Famous People who Died of Tuberculosis

Famous Tuberculosis Victims

List of Deaths from Tuberculosis

  • 0780-09-08 Leo IV de Khazar, Byzantine Emperor (775-80), dies of tuberculosis at 30
  • 1574-05-30 Charles IX, King of France (1560-74), dies of tuberculosis at 23
  • 1673-02-17 Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin], French playwright (The Misanthrope), dies of pulmonary tuberculosis at 51
  • 1684-07-26 Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Italian mathematician and the 1st woman to receive an academic degree from a university, dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • 1714-02-14 Maria Luisa of Savoy, Queen consort of Spain to Philip V (1701-14), dies tuberculosis at 25
  • 1764-04-15 Madame de Pompadour, French mistress of King Louis XV of France, dies of tuberculosis at 42
  • 1784-04-26 (Honora) "Nano" Nagle, Irish Catholic educator and religious order founder (Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, aka Presentation Sisters) dies of tuberculosis at about 66.
  • 1806-03-23 George Pinto [Sanders], English violin prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 20
  • 1811-12-08 Eliza Poe, English-American actress and the mother of the American author Edgar Allan Po, dies of tuberculosis at 23 or 24
  • 1813-04-14 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, Swedish violinist and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • 1815-02-24 Robert Fulton, American inventor and engineer (first commercial steamboat), dies of tuberculosis at 49
  • 1821-02-23 John Keats, English Romantic poet (Ode to a Grecian Urn), dies of tuberculosis at 25
  • 1826-05-24 Friedrich Fesca, German violinist and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 37
  • 1826-06-05 Carl Maria von Weber, German pianist, romantic composer (Der Freischutz; Oberon), and lithographer, dies of tuberculosis at 39
  • 1826-08-13 René Laënnec, French physician who invented the stethoscope, dies of tuberculosis at 46
  • 1831-07-04 James Monroe, 5th US President (1817-25), dies of heart failure and tuberculosis at 73
  • 1832-07-22 Napoleon II of France (b. 1811), son of Napoleon I dies of tuberculosis
  • 1832-11-14 Rasmus Rask, Danish linguist and philologist (Investigation of the Origin of the Old Norse or Icelandic Language), dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1833-01-19 (Louis Joseph) Ferdinand Hérold, French pianist, violinist, and composer of over twenty operas, dies from tuberculosis at 41
  • 1833-05-24 John Randolph [of Roanoke], American planter, Congressman (Virginia) and Minister to Russia, dies of tuberculosis at 59
  • 1833-07-27 Bartolomea Capitanio, Italian teacher, co-foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Lovere, and saint, dies of tuberculosis at 26
  • 1836-07-26 Jose Melchor Gomiz y Colomer, Spanish romantic composer, dies of tuberculosis at 45 [some source date death as 4 August]
  • 1838-05-17 René Caillié, French explorer (1st European to return alive from Timbuktu), dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • 1839-07-01 Mahmud II, 30th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1808-39), dies of tuberculosis at 53
  • 1841-04-29 (Louis) "Aloysius" Bertrand, French poet (Gaspard de la Nuit - Gaspard of the Night), and playwright, dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • 1842-10-20 Grace Darling, English heroine who saved shipwreck survivors, dies of tuberculosis at 26
  • 1845-05-11 Carl Filtsch, Transylvanian composer & pianist child prodigy, dies of tuberculosis at 14
  • 1847-01-30 Virginia Clemm Poe, American wife of writer Edgar Allan Poe, dies of tuberculosis at 24
  • 1848-02-20 Prince Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, dies from tuberculosis at 29
  • 1848-12-19 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), dies of tuberculosis at 30
  • 1849-10-17 [Fryderyk] Frédéric Chopin, Polish-French pianist and composer (Concert in F Minor), dies of tuberculosis at 39
  • 1850-03-31 John C. Calhoun, American politician, dies of tuberculosis at 68
  • 1852-01-06 Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, dies of tuberculosis at 43
  • 1852-06-29 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", dies of tuberculosis at 75
  • 1853-04-23 Auguste Laurent, French chemist who laid the foundations of organic chemistry, dies of tuberculosis at 45
  • 1854-05-31 Vatroslav Lisinski [Ignatius Fuchs], Croatian composer (Love and Malice), dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • 1857-08-27 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, American poet, literary critic and editor, dies of tuberculosis at 42
  • 1857-10-14 Ignacy Marceli Komorowski, Polish composer, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1858-06-03 Julius Reubke, German organist, pianist, and composer (Sonata on the 94th Psalm in c), dies of tuberculosis at 24
