Wikipedia – Tracking notable deaths in March

So far I have looked at the numbers for notable deaths on Wikipedia for this January and February. Now, it is time to look at numbers for March. Overall, the month saw a total of 587 notable deaths. However, for all the numbers below it will only count 580 of these.

Those not counted and why

Animal: Elusive Quality – American thoroughbred racehorse (age 25), Thunder Gulch – American thoroughbred racehorse (age 25), Sudan – Kenyan northern white rhinoceros (age 45) and Hasili – French thoroughbred racehorse (age 27).

Estimated age: Adela Calva Reyes (age 50-51), C. K. Mann (age 81-82) and Kakon Bibi (c. 102)

Deaths per day for March

The 3rd saw the most deaths with 33, while the 26th saw the least with only 10. On average each day in March saw 18.70 notable deaths. 18 days (58.06%) in the month saw less than 20 deaths while only one day (3.22%) saw 30 or more deaths.

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The average age of those who died 

The average age of the 580 notable people who died in March is 78.51 years old. March 7th saw the highest average age of death at 86.60 years old. Meanwhile, March 20th saw the lowest at 73.13 years old.



The oldest person to pass away was Dutch Roman Catholic priest Jacques Clemens (age 108). In 1939, Clemens was ordained as a priest and soon after became a teacher at what was the Seminar of Gerpinnes.

Five years later, he was appointed Vicar of the Walloon municipality of Ham-sur-Heure-Nalinnes. Clemens was also made Chaplain of The Bultia, a hamlet in the village of Nalinnes. On the first day of 1958, The Church of Saint-Benoît opened in The Bultia making Clemens its first parish priest.

In 2015, Clemens retired as a parish priest but continued to provide religious services to the hamlet each Sunday. Before his death, it was thought that he could be world’s oldest priest.

The youngest was Norwegian football Adrian Lillebekk Ovlien (age 20). From 2012-16 he played on various youth levels (U15 to U19) and was capped 50 times by Norway. He was also a central defender for Kongsvinger since 2013. Ovlien played in over 100  competitive first-team matches with the club.

Ovlien passed away unexpected on the morning of March 16. According to a short press release from the club, he died due to an acute infection which likely induced septic shock.

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Of the 31 days in March, *24 of them saw the most notable people dying to be between the ages of 80-89. Overall, 34.65% of deaths in the months were from people in this age range.

*Includes ties. Example: On March 31st three people between 70-79 and 80-89 died.

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Notes and Info:

Featured Image from – (used to find the number of deaths and age of those who died)

All charts and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets