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List of famous people who died of heart attack, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from heart attack includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. You might also be interested in celebrities who died of heart failure and maybe even these gripping GIFs that might give you a heart attack. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of heart attack, including actors, musicians and athletes.

This list of famous heart attack victims contains people like Orson Welles, Celeste Holm, Alan Thicke, and more.

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

These notable heart attack deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has heart attack 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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Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most notably Caesar, a groundbreaking Broadway adaptation of Julius Caesar; in radio, the 1938 broadcast "The ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1915-1985)

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Radio personality Actor, + more

Place Of Death: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Credits: Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, F for Fake, Confidential Report

Also Ranked

#133 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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

#79 on The Best Actors in Film History

#8 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

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J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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John Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation—predecessor to the FBI—in 1924, he was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972 at age 77. ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1895-1972)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Police officer, Writer

Place Of Death: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Credits: The Next of Kin, Parole Fixer, Queen of the Mob, Walk East On Beacon Undercover Doctor, + more

Also Ranked

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

#61 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

#179 on The Most Influential People of the Second World War

#46 on Famous Shriners Members

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Celeste Holm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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Celeste Holm was an American stage, film and television actress. Holm won an Academy Award for her performance in Gentleman's Agreement, and was Oscar nominated for her roles in Come to the Stable and All About Eve. She originated the role of Ado Annie in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ...more

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Age: Died at 95 (1917-2012)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Actor

Place Of Death: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: All About Eve, Three Men and a Baby, Gentleman's Agreement, High Society Backstairs at the White House, + more

Also Ranked

#388 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#734 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#85 on The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

#362 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Alan Thicke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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Alan Willis Thicke is a Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host. He is known for his role as Jason Seaver, the father on the ABC television series Growing Pains. He is the father of actor Brennan Thicke and singer Robin Thicke. In 2013, Thicke was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. ...more

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Age: Died at 69

Birthplace: Kirkland Lake, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Profession: Master of Ceremonies, Songwriter, Comedian, Television producer Musician, + more

Place Of Death: Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Burbank, California, United States

Credits: Married... with Children, Alpha Dog, Growing Pains, That's My Boy Raising Helen, + more

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#290 on The Best Guest Stars on The Love Boat

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James Gandolfini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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James Joseph Gandolfini, Jr. was an American actor and producer. Gandolfini was best known for his role as Tony Soprano, an American Mafia boss in the HBO series The Sopranos. He garnered enormous praise for this performance, winning three Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and one ...more

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Age: Died at 52 (1961-2013)

Birthplace: Westwood, New Jersey, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Place Of Death: Rome, Italy

Credits: The Sopranos, The Man Who Wasn't There, 8MM, The Drop

Also Ranked

#307 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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

#257 on The Best Actors in Film History

#145 on The Coolest Actors Ever

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Noël Coward is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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Sir Noël Peirce Coward was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise". Born in Teddington, southwest London, Coward attended a dance academy in ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1899-1973)

Birthplace: Teddington, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Theatre Director, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Place Of Death: Port Maria, Jamaica

Credits: The Italian Job, Brief Encounter, Around the World in 80 Days, Cavalcade The Magic Christian, + more

Also Ranked

#421 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#34 on The Best Gay Authors

#55 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

#19 on Filmsite's Great Actors (Male) Who Have Not Won An Oscar

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Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists including Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He ...more

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Age: Died at 54 (1951-2005)

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

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Composer, + more

Place Of Death: Edison, New Jersey, United States of America

Credits: The Goonies, The Heat, Hero, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Also Ranked

#392 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#97 on The Best Singers of All Time

#42 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#59 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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John Candy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and its related Second City Television series and through his appearances in such comedy films as Stripes, Splash, Cool Runnings, Summer Rental, The Great Outdoors, ...more

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Age: Died at 44 (1950-1994)

Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Voice acting

Place Of Death: Durango, Durango Municipality, Mexico

Credits: SCTV, Spaceballs, Planes, Trains & Automobiles Uncle Buck

Also Ranked

#196 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#14 on The Funniest People of All Time

#34 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#50 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

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