On This Day

Diseases in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


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Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 186 of 186

  • 2004-01-29 Otto Wilhelm Fischer, Austrian actor (Helden, Ich suche dich), dies of kidney disease at 88
  • 2004-04-01 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies - "She's Not There"; "Time Of The Season"), dies of liver and kidney disease at 58
  • 2004-06-22 Thomas Gold, Austrian astrophysicist (proposed steady-state theory of universe), dies from complications due to heart disease at 84
  • 2004-08-29 Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor (The Hague Philharmonic, 1980-1991; St. Louis Symphony, 1996-2002), dies from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease) at 62

Vaughn Meader

2004-10-29 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

  • 2005-02-20 Sandra Dee [Alexandra Zuck], American actress (Gidget, Imitation of Life), dies of kidney disease complication at 62
  • 2005-05-21 Howard Morris, American comedic actor and director (The Andy Griffith Show, High Anxiety), dies of a heart disease at 85
  • 2006-02-25 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), dies of cardiovascular disease at 83
  • 2006-03-13 Jimmy Johnstone, Scottish soccer forward (23 caps; Celtic FC), dies from motor neuron disease at 61
  • 2006-06-17 Arthur Franz, American actor (The Caine Mutiny, Invaders From Mars, Young Lions), dies from emphysema and heart disease at 86
  • 2006-07-13 Red Buttons [Aaron Chwatt], American comedian (The Red Buttons Show), and Academy Award-winning actor (Sayonara; The Poseidon Adventure), dies from cardiovascular disease at 87
  • 2006-10-28 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter ("One Day at a Time"), dies of heart disease at 86
  • 2007-09-15 Gordon "Specs" Powell, American jazz and studio drummer and percussionist (Red Norvo; Teddy Wilson; CBS Orchestra, 1943-72), dies of kidney disease at 85
  • 2007-10-09 Carol Bruce [Shirley Levy], American actress (Behind the Eight Ball, WKRP in Cincinnati), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 87
  • 2007-10-12 Lon "Lonny" Chapman, American actor (Investigator, For the People), dies from heart disease at 87

Evel Knievel

2007-11-30 Evel Knievel, American motorcycle daredevil (Snake River Canyon), dies of pulmonary disease at 69

  • 2008-02-26 (George) "Buddy" Miles, American rock drummer (The Electric Flag; Band of Gypsies), dies of congestive heart disease at 60

Estelle Getty

2008-07-22 Estelle Getty, American actress (The Golden Girls, The Golden Palace), dies of Lewy body disease at 84

  • 2008-10-01 Nick Reynolds, American folk singer, tenor guitarist, and bongo player (The Kingston Trio, 1957-67 - "Tom Dooley"; "M.T.A."), dies from respiratory disease at 75
  • 2008-12-02 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77

Walter Cronkite

2009-07-17 Walter Cronkite, American broadcast journalist and news anchor (CBS Evening News 1962-81), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 92

  • 2010-03-12 Lesley Duncan (Cox), British session singer (Pink Floyd; Jesus Christ Superstar), and singer-songwriter ("Love Song"; "Sing Children Sing"), dies of cerebrovascular disease at 66
  • 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
  • 2011-08-02 Baruj Benacerraf, Venezuelan-American immunologist (Nobel 1980 - discovery of genes that regulate immune responses and of the role that some of these genes play in autoimmune diseases), dies at 90
  • 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
  • 2011-10-31 Liz Anderson, American country music singer-songwriter (Mama Spank, The Game of Triangles), dies of heart and lung disease at 81
  • 2012-03-03 Leonardo Cimino, Italian-American actor (The Monster Squad, V, Dune, Waterworld, Hudson Hawk), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 94
  • 2012-03-24 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 62
  • 2012-03-27 Warren Stevens, American actor (Richard Boone Show), dies from lung disease at 92
  • 2012-06-11 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone With The Wind; Whistling in the Dark), dies from heart disease at 94
  • 2012-08-23 Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer, dies from prostate cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 78
  • 2012-08-26 A K Hangal, Indian freedom fighter and Bollywood character actor (Aaina, Sholay), dies of respiratory disease at 98
  • 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
  • 2012-10-16 Eddie Yost, American MLB player, dies from cardiovascular disease at 86
  • 2012-12-19 Robert Bork, American legal scholar/jurist, dies from heart disease at 85
  • 2013-03-25 Lou Sleater, American MLB pitcher, dies from lung disease at 86
  • 2013-08-01 Dick Kazmaier, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1951; Unanimous All-American 1951; Princeton), dies from heart and lung disease at 82
  • 2013-10-27 Lou Reed, American rock singer-songwriter (Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane"; solo -"Take A Walk On The Wild Side"), dies from liver disease at 71

