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Celebrity Death Data

This page presents the precise date, time, place and cause of death for various celebrities. If you require additional in-depth biographical data, many of the entries below offer a link to a detailed biographical profile of that individual. Pursuant to our work here at Internet Accuracy Project, most of the profiles also contain error corrections for some of the most common errors you'll find in reference books and on the Web.

NOTE: All times of death reported on this page are from the local time zone where the death actually occurred.

Note that we never round off times of death, and report them as they appear on official documents, such as death certificates, or were reported by the hospital, family members or other officials. Even so, the "official" time of death that appears on death certificates is usually the time that the local coroner confirmed the death for him/herself. This is almost always several minutes, hours, or in rare cases, days after the death actually occurred. In cases where the precise time of death and the "official" time of death may differ, we try to offer both, along with an explanation.


"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott

Date, time, place and cause of death: December 8, 2004, at 10:18 p.m., at the Alrosa Villa Club, at 5055 Sinclair Road, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. (Murdered - Gunshots)

For more information on this singer/musician, visit our biographical profile of "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.


Senator James Lusk Alcorn

Date, time, place and cause of death: December 20, 1894, at 12:55 a.m., Eagle's Nest plantation, near Jonestown, Coahoma County, Mississippi, U.S.A. (Natural causes)

For source data, or more information about this American politician, visit our biographical profile of Senator James Lusk Alcorn.


Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

Occupation: Statesman who founded modern Turkey, was a 4-term President of Turkey, and the first President of the Republic of Turkey.

Date, time, place and cause of death: November 10, 1938, at 9:05 a.m., at Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey (Cirrhosis of the liver)


Clyde Barrow

Date, time, place and cause of death: May 23, 1934, at 9:15 a.m., State Highway 154, near Gibsland, Louisiana, U.S.A. (Killed in a police ambush)

For more information on this notorious American outlaw, visit our profile of Clyde Barrow.


Jack Benny

Date, time, place and cause of death: December 26, 1974, at 11:52 p.m., at 10231 Charing Cross Road, Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Pancreatic cancer)

For source data, or more information about this multi-Emmy award-winning comedian, visit our profile of Jack Benny.


George Best

Occupation: Soccer (football) champion who scored 178 goals in 466 games playing for Manchester United (1963-74). He was European Player of the Year (1968). Best also played for the Los Angeles Aztecs (1976-78), the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and later worked as a sportscaster for Sky TV.

Date, time, place and cause of death: November 25, 2005, at 12:55 p.m., at Cromwell Hospital, London, England (Multiple organ failure / Lung infection / Internal bleeding)


David Bloom

Occupation: American journalist / TV Personality for NBC's Today Show (2000-2003), NBC Nightly News (1993-2003), and NBC White House correspondent (1997-2000). He died while covering the Iraq war.

Date, time, place and cause of death: April 6, 2003, at 8:08 a.m., near Baghdad, Iraq (Pulmonary embolism - Blood clot)


Edward Bok

Date, time, place and cause of death: January 9, 1930, at 4:25 a.m., Lake Wales, Florida, U.S.A. (Heart attack)

For source data, or more information about this writer/editor, visit our profile of Edward W. Bok.


Admiral Mike Boorda
0

Date, time, place and cause of death: May 16, 1996, at 2:30 p.m., District of Columbia General Hospital, Washington, D.C. (Suicide - Self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest)

For more information on this American military leader, visit our profile of Admiral Mike Boorda.


Jonathan Brandis
1

Date, time, place and cause of death: November 12, 2003, at 2:44 p.m., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Suicide - Hanging)

Source: Death certificate

For more information on this award-winning actor, visit our biographical profile of Jonathan Brandis.


Truman Capote
2

Date, time, place and cause of death: August 25, 1984, at 12:21 p.m., at 400 St. Cloud Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Liver disease complicated by phlebitis, and multiple drug intoxication)

For source data, or more information about this award-winning writer, visit our biographical profile of Truman Capote.


Harry Chapin
3

Date, time, place and cause of death: July 16, 1981, at 1:05 p.m., Nassau County Medical Center, Long Island, New York, U.S.A. (Auto accident / Heart attack)

For more information on this singer/songwriter, visit our biographical profile of Harry Chapin.


