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TRENDING Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors

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List of famous people who died of brain tumor, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died of brain cancer are listed alphabetically and include the famous brain cancer victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. Here are also celebrity brain cancer deaths and celebrities who died of traumatic brain injury

List people include James William Benson, Pat Kavanagh, Gene Siskel, and more.

These notable brain tumor deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has rain tumor as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. 

Ethel Merman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors
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Ethel Merman was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her belting voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage." Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm", "Everything's ...more

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Age: Died at 76 (1908-1984)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Astoria

Profession: Actor, Singer

Credits: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World There's No Business Like Show Business, + more

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#20 on The Greatest Broadway Stars of All Time

#11 on The Greatest Female Broadway Stars

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Susan Hayward is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors
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Susan Hayward was an American actress. After working as a fashion model in New York, Hayward traveled to Hollywood in 1937. She secured a film contract, and played several small supporting roles over the next few years. By the late 1940s, the quality of her film roles had improved, and she achieved ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1917-1975)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Model, Actor

Credits: I Want to Live!, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, I'll Cry Tomorrow, With a Song in My Heart

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#59 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#14 on The Best Actresses to Ever Win Oscars for Best Actress

#29 on The Best Actresses Who Won Oscars and Globes for the Same Role

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George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors
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George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris as well as the opera Porgy and ...more

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Age: Died at 39 (1898-1937)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Composer

Credits: Catch Me If You Can, L.A. Confidential, The Great Gatsby, The Aviator

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#80 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

#45 on The Greatest Pianists of All Time

#5 on List of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters

#24 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40

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Fritz Von Erich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors
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Jack Barton Adkisson was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Fritz Von Erich, better known today as a wrestling promoter and the patriarch of the Von Erich family. He was also the owner of the World Class Championship Wrestling territory. ...more

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Age: Died at 68 (1929-1997)

Birthplace: Jewett, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Wrestler, American football player

Credits: AWA All-Star Wrestling

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#98 on The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time

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Gene Siskel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors
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Eugene Kal "Gene" Siskel was an American film critic and journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Along with colleague Roger Ebert, he hosted a series of popular review shows on television from 1975 to 1999. ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1946-1999)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Film critic, Journalist, Actor, Writer Critic

Credits: At the Movies, At the Movies, Sneak Previews

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Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors
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Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his singing ability: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game". Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1933-2006)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Voice acting Singer

Credits: Blues Brothers 2000, The Rugrats Movie, Baywatch Nights, Still Breathing After the Game, + more

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#18 on The 40+ Greatest Baritone Singers in Music History

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Buddy Rich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors
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Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" and was known for his virtuoso technique, power, groove, and speed. ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1917-1987)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, Actor Drummer

Credits: Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got, Improvisation, Norman Granz: Improvisation, Away We Go Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite, + more

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#4 on The Best Drummers of All Time

#37 on List of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters

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Jim Davis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors
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James "Jim" Davis was an American actor, best known for his role as Jock Ewing in the CBS prime-time soap opera, Dallas, a role which continued until he was too ill from a terminal illness to perform. ...more

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Age: Died at 72 (1909-1981)

Birthplace: USA, Missouri, Edgerton

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

Credits: The Magnificent Seven, Dallas, The Parallax View, El Dorado Big Jake, + more

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