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Famous Deaths on March 15

Murder of InterestJulius Caesar

44 BC Julius Caesar, Roman military and political figure, stabbed to death at 55

  • 220 Cao Cao, Emperor of Wei, Chinese Han Dynasty, dies at 65
  • 493 Odoacer [Odiaker] German army leader, King of Italy (476-93), murdered by Theodoric the Great at about 60
  • 752 Zachary, Greek/Italian Pope (741-52), dies [or Mar 22]
  • 963 Romanus II, Byzantine emperor (959-63), dies at 25
  • 1145 Pope Lucius II [Gherardo Caccianemici dal Orso] (1144-1145)
  • 1190 Isabella of Hainault, Queen of France (1180-90), dies following a complicated childbirth at 19
  • 1311 Walter V of Brienne, Duke of Athens at the Battle of Halmyros
  • 1575 Annibale Padovano, Italian composer (b. 1527)
  • 1670 John Davenport, Puritan clergyman and cofounder of the New Haven Colony, dies at 72
  • 1673 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, dies at 57
  • 1701 Jean Renaud de Segrais, French writer and poet, dies at 76
  • 1711 Eusebio Kino, Italian Catholic missionary (b. 1645)
  • 1723 Johann C. Gunther, German poet, dies at 27
  • 1731 Adolf H van Rechteren, Dutch diplomat/politician, dies at 75
  • 1820 Clemens Maria Hofbauer, patron saint of Vienna (b. 1751
  • 1842 Maria Luigi C Z S Cherubini, Italian composer (Dies Irae), dies at 81
  • 1849 Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, Italian cardinal, linguist and hyperpolyglot (understood 70 languages), dies at 74
  • 1880 Johan Karel Jakob De Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 51
  • 1881 Emory Upton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), commits suicide at 41
  • 1883 Karol Studzinski, composer, dies at 55
  • 1883 Henry C. Wayne, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 67
  • 1889 Melville Reuben Bissell, American inventor of the carpet sweeper, dies of pneumonia at 45
  • 1891 Théodore de Banville, French writer, dies at 67
  • 1891 Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (b. 1819)
  • 1898 Henry Bessemer, English metallurgist (b. 1813)
  • 1905 Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch liberal/founder (Social Weekly), dies at 60
  • 1905 Amalie Skram, Norwegian author (Paa St Jorgen), dies at 58
  • 1905 Luigi Manzotti, Italian mine dancer and ballet choreographer, dies at 70
  • 1906 Alfred Gilpin Jones, 8th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (1900-06), dies at 81
  • 1912 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), dies at 58
  • 1918 Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer, dies at 82
  • 1918 Lili [Marie-Juliette Olga] Boulanger, French composer (first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize), dies at 24
  • 1918 George Alexander [Samson], British actor, theatre producer and manager, dies at 59
  • 1929 Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, American jazz pianist and singer (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies of a gunshot wound in a dance-hall fight at 24
  • 1930 Antonio Beltramelli, writer, dies at 51

Davidson Black

1934 Davidson Black, Paleoanthropologist, dies while working alone during the night, in Beijing, China at 49

  • 1936 John Scott Haldane, Scottish physiologist, dies at 75
  • 1937 H. P. Lovecraft, American horror writer (At the Mountains of Madness, Weird Tales), dies at 46
  • 1938 Edmund Tylecote, cricketer (England keeper in 6 Tests 1882-86), dies
  • 1940 Alfred Marr, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885, scored 0 & 5), dies
  • 1941 Alexej von Jawlensky, Russian painter, dies at 77
  • 1942 Alexander von Zemlinsky, Austrian composer, conductor, and arranger (The Mermaid; Lyric Symphony), dies from a stroke at 70 [1]
  • 1944 Otto von Below, German commandant (WWI), dies at 86
  • 1945 Herman Bernard Wiardi Beckman, Dutch resistance fighter and politician (SDAP), dies at 41
  • 1950 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), dies from acute internal haemorrhage at 50
  • 1951 John S. Paraskevopoulos, Greek-born astronomer (b. 1889)
  • 1954 Arthur Fickenscher, American composer, dies at 82
  • 1957 Ernst Nobs, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1886)
  • 1959 Lester Young, American jazz musician, dies at 49
  • 1959 Duncan Hines, American restaurant guide writer (Out of Kentucky Kitchens), dies at 78
  • 1962 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), dies at 65
  • 1964 Paul Cavanagh, British actor (The Woman in Green, Tarzan & his Mate), dies at 75
  • 1966 Abe Saperstein, founder (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 63
  • 1966 Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, dies at 74
  • 1969 Miles Malleson, British stage and screen actor, and writer (Kind Hearts and Coronets; Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • 1970 Josef Martin Bauer, writer, dies at 68
  • 1970 Tarjei Vesaas, Nowegian poet and author (Isslottet), dies at 72
  • 1971 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • 1972 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
  • 1975 Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, dies at 69
  • 1977 Kamal Jumblatt, Lebanese politician and founder of the Progressive Socialist Party, murdered at 59
  • 1977 Antonino Rocca, Italian-Argentine professional wrestler, dies at 49
  • 1977 Hubert Aquin, French Canadian novelist, political activist and editor, dies at 47
  • 1979 Leonide Massine, Russian ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev Ballet Russe 1914-20), dies at 82
  • 1980 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), dies at 72
  • 1981 René Clair, French film director (I Married a Witch, It Happened Tomorrow), dies at 82
  • 1983 José Luis Sert, Spanish-American architect and urban developer, dies at 80
  • 1983 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)
  • 1985 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • 1987 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY), dies at 82
  • 1987 Red Dutton, Canadian ice hockey player (Calgary Tigers) and coach, dies at 89
  • 1989 Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet (b. 1915)
  • 1990 Farzad Bazoft, Iranian-born journalist (hanged) (b. 1958)

