Famous People Who Died Of Tuberculosis

Emily Jane Brontë, the author of the classic English novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ tasted resounding success at an early age and had so much to look forward too! Unfortunately stricken with the dreaded disease tuberculosis, she breathed her last at the young age of 30. Similar had been the fate of the famed Romantic poet John Keats who met an untimely end at the age of 25 after suffering from tuberculosis. Once a dreaded disease which proved to be fatal in many cases, tuberculosis also claimed the Polish composer and pianist Frédéric François Chopin way too soon. While some people like writer Albert Camus survived despite being stricken with the disease, others like the French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville were not so lucky. Advancement in medical sciences has led to better treatment options for those suffering from tuberculosis, thus greatly bringing down the mortality rate. Despite this, unfortunate celebrity deaths from tuberculosis have happened even in the latter part of the 20th century. American actress Vivien Leigh and English actor Denholm Mitchell Elliott are among such casualties. Read on for more information about the life and works of famous people who died of tuberculosis.

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 1 
Henry VII of England
(Monarch of England (1485-1509))

Henry VII of England
29
Birthdate: January 28, 1457
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pembroke Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Died: April 21, 1509

 2 
George Orwell
(Novelist)

George Orwell
38
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Motihari, Bihar, India
Died: January 21, 1950
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 3 
Eleanor Roosevelt
(Longest-Serving First Lady of The United States)

Eleanor Roosevelt
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 7, 1962
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 4 
Vivien Leigh
(Actress)

Vivien Leigh
9
Birthdate: November 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Darjeeling, India
Died: July 8, 1967
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 5 
Franz Kafka
(Novelist)

Franz Kafka
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: June 3, 1924

 6 

John Keats
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 31, 1795
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moorgate, London, England
Died: February 23, 1821

 7 

Erwin Schrödinger
6
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 12, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Erdberg, Vienna, Austria
Died: January 4, 1961
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 8 
Henry David Thoreau
(Naturalist, Philosopher & Author Of 'Walden')

Henry David Thoreau
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 12, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 6, 1862
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 9 
Anton Chekhov
(Playwright, Short-story writer)

Anton Chekhov
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 29, 1860
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Taganrog, Russia
Died: July 15, 1904

 10 
Louis XIII of France
(King of France)

Louis XIII of France
5
Birthdate: September 27, 1601
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Château de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, France
Died: May 14, 1643

 11 
Pocahontas
(Native American)

Pocahontas
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1596 AD
Birthplace: Gloucester County, Virginia
Died: February 29, 1617

 12 
Emily Brontë
(Novelist)

Emily Brontë
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 30, 1818
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire
Died: December 19, 1848

 13 

D. H. Lawrence
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eastwood, England
Died: March 2, 1930

 14 
Doc Holliday
(Gambler, Gunfighter)

Doc Holliday
17
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 14, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia, United States
Died: November 8, 1887

 15 
Lev Vygotsky
(Psychologist)

Lev Vygotsky
1
Birthdate: November 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Orsha, Belarus
Died: June 11, 1934

 16 
James Monroe
(5th President of the United States)

James Monroe
16
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 28, 1758
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monroe Hall, Virginia, United States
Died: July 4, 1831

 17 
Moliere
(Playwright)

Moliere
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 15, 1622
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rue Saint Honoré, Paris, France
Died: February 17, 1673

 18 
Louis Braille
(Inventor of Braille)

Louis Braille
31
Birthdate: January 4, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coupvray
Died: January 6, 1852

 19 
John C. Calhoun
(7th Vice President of the U.S.A)

John C. Calhoun
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1782
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abbeville
Died: March 31, 1850

 20 
Charles IX of France
(King of France (1560-1574))

Charles IX of France
2
Birthdate: June 27, 1550
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: May 30, 1574

 21 
John Smith
(Explorer)

John Smith
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 6, 1580
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: June 21, 1631

 22 
Friedrich Schiller
(Poet, Playwright)

Friedrich Schiller
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 10, 1759
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marbach am Neckar, Germany
Died: May 9, 1805

