celebrity facts 14 Famous People Who Have Donated Organs

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List of celebrities who have donated organs. These famous organ donors have donated their kidneys to loved ones. In some cases, these notable people who gave their organs gave them to be used after they die. When a loved one needs something like a kidney in order to have a chance to live, sometimes there isn't even time to think the decision over. Most famous people who have donated organs decided to do that to save a family member.

Like most people, celebrities who donated kidneys had to be a perfect match for the recipient or else the organ could be rejected. This used to be a huge problem, but doctors can now do tests to see if a donor will be compatible for giving a kidney.

The most common type of organ transplant is kidney donation because kidneys are relatively easy to donate. (Check out this list of Famous Kidney Transplant Recipients). People are usually born with two kidneys and are able to recover relatively quickly if they donate theirs. Use this list as a reference to see which famous people have donated their organs.

See also: Celebrities Who Have Received Organ Transplants
Dick Cass is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 Famous People Who Have Donated Organs
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Dick Cass


Dick Cass, President of the Baltimore Ravens football team, donated his kidney to a friend from law school.

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Washington^! D.C., United States of America

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Natasha Richardson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 Famous People Who Have Donated Organs
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After her death from a skiing accident in 2009, actress Natasha Richardson's heart, liver, and kidneys to other people.

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Age: Died at 46 (1963-2009)

Birthplace: England, London

Profession: Actor

Credits: The Parent Trap, Maid in Manhattan, Nell, The White Countess

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Jake Garn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 Famous People Who Have Donated Organs
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In 1986, U.S. Senator and Space Shuttle specialist Jake Garn donated a kidney to his daughter, Susan, who is diabetic.

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Age: 84

Birthplace: Richfield, Utah, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Politician, Astronaut

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Jon-Erik Hexum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 Famous People Who Have Donated Organs
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After his accidental death on the set of the 1984 CBS series "Cover Up," American model and actor Jon-Erik Hexum's organs saved and improved the lives of many people: a 36 year-old man (heart), a 5 year-old boy (kidney), a 43 year-old woman (kidney), a 66 year-old man (cornea), a young girl (cornea), and a 3 year-old boy (skin).

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Age: Died at 27 (1957-1984)

Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor

Credits: Voyagers!, Cover Up, Making of a Male Model, The Bear

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Charles Cullen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 14 Famous People Who Have Donated Organs
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Serial killer Charles Cullen donated a kidney to the brother of a former girlfriend in 2006, a year after he was convicted of 11 consecutive life sentences.

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Age: 57

Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Nurse, Physician

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Virginia Postrel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 14 Famous People Who Have Donated Organs
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In 2006, political author Virginia Postrel donated a kidney to her friend, Sally Satel,

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Age: 55

Profession: Editor, Author

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Dr. Rajkumar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 14 Famous People Who Have Donated Organs
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After his death in 2006, Indian superstar Rajkumar's eyes were donatedto two people. 
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 14 Famous People Who Have Donated Organs
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Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson donated a kidney to his daughter, Tia, in 1997.

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Age: 78

Birthplace: Charlotte, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Basketball player

Credits: Basketball Man

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