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Famous Deaths on September 7

  • 355 Claudius Silvanus, Roman usurper
  • 1134 Alfonso I de Strijdvaardige, king of Aragon (1104-34), dies
  • 1151 Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou, conquered Normandy, dies at 38
  • 1362 Joan of The Tower, Queen consort of Scotland, dies at 41
  • 1559 Robert Estienne, French printer (b. 1503)
  • 1625 Rombout Hogerbeets, Dutch lawyer and pension minister of Leiden, dies at 64
  • 1644 Guido Bentivoglio, Italian statesman (b. 1579)
  • 1655 Tristan l'Hermite, French dramatist/poet, dies (birth date unknown)
  • 1657 Arvid Wittenberg, Swedish count, field marshal and privy councilor (b. 1606)
  • 1708 Tekle Haymanot I of Ethiopia
  • 1719 John Harris, English writer
  • 1721 Bernhard Albinus [Weiss], German artist (Frederik of Prussia), dies
  • 1729 William Burnet, British-born American statesman (b. 1688)
  • 1731 Yevdokiya Lopukhina, Tsarina of Russia as the first wife of Peter I of Russia, dies at 62
  • 1775 Johann Georg Holzbogen, German violinist and composer, dies at 48
  • 1799 Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch-English physiologist (discovering photosynthesis) and personal physician of Maria Theresa, dies at 68

  • 1799 Louis Guillaume Lemonnier, French botanist and contributor to the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, dies at 82
  • 1809 Caroline Schelling [Michaelis], German author and academic dies at 46
  • 1809 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (b. 1737)
  • 1819 Jean-Louis Duport, French cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1820 Coert L van Beyma thoe Kingma, Fries regent/patriot, dies at 67
  • 1838 Joseph Panny, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 43
  • 1845 Isabella Colbran, wife of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, dies
  • 1871 Cowper Phipps Coles, English inventor (revolving gun turret), drowns at 51
  • 1871 Mehmed E Ali Pasja, Turkish statesman, dies
  • 1872 Antoni Stolpe, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 21
  • 1881 Sidney Clopton Lanier, composer, dies at 39
  • 1891 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California, dies at 71
  • 1892 John G Whittier, American poet/secretary Anti-Slavery Society, dies
  • 1893 Hamilton Fish, American politician (Governor of New York), dies at 85
  • 1902 Franz Wullner, composer, dies at 70
  • 1907 R F Armand Sully-Prudhomme, French poet (Poesies, Nobel 1901), dies
  • 1909 Eugene Lefebvre, dies test piloting a Wright A aircraft
  • 1910 William Holman Hunt, English painter (Light of the World), dies at 83
  • 1914 Lord O'Brien, British nobleman, dies at 73
  • 1920 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), dies at 64

  • 1921 Alfred William Rich, watercolor painter (b. 1856)
  • 1925 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, dies at 52 or 54
  • 1925 René Viviani, French historian and 61st Prime Minister of France (1914-15), dies at 61
  • 1933 Edward Grey, English viscount of Fallodon and Minister of Foreign Affairs, dies at 71
  • 1939 Kyoka Izumi, Japanese novelist (b. 1873)
  • 1940 Edmund Rumpler, Austria auto/airplane builder, dies
  • 1942 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter dies aged 87
  • 1944 Eduardo Sanchez de Fuentes, Cuban composer, dies at 70
  • 1946 Paul Zech, German writer, dies at 65
  • 1948 Henricus Andreas Poels, Dutch Roman Catholic theologist and social foreman, dies at 80
  • 1949 José Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (b. 1883)
  • 1951 María Montez [Vidal], Dominican actress known as The Queen of Technicolor (Cobra Woman, Arabian Nights), dies of heart seizure at 39
  • 1951 John French Sloan, American painter and etcher, dies at 80
  • 1954 Bud Fisher, American cartoonist (Mutt and Jeff), dies at 69
  • 1955 Earnest Rabel, Austrian/US civil rights activist, dies at 81
  • 1955 Ham Fisher, American comic strip writer and cartoonist (Joe Palooka), dies at 55
  • 1956 Charles Burgess Fry, English cricketer, dies at 84
  • 1959 Maurice Duplessis, 16th Premier of Quebec, dies at 69
  • 1960 Wilhelm Pieck, president of German DR (1949-60), dies at 84
  • 1961 Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy, Dutch lawyer and Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1940-45), dies at 76
  • 1962 Morris Louis, American painter (post painterly abstraction), dies at 49
  • 1962 Isak Dinesen [Karen Blixen-Finecke], Danish baroness and writer (Out of Africa), dies at 77
  • 1962 Eiji Yoshikawa, Japanese novelist (b. 1892)
  • 1965 Catherine Dale Owen, actress (Behind Office Doors), dies at 62
  • 1966 Al Kelly, double talk comedian (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 67
  • 1969 Everett McKinley Dirksen, (Sen-R), dies at 73
  • 1971 Spring Byington, actress (Lily Ruskin-December Bride), dies at 84
  • 1972 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian and honorary secretary of King Leopold III of Belgium, dies at 81
  • 1973 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, dies at 72
  • 1977 Gustave Reese, composer, dies at 77

