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TRENDING 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. You might also be interested in celebrities who were diagnosed with cancer before 40 and famous cancer survivors. 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 actress Farrah Fawcett, 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, singer David Bowie, and Frank Zappa. It's always tragic when an actor dies of cancer, so we hope for those who are currently dying of any major illnesses. 

Featuring recently dead movie stars and many more, 

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.

Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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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 ...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, The Cannonball Run, Saturn 3, The Burning Bed

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#23 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#102 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

#24 on The Most Influential People in Fashion

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: USA, Shaker Heights, Ohio

Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer Racing driver, + more

Credits: Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

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#18 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#11 on The Best Actors in Film History

#2 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#62 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter Musician, + more

Credits: Labyrinth, Basquiat, The Hunger, The Man Who Fell to Earth

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#12 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#5 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#9 on The Best Singers of All Time

#63 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman is ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Die Hard, Galaxy Quest

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#54 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#8 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#45 on The Best Actors in Film History

#21 on The Coolest Actors Ever

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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1901-1966)

Birthplace: Hermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Animator, + more

Credits: Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Peter Pan, 101 Dalmatians, The Skeleton Dance

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#6 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#11 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#37 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#85 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1936-2010)

Birthplace: Dodge City, Kansas, United States of America

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Artist Film Director, + more

Credits: Speed, Apocalypse Now, Easy Rider, True Romance

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#78 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#66 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#21 on The Most Psychedelic People Ever

#16 on The Best Actors Who Won Razzies

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. An enduring American icon, he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, ...more

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Age: Died at 72 (1907-1979)

Birthplace: Winterset, USA, Iowa

Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor, Film Director

Credits: The Searchers, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Rio Bravo, True Grit

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#83 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#61 on The Best Actors in Film History

#17 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#56 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Dean Martin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed the "King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assuredness. He and Jerry Lewis were partners in the ...more

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Age: Died at 78 (1917-1995)

Birthplace: Steubenville, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Songwriter, Comedian, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: The Dean Martin Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Goodfellas, The Big Lebowski

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#75 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#93 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#25 on The Best Singers of All Time

#15 on The Coolest Actors Ever

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