Famous Deaths on May 4

  • 1436 Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson, Swedish statesman (b. 1390s)
  • 1471 Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, dies at 17, becoming the only heir apparent to the English throne to ever die in battle
  • 1471 Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset, English military commander (executed)
  • 1506 Husayn Bayqarah, ruler of Herat (b. 1438)
  • 1519 Lorenzo II de' Medici, Duke of Urbino, dies at 26
  • 1566 Luca Ghini, Italian physician and botanist (b. 1490)
  • 1594 Paul Buys, Grand Pensionary of Holland, dies at 62
  • 1604 Claudio Merulo, composer, dies at 71
  • 1605 Ulisse Aldrovandi, Italian biologist and naturalist, dies at 82
  • 1615 Adriaan van Roomen, Flemish mathematician (b. 1561)
  • 1626 Arthur Lake, English Bishop of Bath and Wells, and translator of the King James Bible, dies at 56
  • 1677 Isaac Barrow, English mathematician (b. 1630)
  • 1684 John Nevison, English highwayman (b. 1639)
  • 1729 Louis-Antoine, Cardinal de Noailles, French cardinal (b. 1651)
  • 1734 James Thornhill, English painter
  • 1737 Eustace Budgell, English writer (b. 1686)
  • 1752 Pieter Snyers, Flemish painter/engraver, dies at 71
  • 1770 Christian Gottfried Krause, German composer, dies at 51
  • 1774 Anthony Ulrich II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, dies at 59
  • 1776 Jacques Saly, French sculptor (b. 1717)
  • 1790 Matthew Tilghman, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1718)
  • 1799 Tipu Sultan, Indian military leader killed during Battle of Seringapatam (b. 1750)
  • 1811 Nikolay Kamensky, Russian general (b. 1776)
  • 1824 Joseph Joubert, French essayist and moralist (b. 1754)
  • 1832 Jan van Speyck, Dutch admiral, buried in New Church
  • 1855 Camille Pleyel, Austria piano builder/composer, dies at 66
  • 1858 Aimé Bonpland, French explorer and botanist, dies at 84 (date disputed)
  • 1859 Joseph Diaz Gergonne, French mathematician (b. 1771)
  • 1879 William Froude, British civil eng/shipbuilder (F Integer), dies at 68
  • 1880 Edward Clark, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • 1885 Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
  • 1891 Sherlock Holmes, "dies" at Reichenbach Falls
  • 1893 George Washington Hewitt, composer, dies at 82
  • 1901 John Jones Ross, Canadian politician, Premier of Quebec (1884-1887), dies at 69
  • 1903 Goce Delchev, a revolutionary from the Balkans - leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (b. 1872)
  • 1916 Joseph Mary Plunkett, Irish revolutionary (b. 1887)
  • 1919 Milan Rastislav Štefánik, Slovak politician, French general and astronomer (b. 1880)
  • 1922 Viktor Kingissepp, Estonian Bolshevik politician (b. 1888)
  • 1924 Edith Nesbit, British children books author (The Story of the Treasure Seekers, Five Children and It), dies at 65
  • 1928 Barry E Odell Pain, English writer (Punch), dies at 63
  • 1929 Henry Morton Dunham, composer, dies at 75
  • 1937 Noel Rosa, Brazilian songwriter (b. 1910)
  • 1938 Carl von Ossietzky, German pacifist and writer (Nobel Peace Prize 1935), dies at 48
  • 1953 Edward Shanks, British poet and critic, dies at 60
  • 1953 Thomas Tertius Noble, composer, dies at 85
  • 1955 Georges Enescu, Romanian/French violist/composer (Oedipe), dies at 73
  • 1955 Louis Breguet, French aviation pioneer, dies at 75
  • 1961 Anita Stewart, dies of heart attack at 66
  • 1965 Norman Brokenshire, TV moderator (Four Square Court), dies at 66
  • 1966 Juan Maria Thomas Sabater, composer, dies at 69
  • 1967 Bengt Axel von Torne, composer, dies at 75

