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Famous People Who Died of Cancer

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Cancer strikes indiscriminately, and can even affect some of the most famous people in the world. This is a list of famous people who died of cancer, including photos, birth dates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died by cancer are listed alphabetically and include the famous cancer victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. Famous people with cancer who later passed away from the disease include Lyn Nofziger, George Low, and more. These notable cancer deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers.

Cancer is a disease that ravages millions of people every year, and unfortunately for these athletes, actors, musicians, and other celebrities, it doesn't matter how much money or fame you possess. There are plenty of well-known names who have succumbed to the disease, like Steve Jobs, Bob Marley, Ronald Reagan and Frank Zappa.

Everyone on this list has cancer as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death.


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  1. Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett was an American actress and artist. A four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she posed for her iconic red swimsuit poster and starred as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the television ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1947-2009)
    • Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Artist
    • Credits: Logan's Run, Charlie's Angels, The Cannonball Run, The Apostle, Myra Breckinridge, + more
  2. Dennis Hopper
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    Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, making his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared in two films with James Dean. In the next ten years he made a name in television, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1936-2010)
    • Birthplace: Dodge City, USA, Kansas
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Artist, Film Director, + more
    • Credits: Apocalypse Now, Hoosiers, Blue Velvet, True Romance, Speed, + more
  3. Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1945-1981)
    • Birthplace: Jamaica
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
    • Credits: Want So Much To Believe, Third World
  4. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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    Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Five years later she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1929-1994)
    • Birthplace: USA, Southampton, New York
    • Profession: Editor
    • Credits: A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy
  5. Gilda Susan Radner was an American comedian and actress. She was best remembered as an original cast member of the hit NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1978.more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1946-1989)
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, The Last Detail, The Woman in Red, The Rutles, Haunted Honeymoon, + more
  6. Andy Kaufman
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    Andrew Geoffrey "Andy" Kaufman was a popular and eccentric American entertainer, actor, and performance artist. While often referred to as a comedian, Kaufman did not consider himself to be one. He disdained telling jokes and engaging in comedy as it was traditionally understood, referring to himself ...more

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1949-1984)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Wrestler, Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, Taxi, Heartbeeps, God Told Me To, My Breakfast with Blassie, + more
  7. Babe Ruth
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    George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. was an American baseball outfielder and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1914 to 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1895-1948)
    • Birthplace: Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Baseball player, Actor
    • Credits: The Pride of the Yankees, Babe Comes Home, Speedy, Heading Home, The Golden Twenties, + more
  8. Carl Sagan
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    Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1934-1996)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Physicist, Novelist, Scientist, Author, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Contact, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Nova, Good Morning America, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, + more
  9. Graham Chapman
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    Graham Arthur Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1941-1989)
    • Birthplace: Stoneygate, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Physician, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Robin Hood, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Monty Python's Flying Circus, + more
  10. Dom DeLuise
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    Dominick "Dom" DeLuise was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur from 1965 until his death and the father of actor, director, pianist, and writer Peter DeLuise, actor David DeLuise, and actor Michael DeLuise. He ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1933-2009)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, The Muppet Movie, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, + more
  11. LaDonna Adrian Gaines, known by her stage name, Donna Summer, was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach No. 1 on the United States ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1948-2012)
    • Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Thank God It's Friday, Cat Tale, They've Got Knut, Modulations, Donna Summer: Live and More Encore, + more
  12. Adam Nathaniel Yauch was an American rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist. He was best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys. He was frequently known by his stage name, MCA, and sometimes worked under the pseudonym Nathanial Hörnblowér. Yauch founded ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1964-2012)
    • Birthplace: Brooklyn Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Distributor, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Krush Groove, Fight for Your Right Revisited, Beastie Boys Video Anthology, Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!, Gunnin' For That #1 Spot, + more
  13. William Alexander "Bud" Abbott was an American actor, producer and comedian. He is best remembered as the straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1895-1974)
    • Birthplace: USA, Asbury Park, New Jersey
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Actor, Vaudeville Performer
    • Credits: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Buck Privates, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Naughty Nineties, + more
  14. Charles Laughton
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    Charles Laughton was an English stage and film actor and director. Laughton was trained in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and first appeared professionally on the stage in 1926. In 1927, he was cast in a play with his future wife Elsa Lanchester, with whom he lived and worked until his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1899-1962)
    • Birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Spartacus, The Night of the Hunter, Mutiny on the Bounty, Witness for the Prosecution, The Big Clock, + more
  15. Sir Alec Guinness, CH CBE was an English actor. After an early career on the stage he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters. He is also known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1914-2000)
    • Birthplace: Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, + more
  16. Ann Miller
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    Johnnie Lucille Collier, known professionally as Ann Miller, was an American dancer, singer and actress. She is best remembered for her work in the Hollywood musical films of the 1940s and 1950s.more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1923-2004)
    • Birthplace: Chireno, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Singer, Dancer
    • Credits: Mulholland Drive, On the Town, Stage Door, You Can't Take It With You, Room Service, + more
  17. Harmon Killebrew
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    Harmon Clayton Killebrew, nicknamed "The Killer" and "Hammerin' Harmon", was an American professional baseball first baseman, third baseman, and left fielder. During his 22-year career in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Minnesota Twins, Killebrew was a prolific power hitter who, at the time of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1936-2011)
    • Birthplace: Payette, Idaho, United States of America
    • Profession: Baseball player
  18. H. P. Lovecraft
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    Howard Phillips Lovecraft —known as H. P. Lovecraft—was an American author who achieved posthumous fame through his influential works of horror fiction. Virtually unknown and only published in pulp magazines before he died in poverty, he is now regarded as one of the most significant 20th-century ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1890-1937)
    • Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Poet, Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: Re-Animator, From Beyond, Zombie Hell House, Beyond Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator, + more
  19. Beatrice "Bea" Arthur was an American actress, comedian, and singer whose career spanned seven decades. Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude, and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. A ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1922-2009)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Golden Girls, History of the World, Part I, Maude, Star Wars Holiday Special, + more
  20. Jack French Kemp was an American politician and a collegiate and professional football player. A Republican, he served as Housing Secretary in the administration of President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993, having previously served nine terms as a congressman for Western New York's 31st ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1935-2009)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, American football player
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