Famous Deaths on May 2

  • 373 Athanasius, Patriarch of Alexandria (b. 298)
  • 649 Maruta of Tagrit, theology/1st mafriaan Jakobitische church, dies
  • 756 Emperor Shōmu, Emperor of Japan (b. 701)
  • 907 Boris I, King of Bulgaria (852-889), saw Bulgaria converted to Christianity
  • 1230 William de Braose, Lord of Abergavenny (b. 1197)
  • 1250 Toeransa, sultan of Egypt, murdered
  • 1300 Blanche of Artois, regent of Navarre (b. 1248)
  • 1450 William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk, English military leader (b. 1396)
  • 1459 Pierozzi Antoninus, Italian archbishop of Florence/saint, dies
  • 1488 Jacob van Horne, Burgundy statesman, dies

Person of interestLeonardo da Vinci

1519 Leonardo da Vinci, artist/scientist, dies at 67

Painter, Scientist & Visionary Leonardo da Vinci
Painter, Scientist & Visionary
Leonardo da Vinci
  • 1564 Cardinal Rodolfo Pio da Carpi, Italian humanist (b. 1500)
  • 1567 Marin Drzic, Croatian playwright (Dundo Maroje), dies
  • 1627 Lodovico Grossi da Viadana, Italian composer (b. 1560)
  • 1667 George Wither, English writer (Abuses Stript and Whipt), dies at 78
  • 1669 Pieter Jansz Post, master builder (Waag, Gouda), dies at 61
  • 1683 Stjepan Gradić, Croatian philosopher and scientist (b. 1613)
  • 1685 Adriaen van Ostade, Dutch painter, buried
  • 1711 Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, English statesman (b. 1641)
  • 1727 Paul Aler, French jesuit and poet (Gradus ad Parnassum), dies at 70
  • 1736 Albert Seba, Amsterdam pharmacist, dies at 71
  • 1799 Henri-Joseph Rigel, composer, dies at 58
  • 1802 Herman Willem Daendels, Dutch statesman (b. 1762)
  • 1810 Rev. Dr. Henry Jerome de Salis, divine (b.1740)
  • 1818 Herman W Daendels, governor-gen of Guinea (1815-18), dies at 55
  • 1819 Mary Moser, English painter (Flowers Still Life), dies at 74
  • 1845 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), dies at 48
  • 1849 David H Chasse, baron/gen (fought Napoleon at Waterloo), dies at 84
  • 1857 LC Alfred the Musset, French poet (Lesson caprices Marianne), dies
  • 1859 Eliza Courtney, English illegitimate daughter of Charles Grey and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, dies at 67
  • 1864 Giacomo Meyerbeer, German opera composer (Golt Und Die Natur), dies at 72
  • 1892 Wilhelm Rust, composer, dies at 69
  • 1897 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer, dies at 63
  • 1898 Charles C. Walcutt, American general in the Union Army during the American Civil War, dies of an old war wound at 60
  • 1915 Clara Immerwahr, German chemist, first woman to be awarded a doctorate in chemistry in Germany, dies at 44
  • 1919 Gustav Landauer, German socialist, dies
  • 1927 Ernest Starling, British physiologist (Frank–Starling law of the heart), dies at 61
  • 1934 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev, Russian Chemist who invented the first commercially viable and mass-produced synthetic rubber, dies at 59
  • 1937 Arthur Somervell, English composer, dies at 73

Person of interestMartin Bormann

1945 Martin Bormann, German Nazi leader (Hitler's secretary, chief of the Party Chancellery), most likely commits suicide age 44 [remains identified in 1972]

Nazi leader Martin Bormann
Nazi leader
Martin Bormann
  • 1945 Ludwig Stumpfegger, German SS doctor and Hitler's personal surgeon commits suicide at 34
  • 1945 Joe Corbett, baseball player (b. 1875)
  • 1947 Dorothea Binz, Nazi war criminal (b. 1920)
  • 1954 Pauline de Cock-Manifarges, singer, dies at 82
  • 1955 Tadeusz Jarecki, composer, dies at 66

Person of interestJoseph McCarthy

1957 Joseph McCarthy, anti-communist US senator (R-Wisc), dies at 48

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1957 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, dies at 53
  • 1958 Alfred Weber, German economist and sociologist, dies at 89
  • 1960 Caryl Chessman, rapist executed after 12 years of appeals at 39
  • 1961 J C White, cricketer (49 wickets in 15 Tests for England 1921-31), dies
  • 1963 Jack Crawford, cricketer (469 runs & 39 wickets in 12 Tests), dies

  • 1963 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • 1963 Van Wyck Brooks, US historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • 1964 Nancy N Witcher Astor, US/Eng feminist/ex of Waldorf Astor, dies
  • 1968 Donald L Hall, American airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
  • 1969 Franz JHMM von Papen, German chancellor (1932), dies at 89
  • 1972 Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69

