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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)

Tughril

1063 Tughril, Turkish conqueror of Persia and Baghdad and founder of the Seljuk Empire (1037-63), dies at about 73

  • 1085 Irmgarde van Suchtelen, German countess of Aspel, hermit and 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 Matthew Stuart, Earl of Lennox, regent of Scotland for his grandson King James VI, shot and killed during a skirmish in Stirling at 54
  • 1588 Robert Dudley, English Earl of Leicester, favourite of Elizabeth I, dies at 87
  • 1644 John Wtenbogaert, Dutch theologist (Kerckelicke history), dies at 87
  • 1709 Jean-Francois Regnard, French comedic poet who was captured by pirates to be a slave in Algeria, dies at 54
  • 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 César-François Cassini de Thury, French astronomer (geodesic labor), dies at 70
  • 1794 John Hely-Hutchinson, Irish statesman (b. 1724)
  • 1804 Richard Somers, American naval officer, killed during assault on Tripoli during First Barbary Wars at 25

José Miguel Carrera

1821 José Miguel Carrera, 1st President of Chile (1811-14), shot and killed after a show trial at 35

  • 1828 Cornelis Stevens, Belgian priest and 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 of 'Morgan's Raiders', killed by Union troops at Greeneville at 39
  • 1903 Hermann Zumpe, German composer, dies at 53
  • 1907 Edvard Grieg, Norwegian composer (Peer Gynt Suite), dies at 64

Clyde Fitch

1909 Clyde Fitch, American playwright (Nathan Hale, The Girl with the Green Eyes), dies of blood poisoning after an appendectomy at 44 [1]

  • 1916 José Echegaray, Spanish politician and dramatist (Nobel Prize for Literature 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, American actor (Salute), dies at 73
  • 1944 Izaak van der Horst, Dutch resistance fighter, executed at Herzogenbusch concentration camp at 35
  • 1960 Alfred Ez. Green, American director (Copacabana), dies after long illness at 71
  • 1962 William Clothier, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1906; 1st President International Hall of Fame 1954), dies at 80
  • 1963 Robert Schuman, Luxembourg-born French statesman and Prime Minister of France (1947-48), dies at 77
  • 1964 Werner Bergengruen, Baltic German writer (Der Großtyrann und das Gericht), dies at 71
  • 1965 Albert Schweitzer, German-French theologian and philosopher (Nobel Peace Prize 1954), dies at 90
  • 1970 James M. Taylor, American USAF officer and astronaut, killed during a training mission at 39
  • 1972 Alan Kippax, Australian cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies at 75
  • 1974 Creighton W. Abrams, US general and army staff chief (Vietnam), dies at 59
  • 1974 Marcel Achard, French playwright (La forges the Paris), dies at 75
  • 1974 Lewi Pethrus, Swedish Pentecostal minister and politician, dies at 90
  • 1975 Walter Tetley, American cartoon voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 60
  • 1977 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, dies at 78
  • 1977 E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (b. 1911)
  • 1977 Jean Rostand, French biologist and philosopher, dies at 82
  • 1979 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian pro-Nazi 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
  • 1985 Robert McCormick, American NBC newscaster (Current Opinion), dies at 74

Hank Greenberg

1986 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1935, 45; AL MVP 1935, 40; Detroit Tigers), dies of cancer at 75

  • 1989 Georges Simenon, Belgian born writer and director (Maigret detective novels), 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, American writer and voice actor (Soupy Sales Show - "White Fang"; "Black Tooth"), dies at 67
  • 1993 Hervé Villechaize, French-American actor (Fantasy Island - Ze plane! Ze plane!), 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
  • 1994 Ladislav Holoubek, Slovak conductor (Košice Opera, 1966-81), and composer (Rodina), dies at 81
  • 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)
  • 1997 Natko Devčić, Croatian composer, dies at 83
  • 1997 Jeffrey Bernard, British writer (Spectator Magazine - Low Life), dies at 65
  • 1998 Elizabeth Kata, Australian writer, A Patch of Blue (b. 1912)
  • 1999 Klement Slavický, Czech composer (Sinfonietta No. 4 - Pax hominibus in universo orbi) dies at 88 [1]
  • 2000 David Brown, American guitarist (Santana) dies of liver and kidney failure at 53
  • 2001 Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf, American radio personality (b. 1962)
  • 2002 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, dies at 98
  • 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 (Canadian Golf Hall of Fame), dies from congestive heart failure at 75
  • 2004 James O. Page, American paramedic (b. 1936)
  • 2006 Colin Thiele, Australian author and educator (b. 1920)

Steve Irwin

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

  • 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
  • 2007 John Scott, Duke of Buccleuch, Scottish peer, then largest landowner in Scotland, 1st MP in a wheelchair, dies at 83
  • 2007 Ryūzō Sejima, Japanese army officer and educator, dies at 95
  • 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)
  • 2012 Ian Parrott, British-Welsh composer (The Black Ram), dies at 96
  • 2014 Wolfhart Pannenberg, German theologist (Gingham Girl), dies at 85

Joan Rivers

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

  • 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
  • 2018 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), dies at 91
  • 2020 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2020 Peter Cronjé, South African rugby union center (7 caps; Transvaal, Natal), dies from cancer at 70
  • 2021 Willard Scott, American weather forecaster (Today Show), dies at 87
  • 2021 Tunch Ilkin, American football offensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1988, 89; Pittsburgh Steelers) and broadcaster (Pittsburgh Steelers TV & radio 1998-2020), dies of ALS complications at 63
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