Famous People Who Died At 34

The list of famous people who died at 34 includes Jeffrey Dahmer, Jayne Mansfield, Layne Staley, Ayrton Senna, Jesse James. Famous personalities featured on this list, include emperors & kings, playwrights, political leaders and poets and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 34 includes people from United States, France, Germany & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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Ayrton Senna
(One of the Greatest F1 Drivers in the History of the Sport)
Ayrton Senna
46
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
Died: May 1, 1994

Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian racing driver. Widely considered one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, Ayrton had won the prestigious F1 World Drivers' Championship thrice. Following his fatal accident in 1994, several safety improvements were introduced to the sports' set-up; higher crash safety standards, redesigned tracks, and improved crash barriers became part of the sport.

 2 
Jayne Mansfield
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Rita Marlowe’ in the Broadway Play 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?)
Jayne Mansfield
27
Birthdate: April 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 29, 1967

One of the early Playboy Playmates, Jayne Mansfield was a popular sex symbol of Hollywood during the 1950s. Although she had a short-lived film career, she was very popular for her well-publicized publicity stunts, including wardrobe malfunctions. She started a new trend by becoming the first major actress of the post-silent film era to act in a nude scene!

 3 
Yuri Gagarin
(Soviet Pilot and Cosmonaut Who Became the First Man to Travel into Outer Space)
Yuri Gagarin
36
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Klushino, Russia
Died: March 27, 1968
Yuri Gagarin was the first man to travel into outer space when he completed an orbit of the Earth aboard the Vostok 1 in 1961. Following this, he became a national hero in Russia. He had previously served as an Air Forces pilot. He tragically died in a MiG-15 crash.
 4 
Layne Staley
(Original Lead Singer of the Rock Band 'Alice in Chains')
Layne Staley
37
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kirkland, Washington, United States
Died: April 5, 2002

Layne Staley was an American musician best known for his tenor voice and distinct vocal style. The original lead singer of the band Alice in Chains, Layne Staley is credited with the success of the rock band in the early-1990s. His untimely demise at age 34 has inspired several songs, such as Bleeding The Orchid, and a couple of biographies.

 5 
Owen Hart
(Professional Wrestler)
Owen Hart
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
Died: May 23, 1999
Owen Hart, also known as “The Golden Nugget” and “Blue Blazer,” was part of the Hart wrestling family. He had won several titles, such as the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the WWF World Tag Team Championship. He died in an equipment malfunction accident at the 1999 WWF Over the Edge.
 6 
Charlie Parker
(Jazz Saxophonist & Developer of the 'Bebop' Style of Jazz)
Charlie Parker
16
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 29, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Died: March 12, 1955

Charlie Parker was an American composer and jazz saxophonist. A highly influential soloist, Parker played a significant role in the development of a form of jazz called bebop. He is also credited with introducing harmonic ideas into jazz, such as chord substitutions and rapid passing chords. His contribution to jazz and bebop made him an icon of the hipster subculture.

 7 
Ryan Dunn
(Stunt Performer)
Ryan Dunn
27
Birthdate: June 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medina, Ohio, USA
Died: June 20, 2011
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 8 
Elliott Smith
(American Singer-Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist)
Elliott Smith
37
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Omaha
Died: October 21, 2003
Folk singer and guitarist Elliott Smith is best remembered for his tracks Needle in the Hay and Miss Misery, the latter being part of the Oscar-nominated soundtrack of Good Will Hunting. He pioneered the technique of "multi-tracking.” He apparently stabbed himself to death, though the autopsy was inconclusive.
 9 
Bessie Coleman
(American Civil Aviator and the First African-American Woman to Hold a Pilot License)
Bessie Coleman
32
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas, United States
Died: April 30, 1926

Bessie Coleman was an American civil aviator and the first African-American woman to hold a pilot license. Nicknamed Queen Bess, Coleman became a high-profile pilot in the air shows organized in the United States. Bessie Coleman died at the age of 34 in a plane crash. Her efforts to promote aviation inspired the Native American communities.

