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, German-American entrepreneur who founded prepared-foods company (H.J. Heinz Company-57 varieties), 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 Alemán Valdés, Mexican attorney and 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 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer (The Thrill is Gone), 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