Famous People Who Died At 42

The list of famous people who died at 42 includes Elvis Presley, Ted Bundy, Robert F. Kennedy, Mary I of England, Albert, Prince Consort. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, emperors & kings, poets and actors and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 42 includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & India and many more countries.
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Elvis Presley
(One of the Most Significant Cultural Icons of the 20th Century and 'The King of Rock and Roll')
Elvis Presley
392
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16, 1977
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, winner of 3 Grammys, and pioneer of the Pelvis move, Elvis Presley was a musical phenomenon of the 20th century. Known for his humbleness, love for God and devotion to his country, Presley had numerous gold, platinum and multi-platinum records to his credit, including 18 number 1 hits and 38 top ten hits.
 2 
Robert F. Kennedy
(United States Senator, Brother of President John F. Kennedy)
Robert F. Kennedy
49
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts
Died: June 6, 1968

Robert F Kennedy, the brother of the 35th US president John F Kennedy, was a politician who served as US Attorney General and as US Senator. He was known as a civil rights and human rights activist and fought against organised crime and the Mafia. He opposed America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He was assassinated by a 24-year-old Palestinian.

 3 
Albert, Prince Consort
(Prince Consort of Queen Victoria of Great Britain (1840 - 1861))
Albert, Prince Consort
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1819
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Schloss Schloss Rosenau, Coburg, Rödental, Germany
Died: December 14, 1861

Albert, Prince Consort was the husband of Queen Victoria who earned a reputation for promoting public causes like the abolition of slavery worldwide and educational reform. He also helped develop Britain's constitutional monarchy by guiding his wife during her dealings with Parliament. After his untimely death at age 42, Queen Victoria started wearing black for the remainder of her life. 

 4 
Soren Kierkegaard
(Religious Author Who is Considered to be the First 'Existentialist' Philosopher)
Soren Kierkegaard
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Birthdate: May 5, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 11, 1855

Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, social critic, poet, and religious author. Widely regarded as the first existentialist philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard is sometimes referred to as the Father of Existentialism. He is also credited with influencing many theologians, philosophers, and writers like Paul Feyerabend, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Jorge Luis Borges.

 5 
Peter Tosh
(Reggae Musician)
Peter Tosh
15
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westmoreland, Jamaica
Died: September 11, 1987
Abandoned by his parents as a child, Peter Tosh grew up learning music by watching others perform. Part of the Jamaican reggae group Bob Marley and the Wailers, he advocated for legalization of marijuana. He loved unicycling. He was shot dead during a robbery attempt by three gunmen.
 6 
Jose Marti
(Cuban Nationalist, Poet and Philosopher)
Jose Marti
12
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 28, 1853
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: May 19, 1895

Son of Spanish immigrants, Jose Marti spent his childhood in a strife-torn Cuba and attended high school on financial aid. Marti’s poems, essays, and articles were laced with his patriotic vigor to free Cuba from the Spanish rule. He died battling on the field at Dos Ríos.

 7 
Guy de Maupassant
(French Short Story Writer and Naturalist )
Guy de Maupassant
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 5, 1850
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tourville-sur-Arques, France
Died: July 6, 1893

Guy de Maupassant was a French author who wrote 300 short stories during his illustrious career. Widely regarded as the father of the modern short story, Maupassant's stories are characterized by economy of style and depicted human lives in pessimistic terms,

 8 
Fred Trump Jr.
(Aircraft pilot)
Fred Trump Jr.
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: September 26, 1981
 9 
Anthony van Dyck
(Flemish Baroque Artist)
Anthony van Dyck
4
Birthdate: March 22, 1599
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
Died: December 9, 1641

Anthony van Dyck was a Flemish Baroque artist who started painting at an early age before going on to become the leading court painter in England. Although he is best remembered for painting the aristocracy, van Dyck also painted biblical and mythological subjects. In 1632, Anthony van Dyck received a knighthood from Charles I.

