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Famous Deaths on September 13

Titus

81 Titus Flavius Vespasianus, emperor of Rome (69-81), dies of a fever at about 42

  • 1409 Isabella of Valois, former queen consort of Richard II of England, dies in childbirth at 19
  • 1506 Andrea Mantegna, Italian painter
  • 1557 John Cheke, English classical scholar and statesman (b. 1514)
  • 1592 Michel de Montaigne, French writer (b. 1533)
  • 1596 Pieter D Keyzer/Keyser, astronomer/navigator (Java)
  • 1598 Philip II, King of Spain (1556-98), dies at 71
  • 1632 Leopold V, Archduke of Austria, dies at 45
  • 1650 Ferdinand, of Bayern, prince-bishop of Luik/archbishop, dies at 72
  • 1657 Jacob van Campen, painter/architect (Amsterdam Townhall), dies at 62

James Wolfe

1759 James Wolfe, British Army officer who defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec, dies in battle at 32

  • 1766 Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar, dies at 62
  • 1803 John Barry, 1st American commodore, dies
  • 1806 Charles James Fox, English politician (b. 1749)
  • 1808 Saverio Bettinelli, Italian Jesuit writer, dies at 90
  • 1813 Hezqeyas of Ethiopia, deposed Emperor of Ethiopia
  • 1847 Nicolas Oudinot, French marshal, dies at 81
  • 1848 María Isabella of Spain, Queen of the Two Sicilies (1825-30), dies at 59
  • 1872 Ludwig A Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man what he eats), dies at 68

Ambrose Burnside

1881 Ambrose Burnside, American soldier, industrialist and politician (Governor of Rhode Island, 1866-69) who popularized sideburns, dies of a heart attack at 57

  • 1885 Friedrich Kiel, Austrian composer, and mountain climber, dies at 63
  • 1894 (Alexis) Emmanuel Chabrier, French pianist and composer (España; Joyeuse marche; Le roi malgré lui), dies from general paresis at 53
  • 1904 Kartini, Indonesian national heroine, dies at 25
  • 1905 René Goblet, French politician (41st Prime Minister of France), dies at 76
  • 1906 Georges Jacobi, German violinist, composer (The Black Crook), and conductor (Alhambra Theatre, London, 1872-98), dies at 66
  • 1912 Maresuke Nogi, Japanese general (b. 1849)
  • 1913 Alfred R. Gaul, English composer, dies at 76
  • 1915 Andrew L. Harris, American Civil War hero and Governor of Ohio (b. 1835)
  • 1921 Italo Svevo, writer, dies at 59
  • 1921 Ludwig-Alexander von Battenberg [Mountbatten], admiral (WWI), dies at 67
  • 1924 P. J. Hannikainen, Finnish composer, dies at 69
  • 1928 Italo Svevo [Ettore Schmitz], Italian writer (Una Vita), dies at 66

Lili Elbe

1931 Lili Elbe [born Einar Wegener], Danish transgender woman, former painter, and 1st identifiable recipient of sex reassignment surgery (autobiography: Man into Woman), dies from complications involving a uterus transplant at 48

  • 1932 Julius Röntgen, German-Dutch composer, dies at 77
  • 1932 Paul Gorguloff, murderer of French President Doumer, beheaded
  • 1937 Ellis Parker Butler, American author (Pigs is Pigs), dies at 67
  • 1938 Samuel Alexander, Engl philosopher (Space, time & deity), dies at 79
  • 1939 Eugene Foss, American politician (45th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 80
  • 1944 Noor Inayat Khan, Indian princess and Special Operations Executive agent in WWII posthumously awarded the George Cross, executed at Dachau at 30
  • 1944 W. Heath Robinson, English illustrator and cartoonist (Don Quixote), dies at 72

