Famous People who Died of Heart Disease

Famous Heart Disease Victims

List of Deaths from Heart Disease

  • 1834-12-23 Thomas Malthus, British economist and demographer (Law of Malthus), dies of heart disease at 68
  • 1886-07-31 Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), dies of heart disease at 74
  • 1911-05-18 Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (Symphony No. 2 - "Resurrection"), and conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1909-11), dies of heart disease at 50
  • 1918-06-25 Jake Beckley, American Baseball HOF first baseman (23,767 putouts MLB record; career .308 hitter; Pittsburgh Alleghenys/Pirates; NY Giants; Cincinnati Reds; St. Louis Cardinals), dies of heart disease at 50
  • 1929-08-02 Mae Costello [Altschuk], American actress (The Joys of a Jealous Wife), dies of heart disease at 47
  • 1945-07-05 John Curtin, Victoria, 14th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1941-45), dies of heart disease at 60
  • 1955-02-27 Tom Howard, Irish-American vaudeville and radio comedian (It Pays To Be Ignorant), dies of heart disease at 66
  • 1962-08-23 Irving Fine, American composer (Toccata), dies of heart disease at 47
  • 1965-12-05 Joseph Erlanger, American physiologist (shock therapy-Nobel 1944), dies of heart disease at 91
  • 1966-01-09 Albert Stevens, an American patient in secret medical trials who survived the highest known radiation dose in a human, dies of heart disease at 79
  • 1967-01-30 (Raymond) Lee Morgan, American actor (Dungeons of Harrow; The Last of the Fast Guns), dies of heart disease at 64
  • 1967-08-25 Paul Muni, American actor (Angel on My Shoulder, Juarez), dies after a lengthy illness of heart disease at 71
  • 1968-07-01 Virginia Weidler, American child actress (Babes on Broadway, All This & Heaven Too), dies of heart disease at 42
  • 1969-07-07 Gladys Swarthout, American mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies of heart disease at 68
  • 1970-01-05 Roberto Gerhard, Spanish Catalan composer (The Plague), dies of heart disease at 73
  • 1971-04-21 François Duvalier "Papa Doc", Dictator and President of Haiti (1957-71), dies of heart disease and diabetes at 64
  • 1974-06-16 Mauritz Hugo, Swedish actor (Atomic Blonde, Death Valley Gunfighter), dies from heart disease at 65
  • 1974-12-26 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), dies of heart disease at 59
  • 1976-01-29 Jesse Fuller, American one-man blues band ("San Francisco Bay Blues"), dies of heart disease at 80
  • 1976-09-25 Red Faber, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1917; AL ERA leader 1921, 22; Chicago White Sox 1914-33), dies from heart disease at 88
  • 1982-08-12 Henry Fonda, American stage and screen actor (Mr. Roberts; 12 Angry Men; On Golden Pond), dies of heart disease at 77
  • 1984-09-07 Don Tallon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (21 Tests, 58 dismissals, 2 x 50s; Queensland CA), dies of heart disease at 68
  • 1984-11-07 George Mathews, American stage and screen character actor (The Eve of St. Mark; Glynis - "Chick"), dies of heart disease at 73
  • 1985-04-23 Kent Smith, American actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), dies from heart disease at 78
  • 1988-02-28 Harvey Kuenn, American baseball utility (AL batting champion 1959; 10 × All-Star 1953–1960²; Detroit Tigers), dies from heart disease and diabetes at 57
  • 1988-05-01 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), dies of heart disease at 52
  • 1991-01-30 John Bardeen, American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), dies of heart disease at 82
  • 1991-08-10 Josef Lipski, Polish Senator, anti-Communist dissident, and human rights advocate, dies of heart disease at 65
  • 1996-02-27 Pat Smythe, English equestrian rider (Olympic bronze team jumps 1956; author children's books), dies from heart disease at 67
  • 1997-02-01 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress & dancer (Holiday Inn; Life of Riley), dies from congestive heart disease at 79
  • 2000-02-16 Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (Zorba the Greek (1964), Sword of the Valiant, The Tenant), dies of congestive heart disease and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • 2002-11-05 Vinnette Carroll, American actress and 1st African-American woman to direct on Broadway (1972: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope), dies of heart disease and diabetes at 80
  • 2003-06-30 Buddy Hackett [Leonard Hacker], American comedian and actor (God's Little Acre; The Music Man; The Love Bug), dies of heart disease at 78
  • 2003-07-25 Erik Brann [Braunn], American violin prodigy and rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly - "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"), dies of congenital heart disease at 52
  • 2003-08-18 Tony Jackson, British bass player (The Searchers, 1962-64 - "Sugar And Spice"), dies from a combination of diabetes, heart disease, and cirrhosis of the liver at 65
