Famous Deaths on May 14

  • 347 Pachomius, Egyptian monastery founder/abbot (Coenobieten), dies
  • 649 Theodore, Greek Pope (642-49) (excommunicated by Paul II), dies
  • 964 John XII, [Octavianus], Pope (955-64), dies
  • 1470 Charles VIII of Sweden, King of Sweden (1448–57, 1464–65 and 1467-70) and Norway (1449–50), dies at 60
  • 1565 Nicolaus von Amsdorf, German reform theologist, dies
  • 1574 Guru Amar Das, third Sikh Guru, dies at 95
  • 1608 Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1543)

Person of interestHenry IV of France

1610 Henry IV, 1st Bourbon King of Navarra (1572-1610) and France (1589-1610), assassinated at 56

  • 1643 Louis XIII, King of France (1610-43), dies at 41
  • 1649 Friedrich Spanheim, Dutch theologian (b. 1600)
  • 1669 Georges de Scudéry, French writer and dramatist (L'Amour tyrannique), dies at 65
  • 1688 Antoine Furetière, French writer (b. 1619)
  • 1726 John B Wellekens, poet/painter (Wedding Guests), dies
  • 1726 Moshe Darshan, Rabbi/author (Torat Ahsam), dies
  • 1742 Dominique Marie Valet, French RC/old-catholic bishop, dies at 64
  • 1754 Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (L’École des Mères), dies at 62
  • 1761 Thomas Simpson, English mathematician (rule of Simpson), dies at 50
  • 1801 Johann Ernst Altenburg, composer, dies at 66
  • 1818 Matthew Gregory Lewis, English novelist (b. 1775)
  • 1818 Matthew Lewis, English novelist (The Monk), dies at 42
  • 1820 Paul Friedrich Struck, composer, dies at 43
  • 1832 John van Speijk, Dutch heroic sailor, buried
  • 1833 Johann Wilhelm Cornelius von Konigslow, composer, dies at 88
  • 1847 Fanny Cacilia Mendelssohn Hensel, German composer, dies at 41
  • 1860 Ludwig Bechstein, German writer (b. 1801)
  • 1863 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer, dies at 46
  • 1864 William N Green Jr, Union brigadier general, dies
  • 1868 John Newton Brown, American publisher and Baptist teacher, dies at 64
  • 1870 Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, composer, dies at 69
  • 1873 Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician and writer (b. 1797)
  • 1877 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, dies at 54
  • 1878 Ookubo Toshimichi, Japanese statesman, samurai, and one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration (b. 1830)
  • 1887 Lysander Spooner, American philosopher (b. 1808)
  • 1887 William Burnham Woods, American politician, judge, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 62
  • 1889 Volney E. Howard, American politician (b. 1809)
  • 1893 Earnest E Kummer, German mathematician (surface of Kummer), dies at 83
  • 1893 Johan T Buys, Dutch lawyer, dies at 65
  • 1904 Richard Hol, Dutch composer, organist and conductor, dies at 78
  • 1906 Carl Schurz, German revolutionary and statesman (b. 1829)
  • 1912 August Strindberg, Swedish writer (Deaddans), dies at 63
  • 1912 Frederik VIII C W K, King of Denmark (1906-12), dies at 68
  • 1918 James Gordon Bennett, Jr., American newspaper publisher (b. 1841)

Person of interestHenry John Heinz

1919 Henry John Heinz, founder of the H. J. Heinz Company, dies at 74

Founder of Heinz Henry John Heinz
Founder of Heinz
Henry John Heinz
  • 1923 Charles de Freycinet, French prime minister (b. 1828)
  • 1925 Henry Rider Haggard, British author (King Solomon's Mines, She, Dawn), dies at 68
  • 1931 David Belasco, American theatrical producer (b. 1853)
  • 1931 Denys Finch Hatton, English big-game hunter, dies at 44
  • 1934 Lou Criger, American baseball player (b. 1872)
  • 1936 Edmund Allenby, Viscount Allenby, English Fieldmarshal, General in Egypt during WWI, dies at 74
  • 1936 Samuel Pierre l'Honoré Naber, Dutch rear-admiral and librarian, dies at 71
  • 1938 Jacobus C J "Jacques" Hermans, actor (Ghetto), dies at 81