Phil Everly

2014-01-03 Phil Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74

  • 2014-05-19 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer and team owner (World F1 champion 1959-60, 66), dies of liver disease at 88
  • 2015-01-01 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue; Rod Stewart), dies of a rare brain disease at 59
  • 2015-01-10 Robert Stone, American novelist (Dog Soldiers, WUSA), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • 2015-01-18 Dallas Taylor, American session drummer (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clear Light), dies of complications from pneumonia and kidney disease at 66

Leonard Nimoy

2015-02-27 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83

  • 2015-03-01 Minnie Minoso, Cuban baseball left-fielder (9-time MLB All Star; Gold Glove Award 1957, 59, 60; Chicago White Sox), dies of heart disease at 92
  • 2015-03-15 Mike Porcaro, American rock bassist (Toto, 1982-2007 "Stranger In Town"), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 2015-06-07 Michael Oliver, British cardiologist (linked cholesterol with coronary artery disease), dies at 89
  • 2015-06-13 "Big Time" Sarah [Streeter], American blues singer, dies of heart disease at 62

Moses Malone

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

Jonah Lomu

2015-11-18 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black, 63 internationals), dies of a heart attack linked to kidney disease at 40

  • 2016-01-28 Signe Toly Anderson, American singer, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74
  • 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
  • 2017-02-06 Joost van der Westhuizen, South African rugby union halfback (89 Tests; Bulls), dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • 2017-05-04 William J. Baumol, American economist (Baumol’s cost disease), dies at 95
  • 2017-05-18 Frankie Paul [Paul Blake], Jamaican reggae musician, dies of kidney disease at 51
  • 2017-06-22 Hervé Filion, Canadian harness racing driver (World Driving C'ship 1970; Harness Tracks of America Driver of the Year 1969-74, 76, 78, 81, 89), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 77
  • 2017-07-21 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, dies from motor neurone disease at 56
  • 2017-12-04 Christine Keeler, British model and showgirl (Profumo affair), dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 75
  • 2018-01-20 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 2018-03-02 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), dies of hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at 63
  • 2018-03-05 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, dies of Crohn's disease at 80
  • 2018-05-05 Stanley Falkow, American microbiologist (molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases), dies at 84
  • 2018-11-02 Roy Hargrove, American trumpeter, dies of kidney disease at 49
  • 2019-01-11 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Racing), dies of degenerative neurological disease at 49
  • 2019-08-20 Russ Conway, American sports journalist (Eagleson NHL scandal), dies of heart disease at 70
  • 2019-12-12 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), dies of kidney disease at 57
  • 2020-01-17 Pietro Anastasi, Italian soccer striker (25 caps; Juventus, Ascoli, Inter), dies from motor neurone disease at 71
  • 2020-02-15 Tony Fernández, Dominican baseball shortstop (MLB All-Star 1986, 87, 89, 92, 99; World Series 1993; Gold Glove Award 1986–89; Toronto Blue Jays), dies of polycystic kidney disease at 57
  • 2020-04-01 Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago WS) and radio broadcaster (Chicago White Sox, 1991-2005), dies of kidney disease at 70
  • 2020-05-14 Bob Watson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1973, 75; Houston Astros) and sports executive (GM NY Yankees, World Series 1996), dies from kidney disease at 74
  • 2020-07-10 Lara van Ruijven, Dutch short track speed skater (World C'ship gold 500m 2019; Olympic bronze 3000m relay 2018), dies from an autoimmune disease at 27
  • 2020-07-21 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, dies from emphysema and heart disease, at 89 [1]
  • 2020-07-22 Carlton Haselrig, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers) and wrestler (6 x NCAA titles; Pitt-Johnstown), dies from liver disease at 54
  • 2020-08-07 Mark Wirtz, French pop music record producer, and composer ("Excerpt From A Teenage Opera"), dies from Pick's disease at 76
  • 2020-08-12 Pavol Biroš, Slovak soccer defender (9 caps, Czechoslovakia; Slavia Prague), dies from heart disease at 67
  • 2020-09-08 Gene A. Budig, American baseball executive (last American League [AL] president 1994-99), dies from liver disease at 81
  • 2020-10-31 Marius Žaliūkas, Lithuanian soccer centre back (25 caps; Hearts, Leeds, Rangers), dies from motor neurone disease at 36
  • 2020-11-02 Baron Wolman, American photographer, founding chief photographer for Rolling Stone, dies of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at 83
  • 2020-11-27 Kevin Burnham, American sailor (Olympic gold 470 class 2004; silver 470 1992), dies from pulmonary disease at 63
  • 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
  • 2020-12-29 John Paul Jr., American auto racer (IMSA GT C'ship 1982; 24 Hours of Daytona 1982, 92; 12 Hours of Sebring 1982), dies from Huntington's disease at 60
  • 2021-01-18 James Frederick "Jimmie" Rodgers, American pop singer and guitarist ("Honey Comb" ; “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again”), dies of kidney disease at 87 [1]
  • 2021-10-23 Bob Neumeier, American sportscaster (WBZ-radio, TV Boston; NBC Sports), dies from heart disease at 70