Here is a list of famous leaders and politicians who died of tuberculosis. The study and treatment of tuberculosis led to the discovery of pasteurization and antibiotics. At its height many politicians were TB patients. The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) disease reported in the United States has decreased each year since 1993. As the general standard of living and medical care improved in the United States, the incidence of death due to TB a.k.a consumption decreased. Here is a full list of all political leaders who succumbed to death as TB victims.