 10 
Sushant Singh Rajput
(Actor)
Sushant Singh Rajput
45
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Patna, Bihar, India
Died: June 14, 2020
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 11 
Dana Plato
(Actress)
Dana Plato
13
Birthdate: November 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maywood, California, United States
Died: May 8, 1999
One of VH1’s "100 Greatest Kid Stars" on TV, Dana Plato is best remembered for her Young Artist Award-nominated role of Kimberly Drummond from Diff'rent Strokes. She has also been part of Family and Growing Pains. Her death due to an overdose of prescription drugs was later ruled a suicide.
 12 
Yokozuna
(Professional Wrestler)
Yokozuna
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: October 23, 2000
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 13 
Lorenzen Wright
(Basketball player)
Lorenzen Wright
23
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 19, 2010
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
 14 
Georges Danton
(French Lawyer and a Leading Figure in the French Revolution)
Georges Danton
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 26, 1759
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Arcis-sur-Aube, France
Died: April 5, 1794

Georges Danton was a major figure in the early stages of the French Revolution. While many historians state that he played a key role in the establishment of the First French Republic, a few scholars refute this claim. He served as the first president of the Committee of Public Safety and was beheaded by the advocates of revolutionary terror. 

 15 
Katherine Mansfield
(One of the Most Highly Regarded Short Story Writers of the 20th Century)
Katherine Mansfield
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 14, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington
Died: January 9, 1923

Katherine Mansfield was a New Zealand modernist writer best remembered for her short stories. Her life and career inspired several films, plays, novels, and TV series. In 1973, she became the subject of a BBC miniseries titled A Picture of Katherine Mansfield. In 2011, actress Kate Elliott played Mansfield in a TV biopic titled Bliss.

 16 
Lorraine Hansberry
(Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist)
Lorraine Hansberry
8
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 12, 1965

Lorraine Hansberry was a writer and playwright best remembered for her play A Raisin in the Sun which emphasizes the plight of African-Americans living under racial segregation. At the age of 29, Lorraine Hansberry received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, becoming the youngest playwright and the first African-American dramatist to win the prestigious award.

 17 
Charles I of Austria
(Emperor of Austria from 1916 to 1918)
Charles I of Austria
9
Birthdate: August 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Persenbeug-Gottsdorf, Austria
Died: April 1, 1922

Charles I of Austria reigned from 1916 to 1918 as the last emperor of Austria. He was the last king of Croatia, Bohemia, Hungary, and the last monarch from the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. Charles is remembered for making unsuccessful attempts to end Austria-Hungary's World War I campaign. He also tried to save the Austro-Hungarian Empire from disintegration but was unsuccessful.

 18 
Maximilian I of Mexico
(Emperor of Mexico from 1864 to 1867)
Maximilian I of Mexico
9
Birthdate: July 6, 1832
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: June 19, 1867
Austrian archduke Maximilian I ruled as the only emperor of the Second Mexican Empire, from 1864 to 1867. He had also been the commander-in-chief of the Imperial Austrian Navy. However, after the French withdrew their support, he was executed by Mexico’s Republican forces, led by Benito Juárez.
 19 
Simone Weil
(French Mystic, Social Philosopher and Resistance Activist During World War II)
Simone Weil
6
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 3, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 24, 1943
Paris-born philosopher and activist Simone Weil could speak in Sanskrit and Greek as a student. Called The Martian by her classmates, due to her peculiar nature, she died of cardiac failure at 34, refusing to eat more than the people of German-occupied France, in spite of being diagnosed with tuberculosis. 
 20 
Chuck Schuldiner
(Musician)
Chuck Schuldiner
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
Died: December 13, 2001
 21 
Mungo Park
(Explorer)
Mungo Park
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 11, 1771
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Selkirkshire, Scotland
Died: July 19, 1806
 22 
Casimir Pulaski
(One of the United States’ First Cavalry Commanders)
Casimir Pulaski
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 6, 1745
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: October 11, 1779

Kazimierz Pułaski was a Polish nobleman, military commander, and soldier. Dubbed the father of the American cavalry, Pulaski is credited with creating the Pulaski Cavalry Legion and reorganizing the American cavalry. He played an important role in the American Revolutionary War and is remembered for fighting for the independence of Poland and the United States.

