John Ridsdel


Age: 68

Canadian journalist and businessman who was one of four people abducted and held hostage by Islamist Abu Sayyaf militants in the Philippines since Sept. 21, 2015 following a raid on Holiday Ocean View Samal Resort on Samal Island in the southern Philippines where the gunmen also kidnapped fellow Canadian Robert Hall, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, and a Filipino woman from the resort, in which the kidnappers later issued demands for a hefty ransom to be paid for the release of the hostages but the amounts asked for were too high.

Cause of Death: Murdered by decapitation

Born: September 9, 1947

Died: April 25, 2016

Jolo, Philippines