Famous People Who Died of Tuberculosis - Celebrities with Tuberculosis

Emily Jane Brontë, the author of the classic English novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ tasted resounding success at an early age and had so much to look forward too! Unfortunately stricken with the dreaded disease tuberculosis, she breathed her last at the young age of 30. Similar had been the fate of the famed Romantic poet John Keats who met an untimely end at the age of 25 after suffering from tuberculosis. Once a dreaded disease which proved to be fatal in many cases, tuberculosis also claimed the Polish composer and pianist Frédéric François Chopin way too soon. While some people like writer Albert Camus survived despite being stricken with the disease, others like the French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville were not so lucky. Advancement in medical sciences has led to better treatment options for those suffering from tuberculosis, thus greatly bringing down the mortality rate. Despite this, unfortunate celebrity deaths from tuberculosis have happened even in the latter part of the 20th century. American actress Vivien Leigh and English actor Denholm Mitchell Elliott are among such casualties. Read on for more information about the life and works of famous people who died of tuberculosis.

List of famous people who died of tuberculosis.

The Most Famous People Who Died of Tuberculosis

Bernadette SoubirousJanuary 7, 1844FrenchSaint Bernadette was a Christian Saint who had Marian apparitions of a small young lady who identified herself as the Immaculate Conception
Lev VygotskyNovember 17, 1896RussianLev Vygotsky was a Soviet developmental psychologist, known as the "Mozart of psychology." This biography of Lev Vygotsky provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline
Jane AustenDecember 16, 1775BritishJane Austen was an English writer famous for her novels, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, ‘Emma’ and ‘Sense and Sensibility’
Cardinal RichelieuSeptember 9, 1585FrenchArmand Jean du Plessis, commonly known as Cardinal Richelieu, was a French noble, statesman and clergyman
Emily BrontëJuly 30, 1818BritishEmily Bronte is a poetess and novelist belonging to the Victorian era and her novel ‘Wuthering Heights’ is a timeless novel
D. H. LawrenceSeptember 11, 1885BritishD
René LaennecFebruary 17, 1781FrenchRené Laennec was a French physician who invented the stethoscope
George OrwellJune 25, 1903BritishGeorge Orwell was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic; he is best known for his novels ‘Animal Farm’ and ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’
Edward VI of EnglandOctober 12, 1537BritishEdward VI served as the King of England, from 1547 until his death in 1553
Thérèse of LisieuxJanuary 2, 1873FrenchTherese of Lisieux was a Roman Catholic nun who is widely respected in modern times.
Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov was a celebrated modern short story writer of Russia

GermanJanuary 29, 1860195 views

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of United States and the first one to be elected from the Democratic Party

AmericanMarch 15, 1767175 views

Carl von Ossietzky

Carl von Ossietzky was a German pacifist and journalist, who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Peace Prize

GermanOctober 3, 1889123 views

Louis Braille

Louis Braille was a French educationist and inventor who devised a system of reading and writing for use by the blind

FrenchJanuary 4, 1809176 views

Cardinal Richelieu

Armand Jean du Plessis, commonly known as Cardinal Richelieu, was a French noble, statesman and clergyman

FrenchSeptember 9, 1585337 views


Pocahontas was a Native American famous for her association with English colonists during their first years in Virginia

American1595243 views

Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville was a French political thinker famous for his works on sociology and political science

FrenchJuly 29, 1805140 views

John Smith

John Smith was an English soldier and explorer who played a significant role in the establishment of Jamestown in North America

BritishJanuary 6, 1580187 views

Edward VI of England

Edward VI served as the King of England, from 1547 until his death in 1553

BritishOctober 12, 1537275 views