Famous People Who Died By Drowning

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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
(Best-Selling Female R&B Artist of the 20th Century)
Whitney Houston
55
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 11, 2012
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 2 
Natalie Wood
(Actress)
Natalie Wood
33
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
(Actress and Singer Best Known for Playing 'Santana Lopez' on 'Glee (2009-2015)')
Naya Rivera
56
Listed In: Fashion
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 
Josef Mengele
(German Physician Known for His Atrocities at the Auschwitz II Concentration Camp)
Josef Mengele
67
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: March 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany
Died: February 7, 1979
 5 
P B Shelley
(One of the Epic Poets of the 19th Century)
P B Shelley
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 4, 1792
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Warnham, United Kingdom
Died: July 8, 1822
 6 
Dolores O'Riordan
(Lead Vocalist and Lyricist for the Alternative Rock Band ‘The Cranberries')
Dolores O'Riordan
22
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ballybricken, County Limerick, Ireland
Died: January 15, 2018
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 7 
Dennis Wilson
(musician)
Dennis Wilson
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States
Died: December 28, 1983
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 8 
Harold Holt
(Former Prime Minister of Australia)
Harold Holt
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stanmore
Died: December 17, 1967
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Sridevi
(Indian Actress Cited as the 'First Female Superstar' of Indian Cinema)
Sridevi
19
Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sivakasi, Madras State, India
Died: February 24, 2018
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 10 
Rodney King
(Victim of Police Brutality)
Rodney King
28
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Died: June 17, 2012
 11 
Brian Jones
(English Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer and Founder of the Rock Band 'The Rolling Stones')
Brian Jones
21
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Died: July 3, 1969
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 12 
Elisa Lam
(Chinese-Canadian Tourist Who Was Found Dead in Los Angeles Cecil Hotel)
Elisa Lam
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: February 1, 2013
 13 
Jeff Buckley
(Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist)
Jeff Buckley
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: May 29, 1997
 14 
John Jacob Astor IV
(Businessman, Investor, and Founder of the ‘Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’)
John Jacob Astor IV
6
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 13, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rhinebeck Village, Rhinebeck, New York, United States
Died: April 15, 1912
 15 
Bartolomeu Dias
(Portuguese explorer)
Bartolomeu Dias
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Algarve
Died: May 29, 1500
 16 
Mary Jo Kopechne
(Political Campaign Specialist of Robert F. Kennedy)
Mary Jo Kopechne
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 18, 1969
 17 
Rudolf Diesel
(Inventor of Diesel Engine)
Rudolf Diesel
2
Birthdate: March 18, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29, 1913
 18 
Carol Wayne
(Actress)
Carol Wayne
4
Birthdate: September 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 13, 1985
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 19 
Shad Gaspard
(Professional wrestler, Basketball player)
Shad Gaspard
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 17, 2020
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 20 
Antinous
(Companion of Hadrian)
Antinous
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0111 AD
Birthplace: Bolu, Turkey
Died: October 30, 0130
 21 
Althea Flynt
(Larry Flynt's Wife)
Althea Flynt
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio, United States
Died: June 27, 1987
 22 
Franco Columbu
(Bodybuilder, Powerlifter)
Franco Columbu
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ollolai, Italy
Died: August 30, 2019
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 23 
Thomas Andrews
(Businessperson, Naval Architect)
Thomas Andrews
6
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: February 7, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Comber, County Down, Ireland
Died: April 15, 1912
 24 
Jay Moriarity
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Georgia, United States
Died: June 15, 2001
Alan Kurdi
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 2012 AD
Birthplace: Kobane, Syria
Died: September 2, 2015
 26 
Isidor Straus
(U.S. House Representative from New York (1894-1895))
Isidor Straus
15
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1845
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Otterberg, Germany
Died: April 15, 1912
 27 
Eric Fleming
8
Birthdate: July 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Paula, California, United States
Died: September 28, 1966
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 28 
Eddie Aikau
(Surfers)
Eddie Aikau
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maui, Hawaii, USA
Died: March 17, 1978
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 29 
Benjamin Guggenheim
(Businesspeople)
Benjamin Guggenheim
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 26, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 15, 1912
 30 
Maeve Kennedy McKean
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 2, 2020
 31 
Piero the Unfortunate
(Ruler of Florence Known for His Bad Decisions that Led to His Downfall)
Piero the Unfortunate
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 15, 1472
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: December 28, 1503
 32 
Tom Thomson
(Artist)
Tom Thomson
4
Birthdate: August 5, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Claremont, Pickering, Canada
Died: July 8, 1917
 33 
Tina Watson
(Murder Victim)
Tina Watson
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: United States
Died: October 22, 2003
 34 
Dolores O’Riordan
(Best Known as the Lead Singer of Alternative-Rock Band 'The Cranberries' Who Died of Accidental Drowning)
Dolores O’Riordan
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: County Limerick, Ireland
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 35 
Randy California
(Guitarist, Singer)
Randy California
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 2, 1997
 36 
Mungo Park
(Explorer)
Mungo Park
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 11, 1771
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Selkirkshire, Scotland
Died: July 19, 1806
 37 
Ida Straus
(Businessperson)
Ida Straus
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worms, Germany Worms, Germany
Died: April 15, 1912
 38 
Ray Emery
(Ice hockey player)
Ray Emery
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: July 15, 2018
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 39 
William McMaster Murdoch
(British Sailor Who Was the First Officer on the ‘RMS Titanic’)
William McMaster Murdoch
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 28, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalbeattie, Scotland
Died: April 15, 1912
 40 
Suleyman Shah
(Ertuğrul's father)
Suleyman Shah
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1165 AD
Birthplace: Middle east
Died: 1235 AD
 41 
Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
(Holy Roman Emperor (1155 - 1190))
Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
1
Birthdate: 1122 AD
Birthplace: Haguenau, France
Died: June 17, 1190
 42 
Li Bai
(Poet)
Li Bai
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 19, 0701
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Suiye, Tang Empire (now Chuy Region, Kyrgyzstan)
Died: November 30, 0762
Grégory Villemin
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: France
Died: October 16, 1984
 44 
Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator
(Pharaoh of Egypt (51–47 BC))
Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator
1
Birthdate: 0062 BC
Birthplace: Egypt
Died: January 13, 0047
 45 
William Colby
(Intelligence officer)
William Colby
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 4, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota, United States U.S.
Died: April 27, 1996
 46 
Jack Phillips
(Wireless telegraphist)
Jack Phillips
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Farncombe, Surrey, England
Died: April 15, 1912
 47 
Pete Farndon
(Former English bassist and founding member of the rock band the Pretenders.)
Pete Farndon
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 12, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hereford, England
Died: April 14, 1983
 48 
Deon Dreyer
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: South Africa
Died: December 17, 1994
 49 
Johnny Burnette
(Singer, Musician)
Johnny Burnette
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 14, 1964
 50 
Riley Fox
(Murder Victim)
Riley Fox
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 31, 2001
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wilmington, Illinois, United States
Died: June 6, 2004