 10 
Gregor Strasser
(Politician, Pharmacist)
Gregor Strasser
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Geisenfeld
Died: July 1, 1934
 11 
Modest Mussorgsky
(Russian Composer Who was an Innovator of Russian Music in the Romantic Period)
Modest Mussorgsky
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 21, 1839
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Karevo, Russia
Died: March 28, 1881

Modest Mussorgsky was a Russian composer best remembered for being part of a renowned 19th-century Russian composers group known as The Five. An innovator of Russian music, Mussorgsky worked towards achieving a Russian musical identity that challenged the already established Western music, which was generally considered conventional at that time.

 12 
Freddie King
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Freddie King
61
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gilmer
Died: December 28, 1976
 13 
Vladimir Vysotsky
(Best Known for His Unique Singing Style and Lyrics and an Influential Figure in Soviet Culture)
Vladimir Vysotsky
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: July 25, 1980

A Soviet cultural icon, singer Vladimir Vysotsky was known for his social commentary in his songs. In his early years, he quit engineering to study acting. He later ruled the stage as an actor, before stepping into music. He even distributed his recordings after being banned in the country.

 14 
Anders Celsius
(Astronomer, Physicist, Mathematician)
Anders Celsius
11
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 27, 1701
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uppsala
Died: April 25, 1744
Inventor of the centigrade or the Celcius scale of temperature, Swedish astronomer and scientist Anders Celsius was no stranger to science, being the son of an astronomy professor and the grandson of mathematician Magnus Celsius. His expeditions confirmed Isaac Newton's belief that the earth was flattened at the poles.
 15 
Charles V of France
(Former King of France (1364 - 1380))
Charles V of France
1
Birthdate: January 21, 1338
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vincennes, France
Died: September 16, 1380

Charles V of France reigned as the king of France from 1364 until his death in 1380. Charles V was highly successful during the Hundred Years' War as his armies recovered almost all the territories held by the English. His reign also witnessed the construction of many significant buildings, including the Château du Louvre, Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and the Bastille.

 16 
Countee Cullen
(American poet)
Countee Cullen
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 9, 1946
 17 
Martin Hannett
(Record producer)
Martin Hannett
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: April 18, 1991
 18 
Saadat Hasan Manto
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Samrala
Died: January 18, 1955

Saadat Hasan Manto was a Pakistani playwright, writer, and author. Best remembered for his 22 collections of short stories, Manto was renowned for writing about the bitter truths of society. Not surprisingly, he was tried for obscenity on six occasions but was never convicted. Considered one of the 20th century's finest Urdu-language writers, Manto is the subject of two movies.

 19 
Manuel II of Portugal
(King of Portugal from 1908 to 1910)
Manuel II of Portugal
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Birthdate: November 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: July 2, 1932
Son of King Carlos I, Manuel II, was the last king of Portugal. While he came to power after his father’s assassination, he had to flee to England after the Portuguese monarchy was dissolved by a revolution. He later devoted himself to books and published Early Portuguese Books.
 20 
F. W. Murnau
(Film director)
F. W. Murnau
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Birthdate: December 28, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bielefeld, Germany
Died: March 11, 1931

F. W. Murnau was a German film director best remembered for directing the 1922 silent horror film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, which is widely regarded as a masterpiece of German Expressionist cinema. He also made Hollywood films like Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, which is often counted among the best movies ever made by critics and film directors.

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Jorge Negrete
(Actor, Singer, Film actor)
Jorge Negrete
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 30, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guanajuato
Died: December 5, 1953

Jorge Negrete was a Mexican actor and singer. One of the most popular actors of his generation, Negrete helped create the charro film genre. He is credited with co-founding the Mexican Actors Association, where he served as one of its most important leaders. Such is his popularity that fans still pay tribute on his death anniversary by visiting his tomb.

