Famous Deaths on May 15

  • 392 Valentinianus II, emperor of Rome (375-392), murdered at 21
  • 884 Marinus I, [Martinus II], Pope (882-84), dies
  • 913 Hatto I, Archbishop of Mainz
  • 1036 Emperor Go-Ichijō of Japan, 68th Emperor of Japan (1016-36), dies at 27
  • 1157 Yury Dolgoruky, Russian prince
  • 1174 Nur ad-Din, King of Syria (1146-1174), dies at 56
  • 1381 Eppelein von Gailingen, German robber baron
  • 1482 Paolo Toscanelli, Italian physician & mapmaker, dies
  • 1585 Niwa Nagahide, Japanese warlord (b. 1535)
  • 1591 Dmitry Ivanovitch, youngest son of Russian Tsar Ivan IV, murdered at 8
  • 1609 Giovanni Croce, Italian composer (b. 1557)
  • 1621 Henrick de Keyser, Amsterdam's master builder, dies at 56
  • 1622 Peter Plancius, Flemish vicar/cartographer, dies at about 69
  • 1634 Hendrick Avercamp, Dutch painter (b. 1585)
  • 1685 Henri Otto, Spanish marquis of Caretto/Savona/Grana, dies
  • 1698 Marie Champmeslé, French actress (Fête de Vénus), dies at 56
  • 1699 Edward Petre, English Jesuit and privy councilor (b. 1631)
  • 1714 Roger Elliott, British general and Governor of Gibraltar
  • 1740 Ephraim Chambers, English encyclopaedist (b. 1680)
  • 1746 Giovanni Antonio Ricieri, composer, dies at 67
  • 1760 Alaungpaya, King of Burma (b. 1711)
  • 1761 Jacob Mossel, governor-general (Dutch East Indies), dies at 56
  • 1773 Alban Butler, English Catholic priest and writer, dies at 62
  • 1782 Richard Wilson, Welsh landscape painter, dies at 67
  • 1785 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, dies at 29
  • 1801 Louis C count Barbiano de Belgioioso, Austrian diplomat, dies at 73
  • 1821 John Wall Calcott, composer, dies at 54
  • 1822 Christian Ludwig Dieter, German composer, dies at 64
  • 1823 Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky, composer, dies at 69
  • 1824 Alexander Campbell, composer, dies at 60
  • 1832 Carl Friedrich Zelter, composer, dies at 73
  • 1833 Edmund Kean, British Shakespearean actor (Edmund Kean's Masonic Career), dies at 46
  • 1842 Emanuel A D M J count de las Cases, French historian (Napoleon), dies at 76
  • 1845 Samuel I Wiselius, Dutch lawyer/businessman/writer, dies at 76
  • 1852 Louisa Adams, US First Lady (1825-29), dies at 77
  • 1855 Jan Mazereeuw, Frisian farmer/sect leader, dies at 75
  • 1872 Thomas Hastings, composer, dies at 87
  • 1873 Alexander J Cuza, monarch of Moldavia/Romania, dies at 53
  • 1879 Gottfried Semper, German architect (b. 1803)
  • 1889 Alfred Potocki, premier Austrian/governor/viceroy of Galicia, dies
  • 1892 Arthur Hodister, British ivory seller (Heart of Darkness), murdered
  • 1895 Joseph Whitaker, British publisher (Whitaker's Almanack), dies at 75
  • 1899 Francisque Sarcey, French writer (Le Temps), dies at 70
  • 1924 Paul d'Estornelles de Constant, French diplomat/pacifist, dies at 71
  • 1926 Mohammed VI Vahideddin, last sultan of Turkey (1918-22), dies
  • 1932 Ki Inukai, premier Japan (1931-32), murdered
  • 1933 Ernest Torrence, Scottish actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies from complications following surgery for gall stones at 54
  • 1935 Kazimir Malevich, Polish/Ukrainian artist (b. 1878)
  • 1937 Phillip Snowden, British politician first Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer, dies at 72
  • 1940 Joseph Limburg, Dutch lawyer and politician, dies at 73

  • 1940 Willem Adriaan Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • 1945 Major Courtney, US medal of honor marine, dies in battle of Sugar Loaf
  • 1945 Charles Williams, UK writer (b. 1886)
  • 1948 Edward Flanagan, American priest and founder of Boys Town (b. 1886)
  • 1952 Albert Bassermann, German actor (Foreign Correspondent, Madame Curie), dies at 84
  • 1952 Italo Montemezzi, composer, dies at 76
  • 1954 William March, American writer (b. 1893)
  • 1956 Austin Osman Spare, English magician (b. 1886)
  • 1958 Michael G the Boer, historian (Harbor of Amsterdam), dies at 91
  • 1964 Cornelis H Edelman, Dutch geologist, dies at 61
  • 1964 Vladko Maček, Kingdom of Yugoslavia deputy prime minister (b. 1879)
  • 1965 Adrian Schoevers, Dutch director (Schoevers Institution), dies
  • 1967 Edward Hopper, US painter (House by Railroad), dies at 84
  • 1967 Jaromir Fiala, composer, dies at 74