"Buffalo Bill" Cody
4

Occupation: American Wild West frontiersman. William Frederick Cody was also a showman who helped popularize the world's romantic image of the American West with his traveling "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show." He was a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, a Pony Express rider, sharpshooter and frontier scout.

Date, time, place and cause of death: January 10, 1917, at 12:05 p.m., at 2932 Lafayette Street, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. (Uremic poisoning / Kidney disease)


Gary Cooper
5

Occupation: Multi-Academy Award-winning American actor of High Noon, Sergeant York, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Meet John Doe, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, The Westerner, and The Pride of the Yankees fame.

Date, time, place and cause of death: May 13, 1961, at 12:27 p.m.*, at 200 N. Baroda Drive, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Lung cancer)

* Some newspapers erroneously report he died at "high noon," a reference to his most famous role. Some sources also erroneously claim he died at his home in "Hollywood." In point of fact, his home on Baroda Drive is several miles from Hollywood, just west of Beverly Hills.


Andrew Cunanan
6

Andrew Cunanan was an American criminal whose murder spree launched one of the most massive manhunts in U.S. history. Before the killing was done, he would achieve additional notoriety for the murder of Gianni Versace. Versace was one of the world's most celebrated fashion designers, and was head of a multimillion-dollar fashion empire.

Date, time, place and cause of death: July 23, 1997, at approximately 4 p.m., a houseboat docked on the Intracoastal Waterway, along Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, U.S.A. (Suicide - Gunshot)


Devaughn Darling
7

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 26, 2001, at 8:37 a.m., Tallahassee Memorial Regional Medical Center, Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A. (Cardiac arrhythmia)

For more information on this American athlete, visit our biographical profile of Devaughn Darling.


James Dean
8

Occupation: American actor of Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, and East of Eden fame.

His tragic early death in an auto accident helped transform the two-time Academy Award nominee into an iconic cult figure that has continued to resonate with young people for over half a century.

Date, time, place and cause of death: September 30, 1955, at 5:45 p.m., at the intersection of Highways 41 and 466 (now 46) Cholame, near Paso Robles, California, U.S.A. (Auto accident)


Governor Thomas E. Dewey
9

Date, time, place and cause of death: March 16, 1971, at 3:15 p.m., Sea View Hotel, suite 711-12, Bal Harbour, Florida, U.S.A. (Heart attack)

For source data, or more information about this American politician, visit our biographical profile of Gov. Thomas Dewey.


Prince Dipendra
0

Occupation: Royalty / Prince of Nepal / King of Nepal for 3 days following the massacre of his father, King Birendra, his mother, Queen Aishwarya, and 7 other members of the royal family.

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 4, 2001, at 3:45 a.m., at Birendra Military Hospital, Chhauni, Kathmandu, Nepal (Suicide - Gunshot)*

* Prince Dipendra had been upset by his parents' -- and particularly his mother's -- disapproval of his choice for a bride. In fact, it is believed that Queen Aishwarya was dead set against him marrying the love of his life, Devyani Rana. His massacre of the Royal Family occurred after his attempts to sway them into allowing the marriage, proved unsuccessful.


Walt Disney
1

Occupation: American amusement park pioneer who founded Disneyland, and Walt Disney World. Multi-Academy and Emmy award-winning producer of Bambi, Dumbo, Fantasia, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Old Yeller, and Mary Poppins. Animation pioneer of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy fame. Walt Disney Studios co-founder and President.

Date, time, place and cause of death: December 15, 1966, at 9:35 a.m., at St. Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, California, U.S.A. (Circulatory failure / Lung cancer)


General William Joseph Donovan
2

Occupation: American founder, and Director of the OSS (the predecessor of the CIA). U.S. Army General, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, and Assistant Attorney General of the United States. General Donovan was the only American to have received its 4 highest honors: The Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal.

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 8, 1959, at 1:55 p.m., in the Pershing Suite at Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington, D.C. (Stroke)


Dale Earnhardt
3

Occupation: Race car driver / Stock car racing champion who had 76 NASCAR victories, and was a seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup winner.

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 18, 2001, at 5:16 p.m., at Halifax Medical Center, Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.A. (Injuries sustained in racing accident)


Wyatt Earp
4

Date, time, place and cause of death: January 13, 1929, at 8:05 a.m., at 4004 West 17th Street, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Kidney ailment / Chronic cystitis)

Source: Death certificate

For more information on this Wild West frontiersman and lawman, visit our profile of Wyatt Earp.