 23 
Zenobia
(Queen of Palmyra Who Revolted against Rome but Was Eventually Defeated)
Zenobia
0
Birthdate: 0240 AD
Birthplace: Palmyra, Syria
Died: 0274 AD

A 3rd-century queen of the Roman colony of Palmyra, which is in present-day Syria, Zenobia took over as the regent of her son, Wahballat, after the assassination of her husband, Odaenathus. She conquered Egypt and much of Asia Minor. Though she declared her independence from Rome, she was defeated eventually.

 24 
Lowell George
(Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer)
Lowell George
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hollywood
Died: June 29, 1979
 25 
Tim Richmond
(One of the First Drivers to Change from Open Wheel Racing to NASCAR Stock Cars Full-Time)
Tim Richmond
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ashland, Ohio, United States
Died: August 13, 1989
 26 
Hachalu Hundessa
(Singer)
Hachalu Hundessa
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1986 AD
Birthplace: Ambo, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Died: June 29, 2020
 27 
Eva Hesse
(American Sculptor)
Eva Hesse
1
Birthdate: January 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hamburg, GermanyEva Hesse
Died: May 29, 1970

Born in Germany, Eva Hesse moved with her family to England, and then to the U.S., in a bid to escape the Nazi regime. Her death due to brain tumor at age 34 cut short her dynamic career. A sculptor and painter, she experimented with media such latex, metal, and mesh.

 28 
Joe Orton
(Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer)
Joe Orton
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leicester
Died: August 9, 1967
 29 
Henry Gray
(Anatomist and surgeon)
Henry Gray
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 1827 AD
Birthplace: Belgravia
Died: June 13, 1861

Best known for his iconic medical textbook Gray's Anatomy, surgeon Henry Gray, who was a skilled anatomist, was made a Fellow of The Royal Society at the tender age of 25. His untimely death at 34 due to small pox, while treating his nephew, cheated him of an illustrious career.

 30 
Chick Webb
(Musician)
Chick Webb
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 10, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Died: June 16, 1939
Height: 4'1" (124 cm)
 31 
Oliver Hazard Perry
(Former U.S. naval officer who became a national hero when he defeated a British squadron in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812)
Oliver Hazard Perry
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 23, 1785
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: South Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States
Died: August 23, 1819
 32 
Steve Tracy
(Actor)
Steve Tracy
4
Birthdate: October 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
Died: November 27, 1986
 33 
Louis IV of France
(King of West Francia)
Louis IV of France
1
Birthdate: September 10, 0920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laon, France
Died: September 10, 0954
 34 
Osceola
(An Influential Leader of the Seminole People in Florida)
Osceola
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1804 AD
Birthplace: Talisi, Mississippi Territory, United States
Died: January 30, 1838

Osceola led the Seminole tribe of Native Americans in their resistance against the U.S. attempt of moving them out of Florida and into the land west of Mississippi. He was eventually deceived by a fake truce attempt, captured, and transported to Fort Moultrie, where he passed away.

 35 
Jerry Collins
(New Zealand Rugby Union Player)
Jerry Collins
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Apia, Samoa
Died: June 5, 2015
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 36 
Ernesto Miranda
(Soldier)
Ernesto Miranda
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mesa
Died: January 31, 1976
 37 
Aaron Carter
(Rapper)
Aaron Carter
39
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: November 5, 2022

Aaron Carter is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, actor, and record producer. Carter became popular among pre-teen and teenage audiences after having released his debut studio album at the age of nine. An openly bisexual musician, Aaron Carter serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.

