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List of famous people who died of motor neuron disease, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from motor neuron disease 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 motor neuron disease, including actors, musicians and athletes.

List features Mao Zedong, Lou Gehrig and more.

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

These notable motor neuron disease deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has motor neuron disease as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. 
Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1893-1976)

Birthplace: Shaoshan, China

Profession: Librarian, Politician

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#69 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#13 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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David Niven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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James David Graham Niven was an English actor and novelist who was popular in Europe and in the United States. He may be best known for his roles as Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and as Sir Charles Lytton, a.k.a. "the ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1910-1983)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Television producer, Novelist, Actor

Credits: The Pink Panther, The Guns of Navarone, Around the World in Eighty Days, Stairway to Heaven

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#25 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#81 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

#35 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

#65 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

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Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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Charles Mingus Jr. was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel music while sometimes drawing on elements of Third Stream, free jazz, and classical music. Yet ...more

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Age: Died at 57 (1922-1979)

Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States of America

Profession: Bassist, Jazz Pianist, Musician, Bandleader Composer

Credits: Shadows, All Night Long, Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968, Jazz Icons: Charles Mingus: Live in '64 Charles Mingus: Live at Montreux 1975

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#3 on The Best Jazz Composers of All Time

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Dennis Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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Dennis Day born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty, was an American singer and radio, television and film personality of Irish descent. ...more

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Age: Died at 72 (1916-1988)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Profession: Comedian, Radio personality, Actor, Singer

Credits: Melody Time, Fun and Fancy Free, Frosty's Winter Wonderland, The Jack Benny Program The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, + more

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Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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Henry Louis "Lou" or "Buster" Gehrig was an American professional baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1939. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, a trait which earned him his nickname "The Iron ...more

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Age: Died at 38 (1903-1941)

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

Profession: Baseball player, Actor

Credits: Rawhide

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#3 on The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

#1 on The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

#8 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

#9 on The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Lane Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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Walter Lane Smith III, known as Lane Smith, was an American actor. Some of his well known roles included portraying collaborator entrepreneur Nathan Bates in the NBC television series V, Mayor Bates in the film Red Dawn, newspaper editor Perry White in the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures ...more

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Age: Died at 69 (1936-2005)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Presenter

Credits: My Cousin Vinny, The Mighty Ducks, Network, The Legend of Bagger Vance The Distinguished Gentleman, + more

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Harry Browne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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Harry Edson Browne was an American writer, politician, and investment analyst. He was the Libertarian Party's Presidential nominee in the U.S. elections of 1996 and 2000. He is the author of 12 books that in total have sold more than 2 million copies. ...more

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Age: Died at 73 (1933-2006)

Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York United States of America, + more

Profession: Politician, Writer, Financial Analyst

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Marc Harrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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Marc Harrison was an industrial designer and pioneer of universal design. As the result of a brain injury when he was 11 years old, Harrison had to relearn basic functions such as walking and talking and thus gained inspiration for this career in industrial design. Harrison earned his BFA in ...more

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Age: Died at 62 (1936-1998)

Profession: Inventor

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