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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 John Ritter died on September 11, 2003 after he fell ill on the set of his show "8 Simple ...

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    1962 "The Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin died on Sept. 4, 2006 after being attacked by a ...

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    1950 John Candy died of a heart attack on March 4, 1994 while on location in Mexico filming ...

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    1922 Redd Foxx died on October 11, 1991 after suffering a heart attack on the set of "The ...

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    1965 Professional wrestler Owen Hart died on May 23, 1999 after falling to his death when a stunt ...

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    1909 On August 4, 1955, Carmen Miranda collapsed while performing on "The Jimmy Durante ...

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    1965 Brandon Lee died on March 31, 1993 after being accidentally shot on the set of "The ...

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    1966 Pantera musician Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on Dec. 8, 2004 during a performance with ...

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    1934 Marty Feldman died of a heart attack on December 2, 1982 while on location in Mexico filming ...

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    1807 Daredevil Sam Patch died on November 13, 1829 while attempting to jump into the Genesee River ...

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    1856 Felix Mottl suffered a heart attack while conducting a performance of "Tristan" in ...

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    1887 Alexander Woollcott died after suffering a heart attack while appearing on a Writers' War ...

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    1894 Albert Stoessel died on May 12, 1943 after suffering a heart attack while conducting an ...

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    1896 Simon Barere died on April 2, 1951 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage while performing ...

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    1929 Musician Johnny Ace died during a set break of a performance at City Auditorium in Houston, ...

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    1914 Tyrone Power died on Nov. 15, 1958 after suffering a heart attack while filming "Solomon ...

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    1954 Gareth Jones died on Nov. 30, 1958 during a break while filming "Underground" on the ...

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    1903 Louis Jean Heydt died on Jan. 29, 1960, after suffering a heart attack while performing ...

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    Leonard Warren 1911 On March 4, 1960, Leonard Warren died on stage during a performance of "La forza del ...

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    1909 Alan Marshal died on July 13, 1961 after suffering a heart attack while performing in the play ...

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    1901 Nelson Eddy died on March 6, 1967 of a cerebral hemorrhage. He was performing at the Sans ...

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    1908 Joseph Keilberth died on July 20, 1968 while performing "Tristan und Isolde" in ...

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    1907 Kenneth Horne died on February 14, 1969 after suffering a heart attack while hosting the ...

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    1901 David Burns died on March 12, 1971 after suffering a heart attack during an audition for the ...

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

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    1944 Stone the Crows guitarist Les Harvey died on May 3, 1972 after being electrocuted by a ...

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    1938 Trumpeter Lee Morgan died on Feb. 19, 1972. He was shot by his common-law wife Helen More in ...

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    1902 "Beverly Hillbillies" actress Irene Ryan suffered a stroke on March 10, 1973 during ...

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    1944 News reporter Christine Chubbuck died on July 15, 1974 after committing suicide during a live ...

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    1913 Sid James died on April 26, 1976 after suffering a heart attack during a performance of ...

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    Karl Wallenda 1905 Daredevil Karl Wallenda fell to his death on March 22, 1978 while attempting to walk on a wire ...

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    1942 ABC News journalist Bill Stewart died on June 20, 1979 after being assassinated by Nicaraguan ...

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    1929 Vic Morrow died on July 23, 1982 after a helicopter crashed on him and two child actors while ...

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    1921 Magician and comedian Tommy Cooper died on April 15, 1984 after suffering a heart attack ...

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    1926 Comedian Eric Morecambe died on May 28, 1984 after suffering a heart attack immediately ...

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    Onie Wheeler 1921 Musician Onie Wheeler died on May 26, 1984 after suffering a heart attack while performing ...

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    PhilippĂ© Wynne The Spinners musician Philippé Wynne died on July 14, 1984 after suffering a heart ...

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    1957 Jon-Erik Hexum died of an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound on Oct. 18, 1984. Bored ...

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    Jane Dornacker Traffic reporter Jane Dornacker died on October 22, 1986, when her traffic helicopter for WNBC ...

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    Dick Shawn Comedian Dick Shawn died on April 17, 1987 after suffering a heart attack during a performance ...

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    1962 Singer Wong Ka Kui went into a coma after falling on his head during an appearance on the ...

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    Country Dick Montana Country Dick Montana died on November 8, 1995 after suffering a heart attack on stage while ...

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    1932 Musician Tiny Tim suffered a heart attack on Sept. 28, 1996 while performing at a ukulele ...

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    Richard Versall Opera singer Richard Versall died on January 5, 1996 after suffering a heart attack during a ...

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    1946 Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli died on April 20, 2001 after suffering a heart attack while ...

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    1923 Gordon Reid died on November 26, 2003 after collapsing on stage during a performance of ...

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    Franco Scoglio Sports commentator Franco Scoglio died of a heart attack on October 3, 2005 while appearing on ...

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    1961 Gospel musician Anthony Burger died of a heart attack on Feb. 22, 2006 while performing aboard ...

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    M.N. Vijayan Writer M.N. Vijayan died of a heart attack during a live broadcast of a press conference in ...

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    1932 Singer Miriam Makeba died on November 9, 2008 after suffering a heart attack while performing ...

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