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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’ hometowns and biographical info about them when available. This list contains items 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 Items)

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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.

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    Profession: Lawyer
    Age: Died at 58 (1725-1783)
    Birthplace: Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States of America
    Schools: Harvard College, Harvard University
    Cause Of Death: Lightning
    Place Of Death: Andover, Massachusetts, United States of America
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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.

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    Age: Died at 53 (230-283)
    Birthplace: Narbonne, France
    Cause Of Death: Mortal wound, Natural causes, Lightning, Murder
    Place Of Death: Tigris
    Children: Carinus, Numerian
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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.

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    Age: Died at 33 (1969-2002)
    Birthplace: Carepa, Colombia
    Cause Of Death: Lightning
    Place Of Death: Cali, 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.

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    Age: Died at 27 (1937-1964)
    Birthplace: Musselburgh, United Kingdom
    Cause Of Death: Lightning
    Place Of Death: Crews Hill, London, United Kingdom
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    Geremi González

    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.

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    Profession: Baseball player
    Age: Died at 33 (1975-2008)
    Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela
    Cause Of Death: Lightning
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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.

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    Profession: Writer
    Birthplace: Seminara, Italy
    Cause Of Death: Lightning
    Place Of Death: Gulf of Venice
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