Famous People Who Died of Tetanus

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Famous People Who Died of Tetanus

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

Everything from Fred Thomson to George Hogg is included on this list. This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from tetanus?" and "Which famous people died due to tetanus?" These notable tetanus deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has tetanus as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. {#nodes}

  • Fred Thomson was a silent film cowboy actor who became very popular in the 1920s, earning over $10,000 a week (the equivalent of over $134,000 in today's dollars). In 1928 at age 38, he stepped on a nail and developed tetanus, which his doctor failed to diagnose. He died on Christmas Day of that year.
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1890-1928)
    • Birthplace: USA, Pasadena, California
  • George Hogg
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    George Hogg was a famous adventurer who became famous when he helped to relocate sixty Chinese children so that they did not have to fight in the Second Sino-Japanese War. He then started a school to help teach the rescued children. In July of 1945 while playing basketball with some of his students, he stubbed his toe and contracted tetanus. The children took him to the hospital and sat by him as he died, singing him songs and reading poetry he had taught them.
    • Age: Dec. at 30 (1915-1945)
    • Birthplace: Harpenden, England
  • John A. Roebling
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    John A. Roebling was an American civil engineer who immigrated from Germany. He is famous for his designs of rope-suspension bridges, most notably the Brooklyn Bridge. While he was surveying the site of the Brookyn Bridge tower, a boat came by and smashed his toes so badly he needed them amputated. The amputation was not enough to keep him from developing tetanus, which killed him on July 22, 1869.
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1806-1869)
    • Birthplace: Mühlhausen, Germany
  • George Crockett Strong
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     George Crockett Strong was a Union brigadier general in the American Civil War. On July 18, 1863, he was wounded in battle and contracted tetanus which eventually killed him. He was portrayed by actor Jay O. Sanders in the film "Glory."
    • Age: Dec. at 30 (1832-1863)
    • Birthplace: Stockbridge, Vermont