Person of interestKeith Moon

1978 Keith Moon, British rock drummer (The Who - "Bell Boy"), dies of drug overdose at 31

Rocker Keith Moon
Rocker
Keith Moon
  • 1979 Ivor Armstrong Richards, English literary critic (The Meaning of Meaning), dies at 86
  • 1979 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), dies at 76
  • 1982 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • 1983 Hans Münch, Swiss conductor and composer, dies at 90
  • 1983 Henry Promnitz, cricketer (5-58 on debut for South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • 1984 Don Tallon, cricketer (great Queensland & Australian keeper), dies

Person of interestJoe Cronin

1984 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL President), dies at 77

Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
Joe Cronin
  • 1986 Ruth Polsky, record promoter, dies after being run over by a cab at 30
  • 1986 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, composer, dies at 83

Person of interestA. J. P. Taylor

1990 A.J.P Taylor [Alan John Percival], English historian (The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848–1918, Origins of the Second World War), dies at 84

Historian A. J. P. Taylor
Historian
A. J. P. Taylor
  • 1991 Archie N Menzies, playwright/composer (Under Your Hat), dies at 87
  • 1991 Ben Piazza, American actor (Santa Barbara; The Blues Brothers; Dallas), dies of cancer at 58
  • 1991 John Crosby, American columnist/detective writer dies at 79
  • 1991 John Lawrence, examined effect of neutron radiation on fabric, dies
  • 1992 Henry Ephron, American screenwriter (Daddy Long Legs), dies at 81
  • 1992 Indra Kamadjojo [Broekveld], Indon/Dutch dancer (Stille Kracht), dies
  • 1992 Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports Fund), dies at 79
  • 1993 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets), dies at 74
  • 1994 Dennis Morgan [Stanley], American actor (21 Beacon Street), dies at 85
  • 1994 Eric John Crozier, producer/librettist, dies at 79
  • 1994 Godfrey Quigley, Irish actor (Barry Lyndon, Educating Rita, Rooney), dies at 71
  • 1994 James Clavell, British-American author (The Asian Saga), dies at 69
  • 1994 Terence Young, British film director (Dr No, Thunderball), dies of at 79
  • 1995 Gordon DeMarco, writer/activist, dies at 51

  • 1996 Niccolo Castiglioni, composer, dies at 64
  • 1997 Alex Macintosh, British BBC presenter and actor (Hell Fight), dies at 72
  • 1997 Derek Taylor, Beatles publicist, dies of cancer at 65

Person of interestMobutu Sese Seko

1997 Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire (1965-97), dies at 66

President of Zaire Mobutu Sese Seko
President of Zaire
Mobutu Sese Seko
  • 1997 Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), dies at 78
  • 1998 John Hayes, British Naval Officer and Naval Secretary, dies at 85
  • 1999 Jim Keith, American conspiracy theorist (b. 1949)
  • 2001 Spede Pasanen, Finnish film director and comedian, dies at 71
  • 2001 Billie Lou Watt, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2001 Igor Buketoff, American conductor (Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1964-65), dies at 86
  • 2002 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)
  • 2002 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (Piece Of My Heart), dies at 64
  • 2002 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (Uzi submachine gun), dies at 78
  • 2003 Great Antonio [Antonio Barichievich], Croatian-Canadian strongman and eccentric, dies at 77
  • 2003 Warren Zevon, American rock singer-songwriter and musician (Werewolves of London, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Excitable Boy), dies of pleural mesothelioma at 56
  • 2004 Bob Boyd, American baseball first baseman (National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame), dies at 84
  • 2005 Sergio Endrigo, Italian singer Marianne), dies at 72
  • 2005 Hope Garber, Canadian actress, dies at 81
  • 2006 Julien Schoenaerts, Flemish actor (Daens/Medea), dies at 81
  • 2006 Robert Earl Jones, American actor (The Sting, Witness, Sleepaway Camp), dies of natural causes at 96
  • 2008 Miljenko "Dino" Dvornik, Croatian singer known as "the Croatian king of funk", dies of an overdose at 44
  • 2008 Don Haskins, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Texas El Paso 1961-99; NCAA Tournament 1966), dies at 78
  • 2008 Nagi Noda, Japanese pop artist and director (b. 1973)
  • 2008 Ilarion Ciobanu, Romanian actor (b. 1931)
  • 2010 Amar Garibović, Serbian Cross Country Skier (b. 1991)
  • 2010 Barbara Holland, American writer (b. 1933)
  • 2010 John Kluge, American television mogul (Metromedia) and at one time the richest person in the United States, dies at 95
  • 2010 Glenn Shadix, American Actor (b. 1952)
  • 2011 Ruslan Salei, Belarusian ice hockey defenceman (917 NHL games; 48 internationals), dies in Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash at 36
  • 2013 Ilja Hurnik, Czech composer, dies at 90
  • 2015 Dickie Moore, American actor (Oliver Twist, Little Men), dies at 89
  • 2016 Cary Blanchard, American NFL kicker (Indianapolis Colts), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • 2016 Ken Higgs, English cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 71 wickets, 1 x 50), dies at 79
  • 2017 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 2018 Mac Miller [Malcolm McCormick], American rapper and music producer (Best Day Ever), dies of a drug overdose at 26
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