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Famous People Who Were Struck by Lightning

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List of famous people who were struck by lightning, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died from being hit by lightning are listed alphabetically and include the famous lightning strike victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. This list contains people like Apollodorus and Samuel B. Avis. These notable lightning deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has struck by lightning as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (11 People)

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    James Otis, Jr.
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    James Otis, Jr. was a lawyer in colonial Massachusetts and the creator of the famous phrase "taxation without representation is tyranny" which helped to lead to the American Revolution. He is reported to have once said to his sister "My dear sister, I hope, when God Almighty in his righteous providence shall take me out of time into eternity that it will be by a flash of lightning." Soon after he was killed by a bolt of lightning while standing in the doorway of his friend's house.

    James Otis, Jr. was a lawyer in colonial Massachusetts, a member of the Massachusetts provincial assembly, and an early advocate of the Patriot views against British policy that led to the American Revolution. His catchphrase "Taxation without representation is tyranny" became the basic Patriot ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1725-1783)
    • Birthplace: Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Lawyer
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    Carus was the Roman emperor from 282 to 283. He died during a storm, and according to reports it was either murder, illness, or a bolt of lightning that caused it.

    Carus was Roman Emperor from 282 to 283. During his short reign, Carus fought the Germanic tribes and Sarmatians along the Danube frontier with success. During his campaign against the Sassanid Empire, he sacked their capital Ctesiphon, but died shortly thereafter. He was succeeded by his sons Carinus ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (230-283)
    • Birthplace: Narbonne, France
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    Hernán Gaviria was a Colombian footballer who played as a central midfielder. On October 24, 2002, Gavira was practicing with a fellow teammate and was struck by lightning and killed instantly. He was only 34 years-old and left behind a wife and two children.

    Hermán Gaviria Carvajal was a Colombian footballer, who played as a central midfielder.more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1969-2002)
    • Birthplace: Carepa, Colombia
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    John White was a Scottish footballer who played midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur. On July 21, 1964 when he was only 27, he hid under a tree during a lightning storm at a golf course. Lightning struck him and he was killed instantly.

    John Anderson White was a Scottish international football midfielder and sometime inside right who played a significant role for Tottenham Hotspur during their Double winning season in 1960-61. He had two brothers, Edwin and Tom, who were also professional footballers. White was killed by lightning at ...more

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    • Age: Died at 27 (1937-1964)
    • Birthplace: Musselburgh, United Kingdom
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    Geremi González

    Geremi González
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    Geremi González was a Major League baseball player who played for the Cubs, the Devil Rays, the Red Sox, and the Mets, over the course of his nine year career. On May 25, 2008 he was struck by lightning and killed while on vacation.

    Geremis Segundo González Acosta was a Venezuelan right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. In his rookie season he led the Cubs with 11 wins, but he was unable to continue that success in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1975-2008)
    • Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela
    • Profession: Baseball player
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    Leontius Pilatus

    Leontius Pilatus was a Calabrian scholar and one of the earliest promoters of Greek studies in Western Europe. He was responsible for translating The Illiad, The Odyssey and other famous works into Latin.

    Leontius Pilatus, or Leontius, was a Calabrian scholar and was one of the earliest promoters of Greek studies in Western Europe. Leontius translated and commented upon works of Euripides, Aristotle and Homer including the Odyssey and the Iliad into Latin and was the first professor of Greek in western ...more

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    • Birthplace: Seminara, Italy
    • Profession: Writer
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    Samuel B. Avis

    Samuel B. Avis was an American politician who represented West Virgina in the House of Representatives.

    Samuel Brashear Avis was an American politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from 1913 to 1915. Avis was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he attended the public schools and Staunton Military Academy. He was graduated from the law department of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1872-1924)
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    Becky Godwin

    Becky Godwin was the adopted daughter of former Governor of Virginia Miles Godwin Jr.. She died in a freak accident on a perfectly clear summer day on the beach. While exiting the water onto the sand she was struck by a single bolt of lightning and killed instantly. Many schools and memorials have been named in her honor.

    Rebecca 'Becky' Godwin was the adopted daughter and only child of the then Governor of Virginia Mills E. Godwin, Jr. and Katherine Beale Godwin, of Chuckatuck, Virginia, a small community then in Nansemond County which is now a part of Suffolk. In August 1968, Becky Godwin, aged fourteen, was spending a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 14 (1954-1968)
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
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    Apollodorus was an ancient Macedonian runner who won in the Olympics and then was struck by lightning on his walk home, killing him.

    Apollodorus was an unlucky ancient Macedonian runner who, after winning in Olympics, was killed by lightning on his way back home. He is commemorated by Antipater of Thessalonica in the below epigram: Every year the Race of Apollodoros is organized in modern Aiani and Veria.more

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