Famous People who Died of Fever

Famous Fever Victims

List of Deaths from Fever

  • 0081-09-13 Titus [Flavius Vespasianus], Emperor of Rome (79-81) who captured Jerusalem and completed the Colosseum, dies of a fever at about 42
  • 1135-12-01 Henry I Beauclerc, King of England (1100-1135) and the 1st English King after the Norman conquest to be fluent in the English language, dies at around 66 of fever after eating "a surfeit of lampreys"
  • 1193-03-04 Saladin, 1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria and the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, dies of fever at about 55
  • 1542-05-21 Hernando de Soto, Spanish conquistador and 1st European to discover the Mississippi River, dies of a fever while searching for gold, near the Mississippi River at about 46
  • 1563-02-01 Menas, Emperor of Ethiopia, dies of fever
  • 1578-10-01 John of Austria, Spanish military leader (Battle of Lepanto), and governor of the Netherlands, dies of a fever at 31
  • 1680-04-03 Shivaji Bhonsle [Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj], Indian warrior and founder of the Maratha Empire, dies of fever and dysentery around the age of 52
  • 1721-04-28 Mary Read, English pirate who operated in the Caribbean, dies of a violent fever while in prison and likely still pregnant aged 36
  • 1799-01-06 Frederik, Dutch prince of Orange-Nassau and general, dies of a fever at 25
  • 1802-07-22 Marie François Xavier Bichat, French anatomist and physiologist (tissue theory), dies at 30 after falling downstairs at the Hotel-Dieu and acquiring a fever
  • 1805-10-05 Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis, British general and colonial administrator (leading British general in the American War of Independence), dies of fever at 66
  • 1817-10-15 Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish-Lithuanian military leader and statesman considered a national hero, dies at 71 after falling from a horse, developing a fever and suffering a stroke
  • 1828-08-06 Konstantin von Benckendorff, Russian general and statesman, dies of a fever at 43
  • 1840-09-22 Anne Lister, English diarist 'the 1st modern lesbian', dies of a fever at 49
  • 1863-11-24 Claudius Charles Wilson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies of fever at camp in Ringgold, Georgia at 32
  • 1865-10-18 Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, British Prime Minister (1855-58 and 1859-65), dies of fever at 80
  • 1876-08-19 George Smith, English archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform script), dies of fever at 36
  • 1888-08-17 James Jameson, Scottish heir to Jameson Whisky and explorer who paid for a 10 yr old girl to be eaten in the Congo, dies of a fever at 32
  • 1890-05-19 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies of fever at 24
  • 1914-02-22 Valliamma Mudaliar, took part in Indian passive resistance, dies of a fever contracted in prison