Famous Accidental Drownings

Famous Accidental Drownings

List of Deaths from Accidental Drowning

  • 1430-08-18 Thomas de Ros, 8th Baron de Ros, English soldier and politician, drowned at 23
  • 1478-02-18 Duke of Clarence, privately executed and reputedly drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine
  • 1589-08-10 Maarten Schenck Nideggen, Dutch army leader, drowned at about 49
  • 1628-08-10 Hans Jonsson, Swedish fleet commander, drowned
  • 1684-09-05 John Uytenhage van Lacks, lawyer/author, drowned at 48
  • 1850-07-19 Giovanni Ossoli, Italian marquis/revolutionary, drowned
  • 1877-06-03 Frank Pocock, British explorer, drowned in the Congo while travelling with Stanley
  • 1915-05-07 Alfred Scott Witherbee Jr., American 3 year old who drowned on Lusitania
  • 1930-12-19 Johnny Douglas, English cricket all-rounder, captain (23 Tests, 1 x 100, 45 wickets; Essex CCC) and boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1908), dies by drowning at 48
  • 1957-05-29 James Whale, English film director (Frankenstein, Show Boat), commits suicide by drowning at 67
  • 1967-12-17 Harold Holt, Australian prime minister (Liberal, 1966-67), presumed to have drowned at 59
  • 1986-10-11 Norm Cash, American baseball 1st baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; AL batting champion 1961; Detroit Tigers), dies from drowning at 51
  • 2004-12-26 Simon Atlee, British fashion photographer, drowned by tsunami in Thailand at 33
  • 2005-08-29 Barry Cowsill, American rock bassist (The Cowsills - "We Can Fly"), drowned during Hurricane Katrina at 50
  • 2006-05-14 Eva Norvind, Norwegian-Mexican actress, dies from drowning at 62
  • 2011-03-26 Diana Wynne Jones, British sci-fi author (Drowned Ammet; Witch Week), dies of lung cancer at 76
  • 2012-06-17 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cop, dies in an accidental drowning at 47
  • 2012-08-06 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies from drowning at 59
  • 2020-07-08 Alex Pullin, Australian snowboarder (World C'ship gold snowboard cross 2011, 13), dies from drowning at 32