Wikipedia – Tracking notable deaths in June

So far I have looked at the numbers for notable deaths on Wikipedia for the first five months of the year. Now, it is time to look at the numbers for June. Overall, the month saw a total of 543 notable deaths. However, for all the numbers below it will only count 531 of these.

Those not counted and why

Animal: Denman – Irish racehorse (age 18), Koko – American-bred Western lowland gorilla

Estimated age: Robert Fine – British sociologist (age 82-83), David Blanco – American record producer (63-64), Abdul Kadir – Guyanese politician and convicted conspirator (65-66)

No age given: Dadaji Ramaji Khobragade – Indian farmer-scientist, Pedyr Prior – British Cornish Nationalist politician, Darabara Singh – Indian serial killer, Hala bint D’aij Al Khalifa – Bahraini royal, César Alvarenga – Paraguayan politician, Carlos Campos – Venezuelan politician, Bill Hamel – American composer and record producer

Deaths per day for June

The 1st saw the most deaths with 25, while the 27th had the least with only 11. On average each day in June saw 17.7 notable deaths. 20 days (66.66%) in the month saw less than 20 deaths while 10 days (33.33%) saw 20 or more deaths.

Number of notable deaths on Wikipedia per day for June 2018

The average age of those who died 

The average age of the 531 notable people who died in June is 79.31 years old. June 21st saw the highest average age of death at 86.65 years old. This makes it only the second day so far this year to have an average age over 86. June 18th saw the lowest average age of death at only 72.27 years old.

The average age of death for notable people each day (from Wikipedia, June 2018)

George N. Leighton (age 105) graduated from Howard University in 1940. He then served in World War II from 1942-45, achieving the rank of Captain in the U.S. Amry and being awarded a Bronze Star and the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal. Following the war, he earned his Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School and served as a lawyer and later judge.

In 1969, he was appointed as a judge with the First District Appellate Court of Illinois, the first African-American to hold this position in Illinois. In 1976, he became a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He served until 1987 before going back to work in private practice. 

Reinhard Hardegen (age 105) was a German U-boat commander during World War II, the last surviving ‘Ace of the Deep‘ from the country during the war. Following the end of the war, he was held captive for 16 months before returning home. He later started a successful marine oil trading company and served as a member of Parliament in his hometown of Bremen for over three decades.

The youngest was Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (age 15). On June 20, 2018, 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz was murdered by members of the Dominican gang Trinitario in the Bronx in a case of mistaken identity. Following his death graphic video of the public, killing came out and all 12 suspects involved in his death have since been arrested.

Guzman-Feliz was a member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Explorers program and the organization has since established a scholarship in his honor. Plans to rename the street Guzman-Feliz was murdered on after him have also been revealed. 

Age difference between the youngest and oldest deaths each day on Wikipedia (June 2018)

Of the 30 days in June, 22* of them saw the most notable people dying to be between the ages of 80-89. Overall, 35.96% of deaths in the month were from people in this age range.

60-69 70-79 80-89 90-99
Days with most deaths* 1 6 22 7
Percentage of days in the month
3.33% 20% 73.33% 23.33%

*Includes ties. Example: On June 15th five people between 70-79, 80-89 and 90-99 died.

Number of deaths by age range (Wikipedia, June 2018)

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All charts and tables made using Google Spreadsheets