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Entertainers Who Died While Performing

List of entertainers and celebrities who died during performances. This list contains anyone who worked as a professional entertaining on stage, on radio, in film or television or elsewhere, who died while engaged in a performance, in any way. Though the majority of these entertainers suffered an injury or illness mid-performance, and died of natural causes, some were actually killed or were involved in some kind of tragic accident. Those involved in these strange incidents include "Dimebag" Darrell of the metal band Pantera, who was murdered by a gunman while performing in Ohio, or actor Vic Morrow, who memorably was killed on the set of the "Twilight Zone" film while shooting a scene set in the Vietnam War. Though the list includes performers of all kinds, it does not include stuntmen or those whose performances involved potentially life-threatening situations.
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    1948 More
    John Ritter died on September 11, 2003 after he fell ill on the set of his show "8 Simple ... more
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    1962 More
    "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin died on Sept. 4, 2006 after being attacked by a ... more
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    1950 More
    John Candy died of a heart attack on March 4, 1994 while on location in Mexico filming ...
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    1922 More
    Redd Foxx died on October 11, 1991 after suffering a heart attack on the set of "The ... more
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    1965 More
    Professional wrestler Owen Hart died on May 23, 1999 after falling to his death when a stunt ... more
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    1909 More
    On August 4, 1955, Carmen Miranda collapsed while performing on "The Jimmy Durante ...
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    1965 More
    Brandon Lee died on March 31, 1993 after being accidentally shot on the set of "The ... more
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    1966 More
    Pantera musician Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 2004 during a performance with ... more
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    1934 More
    Marty Feldman died of a heart attack on December 2, 1982 while on location in Mexico filming ... more
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    1807 More
    Daredevil Sam Patch died on November 13, 1829 while attempting to jump into the Genesee River ... more
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    1856 More
    Felix Mottl suffered a heart attack while conducting a performance of "Tristan" in ... more
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    1887 More
    Alexander Woollcott died after suffering a heart attack while appearing on a Writers' War ... more
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    1894 More
    Albert Stoessel died on May 12, 1943 after suffering a heart attack while conducting an ...
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    1896 More
    Simon Barere died on April 2, 1951 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while performing ... more
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    1929 More
    Musician Johnny Ace died during a set break of a performance at City Auditorium in Houston, ... more
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    1914 More
    Tyrone Power died on Nov. 15, 1958 after suffering a heart attack while filming "Solomon ... more
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    1954 More
    Gareth Jones died on Nov. 30, 1958 during a break while filming "Underground" on the ... more
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    1903 More
    Louis Jean Heydt died on Jan. 29, 1960, after suffering a heart attack while performing ...
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    Leonard Warren

    1911 More
    On March 4, 1960, Leonard Warren died on stage during a performance of "La forza del ... more
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    1909 More
    Alan Marshal died on July 13, 1961 after suffering a heart attack while performing in the play ... more
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    1901 More
    Nelson Eddy died on March 6, 1967 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was performing at the Sans ... more
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    1908 More
    Joseph Keilberth died on July 20, 1968 while performing "Tristan und Isolde" in ... more
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    1907 More
    Kenneth Horne died on February 14, 1969 after suffering a heart attack while hosting the ... more
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    1901 More
    David Burns died on March 12, 1971 after suffering a heart attack during an audition for the ... more
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    Jerome Rodale

    Writer Jerome Rodale died after suffering a heart attack on June 8, 1971 during an appearance ... more
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