Famous People Who Died At 21

The list of famous people who died at 21 includes Billy the Kid, Claire Wineland, Sid Vicious, Matthew Shepard, Rebecca Schaeffer. Famous personalities featured on this list, include emperors & kings, soldiers, political leaders and revolutionaries and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 21 includes people from United States, Germany, France & Russia and many more countries.
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Juice WRLD
(Rapper)
Juice WRLD
367
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 8, 2019
Rapper Juice Wrld is best remembered for his tracks Lucid Dreams and All Girls Are the Same. He was also part of the collective Internet Money. He died due to a drug-induced seizure at the age of 21. His posthumous album Legends Never Die topped the Billboard 200 chart.
 2 
Lil Peep
(A Leading Figure of the Mid–late 2010s Emo Rap Scene)
Lil Peep
268
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 15, 2017

Hailed as the leading figure of the emo rap scene of the mid-late 2010s, Lil Peep went on to inspire many youth subcultures. Peep achieved tremendous success in less than three years' time. In his personal life though, he struggled with mental health conditions. He died at the age of 21 due to an accidental overdose of drugs.

 3 
Sid Vicious
(Musician)
Sid Vicious
40
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London
Died: February 2, 1979
Punk rock legend Sid Vicious was the lead singer and bassist of the Sex Pistols. He had a tumultuous life and was also accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death. He eventually died of a heroin overdose. His unreleased solo singles were collated and released as a posthumous album. 
 4 
Catherine Howard
(Queen Consort of England from1540 to 1541)
Catherine Howard
8
Birthdate: 1521 AD
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: February 13, 1542
Catherine Howard, England’s queen consort from 1540 until 1541, was Henry VIII’s fifth wife. She was a cousin of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. In November 1541, Catherine was stripped of the queen’s title and imprisoned. She was later beheaded on charges of adultery with her cousin Thomas Culpeper.
 5 
Rebecca Schaeffer
(Actress & Model)
Rebecca Schaeffer
17
Birthdate: November 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States
Died: July 18, 1989

Rebecca Schaeffer started her career as a model and is best remembered for her role as Patricia "Patti" Russell in the comedy My Sister Sam. She was shot to death at 21, by an obsessed fan named Robert John Bardo, who had been stalking her for a while.

 6 
Sophie Scholl
(German Student and Anti-Nazi Political Activist)
Sophie Scholl
20
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Forchtenberg, Germany
Died: February 22, 1943

Sophie Scholl was a German anti-Nazi political activist who was involved with a non-violent resistance group called White Rose. Scholl was executed by guillotine at the age of 21 for distributing anti-war leaflets. Since her death, Sophie Scholl has been viewed as an iconic figure. Her life and work have inspired several films, including Sophie Scholl – The Final Days.

 7 
Nathan Hale
(American Soldier, Patriot, and Spy for the Continental Army During the American Revolutionary War)
Nathan Hale
25
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 6, 1755
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Coventry, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 22, 1776

Nathan Hale was an American soldier, Patriot, and spy who worked for the Continental Army. He played an important role during the American Revolutionary War, volunteering for an intelligence-gathering mission. Nathan Hale was captured and executed by the British in 1776. Hale is regarded as an American hero for his important contribution during the American Revolutionary War. 

 8 
Matthew Adam Garber
(British Child Actor)
Matthew Adam Garber
11
Birthdate: March 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stepney, London, England
Died: June 13, 1977

Matthew Adam Garber was a British child actor who achieved popularity after playing Michael Banks in the 1964 musical fantasy film, Mary Poppins. Garber appeared in two other movies before retiring from acting. Regarded as a spirited and bright boy, Garber enjoyed playing sports and reading books. He died at the age of 21 due to pancreatitis.

 9 
Fred Hampton
(American Activist and Deputy Chairman of the National Black Panther Party)
Fred Hampton
54
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 4, 1969

Fred Hampton was considered an activist and a revolutionary socialist working for social change. He was the deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party. He founded the Rainbow Coalition, aiming to help the Chicago street gangs to end infighting. The FBI considered him as a major threat and he was shot and killed in December 1969 during a raid.

 10 
Eddie Cochran
(guitarist,singer, singer-songwriter, composer)
Eddie Cochran
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albert Lea
Died: April 17, 1960
 11 
Stuart Sutcliffe
(Scottish Musician Best Remembered for His Association with the Popular Rock Band 'The Beatles')
Stuart Sutcliffe
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: April 10, 1962

Stuart Sutcliffe was a Scottish musician and painter. He is best remembered for his association with the popular rock band the Beatles, where he was the original bass guitarist. Before achieving popularity as a guitarist, Sutcliffe left the Beatles to pursue painting. Along with John Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe is credited with coining the name Beetles, which later became the Beatles.

