Famous People who Died of a Brain Tumor

Famous Brain Tumor Victims

List of Deaths from Brain Tumor

  • 1758-06-12 Augustus William, Prince of Prussia, dies from a brain tumor at 35
  • 1851-02-01 Mary Shelley, English novelist (Frankenstein), dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • 1937-07-11 George Gershwin [Jacob Gershwine], American composer (An American in Paris, Porgy And Bess, Summertime), dies from a brain tumor at 38
  • 1945-02-21 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, dies of an inoperable brain tumor at 43 while interned at the Weihsien Internment Camp in Weifang, Shandong, China
  • 1946-12-10 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3 x Triple Crown of Pitching; World Series 1924; AL MVP 1913, 24; Washington Senators), dies from a brain tumour at 59
  • 1947-01-20 Josh Gibson, American Baseball HOF catcher (Negro World Series 1943, 44; 12 × NL All-Star; Triple Crown 1936, 37; batting average .466 1943), dies of a brain tumor at 35
  • 1963-11-21 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner; Wooden Crosses; Pastoral Symphony), dies from a brain tumor at 71
  • 1965-10-03 Zachary Scott, American actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), dies from a malignant brain tumor at 51
  • 1965-10-21 Bill Black, American band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, dies of a brain tumor at 39
  • 1968-04-24 Tommy Noonan, American actor, screenwriter and producer (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Promises Promises), dies of a brain tumor at 46
  • 1970-03-16 Tammi Terrell, American soul singer (You're All I Need; with Marvin Gaye - Ain't No Mountain High Enough), dies of a brain tumor at 24
  • 1970-05-29 Eve Hesse, German born Jewish American sculptor dies of a brain tumor aged 34
  • 1971-11-18 (Herman) "Junior" Parker, American blues and soul singer and musician (Mystery Train), dies during brain tumor surgery at 39
  • 1973-04-26 Irene Ryan [Noblitt], American actress (Beverly Hillbillies - "Granny"; Pippin), dies of an inoperable brain tumor at 70
  • 1975-09-05 Georg Ots, Estonian baritone singer,m and actor, dies of a brain tumor at 55
  • 1976-06-25 Johnny Mercer, American lyricist ("And The Angels Sing"; "That Old Black Magic"; "Satin Doll"; "Moon River"), dies from an inoperable brain tumor at 66
  • 1978-05-17 Selwyn Lloyd, British politician (Foreign Secretary, 1955-60; Exchequers, 1960-62; Leader of the House of Commons, 1963–64; Speaker of the House of Commons, 1971-76), dies of a brain tumor at 73
  • 1981-07-19 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor, noted for his bilingual rendition of national anthem "O Canada" at Montreal sporting events, dies of a brain tumor at 62
  • 1983-05-06 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist ("Georgia On My Mind"), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • 1985-07-17 Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor
  • 1986-03-04 Howard Greenfield, American song lyricist ("Calendar Girl"; "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do"; "Love Will Keep Us Together"; theme to "Bewitched"), dies of a brain tumor at 50
  • 1986-04-17 Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), dies of a brain tumor at 57
  • 1986-08-11 Chuck McKinley, American tennis player (1963 Wimbledon), dies of a brain tumor at 45
  • 1987-08-01 Pola Negri [Apolonia Chalupec], Polish-American stage and silent and sound screen actress (Forbidden Paradise; Madame Bovary), and singer, dies of pneumonia and a brain tumor at 92
  • 1988-04-17 Louise Nevelson, American sculptor (featured at the 31st Venice Biennale), dies of a brain tumor at 88
  • 1988-08-06 Anatoly Levchenko, Soviet cosmonaut (TM-4), dies of a brain tumor at 47
  • 1990-01-05 Arthur Kennedy, American actor (Fantastic Voyage, Peyton Place), dies of a brain tumor at 76
  • 1990-04-11 Barbara Miller, British stage and screen actress (Blackadder), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • 1991-03-29 Lee Atwater, political strategists (R), dies of a brain tumor at 40
  • 1991-03-29 Matt Bennett, American actor (Hickey & Boggs; The Unholy Rollers), dies of a brain tumor at 57
  • 1992-04-11 Alejandro Obregón, Colombian painter, dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • 1992-08-19 Donald William Kerst, American Physicist who developed the betatron (device to accelerate electron beams), dies of a brain tumor at 80
  • 1992-09-21 Bill Williams [Herman Wilhelm Katt], American actor (The Adventures of Kit Carson; Date With the Angels), dies of a brain tumor at 77
  • 1992-10-13 James Marshall, American illustrator and author (George and Martha, The Stupids), dies of a brain tumor at 50