 38 
Peter of Castile
(King of Castile and León from 1350 to 1369)
Peter of Castile
1
Birthdate: August 30, 1334
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Burgos, Spain
Died: March 23, 1369

Peter of Castile was the king of Castile and León from 1350 to 1369. He was the son of  Alfonso XI of Castile and Maria of Portugal and a member of the main branch of the House of Ivrea. He began his reign when he was almost 16 years old and became notorious as a vicious and cruel ruler. 

 39 
Douglas A. Zembiec
(Military officer)
Douglas A. Zembiec
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kealakekua, Hawaii, United States
Died: May 11, 2007
 40 
Albert Ayler
(Saxophonist, Composer)
Albert Ayler
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 25, 1970
 41 
Timothy Conigrave
(Australian Actor, Activist and Author)
Timothy Conigrave
1
Birthdate: November 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: October 18, 1994

Australian actor Timothy Conigrave began his career performing on stage and later wrote plays such as The Blitz Kids. He is remembered for his United Nations Award for Non-Fiction award-winning memoir, Holding the Man, which documented his 15-year love affair with John Caleo. Conigrave later died of AIDS.

 42 
Zebulon Pike
(Explorer, Military personnel)
Zebulon Pike
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 5, 1779
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lamberton, New Jersey
Died: April 27, 1813

American army officer Zebulon Pike is best remembered for his exploration of areas around the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. While traversing through the southern Colorado region, he was detained by Spanish colonial authorities. He lent his name to the famed Pikes Peak in Colorado.

 43 
Charles Bassett
(Test pilot)
Charles Bassett
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: February 28, 1966
 44 
Larbi Ben M'hidi
(Algerian Nationalist Leader and a Co-Founder of the 'Front de Libération Nationale')
Larbi Ben M'hidi
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1923 AD
Birthplace: Aïn M'lila, Algeria
Died: March 4, 1957

A co-founder of the Algerian nationalist political party Front de Libération Nationale, Larbi Ben M'hidi was a revolutionary leader who made a prominent contribution to the Algerian war of independence. He was eventually captured and executed by the French forces but is remembered as a national hero.

 45 
María Argentina Minerva Mirabal Reyes
(Lawyer)
María Argentina Minerva Mirabal Reyes
6
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 12, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salcedo, Dominican Republic
Died: November 25, 1960
 46 
Elijah Parish Lovejoy
(Journalist)
Elijah Parish Lovejoy
2
Birthdate: November 9, 1802
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Albion, Maine, United States
Died: November 7, 1837
 47 
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
(One of the Most Important Figures in Spanish Literature and Most Read Writer After 'Miguel de Cervantes')
Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 17, 1836
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: December 22, 1870

Spanish Romantic poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer was orphaned at age 11. Inspired by his painter brother Valeriano, he embarked on a literary career, writing for El Contemporáneo in Madrid. His Rimas (Rhymes) and Leyendas (Legends) gained popularity only after his death at 34 due to tuberculosis.

 48 
Sonny Boy Williamson I
(Singer)
Sonny Boy Williamson I
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 30, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madison County, Tennessee, United States
Died: June 1, 1948
 49 
Gioffre Borgia
(Illegitimate child of Pope Alexander VI)
Gioffre Borgia
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 10, 1482
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome
Died: January 1, 1517
 50 
Nana Saheb
(Peshwa of the Maratha Empire)
Nana Saheb
38
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 19, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bithoor
Died: 1859 AD

Nana Saheb, also known as Dhondupant, was a major figure of the 1857 Sepoy Munity, or the first war of Indian independence. The adopted son of Peshwa Baji Rao II, he was initially on friendly terms with the British but was later forced by circumstances to join the rebels against the British.