Farrah Fawcett
5

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 25, 2009, at 9:28 a.m., St. John's Health Center, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. (Cancer)

For more information on this American actress, visit our profile of Farrah Fawcett.


W.C. Fields
6

Date, time, place and cause of death: December 25, 1946, at 12:03 p.m., Las Encinas Sanitarium, Pasadena, California, U.S.A. (Cirrhosis of the liver / Pneumonia)

Source: Death certificate

For more information on this actor/writer/comedian, visit our profile of W.C. Fields.


Lane Frost
7

Date, time, place and cause of death: July 30, 1989, at 3:59 p.m., at Memorial Hospital, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A. (Injuries sustained in an attack by a rodeo bull)

For more information on this world champion rodeo bull rider, visit our biographical profile of Lane Frost.


Yuri Gagarin
8

Occupation: Soviet cosmonaut who was the first human to travel into space (April 12, 1961), and the first to orbit the Earth. He later served as Deputy to the Supreme Soviet, and was Deputy director of the Soviet Cosmonaut Training Center.

Date, time, place and cause of death: March 27, 1968, at 10:31 a.m., near Kirzhach, east of Moscow, Russia (Plane crash)


Gandhi
9

Occupation: Statesman who was the architect of India's independence from British rule through non-violence. Gandhi was a spiritual leader whose philosophy of non-violence has proven influential with nonviolent resistance movements around the world. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was also President of the Indian National Congress.

Date, time, place and cause of death: January 30, 1948, at 5:17 p.m., at Birla House, New Delhi, India (Assassinated - Gunshot)


Jerry Garcia
0

Occupation: American singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist for the Grateful Dead rock group. They ranked as one of the most successful touring bands in rock history, despite very few chart hits (Truckin' being a notable exception). Jerry Garcia is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Date, time, place and cause of death: August 9, 1995, at 4:23 a.m., Serenity Knolls (a drug rehabilitation clinic), 145 Tamal Road, Forest Knolls, Marin County, California, U.S.A. (Heart attack)


Vincent 'Chin' Gigante
1

Vincent Gigante was an American criminal and Mafia boss who faked mental illness by wandering the streets of New York's Greenwich Village in a tattered bathrobe, while mumbling incoherently to himself, in a bid to avoid prison for over 30 years.

The mob boss was nicknamed "The Oddfather," "Daffy Don" and "The Pajama King" because of the aforementioned behavior. In 2003, he admitted it was all a ruse to avoid jail after he'd been convicted and sentenced to prison.

He headed the Genovese crime family for more than 20 years, and tried in vain to have his archrival, John Gotti, the boss of the Gambino crime family, killed. The mobster died while serving a prison sentence for conspiracy to murder other organized crime figures, racketeering, as well as extortion and other crimes. Vincent Gigante died at the same prison hospital where John Gotti died a few years earlier.

Date, time, place and cause of death: December 19, 2005, at 5:15 a.m., U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A. (Heart disease)


John Gotti
2

John Gotti was an American mobster who seized control of the Gambino crime family after having Paul Castellano, the previous mob boss, killed. John Gotti was known as the "Dapper Don" for his flamboyant attire and smug airs, and later became known as the "Teflon Don" for his swaggering ability at dodging the law. John Gotti died in prison while serving a life sentence for racketeering, multiple murders, conspiracy, loan-sharking, extortion, obstruction of justice and tax evasion. He died at the same prison hospital where fellow Mafia boss and his archrival, Vincent "Chin" Gigante later died.

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 10, 2002, at 12:45 p.m., U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A. (Throat cancer)


Rocky Graziano
3

Occupation: World middleweight boxing champion. Writer of Somebody Up There Likes Me fame.

Date, time, place and cause of death: May 22, 1990, at 7:24 p.m., New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (Cardiopulmonary failure / Stroke)


Dag Hammarskjold
4

Occupation: Swedish Statesman / Diplomat / Nobel Peace Prize-winning Secretary-General of the United Nations (1953-61).

Date, time, place and cause of death: September 18, 1961, at 12:11 a.m., near Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (Injuries sustained in a plane crash)


Rafik Hariri
5

Occupation: Lebanese Statesman who served 5-terms as Prime Minister of Lebanon (1992-1998, 2000-04). He was praised as the architect of Lebanon's rebirth and renewed confidence after years of civil war.

