Famous Deaths on October 25

  • 304 Marcellinus, bishop of Rome, dies
  • 625 Boniface V, Italian Pope (619-25), dies
  • 1047 Magnus I Godhi, king of Norway/Denmark (1035-47), dies
  • 1154 Stefanus van Blois, king of England (1135-54), dies
  • 1400 Geoffrey Chaucer, British author known as the "Father of English literature" (The Canterbury Tales), dies at 56 or 57
  • 1415 Anton van Bourgondie, French son of Philip the Stout, dies at 31
  • 1415 Eduard, duke of York, dies at 45
  • 1415 Philip of Nevers, French earl, dies in battle
  • 1415 Robert of Bar, French knight, dies in battle
  • 1495 John II, the Perfect/Consummate, King of Portugal (1481-95), dies
  • 1510 Il Giorgione, [Giorgio del Castelfranco], Italian painter, dies at 32
  • 1604 Claude de la Tremoille, French duke of Thouars/huguenot, dies
  • 1676 Justus G Schottel [Schottelius], German linguistic/poet, dies at 64

Person of interestGeorge II

1760 George II [Georg August], King of Great Britain and Ireland, Elector of Hanover, dies at 76

King of Great Britain and Ireland George II
King of Great Britain and Ireland
George II
  • 1806 Henry Knox, American general (Continental Army and later the United States Army), dies at 56
  • 1826 Philippe Pinel, French physician (the father of modern psychiatry), dies at 81
  • 1833 Abbas Mirza, Persian governor/heir to the throne, dies at 44
  • 1845 Carel H Verhuell, Dutch/French vice-admiral, dies at 81
  • 1855 Willem Frederik van Bylandt, Dutch military officer, dies at 84
  • 1861 Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer, dies at 82
  • 1878 Ludwig Wilhelm Maurer, composer, dies at 89
  • 1892 Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison, 1st lady (1889-1892), dies at 60
  • 1895 Charles Halle, British pianist, dies
  • 1902 Frank Norris, American journalist and writer (McTeague), dies at 32
  • 1904 Teresa Milanollo, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • 1907 Edmund Hart Turpin, English composer, dies at 72
  • 1910 Willie Anderson, Scottish golfer (4-time US Open champion), dies of epilepsy at 31
  • 1920 Alexander, King of Greece (1917-20), dies after ape bite at 27
  • 1921 Bat Masterson, American gunfighter in the Wild West, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1926 Frederick Jr Zech, composer, dies at 68
  • 1929 James Lillywhite Jr, cricketer (two Tests for England 1877), dies
  • 1933 Lillian Hall-Davies actress (Farmer's Wife, Ring), dies at 36
  • 1934 Frank Sprague, American inventor who installed the first U.S. electric trolley system, dies at 77
  • 1936 Jaime de Magalhes Lima, Portuguese author/poet, dies at 76
  • 1939 Cornelis JK van Aalst, president Dutch Business Society, dies at 73
  • 1942 Ted Arnold, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 10 Tests 1903-05), dies at 65
  • 1943 H van Zanten, guerrilla leader on North Sumatra, executed
  • 1944 Fake Krist, nazi collaborator, killed
  • 1952 Sergei Bortkiewicz, composer, dies at 75
  • 1956 Risto Ryti, Finnish minister/premier/president, dies at 67
  • 1957 Henry Van de Velde, Flemish painter and architect (Art Nouveau), dies at 94
  • 1957 Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, Irish sci-fi writer (Time & Gods), dies at 79
  • 1957 Maria "Mary" Beekman, actress (Modern Landhaaien), dies at 73

Person of interestAlbert Anastasia

1957 Albert Anastasia [Umberto Anastasio], American gangster (murder Inc), murdered at 55

  • 1959 Bob Murphy, TV host (RFD America), dies at 42
  • 1960 José Padilla, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights, Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge), dies at 71
  • 1960 Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, Irish aviator, engineer and inventor (Modern tractor), dies at 75
  • 1961 Peter Jensen, co-inventer (loud speaker), dies at 75
  • 1963 Abu-Bakr Khairat, Egyptian composer, dies at 53
  • 1964 Belle Montrose, actress (Mrs Harrison-Hathaways), dies at 78
  • 1968 Jean Schlumberger, French writer (Passions), dies at 91