ExecutionAmon Göth

1946 Amon Göth, Austrian SS commandant of the Płaszów concentration camp, executed by hanging at 37

  • 1946 Eugene Lanceray, Russian artist, dies at 71
  • 1948 Paul Wegener, German actor and director (The Golem, The Student of Prague), dies at 73
  • 1950 Sara Allgood, Irish-American actress (Blackmail, How Green Was My Valley), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1959 Gilbert Adrian, costume designer, dies of heart attack at 56
  • 1960 Leo Weiner, Hungarian composer (Toldi), dies at 75
  • 1965 Jean B. Fletcher, American architect (b. 1915)
  • 1967 Russell L. Rogers, American electrical engineer and astronaut (X-20), dies in explosion at 39
  • 1967 Varian Fry, American journalist and recognized as "Righteous Among the Nations", dies at 59
  • 1969 Charles Foulkes, Canada gen/honorary citizen of Wageningen, dies at 66
  • 1971 Lin Biao, Chinese Communist Marshal during the Civil War and party leader, dies in a plane crash at 63, possibly while fleeing from a botched coup against Mao
  • 1971 Nelly A "Nell" Knoop, Dutch actress (Silent Waters), dies at 72
  • 1973 Betty Field, American actress (Of Mice and Men, Kings Row, Bus Stop), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • 1976 Albert Tessier, French Canadian priest, historian and filmmaker (b. 1895)
  • 1976 Armand Mondou, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1905)
  • 1977 Arthur Fagg, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; dual double-centuries for Kent v Essex 1938) and umpire (18 Tests, 7 ODIs), dies at 62
  • 1977 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra; Disney's Fantasia), dies of a heart attack at 95
  • 1981 William Loeb, publisher of Manchester Union Leader, NH, dies at 75
  • 1982 Philip Ober, American actor (Gen Stone-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 80
  • 1985 Dane Rudhyar [Daniel Chennevière], French-American composer, author, and astrologist dies at 90
  • 1987 Mervyn LeRoy, American movie producer (Devil at 4 O'Clock), dies at 86
  • 1989 Yamada Koun, Zen teacher Sanbo Kyodan line, dies at 82
  • 1990 Samuel S. Stratton, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 73
  • 1991 Ferry Barendse, Dutch trumpeter, composer, and singer (Ramblers), dies at 80
  • 1991 Joe Pasternak, Hungarian-American film producer (Spinout, Big City), dies of Parkinson's at 73
  • 1991 Metin Oktay, Turkish football player (b. 1936)
  • 1991 Paul Thompson, Canadian ice hockey forward and coach (Stanley Cup 1928 [NY Rangers], 1934, 38 Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 84
  • 1992 Lou Jacobs, US clown (1966 US postage stamp), dies at 89
  • 1994 John Stevens, British jazz drummer (Spontaneous Music Ensemble), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • 1994 Pieter Zaanen, architect (Musical Trade scholarship, Amsterdam), dies
  • 1994 Kaleria Fadicheva, Russian ballerina (Kirov) and choreographer, dies at 58 [1]
  • 1995 Francesco Messina, Italian sculptor, dies at 94
  • 1995 Harold Sheperdson, soccer Trainer, dies at 76
  • 1995 Walter Goetz, illustrator cartoonist/painter, dies at 83
  • 1996 Anthony Nicholas Maria Wahl, American historian, dies at 68
  • 1996 Cesar Mendoza, general of Military junta of Chile (1973-85), dies
  • 1996 Jane Baxter, actress (We Live Again, Blossom Time), dies at 87
  • 1996 Silas Roy Crain, American singer, Founder of Soul Stirrers Gospel Quartet, dies at 85

Tupac Shakur

1996 Tupac Shakur, American rapper and actor (Juice, Bullet), dies of internal bleeding after a drive by shooting at 25

  • 1998 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)

George Wallace

1998 George Wallace, American politician (Gov-D-Ala) and presidential candidate, dies of septic shock at 79

  • 1999 Benjamin Bloom, American educational theorist (b. 1913)
  • 2001 Dorothy McGuire, American actress (Gentlemen's Agreement, Old Yeller, Summer Magic), dies of cardiac arrest following a short illness at 85
  • 2001 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic silver 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon 1954, French 1951-52), dies of a stroke at 79
  • 2002 Douglas Black, Scottish physician and medical scientist (played a key role in the development of the National Health Service), dies at 89
  • 2003 Frank O'Bannon, American politician (Governor of Indiana , 1997-2003), dies of a stroke at 73(
  • 2003 Kenneth Walter, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 6 wickets), dies at 63
  • 2004 Luis E. Miramontes, Mexican chemist, co-inventor of the combined oral contraceptive pill (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Toni Fritsch, Austrian football and American football player (b. 1945)
  • 2005 Julio César Turbay Ayala, Colombian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2006 Ann Richards, 46th Governor of Texas (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Whakahuihui Vercoe, New Zealand clergyman (b. 1928)
  • 2009 Paul Burke, American actor (Naked City, Thomas Crown Affair, Neal-Dynasty), dies at 83
  • 2011 DJ Mehdi [Favéris-Essadi], French hip hop and electro producer, dies from falling through a skylight at his home at 34
  • 2011 Walter Bonatti, Italian climber (b. 1930)
  • 2012 Peter Lougheed, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Alberta), dies at 84
  • 2012 William Duckworth, American composer (Time Curve Preludes), teacher (Bucknell, 1973-2011), and internet pioneer (PitchWeb), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • 2013 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), dies at 84
  • 2015 Gary Richrath, American guitarist and songwriter (REO Speedwagon), dies at 65
  • 2015 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83), dies of heart disease at 60
  • 2015 Brian Close, English cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), dies at 84
  • 2017 Frank Vincent, American actor (The Sopranos), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2017 Pete Domenici, American politician, U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1973-2009), dies at 85
  • 2017 Grant Hart, American punk rock drummer and songwriter (Hüsker Dü), dies of liver cancer at 56
  • 2019 Eddie Money [Mahoney], American rock singer-songwriter ("Two Tickets To Paradise"; 'Take Me Home Tonight"), dies of esophageal cancer at 70
  • 2021 George Wein, American music promoter (Newport Jazz Festival; Newport Folk Festival; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival), dies at 95
  • 2021 Ruly Carpenter, American baseball executive (principal owner and president Philadelphia Phillies 1972-81), dies at 81
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