Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease

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List of famous people who died of alzheimer's disease, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from alzheimer's disease includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of alzheimer's disease, including actors, musicians and athletes.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Ronald Reagan and Rita Hayworth.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from alzheimer's disease?" and "Which famous people died due to alzheimer's disease?"

These notable alzheimer's disease deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has alzheimer's disease as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (402 items)
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    Rita Hayworth

    Rita Hayworth was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in a total of 61 films over 37 years. She is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir, Gilda. She is listed as one of the top 25 female motion picture stars ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1918-1987)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer, Dancer
    • Credits: Cover Girl, Gilda, The Lady from Shanghai, Pal Joey
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    Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease
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    Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. Before his presidency he served as the 33rd Governor of California and was also an actor from 1937–1964. Born and raised in small towns in Illinois, Reagan graduated from Eureka College and then worked as a radio broadcaster. He moved to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1911-2004)
    • Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, USA
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Politician, Soldier, Actor
    • Credits: General Electric Theater, Kings Row, Knute Rockne All American, Bedtime for Bonzo
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    James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease
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    James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics. He was known for portraying the American middle class man with everyday life ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1908-1997)
    • Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Television director, Military Officer, Actor
    • Credits: Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Anatomy of a Murder
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    Charlton Heston

    Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease
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    Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played the leading role in The Ten Commandments; Touch of Evil with Orson Welles; Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor; El Cid; and Planet of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1923-2008)
    • Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Political Activist, Film Director
    • Credits: Ben-Hur, Planet of the Apes, Touch of Evil, Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War
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    Charles Bronson

    Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease
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    Charles Bronson was an American film and television actor. He starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Rider on the Rain, The Mechanic, and the Death Wish series. He was often cast in the role of a police officer, gunfighter, or ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1921-2003)
    • Birthplace: Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Miner, Soldier, Actor
    • Credits: Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent Seven
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    Etta James was an American singer. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1938-2012)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
    • Credits: Back to the Future, Rain Man, American Pie, Burlesque
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    Norma Shearer

    Norma Shearer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease
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    Edith Norma Shearer was a Canadian-American actress. Shearer was one of the most popular actresses in North America from the mid-1920s through the 1930s. Her early films cast her as the girl-next-door, but for most of the Pre-Code film era, she played sexually liberated women in sophisticated ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1902-1983)
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Women, Marie Antoinette, Romeo and Juliet, The Divorcee
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    Peter Michael Falk was an American actor, best known for his role as Lt. Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race and Next, and television guest roles. He was nominated for an Academy Award twice, and won the Emmy Award on five ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1927-2011)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Certified Public Accountant, Television producer, Actor, Artist
    • Credits: Columbo, The Princess Bride, A Woman Under the Influence, Wings of Desire
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