16 Famous People Who Probably Died as Virgins

This list of famous people who probably died as virgins is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous people throughout history likely died without ever having sex. Some of these famous figures chose to remain virgins because of religious devotions, while others were born with severe ailments that prevented them from having sex. Still others just thought sex would distract them from their careers.

Adolf Hitler

Although he was married to Eva Braun, many people suspect that Adolf Hitler died a virgin. He was rumored to have never slept with his wife, and it is believed that he was a bisexual. He did contract syphilis at some point, so it is possible that he may have had some sort of sexual experience.
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Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton never married in his lifetime. He was a solitary individual, and many historians believe that he died a virgin.
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Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa dedicated her life to being a Catholic nun. A devoted follower of Catholicism, Mother Teresa was known to have died a virgin.
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Andy Warhol

In a 1980 interview, Andy Warhol claimed that he was still a virgin. Warhol died seven years later, but his sexual status remained a question mark.
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Nikola Tesla

Scientist and innovator, Nikola Tesla, abstained from sex for his entire life. He believed that sex would distract him from his work.
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Elizabeth I of England

Queen Elizabeth I was known as the “Virgin Queen.” She was the last leader from the Tudor legacy.
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J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover never married, and he lived with his mother for much of his adult life. Many speculate that Hoover was either secretly gay or that he died a virgin.
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Lewis Carroll

Alice in Wonderland author, Lewis Carroll, never married and he is not known to have had any relationships with women. Some people speculate that Carroll may have been a pedophile, as he had a collection of nude photographs of young girls.
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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc made no secret of her sexual state. She was known as the “Virgin Warrior” because of her strictly enforced, religiously based, no sex policy.
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Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Mermaid author, Hans Christian Andersen, is believed to have died a virgin. He never married, but he did have unrequited crushes on both men and women.
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Giacomo Leopardi

Poet Giacomo Leopardi’s friend, Antonio Ranieri, stated that Leopardi died with his virginity intact.
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Henry James

Author Henry James was rumored to be a gay man who died a virgin because he suffered from impotency.
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Herbert Spencer

Philosopher Herbert Spencer had terrible scoliosis, which likely prevented him from having sex.
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Henry Cavendish

Scientist Henry Cavendish was a timid man who did not like to socialize. He is believed to have died a virgin.
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Joseph Cornell

Experimental artist and filmmaker Joseph Cornell had many unrequited loves, but it is believed that he died a virgin.
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Joseph Merrick

Joseph Merrick, otherwise known as the Elephant Man, was born with several severe disfigurements that caused him to lead a solitary life. He likely died a virgin.
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