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

People include everything from Geeta Bali to Katherine Philips. This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from smallpox?" and "Which famous people died due to smallpox?" These notable smallpox deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has smallpox as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (140 items)

Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Smallpox
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Pocahontas was a Virginia Indian notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribal nations in the Tsenacommacah, encompassing the Tidewater region of Virginia. In a well-known historical anecdote, she is said to have saved the life of an Indian captive, Englishman John Smith, in 1607 by placing her head upon his own when her father raised his war club to execute him. The general consensus of historians is that this story, as told by Smith, is untrue. Pocahontas was captured by the English during Anglo-Indian hostilities in 1613, and held for ransom. During her ...more

Age: Died at 22 (1595-1617)

Birthplace: Werowocomoco

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Janet Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Smallpox
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Janet Parker was a British medical photographer who became the last person to die from smallpox. She was exposed to the virus as a result of a laboratory accident at the University of Birmingham Medical School. Parker worked as a medical photographer in the Anatomy Department, where she was accidentally exposed to a strain of smallpox virus that was grown in a research laboratory on the floor below. Her death led to the suicide of the then Head of the Microbiology Department. An official government inquiry into Parker's death was led by microbiologist R.A. Shooter, whose report was debated in the British Parliament. The conclusion that the virus was most likely spread from the smallpox ...more

Age: Died at 40 (1938-1978)

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Louis XV of France is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Smallpox
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Louis XV, known as Louis the Beloved was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five. Until he reached maturity in 1723, his kingdom was ruled by Philippe II, Duke of Orléans as Regent of France; the duke was his maternal great-uncle, as well as first cousin twice removed patrilineally. Cardinal Fleury was his chief minister from 1726 until the Cardinal's death in 1743, at which time the young king took sole control of the kingdom. During his reign, Louis returned the Austrian Netherlands; this territory was won at the Battle of Fontenoy of 1745 but given back to Austria ...more

Age: Died at 64 (1710-1774)

Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France

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Mary II of England is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Smallpox
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Mary II was joint Sovereign of England, Scotland, and Ireland with her husband, William III and II, from 1689 until her death. William and Mary, both Protestants, became king and queen regnant, respectively, following the Glorious Revolution, which resulted in the deposition of her Roman Catholic father, James II and VII and recognition of a constitutionalized English Bill of Rights. William became sole ruler upon her death in 1694. Popular histories usually refer to their joint reign as that of "William and Mary". Mary wielded less power than William when he was in England, ceding most of her authority to him, though he heavily relied on her. She did, however, act alone when William was ...more

Age: Died at 32 (1662-1694)

Birthplace: St James's Palace, London, England

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