  • 1858-09-17 Dred Scott, US ex-slave who sought to sue for his freedom, dies of tuberculosis at 62 or 63
  • 1862-05-06 Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1863-12-02 Jane Appleton Pierce, American 1st lady (1853-57) and wife of Franklin Pierce, dies of tuberculosis at 57
  • 1879-01-23 Adolf Jensen, German composer, dies of tuberculosis at 42
  • 1879-04-16 Bernadette of Lourdes [Bernadette Soubirous], French saint (saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies from tuberculosis at 35 in Nevers, France
  • 1881-09-07 Sidney Lanier, American poet and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 39
  • 1882-08-01 Henry Clarence Kendall, Australian poet (Bell Birds), dies of tuberculosis at 43
  • 1883-10-22 George Coulthard, Australian rules footballer (Victoria; Carlton FC) and cricket all-rounder (1 Test; Victoria CA), dies from tuberculosis at 27
  • 1885-04-30 J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • 1885-09-15 Juliusz Zarębski, Polish pianist, composer, and pedagogue, dies of tuberculosis at 31
  • 1887-08-14 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • 1887-11-08 John "Doc" Holliday, American dentist, gambler and gunfighter, dies of tuberculosis at 36
  • 1889-02-12 Andrew Greenwood, English cricket batsman (2 Tests, HS 49; Yorkshire CCC), dies from tuberculosis at 41
  • 1890-02-17 Christopher Latham Sholes, American newspaper man, politician and inventor of the typewriter, dies of tuberculosis at 71
  • 1890-12-06 Joe Coburn, Irish boxer (Heavyweight C'ship of America 1863-65), dies from tuberculosis at 55
  • 1891-08-02 George Washington Williams, American historian (History of the Negro Race in America), dies from tuberculosis and pleurisy at 41
  • 1894-01-13 Nadezhda von Meck, Russian patroness of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, dies of tuberculosis at 62
  • 1895-11-02 Jack 'The Nonpareil' Dempsey, Irish boxer (first holder of World Middleweight Championship 1886-90), dies from tuberculosis at 32
  • 1896-01-20 Graciano López Jaena, Filipino journalist (La Solidaridad), orator, social reformist, and national hero, dies of tuberculosis at 39
  • 1896-06-07 Wyatt Eaton, Canadian-American artist, dies from tuberculosis at 47
  • 1897-07-25 Athol Estes Porter, American wife of writer O. Henry, dies of tuberculosis at about 29
  • 1898-05-22 Edward Bellamy, American author (Looking Backward) and socialist, dies of tuberculosis at 48
  • 1899-10-28 Ottmar Mergenthaler, German-American inventor who invented the linotype machine that revolutionized printing, dies of tuberculosis at 45
  • 1901-07-13 Peter Jackson, Australian heavyweight boxer (International Boxing Hall of Fame), dies from tuberculosis at 40
  • 1901-12-01 George Lohmann, England cricket medium pace bowler (18 Tests, 112 wickets @ 10.75), dies of tuberculosis at 36
  • 1902-10-22 Annie Jones, American bearded lady (P. T. Barnum circus), dies of tuberculosis. at 37
  • 1904-09-30 Sigurd Lie, Norwegian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1904-10-04 Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, French sculptor (designed the Statue of Liberty), dies of tuberculosis at 70
  • 1906-02-25 Anton Arensky, Russian composer and conductor, dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1907-06-21 Lena Rice, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), dies of tuberculosis at 41
  • 1910-08-10 Joe Gans, American boxer (world lightweight champion), dies of tuberculosis at 35
  • 1912-04-12 Clara Barton, American nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, dies of tuberculosis at 90
  • 1914-04-01 Rube Waddell, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown, AL wins leader 1905; ERA leader 1900, 05; strikeout leader 1902–07; Philadelphia A's), dies from tuberculosis at 37
  • 1914-08-02 Gabriel Édouard Xavier Dupont, French composer, dies of tuberculosis at 36
  • 1914-12-21 Arthur Jones, England cricket all-rounder and captain (12 Tests, 3 wickets, 15 catches; Nottinghamshire CCC), dies from tuberculosis at 42
  • 1915-10-05 José María Usandizaga, Spanish Basque composer (Mendi Mendiyan - High in the Mountains), dies of tuberculosis at 28
  • 1916-05-13 Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], Yiddish author and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye the Dairyman), dies of tuberculosis at 57
  • 1918-03-23 César Cortinas, Uruguayan composer, dies of tuberculosis at 27
  • 1918-04-28 Gavrilo Princip, Bosnian-Serb assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, dies of tuberculosis at 23
  • 1923-01-01 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history; NL batting champion 1897, 98 Baltimore Orioles), dies of tuberculosis at 50
  • 1923-01-09 Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand short story writer (The Garden Party), dies of tuberculosis at 34