A massive truck bomb took the life of Hariri and 16 others, wounding 137. Following his assassination, protests erupted across the country and quickly brought down the pro-Syrian Lebanese government. Incredible international pressure was brought to bear on Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon, which they did within months. Investigations have concluded that his assassination was likely planned by Syrian officials.

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 14, 2005, at 12:55 p.m., Corniche district, Beirut, Lebanon (Assassinated - Truck bomb)


O. Henry
6

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 5, 1910, at 7:06 a.m., New York Polyclinic Hospital, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (Diabetes / Cirrhosis of the liver)

For more information on this writer, visit our biographical profile of O. Henry.


Paul Hester
7

Occupation: Australian singer, musician, TV and radio personality, co-founder and drummer for the band Crowded House. He was also a member of other bands, including Cheks (1980-82), Deckchairs Overboard (1982-83), Split Enz (1983-84) and Largest Living Things.

Date, time, place and cause of death: March 26, 2005, at 1:20 p.m., Elsternwick Park, Elwood, Melbourne, Australia (Suicide - Hanging)


Mark Reynolds Hughes
8

Occupation: American founder, chairman and CEO of the Herbalife empire, which helped launch the herbal-dietary supplement craze.

Date, time, place and cause of death: May 21, 2000, at 11:02 a.m., at 33064 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California, U.S.A. (Accidental overdose of alcohol and Doxepin)


Pope John Paul II
9

Date, time, place and cause of death: April 2, 2005, at 9:37 p.m., Vatican Apostolic Palace, Vatican City, Rome, Italy (Heart failure / Septic shock)


Leavander Johnson
0

Occupation: Two-time world lightweight boxing champion who captured the IBO (in 1995) and IBF (in 2005) titles. He finished his career with a record of 34-5-2 and 26 knockouts.

Date, time, place and cause of death: September 22, 2005, at 4:23 p.m., at University Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. (Injuries sustained in a boxing title fight)


Al Jolson
1

Date, time, place and cause of death: October 23, 1950, at 10:35 p.m., room 1220 of the St. Francis hotel, San Francisco, California, U.S.A. (Heart attack)

For source data, or more information on this actor/singer, visit our biographical profile of Al Jolson.


Ken Lay
2

Date, time, place and cause of death: July 5, 2006, at 3:11 a.m., Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A. (Heart attack)

For more information about this controversial Enron executive, visit our biographical profile of Ken Lay.


Lillian Leitzel
3

Occupation: Circus Performer / Gymnast / World-famous Ringling Brothers Circus trapeze aerialist known as the "Queen of the Air."

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 15, 1931, at 2:09 a.m., Berlin, Germany (Injuries sustained in a fall from a trapeze)


William Lemp, Jr.
4

Occupation: American businessman / Beer Magnate / President of Lemp Brewing Company, maker of Lemp Beer, and later, Falstaff Beer. Grandson of Lemp Brewing founder Adam Lemp.

Date, time, place and cause of death: December 29, 1922, at 9:30 a.m., at 3322 De Menil Place, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. (Suicide - gunshot)


Carole Lombard
5

Occupation: American actress of My Man Godfrey, Twentieth Century, Nothing Sacred, 1941's Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and 1942's To Be or Not to Be fame.

Date, time, place and cause of death: January 16, 1942, at 7:37 p.m., Table Rock Mountain, near Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. (Plane crash)


Myrna Loy
6

Date, time, place and cause of death: December 14, 1993, at 6:22 p.m., Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (Complications during surgery)

For more information on this actress, visit our biographical profile of Myrna Loy.


Al Lucas
7

Date, time, place and cause of death: April 10, 2005, at 1:28 p.m., at California Hospital Medical Center, 1401 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Injuries sustained in a football game)

For more information about this football player, visit our biographical profile of Al Lucas.


Jayne Mansfield
8

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 29, 1967, at 2:25 a.m., Highway 90 near the Rigolets Bridge, near New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. (Auto accident)

For source data, or more information on this actress, visit our biographical profile of Jayne Mansfield.


Bob Matsui
9

Occupation: U.S. Politician / 13-term American Congressman who wrote the bill that awarded $20,000 in reparations to every Japanese-American held in internment camps during World War II.

Date, time, place and cause of death: January 1, 2005, at 10:10 p.m., at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A. (Pneumonia)


Walter Matthau
0

Date, time, place and cause of death: July 1, 2000, at 1:42 a.m., St. John's Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. (Heart attack)

Source: Death certificate

For more information about this award-winning American actor, visit our biographical profile of Walter Matthau.


