Diabetes in History

Historical Events

  • 1922-01-11 Insulin first used on humans to treat diabetes, on Leonard Thompson, 14, of Canada

Famous Deaths


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1922-08-02 Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born British American inventor (telephone), dies of diabetes complications at 75

  • 1931-07-18 Oskar Minkowski, German Biologist (pancreas and diabetes), dies at 73
  • 1948-07-09 James Baskett, American actor (Song of the South) 1st African American male to receive an Oscar, dies from diabetes at 44

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1956-12-06 B.R. Ambedkar [Baba Saheb], Indian politician, jurist (architect of the Constitution of India) and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist Movement, dies after suffering from diabetes at 65

Jurist and Social Reformer B.R. Ambedkar
Jurist and Social Reformer
B.R. Ambedkar
  • 1990-07-22 George Wood, dies of diabetes complications at 56
  • 1992-08-25 Alma Graciela Haro Esmerelda, singer, dies of diabetes at 65
  • 1992-10-21 Jackson Weaver, voice of Smokey the Bear, dies of diabetes
  • 1993-11-25 Claudia McNeil, actress (Raisin in the Sun), dies of diabetes at 77
  • 1994-07-02 Marion Williams, gospel singer, dies of diabetes at 66
  • 1995-10-21 Linda Goodman, Morgantown, West Virginia, American astrologer and poet, dies from complications of diabetes at 70
  • 2000-01-02 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), dies from diabetes complications at 68
  • 2004-12-20 Son [Frank] Seals, American blues musician (Nothing But the Truth) dies from diabetes complications at 62
  • 2012-01-09 Malam Bacai Sanhá, President of Guinea-Bissau, dies of diabetes at 64
  • 2012-11-02 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), dies from prostate cancer and diabetes at 78
  • 2012-12-20 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • 2013-03-03 Bobby Rogers, American vocalist, dies from complications from diabetes at 73
  • 2013-04-12 Michael France, American screenwriter, dies from complications from diabetes at 51
  • 2013-06-06 Tom Sharpe, British satirist and author, dies from complications from diabetes at 85
  • 2015-02-21 Bruce Sinofsky, American documentary film director (Brother's Keeper), dies at 58 from diabetes complications
  • 2016-03-22 Phife Dawg [Malik Taylor] American rapper (A Tribe called Quest), dies from diabetes complications at 45
  • 2016-06-17 Prince Be [Attrell Cordes], American rapper (PM Dawn), dies from diabetes complications at 46
  • 2017-06-16 Stephen Furst, American actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere) dies from diabetes complications at 63