  • 1925-03-13 Lucille Ricksen [Ingeborg Ericksen], American silent-film actress, dies of tuberculosis 14
  • 1925-06-16 Emmett Hardy, American jazz cornetist, dies of tuberculosis at 22
  • 1925-10-07 Christy Mathewson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (World Series 1905, 21; Triple Crown 1905, 08; NL wins leader 1905, 07, 08, 10; 2 x no-hitters; NY Giants), dies of tuberculosis at 45
  • 1925-11-27 Roger de la Fresnaye, French sculptor and painter, dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • 1926-01-30 Barbara La Marr [Reatha Watson], American vaudeville and silent film actress (The White Moth), and screenwriter, dies from pulmonary tuberculosis and nephritis at 29
  • 1927-11-01 Florence Mills [Winfrey], American cabaret singer, dancer and comedian, known as 'the Queen of Happiness', dies of tuberculosis at 31
  • 1928-10-08 Larry Semon, American silent film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (The Wizard of Oz (1925)), dies of pneumonia and tuberculosis at 39
  • 1930-02-23 Mabel Normand [Muriel Fortescue], American silent-film actress, director and comedienne (Mickey), dies of tuberculosis at 35
  • 1930-03-02 D. H. Lawrence, English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1931-04-16 Rachel Bluwstein, Hebrew poet, dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • 1932-05-20 James "Bubber" Miley, American jazz trumpet and cornet player (Duke Ellington, 1923-29 - "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo"; "Black And Tan Fantasy"), dies of tuberculosis at 29
  • 1933-02-16 Archie Jackson, Australian cricket batsman (8 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 164), dies from tuberculosis at 23
  • 1933-07-15 Freddie Keppard, American jazz cornetist (Original Creole Orchestra), dies of tuberculosis at 44
  • 1934-10-05 Jean Vigo, French actor and director (Zero For Conduct, L'Atlante), dies of complications from tuberculosis at 29
  • 1937-03-29 Karol Maciej Szymanowski, Polish pianist and composer (Symphony No. 3 - Song Of The Night), dies of tuberculosis at 54
  • 1937-04-17 Yi Sang, Korean author and poet (Dying Words, Wings, Child’s Bone), dies of tuberculosis in a Japanese prison camp at 26
  • 1937-05-04 Noel Rosa, Brazilian guitrist, mandolin player, and songwriter, dies of tuberculosis at 26
  • 1937-06-25 Colin Clive, British actor (Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mad Love), dies from complications of tuberculosis at 37
  • 1937-11-10 Nikolai Batalov, Russian actor (Tretya meshchanskaya, Mother), dies from tuberculosis at 37
  • 1937-12-26 Ivor Gurney, English composer and poet, dies of tuberculosis at 47
  • 1938-09-15 Thomas Wolfe, American novelist (Look Homeward Angel), dies of tuberculosis.at 37
  • 1939-01-10 Jameson Thomas, British actor (Piccadilly, Farmer's Wife), dies from tuberculosis at 50
  • 1939-06-16 Chick Webb, American jazz drummer and big band leader (introduced Ella Fitzgerald), dies of Pott's disease (tuberculosis of the spine), at 34
  • 1942-03-02 Charlie Christian, American jazz and swing guitarist (Benny Goodman Sextet), dies of tuberculosis at 25
  • 1942-08-18 Erwin Schulhoff, Czech-Russian composer and pianist (Ogelala), dies of tuberculosis at 48 in a German concentration camp in Wülzburg, Bavaria
  • 1944-08-01 Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina, Second President of Philippines (1935-42), dies of tuberculosis at 65
  • 1945-03-19 Clyde Hart, American swing and bebop jazz piano player and arranger (Stuff Smith; Lionel Hampton; Roy Eldridge), dies of tuberculosis at 35
  • 1946-05-01 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 19; Wimbledon 1923), dies of tuberculosis at 51
  • 1950-07-06 Theodore "Fats" Navarro, American jazz trumpet player, dies from poor health following long-term heroin addiction, tuberculosis, and a weight problem, at 26
  • 1955-10-15 Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese film score composer (Rashomon; Seven Samurai), dies of tuberculosis at 41
  • 1957-09-28 Albert Ascoli, Italian developed anti-tuberculosis vaccine, dies
  • 1967-07-08 Vivien Leigh, English actress (Gone With The Wind; A Streetcar Named Desire), dies of tuberculosis at 53
  • 1969-01-04 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist (Miles Davis Quintet, 1955-63; Wynton Kelly Trio, 1963-68), dies of tuberculosis at 33
  • 1970-04-21 Earl Hooker, American blues slide guitar player ("Blue Guitar"), dies of tuberculosis at 40
  • 1974-03-01 Larry Doyle, American baseball second baseman (NL MVP 1912, NL batting champion 1915; NY Giants), dies of tuberculosis at 87
  • 1979-06-21 Angus Maclise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis at 41
  • 1988-02-06 Lee Goodman, American comedian and stage and screen actor (Imitation of Life), dies of tuberculosis at 64
  • 1990-09-06 Tom Fogerty, American rocker (Creedence Clearwater), dies of tuberculosis at 48