Famous Suspected Poisonings

Famous Suspected Poisonings

List of Deaths from Poisoning

  • 0323-06-10 BC Alexander the Great, Macedonian king and military leader, dies at 32 probably from typhoid fever complicated by excessive wine though poisoning is a possibility, (or the 11th June)
  • 0573-06-28 Alboin, king of Longobarden, probably poisoned by his wife
  • 0987-05-22 Louis V le Faineant, the Lazy, King of France (986-87), poisoned at 20
  • 1040-10-01 Alan III, Duke of Brittany (poisoned) (b. 997)
  • 1204-01-01 King Haakon III of Norway, dies in alleged poisoning
  • 1241-12-11 Ogodei, Mongolian Khan (1229-1241), son of Genghis Khan who expanded Mongolian empire, dies of suspected poisoning or alcoholism at about 56
  • 1387-07-20 Robert IV of Artois, Count of Eu (poisoned) (b. 1356)
  • 1392-10-05 Yusuf II, ruler of Granada (1391-92), dies possibly killed by a poisoned tunic (b. c. 1356)
  • 1425-01-05 John of Bavaria/Bayern, liege of Holland/Zealand/Dordrecht, poisoned
  • 1535-08-10 Ippolito de' Medici, ruler of Florence (poisoned) (b. 1509)
  • 1577-02-26 Erik XIV, King of Sweden (1560-69), dies of arsenic poisoning at 43
  • 1604-08-31 Giovanale Ancina, Italian priest and composer, dies of purported poisoning at 58
  • 1786-05-21 Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Swedish pharmacist and chemist (lemon acid), dies of mercury poisoning at 43
  • 1821-05-05 Napoleon Bonaparte, French military leader and Emperor of the French (1804-14, 1815), dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena, officially from stomach cancer but rumours of arsenic poisoning persist
  • 1848-01-20 Christian VIII, King of Denmark (1839-1848) and King of Norway (1814), dies of blood poisoning at 61
  • 1871-11-22 Oscar J Dunn, (Lt Gov-La), dies suddenly, charges he was poisoned
  • 1909-09-04 Clyde Fitch, American playwright (Nathan Hale, The Girl with the Green Eyes), dies of blood poisoning after an appendectomy at 44
  • 1928-08-10 Rex Cherryman, American actor (Camille, The Sunshine Trail, In for Thirty Days), dies from septic poisoning at 31
  • 1930-09-10 Aubrey Faulkner, South African cricket all-rounder (25 Tests, 4 x 100s, TS 204; Transvaal), dies from self inflicted gas poisoning at 48
  • 1931-01-04 Arthemus "Art" Acord, American silent film actor and rodeo champion (Arizona Kid, Hard Fists), commits suicide by poison at 40
  • 1934-02-25 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), dies of uremic poisoning at 60
  • 1938-04-14 Gillis Grafström, Swedish figure skater (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), dies of blood poisoning at 44
  • 1938-08-16 Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27
  • 1939-11-12 Norman Bethune, Canadian doctor, communist and humanitarian (Spanish Civil War, Second Sino-Japanese War), dies of blood poisoning from a cut on his finger from operating on a wounded soldier at 49
  • 1943-01-13 Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Swiss artist dies of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning at 53
  • 1944-02-16 Bob Zurke [Boguslaw Zukowski], American jazz pianist, arranger, (Bob Crosby Orchestra), and composer ("Old Tom-Cat On The Keys"), dies of complications of pneumonia aggravated by acute alcohol poisoning at 32
  • 1946-05-30 Louis Slotin, Canadian Physicist and Chemist at Los Alamos, dies of radiation poisoning at 35 (b. 1910)
  • 1955-02-06 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), dies from uremic poisoning at 71
  • 1962-06-06 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), dies of poisoning at 63
  • 1967-05-18 Richard Ainley, British actor (I Dood It, As You Like It, Above Suspicion), dies from barbiturate poisoning at 56
  • 1968-10-31 Malcolm Hale, American musician (Spanky and Our Gang), dies of monoxide poisoning at 27
  • 1973-12-16 Sid Barnes, Australian cricket batsmen (13 Tests, 3 x 100, 5 x 50, HS 234; NSWCA), dies of barbiturate and bromide poisoning at 57
  • 1975-01-05 Don Wilson, American baseball pitcher (2 x no-hitters 1967, 69; MLB All Star 1971; Houston Astros), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 29
  • 1977-02-27 Allison Hayes, American model and actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), dies of leukemia or lead poisoning at 47
  • 1980-02-19 (Ronald) "Bon" Scott, Australian rock musician, singer, and lyricist (AC/DC -"It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)"), dies of acute alcohol poisoning at 33
  • 1984-11-04 Merie Earle [Ireland], American film and television character actress (The Waltons - "Maude Gormley"), dies of uremic poisoning at 95
  • 1985-07-28 Grant Williams, American actor (Hawaiian Eye, Incredible Shrinking Man), dies of toxic poisoning at 54
  • 1986-06-27 Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning
  • 1989-05-09 Keith Whitley, American country music singer ("Don't Close Your Eyes"), dies of alcohol poisoning at 33
  • 1994-09-17 Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian/American tennis player (Australian Open 1977; Wimbledon doubles 1975), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 40
  • 1995-10-09 Patric Walker, American-British astrologer, dies of food poisoning at 64
  • 1996-04-22 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 87
  • 1997-08-19 Petr Novák, Czech rock singer-songwriter (George and Beatovens; Flamengo), dies of apparent poisoning at 51
  • 2004-02-14 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), dies of acute cocaine poisoning at 34
  • 2005-11-06 Rod Donald, New Zealand Politician, Green Party Co-leader, dies from the effects of food poisoning at 48
  • 2011-07-23 Amy Winehouse, British singer songwriter ("Stronger Than Me"; "Rehab"), dies from alcohol poisoning at 27
  • 2011-08-11 Jani Lane [John Oswald], American heavy metal rock songwriter, and singer (Warrant - "Cherry Pie"), dies of acute alcohol poisoning at 47