Vatican City State

Death certificate of Pope John Paul II (2005)

I certify that His Holiness John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła) born in Wadowice (Kraków, Poland) the 18th of May 1920, resident of Vatican City, expired at 9:37 on the evening of April 2, 2005 in his apartment in the Apostolic Vatican Palace (Vatican City) from

  • Septic shock
  • Irreversible Cardiovascular Collapse

The patient was affected with:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Progressive episodes of acute respiratory insufficiency and resultant tracheotomy
  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy complicated by Urosepsis
  • Hypertensive cardiopathy and Ischemia
  • Death was ascertained and established through electrocardiogram readings taken over a period of 20 minutes.

I certify that the cause of death listed is correct, as far as I can ascertain.

Vatican City

April 2, 2005

Director of the Department of Health and Sanitation of the State of Vatican City


Original in Italian

Source Vatican Archive