Timothy McVeigh (American terrorist)
1

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 11, 2001, at 7:14 a.m., at the U.S. Penitentiary, 4200 Bureau Road, Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.A. (Executed - Lethal injection)

Source: Death certificate


Arthur Miller
2

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 10, 2005, at 9:17 p.m., at 232 Tophet Road, Roxbury, Connecticut, U.S.A. (Heart failure)

For source data, or more information on this author, visit our profile of Arthur Miller.


James Murray
3

Occupation: Scottish professional boxer who died as a result of injuries sustained in his final bout. The southpaw bantamweight boxer compiled a record of 15 wins (5 by knockout), 2 losses, no draws.

He was knocked out Friday, October 13, 1995, in the British bantamweight title fight against champion Drew Docherty, held at the Hospitality Inn, in Glasgow, Scotland. Drunken and unruly fans began throwing bottles and chairs when the 12th round knockout occurred, delaying paramedics by vital seconds as they tried to reach the stricken boxer. Murray was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. He was pronounced "clinically dead" October 14, 1995, but doctors left him on his life support machine so they could reassess his condition the next day. A final analysis of his brain activity confirmed he was dead and was removed from life support the 15th.

Date, time, place and cause of death: October 15, 1995, at 8:50 a.m., Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland (Injuries sustained in a professional boxing match)


Eric Namesnik
4

Date, time, place and cause of death: January 11, 2006, at 10:11 a.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5301 Mcauley Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan, U.S.A. (Injuries sustained in an auto accident)

For more information about this Olympic athlete, visit our biographical profile of Eric Namesnik.


Huey P. Newton
5

Date, time, place and cause of death: August 22, 1989, at 6:12 a.m., at Highland Hospital, Oakland, California, U.S.A. (Murdered - multiple gunshots)

For more information about this co-founder of the Black Panther Party, visit our biographical profile of Huey P. Newton.


Milton Obote
6

Occupation: Dictator / Uganda's first Prime Minister (1962-66), President of Uganda (1966-1971) and (1980-85). His first Presidential term ended in a coup by his military commander, Idi Amin. His second Presidential term also ended in a coup by his own army commanders.

Date, time, place and cause of death: October 10, 2005, at 5:45 p.m., Morningside Medi-Clinic, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa (Kidney failure / Acute respiratory ailment / Stroke)


Eugene O'Neill
7

Occupation: Nobel and multi-Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer of Long Day's Journey Into Night, Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie, Ah, Wilderness!, Strange Interlude, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Mourning Becomes Electra, and The Iceman Cometh.

Date, time, place and cause of death: November 27, 1953, at 4:39 p.m., Suite 401 of the Shelton Hotel (now a Boston University dormitory), 91 Bay State Road, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (Pneumonia)


Heather O'Rourke
8

Occupation: Award-winning American actress best known for her starring role in the film Poltergeist, and its two sequels. It was in her role as Carol Anne Freeling that she delivered the immortal lines, "They're he-eere!" and later, "They're baa-ack" to herald the arrival of visitors from "the other side."

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 1, 1988, at 2:43 p.m., Children's Hospital and Health Center, 8001 Frost Street, San Diego, California, U.S.A. (Cardio-respiratory arrest / septic shock / acute bowel obstruction)

Source: Death certificate


Bonnie Parker
9

Date, time, place and cause of death: May 23, 1934, at 9:15 a.m., State Highway 154, near Gibsland, Louisiana, U.S.A. (Killed in a police ambush)

For more information about this notorious outlaw, visit our profile of Bonnie Parker.


Robert A. Peck
0

Date, time, place and cause of death: March 6, 2007, at 12:51 p.m., Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A. (Pneumonia / West Nile virus)

For more information about this American politician, visit our profile of Bob Peck.


Sheriff Buford Pusser
1

Occupation: Crusading American law enforcement official of Walking Tall movie fame.

Date, time, place and cause of death: August 21, 1974, at 11:55 p.m., U.S. Highway 64, between Selmer and Adamsville, McNairy County, Tennessee, U.S.A. * (Auto accident)

NOTE: Sheriff Pusser died in a mysterious auto accident that some consider to be an assassination by organized crime.

