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Murdered by Kenyan bandits in 1989 (British game warden, husband of a best–selling author) Click to show or hide the answer
Tortoise dropped on his head by an eagle (Greek playwright) Click to show or hide the answer
Champion jockey (5 Derby wins), committed suicide in 1886 aged 29 Click to show or hide the answer
Found dead in the street in Amsterdam after apparently having fallen from a hotel window, in 1988, aged 58 (jazz trumpeter) Click to show or hide the answer
Blues Brothers star, accidental drug overdose in 1982 Click to show or hide the answer
Of cholera, after drinking water to prove it was safe Click to show or hide the answer
Operation Neptune Spear was the code name for the US military operation that led to the death of Click to show or hide the answer
Died in 1977 when the Mini that he was a passenger in, crashed into a tree on Barnes Common Click to show or hide the answer
Died of blood poisoning caused by an insect bite, on the Greek island of Skyros, while sailing to the Dardanelles (1915) Click to show or hide the answer
Died of a fever at Missolonghi, in 1824, after a soaking in an open boat, while sailing to fight for Greek independence Click to show or hide the answer
Foreign Secretary, committed suicide in 1822 with a pair of scissors Click to show or hide the answer
Stallion fell on top of her Click to show or hide the answer
Operation Hope Not, drawn up in 1959, was the plan for the funeral of Click to show or hide the answer
In a car crash on the A4 near Chippenham, Wiltshire, 17 April 1960 (Jerry Lee Lewis was injured in the same crash) Click to show or hide the answer
Murdered by natives in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), 1779 Click to show or hide the answer
On stage, from a massive heart attack, during a live broadcast of Live from Her Majesty's (at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, in London's West End), in April 1984 Click to show or hide the answer
Died of a massive heart attack in 1977, aged 74, on the way to the clubhouse after a round of golf in Alcobendas, near Madrid Click to show or hide the answer
Disappeared from a Channel ferry in 1913 (body found in the sea ten days later) Click to show or hide the answer
US dancer: strangled by her scarf caught on the wheel of a car (1927) Click to show or hide the answer
"London Bridge is down" is the code that will be used (by civil servants) to inform the Prime Minister of the death of Click to show or hide the answer
Hated Xmas (sent Xmas cards in July) but died on Xmas Day 1946 Click to show or hide the answer
Bee Gee, died in 2003 while undergoing emergency surgery Click to show or hide the answer
Drowned while giving swimming lessons to two schoolgirls (in a pool near Harrow) Click to show or hide the answer
Surfeit of lampreys Click to show or hide the answer
Plane crash, 3 February 1959 (a few minutes after take–off from Clear Lake, Iowa) Click to show or hide the answer
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Fell from the roof of his house, in 1999, while attempting to adjust the TV aerial to receive a better picture of a UEFA Champions League quarter final between Manchester United and Internazionale – aged 63 Click to show or hide the answer
Run over by Stephenson's Rocket, at the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester railway, 1830 – first person to die in a railway accident Click to show or hide the answer
Australian wildlife expert and broadcaster, died in 2006 after being stabbed by a sting ray Click to show or hide the answer
In hospital, one hour after suffering a heart attack on stage at the Sunderland Empire, in 1976 Click to show or hide the answer
Shot in the back of the head by Bob Ford, on 3 April 1882 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Died on same day as John F. Kennedy (22 November 1963 – two famous English writers) Click to show or hide the answer
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Died of tuberculosis in Rome, 1821 (English poet) Click to show or hide the answer
Died in 1519, probably from a stroke, at the manor house of Clos Lucé, in the Loire Valley – with the French King Francis I (according to legend) cradling his head in his arms Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Killed in the Philippines in 1521 (famous explorer) Click to show or hide the answer
Died on 5 December 2013, the same day as a Royal Performance in London (the UK premier) of a film about his life Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Radical French revolutionary: stabbed in his bath by the Girondin sympathiser Charlotte Corday, on 13 July 1793 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
(Allegedly) stabbed to death in a tavern brawl – Deptford, 1593 Click to show or hide the answer
Died of a heart attack, in his prison cell in The Hague, in 2006 Click to show or hide the answer
Taken fatally ill while acting in his play Le malade imaginaire (1673) Click to show or hide the answer
Died in hospital in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, after suffering a heart attack on leaving the stage following a charity show in Tewkesbury, in May 1984 Click to show or hide the answer
Reportedly killed by a musket ball fired from the French ship Redoubtable Click to show or hide the answer
Murdered in 1967 by his lover Kenneth Halliwell who then committed suicide by jumping from a window Click to show or hide the answer
Died of a drug overdose on the morning before Hallowe'en, 1993, outside the Viper Room nightclub in Los Angeles (then owned by Johnny Depp) Click to show or hide the answer
Eldest son of George II: died in 1751, aged 44; his death was long attributed to a burst lung abscess, caused by a blow from a cricket ball (he was a keen cricketer), or a real tennis ball, but is now thought to have been from a chill, caught supervising his garden workers at Kew Gardens, combined with a pulmonary embolism Click to show or hide the answer
Second son of Edward IV: believed to have died in 1483, along with his brother Edward V, as one of the Princes in the Tower Click to show or hide the answer
Died in New York from head wounds sustained in a skiing accident in Canada, 2009 Click to show or hide the answer
Drowned while sailing near La Spezia, Italy, in 1822; buried in Rome Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Died in 1953 in St. Vincent's Hospital, Manhattan, after a heavy drinking session Click to show or hide the answer
Died at a railway station in the small village of Astapovo, in 1910 (aged 82), apparently of cold, while seeking refuge from his family in a convent run by his sister Click to show or hide the answer
Choked on a medicine bottle top in 1983 (allegedly – drugs and/or alcohol were also involved) Click to show or hide the answer
Died in 1902 of carbon monoxide poisoning, in mysterious circumstances Click to show or hide the answer

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