Famous People Who Died At 38

The list of famous people who died at 38 includes Chris Kyle, John F. Kennedy Jr., Reinhard Heydrich, Louis XVI of France, Corey Haim. Famous personalities featured on this list, include emperors & kings, political leaders, poets and military leaders and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 38 includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Chris Kyle
(One of the Deadliest Snipers in U.S. Military History)
Chris Kyle
73
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Odessa, Texas, United States
Died: February 2, 2013

A U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle was the recipient of one Silver Star Medal and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He was a respected figure who had performed many acts of heroism. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2009. In an unfortunate turn of events, he was murdered by a former Marine in 2013.

 2 
John F. Kennedy Jr.
(Son of John F. Kennedy)
John F. Kennedy Jr.
51
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: July 16, 1999

John F Kennedy Jr was the son of former US President John F Kennedy. He tragically died at a young age of 38 when the plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1999. He was a lawyer and a journalist and had founded the trendy political magazine, George, which stopped publication in 2001.   

 3 
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
(The Best Hawaiian Musician of All Time)
Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
40
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: June 26, 1997

Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwoʻole began his career as part of the Makaha Sons. He later went solo with the albums Ka 'Ano'I and Facing Future and also lent his support to the Hawaiian independence movement. His ever-increasing weight caused him chronic issues and eventually led to his death at 38.

 4 
Eddie Guerrero
(One of the Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time)
Eddie Guerrero
39
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: November 13, 2005

Eddie Guerrero was an American professional wrestler. At the time of his death at age 38, Guerrero left a legacy and impact as one of the most beloved wrestlers and an inspiration to several future wrestlers. Considered one of the greatest in-ring performers ever, Guerrero was renowned for his technical skills and ability to entertain the audience with his gimmicks.

 5 
Roberto Clemente
(Puerto Rican Professional Baseball Right Fielder)
Roberto Clemente
25
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31, 1972

Roberto Clemente was a Puerto Rican baseball player who represented the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball (MLB). Apart from being a popular player, Clemente was also a great humanitarian whose impact is still being felt in MLB. Since his untimely death at the age of 38, Clemente has been the subject of several documentaries, articles, and books.

 6 
Sonny Liston
(Professional Boxer)
Sonny Liston
23
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 30, 1970
Renowned as the Big Bear, Sonny Liston became the world heavyweight champion in 1962. Known for his intimidating appearance, formidable punching power, toughness, and long reach, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the WBC title to Muhammad Ali, in 1964.
 7 
Dimebag Darrell
(Guitarist, Composer, Musician)
Dimebag Darrell
23
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: December 8, 2004
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 8 
Charlotte Bronte
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 21, 1816
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Thornton, Yorkshire, England
Died: March 31, 1855
Charlotte Bronte, remembered for her iconic novel Jane Eyre, was one of the most significant literary figures of the 19th century. She was the eldest of the Bronte sisters who survived into adulthood. She and her sisters Emily and Anne wrote under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.
 9 
Louis XVI of France
(King of France)
Louis XVI of France
27
Birthdate: August 23, 1754
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Died: January 21, 1793

Louis XVI of France reigned as the last king of France from 1774 to 1792 before the French Revolution, which ended the monarchy in France. During his reign, Louis made attempts to remove land and labor tax, abolish serfdom, and improve tolerance toward non-Catholics. However, the proposed reforms were opposed by the French nobility.

 10 
Florence Griffith Joyner
(Former Sprinter Who Won Gold Medal in 1988 Olympics)
Florence Griffith Joyner
25
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: September 21, 1998

Legendary American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner is still regarded as the fastest woman in the world. Her world records in both the 100m and 200m categories have still not been broken. The three-time Olympic gold medal winner was also known for her six-inch nails and her unconventional outfits.

 11 
George Gershwin
(Pianist and Composer Best Known for His Orchestral Compositions ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and ‘An American in Paris’)
George Gershwin
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 11, 1937

George Gershwin was an American pianist, composer, and painter. His work Porgy and Bess is widely regarded as an American cultural classic and one of the 20th century's most important American operas. Many of his compositions have been used in films and television series. His life and work inspired the 1945 biographical movie, Rhapsody in Blue.

 12 
Caravaggio
(One of the Most Prominent Italian Painters of His Generation)
Caravaggio
14
Birthdate: September 29, 1571
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: July 18, 1610
Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is best remembered for his influence on the Baroque style of painting. He pioneered a tactic known as tenebrism, and combined light and darkness to create his masterpieces. He was known for his erratic and aggressive nature and died under mysterious circumstances.
 13 
Charles II of Spain
(King of Spain from 1665 to 1700)
Charles II of Spain
17
Birthdate: November 6, 1661
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: November 1, 1700

Charles II of Spain reigned as the king of Spain from 1665 to 1700. He was the last king from the House of Habsburg to rule the Spanish Empire. Despite suffering from many illnesses throughout his life, Charles proved to be a reasonably influential king. The town of Charleroi and the Caroline Islands in modern Belgium were named after Charles.

