Famous Deaths on September 4

  • 422 St Boniface I, Italian Bishop of Rome, dies
  • 454 Dioscorus van Alexandria, patriarch (council of Efeze), dies
  • 799 Musa al-Kazim, Shia Imam, dies at 53
  • 1037 King Bermudo III of Leon (b. 1010)
  • 1063 Toghrül, Turkish conqueror of Persia and Baghdad
  • 1085 Irmgarde van Keulen, German countress of Aspel/saint, dies
  • 1199 Joan of England, Queen consort of Sicily, wife of William II of Sicily (b. 1165)
  • 1537 Johann Dietenberger, German theologian (b. c. 1475)
  • 1553 Cornelia da Nomatalcino, monk converted to Judaism, burned at stake
  • 1571 Earl of Lennox, regent of Scotland, murdered
  • 1588 Robert Dudley, English Earl of Leicester, favourite of Elizabeth I, dies at 87
  • 1644 John Wtenbogaert, theologist (Kerckelicke history), dies at 87
  • 1709 Jean-Francois Regnard, French comedic poet/slave in Algeria, dies
  • 1759 Girolamo Chiti, Italian composer and music theorist, dies at 80
  • 1767 Charles Townshend, English politician, 3rd Viscount of Townshend, dies at 42
  • 1780 John Fielding, English magistrate and social reformer (b. 1721)

  • 1784 Cesar F Cassini "the Thury", French astronomer (geodesic labor), dies
  • 1794 John Hely-Hutchinson, Irish statesman (b. 1724)
  • 1804 Richard Somers, American naval officer
  • 1821 José Miguel Carrera, 1st President of Chile (1811-14), dies at 35
  • 1828 Cornelis Stevens, Belgian RC foreman/polemist, dies at 80
  • 1845 Pierre-Paul Royer-Collard, French statesman and philosopher, dies at 82
  • 1852 William MacGillivray, Scottish naturalist and ornithologist (b. 1796)
  • 1853 Jonathan Blewitt, English organist and composer, dies at 71
  • 1864 John Hunt Morgan, American Confederate military leader (b. 1825)
  • 1903 Hermann Zumpe, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1905 Pierre de Braza, founder (French Congo), dies
  • 1907 Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (Peer Gynt Suite), dies at 64
  • 1909 Clyde Fitch, American playwright, dies at 44
  • 1916 José Echegaray, Spanish dramatist (Nobel 1904), dies at 84
  • 1922 Georges Sorel, French philosopher and theorist of Sorelianism, dies at 74
  • 1937 Giovanni Salviucci, Italian composer, dies at 29
  • 1938 Clifford Dempsey, actor (Salute), dies at 73
  • 1944 Izaak van der Horst, Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 1960 Alfred E Green, director (Copacabana), dies after long illness at 71
  • 1962 William Clothier, American tennis player (US Open-1906) and 1st president of tennis hall of fame, dies at 80
  • 1963 Robert Schuman, Luxembourg-born French statesman and Prime Minister of France (1947-48), dies at 77
  • 1964 W Bergengruen, writer, dies at 71
  • 1965 Albert Schweitzer, German/French missionary (Nobel 1954), dies at 90
  • 1970 James M Taylor, USAF/astronaut, dies at 39
  • 1972 Alan Kippax, cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies

  • 1974 Creighton W Abrams, US general/army staff chief (Vietnam), dies at 59
  • 1974 Marcel Achard, French playwright (La forges the Paris), dies at 75
  • 1974 Lewi Pethrus, Swedish politician (b. 1884)
  • 1975 Walter Tetley, cartoon voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 60
  • 1977 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek musician (b. 1899)
  • 1977 E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (b. 1911)
  • 1977 Jean Rostand, French biologist (b. 1894)
  • 1979 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian politician, dies at 76
  • 1979 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
  • 1980 Wolfgang Gentner, German nuclear physicist, dies at 74
  • 1981 Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • 1985 George O'Brien, American actor (Sunrise: A Song of Two Human), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 1985 Isabel Jeans, actress (Suspicion, Easy Virtue, Tovarich), dies at 93