  • 1940 Eddy [Charles E] du Platform, writer/poet, dies
  • 1940 Emma Goldman, American anarchist and author (Living My Life), dies at 70
  • 1940 Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • 1940 Menno ter Braak, Dutch writer (Forum, New Elite), suicide at 38
  • 1940 Edgar du Perron, Dutch author and poet (Land of Origin), dies at 40
  • 1943 Henri La Fontaine, Belgian Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1854)
  • 1945 Heber J. Grant, seventh president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (b. 1856)
  • 1947 John Ray Sinnock, US chief engraver (1925-47), dies at 59
  • 1953 Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Japans/US painter/etcher, dies at 59
  • 1954 Heinz Guderian, German General (b. 1888)
  • 1955 Betty Ann Davies, dies at 44
  • 1957 Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (b. 1884)
  • 1959 Sidney Bechet, US jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 62
  • 1962 Florence Auer, American actress (b. 1880)
  • 1965 Frances Perkins, American politician and 1st woman to hold cabinet-level position (Labor 1933-45), dies at 83
  • 1966 Georgia BD Camp Johnson, US poet/playwright, dies at 88
  • 1966 Megan Lloyd George, English politician, dies at 64
  • 1968 Husband Edward Kimmel, commandant US Ocean fleet WW II, dies at 86
  • 1969 Enid Bennett, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), dies at 75
  • 1969 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)
  • 1970 Billie Burke, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 85
  • 1973 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet, dies at 67
  • 1975 Ernst Alexanderson, Swedish-American television pioneer (Alexanderson alternator), dies at 97
  • 1976 Keith Relf, British musician and vocalist (the Yardbirds-For Your Love, Renaissance), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • 1978 Bill Lear, American engineer, manufacturer and CEO (Lear Jet Corp), dies at 75
  • 1979 Paul van 't Veeer, Dutch journalist/writer (Vrije Volk), dies at 57
  • 1980 Hugh Griffith, Welsh actor (Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Oliver!), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • 1980 Wilhelm Weismann, German composer, dies at 79
  • 1982 Baron Mariel-Henri Jaspar, Belgian minister/ambassador, dies
  • 1982 Hugh Beaumont, American actor (The Mole People, Leave it to Beaver), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • 1983 Miguel Aleman Valdes, attorney/President of Mexico (1946-52), dies at 80
  • 1983 Roger J. Traynor, American judge (b. 1900)
  • 1984 Larry Stock, songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies
  • 1984 Walter Rauff, German colonel (b. 1906)
  • 1985 Mohammed Munir, Indonesian worker's union leader, executed
  • 1987 Rita Hayworth [Margarita Cansino], American actress (Gilda, Cover Girl, The Lady from Shanghai), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 68
  • 1988 Willem Drees, Dutch statesman of the Labour Party (PvdA) and Prime Minister of the Netherlands, dies at 101
  • 1990 Andre Ameller, composer, dies at 78
  • 1991 Ast Fonteyne, Flemish lecture artist, dies
  • 1991 Herman Niels, Flemish radio director, dies

Person of interestJiang Qing

1991 Jiang Qing, widow of Chinese leader Mao Zedong, commits suicide

Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong Jiang Qing
Chinese Communist & Wife of Mao Zedong
Jiang Qing
  • 1991 John Edward Craven, dies
  • 1991 Shintaro Abe, minister of Exterior of Japan (1982-86), dies
  • 1991 Aladár Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (7 Olympic gold 1932, 36, 48, 52, 56, 60), dies at 81
  • 1992 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1993 Patrick Haemers, Belgian criminal, commits suicide at 40
  • 1993 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate (Hearst Newspapers) and 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 85
  • 1994 Leonard Teale, Australian actor/reciter (Homicide), dies
  • 1995 Maezumi Hakuyu Taizan Koun, teacher (Zen Buddhism), dies at 64
  • 1995 Christian B. Anfinsen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • 1996 Edward John Gurney, American politician, US senator (1969-74), dies at 82
  • 1996 Qazaleh Alizadeh, writer, dies at 48
  • 1996 Sritharan Jeganathan, cricketer, 1st Sri Lankan Test player to die
  • 1996 Vera Chapman, English writer and Tolkien Society founder, dies at 98
  • 1997 Harry Blackstone Jr, magician, dies of cancer at 62
  • 1997 Princess Caradja-Kretzulesco, descendant of Dracula, dies at 76
  • 1997 Thelma Carpenter, singer, dies at 76

Person of interestFrank Sinatra

1998 Frank Sinatra, American singer ("My Way") and actor ("Guys and Dolls") , dies at 82

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • 1998 Marjory Stoneman Douglas, American conservationist (b. 1890)
  • 2000 Obuchi Keizo, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)

Person of interestDave DeBusschere

2003 Dave DeBusschere, American basketball player, dies of a heart attack at 62

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • 2003 Wendy Hiller, English actress (Major Barbara, David Copperfield), dies at 90
  • 2003 Robert Stack, American actor (The Untouchables, Unsolved Mysteries, Written on the Wind), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 2003 William Jackson [Pepper LaBeija], American drag queen and fashion designer, dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 2004 Anna Lee [Joan Boniface Winnifrith], British actress (General Hospital, How Green Was My Valley), dies of pneumonia at 91
  • 2006 Lewis "Lew" Anderson, American actor and musician (The Howdy Doody Show), dies of prostate cancer at 84
  • 2006 Stanley Kunitz, American poet (b. 1905)
  • 2006 Eva Norvind, Norwegian-Mexican actress, dies from drowning at 62
  • 2007 Mary Goldsmith, American ceramist (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Ülo Jõgi, Estonian freedom fighter (b. 1921)
  • 2007 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Giant Slalom silver, Slalom bronze medal 1964 Olympics), dies of breast cancer at 65
  • 2009 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, broadcaster (PGA Championship 1959), dies of head injuries from a fall at 82
  • 2010 Goh Keng Swee, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (b. 1918)
  • 2014 Stephen Sutton, English cancer blogger (Stephen's Story), dies at 19

Person of interestB.B. King

2015 B.B. King, American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, dies at 89

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 2017 Brad Grey, American film and TV producer (Sopranos), Chairman of Paramount Pictures, dies of cancer at 59
  • 2017 Powers Boothe, American Actor (Sin City, Deadwood), dies at 68
  • 2017 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), dies at 94
  • 2017 Elske ter Veld, Dutch politician (State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment), dies at 72
  • 2018 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), dies at 95