 14 
Mary Wollstonecraft
8
Birthdate: April 27, 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 10, 1797

Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, advocate of women's rights, and philosopher. Wollstonecraft, who attracted a lot of attention for her unconventional personal relationships, is widely considered a founding feminist philosopher. Although her unorthodoxy initially attracted criticisms, her advocacy of women's equality became increasingly important during the 20th century. Modern-day feminists cite her works and her life as important influences.

 15 
John Matuszak
(American Football Defensive End and Actor)
John Matuszak
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States
Died: June 17, 1989
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 16 
Felix Mendelssohn
(Best Known for His Solo Piano Composition 'Songs Without Words' and Founder of 'Leipzig Conservatory')
Felix Mendelssohn
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 3, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: November 4, 1847

Felix Mendelssohn was a German composer of the early Romantic period. He was also a skilled organist, pianist, and conductor. He composed symphonies, concertos, chamber music, and organ music. His collection of lyrical piano songs Songs Without Words is among his best-known works. He was the founder of the public university The Leipzig Conservatory. He died aged just 38. 

 17 
Daniel Pearl
(American Journalist Who Was Kidnapped and Later Decapitated by Terrorists in Pakistan)
Daniel Pearl
7
Birthdate: October 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 1, 2002

Daniel Pearl was an American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan. He was kidnapped when he visited Pakistan to investigate the alleged links between Al-Qaeda and British citizen Richard Reid. Since his death, several institutions and schools have been named after him. His parents formed the Daniel Pearl Foundation in 2002 to continue his mission.

 18 
Osamu Dazai
(Author)
Osamu Dazai
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kanagi, Aomori, Goshogawara, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
Died: June 13, 1948

Osamu Dazai was a Japanese author widely regarded as one of the leading writers of fiction of 20th-century Japan. Most of his popular works, such as No Longer Human and The Setting Sun, are regarded as modern-day classics in Japan. Several years after his death, Osamu Dazai continues to be celebrated in Japan, although he is relatively unknown elsewhere.

 19 
Jared Lorenzen
(American Football player)
Jared Lorenzen
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Covington, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 3, 2019
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 20 
Harry Chapin
(Singer Best Known for His Folk Rock & Pop Rock Songs)
Harry Chapin
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York, United States
Died: July 16, 1981
Grammy-winning folk rock and pop rock singer Harry Chapin was one of the highest-paid artists of the 1970s, known for tracks such as Cat's in the Cradle. An avid philanthropist, he was part of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger. He also won a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal
 21 
Federico García Lorca
(Spanish Poet, Playwright, and Theatre Director.)
Federico García Lorca
5
Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain
Died: August 19, 1936

Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theater director. He was a prominent member of the Generation of '27, a group of poets who essentially worked with avant-garde forms of art and poetry. He was homosexual and had a love affair with sculptor Emilio Aladrén. He mysteriously disappeared at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

 22 
Samuel Burl Kinison
(Comedian)
Samuel Burl  Kinison
29
Birthdate: December 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yakima, Washington, United States
Died: April 10, 1992
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 23 
Corey Haim
(Actor)
Corey Haim
29
Birthdate: December 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: March 10, 2010

Corey Haim was one half of the popular duo The Two Coreys. He became an icon during the 1980s, thanks to his success as an actor. Despite achieving success early in his life, he was troubled by financial issues and drug addiction problems throughout his career. He eventually died of pneumonia at the age of 38.

 24 
Jeff Porcaro
(Former Drummer best known for his work with the rock band Toto, but is one of the most recorded session musicians, working on hundreds of albums and thousands of sessions)
Jeff Porcaro
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 5, 1992
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 25 
Mary Kay Bergman
(American Actress and Voice Actress)
Mary Kay Bergman
6
Birthdate: June 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 11, 1999
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 26 
Mario Lanza
(Actor, Tenor)
Mario Lanza
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 7, 1959
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 27 
Apolinario Mabini
(Filipino Revolutionary and the 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines)
Apolinario Mabini
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Tanauan, Philippines
Died: May 13, 1903

The 1st prime minister of the Philippines, Apolinario Mabini led the Philippine Revolution and helped in drafting the Malolos Constitution. Born into a family of illiterate peasants, he became a lawyer, before joining the forces of revolutionary Emilio Aguinaldo. He spent most of his later years in exile, targeted by the US.

 28 
Lu Bu
(Chinese Army General and Warlord of the 2nd Century)
Lu Bu
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0161 AD
Birthplace: Wuyuan Commandery, China
Died: February 7, 0199

After killing warlord Ding Yuan, Chinese army general Lü Bu ran away to work for another warlord, Dong Zhuo, whom he also killed. After assisting Yuan Shao, he fought against Cao Cao. He eventually lost to Cao Cao and Liu Bei in the Battle of Xiapi and was executed.

