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Notable People Who Died in Prison

Updated August 12, 2019 82.0k views34 items

Here is a list of famous prisoners who died in jail. This is a list of famous people who died in jail, not those who were executed. Some of these convicts were victims of jail murders. These criminals had death from various causes like suicide in jail, or were victims of jail murders, or natural death in prison cell. Here is a list of all prison deaths that is worth remembering. This list includes all deaths and causes of these prison deaths.

What are some of most famous prison deaths? Take a look at the people on here, who were probably murdered in prison, and you'll realize that they became celebrities in their own right, for better or worse.
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  • Jeffrey Epstein

    Dec. at 66 (1953 - 2019)

    Suicide

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  • Ariel Castro

    Dec. at 53 (1960-2013)
    Suicide
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  • Jeffrey Dahmer

    Dec. at 34 (1960-1994)
    Beaten to death by a fellow inmate
    Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (; May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee...  more
  • Andreas Baader

    Dec. at 34 (1943-1977)
    1974 to 1977
    Berndt Andreas Baader (6 May 1943 – 18 October 1977) was one of the first leaders of the West...  more
  • Gudrun Ensslin

    Dec. at 37 (1940-1977)
    1974 to 1977
    Gudrun Ensslin (German: [ˈɡuːdʁuːn ˈɛnsliːn]; 15 August 1940 – 18 October 1977) was a founder...  more
  • Yuri Galanskov

    Dec. at 33 (1939-1972)
    Death from an operation by a former doctor(another inmate) with no surgical qualifications
    Yuri Timofeyevich Galanskov (Russian: Ю́рий Тимофе́евич Галанско́в, 19 June 1939, Moscow - 4...  more
  • Ulrike Meinhof

    Dec. at 42 (1934-1976)
    1974 to 1977
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  • Holger Meins

    Dec. at 33 (1941-1974)
    1974 to 1977
    Holger Klaus Meins (26 October 1941 – 9 November 1974) was a German cinematography student who...  more
  • Jan-Carl Raspe

    Dec. at 33 (1944-1977)
    1974 to 1977
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  • Leslie Bailey

    Dec. at 40 (1953-1993)
    Murdered by other prisoners
  • Steve Biko

    Dec. at 31 (1946-1977)
    Bludgeoned to death by South African police
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  • Walter H. Breen

    Dec. at 65 (1928-1993)
    Cancer
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  • Garry David

    Dec. at 39 (1954-1993)
    Died from wounds caused by self-mutilation
    Garry David, (20 November, 1954 - 11 July, 1993) (also known as Garry Webb), was an Australian...  more
  • Byron De La Beckwith

    Dec. at 81 (1920-2001)
    Heart attack
    Byron De La Beckwith Jr. (November 9, 1920 – January 21, 2001) was an American white...  more
  • Anthony Van Egmond

    Dec. at 60 (1778-1838)
    1838
    Anthony Van Egmond, born Antonij Jacobi Willem Gijben (10 March 1778 Groesbeek in Dutch...  more
  • John Gotti

    Dec. at 62 (1940-2002)
    Throat cancer
  • John Geoghan

    Dec. at 68 (1935-2003)
    Homicide
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  • Muhammad Zaidan

    Dec. at 56 (1948-2004)
    Natural causes
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  • John Wayne Glover

    Dec. at 73 (1932-2005)
    Suicide (hanging)
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  • Ryan Gracie

    Dec. at 33 (1974-2007)
    2007
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  • Emil Hácha

    Dec. at 73 (1872-1945)
    1945
    Emil Dominik Josef Hácha (12 July 1872 – 27 June 1945) was a Czech lawyer, the third President...  more
  • Rudolf Hess

    Dec. at 93 (1894-1987)
    Suicide
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  • Myra Hindley

    Dec. at 60 (1942-2002)
    heart attack
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  • David Lane

    Dec. at 69 (1938-2007)
    Epilepsy
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