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Famous Drowning Victims

Updated June 14, 2019 66.2k views75 items

A list of famous drowning victims. These notable people drowned either by accident or intentionally. May we recommend learning to swim or learn to defend yourself so that you don't have to join this list of famous drowning deaths and victims. Not even celebrities are immune to drowning, and many unfortunately have bitten the big one this way. Many of the names on this list should be familiar, even if the way they died may not be as famous as their larger than life personalities.

Who are famous drowning victims? Take a look at this list and you'll see for yourself.
  • Tiberinus Silvius, ninth Latin king of Rome1

    Tiberinus Silvius, ninth Latin king of Rome

    Drowned in the River Tiber, which was named after him
  • Hippasus2
    A student of the mathematician Pythagoras, who, by some accounts, was drowned by his fellow Pythagoreans for the imprudence of discovering irrational numbers
  • Qu Yuan3

    Qu Yuan

    Dec. at 62 (339 BC-277 BC)
    Committed ritual suicide as a form of protest against the corruption of the era, a sacrifice still commemorated today during the Duan Wu or Dragon Boat Festival
  • Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator4

    Ptolemy XIII Theos Philopator

    Drowned in the Nile in 47 BC
  • Antinous5


    Dec. at 19 (111-130)
    Lover of Roman Emperor Hadrian, drowned in the Nile in 130; the grieving emperor commissioned hundreds of statues of the youth and spread them around the Empire
  • Li Bai6

    Li Bai

    Dec. at 61 (701-762)
    It is, however, suggested that he died of excessive drinking or mercury poisoning.
  • William Adelin7

    William Adelin

    Dec. at 17 (1103-1120)
    Son of king Henry I of England, drowned in the Channel on 25 November 1120 in the White Ship wreck,
  • Matilda, Countess of Perches8

    Matilda, Countess of Perches

    Countess of Perches. Daughter of king Henry I of England, drowned in the Channel on 25 November 1120 in the White Ship wreck
  • Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor9

    Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor

    Dec. at 68 (1122-1190)
    Duke of Swabia and Holy Roman Emperor, drowned in the Göks River (Cilicia).
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    Henry of Antioch

    Dec. at 78 (1198-1276)
    Henry of Poitiers or Henri de Poitiers, drowned at sea on 18 June/27 June/28 June 1276, son of Bohemund IV of Antioch and first wife Plaisance Embriaco de Giblet
  • Magnus II of Norway11

    Magnus II of Norway

    Dec. at 21 (1048-1069)
    1316 - 1374
  • John of Nepomuk12

    John of Nepomuk

    Dec. at 48 (1345-1393)
    Martyred by drowning in 1393.
  • Henry Holland13

    Henry Holland

    Dec. at 61 (1745-1806)
    1430 � 1475
  • George14
    Executed for treason against his brother king Edward IV of England on 1478, by drowning in a barrel of Malmsey wine; or so the legend says, because modern assessments favour the traditional decapitation instead
  • Bartolomeu Dias15

    Bartolomeu Dias

    Dec. at 50 (1450-1500)
    Portuguese explorer who sailed around the Cape of Good Hope. Drowned not far from the Cape of Good Hope in 1500
  • Louis II of Hungary16

    Louis II of Hungary

    Dec. at 20 (1506-1526)
  • Felix Manz17

    Felix Manz

    Dec. at 29 (1498-1527)
    Co-founder of the Swiss Anabaptists, was drowned in 1527 in the Limmat River in Z�rich by the Z�rich Reformed state church
  • Francisco Rodrigues Lobo18

    Francisco Rodrigues Lobo

    Dec. at 41 (1580-1621)
    A Portuguese poet and writer of Sephardi Jewish origin, drowned on 4 November 1621
  • John William Friso, Prince of Orange19
    Stadholder of the Low Countries, in 1711
  • Miguel Of Braganza20

    Miguel Of Braganza

    bitched son of King Peter II of Portugal, in the Tagus River on 13 January 1724
  • Peter Artedi21

    Peter Artedi

    Dec. at 30 (1705-1735)
    A disciple of Linnaeus, considered the father of Ichthyology, fell by accident in a channel of Amsterdam in 1735
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley22

    Percy Bysshe Shelley

    Dec. at 30 (1792-1822)
  • 23

    Charles Clement Johnston

    Dec. at 37 (1795-1832)
    U.S. Representatives from Virginia, drown in Atlantic near a dock in Alexandria, Virginia in 1832
  • Lucas Barrett24

    Lucas Barrett

    Dec. at 25 (1837-1862)
    English naturalist and geologist in 1862.
  • Constantine W. Buckley25

    Constantine W. Buckley

    Dec. at 50 (1815-1865)
    Former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, drowned in the Brazos River near Columbia, Texas on 19 December 1865.