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List of famous people who died of leukemia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from leukemia includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of leukemia, including actors, musicians and athletes. For some good news, here are athletes who beat cancer and celebrity cancer survivors

List is made up of many different people, including Etta James, Charlie Murphy, Fred MacMurray, and Craig Sager.

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

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

Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Leukemia
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Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences, and was part of the ...more

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Age: Died at 67 (1867-1934)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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#2 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#29 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#43 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#12 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Joan Blondell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Leukemia
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Rose Joan Blondell was an American actress who performed in movies and on television for five decades as Joan Blondell. After winning a beauty pageant, Blondell embarked upon a film career. Establishing herself as a sexy wisecracking blonde, she was a pre-Code staple of Warner Brothers and appeared ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1906-1979)

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

Profession: Fashion Model, Author, Actor, Singer

Credits: Grease, The Public Enemy, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Topper Returns

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#94 on The Greatest Broadway Stars of All Time

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Charlie Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Leukemia
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Charles Quinton "Charlie" Murphy is an American actor, comedian, and writer. He is the older brother of Eddie Murphy. He is most notable as being a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show. ...more

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Age: Died at 57

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

Profession: Soldier, Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Night at the Museum, Chappelle's Show, Harlem Nights, Norbit Mo' Better Blues, + more

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Craig Sager is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Leukemia
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Craig Graham Sager, Sr. is an American sideline reporter for TNT and TBS. Sager is a graduate of Northwestern University. He has previously covered sports for CBS and CNN. His nicknames are "America's Sideline Reporter", "Totino Boy", "Sagervision", and "Mr. Fancy Suit". Sager battled acute myeloid ...more

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Age: 65

Birthplace: Batavia, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Journalist

Credits: Major League Baseball on TBS

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Leukemia
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Etta James was an American singer. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1938-2012)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer

Credits: Back to the Future, Rain Man, American Pie, Burlesque

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#46 on The Best Singers of All Time

#25 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#13 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

#58 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Robert Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of Leukemia
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Robert Francis Vaughn is an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work. His best-known TV roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; wealthy detective Harry Rule in the 1970s series The Protectors; and formidable General Hunt Stockwell in the ...more

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Age: 84

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

Profession: Actor

Credits: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Bullitt, One Life to Live, The Magnificent Seven

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#16 on Hollywood's Hottest Cowboys and Cowgals

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Fred MacMurray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of Leukemia
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Frederick Martin "Fred" MacMurray was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 movies and a successful television series during a career that spanned nearly a half-century, from 1930 to the 1970s. MacMurray is well known for his role in the 1944 film noir Double Indemnity directed by Billy ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1908-1991)

Birthplace: Kankakee, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Musician, Actor

Credits: My Three Sons, Double Indemnity, The Apartment, The Caine Mutiny

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Robert Altman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died of Leukemia
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Robert Bernard Altman was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. A five time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director and an enduring figure from the New Hollywood era, Altman was considered a "maverick" in making films that are highly naturalistic, but with a stylized ...more

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Age: Died at 81 (1925-2006)

Birthplace: Kansas City, USA, Missouri

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Film Editor, + more

Credits: Gosford Park, MASH, Short Cuts, The Player

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#45 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#35 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#54 on The Best Comedy Directors in Film History

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