Famous Deaths on September 23

  • 79 Pope Linus, second Bishop of Rome after St Peter
  • 775 Constantine V Copronymus, Emperor of Byzantium (720-75), dies
  • 918 Koenraad I, German duke/king (911-18), dies at 42
  • 965 Aboe a-Taia-H al-Moetanabbi, Arabic royal poet (Diwan), murdered
  • 1241 Snorri Sturluson, Icelandic historian, poet, and politician (b. 1178)
  • 1390 John I, Duke of Lorraine (b. 1346)
  • 1535 Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg, queen of Gustav I of Sweden (b. 1513)
  • 1571 John Jewel, English bishop (b. 1522)
  • 1573 Azai Hisamasa, Japanese warlord (b. 1524)
  • 1605 Pontus de Tyard, French poet
  • 1624 Willem Pietersz Buytewech, painter/etcher, dies at about 32
  • 1675 Valentin Conrart, founder of the Académie Française (b. 1603)
  • 1694 Francesco Passarini, composer, dies at 57
  • 1700 Nicolaus Adam Strungk, composer, dies at 59
  • 1728 Christian Thomasius, German jurist (b. 1655)
  • 1738 Hermannus Boerhaave, medical/botanist, dies at 69
  • 1764 Robert Dodsley, English writer (b. 1703)
  • 1773 Johann Ernst Gunnerus, Norwegian bishop and botanist (b. 1718)
  • 1778 Balthazar Huydecoper, translator/historian, dies at 83
  • 1780 John Andre, hanged as a British spy at 29
  • 1789 John Rogers, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1797 Johann Georg Roser, composer, dies at 57
  • 1823 Matthew Baillie, Scottish Physician (first systematic study of pathology in 1793), dies at 61
  • 1835 Vincenzo Bellini, Italian opera composer (Norma), dies at 33
  • 1837 Richard John Samuel Stevens, composer, dies at 80
  • 1844 Alexander von Benckendorff, Russian general and statesman (b. 1783)
  • 1846 John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia (b. 1818)
  • 1847 Henri MG earl the Merode, Belgium revolutionary (Souvenirs), dies at 65)
  • 1850 José Gervasio Artigas, Uruguayan hero (b. 1764)
  • 1870 Prosper Mérimée, French author (b. 1803)
  • 1871 Alexander N Afanasjev, Russian story teller, dies at 45
  • 1873 Jean Chacornac, French astronomer (b. 1823)
  • 1877 Urbain JJ Leverrier, codiscoverer of Neptune, dies
  • 1889 [William] Wilkie Collins, English writer (The Moonstone), dies at 65
  • 1896 Ivar A Aasen, Norwegian linguistic/poet, dies at 83
  • 1896 Louis-Gilbert Duprez, composer, dies at 89
  • 1900 William Marsh Rice, American philanthropist and university founder (b. 1816)
  • 1902 John Wesley Powell, US geologist (Grand Canyon), dies at 68
  • 1906 Jan van Rijswijck, Flemish journalist/mayor of Antwerp, dies
  • 1910 H J H "Tup" Scott, cricketer (Australian Test captain 1886), dies
  • 1917 Werner Voss, German World War I pilot (b. 1897)
  • 1929 Richard A Zsigmondy, Austria chemist (Nobel 1925), dies at 64
  • 1930 Jonkvrouw Catharina AM de Savornin Lohman, author, dies at 62
  • 1937 Caro Roma [Carrie Northey], American composer and singer, dies at 68

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1939 Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and creator of psychoanalysis, dies at 83

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  • 1943 Elinor Glyn, English author (b. 1864)
  • 1944 Colijn, Neth PM, buried
  • 1947 Nikola Petkov, leader of Bulgaria Boer party, hanged
  • 1950 Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (b. 1892)
  • 1956 Earl Godwin, newscaster (Meet the Veep), dies at 75
  • 1960 Kathlyn Williams, actress (Single Man), dies of heart attack at 72

  • 1961 Billy House, actor (Imitation of Life, Bedlam, Egg & I), dies at 71
  • 1961 Elmer R Diktonius, Finnish musicologist/author (Stenkol), dies at 65
  • 1968 Francesco Forgione, "Padre Pio", Catholic saint (b. 1887)
  • 1970 Bourvil, French actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • 1971 Billy Gilbert, American actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), dies at 77
  • 1971 J. W. Alexander, American mathematician (b. 1888)
  • 1972 Carl Frank, actor (Uncle Gunnar-Mama), dies at 63
  • 1973 A S Neill, British headmaster, dies at 89
  • 1973 Manuel Borguno, composer, dies at 87