  • 1993-10-18 Lois Kibbee, American actress (Edge of Night), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • 1994-03-22 Dan Hartman, American musician, singer-songwriter, and producer (Edgar Winter Group - "Free Ride; solo- "I Can Dream About You"; James Brown -"Living In America"), dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at 43
  • 1994-12-27 Peter May, English cricket batsman (66 Tests, 4,537 @ 46.77, 13 x 100, 22 x 50; HS 285no; Surrey CCC), dies from a brain tumour at 64
  • 1995-01-14 Ruby Starr [Constance Henrietta Mierzwiak], American rock singer (Black Oak Arkansas), dies of a brain tumor at 44
  • 1995-12-06 John Trevor Key, British photographer, dies of a brain tumor at 48
  • 1996-04-08 (Charles) Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • 1996-05-23 Patrick Cargill, British actor (Help!, No Wreath for the General, Hammerhead), dies of a brain tumor at 77
  • 1996-08-27 Greg Morris, American actor (Mission: Impossible), dies of a brain tumor at 62
  • 1996-12-06 (John) Trevor Key, British photographer and graphic designer, known for his album cover art (Mike Oldfield; Phil Collins; New Order; OMD), dies of a brain tumor at 48
  • 1997-07-24 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumor at 63
  • 1998-09-30 Dan Quisenberry, American MLB player (5-time AL saves leader), dies of a brain tumor at 45
  • 1998-12-21 Karl Denver [Angus McKenzie], Scottish pop singer ("Never Say Goodbye"; "Wimoweh"), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • 1999-06-23 Buster Merryfield, British actor (Only Fools and Horses), dies of a brain tumor at 78
  • 2002-02-01 Irish McCalla, American actress & artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), dies of a brain tumor and stroke complications at 73
  • 2002-04-18 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87
  • 2002-12-19 Will Hoy, English auto racer (British Touring Car C'ship 1991), dies from a brain tumour at 50
  • 2003-08-23 Bobby Bonds, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1968-81, 3x All-Star, 3x Golden Glove (San Francisco Giants, 1968-74 and 7 other teams), father of Barry Bonds, dies of lung cancer and brain tumor at 57
  • 2003-10-12 Joan Kroc [Mansfield], American philanthropist and 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, dies of a brain tumor at 75
  • 2005-08-21 Robert Moog, American engineer (Moog synthesizer, Moog Music), dies of a brain tumor at 71
  • 2005-11-25 Richard Burns, English WRC champion, dies of a brain tumor at 34
  • 2008-02-09 Scott Halpin, American drummer plucked out of the audience to fill in for incapacitated Keith Moon of The Who, dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • 2008-03-15 Mikey Dread [Michael Campbell], Jamaican reggae singer, producer ("Rocker's Delight"), and broadcaster (BBC), dies of a brain tumor at 53
  • 2008-10-08 Bob Friend, British newscaster (BBC, 1969-89; Sky News, 1989-2003), dies from a brain tumor at 70
  • 2008-12-13 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), dies from a brain tumour at 80
  • 2010-03-10 Micky Jones, Welsh rock guitarist (Man), dies of a brain tumor at 63
  • 2012-02-16 Gary Carter, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1986; Gold Glove Award 1980–82; Montreal Expos, NY Mets), dies from brain tumor at 57
  • 2012-09-01 Smarck Michel, Haitian Prime Minister (1994-95), dies from a brain tumour
  • 2015-07-28 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991; Nottinghamshire), dies from a brain tumour at 66
  • 2017-10-03 Isabella Karle, American scientist who was instrumental in developing techniques to extract plutonium chloride, dies from a brain tumor at 95
  • 2018-09-02 Conway Savage, Australian piano and organ player (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), dies from a brain tumor at 58
  • 2020-04-15 Dámaso García, Dominican baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1984, 85; Silver Slugger Award 1982; Toronto Blue Jays), dies from a malignant brain tumour at 63
  • 2020-05-06 Steve Blackmore, Welsh rugby union prop (4 caps; Cardiff RFC), dies from a brain tumour at 58
  • 2020-09-02 David Capel, English cricket all-rounder (15 Tests; 21 wickets; 23 ODIs), dies from a brain tumour at 57
  • 2020-12-01 Arnie Robinson Jr., American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1976; bronze 1972), dies from a brain tumor at 72
  • 2021-02-28 Glenn Roeder, English soccer defender (QPR, Newcastle United), and manager (Watford, West Ham, Newcastle, Norwich), dies from a brain tumour at 65
  • 2021-04-05 Paul Ritter [Simon Paul Adams], British actor (Friday Night Dinner; Chernobyl; Quantum of Solace), dies of a brain tumor at 54
  • 2021-11-01 Alan Igglesden, English cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 6 wickets; 4 ODIs; Kent CCC), dies from complications of a brain tumour at 57
  • 2021-12-20 Kimera Bartee, American MLB outfielder.1996-2001 (Detroit Tigers, and 2 other teams), and coach, 2017-21 (Pittsburgh Pirates, and 2 other teams), dies of an undiagnosed brain tumor at 49