil's Brigade, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1997 Hugo Weisgall, American composer (4 Impressions), dies at 84
  • 1997 Lars Ahlin, Swedish writer (My Death is My Own), dies at 81
  • 1998 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 86
  • 1999 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (Parti Québécois), dies at 76
  • 1999 Herbert Jasper, Canadian physiologist and neurologist, dies at 92
  • 1999 Stefan Schnabel, German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • 2000 Alfred Schwarzmann, German gymnast (Olympic gold individual, team, horse vault, 2 x bronze 1936; silver 1952), dies at 87
  • 2002 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • 2003 Brian Cleeve, Irish author (b. 1921)
  • 2003 Ivar Hansen, speaker of the Danish Folketing (b. 1938)
  • 2006 Anthony Farrar-Hockley, English army officer (NATO Commander) and military historian, dies at 81
  • 2006 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1931)

Slobodan MiloševićSlobodan Milošević (1941-2006)

President of Serbia (1991-97) and Yugoslavia (1997-2000), dies at 64

  • 2007 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), dies of colon cancer a 86
  • 2008 Dave Stevens, American illustrator and comic artist (The Rocketeer), dies at 52
  • 2009 Charles Lewis, Jr., American businessman, promoter and entertainer
  • 2010 Hans van Mierlo, Dutch politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister (b. 1931)
  • 2010 Leena Peltonen-Palotie, Finnish human geneticist (b. 1952)
  • 2010 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2011 Loleatta Holloway, American disco singer ("Love Sensation"), dies of heart failure at 64
  • 2012 Hans G. Helms, German writer and composer, dies at 79
  • 2012 Sid Couchey, American comic book artist, dies at 92
  • 2014 Bob Crow, English trade union leader (National Union RMT), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 2015 Jimmy Greenspoon, American session and touring rock organist (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), dies of metastatic melanoma at 67
  • 2015 Ralph Taeger, American actor (Klondike, Acapulco, Hondo), dies at 78
  • 2016 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 79
  • 2018 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer," dies of complications from a chest infection at 90
  • 2019 Hal Blaine [Harold Belsky], American pop and rock session drummer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 90
  • 2019 Willie Ellison, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1971; LA Rams, KC Chiefs), dies at 73
  • 2020 Charles Wuorinen, American contemporary classical pianist, conductor, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer (Time's Encomium; Marimba Variations; Brokeback Mountain), dies at 81
  • 2020 Michel Roux, French chef and restaurateur (Le Gavroche, 1st Michelin three-starred restaurant in Britain), dies at 78
  • 2021 Gerald Hartley, American composer, choral director, and educator, dies at 99
  • 2022 Timmy Thomas, American R&B singer-songwriter ("Why Can't We Live Together"), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2023 Amy Fuller, American rower (World C'ship gold W 8+, 6 x silver; Olympic silver Coxless four 1992), dies from breast cancer at 54
  • 2023 Harry "Bud" Grant, American Pro Football HOF coach (NFL Coach of the Year 1969 Minnesota Vikings; 4 x Grey Cup C'ship Winnipeg Blue Bombers) and basketball forward (NBA C'ship 1950 Minnesota Lakers), dies at 95 [1]
March 11 Highlights