  • 1968 Rudolf Forster, Austrian actor (Threepenny Opera), dies at 83
  • 1971 Albert van Dalsum, Dutch actor and director (Wilton's Zoo, Little Rascal), dies at 82
  • 1972 Norman Norell [Levinson], US fashion designer, dies at 72
  • 1973 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathon runner (Olympic-gold 1960, 64), dies at 41
  • 1973 G Paul H Schuitema, graphically designer/photographer, dies
  • 1975 Frank Puglia, Italian actor (Black Orchid, Jungle Book), dies at 83
  • 1976 Raymond Queneau, [M Presle], French writer (Last Days), dies at 73
  • 1980 Virgil Fox, American organist, dies at 68
  • 1981 Ariel Durant, American author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83
  • 1983 Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, dies at 86
  • 1984 Pascale Ogier, actress (Ghost Dance), dies of heart attack at 24
  • 1985 Elsa Moranet, writer, dies at 67
  • 1985 Morton Downey, singer (Star of the Family), dies at 83
  • 1986 Forrest Tucker, American actor (F Troop, Dusty Trail, The Crawling Eye), dies of lung cancer and emphysema at 67
  • 1987 Cecil Brown, news correspondent (CBS), dies at 80
  • 1988 Bill Cody, actor (Blazing Justice, Ghost City), dies at 75
  • 1988 Johnnie Richardson, American R&B musician (Johnnie & Joe), dies at 53
  • 1989 Gerard Walschap, Flemish writer (Men of Goods), dies at 91
  • 1989 Mary McCarthy, American novelist (Group), dies, at 77
  • 1991 Bill Graham, rock concert promoter (Filmore, Dylan), dies at 60
  • 1991 Khigh Dhiegh, actor (Forbidden Nights), dies of heat failure at 75
  • 1991 Margo J. Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers), dies of heart attack and stroke at 55
  • 1992 Adelino Da Palma Carlos, PM of Portugal (1974), dies

Person of interestRoger Miller

1992 Roger Miller, country singer (King of the Road), dies at 56

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1993 Francisco Velis, El Salvador guerilla leader (FMLN), murdered
  • 1993 Mary C Lawton, jurist (CIA's Agency Seal Medallion), dies at 58
  • 1993 Philip P. Cohen, American medical researcher, dies at 85
  • 1993 Vincent Price, American actor (House on Haunted Hill, Fly, Laura), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 1993 Vladimir Yevgenyevich Preobrazhensky, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 54
  • 1994 Anthony David Machell Cox, medievalist, dies at 81
  • 1994 Mildred Natwick, American actress (Barefoot in the Park, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon), dies at 89 (b. 1905)
  • 1994 Lillian Hayman, American actress (Leslie Uggams Show), dies at 72

Person of interestBobby Riggs

1995 Bobby Riggs, American tennis player ("The Battle of the Sexes", US Open 1939, 41), dies of prostate cancer at 77

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • 1995 David Healy, American-born actor (Supergirl, Doomsday Gun, Patton), dies following a heart operation at 66
  • 1995 Kenneth Kweku Sinaman Dadzie, diplomat, dies at 65
  • 1995 Robert Grieve, civil Servant, dies at 84
  • 1995 Viveca Lindfors, Swedish actress (Way We Were, Life Goes On), dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 74

Person of interestPayne Stewart

1999 Payne Stewart, American golfer (US Open 1991, 99; PGA 1989), dies in a plane crash at 42

Person of interestRichard Harris

2002 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • 2004 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster dies of a heart attack aged 65
  • 2008 Anne Pressly, American news anchor (b. 1982)
  • 2010 Gregory Isaacs, Jamaican reggae musician, dies of lung cancer at 59
  • 2010 Vesna Parun, Croatian poet (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Lisa Blount, American actress and producer (b. 1957)
  • 2011 Anna van Beers [Graeve], Dutch actress (A Woman like Eve, Diary of a Hooker), dies at 95
  • 2012 Jacques Barzun, French author, dies at 104
  • 2012 John Connelly, English footballer (20 English caps), dies from cancer at 74
  • 2013 Marcia Wallace, American actress, dies from pneumonia at 70
  • 2013 Hal Needham, American stuntman, dies from cancer at 82

Person of interestBill Sharman

2013 Bill Sharman, American basketball player, dies from complications from a stroke at 87

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 2013 Nigel Davenport, British actor (Without a Clue, Masada), dies at 85
  • 2015 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71
  • 2016 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), dies at 72