KS Posted in Kansas August 04, 2015 by Annie These 8 Famous People Died In Kansas…And Exactly Where It Happened Over the years, a number of famous (and infamous) people have passed away in the Sunflower State. Here’s a look back at a handful of these deaths and where they occurred. 1.) Phog Allen (1885-1974) Wikimedia Commons The beloved University of Kansas coach died at his Lawrence home. 2.) George "Machine Gun Kelly" Barnes (1895-1954) Wikimedia Commons The infamous gangster, bootlegger, and robber died of a heart attack at the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. 3.) James Naismith (1861-1939) Wikimedia Commons The legendary inventor of basketball passed away at his Lawrence home after a major brain hemorrhage. 4.) Hank Bauer (1922-2007) Wikimedia Commons The former baseball great passed away in his Lenexa home after a long battle with lung cancer. 5.) Mary Ann Bickerdyke (1817-1901) Wikimedia Commons "Mother" Bickerdyke, who died in Bunker Hill, was a hospital administrator for Union soldiers during the American Civil War and a lifelong advocate for veterans. 6.) James Isham Gilbert (1823-1884) Wikimedia Commons Another prominent Civil War figure was Union general James Isham Gilbert, who died in Topeka. 7.) William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) Wikimedia Commons Considered to be "one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the 20th century," Burroughs died of a heart attack in Lawrence. 8.) Tenskwatawa (1768-1836) Wikimedia Commons The "Shawnee Prophet" and religious and political leader died at his village in the Kansas City area. Did you know about these?