Famous Deaths for 8th February 2024

1801 – Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, German composer, dies at 43
1878 – Elias M. Fries, Swedish botanist (System mycologicum), dies at 83
1949 – Franco Leoni, Italian composer, dies at 81
1961 – William Duncan, Scottish actor (Hopalong Rides Again, Thunder Trail), dies at 81
1980 – Nikos Xilouris, Greek folk singer-songwriter, dies of lung and brain cancer at 43
1987 – Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], Polish-Romani writer, dies at 78
1994 – Ken Hall, Australian director and producer (Kokoda front line), dies at 92
1999 – Iris Murdoch, Irish-British novelist (“Under the Net”; “The Sea, The Sea”) and philosopher (“The Sovereignty of Good”), dies at 79
2000 – Derrick Thomas, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame linebacker / end (Pro Bowl 1989–97; First-team All-Pro 1990–92; KC Chiefs), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 33
2002 – Eldon Rudd, American politician (Rep-R-AZ, 1977-87), dies at 81

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