Alexandros Papadiamantis Died at 60 (1851-1911) A very influential writer of the 19th century who never married and was referred to as the worldly monk.
Barney Battles, Sr. Died at 30 (1875-1905)
Beatrice Straight Died at 87 (1914-2001) Died in Los Angeles at age 86.
Bernard Edwards Died at 44 (1952-1996) Bassist for the disco group Chic and producer for songs by Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Sister Sledge died in Tokyo at age 43.
Bernie Mac Died at 51 (1957-2008) He suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but was reported that the pneumonia was not related to the disease. He died in a
Bert Lahr Died at 72 (1895-1967) Died in New York City at age 72.
Billy Wilder Died at 96 (1906-2002) Died at age 95 at his home in Beverly Hills.
Bob Hope Died at 100 (1903-2003) Best remembered for his work with the US Armed Forces and his numerous USO tours entertaining American military personnel. He died at the age of 100.
Brittany Murphy Died at 32 (1977-2009) Died at age 32 when she was subsequently transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, after 911 was called after she collapsed in her bathroom, where she was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:04 on Dec.
Bruce Paltrow Died at 59 (1943-2002) The father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and husband of actress Blythe Danner, died from complications of oral cancer and pneumonia. He was best known for his work on The White Shadow, St. Elsewhere,
Calamity Jane Died at 51 (1852-1903) In accord with Jane's dying wishes, she was buried next to Wild Bill Hickok.
Carl Schlechter Died at 44 (1874-1918) Drew a match for the world chess championship vs. Emanuel Lasker. Pneumonia was brought on by privations following World War I; according to some sources, death was due to starvation.
Carlos Eugenio Restrepo Died at 70 (1867-1937) President of Colombia from 1910 to 1914. He was born in Medellín, Antioquia, he was a lawyer, professor and journalist, and also served as Ambassador to the Holy See. He died in Medellín
Charles Bronson Died at 82 (1921-2003) Died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Charles Nelson Reilly Died at 76 (1931-2007) Died at 76 in Beverly Hills, California.
Chris Candido Died at 33 (1972-2005) Died while in surgery to drain his lungs.
Chris Wood 46 Died at age 39 in Birmingham, England.
Christian Brando Died at 50 (1958-2008) Died at the age of 49. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of the boyfriend of his half-sister Cheyenne.
Chuck Schuldiner Died at 34 (1967-2001) Schuldiner was diagnosed with brain cancer and received a chemotherapy drug to help with his therapy. As a side effect, the drug weakened Chuck. He died the same year he was diagnosed with cancer.
Corey Haim Died at 39 (1971-2010)
Dick Curtis Died at 50 (1902-1952)
Donald Paige Frary Died at 26 (1893-1919) Died at age 25 while attending the Paris Peace Conference, 1919.
Ferenc Puskás Died at 79 (1927-2006) He scored a remarkable 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary and 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues. Died at the age of 79.
Frank Gorshin Died at 72 (1933-2005) The show biz veteran best known as The Riddler to TV's Batman and as Bele on Star Trek also succumbed to lung cancer and emphysema.
Franz Liszt Died at 75 (1811-1886) Died in Bayreuth aged 74 after contracting pneumonia during a festival held there in honour of Richard Wagner.
Fred Astaire Died at 88 (1899-1987) Died at age 88 in Los Angeles, California. Interred at Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, CA (the same cemetery where long time dance partner, Ginger Rogers was also laid to rest)
Freddie Mercury Died at 45 (1946-1991) A little over 24 hours after issuing a statement to the press he died at his home in Kensington, London, England at the age of 45. The official cause of death was bronchial pneumonia resulting from
George Allen age 63 Died at age 72. His death may have been indirectly caused by a Gatorade shower following a season-ending victory.
George Peppard Died at 66 (1928-1994) American actor
Geronimo Died at 80 (1829-1909) He fought against Mexico and the United States and their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades. Died at the age of 79.
Guillaume Depardieu Died at 37 (1971-2008) Died at age 37 from pneumonia contracted on set in Romania.
Harriet Tubman Slave who escaped to freedom
Herbert Chapman Died at 56 (1878-1934) Died aged 55 after attending a football match in the rain whilst nursing a cold.
House Peters, Jr. Died at 92 (1916-2008) Died in Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital at the age of 92.
Irving Thalberg Died at 37 (1899-1936) Afflicted with a weak heart, he died at his home on Palisades Beach Road in Santa Monica with his wife, actress Norma Shearer at his side.
James Brown Died at 73 (1933-2006) The Godfather of Soul, died at age 73 in Atlanta, Georgia, hospitalized the previous day with "severe pneumonia".
J. M. Barrie Died at 77 (1860-1937)
Jean-Dominique Bauby Died at 45 (1952-1997) Died at age 45. On December 8, 1995 at the age of 43, Bauby suffered a massive stroke. When he woke up twenty days later, he found he was entirely speechless; he could only blink his left eyelid. This
Jeremy Beadle Died at 60 (1948-2008) Died at the age of 59, leaving behind his partner Sue and two daughters. He was best known for his hidden camera show "Beadle's About" and "You've Been Framed".
Jim Backus Died at 76 (1913-1989) Played millionaire Thurston Howell, III on the TV show Gilligan's Island; died at St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica CA.
Jim Henson Died at 54 (1936-1990) Creator of the Muppets and founder of The Jim Henson Company; died at age 53 in New York City.
Johann Strauss II Died at 74 (1825-1899) Died at age 73 in Vienna.
John Martyn Died at 61 (1948-2009) The British innovative and influential folk, rock, jazz musician died in Ireland of double pneumonia.
Josef Issels Died at 91 (1907-1998) Holistic doctor who treated Bob Marley in Bavaria; died in California.
Jyoti Basu Died at 96 (1914-2010) Died at age 96 in Kolkata, India.
Kim Mu-saeng Died at 62 (1943-2005) Died Age 62
Lawrence Welk Died at 89 (1903-1992) Died at his home in Santa Monica. Buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA.
Leo Tolstoy Died at 82 (1828-1910) Died at Astapovo Railway Station, during an attempt to satisfy his wanderlust.
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