Person of interestJoe Malone

1969 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1971 Sir Tyrone Guthrie, British actor, producer, writer and director, dies at 70
  • 1971 Donald F. Duncan Sr., American entrepreneur (Duncan Toys Company), dies at 78
  • 1972 Nigel Green, South African-born British character actor (Zulu, Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at 47
  • 1973 Willem H Rassers, Dutch cult anthropologist (Pandji-Novel), dies at 95
  • 1974 Guy Simonds, Canadian army, youngest General officer, dies at 71
  • 1976 Samuel Eliot Morison, American historian (Admiral of the Ocean Sea), dies at 88

Person of interestRobert Menzies

1978 Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia (1939-41, 1949-66) and its longest-serving, dies of a heart attack at 83

12th Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies
12th Australian Prime Minister
Robert Menzies
  • 1982 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, dies in a crash at 36
  • 1983 James Van Der Zee, African-American photographer, dies at 96
  • 1984 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, dies at 85
  • 1984 Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • 1985 Jackie Curtis, actor (Underground USA), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1986 Theodore H White, US journalist (Making of Pres, Pulitzer), dies at 71
  • 1986 Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
  • 1987 John Baur, museum director, dies at 78
  • 1987 Wynne Gibson, actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
  • 1988 Andrew Duggan, American character actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1988 Greta Nissen, actress (Ambassador Bill), dies
  • 1989 John Waldo Green, composer, dies at 80
  • 1989 Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908)
  • 1991 Bud Freeman, American jazz musician and tenor saxophonist (Eel), dies of cancer at 84
  • 1991 Reno Browne, American Western actress, dies at 70
  • 1991 Ronald Lacey, actor (Raiders of Lost Ark, Next Victim), dies at 55
  • 1991 Andreas Floer, German mathematician (b. 1956)
  • 1992 Bruce Hopkins, performer/director, dies at 44
  • 1992 Robert Morris Page, US physicist (radar), dies at 88
  • 1992 Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver (b. 1965)
  • 1993 Salah Ahmed Ibrahim, Sudanese writer, poet, and diplomat (b. 1933)
  • 1994 Frederik baron van Pallandt, Danish singer (Nina & F), murdered at 61
  • 1994 Gilbert Roland [Luis Alonso], Mexican actor (Juarez, Barbarosa), dies from cancer at 88
  • 1994 Ronnie Potsdammer, Dutch singer, songwriter and programmer, dies at 71
  • 1994 Royal Dano, American actor (Red Badge of Courage, Cocaine Wars, House II), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1994 [Henry] John Baker, resistance fighter/journalist (Slogan), dies at 79
  • 1995 Edouard Dermit, actor (Testament of Orpheus), dies at 69
  • 1995 Eric Richard Porter, actor (Crucible, Hennessy), dies at 67
  • 1995 Johnny Van Derrick, jazz violinist, dies at 68
  • 1995 Perry Lederman, folk singer, dies at 52
  • 1995 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps), dies of colon cancer at 67
  • 1996 George M Tindley, songwriter/vocalist, dies at 57
  • 1996 Charles B. Fulton, American jurist (b. 1910)
  • 1996 Claus Bremer, German dramatist, dies at 71
  • 1998 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)

Person of interestJune Carter Cash

2003 June Carter Cash, American musician and singer dies aged 73

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash
  • 2003 George Francis, British gangster (b. 1940)
  • 2004 Clint Warwick [Albert Eccles], English bassist (Moody Blues), dies at 63
  • 2005 Alan B. Gold, Quebec Chief Justice (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Jerry Falwell, American evangelist (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Yolanda King, American actress and activist, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. (b. 1955)
  • 2008 Alexander Courage, composer of original Star Trek theme (b. 1919)
  • 2008 Tommy Burns, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2008 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • 2008 Willis Lamb, American physicist (Nobel 1955), dies at 94
  • 2009 Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Australian actor, pilot and radio announcer, dies at 86
  • 2009 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • 2010 Loris Kessel, Swiss racing driver (b. 1950)
  • 2010 Besian Idrizaj, Footballer (b. 1987)
  • 2010 Moshe Greenberg, American-Israeli Bible scholar, dies at 81
  • 2011 Bob Flannigan, American jazz singer (The Four Freshmen), dies at 84
  • 2012 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author, dies from a haemorrhage at 83
  • 2014 Jean-Luc Dehaene, Belgian Prime Minister (1992-99), dies from a fall at 73
  • 2015 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • 2017 Ian Brady [Ian Duncan Stewart], British serial killer (Moors Murders), dies in prison at 79