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1986 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5-time All Star, Detroit Tigers), dies of cancer at 75

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1989 Georges Simenon, Belgian/French writer/director (Maigret), dies at 86
  • 1989 Ronald Syme, New Zealand-born classicist and historian, dies at 86
  • 1990 Henry Faas, [Wandelganger], Dutch journalist (Volkskrant), dies
  • 1990 Irene Dunne, American actress (Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 1991 Charlie Barnet, saxophonist (Cherokee), dies of pneumonia at 77
  • 1991 Dottie West, American country singer (Here Comes my Baby), dies at 58 in a car
  • 1991 Margaret Ramsay, vocalist, dies
  • 1991 Tom Tryon, American actor (The Cardinal, All That Glitters, The Longest Day) and novelist (The Other), dies of stomach cancer at 65
  • 1992 John van Dreelen, [Jacques T van Drielen Gimberg], actor (Topaz), dies
  • 1993 Clyde Adler, voice (White Fang/Black Tooth-Soupy Sales), dies
  • 1993 Herve Villechaize, actor (Fantasy Island), shoots self to death at 50
  • 1993 Mehmet Sincar, Turkish/Kurd MP, murdered
  • 1994 Laurens van Deenen, Dutch biochemist, dies at 66
  • 1994 Louis Myers, American blues guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 64
  • 1995 Chuck Greenberg, new age musician (Shadowfax), dies at 45
  • 1995 Edmond Jouhaud, French general, dies at 90
  • 1995 John Megna, actor (To Kill a Mocking Bird), dies at 42
  • 1995 William Moses Kunstler, UCLA attorney (Chicago 7), dies at 78
  • 1996 Sam Cook, English cricketer (Gloucestershire slow bowler with one Test for England), dies at 75
  • 1997 Belle Stewart, Scottish traditional singer, dies at 91
  • 1997 Aldo Rossi, Italian architect (b. 1931)
  • 1998 Elizabeth Kata, Australian writer, A Patch of Blue (b. 1912)
  • 2001 Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, American radio personality (b. 1962)
  • 2002 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian pianist (b. 1904)
  • 2003 Tibor Varga, Hungarian violinist and orchestra leader (Ripley's Game), dies at 82
  • 2003 Lola Bobesco, Romanian-born violinist (b. 1921)
  • 2004 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, dies at 32
  • 2004 Moe Norman, Canadian golfer (b. 1929)
  • 2004 James O. Page, American paramedic (b. 1936)
  • 2006 Colin Thiele, Australian author and educator (b. 1920)

Person of interestSteve Irwin

2006 Steve Irwin, Australian naturalist and TV personality (The Crocodile Hunter), attacked and killed by a stingray at 44

Naturalist and TV Star Steve Irwin
Naturalist and TV Star
Steve Irwin
  • 2006 Astrid Varnay, Swedish soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), dies at 88
  • 2006 Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer, dies at 64
  • 2006 John Conte, American actor (The Man with the Golden Arm, Lost in a Harem, Mantovani), dies of natural causes at 90
  • 2009 Iain Cuthbertson, Scottish actor (Guilty, Scandal, Rep, Danger UXB), dies at 79
  • 2010 Paul Conrad, American cartoonist (Pulitzer 1964, 71, 84), dies at 86
  • 2011 Lee Roy Selmon, American football player (b. 1954)
  • 2014 Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologist (Gingham Girl), dies at 85

Person of interestJoan Rivers

2014 Joan Rivers, American comedienne (Late Show, Hollywood Sq), dies at 81 after serious complications from a procedure on her vocal cords

Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host Joan Rivers
Actress, Comedian and T.V. Host
Joan Rivers
  • 2014 Donatas Banionis, Lithuanian actor (Solaris, Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment), dies at 90
  • 2014 Włodzimierz Kotoński, Polish composer, dies at 89
  • 2015 Emmanuel "Rico" Rodriguez, Jamaican ska trombonist (The Specials), dies at 80
  • 2016 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana), dies at 53
  • 2018 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), dies at 91