List of drowning victims

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This is a list of drowning victims in chronological order. The reasons for drowning are diverse and range from suicide, to accidents or murders.

Antiquity[edit]

Middle Ages[edit]

Renaissance[edit]

18th Century[edit]

19th Century[edit]

20th Century[edit]

1900s[edit]

1910s[edit]

  • Sir W. S. Gilbert (b. 1836), British humorist, librettist of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas, drowned on 29 May 1911 while going to the rescue of two other swimmers in the lake at his home. He may have died from a heart attack rather than by drowning.[19]
  • Michel Tamarati (born 1858), a Georgian Catholic priest and historian, died while trying to rescue a drowning man in stormy sea near Santa Marinella, Italy, on September 16, 1911.[20]
  • John Jacob Astor IV (born 1864), drowned in the Titanic disaster 1912.[21]
  • Benjamin Guggenheim (born 1865), drowned in the Titanic disaster 1912.[22]
  • Isidor Straus and wife Ida Straus, drowned in the Titanic disaster.[23]
  • Grigori Rasputin (died 1916), Russian mystic and Imperial adviser. The aristocratic faction tried to kill him using several methods, including, after poison, several gun shots; this is believed to be the main cause of his death, but after his body was thrown in the Neva River (and later recovered), many tend to believe that drowning was the final cause of his death. For others, attributing death by drowning means adding to a legend.[24]
  • Enrique Granados, drowned after jumping out of a lifeboat to rescue his wife, following the torpedoing of their ship by the German navy during World War I, in 1916.[25]

1920s[edit]

  • William Wilton (born 1865), Scottish football manager (Rangers F.C.), drowned in a boating accident at Gourock, Scotland in 1920.[26]
  • Sacadura Cabral, died on 15 November 1924 after his airplane disappeared over the English Channel, along with his co-pilot Mechanical Corporal José Correia. As no bodies were found, it is not known whether they actually drowned.[27]

1930s[edit]

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

  • Arky Vaughan (born 1912), baseball Hall of Famer, drowned after falling from his fishing boat on 30 August 1952.[36]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

  • Natalie Wood (born 1938), actress, drowned in a yachting accident in 1981; the accident raised several suspicions and murder was considered.[48]
  • Joe Delaney (born 1958), Running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, accidentally drowned in 1983 while trying to save three children who were screaming for help.[49]
  • Dennis Wilson, one of the members of the Beach Boys, in 1983.[50]
  • Jessica Savitch (born 1947), NBC and PBS broadcaster and reporter, drowned when her car went off the road during a heavy rainstorm into a canal. Her car sank upside down in the mud and filled with water on 23 October 1983.[51]
  • Fernando Pereira Dutch photographer drowned when French agents sunk the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, July the 10th, 1985.[52]
  • Carol Wayne, American actress who drowned under mysterious circumstances in Manzanillo, Mexico in 1985.[53]
  • Jerry Anderson, former NFL football player who drowned while saving a boy who had fallen into a flooded creek in 1989.[54]

1990s[edit]

21st Century[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

  • Toshiharu Ikeda, Japanese film director and screenwriter, committed suicide in December 2010.[67]
  • Marie-France Pisier, French actress, found dead in her swimming pool April 2011.[68]
  • Whitney Houston, American singer, found dead in her bathtub following a barbiturate overdose, February 2012.
  • Rodney King, American construction worker, victim of police brutality, found dead in his swimming pool with alcohol, marijuana and cocaine in his system, June 2012.

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