 12 
Claire Wineland
(American Activist, Author and Motivational Speaker)
Claire Wineland
5
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Died: September 2, 2018
 13 
Skye McCole Bartusiak
(Child Actress and Child Model)
Skye McCole Bartusiak
11
Birthdate: September 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: July 19, 2014

Child actress and child model Skye McCole Bartusiak is best remembered for her role in the TV series Touched by an Angel, for which she was nominated for a Young Artist Award. During her short but successful career, she played versatile roles in TV shows and films. She died at the age of 21 due to an apparent drug overdose.

 14 
Napoleon II
(Emperor of the French for a Few Weeks in 1815)
Napoleon II
9
Birthdate: March 20, 1811
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tuileries Palace, Paris
Died: July 22, 1832

Napoleon II was the son of Emperor Napoleon I and Empress Marie Louise. He was the titular Emperor of the French for a few weeks in 1815. He was just a small child when he became the disputed emperor following his father’s abdication. He died as a young man before getting the chance to serve his nation. 

 15 
Pocahontas
(Native American)
Pocahontas
22
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1596 AD
Birthplace: Gloucester County, Virginia
Died: February 29, 1617

Pocahontas was a Native American woman born in the Powhatan tribal nation. She was embroiled in the hostility between the English colonial settlers and the natives in Virginia during the 1610s. Later she married an Englishman and was taken to England in 1616 for the world to see the example of the ‘civilised savage’. Her legacy continues in the US.

 16 
Princess Charlotte of Wales
(Princess)
Princess Charlotte of Wales
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1796
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Carlton House, London, England
Died: November 6, 1817
 17 
Lexii Alijai
(American Rapper, Singer and Songwriter)
Lexii Alijai
19
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 19, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United State
Died: January 1, 2020
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 18 
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
(Saint)
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 17, 1918
 19 
Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley
(King Consort of Scotland (1565-1567))
Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley
2
Birthdate: December 7, 1545
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Temple Newsam, Yorkshire, England
Died: February 10, 1567
Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley was the great-grandson of King Henry VII of England. As the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, he reigned as the king of Scotland from 1565 till his murder in 1567. His son ruled as King James VI of Scotland and I of England.
 20 
Elisa Lam
(Chinese-Canadian Tourist Who Was Found Dead in Los Angeles Cecil Hotel)
Elisa Lam
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: February 1, 2013
 21 
Anandi Gopal Joshi
(First Indian Female Doctor)
Anandi Gopal Joshi
11
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 31, 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kalyan, Maharashtra, India
Died: February 26, 1887

Though she was married off at age 9 and had had a baby by 14, Anandi Gopal Joshi rose to become one of the first female doctors in India and the first Indian-origin woman to graduate with a medical degree in the US. Unfortunately, she died of tuberculosis shortly before her 22nd birthday.

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James Chaney
(American Civil Rights Activist)
James Chaney
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States
Died: June 21, 1964
 23 
Matthew Shepard
(Gay Hate Murder Victim)
Matthew Shepard
43
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Died: October 12, 1998

Matthew Shepard was a gay student who was beaten and tortured by Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney, on October 6, 1998, leading to his death 6 days later. The incident led to the passage of the Matthew Shepard Act by Barack Obama, years later, and the LGBT-oriented Matthew Shepard Foundation.

 24 
Duncan Edwards
(Football player)
Duncan Edwards
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Woodside, Dudley, England
Died: February 21, 1958
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 25 
Tyler Hilinski
(American football player)
Tyler Hilinski
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Claremont, California, United States
Died: January 16, 2018
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Lady Trieu
(Warrior)
Lady Trieu
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 8, 0226
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jiuzhen, Vietnam
Died: 0248 AD
 27 
Toyotomi Hideyori
(Japanese General Who First United All of Japan and the Son of 'Toyotomi Hideyoshi')
Toyotomi Hideyori
2
Birthdate: August 28, 1593
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Japan
Died: June 4, 1615

The son of Japanese samurai and the second Great Unifier of Japan, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Toyotomi Hideyori is remembered in Japanese history for his suicide at age 21 after being tricked by Ieyasu in the summer Siege of Osaka. Some even believe he had escaped, as his corpse was never found.  

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Lydia Litvyak
(Fighter pilot)
Lydia Litvyak
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 1, 1943
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Princess Isabella of Parma
(Princess)
Princess Isabella of Parma
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 31, 1741
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Buen Retiro Palace, Madrid, Spain
Died: November 27, 1763
 30 
Victor Noir
(French Journalist)
Victor Noir
2
Birthdate: July 27, 1848
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Attigny, France
Died: January 11, 1870
 31 
Emperor Go-Momozono
(Emperor , Sovereign)
Emperor Go-Momozono
2
Birthdate: August 5, 1758
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Japan
Died: December 16, 1779

Emperor Go-Momozono was the Emperor of Japan who reigned from 1771 until his death in 1779 at the age of 21. His reign was marked by a series of natural disasters that resulted in the deaths of thousands of people and the destruction of several properties. Emperor Go-Momozono became ill and adopted a son named Morohito on his deathbed.

