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Famous Deaths on September 27

  • 1249 Count Raymond VII of Toulouse (b. 1197)
  • 1259 Ezzeline III da Romano, gentleman of Verona/"cruel monster", dies
  • 1404 William of Wykeham, chancellor/Bishop of Winchester, dies
  • 1557 Emperor Go-Nara of Japan (b. 1497)
  • 1566 Marcus A Vida [Marcus Hieronymus], Italian humanist/poet/bishop, dies
  • 1590 Urban VII [Giambattista Castagna], Italian Pope (1590), dies
  • 1612 Piotr Skarga, Polish theology/PM (Sanctity of Life), dies at 76
  • 1615 Arbella Stuart, English great-great-granddaughter of King Henry VII and possible heir to the throne, dies imprisoned in the Tower of London at 39 or 40
  • 1617 Johan Earnest count of Nassau-Siegen, dies
  • 1641 Francois van d'aerssen, mister of Sommelsdijk and diplomat, dies at 69
  • 1651 Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria, dies at 78
  • 1660 Vincent de Paul, French Roman Catholic Saint, dies at 79
  • 1674 Robert Arnauld d'andilly, French literary figure, financier and translator, dies at 85
  • 1674 Thomas Traherne, English poet and mystic (Roman Forgeries), dies
  • 1700 Innocent XII [Antonio Pignatelli], Pope (1691-1700), dies at 85
  • 1719 George Smalridge, English Bishop of Bristol (b. 1662)
  • 1730 Laurence Eusden, English poet, Poet Laureate (1718-30), dies at 42
  • 1735 Peter Artedi, Swedish naturalist (b. 1705)
  • 1737 John Sidney, 6th Earl of Leicester, English privy councillor, dies at 57
  • 1742 Hugh Boulter, Irish Archbishop of Armagh (b. 1672)
  • 1783 Étienne Bézout, French mathematician (b. 1730)
  • 1784 Boniface Stoeckl, German composer, dies at 38
  • 1808 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 79
  • 1821 Luis Brión, Curacaos military officer who fought in the Venezuelan War of Independence, dies at 39
  • 1831 Henry van Wine, archivist/founder General Rijksarchief, dies at 91
  • 1831 Joannis Capodistrias, Greek governor of Troezen, murdered at 55
  • 1832 Karl Christian Friedrich Krause, German philosopher, dies at 51
  • 1833 Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu reformer who helped found Brahmo Sabha, a social-religious reform movement, dies at 61
  • 1844 Charles Nodier, French writer (History du chien the Brisquet), dies at 63
  • 1868 Alexander Walewski, French earl and Foreign Minister, dies at 58
  • 1870 Henry TP Comstock, Canadian silver prospector, dies at 50
  • 1876 Braxton Bragg, American Confederate general (b. 1817)
  • 1886 John Esten Cooke, American novelist (The Virginia Comedians) and Confederate States Army, dies at 55
  • 1891 Ivan Goncharov, Russian author (b. 1812)
  • 1903 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), dies at 92
  • 1911 Auguste Michel-Lévy, French geologist and petrologist, dies at 67
  • 1915 Conrad T van Deventer, Dutch jurist/MP (liberal), dies at 57
  • 1915 Kaspar C E Ritter von Zumbusch, German/Austrian sculptor, dies at 84
  • 1915 Remy de Gourmont, French poet, dies at 57
  • 1916 Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian writer (Les Heures du Soir), dies at 61

Edgar Degas

1917 Edgar Degas, French impressionist painter, sculptor and artist (The Bellelli Family), dies at 83

  • 1919 Adelina [Adela JM] Patti, Italian soprano (Lucio), dies at 76
  • 1919 Robert Gleeson, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1921 Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer (Hänsel und Gretel), dies at 67
  • 1935 Alan Gray, British composer, dies at 79
  • 1940 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • 1940 Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Austrian neuroscientist, Nobel laureate (b. 1857)
  • 1942 Douglas Munro, only US Coast Guard with WW II-Med of Honor, dies
  • 1943 Waclaw Gieburowski, Polish composer, dies at 65
  • 1943 Willoughby Hamilton, Irish tennis, soccer player (Wimbledon 1890; Ireland 1 cap), dies at 78
  • 1944 Aimee Semple McPherson, Canadian-American evangelist (Pentecostal), dies at 53
  • 1944 Aristide Maillol, French painter and sculptor (Seated Woman), dies in car crash at 82
  • 1944 Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Russian photographer and chemist, dies at 81
  • 1948 Frank Cellier, British actor (Quiet Wedding;, Big Blockade), dies from ill health at 64
  • 1953 Jules-Marie Canneel, Flemish painter and caricaturist (Rocks of Oran), dies at 72
  • 1955 Henri Liebrecht, Belgian stagewriter/journalist, dies at 71
  • 1956 Gerald Finzi, British composer (Dies natalis), dies at 55 of disseminated shingles, complicated by encephalitis
  • 1956 Milburn G. Apt, American test pilot, 1st person to exceed Mach 3, killed in a X-2 rocket plane reaching 3370 kph, dies in the crash at 32

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

1956 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA majors, Olympic gold medals 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), dies of colon cancer at 45

  • 1960 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist and suffragette, dies at 78
  • 1961 Hilda Doolittle, American poetess (Bid Me to Live), dies at 75
  • 1962 Francisco Brochado da Rocha, Prime Minister of Brazil (1962), dies at 52
  • 1963 Andy Coakley, American baseball player and long-time coach at Columbia University, dies at 80

