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Famous People Who Died of Dementia

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

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This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from dementia?" and "Which famous people died due to dementia?"

These notable dementia deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has dementia as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (10 items)

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    Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist and NAACP leader who became famous after she refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white person. She received national recognitions including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She lived a full life until she died of natural causes at the age of 92 on October 24, 2005. She had been struggling with dementia for years.

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    Profession: Activist
    Age: Died at 92 (1913-2005)
    Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States of America
    Schools: Highlander Folk School, Alabama State Teachers College for Negroes
    Cause Of Death: Natural causes
    Place Of Death: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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    Sparky Anderson was a Major League Baseball Manager who was the first manager to win the World Series in both the American League and National League. Though he played in the major leagues for only one year in his youth, he was wildly successful manager for years. In 2010 it was announced that he was put into hospice care for dementia, which progressed until his death at age 76 later that year.

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    Profession: Manager, Baseball player
    Age: Died at 76 (1934-2010)
    Birthplace: Bridgewater, South Dakota, United States of America
    Schools: Susan Miller Dorsey High School
    Cause Of Death: Dementia
    Place Of Death: Thousand Oaks, California, United States of America
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    Philippe Pétain was the Marshal of France and eventually the Chief of State of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944. Pétain was 80 years-old in 1940, making him the oldest head of state that France has ever had. In his old age, he became extremely senile and suffered dementia. He required round-the-clock care until he died at the age of 95 in 1951. In 1973, his coffin was stolen, and was found in a garage. He was given another ceremonial funeral after it was recovered.

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    Age: Died at 95 (1856-1951)
    Birthplace: Cauchy-à-la-Tour, France
    Schools: École Supérieure de Guerre, Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr
    Cause Of Death: Dementia
    Place Of Death: Île d'Yeu, France
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    Antony Flew was a British philosopher and a huge advocate of atheism. Flew was against the idea of life after death, and refused to believe in God without any evidence. However, later in life he published the book There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind along with Roy Abraham Varghese. Many people believe that Flew's deteriorating mental state due to dementia was responsible for his change of heart, and that Varghese was responsible for the majority of the book.

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    Profession: Professor, Philosopher
    Age: Died at 87 (1923-2010)
    Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    Schools: Kingswood School, St Faith's School, St John's College, Oxford, SOAS + 1 more
    Major/Field Of Study: Literae Humaniores
    Cause Of Death: Dementia
    Place Of Death: Reading, United Kingdom
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    Lynn Cartwright is an actress who is most famous for playing the older version of Geena Davis' character in "A League of Their Own." At age 76, after suffering from dementia and a broken hip due to a fall, she passed away.

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    Profession: Actor
    Age: Died at 77 (1927-2004)
    Birthplace: McAlester, Oklahoma, United States of America
    Cause Of Death: Dementia
    Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Children: Tara Gordon
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    Anthony Cave Brown was an award winning reporter, writer and historian. He had a long career covering dangerous war zones and war-torn areas as a photographer and writer. He died of dementia and pneumonia on July 14, 2006.

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    Profession: Journalist, Historian
    Age: Died at 77 (1929-2006)
    Cause Of Death: Dementia
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