 22 
Rana Sanga
(Ruler of Mewar)
Rana Sanga
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Birthdate: April 12, 1484
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Malwa
Died: March 17, 1527

Maharana Sangram Singh I, better known as Rana Sanga, is remembered in history as a fierce Rajput king of the Sisodia dynasty. He controlled modern-day Rajasthan, Gujarat, and MP, with Chittor as his capital. In his struggle for power, he had lost one arm and one eye, and was crippled for life.

 23 
Glenn Burke
(Baseball player)
Glenn Burke
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: May 30, 1995
 24 
Tukaram
(Saint, Poet)
Tukaram
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1608 AD
Birthplace: Dehu, Near Pune, India
Died: 1650 AD

Marathi poet Sant Tukaram was one of the pillars of the Bhakti movement of Maharashtra. It is believed he began writing abhangas, or religious poetry, after being visited by Vitthal, an avatar of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna, in a dream. He is revered by the Varkari sampradaya.

 25 
Hugo Wolf
(Austrian Composer Known for His Art Songs)
Hugo Wolf
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 13, 1860
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Died: February 22, 1903

Hugo Wolf was an Austrian composer best remembered for his art songs. Although he produced extraordinary musical pieces, his work was constantly affected by depression before he suffered a mental collapse in the late-1890s. Hugo Wolf is credited with producing some of the best-known lieders, a type of German song.

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Karl Schwarzschild
(German Physicist and Astronomer)
Karl Schwarzschild
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 9, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: May 11, 1916

Karl Schwarzschild was a German astronomer and physicist. He is remembered for his contributions to the general theory of relativity; Schwarzschild came up with the first exact solution to the Albert Einstein field equations. He also contributed immensely to the theory of black holes.

 27 
Kamehameha V
(Monarch)
Kamehameha V
1
Birthdate: December 11, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: December 11, 1872
 28 
Button Gwinnett
(Politician)
Button Gwinnett
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1735 AD
Birthplace: Down Hatherley, Gloucestershire, Great Britain
Died: May 19, 1777
 29 
Carlos Castillo Armas
(Politician)
Carlos Castillo Armas
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Escuintla Department, Guatemala
Died: July 26, 1957
 30 
Julio Jaramillo
(Singer)
Julio Jaramillo
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: February 9, 1978
 31 
Thomas Byles
(Priest)
Thomas Byles
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 26, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died: April 15, 1912
 32 
Francisco Solano López
(Former President of Paraguay)
Francisco Solano López
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 24, 1827
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Asunción
Died: March 1, 1870

Francisco Solano López was a Paraguayan politician who served as the president of Paraguay from 1862 to 1870. Before becoming a leader, López played an important role in the Platine Wars where he fought against Juan Manuel de Rosas, serving in the Paraguayan Army. A controversial figure, Solano López is sometimes held responsible for the outbreak of the Paraguayan War. 

 33 
R. J. Mitchell
(British Aircraft Designer Known for Designing the Supermarine Spitfire Fighter Used in WWII)
R. J. Mitchell
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Butt Lane, Kidsgrove, England
Died: June 11, 1937

Aeronautical designer R. J. Mitchell joined Supermarine at age 21 and worked for them throughout his life. Remembered for designing sea planes, he was also the man behind the fighter aircraft Spitfire, which was used extensively during World War II. The film The First of the Few chronicled his life.

 34 
Paul Bern
(American Film Director, Screenwriter, and Producer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Paul Bern
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Birthdate: December 3, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wandsbek, Germany
Died: September 5, 1932

Filmmaker and producer Paul Bern was the man behind the launch of American sex symbol Jean Harlow. He, unfortunately, died of a gunshot wound only 2 months after his marriage to Bern, which gave rise to numerous theories, one of them being suicide. The handwritten suicide not found was not conclusive.

