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Notable People Who Died in Prison 

Notable Famous Deaths
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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.
Jeffrey Epstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 66 (1953 - 2019)

Suicide

Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender. Epstein began his professional life as a teacher, then changed to the banking ...more
Ariel Castro is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 53 (1960-2013)
Suicide Ariel Castro has been charged with kidnapping and rape for allegedly abducting Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight.
Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
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 Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was an American serial killer and sex offender who committed the rape, ...more
Andreas Baader is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
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 German left-wing militant organization Red Army Faction, also commonly known as the Baader-Meinhof
Gudrun Ensslin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 37 (1940-1977)
1974 to 1977 Gudrun Ensslin (German: [ˈɡuːdʁuːn ˈɛnsliːn]; 15 August 1940 – 18 October 1977) was a founder of the West German far-left militant group Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion, or RAF, also known ...more
Yuri Galanskov is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
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 November 1972, Mordovia) was a Russian poet, historian, human rights activist and dissident. For his ...more
Ulrike Meinhof is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 42 (1934-1976)
1974 to 1977 Ulrike Marie Meinhof (7 October 1934 – 9 May 1976) was a West German far-left militant. She co-founded the Red Army Faction (Rote Armee Fraktion or RAF) in 1970, after having worked as a ...more
Holger Meins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
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 joined the Red Army Faction (RAF) in the early 1970s and died on hunger strike in prison.
Jan-Carl Raspe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 33 (1944-1977)
1974 to 1977 Jan-Carl Raspe (24 July 1944 – 18 October 1977) was a member of the German militant group, the Red Army Faction (RAF).
Leslie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 40 (1953-1993)
Murdered by other prisoners
Steve Biko is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 31 (1946-1977)
Bludgeoned to death by South African police Bantu Stephen Biko (18 December 1946 – 12 September 1977) was a South African anti-apartheid activist. Ideologically an African nationalist and African socialist, he was at the forefront of a ...more
Walter H. Breen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Walter H. Breen
Dec. at 65 (1928-1993)
Cancer Walter H. Breen Jr. (September 5, 1928 – April 27, 1993) was an American numismatist, writer, LGBT rights activist and convicted child sex offender, and the husband of author Marion Zimmer ...more
Garry David is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
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 criminal.
Byron De La Beckwith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 81 (1920-2001)
Heart attack Byron De La Beckwith Jr. (November 9, 1920 – January 21, 2001) was an American white supremacist and Klansman from Greenwood, Mississippi, who assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Evers on ...more
Anthony Van Egmond is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Anthony Van Egmond
Dec. at 60 (1778-1838)
1838 Anthony Van Egmond, born Antonij Jacobi Willem Gijben (10 March 1778 Groesbeek in Dutch Republic – 5 January 1838 in Toronto, Upper Canada) before coming to North America, was purportedly a ...more
John Gotti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 62 (1940-2002)
Throat cancer
John Geoghan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 68 (1935-2003)
Homicide John J. Geoghan (; June 4, 1935 – August 23, 2003) was an American Roman Catholic priest and serial child rapist while he was assigned to parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston in Massachusetts. ...more
Muhammad Zaidan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 56 (1948-2004)
Natural causes Muhammad Zaidan (10 December 1948 – 8 March 2004), also known as Abu Abbas AH-boo ə-BAHSS (Arabic: أبو العباس‎ Abū ʿAbbās pronunciation ) or Muhammad Abbas, was (with Tal'at Ya'qoub) the founder ...more
John Wayne Glover is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 73 (1932-2005)
Suicide (hanging) John Wayne Glover (26 November 1932 – 9 September 2005) was an English-Australian serial killer convicted of the murders of six elderly women, including Winifreda, Lady Ashton, widow of the ...more
Ryan Gracie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 33 (1974-2007)
2007 Ryan Gracie (August 14, 1974 – December 15, 2007) was a Brazilian mixed martial artist with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was a member of the Gracie family, and a grandson of Carlos
Emil Hácha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
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 of Czechoslovakia from 1938 to 1939. From March 1939, his country was under the control of ...more
Rudolf Hess is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Died at 93 (1894-1987)
Suicide Rudolf Walter Richard Hess (Heß in German; 26 April 1894 – 17 August 1987) was a German politician and a leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) of Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy ...more
Myra Hindley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
Dec. at 60 (1942-2002)
heart attack
Ronald Kray is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
David Lane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Notable People Who Died in Prison
David Lane
Dec. at 69 (1938-2007)
Epilepsy David Eden Lane (November 2, 1938 – May 28, 2007) was an anti-American white separatist and convicted felon. A member of the domestic terror group The Order, he was convicted and sentenced to ...more