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List of famous people who died in explosions, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died in explosions are listed alphabetically and include the famous explosion victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. This list is made up of people like David Ronald Pearce and Diana Oughton. These notable explosion deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has died in explosion as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (9 People)
James II of Scotland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in Explosions
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King of Scots, James II was a big promoter of modern artillery during his reign while he he tried to seize a castle for Scotland. He was loading up a cannon, referred to as "The Lion," but when he tried firing it, it exploded instead, killing him instantly.

James II, who reigned as king of Scots from 1437 on, was the son of James I and Joan Beaufort. Nothing is known of his early life, but by his first birthday his twin and only brother, Alexander, who was also the older twin, had died, thus making James the heir apparent and Duke of Rothesay. ...more

Age: Died at 30 (1430-1460)

Birthplace: Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Scotland

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Antonio Veneziano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in Explosions
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Antonio Veneziano is considered to be one of the greatest Sicilian poets of all time. His most popular piece, Celia, was written while in jail when he was captured by Barbary pirates. He died during an explosion in his prison in 1593. 

Antonio Veneziano was an Italian poet who wrote mainly in Sicilian. He is considered among the greatest poets who wrote in Sicilian, which include Giovanni Meli, Domenico Tempio and Nino Martoglio. He is perhaps the first major figure in Sicilian literature following the Sicilian School which ...more

Age: Died at 50 (1543-1593)

Birthplace: Monreale, Italy

Profession: Poet, Philosopher

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Janaka Perera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in Explosions
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Sri Lankan General and politician, Janaka Perera is considered to be one of the most distinguished generals in Sri Lankan history. Both Perera and his wife died during a suicide bombing in 2008 at a United National Party office. 27 civilians and politicians were killed, and another 90 were injured. The government blames the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the attack.

Major General Janaka Perera, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, VSP, rcds, psc, CR was a Sri Lankan General and politician. He served as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army and is considered one of the most distinguished generals in Sri Lankan history. After retiring from the army he served as a Sri Lankan ...more

Age: Died at 62 (1946-2008)

Birthplace: Sri Lanka

Profession: Politician, Military Officer

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Diana Oughton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in Explosions
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Diana Oughton was a member of the Students for a Democratic Party, the radical group Weatherman, and the Jesse James Gang, which were all movements against the Vietnam War in the 1960's. Oughton was constructing a nail bomb that was planned to go off during a dance for noncommissioned offers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, when it detonated, killing her and two others.

Diana Oughton was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society Michigan Chapter and later, a member of the 1960s radical group Weatherman. Oughton received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. After graduation, Oughton went to Guatemala with the American Friends Service Committee program to teach ...more

Age: Died at 28 (1942-1970)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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