Person of interestJ. Edgar Hoover

1972 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1973 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), dies at 61
  • 1979 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • 1980 Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • 1980 George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)
  • 1982 Helmut Dantine, Austrian-American actor (Shadow of the Cloak), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1982 Hugh Marlowe [Hipple], American actor (All About Eve, Ellery Queen), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • 1983 Marius F Duintjer, architect, dies
  • 1983 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • 1984 Jack Barry, american game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies of cardiac arrest at 66
  • 1984 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Failing God, Niggers), dies at 64
  • 1985 Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • 1985 Milton S Eisenhower, US diplomat, dies at 85
  • 1985 Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  • 1985 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • 1985 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, dies of lung cancer at 77
  • 1986 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, dies in an accident at 29
  • 1989 Giuseppe Siri, Italian Catholic Cardinal (b. 1906)
  • 1989 Veniamin Kaverin, Russian writer (b. 1902)
  • 1990 David Rappaport, 3'11' actor (Wizard, LA Law), shoots himself at 38
  • 1990 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49
  • 1990 William Levi Dawson, composer, dies at 90
  • 1991 Hal Bell, dies at 65
  • 1991 Leib Lensky, dies at 82
  • 1991 Ronald McKie, Australian author (The Mango Tree), dies at 81
  • 1992 Joey Cuevas, dancer, dies at 34
  • 1992 Lee Salk, Russian-American child psychologist and author, dies of cardiac arrest at 65
  • 1992 Margareth Wallmann, Austrian opera director, dies at 88
  • 1992 Philip Dunne, screenwriter, dies of cancer at 84
  • 1992 Wilbur Mills, (Rep-D-Ark)/involved with Fanne Foxe, dies at 82
  • 1993 Julio Gallo, wine maker (Gallo), dies in a car accident at 82
  • 1993 Will Weng, Sunday Times crossword puzzle editor (1968-78), dies at 86
  • 1994 Louis Calaferte, writer (Requiem of the Innocents), dies at 65
  • 1994 Wilson Charles Geoffrey Baldwin, hero, dies at 75
  • 1995 Michael Hordern, American actor (Watership Down, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), dies from kidney disease at 83
  • 1996 Arthur Leslie Noel Douglas Houghton, civil servant, dies at 97
  • 1996 Emile Habibi, Palestinian Israeli writer (The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist), dies at 73
  • 1996 Peter John Swales, football club chairman, dies at 63
  • 1997 Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and philosopher, dies at 75
  • 1997 Queen Mother Moore, African-American civil rights activist and humanitarian, dies at 98
  • 1998 Gene Raymond [Raymond Guion], American actor (Paris 7000, Love on a Bet, Fireside Theater), dies from pneumonia a 89
  • 1998 Hideto "hide" Matsumoto, Japanese musician (b. 1964)
  • 1998 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • 1998 Kevin Lloyd, British actor (b. 1949)
  • 1999 Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938)
  • 1999 Edward Portman, 9th Viscount Portman, British landowner and multimillionaire, dies at 65
  • 2001 Ted Rogers, British comedian (b. 1935)
  • 2001 Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (b. 1961)
  • 2002 John Nathan-Turner, English television producer (b. 1947)
  • 2002 W. T. Tutte, English-born codebreaker (b. 1917)
  • 2005 Kenneth Bancroft Clark, American civil rights activist (Dark Ghetto) and first black president of the American Psychological Association, dies at 90
  • 2005 Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Louis Rukeyser, American columnist (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Brad McGann, New Zealand film director and screenwriter (b. 1964)
  • 2008 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)
  • 2009 Jack Kemp, former United States Congressman and 1996 Vice Presidential Candidate (b. 1935)
  • 2010 Lynn Redgrave, British-American actress (Gods and Monsters, Georgy Girl), dies of cancer at 67

Person of interestOsama bin Laden

2011 Osama bin Laden, Islamic militant and founder of al-Qaeda, shot and killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by navy seals during Operation Neptune Spear at 54

Islamic Militant and Terrorist Osama bin Laden
Islamic Militant and Terrorist
Osama bin Laden
  • 2012 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43
  • 2013 Jeff Hanneman, American guitarist, dies from liver failure at 49
  • 2014 Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor, dies at 95
  • 2015 Ruth Rendell, English thriller writer (Inspector Wexford novels), dies at 85
  • 2015 Maya Plisetskaya, Russian Ballerina (Bolshoi Ballet), dies at 89
  • 2015 Guy Carawan, American folk singer and folklorist (We Shall Overcome) dies at 87
  • 2016 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, dies at 69
  • 2017 Leo Thorsness, American Vietnam War pilot (Medal of Honor), dies at 85
  • 2018 Gord Brown, Canadian politician (MP, 2004–2018), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2018 Tony Cucchiara, Italian folk singer and songwriter (Cain and Abel), dies at 80
  • 2018 Paul Dick, Canadian politician, dies at 77 of a heart attack
  • 2018 Dick Edell, American lacrosse coach (Maryland Terrapins), dies at 74 of pneumonia
  • 2018 Herman Krebbers, Dutch violinist, dies at 94
  • 2018 Katherine O'Regan, New Zealand politician (MP for Waipa, 1984–1996; list MP, 1996–1999), dies of cancer at 71
  • 2018 Kottayam Pushpanath, Indian author, dies at 80
  • 2018 Harald Range, German jurist (Attorney General, 2011–2015), dies at 70
  • 2018 James Thorp, American electrical engineer, dies at 81
  • 2018 Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83
  • 2018 Wolfgang Völz, German actor, dies at 87
  • 2018 Chris Walsh, American politician (Massachusetts House of Representatives, 2010–2018), dies of lymphoma at 66
  • 2018 Wang Danfeng, Chinese actress, dies at 93
  • 2018 Cliff Watson, English rugby league footballer (St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland, national team), dies of cancer at 78
  • 2018 Sir Keith Williamson, British air force commander (Chief of the Air Staff, 1982–1985), dies at 90