Deaths in History on April 25

  • 68 Saint Mark, the first Pope of Alexandria and the founder of Christianity in Africa
  • 974 Ratherius of Verona/Liege, bishop/abbot, dies at about 84
  • 1265 Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester, English crusader
  • 1271 Master Gerhard, first master mason of Cologne Cathedral, falls to his death from scaffolding during the building of the cathedral (b. c. 1210)
  • 1295 Sancho IV, the Brave, scholar/king of Castile/Leon, dies
  • 1342 Benedict XII [Jacques Fournier], Pope (1334-42), dies
  • 1362 Muhammad VI, ruler of Granada (1360-62), killed with a lance by Peter I of Castile (b. 1333) or 27 April
  • 1516 John Yonge, English diplomat (b. 1467)
  • 1566 Diane de Poitiers, French mistress of French King Henry II, dies at 66
  • 1566 Louise Labé, French poet
  • 1595 Torquato Tasso, Italian poet (Gerusalemme liberata), dies at 51
  • 1605 Naresuan, King of Siam (b. 1555)
  • 1607 Don Juan Alvarez, Spanish Admiral (Gibraltar), dies in battle
  • 1607 Jacob van Heemskerck, Dutch Admiral (Nova Zambia), dies in battle
  • 1635 Alessandro Tassoni, Italian political writer (Rape of Bucket), dies at 69

ChongzhenChongzhen (1611-1644)

16th and last Ming Emperor of China, commits suicide at 33

  • 1647 Matthias Gallas, Austrian earl of Campo and Duke of Lucerna, dies at 62
  • 1660 Henry Hammond, English churchman, dies at 54
  • 1690 David Teniers the Younger, Flemish painter (Pictorium), dies at 79
  • 1728 John Woodward, geologist/physician, dies
  • 1740 Shrimant Baji Rao Vishwanath Bhat, also known as Baji Rao I, a general and Peshwa (b. 1699)

Anders CelsiusAnders Celsius (1701-1744)

Swedish astronomer (proposed the Celsius temperature scale), dies at 42

  • 1770 Jean-Antoine Nollet, French clergyman and physicist (discovery of osmosis), dies at 69
  • 1792 Nicolas J Pelletier, French highwayman, 1st person guillotined
  • 1828 John Goldberg, Dutch patriot/statesman, dies at 64
  • 1840 Siméon-Denis Poisson, French mathematician (Poisson distribution) and physicist, dies at 58
  • 1845 Thomas Duncan, Scottish painter, dies at 37

William BeaumontWilliam Beaumont (1785-1853)

American surgeon and father of gastric physiology, dies at 67

  • 1862 Charles Ferguson Smith, US Union Gen-Maj, dies of infection at 55
  • 1873 Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (VP: Imperial Academy of Arts 1828-68), dies at 90
  • 1875 Trinley Gyatso, 12th Dalai Lama of Tibet, dies at 18
  • 1878 Anna Sewell, English author (Black Beauty), dies at 58
  • 1891 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (b. 1811)
  • 1892 Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (b. 1840)
  • 1905 Jacob Olie, Dutch photographer, dies at about 70
  • 1911 Emilio Salgari, Italian novelist (b. 1862)
  • 1915 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)
  • 1923 Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician, dies at 82
  • 1926 Ellen Key, Swedish author and feminist (Courageous Woman), dies at 76
  • 1928 Pyotr Nikolayevich, Baron Wrangel, Russian baron general (White Armies, WW II), dies at 49
  • 1937 Clem Sohn, air show performer dies at 26 when his chute fails to open
  • 1937 Michał Drzymała, Polish peasant rebel (Drzymała's wagon), dies at 79
  • 1942 Paul Kornfeld, writer, dies at 52
  • 1949 Jankel Adler, Polish painter and printmaker, dies at 53
  • 1954 Joseph Hergesheimer, novelist (Java Head), dies
  • 1955 Paul Basilius Barth, Swiss painter and lithographer, dies at 73
  • 1960 Amanullah, emir/king of Afhanistan (1919-28), dies at 67
  • 1961 Hans F Blunck, writer, dies
  • 1966 Maurice Roelants, Flemish novelist and poet (Komen en gaan, Prayer for a Good End), dies at 70
  • 1974 Pamela Courson, American artist and long-term companion of Jim Morrison, dies of a heroin overdose at 27
  • 1978 Lee Kim Lai, Singaporean police officer (b. 1960)
  • 1982 John Cody, US cardinal/archbishop of Chicago (1965-82), dies at 74
  • 1982 Paul de Vree, Flemish author (Round Table), dies at 72
  • 1982 W. R. Burnett, American writer (Asphalt Jungle), dies at 82
  • 1988 Clifford D. Simak, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • 1988 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist and author of SCUM Manifesto who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, dies of pneumonia at 52
  • 1992 Dany Tuijnman, Dutch politician (Minister of Transport and Water Management), dies at 77
  • 1992 Panos Christi, entertainer, dies of AIDS at 54
  • 1994 George Gennimatas, Greek minister of National Economy, dies at 55
  • 1994 Talaat Yassin Hamman, militant Muslim leader, shot dead at 32
  • 1996 John Eustace Theodore Brancker, Barbadian lawyer, civil rights activist and parliamentarian, dies at 87
  • 1996 John Lorne Campbell, Scottish folklorist, dies at 90
  • 1998 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • 2000 David Merrick, American theatrical producer (Hello Dolly), dies at 88
  • 2000 Lucien le Cam, French mathematician (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • 2004 Thom Gunn, British poet (The Wound), dies at 74
  • 2005 Swami Ranganathananda, Indian monk (b. 1908)
  • 2006 Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian author and urbanologist (The Death and Life of Great American Cities), dies at 89
  • 2009 John J. Marchi, American politician (NY Senate 1957-2006), dies at 87
  • 2010 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82
  • 2019 Manuel Lujan Jr., American politician (Rep-R-NM, 1969-89), dies at 90
  • 2020 Per Olov Enquist, Swedish writer (Hour of the Lynx, The Royal Physician’s Visit), dies at 85
  • 2020 Richard Divila, Brazilian motorsports designer (Fittipaldi Automotive; Ligier, Nissan), dies at 74
  • 2022 J. Roy Rowland, American politician (Rep-D-GA, 1983-95), dies at 96