Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease People

Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

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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. (100 items)

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    Mao Zedong
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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 1976.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1893-1976)
    • Birthplace: China, Shaoshan, Eurasia
    • Profession: Librarian, Politician
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    David Niven
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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 Phantom", ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1910-1983)
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Television producer, Novelist, Actor
    • Credits: The Pink Panther, Mutiny on the Bounty, Murder by Death, Wuthering Heights, Casino Royale, + more
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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 Mingus ...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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    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, USA, New York
    • 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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    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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    Lane Smith
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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 of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1936-2005)
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis
    • 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 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 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 industrial ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1936-1998)
    • Profession: Inventor
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    Donald Neilson
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    Donald Neilson, born Donald Nappey and also known as the "Black Panther", was a British armed robber who murdered multiple people. Following three murders committed during robberies of sub-post offices from 1971 to 1974, his last victim was Lesley Whittle, an heiress from Highley, Shropshire, England, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1936-2011)
    • Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom
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    Jacob K. Javits
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    Jacob Koppel "Jake" Javits was a Republican Party politician who served as a United States Senator from New York from 1957 to 1981. He was one of the most liberal of liberal Republicans serving in Congress in the 20th Century. He was originally allied with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and fellow ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1904-1986)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
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    Huddie William Ledbetter
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    Huddie William Ledbetter was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. He is best known as Lead Belly. Though many releases list him as "Leadbelly", he himself wrote it as "Lead Belly".more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1888-1949)
    • Birthplace: Caddo Parish, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more
    • Profession: Musician, Singer
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    Henry A. Wallace
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    Henry Agard Wallace was the 33rd Vice President of the United States, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the Secretary of Commerce. In the 1948 presidential election, Wallace was the nominee of the Progressive Party.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1888-1965)
    • Birthplace: Orient, Orient Township, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Politician
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    James Augustus "Jim" or "Catfish" Hunter was a professional baseball player in Major League Baseball. From 1965 to 1979, he was a pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics, and New York Yankees. Hunter was the first pitcher since 1915 to win 200 career games by the age of 31. He is often ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1946-1999)
    • Birthplace: Hertford, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Baseball player
    • Credits: Oakland A's Vintage World Series Film
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    James Connolly "Jimmy" Johnstone, nicknamed "Jinky", was a Scottish football player. Johnstone was best known for his time with Celtic, and was voted their best ever player by the club's fans in 2002. He scored 129 goals for Celtic in 515 appearances.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1944-2006)
    • Birthplace: Uddingston, United Kingdom
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    Cyril Cusack
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    Cyril Cusack was an actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1910-1993)
    • Birthplace: Durban, Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Harold and Maude, My Left Foot, Far and Away, The Day of the Jackal, Fahrenheit 451, + more
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    Stanley John Sadie, CBE was an influential and prolific British musicologist, music critic, and editor. He was editor of the sixth edition of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, which was published as the first edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1930-2005)
    • Birthplace: Wembley, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Book editor, Music critic, Musicologist
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    John R. Drury was a television news anchorman from Chicago, IL. He appeared on both WGN-TV and WLS-TV. Upon his retirement came the news that he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was a leading activist for ALS research and was a spokesperson ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1927-2007)
    • Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Newsreader
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    Hans Vonk was a Dutch conductor.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1942-2004)
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Profession: Conductor, Teacher
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    Hans Keller was an Austrian-born British musician and writer who made significant contributions to musicology and music criticism, as well as being an insightful commentator on such disparate fields as psychoanalysis and football. In the late 1950s he invented the method of "Wordless functional ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1919-1985)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Music critic, Writer, Violinist
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    Eddie Adams
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    Eddie Adams was an American photographer and photojournalist noted for portraits of celebrities and politicians and for coverage of 13 wars. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969.more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1933-2004)
    • Birthplace: New Kensington, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Photojournalist, Photographer
    • Credits: Eddie Adams: Saigon '68
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