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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. 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 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, The Cannonball Run, Saturn 3, The Burning Bed
  2. 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, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Artist, Film Director, + more
    • Credits: Speed, Apocalypse Now, Easy Rider, True Romance
  3. Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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    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: Nine Mile, Jamaica, Jamaica
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
    • Credits: In the Name of the Father, La Haine, Shark Tale, I Am Legend
  4. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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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: Southampton, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor
    • Credits: A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy
  5. Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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    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: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, Haunted Honeymoon, Animalympics, The Woman in Red
  6. Andy Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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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: Taxi, Heartbeeps, I'm from Hollywood, My Breakfast with Blassie
  7. Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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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: Over the Fence, Headin' Home, Speedy, The Pride of the Yankees
  8. Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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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, Cosmos, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, The Earth Day Special
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