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

This list below has a variety of people, like Oscar Wilde and Brook Benton, in it.

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

These notable meningitis deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has meningitis as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (78 items)
Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Meningitis
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death. Wilde's parents were successful Anglo-Irish Dublin intellectuals. Their son became fluent in French and German early in life. At university, Wilde read Greats; he proved himself to be an outstanding classicist, first at Dublin, then at Oxford. He became known for his involvement in the rising philosophy of aestheticism, led by two of his ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 46 (1854-1900)

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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Voltairine de Cleyre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Meningitis
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Voltairine de Cleyre was an American anarchist writer and feminist. She was a prolific writer and speaker, opposing the state, marriage, and the domination of religion over sexuality and women's lives. She began her activist career in the freethought movement. De Cleyre was initially drawn to individualist anarchism but evolved through mutualism to an "anarchism without adjectives." She believed that any system was acceptable as long as it did not involve force. She was a colleague of Emma Goldman, with whom she maintained a relationship of respectful disagreement on many issues. Many of her essays were in the Selected Works of Voltairine de Cleyre, published posthumously by Mother Earth in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 46 (1866-1912)

Birthplace: Leslie, Michigan, United States of America

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Ram Mohan Roy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Meningitis
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Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a founder of the Brahmo Samaj movement in 1828 which engendered the Brahmo Samaj, an influential Indian socio-religious reform movement. His influence was apparent in the fields of politics, public administration and education as well as religion. He is best known for his efforts to abolish the practice of sati, the Hindu funeral practice in which the widow was compelled to sacrifice herself on her husband’s funeral pyre in some parts of the then Bengal. It was him who first introduced the word "Hinduism" into the English language in 1816. For his diverse contributions to society, Raja Ram Mohan Roy is regarded as one of the most important figures in the Bengal ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 61 (1772-1833)

Birthplace: Radhanagore, India

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Addie Joss is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Meningitis
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Adrian "Addie" Joss, nicknamed "The Human Hairpin," was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched for the Cleveland Bronchos, later known as the Naps, between 1902 and 1910. Joss, who was 6 feet 3 inches and weighed 185 pounds, pitched the fourth perfect game in baseball history. His 1.89 career earned run average is the second-lowest in MLB history. Joss was born and raised in Wisconsin, where he attended St. Mary's College and the University of Wisconsin. He played baseball at St. Mary's and then played in a semipro league where he caught the attention of Connie Mack. Joss did not sign with Mack's team, but he attracted further major league interest after winning 19 games in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 31 (1880-1911)

Birthplace: Woodland, Dodge County, Wisconsin, Wisconsin, United States of America

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