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Famous People Who Died of Dysentery

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List of famous people who died of dysentery, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from dysentery 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 dysentery, including actors, musicians and athletes.

Examples include Desiderius Erasmus and John, King of England. This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from dysentery?" and "Which famous people died due to dysentery?" These notable dysentery deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has dysentery as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. {#nodes}

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    Desiderius Erasmus

    Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (; 28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536), known as Erasmus or Erasmus of Rotterdam, was a Dutch philosopher and Christian humanist who is widely considered to have been the greatest scholar of the northern Renaissance. Originally trained as a Catholic priest, Erasmus was an important figure in classical scholarship who wrote in a pure Latin style. Among humanists he enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists", and has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian humanists". Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament, which raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1466-1536)
    • Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands


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    David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa. His meeting with H. M. Stanley on 10 November 1871 gave rise to the popular quotation "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" Perhaps one of the most popular national heroes of the late 19th century in Victorian Britain, Livingstone had a mythic status, which operated on a number of interconnected levels: Protestant missionary martyr, working-class "rags to riches" inspirational story, scientific investigator and explorer, imperial reformer, anti-slavery crusader, and advocate of commercial empire. His fame as an explorer helped drive forward the obsession with...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1813-1873)
    • Birthplace: Blantyre, United Kingdom
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    Henry V of England

    Henry V (16 September 1386 – 31 August 1422), also called Henry of Monmouth, was King of England from 1413 until his death in 1422. He was the second English monarch of the House of Lancaster. Despite his relatively short reign, Henry's outstanding military successes in the Hundred Years' War against France, most notably in his famous victory at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, made England one of the strongest military powers in Europe. Immortalised in the plays of Shakespeare, Henry is known and celebrated as one of the greatest warrior kings of medieval England. In his youth, during the reign of his father Henry IV, Henry gained military experience fighting the Welsh during the revolt of...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 35 (1386-1422)
    • Birthplace: Monmouth, United Kingdom


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    Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540 – 28 January 1596) was an English sea captain, privateer, slave trader, naval officer and explorer of the Elizabethan era. Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580, and was the first to complete the voyage as captain while leading the expedition throughout the entire circumnavigation. With his incursion into the Pacific Ocean, he claimed what is now California for the English and inaugurated an era of conflict with the Spanish on the western coast of the Americas, an area that had previously been largely unexplored by western shipping.Elizabeth I awarded Drake a knighthood in 1581 which he received on the...  more
    • Birthplace: Tavistock, Devon, United Kingdom