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For one reason or another, we as human beings seem to be fascinated by celebrity deaths. Every year we mourn the loss of famous people who pass away, and 2008 was no exception. The world saw the passing of one of comedy's finest, Mr. George Carlin. There was also the tragedy surrounding Heath Ledger, after he was found dead from a drug overdose.  Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2008, ordered by how well-known they were.

All walks of famous people are on this list, including actors, athletes, musicians, politicians and more.Although the rich and famous are just like the rest of us, it's alarming how many of them have their lives cut short because of drug overdoses or other accidents. Still others live out many long years only to succumb to diseases like cancer late in life. Which celebrities died in 2008? Scroll down and see for yourself.

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George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
George Carlin Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease, Myocardial infarction

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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Heath Ledger Drug overdose, Combined drug intoxication

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Paul Newman Lung cancer

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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Bernie Mac Complications from pneumonia, Sarcoidosis

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Bettie Page is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Bettie Page Myocardial infarction

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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Charlton Heston Complications from pneumonia

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Eartha Kitt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Eartha Kitt Colorectal cancer

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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Michael Crichton Cancer, Cancer of the larynx

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Yves Saint Laurent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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Cyd Charisse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Cyd Charisse Myocardial infarction

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Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Isaac Hayes Stroke

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Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Arthur C. Clarke Respiratory failure

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Jimmy Stewart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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Harvey Korman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Harvey Korman Abdominal aortic aneurysm

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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Bo Diddley Myocardial infarction

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Arthur Shawcross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Arthur Shawcross Cardiac arrest

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Katoucha Niane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Katoucha Niane Drowning

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Mel Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Mel Ferrer Heart failure

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Suharto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Suharto Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease, Renal failure

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Brad Renfro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Brad Renfro Drug overdose, Heroin overdose

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Julie Ege is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Julie Ege Breast cancer

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Christopher Hyatt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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Estelle Getty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Estelle Getty Dementia with Lewy bodies

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Georgia Frontiere is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Georgia Frontiere Breast cancer

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Bobby Fischer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Bobby Fischer Renal failure

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William F. Buckley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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Dorian Leigh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dorian Leigh Alzheimer's disease

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Rob Knox is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Rob Knox Stabbing, Murder

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Roy Scheider is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Roy Scheider Multiple myeloma

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Avery Cardinal Dulles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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Richard Widmark is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Richard Widmark Illness

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Suzanne Pleshette is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Suzanne Pleshette Respiratory failure

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Van Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Van Johnson Natural causes

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Jesse Helms is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Jesse Helms Natural causes

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Edie Adams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Edie Adams Cancer, Pneumonia

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Sydney Pollack is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Sydney Pollack Stomach cancer

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Harold Pinter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Harold Pinter Cancer

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Carol Vitale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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Debbie Boostrom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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Rudy Ray Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Rudy Ray Moore Complications of diabetes mellitus

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Evelyn Keyes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Evelyn Keyes Uterine cancer, Alzheimer's disease

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Don LaFontaine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Don LaFontaine Pneumothorax

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David Watkin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
David Watkin Prostate cancer

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James Barrier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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Richey Edwards is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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Joy Page is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Joy Page Pneumonia

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Allan Spear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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Robert Rauschenberg is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Robert Rauschenberg Heart failure

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Bharath Gopi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

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David Foster Wallace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
David Foster Wallace Suicide, Hanging