We’ve all heard about them, seen them on TV, read about their amazing accomplishments: these celebrities have impacted our lives in one way or another. And they all have something in common: they’ve unfortunately died in their sleep. Death in sleep is a common phenomenon and is said to be one of the easiest and peaceful ways to go. We’ve compiled a list of 10 celebrities (and you probably know of at least one if not more) that passed away in their sleep.
1. Harry Morgan
He is known mostly for playing in the hit series M.A.S.H. If you haven’t seen the series yet, you need to. It’s one of the best TV series ever created, depicting the Korean war in a way you’ve never imagined. You will laugh and cry sometimes at the same time.
He died at the age of 96 years old on December 7, 2011.
2. Florence Nightingale
She revolutionized nursing by pioneering modern nursing during the Crimean War. If it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t have the level of care in hospitals we do today. There is an award bearing her name (first awarded in 1973), that is given to recognize nurses characterized by devotion, dedication, compassion.
Also, the Nightingale Pledge is a modified version of the Hippocratic Oath that is recited at the pinning ceremony for nurses.
Died at the age of 90 on August 13, 1910.
3. Grace Hopper
Hooper was the inventor of the first compiler for a universal computer programming language which was a pretty big deal at the time. She was behind the Harvard Mark I computer that was utilized in the Manhattan project starting with 1944.
Died at the age of 85 on January 1, 1992.
4. Richard E. Byrd
American aviator that was the first to reach both North Pole and South Pole by air. Received the Medal of Honor which is the biggest honor given out by the United States.
Died at the age of 68, on March 11, 1957.
5. James Chadwick
James received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his amazing discovery of the neutron.
Died at the age of 82, on July 24, 1974.
All these people died in their sleep, but more important are their achievements that have changed our world in some way. Let us hold a moment of silence in their memory.