Famous People Who Died of Sepsis

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

This list of septicemia victims features people like Christopher Reeve, Katrin Cartlidge, and William Henry Harrison.

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

These notable sepsis deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has sepsis as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. 

Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Sepsis
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Christopher D'Olier Reeve (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor who played DC comic book superhero Superman, beginning with the acclaimed Superman (1978), for which he won a BAFTA Award. Reeve appeared in other critically acclaimed films such as The Bostonians (1984), Street Smart (1987) and The Remains of the Day (1993). He received a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance in the television remake of Rear Window (1998). On May 27, 1995, Reeve was left quadriplegic after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia. He used a wheelchair and needed a portable ventilator to breathe for the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 52 (1952-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Jeff Conaway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Sepsis
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Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway (October 5, 1950 – May 27, 2011) was an American actor and singer known for playing Kenickie in the movie Grease and for his roles in two American television series, Taxi and Babylon 5. Conaway was also featured in the first and second seasons of the reality television series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 61 (1950-2011)

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Mary Wollstonecraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Sepsis
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Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft (UK: , US: ; 27 April 1759 – 10 September 1797) was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. Until the late 20th century, Wollstonecraft's life, which encompassed several unconventional personal relationships, received more attention than her writing. Today, Wollstonecraft is regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers, and feminists often cite both her life and work as important influences. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792), in which she argues that ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 38 (1759-1797)

Birthplace: Spitalfields, London, United Kingdom

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Reinhard Heydrich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Sepsis
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Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich (; German: [ˈʁaɪnhaʁt ˈtʁɪstan ˈɔʏɡn̩ ˈhaɪdʁɪç] (listen); 7 March 1904 – 4 June 1942) was a high-ranking German SS and police official during the Nazi era and a main architect of the Holocaust. He was chief of the Reich Main Security Office (including the Gestapo, Kripo, and SD). He was also Stellvertretender Reichsprotektor (Deputy/Acting Reich-Protector) of Bohemia and Moravia. He served as president of the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC, later known as Interpol) and chaired the January 1942 Wannsee Conference which formalised plans for the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question"—the deportation and genocide of all Jews in German-occupied ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 38 (1904-1942)

Birthplace: Halle, Germany

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