  • 2003-10-19 Alija Izetbegović, Bosnian politician and 1st President of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina (1990-2000), dies of heart disease complicated by injuries from a fall at 78
  • 2004-06-22 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe), dies from complications due to heart disease at 84
  • 2005-05-21 Howard Morris, American comedic actor and director (The Andy Griffith Show, High Anxiety), dies of a heart disease at 85
  • 2006-04-30 Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Javanese author (Anak semua bangsa), dies of complications from diabetes and heart disease at 81
  • 2006-06-17 Arthur Franz, American actor (The Caine Mutiny, Invaders From Mars, Young Lions), dies from emphysema and heart disease at 86
  • 2006-10-28 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter ("One Day at a Time"), dies of heart disease at 86
  • 2007-04-05 Darryl Stingley, American NFL football wide receiver, 1973-77 (New England Patriots), dies from heart disease and pneumonia complicated by quadriplegia at 55
  • 2007-10-12 Lon "Lonny" Chapman, American actor (Investigator, For the People), dies from heart disease at 87
  • 2008-01-04 Xavier Chamorro Cardenal, Nicaraguan journalist and newspaper editor (La Prensa; El Nuevo Diario), dies of heart disease at 75
  • 2008-02-26 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), dies of congestive heart disease at 60
  • 2008-05-23 (Bruce) "Utah" Phillips, American folk singer-songwriter ("Green Rolling Hills"; "The Goodnight-Loving Trail") storyteller, poet, and labor organizer, dies of heart disease at 73
  • 2008-08-08 Frank Cornish, American NFL center/guard, 1990-95 (San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, and 3 other teams), dies of heart disease at 40
  • 2008-12-02 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • 2010-03-22 James Black, Scottish pharmacologist, developer of treatments for heart disease (propranolol) and stomach ulcers (cimetidine) (Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1988), dies at 85
  • 2011-08-03 Bubba Smith, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Michigan State; Pro Bowl 1970, 71; First Team All Pro 1971; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts) and actor (Police Academy), dies of acute drug intoxication and heart disease at 66
  • 2012-06-11 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone With The Wind; Whistling in the Dark), dies from heart disease at 94
  • 2012-10-02 Big Jim Sullivan [Tomkins], British session and touring rock guitarist, sitar, and banjo player, dies of heart disease and diabetes at 71
  • 2012-12-19 Robert Bork, American lawyer, government official (US Solicitor General, 1973-77), jurist (US Court of Appeals, 1982-88), rejected Supreme Court nominee (1987), and professor (Yale),dies from heart disease at 85
  • 2013-11-10 Herbert Worthington lll, American photographer and album cover artist (Stevie Nix; Fleetwood Mac), dies of heart disease at 69 (exact date uncertain, last seen on the 6th, body discovered on 10th)
  • 2015-03-01 Minnie Miñoso, Cuban Baseball HOF left-fielder (9 x MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago White Sox), dies of heart disease at 92
  • 2015-06-13 "Big Time" Sarah [Streeter], American blues singer, dies of heart disease at 62
  • 2015-09-13 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83; NBA Finals MVP 1983; 12 x NBA All Star; Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers), dies of heart disease at 60
  • 2016-02-29 Aron Burton, American electric and Chicago blues bass guitarist, singer, and songwriter, dies of heart disease and diabetes at 77
  • 2016-10-09 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, dies of heart disease at 60
  • 2017-01-23 Lee O’Denat, American internet entrepreneur (WorldStarHipHop.com), dies of heart disease at 43
  • 2019-08-20 Russ Conway, American sports journalist (Eagleson NHL scandal), dies of heart disease at 70
  • 2020-07-21 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, dies from emphysema and heart disease, at 89
  • 2020-08-12 Pavol Biroš, Slovak soccer defender (9 caps, Czechoslovakia; Slavia Prague), dies from heart disease at 67
  • 2020-12-08 Alejandro Sabella, Argentine soccer midfielder (8 caps; River Plate, Sheffield United, Estudiantes) and manager (Argentina 2011-14), dies from heart disease at 66
  • 2020-12-09 Ray Perkins, American football coach (New York Giants, University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arkansas State University), dies from heart disease at 79
  • 2021-10-23 Bob Neumeier, American sportscaster (WBZ-radio, TV Boston; NBC Sports), dies from heart disease at 70
  • 2021-12-15 Wanda Young, American pop singer (The Marvelettes - "Please Mr. Postman"; “Don’t Mess With Bill"), dies of heart disease at 78