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Famous People Who Died of Bubonic Plague

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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. 

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    Conrad Gessner (; Latin: Conradus Gesnerus; German: Conrad Geßner [ˈɡɛsnər] or Cůnrat Geßner; 26 March 1516 – 13 December 1565) was a Swiss physician, naturalist, bibliographer, and philologist. Born into a poor family in Zürich, Switzerland, his father and teachers quickly realised his talents and supported him through university, where he studied classical languages, theology and medicine. He became Zürich's City Physician, but was able to spend much of his time on collecting, research and writing. Gessner compiled monumental works on bibliography (Bibliotheca universalis 1545–1549) and zoology (Historia animalium 1551–1558) and was working on a major botanical text at the time of his...  more
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      Giovanni Battista Donati (Italian pronunciation: [dʒoˈvanni batˈtista doˈnaːti]; 16 December 1826 – 20 September 1873) was an Italian astronomer.Donati graduated from the university of his native city, Pisa, and afterwards joined the staff of the Observatory of Florence in 1852. He was appointed director in 1864.Donati was also a pioneer in the spectroscopic study of the stars, the Sun, and comets. He observed the total solar eclipse of July 18, 1860, at Torreblanca in Spain, and in the same year began experiments in stellar spectroscopy. In 1862 he published a memoir, Intorno alle strie degli spettri stellari, which indicated the feasibility of a physical classification of the...  more
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        Hans Holbein the Younger (UK: HOL-byne, US: HOHL-byne, HAWL-; German: Hans Holbein der Jüngere; c. 1497 – between 7 October and 29 November 1543) was a German painter and printmaker who worked in a Northern Renaissance style, and is considered one of the greatest portraitists of the 16th century. He also produced religious art, satire, and Reformation propaganda, and he made a significant contribution to the history of book design. He is called "the Younger" to distinguish him from his father Hans Holbein the Elder, an accomplished painter of the Late Gothic school. Holbein was born in Augsburg, but he worked mainly in Basel as a young artist. At first, he painted murals and religious...  more
        • Thomas Bradwardine (c. 1300 – 26 August 1349) was an English cleric, scholar, mathematician, physicist, courtier and, very briefly, Archbishop of Canterbury. As a celebrated scholastic philosopher and doctor of theology, he is often called Doctor Profundus (medieval epithet, meaning "the Profound Doctor"). ...  more