 35 
Eddie Hazel
(Guitarist, Songwriter)
Eddie Hazel
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: December 23, 1992
 36 
K. L. Saigal
(First Superstar of Hindi Cinema Revered and Idolised for Both His Singing and Acting Styles)
K. L. Saigal
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 11, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jammu Kashmir, India
Died: January 18, 1947

K. L. Saigal, the first superstar of Hindi cinema, was revered and idolised for his singing and acting styles. He gained-attention starring and singing in the Hindi film Puran Bhagat. He then starred in several films, most notably in the Hindi film Devdas. He was the first non-Bengali who was given consent by Rabindranath Tagore to sing the latter’s songs.  

 37 
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
(Nigerian General Who Was the Country's First Military Head of State)
Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Umuahia
Died: July 29, 1966

Nigerian general Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi was named Johnny Ironside after facing an angry mob of Congolese people during the Congo Crisis and releasing hostages from Katangese rebels. He reigned as Nigeria’s 1st military head of state. He was eventually assassinated by a few Northern Nigerian officers.

 38 
George Bellows
(Painter, Artist, University teacher)
George Bellows
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Birthdate: August 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbus
Died: January 8, 1925
 39 
Lesya Ukrainka
(Writer)
Lesya Ukrainka
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 25, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Novohrad-Volyns'kyi, Ukraine
Died: August 1, 1913
 40 
Livy
(Roman Historian)
Livy
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0059 BC
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: 0017 BC

Livy was a Roman historian. His seminal work, Ab Urbe Condita, covers the history of Rome through several centuries. A respected figure in society, he was on friendly terms with members of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. He wrote during the reign of Emperor Augustus, who was reportedly his friend. Livy was married and had at least two children. 

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Güyük Khan
(3rd Khagan-Emperor of the Mongol Empire From 1246 to 1248)
Güyük Khan
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Birthdate: March 19, 1206
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Khamag Mongol
Died: April 20, 1248
Güyük Khan was as aggressive in his expansion strategies as his grandfather Genghis Khan, but his premature death prevented any further Mongol invasion of Western Europe. A believer of Nestorianism, a Christian sect, he trusted his Christian advisors and was also known for his conflict with his cousin Batu.
 42 
Charles Radbourn
(Baseball player)
Charles Radbourn
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 11, 1854
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: February 5, 1897
 43 
Dennis Brown
(Jamaican Reggae Singer)
Dennis Brown
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: July 1, 1999

Arguably the most popular Jamaican reggae singer of his time, Dennis Brown popularized what is now known as lovers rock. The Grammy-nominated singer started singing at age 9 and later soared to fame with tracks such as Africa. He had a lifelong struggle with drugs and of a lung collapse.

 44 
Kusunoki Masashige
(Samurai)
Kusunoki Masashige
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1294 AD
Birthplace: Kawachi Provincem, Japan
Died: July 4, 1336
 45 
Randy Shilts
(Author)
Randy Shilts
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa, United States
Died: February 17, 1994
 46 
Kōji Wada
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Kōji Wada
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kyoto
Died: April 3, 2016

Kōji Wada was a Japanese pop singer best remembered for performing several theme songs for the popular anime television series, Digimon. He had contributed songs to six Digimon anime series, including his most famous single Butter-Fly. Kōji Wada went on to perform internationally before succumbing to cancer in 2016 at the age of 42.

 47 
Josef Strauss
(Composer)
Josef Strauss
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 20, 1827
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 22, 1870
 48 
Justinian II
(The Heraclian Dynasty's Last Eastern Roman Emperor)
Justinian II
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0669 AD
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: December 11, 0711

Ancient Byzantine emperor Justinian II was the son of Constantine IV and an efficient ruler, though he was also known for his cruel ways and means. He was also known as Rhinotmetos, or the slit-nosed, after his nose was cut off during a revolt in 695, following which he was banished from the kingdom.

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Alexander, Byzantine Emperor
(Emperor)
Alexander, Byzantine Emperor
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Birthdate: November 23, 0870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: June 6, 0913
 50 
Tony Lazzeri
(Baseball player)
Tony Lazzeri
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 6, 1946