* Source: Death certificate


President Ronald Reagan
2

Occupation: 40th President of the United States (1981-89), 2-term Governor of California (1966-74). Multi-award-winning American actor of Kings Row, Dark Victory, and Knute Rockne, All American fame.

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 5, 2004, at 1:09 p.m., at 668 St. Cloud Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Pneumonia / Alzheimer's disease)


David Rosenbaum
3

Date, time, place and cause of death: January 8, 2006, at 7:10 p.m., Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C. (Murdered - Head injuries sustained in a street robbery)

For more information about this award-winning journalist, visit our biography of David Rosenbaum.


Hilton Ruiz
4

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 6, 2006, at 3:51 a.m., East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, near New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. (Injuries sustained in a fall)

For more information about this jazz pianist and composer, visit our biographical profile of Hilton Ruiz.


Jessica Savitch
5

Date, time, place and cause of death: October 23, 1983, at 7:20 p.m., the Delaware Canal, near Chez Odette (the restaurant later became simply Odette's) 274 South River Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (Auto accident - drowned)

For source data, or more information on this NBC News journalist, visit our biographical profile of Jessica Savitch.


Selena
6

Occupation: Grammy award-winning singer of I Could Fall In Love, Selena Live, and Dreaming Of You fame.

Date, time, place and cause of death: March 31, 1995, at 1:05 p.m., at Memorial Medical Center, Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.A. (Murdered - Gunshot)


Betty Shabazz
7

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 23, 1997, at 2:46 p.m., Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, New York, U.S.A. (Injuries sustained in a fire)

For more information about Ms. Shabazz, visit our biographical profile of Betty Shabazz.


Tupac Shakur
8

Occupation: American rap singer of 2Pacalypse Now, Me Against The World and All Eyez on Me fame. Lyricist/Actor of Juice, Above the Rim, and Poetic Justice fame.

Date, time, place and cause of death: September 13, 1996, at 4:03 p.m., University of Nevada Medical Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. (Murdered - Gunshots)


Princess Shruti
9

Occupation: Royalty / Princess of Nepal / Daughter of King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya.

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 1, 2001, at 9:55 p.m., at Birendra Military Hospital, Chhauni, Kathmandu, Nepal (Assassinated by her brother, Prince Dipendra - Gunshot)

NOTE: Initial reports tried to "spin" the assassinations by claiming it was an "accidental firing from an automatic weapon." Subsequent investigations revealed that Crown Prince Dipendra, had been upset by his parents' -- and particularly his mother's -- disapproval of his choice for a bride. In fact, it is believed that Queen Aishwarya was dead set against him marrying the love of his life, Devyani Rana. The massacre occurred after his attempts to sway them into allowing the marriage, proved unsuccessful.


Alfred Stieglitz
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Occupation: American artist / Pioneering photographer who won recognition for photography as an art. Stieglitz was the husband of artist Georgia O'Keeffe.

Date, time, place and cause of death: July 13, 1946, at 1:25 a.m. at Doctors Hospital, New York City, New York, U.S.A. (Stroke / Brain hemorrhage)


Justin Strzelczyk
1

Date, time, place and cause of death: September 30, 2004, at 10:41 a.m.*, on Interstate 90, Herkimer, New York, U.S.A. (Auto accident while fleeing police)

* NOTE: He wasn't "officially" pronounced dead until 10:41 a.m., but was actually dead at 8:16 a.m., the result of a fiery head-on collision with a tanker truck.


For more information about this football player, visit our biographical profile of Justin Strzelczyk.


Sharon Tate
2

Date, time, place and cause of death: August 9, 1969, at 12:40 a.m., at 10050 Cielo Drive, Bel Air (just outside Beverly Hills city limits), California, U.S.A. (Murdered - Multiple stab wounds to the chest and back)

Note that the time of death on Sharon's death certificate (9:10 a.m.) was the time the police found the bloody scene at her house, not her actual time of death.

For source data, or more information on this actress, visit our biographical profile of Sharon Tate.


William Desmond Taylor
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Occupation: Director of the silent films, Huckleberry Finn, Anne of Green Gables, Captain Kidd, Jr., Tom Sawyer, and Davy Crockett.

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 1, 1922, at 7:50 p.m., at 404-B South Alvarado Street, Los Angeles*, California, U.S.A. (Murdered - Gunshot)

* Many reports erroneously state Taylor died in "Hollywood." His home (which no longer exists) was on South Alvarado Street, in central Los Angeles, not Hollywood.


