Famous victims of the pandemic

I got to wondering the other day, as yet another news item about avian flu was on the radio, how come we don’t hear so much about the celebrity victims of the 1918 flu pandemic? I mean, we can all name numerous victims of AIDS at the drop of a hat, from Isaac Asimov to Freddie Mercury.

So, to follow up my ground-breaking research on government officials killed when their own cannons blew up, here is a list of more or less famous people who did die in the great pandemic. I confess I had heard of only one of them, Egon Schiele, but the others all seem respectable enough. (Noticeable how young most of them were – the bug hit the 20-40 age range particularly hard.)

I’ve added most of them to the relevant Wikipedia entry, except the two Tongan ladies about whom more research is needed.

There, that feels enlightening!

[Edited to add: Hah, I see the editors of the German version already had the same idea. I can nick some of their names then.]

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1 Response to Famous victims of the pandemic

  1. stina_leicht says:

    enjoyed the Frans Van Leemputten paintings. never heard of him. the bright colors are not what one usually associates with images from that era. oh, and i couldn’t help thinking, “Look! It’s the Witch King!” when i saw the skull reliquary–tolkien geek that i am.

    i’m with you. it’d have been really interesting to see how the items from the congo in use.

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