  • 1969 Osbert Sitwell, English writer (b. 1892)
  • 1970 4 students, at Kent State University killed by Ohio National Guard
  • 1970 William Schroeder (b. 1950)
  • 1971 Donald Dexter Van Slyke, American chemist (Micromanometric analysis), dies at 88
  • 1971 Joseph Csaky, Hungarian/French sculptor, dies at 83
  • 1971 Louis de Bree [Louis Davids], actor (De man zonder hart, The Cross-Patch, Bluejackets), dies at 87
  • 1972 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • 1973 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • 1974 Israel Citkowitz, composer, dies at 65
  • 1974 John Wengraf, Austrian actor (12 to the Moon, Pride & Passion), dies at 77

Person of interestMoe Howard

1975 Moe Howard [Moses Horowitz], American actor and comedian (The 3 Stooges), dies at 77

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard
  • 1980 Josip Broz Tito, Yugoslav communist revolutionary and leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), dies at 87
  • 1980 Kay Hammond, British actress (Blithe Spirit, 5 Golden Hours), dies at 71
  • 1983 Nino Sanzogno, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • 1984 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!, Steaming), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1984 Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • 1985 Clarence Wiseman, the 10th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1907)
  • 1987 Cathryn Damon, American actress (Mary-Soap, She's Having a Baby), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1987 Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist/writer, dies at 59
  • 1987 Paul Butterfield, singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44
  • 1989 Evelle Jansen Younger, American prosecutor (Charles Manson, Sirhan Sirhan), dies at 70
  • 1990 Don Appell, American writer and director, dies at 70
  • 1991 Dennis Crosby, son of Bing, commits suicide at 54
  • 1992 Henri Guillemin, French historian, dies at 89
  • 1992 Ismael Galeano, "Commandant Franklyn" (Contra), dies
  • 1992 Vitali Andreyevich Grishchenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 50
  • 1992 Gregor Mackenzie, Labour Party (UK) politician (b. 1927)
  • 1994 Karl Francis Hettinger, onion Field survivor, dies at 59
  • 1995 Lewis T Preston, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), dies at 68
  • 1995 Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, dies at 91
  • 1996 Jean Crepin, soldier/industrialist, dies at 87
  • 1996 Stanley William Reed, cineaste, dies at 85
  • 1997 Alvin "Alvy" Moore, American comic actor (Green Acres, Scream, Intruder), dies of heart failure at 75
  • 1997 Vijayananda Dahanayake, PM of Sri Lanka (1959-60), dies
  • 2001 Bonnie Lee Bakley, American murder victim (b. 1956)
  • 2005 David Hackworth, U.S. Army officer and military journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2009 Dom Deluise, American comedian, actor (b. 1933)
  • 2009 Jane Randolph, American actress (Cat People, Railroaded!), dies of complications after hip surgery at 93
  • 2010 Ernie Harwell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Zvonimir Levačić - Ševa, Croatian humorist and entertainer (b. 1943)
  • 2011 Sada Thompson, American actress (Family, Pursuit of Happiness), dies at 83
  • 2011 Mary Murphy, American actress (A Man Alone, Maggie-Investigators), dies at 80

Person of interestAdam Yauch

2012 MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

Rocker Adam Yauch
Rocker
Adam Yauch
  • 2013 Christian de Duve, British cytologist and biochemist, dies from euthanasia at 95
  • 2013 Morgan Morgan-Giles, British Naval officer and politician, dies at 98
  • 2016 Ursula Mamlok, German American avant-garde composer, dies at 93
  • 2017 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), dies at 95
  • 2018 Paul Bloodgood, American artist, dies at 58 of Alzheimer's disease
  • 2018 Edwin G. Burrows, American historian and professor, dies at 74
  • 2018 Naser Cheshm Azar, Iranian composer, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 2018 Renate Dorrelstein, Dutch writer and journalist, dies of cancer at 64
  • 2018 Barnet Fain, American businessman and artist, dies at 86
  • 2018 Cathy Godbold, Australian actress (The Saddle Club, Home and Away), dies of brain cancer at 43
  • 2018 Bobbie Louise Hawkins, American poet and author, dies at 87
  • 2018 Larry Hunter, American college basketball coach (Wittenberg Tigers, Ohio Bobcats, Western Carolina Catamounts), dies at 68
  • 2018 BN Vijaya Kumar, Indian politician, dies at 59 of a heart attack
  • 2018 Lionel Lamy, French footballer, dies at 74
  • 2018 Luyanda Ntshangase, South African footballer (Maritzburg United), is struck by lightning and dies at 21