Murdered in a 1994 carjacking in Calabria, Italy, this young American boy earned posthumous fame as a multi-organ donor; his death tremendously raised awareness of and interest in organ donation in Italy.
In late September of 1994, two Italian robbers, mistaking Nicholas' family for jewelers, pursued the Greens' rental car and eventually shot into it, their bullet piercing Nicholas' skull.
Following his death, a monument called the Children's Bell Tower was erected in his honor.
He and his sister Eleanor grew up in the Bodega Bay region of California as the children of Margaret and Reginald Green. Two years after his death, his mother gave birth to fraternal twins Martin and Laura.
His death and its aftermath were the subjects of an Emmy-winning television movie -- Nicholas' Gift -- starring Jamie Lee Curtis.