Derrick Thomas
4

Occupation: American athlete / NFL Football Player / Nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 8, 2000, at 10:10 a.m., at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. (Cardiac arrest / Blood clot / the result of injuries sustained in an auto accident)


Hunter S. Thompson
5

Occupation: American writer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Hell's Angels fame. Journalist who coined the term and pioneered "Gonzo Journalism." National affairs editor for Rolling Stone magazine.

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 20, 2005, at 5:42 p.m., at Owl Farm, Woody Creek, near Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A. (Suicide - Gunshot)


Peter Tomarken
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Date, time, place and cause of death: March 13, 2006, at 9:41 a.m., Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. (Plane crash)

For more information about this game show host, visit our biographical profile of Peter Tomarken.


Senator John Tower
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Occupation: American politician / 4-term U.S. Senator (1961-85), Chairman of the Tower Commission investigating the Iran Contra scandal (1986-87), assistant Professor of political science, Midwestern University (1951-60), radio announcer (1948-49).

Date, time, place and cause of death: April 5, 1991, at 2:51 p.m., near the Glynco Airport, Brunswick, Georgia, U.S.A. (Plane crash)

NOTE: Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 crashed at 2:51 p.m., not 3:00 p.m. as some sources report.


Ritchie Valens
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Occupation: Singer of La Bamba, Come On Let's Go, and Donna fame. Ritchie Valens was the first major Hispanic-American rock star. His life was portrayed in the 1987 motion picture, La Bamba, starring Lou Diamond Phillips. The plane crash in which he died, also killed fellow singers Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

Date, time, place and cause of death: February 3, 1959, at 1:03 a.m. near Clear Lake, Iowa, U.S.A. (Plane crash) *

* Some sources mistakenly report "Mason City, Iowa" as his place of death. Although this is where the plane took off, the crash took place closer to Clear Lake, Iowa.


Gianni Versace
9

Gianni Versace was an internationally acclaimed fashion designer who was murdered by spree killer Andrew Cunanan.

Date, time, place and cause of death: July 15, 1997, at 8:46 a.m., at 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida (Murdered - Gunshots)

NOTE: Versace was "officially" pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital, but he was actually dead at the scene of his murder.


William Vickrey
0

Date, time, place and cause of death: October 11, 1996, at 12:43 a.m., St. Agnes Hospital, White Plains, New York, U.S.A. (Heart attack)

For more information about this Nobel Prize-winning economist, visit our biographical profile of William Vickrey.


John Wayne
1

Occupation: Academy Award-winning American actor of True Grit, The Shootist, The Searchers, The Quiet Man, Red River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and Stagecoach fame. He was also the producer of Hondo, The High and the Mighty, and 1960's The Alamo.

Date, time, place and cause of death: June 11, 1979, at 5:23 p.m., at UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. (Cancer)


Senator Paul Wellstone
2

Date, time, place and cause of death: October 25, 2002, at 10:22 a.m., near Eveleth, Minnesota, U.S.A. (Plane crash)

For more information about this American politician, visit our biographical profile of Senator Paul Wellstone.


James Whale
3

Occupation: Director of the films Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, and Show Boat. His life story was told in the 1998 Sir Ian McKellen motion picture, Gods and Monsters.

Date, time, place and cause of death: May 29, 1957, at 2:25 p.m., at 788 Amalfi Drive, Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.A. (Suicide - drowned)


Vice President Henry Wilson
4

Date, time, place and cause of death: November 22, 1875, at 7:20 a.m., U.S. Capitol Building, Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. (Stroke)

For source data, or more information on this American statesman, visit our biographical profile of Vice President Henry Wilson.


Wilbur Wright
5

Date, time, place and cause of death: May 30, 1912, at 3:15 a.m., at 7 Hawthorn Street, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A. (Typhoid fever)

For source data, or more information on this aviation pioneer, visit our profile of Wilbur Wright.


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Robert Young
6

Occupation: Multi-Emmy award-winning American actor of Northwest Passage, Strange Interlude, Western Union, TV's Father Knows Best, and Marcus Welby, M.D..

Date, time, place and cause of death: July 21, 1998, at 9:10 p.m., at 31589 Saddletree Drive, Westlake Village, California, U.S.A. (Respiratory failure)

Source: Death certificate


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