Dr. John W. V. Cordice

 

 

 

Age: 94

 

Summary: surgeon who was part of the medical team that saved Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. from a nearly stab wound in 1958 when a mentally disturbed woman stabbed King with a letter-opener as he signed books in Harlem, in which the blade was only millimeters from his aorta as he performed the lifesaving surgery along with Dr. Emil Naclerio.

 

 

Cause of Death: Natural causes

 

Born: June 16, 1919

 

Died: December 29, 2013

 

Location: Sioux City, Iowa