Famous People Who Died By Drowning

The death of a famous person is a tragedy for not just their own families, but also their entire community of fans. While it is a known fact that everyone has to die one day or the other, untimely deaths of celebrities always shake us to the core. It is relatively easier to accept the natural death of an aged celebrity but the news of the tragic and unnatural death of a famous personality breaks the hearts of the fans in a way words can’t describe. To die of drowning is indeed one of the most painful ways to die. When we hear of a celebrity drowning to their death, we can’t but wonder if this could have been somehow prevented? When singer Whitney Elizabeth Houston was found dead drowned in her bathtub in 2012, her fans were devastated. Similar had been the world’s reaction when the much loved founder of the Rolling Stones, Brian Jones, had died by drowning in the swimming pool in 1969. Le Corbusier, Hart Crane, and Dennis Wilson are also among the celebrities who drowned to their deaths. Check out this section to know more about famous people who died by drowning.

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 1 Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
26
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: August 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 11, 2012

 2 Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood
12
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 20, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: November 29, 1981
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 3 Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera
27
Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: January 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, United States
Died: July 8, 2020
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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 4 Sridevi

Sridevi
11
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sivakasi, Madras State, India
Died: February 24, 2018
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 5 Josef Mengele

Josef Mengele
19
Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: War Criminal
Birthdate: March 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany
Died: February 7, 1979

 6 P B Shelley

P B Shelley
6
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 4, 1792
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Horsham, Sussex, England
Died: July 8, 1822

 7 Dennis Wilson

Dennis Wilson
2
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: musician
Birthdate: December 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States
Died: December 28, 1983
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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 8 Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O'Riordan
8
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland
Died: January 15, 2018
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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 9 Harold Holt

Harold Holt
2
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Australia
Birthdate: August 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stanmore
Died: December 17, 1967

 10 Rodney King

Rodney King
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Victim of Police Brutality
Birthdate: April 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Died: June 17, 2012

 11 Brian Jones

Brian Jones
12
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Founder of the Rolling Stones
Birthdate: February 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Died: July 3, 1969

 12 John Jacob Astor IV

John Jacob Astor IV
1
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 13, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhinebeck Village, Rhinebeck, New York, United States
Died: April 15, 1912

 13 Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: May 29, 1997

 14 Bartolomeu Dias

Bartolomeu Dias
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Portuguese explorer
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Algarve
Died: May 29, 1500

 15 Mary Jo Kopechne

Mary Jo Kopechne
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Political Campaign Specialist of Robert F. Kennedy
Birthdate: July 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 18, 1969

 16 Elisa Lam

Elisa Lam
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Missing people
Birthdate: April 30, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: February 1, 2013

 17 Elisa Lam

Elisa Lam
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Accidental death Victim
Birthdate: April 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: February 1, 2013

 18 Rudolf Diesel

Rudolf Diesel
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Famous As: Inventor of Diesel Engine
Birthdate: March 18, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29, 1913

 19 Carol Wayne

Carol Wayne
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 13, 1985
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 20 Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener

Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Field Marshal
Birthdate: June 24, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ballylongford, Ireland
Died: June 5, 1916

 21 Antinous

Antinous
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Companion of Hadrian
Birthdate: 0111 AD
Birthplace: Bolu, Turkey
Died: October 30, 0130

 22 Althea Flynt

Althea Flynt
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Larry Flynt's Wife
Birthdate: November 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio, United States
Died: June 27, 1987

 23 Isidor Straus

Isidor Straus
0
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: U.S. House Representative from New York (1894-1895)
Birthdate: February 6, 1845
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Otterberg, Germany
Died: April 15, 1912

 24 Franco Columbu

Franco Columbu
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bodybuilder, Powerlifter
Birthdate: August 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ollolai, Italy
Died: August 30, 2019
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 25 Maeve Kennedy McKean

Maeve Kennedy McKean
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 2, 2020

 26 Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor

Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
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Famous As: Holy Roman Emperor (1155-1190)
Birthdate: 1122 AD
Birthplace: Haguenau, France
Died: June 17, 1190

 27 Shad Gaspard

Shad Gaspard
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional wrestler, Basketball player
Birthdate: January 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 17, 2020
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)

 28 Thomas Andrews

Thomas Andrews
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Businessperson, Naval Architect
Birthdate: February 7, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Comber, County Down, Ireland
Died: April 15, 1912

 29 Ray Emery

Ray Emery
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Ice hockey player
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: July 15, 2018
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 30 Eddie Aikau

Eddie Aikau
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Surfers
Birthdate: May 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maui, Hawaii, USA
Died: March 17, 1978
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 31 Jay Moriarity

Jay Moriarity
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Surfer
Birthdate: June 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Georgia, United States
Died: June 15, 2001

 32 Anil Nedumangad

Anil Nedumangad
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
Died: December 25, 2020

 33 Alan Kurdi

Alan Kurdi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 2012 AD
Birthplace: Kobane, Syria
Died: September 2, 2015

 34 George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence

George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Duke
Birthdate: October 21, 1449
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 18, 1478

 35 Piero the Unfortunate

Piero the Unfortunate
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 15, 1472
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: December 28, 1503

 36 Tom Thomson

Tom Thomson
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: August 5, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Claremont, Pickering, Canada
Died: July 8, 1917

 37 Benjamin Guggenheim

Benjamin Guggenheim
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businesspeople
Birthdate: October 26, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 15, 1912

 38 Tina Watson

Tina Watson
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Murder Victim
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States
Died: October 22, 2003

 39 Li Bai

Li Bai
2
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 19, 0701
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Suiye, Tang Empire (now Chuy Region, Kyrgyzstan)
Died: November 30, 0762

 40 William McMaster Murdoch

William McMaster Murdoch
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Officer of RMS Titanic
Birthdate: February 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalbeattie, Scotland
Died: April 15, 1912

 41 Suleyman Shah

Suleyman Shah
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Ertuğrul's father
Birthdate: 1165 AD
Birthplace: Middle east
Died: 1235 AD

 42 Mungo Park

Mungo Park
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: September 11, 1771
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Selkirkshire, Scotland
Died: July 19, 1806

 43 Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator

Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator
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Famous As: Philopator
Birthdate: 0062 AD
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: January 13, 0047

 44 Grégory Villemin

Grégory Villemin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: France
Died: October 16, 1984

 45 William Colby

William Colby
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Intelligence officer
Birthdate: January 4, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota, United States U.S.
Died: April 27, 1996

 46 Kumaran Asan

Kumaran Asan
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Writer, Activist
Birthdate: April 12, 1873
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trivandrum, Travancore, Kerela, India
Died: January 16, 1924

 47 William Jefferson Blythe Jr.

William Jefferson Blythe Jr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: February 27, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sherman, Texas, United States
Died: May 17, 1946

 48 Jack Phillips

Jack Phillips
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Wireless telegraphist
Birthdate: April 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Farncombe, Surrey, England
Died: April 15, 1912

 49 Randy California

Randy California
0
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: February 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 2, 1997

 50 William Stanley Jevons

William Stanley Jevons
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: September 1, 1835
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: August 13, 1882