Famous People Who Died of Bubonic Plague

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Famous People Who Died of Bubonic Plague

List of famous people who died of bubonic plague, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from bubonic plague includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of bubonic plague, including actors, musicians and athletes.

John Ward and Gavin Douglas are included on this list of victims of plagues along with many more. Known for being the cause of the Black Death, the bubonic plague has taken the lives of many casualties and victims. 

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from bubonic plague?" and "Which famous people died due to bubonic plague?"

These notable bubonic plague deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has bubonic plague as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. 

  • John Ward or Birdy (c. 1553 – 1622), also known as Jack Ward or later as Yusuf Raïs, was an English pirate around the turn of the 17th century who later became a Barbary Corsair operating out of Tunis during the early 17th century.
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1553-1622)
    • Birthplace: Faversham, United Kingdom
  • Gavin Douglas
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    Gavin Douglas (c. 1474 – September 1522) was a Scottish bishop, makar and translator. Although he had an important political career, he is chiefly remembered for his poetry. His main pioneering achievement was the Eneados, a full and faithful vernacular translation of the Aeneid of Virgil into Scots, and the first successful example of its kind in any Anglic language. Other extant poetry of his includes Palice of Honour, and possibly King Hart.
    • Age: Dec. at 48 (1474-1522)
    • Birthplace: Tantallon Castle, United Kingdom
  • Giovanni Villani (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni vilˈlaːni]; c. 1276 or 1280 – 1348) was an Italian banker, official, diplomat and chronicler from Florence who wrote the Nuova Cronica (New Chronicles) on the history of Florence. He was a leading statesman of Florence but later gained an unsavory reputation and served time in prison as a result of the bankruptcy of a trading and banking company he worked for. His interest in and elaboration of economic details, statistical information, and political and psychological insight mark him as a more modern chronicler of late medieval Europe. His Cronica is viewed as the first introduction of statistics as a positive element in history. However, ...more
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
  • Huo Qubing (140 BC – 117 BC) was a distinguished military general of the Western Han dynasty during the reign of Emperor Wu of Han. He was the nephew of the general Wei Qing and Empress Wei Zifu (Emperor Wu's wife), and the half-brother of the statesman Huo Guang. Along with Wei Qing, he led a campaign into the Gobi Desert of what is now Mongolia to defeat the Xiongnu nomadic confederation, winning decisive victories such as the Battle of Mobei in 119 BC.
    • Age: Dec. at 23 (139 BC-116 BC)
    • Birthplace: Linfen, China