Who was born on the same day they died: Famous personalities

Published: 21/11/2023

Have you ever found yourself pondering which famous personalities met their fate on their own birthdays? If you're dying to know (pardon the pun), keep reading.

Departing this world on your birthday is quite the intriguing phenomenon and surprisingly, it happens more often than you might think.

Various cultures, religions and even astrologers have their own interpretations and beliefs about what it means to shuffle off this mortal coil on your birthday. For instance, in Judaism, the Talmud suggests that it's a special and righteous occurrence. Astrology, on the other hand, sees death during one's solar return as particularly significant, symbolising a new cycle or a transformative phase in the afterlife. Intriguing, huh?

Today, let's shine the spotlight on nine famous personalities who bid adieu on their birthdays.

Maury Chaykin

Actor | 27 July 1949 - 27 July 2010

Maury Chaykin, known for his versatile roles, bid farewell on his 61st birthday, leaving behind a cinematic footprint that enriched the world of film and television. His memorable performances of Rex Stout's fictional detective Nero Wolfe in the A&E series A Nero Wolfe Mystery, as well as many other films and TV works, are remembered by fans and colleagues alike.

Mike Douglas

Television Host and Singer | 11 August 1920 - 11 August 2006

Television icon Mike Douglas, known for "The Mike Douglas Show," departed on his 86th birthday. His charismatic presence and contributions to entertainment left an indelible mark, influencing the landscape of television and music.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.

American Politician, Lawyer & Businessman | 17 August 1914 - 17 August 1988

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr (1914-1988) was the fifth child of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr (1914-1988) was the fifth child of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

Distinct from his father, Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. served in Congress and various presidential administrations. A lawyer and businessman in the automotive industry, he succumbed to lung cancer on his 74th birthday, marking the end of a distinguished political and professional journey.

Ella Baker

Civil Rights & Human Rights Activist | 13 December 1903 - 13 December 1986

Ella Baker's impactful career spanned over five decades. Inspired by her grandmother's resilience and defiance, Baker worked alongside civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and mentored many emerging activists. She peacefully passed away in her sleep at the age of 83, leaving an enduring legacy of advocacy and mentorship.

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Corrie ten Boom

Writer and Holocaust Survivor | 15 April 1892 - 15 April 1983

Corrie ten Boom, a courageous Holocaust survivor, passed away on her 91st birthday. Her life's story of resilience and compassion continues to inspire generations, reminding the world of the human spirit's strength in the face of adversity. 

Ingrid Bergman

Actress | 29 August 1915 - 29 August 1982

Star-crossed: Casablanca is Playing for Keeps star Madeleine West’s favourite movie and the one that got her into acting.
Star-crossed: Casablanca is Playing for Keeps star Madeleine West’s favourite movie and the one that got her into acting.

Known for her roles in classic films like Casablanca, Ingrid Bergman enjoyed a celebrated career spanning five decades. The three-time Academy Award winner sadly passed away from breast cancer on her 67th birthday in 1982, leaving behind a cinematic legacy cherished by many.

Sidney Bechet

Jazz Musician | 14 May 1897 - 14 May 1959

Portrait of Sidney Bechet Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, N.Y. Date circa June 1947
Portrait of Sidney Bechet Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, N.Y. Date circa June 1947

Jazz enthusiasts will recognize Sidney Bechet, the innovative soprano saxophonist and clarinet player who played a pivotal role in shaping jazz. He bid farewell on his 62nd birthday due to lung cancer, leaving behind a profound impact on the world of music.

William Shakespeare

Playwright, Poet & Actor | 23 April 1564 - 23 April 1616

The exact birthday of William Shakespeare might be debated among scholars, but one theory suggests because records show he was baptised on 26 April 1564, and knowing three days was a customary amount of time to wait to be baptised after birth, many agree he was born on the 23rd. It's also said he might have met his end at around 52 years old, possibly after a night of heavy birthday revelry in 1616. His timeless works continue to shape literature and the performing arts.

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Raphael

Painter and Architect | 6 April 1483 - 6 April 1520

Renowned for his contributions to the Italian Renaissance, Raphael breathed his last on his 37th birthday, leaving behind a legacy of artistic brilliance that continues to influence art and culture still today.

Across diverse religions, cultures and modes of thought, departing on your birthday is considered a special and auspicious event. Now that you've had a history refresher, you might like to delve deeper into our historic stories section here.

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