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Famous People Who Were Struck by Lightning

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List of famous people who were struck by lightning, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died from being hit by lightning are listed alphabetically and include the famous lightning strike victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. This list contains people like Apollodorus and Samuel B. Avis. These notable lightning deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has struck by lightning as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (9 People)

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    Geremi González

    Geremi González was a Major League baseball player who played for the Cubs, the Devil Rays, the Red Sox, and the Mets, over the course of his nine year career. On May 25, 2008 he was struck by lightning and killed while on vacation.
    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1975-2008)
    • Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • Leontius Pilatus

    Leontius Pilatus was a Calabrian scholar and one of the earliest promoters of Greek studies in Western Europe. He was responsible for translating The Illiad, The Odyssey and other famous works into Latin.
    • Birthplace: Seminara, Italy
  • Samuel B. Avis

    Samuel B. Avis was an American politician who represented West Virgina in the House of Representatives.
    Samuel Brashear Avis (February 19, 1872 – June 8, 1924) was an American politician who represented West Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from 1913 to 1915. Avis was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he attended the public schools and Staunton Military Academy. He was graduated from the law department of Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. Admitted to the bar in 1893, he commenced practice in Charleston, West Virginia. Avis was commissioned senior captain of Company A, Second West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, during the Spanish–American War in 1898. He served until 1899 when he was honorably discharged. After the war, he served as prosecuting attorney  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 52 (1872-1924)
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    Becky Godwin

    Becky Godwin was the adopted daughter of former Governor of Virginia Miles Godwin Jr.. She died in a freak accident on a perfectly clear summer day on the beach. While exiting the water onto the sand she was struck by a single bolt of lightning and killed instantly. Many schools and memorials have been named in her honor.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Virginia