Tom Harmon

1990 Tom Harmon, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1940, Michigan; LA Rams) and broadcaster (CBS 1950-62), dies of a heart attack at 70

  • 1991 Eileen Sedgwick, silent film actress (Hot Heels), dies at 93
  • 1992 Helen Deutsch, screenwriter, dies of natural causes
  • 1992 Jack Washburn, actor (Black Orchid), dies after long illness at 64
  • 1992 Vanessa Lee, actress (Split), dies at 71
  • 1993 Anthony Bowles, music writer (Jesus Christ Superstar), dies at 61
  • 1993 Dennis Gregory, actor (Village of the Damn), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1993 Ricardo M Arias Espinosa, president of Panama (1955-56), dies
  • 1994 Mae Zetterling, Swedish actress (Night Games), dies at 68
  • 1994 Gundaris Poné, Latvian-American violinist, composer, and educator (NYU-New Paltz, 1964-94), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1995 Carlos Menem Jr, Son of Argentine President, dies at 26
  • 1996 Helen Chadwick, artist, dies at 42
  • 1996 Olga Rudge, American concert violinist, dies at 100
  • 1996 Roswell Leavitt Gilpatric, American lawyer and diplomat, dies at 89
  • 1996 Bob Pearce, American wrestler (Olympic gold bantamweight freestyle 1932), dies at 88
  • 1997 Gail Davis, American actress (Annie Oakley), dies at 71
  • 1997 Victor Vasarely, Hungarian-French painter and author (Op Art), dies at 90

Benjamin Spock

1998 Benjamin Spock, American pediatrician and writer, dies at 94

  • 1998 Jheri [Robert] Redding, American hairdresser and businessman (created the Jheri curl and hair conditioner), dies at 91
  • 2000 Robert Welch, English designer, silversmith (Robert Welch flatware), dies at 70
  • 2001 Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2002 Marshall Leib [Leibovitz], American pop singer (Teddy Bears - "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), and record producer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 2003 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), dies at 91
  • 2003 Paul Stojanovich, Reality TV pioneer (b. 1956)
  • 2003 Joseph Coors, American CEO of Coors Brewing Company, dies at 83
  • 2004 William "Bill" Pickering, New Zealand-born space scientist at NASA, dies at 93
  • 2004 John Pople, English chemist (Nobel Prize 1998), dies at 78
  • 2005 Bob Bellear, Australian judge (b. 1944)
  • 2005 Shoji Nishio, Japanese martial artist (b. 1927)
  • 2006 George Rallis, Prime Minister of Greece (b. 1918)
  • 2006 Red Storey, Canadian football player and hockey referee (b. 1918)
  • 2007 Charles Harrelson, American hitman and father of Woody Harrelson (b. 1938)

Bowie Kuhn

2007 Bowie Kuhn, American lawyer, sports administrator (MLB Commissioner 1969-1984), dies of pneumonia at 80

  • 2007 Stuart Rosenberg, American film and television director (b. 1927)
  • 2008 Vytautas Kernagis, Lithuanian singer, TV shows announcer (b. 1951)
  • 2008 Mikey Dread, Jamaican singer (b. 1954)
  • 2008 Sarla Thakral, first Indian woman to fly an aircraft (1936), dies at about 94
  • 2008 Ken Reardon, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and executive (Stanley Cup 1946; NHL All-Star 1946-50; Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • 2008 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer, ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • 2009 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2011 Marty Marion, American baseball shortstop and manager (MLB All-Star 1943–50; NL MVP 1944; St. Louis Cardinals), dies from a heart attack at 93
  • 2011 Nate Dogg [Nathaniel Dwayne Hale], American rapper ("Regulate"), dies from heart failure related to multiple strokes at 41
  • 2011 Smiley Culture [David Victor Emmanuel], British reggae singer ("Police Officer"; "Cockney Translation"), dies from a self-inflicted stab wound at 48
  • 2012 Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91
  • 2013 Booth Gardner, American politician, dies from Parkinson's disease at 76
  • 2013 Terry Lightfoot, British clarinetist and bandleader (New Orleans Jazzmen), dies at 77
  • 2014 Clarissa Dickson Wright, English celebrity chef (Two Fat Ladies), dies at 66
  • 2014 David Brenner, American stand-up comedian and TV talk show host (Nightlife) known as a pioneer of observational comedy, dies from cancer at 78
  • 2015 Robert Clatworthy, English sculptor, dies at 87
  • 2015 Mike Porcaro, American rock bassist (Toto, 1982-2007 "Stranger In Town"), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 2017 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), dies at 95
  • 2018 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), dies following long illness at 84
  • 2018 Michael Getler, American journalist and 1st ombudsman appointed by a US broadcasting network (PBS), dies of bile duct cancer at 82
  • 2018 Robert Grossman, American illustrator, dies of heart failure at 78
  • 2019 Lam Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m relay 1976) and NFL wide receiver (NY Jets 1980-86), dies of myeloma at 60
  • 2019 David White, American singer and songwriter (Danny And The Juniors - "At The Hop": Leslie Gore - "You Don't Own Me"), dies of cancer at 79 [1]
  • 2020 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), dies at 102
  • 2020 Roy Hudd, British comedian, radio host (News Huddlines, 1975-2001), author (Underneath The Arches), and actor (Lipstick On Your Collar), dies at 83
  • 2021 Doug Parkinson, Australian pop and rock singer (Focus - "Dear Prudence"), dies at 74
  • 2021 Yaphet Kotto, African-American stage and screen actor (Live And Let Die; Alien; Homicide: Life on the Street), dies at 81 [1]
March 15 Highlights