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Famous People Who Died of Natural Causes

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

This list has everything from Katharine Hepburn to Hedy Lamarr.

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

These notable natural causes deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has natural causes as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (395 items)


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    Katharine Houghton Hepburn was an American actress. Known for her fierce independence and spirited personality, Hepburn was a leading lady in Hollywood for more than 60 years. She appeared in a range of genres, from screwball comedy to literary drama, and received four Academy Awards for Best Actress—a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1907-2003)
    • Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby, The African Queen, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, On Golden Pond, + more
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    Hedy Lamarr
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    Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American inventor and film actress. After an early and brief film career in Germany, which included a controversial love-making scene in the film Ecstasy, she fled her husband and secretly moved to Paris. While there, she met MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who offered her a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1914-2000)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Pin-up girl, Inventor, Scientist, Actor, Engineer
    • Credits: Samson and Delilah, Boom Town, Algiers, Come Live with Me, My Favorite Spy, + more
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    Phyllis Diller
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    Phyllis Ada Driver, better known as Phyllis Diller, was an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, dancer, and voice artist, best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and clothes, and her exaggerated, cackling laugh. Diller's voice acting roles included ...more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1917-2012)
    • Birthplace: USA, Lima, Ohio
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: A Bug's Life, The Gong Show, Maniac, Motocross Kids, The Fat Spy, + more
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    Helen Keller
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    Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1880-1968)
    • Birthplace: Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Pacifist, Lecturer, Author
    • Credits: The Miracle Worker, Helen Keller in Her Story
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    Jane Wyman
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    Jane Wyman was an American singer, dancer, and film/television actress. She began her film career in 1932 and her work in television lasted into 1993. She was considered a prolific performer for two decades. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Johnny Belinda, and later ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1917-2007)
    • Birthplace: USA, Saint Joseph, Missouri
    • Profession: Telephone operator, Actor, Singer, Dancer
    • Credits: The Lost Weekend, My Man Godfrey, Pollyanna, Falcon Crest, The Yearling, + more
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    Rosa Parks
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    Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement". Her birthday, February 4, and the day she was arrested, December 1, have both become Rosa Parks Day, commemorated in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1913-2005)
    • Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist
    • Credits: Touched by an Angel
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    Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Murder on the Orient Express, Witness for the Prosecution, And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile, Ten Little Indians, + more
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    Fess Parker
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    Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. was an American film and television actor best known for his portrayals of Davy Crockett in the Walt Disney 1955–1956 TV mini-series and as Daniel Boone in a television series from 1964 to 1970. He was also known as a wine maker and resort owner-operator. The Fess Parker Winery ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1924-2010)
    • Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Actor, Winemaker, Voice acting
    • Credits: Old Yeller, Them!, Harvey, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, + more
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    Andrew Breitbart
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    Andrew James Breitbart was an American conservative publisher, commentator for The Washington Times, author, and occasional guest commentator on various news programs, who served as an editor for the Drudge Report website. He was a researcher for Arianna Huffington, during which time he played a central ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1969-2012)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Commentator, Publisher, Journalist, Entrepreneur, + more
    • Credits: Michael Moore Hates America
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    Fay Wray was a Canadian-American actress most noted for playing the female lead in King Kong. Through an acting career that spanned 57 years, Wray attained international renown as an actress in horror movie roles. She was one of the first "scream queens". After appearing in minor movie roles, Wray ...more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1907-2004)
    • Birthplace: Cardston, Canada
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: King Kong, Murder by Death, Doctor X, The Vampire Bat, Viva Villa!, + more
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    Jackie Cooper
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    Jackie Cooper, was an American actor, television director, producer and executive. He was a child actor who managed to make the transition to an adult career. Cooper was the first child actor to receive an Academy Award nomination. At age 9, he was also the youngest performer to have been nominated for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1922-2011)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Race car driver, Television producer, Military Officer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Superman, M*A*S*H, Superman II, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, + more
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    Sherman Hemsley
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    Sherman Alexander Hemsley was an American actor, best known for his role as George Jefferson on the CBS television series All in the Family and The Jeffersons, Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series Amen, and B.P. Richfield on the ABC series Dinosaurs.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1938-2012)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Jeffersons, Dinosaurs, American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, Amen, Love at First Bite, + more
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    Jack Palance
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    Jack Palance was an American actor. During half a century of film and television appearances, Palance was nominated for three Academy Awards, all for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, winning in 1991 for his role in City Slickers.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1919-2006)
    • Birthplace: Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Painter, Journalist, Actor, Professional Boxer
    • Credits: Batman, Shane, City Slickers, Young Guns, Tango & Cash, + more
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    Art Linkletter
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    Arthur Gordon "Art" Linkletter was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was the host of House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio and TV for 19 years. Linkletter was famous for interviewing children on House Party and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 98 (1912-2010)
    • Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Canada
    • Profession: Radio personality, Actor, Presenter
    • Credits: Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, Kids Say the Darndest Things, People are Funny, Champagne for Caesar, People Are Funny, + more
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    James Arness
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    James King Arness was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon in the television series Gunsmoke for 20 years. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of Dillon in five separate decades: 1955 to 1975 in the weekly series, then in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge and four ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1923-2011)
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, USA, Minnesota
    • Profession: Soldier, Television producer, Actor
    • Credits: The Thing from Another World, Them!, Gunsmoke, Battleground, Hondo, + more
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    Ingmar Bergman
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    Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer and producer who worked in film, television, and theatre. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time and is most famous for films such as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, Cries and Whispers, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1918-2007)
    • Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden, Eurasia
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers, + more
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    John Carradine
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    John Carradine was an American actor, best known for his roles in horror films and Westerns as well as Shakespearean theatre. A member of Cecil B. DeMille's stock company and later John Ford's company, he was one of the most prolific character actors in Hollywood history. He was married four times, had ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1906-1988)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Greenwich Village
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Ten Commandments, The Grapes of Wrath, The Secret of NIMH, Stagecoach, Bride of Frankenstein, + more
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    Darren McGavin was an American actor best known for his portrayal of the grumpy father in the film A Christmas Story, and for the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. He appeared as the title character in the 1950s television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. From ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1922-2006)
    • Birthplace: Spokane, USA, Washington
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Actor
    • Credits: Billy Madison, A Christmas Story, The Natural, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Raw Deal, + more
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    Van Johnson
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    Van Johnson was an American film and television actor and dancer who was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and after World War II. Johnson was the embodiment of the "boy-next-door wholesomeness made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and '50s," playing "the red-haired, freckle-faced ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1916-2008)
    • Birthplace: Newport, USA, Rhode Island
    • Profession: Actor, Singer, Dancer
    • Credits: The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Caine Mutiny, Brigadoon, Battleground, + more
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    Karl Malden
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    Karl Malden was an American actor. Malden was primarily a character actor who "for more than 60 years brought an intelligent intensity and a homespun authenticity to roles in theater, film and television", especially in such classic films as A Streetcar Named Desire, for which he won the Academy Award ...more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1912-2009)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Patton, On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, How the West Was Won, Pollyanna, + more
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