 23 

Khalil Gibran
12
Birthdate: January 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bsharri, Lebanon
Died: April 10, 1931

 24 
René Laennec
(Inventor of Stethoscope)

René Laennec
2
Birthdate: February 17, 1781
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Quimper, France
Died: August 13, 1826

Katherine Mansfield
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 14, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wellington
Died: January 9, 1923

 26 
Bernhard Riemann
(Mathematician)

Bernhard Riemann
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 17, 1826
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Breselenz
Died: July 20, 1866

 27 
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(Founder of Pakistan, 1st Governor-General of Pakistan (1947-48))

Muhammad Ali Jinnah
31
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 25, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
Died: September 11, 1948

 28 
Manuel L. Quezon
(President of the Philippines (1935-44))

Manuel L. Quezon
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baler, Philippines
Died: August 1, 1944

 29 

Thomas Clayton Wolfe
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Died: September 15, 1938
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 30 
Christy Mathewson
(Baseball player)

Christy Mathewson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Factoryville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 7, 1925

 31 

Junípero Serra
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 24, 1713
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Petra, Spain
Died: August 28, 1784

 32 

Madame de Pompadour
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 29, 1721
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15, 1764

 33 
Catherine I of Russia
(Empress of Russia (1725-1727))

Catherine I of Russia
9
Birthdate: April 15, 1684
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Russia
Died: May 17, 1727

 34 
Napoleon II
(Emperor of the French (1815))

Napoleon II
4
Birthdate: March 20, 1811
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tuileries Palace, Paris
Died: July 22, 1832

 35 
Cardinal Richelieu
(Clergyman, Statesman)

Cardinal Richelieu
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 9, 1585
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 4, 1642

 36 
Anders Celsius
(Astronomer, Physicist, Mathematician)

Anders Celsius
4
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 27, 1701
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Uppsala
Died: April 25, 1744

 37 
Alexis de Tocqueville
(Historian Known for His Works 'Democracy in America' & 'The Old Regime' & 'The Revolution')

Alexis de Tocqueville
0
Birthdate: July 29, 1805
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 16, 1859

 38 
Tom Fogerty
(Singer, Guitarist)

Tom Fogerty
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berkeley
Died: September 6, 1990

 39 
Niels Henrik Abel
(Mathematician)

Niels Henrik Abel
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 5, 1802
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Finnøy
Died: April 6, 1829

 40 
Nestor Makhno
(Revolutionary, Writer)

Nestor Makhno
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hulyaipole, Ukraine
Died: July 25, 1934
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 15, 1519
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackmore, England
Died: July 22, 1536

 42 

Marcelo H. del Pilar
3
Birthdate: August 30, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulakan, Bulacan, Captaincy General of the Philippines
Died: July 4, 1896

 43 
Pedro I of Brazil
(King of Portugal (1826), Emperor of Brazil (1822-31))

Pedro I of Brazil
1
Birthdate: October 12, 1798
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queluz, Portugal
Died: September 24, 1834

 44 

Abdülmecid I
2
Birthdate: April 23, 1823
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: İstanbul Eyaleti
Died: June 25, 1861

 45 
Aubrey Beardsley
(Illustrator)

Aubrey Beardsley
1
Birthdate: August 21, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: March 16, 1898

Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France
1
Birthdate: October 22, 1781
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, France
Died: June 4, 1789

Louis, Dauphin of France
0
Birthdate: September 4, 1729
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, Paris, France
Died: December 20, 1765

 48 
Anne Neville
(Queen consort of England (1483-1485))

Anne Neville
2
Birthdate: June 11, 1456
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Warwickshire, England
Died: March 16, 1485

 49 
Lu Xun
(Chinese Writer, Essayist, Poet & Literary Critic)

Lu Xun
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China
Died: October 19, 1936

 50 
John Harvard
(Former Clergyman known as founder of Harvard College)

John Harvard
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 26, 1607
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Southwark, London, United Kingdom
Died: September 14, 1638