Clara Bow

1965 Clara Bow, American silent screen actress (It), dies at 60

  • 1965 Harry Reser, American banjo player and bandleader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 69
  • 1967 Felix Yussupov, Russian aristocrat, dies at 80
  • 1969 Violet Farebrother, English actress (Downhill, Easy Virtue), dies at 81
  • 1972 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)
  • 1974 Silvio Frondizi, Argentine lawyer, assassinated by the Triple A(b. 1907)
  • 1975 Mark Frechette, actor (Zabriskie Point, Uomini Contro), dies at 27
  • 1975 Jack Lang, Australian politician (b. 1876)
  • 1976 Miloš Sokola, Czech violinist and composer, dies at 63
  • 1977 Willis Bouchey, American character actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance), dies at 70
  • 1977 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), dies at 93
  • 1979 Gracie Fields, English music hall/vaudeville performer and actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • 1979 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • 1981 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist, dies at 77
  • 1981 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), dies at 77
  • 1982 Saad Sayd [Abu Walid], Palestinian commandant in Lebanon, dies
  • 1982 Ralph Baldwin, Canadian harness driver and trainer (11 major world records; Hambletonian Stakes 1963, 73), dies at 66
  • 1983 Wilfred Burchett, Australian communist and writer (Catapult to Freedom), dies at 72
  • 1984 John Facenda, sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72
  • 1985 Lloyd Nolan, American actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1986 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • 1988 William V. Shannon, American journalist and ambassador to Ireland (1977-81), dies at 61
  • 1990 Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian-Soviet composer of popular songs and film music ("Katyusha"), dies at 87
  • 1991 Huib Orizand, Dutch actor (Paul Vlanderen), dies
  • 1991 Jan Hart, director (Friends of Curacao), dies
  • 1991 Oona Chaplin, daughter of Eugene O'Neill and wife of Charlie Chaplin, dies at 66
  • 1992 Keith Prentice, American actor (Boys in the Band), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1992 Ray Gill, American actor (Prelude to a Kiss), dies of AIDS at 42
  • 1992 Wim Van Exter, founder Unity Profession Central (1944), dies
  • 1993 Andrei Solovyiov, Russian photographer, dies in battle at 38

Jimmy Doolittle

1993 James Doolittle, US air force general (Tokyo 1942), dies at 96

  • 1994 Gerald Bledsoe, American broadcaster (Soul Alive, WWRL), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1994 Guiseppe Martelli, Italian physicist, dies at 71
  • 1994 Ruth Niehaus, German actress, dies at 69
  • 1995 Alison "Night Bird" Steele, DJ (WNEW-FM, WXRK-FM), dies of cancer
  • 1995 Christopher Shaw, British composer, dies at 71
  • 1995 Alexander "Sasha" Argov [Abramovich], Israeli composer, dies at 80
  • 1996 Mohammad Najibullah, President of Afghanistan (1987-92), executed at 49
  • 1997 Walter Trampler, American violist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 82
  • 1998 Doak Walker, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1948; Pro Bowl 1950-51, 53–55; First-team All-Pro 1950–51, 53–54; Detroit Lions), dies from ski accident injuries at 71
  • 1998 Narita Brian, Japanese racehorse, world's top earner until 2000 (b. 1991)
  • 2001 Herman Berlinski, Polish-American organist, composer and choral conductor (The Tetragrammaton), dies at 91 [1]
  • 2003 Donald O'Connor, American dancer and actor (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 78
  • 2003 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74
  • 2004 John E. Mack, American psychiatrist and author (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), dies at 67
  • 2005 Ronald Golias, Brazilian comedian and actor (A Família Trapo), dies at 76
  • 2007 Kenji Nagai, Japanese photojournalist (b. 1957)
  • 2008 Mahendra Kapoor, Indian singer (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Ivan Dykhovichnyy, Russian film director and screenwriter (b. 1947)
  • 2010 George Blanda, American NFL kicker and quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders), dies at 83
  • 2010 Balaji Sadasivan, Singaporean politician and neurosurgeon (b. 1955)
  • 2011 Dave Hill, American golfer (13 PGA Tour titles), dies of emphysema at 74
  • 2011 Johnny "Country" Mathis, American country singer (b. 1933)
  • 2012 R. B. Greaves, American singer, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • 2012 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • 2012 Herbert Lom, Czech-born British actor (Pink Panther, Dorian Gray), dies at 95
  • 2013 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), dies at 74
  • 2013 Jay Robinson, American actor (Born Again, Malibu Bikini Shop), dies at 83
  • 2014 James A Traficant Jr, American politician, dies at 73
  • 2014 Anna Davies, Italian philologist and Professor of Comparative Philology (Oxford U), dies at 77
  • 2015 Frank Tyson, England Test cricket fast bowler/broadcaster (17 Tests, 76 wickets @ 18.56), dies at 85
  • 2015 John Guillermin, British film director (The Towering Inferno), dies at 89
  • 2015 Wilton Felder, American jazz-fusion saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), dies from multiple myeloma at 75

Hugh Hefner

2017 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), dies of natural causes at 91

  • 2017 Zuzana Ruzickova, Czech harpsichordist and WWII survivor, dies from pneumonia at 90
  • 2017 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), dies at 94
  • 2018 Marty Balin [Buchwald], American singer (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), dies at 76
  • 2020 Yūko Takeuchi, Japanese actress (Miss Sherlock), dies at 40
  • 2021 Roger Hunt, English soccer forward (34 caps; FIFA World Cup 1966; Liverpool 404 games, 244 goals; Bolton Wanderers), dies at 83
September 27 Highlights