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Jack Trice
(American football player)
Jack Trice
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 12, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hiram, Ohio, United States
Died: October 8, 1923
 33 
Jeanne Hebuterne
(Painter)
Jeanne Hebuterne
1
Birthdate: April 6, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Meaux, Seine-et-Marne, French Third Republic
Died: January 26, 1920
 34 
Beatrice d'Este
(Duchess)
Beatrice d'Este
0
Birthdate: June 29, 1475
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: January 3, 1497

Beatrice d'Este was one of the most beautiful noblewomen of the Italian Renaissance and a patron of the arts. The duchess of Bari and Milan through her marriage to Ludovico Sforza, she not only influenced the dress sense of her time but also supported the Milanese resistance during the Italian Wars.

 35 
Ana Carolina Reston
(Brazilian Model)
Ana Carolina Reston
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jundiaí, São Paulo, Brazil
Died: November 15, 2006

Ana Carolina Reston was a Brazilian model best remembered for her work with popular brands like Giorgio Armani. Reston succumbed to the unfair demands of the fashion industry and suffered from severe anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She died at the age of 21 and weighed just 40 kgs at the time of her death. 

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Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia
(Prince)
Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 20, 1843
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alexander Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 24, 1865
 37 
Elvira Madigan
(Circus performer, best known today for her romantic relationship with the Swedish nobleman and cavalry officer Sixten Sparre)
Elvira Madigan
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 4, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flensburg, Germany
Died: July 19, 1889
 38 
Sam Davis
(Confederate Soldier Who was Executed by Union Forces and Remembered for His Courage and Loyalty)
Sam Davis
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 6, 1842
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 27, 1863

Confederate soldier Sam Davis, who was captured, convicted and executed by Union forces at just 21 years of age in Pulaski, Tennessee, during the American Civil War, is remembered for his courage and loyalty and lauded as the Boy Hero of the Confederacy. A martyr to the Confederate cause, Davis was eulogized by Middle Tennesseeans for his bravery and sacrifice.

 39 
Poom Jensen
(Police officer)
Poom Jensen
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: December 26, 2004
 40 
Arun Khetarpal
Arun Khetarpal
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pune
Died: December 16, 1971
 41 
Al-Hādī
(Fourth Caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate)
Al-Hādī
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 0764
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jibal
Died: September 24, 0785

Al-Hādī reigned as the fourth Caliph of the Abbasid Caliphate from 24 July 785 until his death on 14 September 786. A physically strong ruler, Al-Hādī was renowned for his bravery and generosity. However, he was cruel and continued his father's persecutions and unfair policies. His short reign was marked by internal conflicts and power struggles with his mother.

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Nodar Kumaritashvili
(Athlete)
Nodar Kumaritashvili
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Borjomi, Georgia
Died: February 12, 2010
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 43 
Willi Herold
(Military personnel)
Willi Herold
22
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: September 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany
Died: November 14, 1946
 44 
Prince Baudouin of Belgium
(Eldest Son of Prince Philippe of Belgium, Count of Flanders)
Prince Baudouin of Belgium
0
Birthdate: June 3, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: January 23, 1891

Prince Baudouin of Belgium was the son of Prince Philippe of Belgium, Count of Flanders. He is also known as the older brother of Albert I of Belgium, who went on to become King of the Belgians in 1909. Albert I became heir presumptive after the untimely death of Prince Baudouin of Belgium at the age of 21.

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Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily
(Princess)
Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 14, 1784
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Caserta, Caserta, Italy
Died: May 21, 1806
 46 
Crispus
(Roman Ruler)
Crispus
2
Birthdate: 0305 AD
Birthplace: Byzantine Empire
Died: 0326 AD
 47 
Pritilata Waddedar
(Former Indian Revolutionary Nationalist Known for Pahartali European Club Attack (1932))
Pritilata Waddedar
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dhalghat, Patiya, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Died: September 24, 1932
Pritilata Waddedar was a prominent Indian revolutionary leader who was an integral part of India’s freedom movement. She joined Surya Sen’s revolutionary group and led the 1932 armed raid on Chittagong’s Pahartali European Club. She died by consuming cyanide to avoid arrest. The Birkannya Pritilata Trust was later established in her honor.
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Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor
(Emperor)
Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor
1
Birthdate: 0980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kessel, Germany
Died: January 23, 1002
 49 
Saint Lucy
(Saint)
Saint Lucy
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0283 AD
Birthplace: Syracuse, Roman Empire
Died: 0304 AD

Saint Lucy was a Christian martyr who was killed during the Great Persecution. Lucy is venerated as a saint in the Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches. She is one of the women commemorated in the Canon of the Mass by Roman Catholics. Saint Lucy's Day, her traditional feast day, is observed on 13 December by Western Christians.

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Mónica Santa María
(Peruvian TV Hostess and Model)
Mónica Santa María
2
Birthdate: December 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miraflores, Lima, Perú
Died: March 13, 1994

Mónica Santa María was a Peruvian TV hostess and model. She achieved popularity when she began hosting the popular children's show, Nubeluz. However, the show got cancelled in 1996, partly due to Mónica Santa María's suicide by gunshot at the age of 21.