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List of famous people who died of prostate cancer, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from prostate cancer 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 prostate cancer, including actors, musicians and athletes. For some good news, here are athletes who beat cancer and celebrity cancer survivors

With people ranging from Frank Zappa to Dennis Hopper, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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

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

Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, making his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared in two films with James Dean. In the next ten years he made a name in television, and by the end of the 1960s had ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1936-2010)

Birthplace: Dodge City, Kansas, USA

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Artist Film Director, + more

Credits: Speed, Apocalypse Now, Easy Rider, True Romance

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#66 on The Coolest Actors Ever

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#16 on The Best Actors Who Won Razzies

#24 on The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1940-1993)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Composer

Credits: Baby Snakes, Does Humor Belong in Music?, Uncle Meat, 200 Motels

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#88 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#29 on The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

#89 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

#71 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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Merv Griffin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. was an American television host, musician, actor, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway. From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show, produced by Westinghouse ...more

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Age: Died at 82 (1925-2007)

Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Business magnate, Television producer, Musician Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, The Man with Two Brains, The Lonely Guy Dance Fever, + more

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#32 on The Best Emmy Hosts Ever

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Bud Abbott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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William Alexander "Bud" Abbott was an American actor, producer and comedian. He is best remembered as the straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello. ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1895-1974)

Birthplace: Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA

Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Actor, Vaudeville Performer

Credits: The Abbott and Costello Show, Africa Screams, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Jack and the Beanstalk

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Gary Cooper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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Gary Cooper was an American film actor known for his natural, authentic, and understated acting style and screen performances. His career spanned thirty-six years, from 1925 to 1961, and included leading roles in eighty-four feature films. He was a major movie star from the end of the silent film ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (1901-1961)

Birthplace: Helena, Montana, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: High Noon, Meet John Doe, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Sergeant York

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#96 on The Best Actors in Film History

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

#3 on The Greatest Western Movie Stars

#29 on The Best Actors to Ever Win Best Actor in a Leading Role

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Mobutu Sese Seko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga was the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1965 to 1997. Installed and supported in office primarily by Belgium and the United States, he formed an authoritarian regime, amassed vast personal wealth, and attempted to purge the country of ...more

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Age: Died at 67 (1930-1997)

Birthplace: Lisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Profession: Politician

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William Shockley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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William Bradford Shockley Jr. was an American physicist and inventor. Shockley was the manager of a research group that included John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain, the duo who invented the transistor. The three were jointly awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. Shockley's attempts to ...more

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Age: Died at 79 (1910-1989)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Profession: Physicist, Inventor, Scientist, Mountaineer

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Langston Hughes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1902-1967)

Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Lyricist, Author Essayist, + more

Credits: Black Nativity, Cora Unashamed, Way Down South, Salvation

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#11 on The Best Gay Authors

#1 on The Best African American Poets of All Time

#37 on The Best Poets of the 20th Century

#80 on The Best American Poets

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