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1973 Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet (Residence on Earth-Nobel 1971), dies at 69

  • 1974 Cliff Arquette, American comedian (Charlie Weaver), dies at 68
  • 1974 Gerhard Nebel, German writer, dies at 70
  • 1974 Robbie Mcintosh, drummer (Average White Band), overdoses at 24
  • 1975 Ian Hunter, South African character actor (Dr Blood's Coffin, White Unicorn), dies at 75
  • 1978 Jay Adler, actor (Macon County Line, Illegal, Big Combo), dies at 79
  • 1978 Lyman Bostock, outfielder (Angels), shot & killed at 27
  • 1979 Catherine Lacey, actress (October Man, Carnival), dies at 75
  • 1981 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • 1982 Jimmy Wakely, country western singer, dies of heart failure at 68
  • 1984 Anatoly Grigor'yevich Novikov, composer, dies at 87
  • 1985 Mickey Simpson, actor (Wagonmaster), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1987 Bob Fosse, choreographer (All the Jazz), dies at 62
  • 1987 O B McClinton, US country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • 1988 Arwel Hughes, Welsh composer, dies at 79
  • 1988 Tibor Sekelj, Croatian explorer (b. 1912)
  • 1991 Ernestine McClendon, director/actress (Homer & Eddie), dies
  • 1992 Bernice Gera, 1st female baseball umpire (1969 NY-Penn League), dies at 61
  • 1992 James A Van Fleet, US general (D-Day, Battle of Bulge), dies at 100
  • 1992 Martin Arsenault, actor (Guilty by Suspicion), dies of an ulcer
  • 1992 Paul E Garber, American founder/1st curator of National Air & Space Museum, dies at 93
  • 1993 William Cort, actor/producer (Ghost, Dear Heart), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1994 Alec Dickson, founder of VSO, dies at 80
  • 1994 Ali Kouider Benyahia, [sheik Boualem], Alg Muslim leader, shot at 26
  • 1994 Cherif Gousmi, [kalief Abu Abdallah Ahmed], Alger Muslim leader, shot
  • 1994 Dalton Reed, American soul singer, dies at 42
  • 1994 Georgi, Tsar Nicholas II's brother, buried
  • 1994 John van Damme, businessman, hanged in Singapore at 59
  • 1994 Madeleine Renaud, French actress and theater director (Plaisir), dies at 94
  • 1994 Robert Bloch, screenwriter (Psycho), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1994 Jerry Barber, American golfer (b. 1916)
  • 1995 Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist, dies at 81
  • 1995 Odut Joseph Olutola Oluola Oguntala, soho club owner, dies at 74
  • 1996 Denis Dowling, baritone, dies at 86
  • 1996 Jack Newman, cricketer (NZ left-arm pacer 1932-33), dies at 94
  • 1996 Stuart Pigott, archaeologist, dies at 86
  • 1996 Fujiko F. Fujio, Japanese cartoonist (b. 1933)
  • 1997 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • 1997 Murray Burnett, writer (Everybody Goes to Rick-Casablanca), dies at 86
  • 1997 Shirley Clarke, actress (Cool World), dies at 78
  • 1998 Mary Frann, American actress (b. 1943)
  • 1999 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (b. 1910)
  • 2000 Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican Major League Baseball player (b. 1947)
  • 2000 Carl Rowan, American journalist (b. 1925)
  • 2001 Ron Hewitt, Welsh footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2002 Veteran BBC/Radio Ceylon Broadcaster, Vernon Corea died in New Malden, Surrey, UK at 75
  • 2002 Lord Abinger [James Richard Scarlett], English Conservative peer, campaigned for reform of the ancient law on treasure trove, dies at 87
  • 2003 Ronnie Dawson, American rockabilly musician (b. 1939)
  • 2003 Yuri Senkevich, Russian TV anchorman (b. 1937)
  • 2004 André Hazes, Dutch singer (b. 1951)
  • 2004 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 86
  • 2005 Roger Brierley, English actor (b. 1935)
  • 2005 Filiberto Ojeda, Puerto Rican revolutionary (b. 1933)
  • 2006 Sir Malcolm Arnold, English composer and professional trumpeter (b. 1921)
  • 2006 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, dies at 93
  • 2008 Peter Leonard, Australian journalist (b. 1942)
  • 2009 Paul B. Fay, American businessman and cabinet member in the Kennedy administration (b. 1918)
  • 2010 Malcolm Douglas, Australian conservationist (b. 1941)
  • 2010 Teresa Lewis, American murderer (b. 1969)
  • 2011 Stuart J. Byrne, American sci-fi author (Star Man, God Man), dies at 97
  • 2012 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46