 29 
Lucius Verus
(Roman Emperor)
Lucius Verus
0
Birthdate: December 15, 0130
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: January 23, 0169

Lucius Verus was the Roman emperor from 161 to 169, alongside his adoptive brother Marcus Aurelius. Their succession together marked the first time that the Roman Empire was ruled by multiple emperors. The eldest son of Lucius Aelius Caesar, Verus hailed from the Nerva-Antonine dynasty. He ruled for only a few years before he died of an illness in 169.

 30 
Abdülmecid I
(Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)
Abdülmecid I
2
Birthdate: April 23, 1823
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: İstanbul Eyaleti
Died: June 25, 1861

Abdülmecid I reigned as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 2 July 1839 until his death on 25 June 1861. During his reign, Abdülmecid I tried to set up alliances with France and the United Kingdom. He also played an important role in the Crimean War against the Russians.

 31 
Carrie Hamilton
(Actress)
Carrie Hamilton
4
Birthdate: December 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: January 20, 2002
 32 
John Gilbert
(Actor)
John Gilbert
3
Birthdate: July 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Logan, Utah, United States
Died: January 9, 1936
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 33 
Kevin Smith
(Actor who played the role of Ares, God of War on a multitude of series)
Kevin Smith
0
Birthdate: March 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: February 15, 2002

Kevin Smith was a New Zealand musician and actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of the god of war, Ares, in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. He reprised his role as Ares in the series' spin-offs, Young Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess. Smith suffered a fatal fall in 2002. His life and career inspired a documentary titled Remembering Kev.

 34 
Vincent Jackson
(American football player)
Vincent Jackson
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Died: February 15, 2021
 35 
David Reimer
David Reimer
4
Birthdate: August 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg
Died: May 5, 2004
 36 
Rasual Butler
(Basketball Player)
Rasual Butler
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 31, 2018
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 37 
Alan Kulwicki
(American Auto Racing Driver and Team Owner)
Alan Kulwicki
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenfield, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 1, 1993
 38 
Guillaume Apollinaire
(Known for His Poems Without Punctuation)
Guillaume Apollinaire
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 9, 1918

French poet Guillaume Apollinaire was a significant figure of the avant-garde movement. It is believed he had coined the terms Cubism, Surrealism, and Orphism. Known for his iconic poem Chanson du mal-aimé, written after being rejected by a lover, he also developed the typography-based concrete poetry in the collection Calligrammes.

 39 
Ted Demme
(Film director)
Ted Demme
0
Birthdate: October 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: January 13, 2002
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Charles Kingsford Smith
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 9, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hamilton
Died: November 8, 1935

Charles Kingsford Smith, also known as Smithy, was an Australian pilot who had been part of many first-time endeavors, the most notable being the first transpacific flight from the U.S. to Australia. While passing over Calcutta, on a flight from London to Australia in 1935, he and his co-pilot disappeared.

 41 
Yue Fei
(Military General Whose Expertise in Martial Arts Made Him a National Folk Hero in China)
Yue Fei
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 24, 1103
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Anyang, China
Died: January 28, 1142

Yue Fei was a Chinese military general best remembered for leading the Southern Song forces during the Jin–Song Wars in the 12th century. Fei is depicted in Jin Guliang's famous book Wu Shuang Pu and is widely regarded as a national folk hero in China.

 42 
David Rappaport
(English Actor)
David Rappaport
1
Birthdate: November 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 2, 1990
 43 
Philippe Cousteau
(French Diver, Sailor, Pilot, Director and Cinematographer Specializing in Environmental Issues)
Philippe Cousteau
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Toulon, France
Died: June 28, 1979
 44 
Johnny Thunders
(Singer and Guitarist who Played for Rock Bands Like ‘New York Dolls’ and ‘The Heartbreakers’)
Johnny Thunders
1
Birthdate: July 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: April 23, 1991
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 45 
David Byron
(Singer, Songwriter)
David Byron
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Epping
Died: February 28, 1985
 46 
Meena Kumari
(Legendary Indian Actress Best Known as 'The Tragedy Queen' )
Meena Kumari
7
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dadar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: March 31, 1972

Known as Hindi cinema’s “Tragedy Queen,” Meena Kumari is remembered for her stellar performances in films such as Pakeezah and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. The four-time Filmfare-winning actor sank into alcoholism after her separation from her abusive husband, director Kamal Amrohi, and died of liver cirrhosis.

 47 
Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor
(King of Germany)
Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor
1
Birthdate: August 11, 1086
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Goslar, Germany
Died: May 23, 1125
 48 
Mumtaz Mahal
(Padshah Begum of Shah Jahan (19 January 1628 – 17 June 1631))
Mumtaz Mahal
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 27, 1593
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Agra, India
Died: June 17, 1631
 49 
Emma Lazarus
(Poet, Writer, Journalist)
Emma Lazarus
2
Listed In:
Birthdate: July 22, 1849
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 19, 1887
 50 
Mariya Oktyabrskaya
(Tankman)
Mariya Oktyabrskaya
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 16, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Crimea, Russian
Died: March 15, 1944