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Everyone has a one in 365 chance that they will die on their birthdays and several celebrities were unlucky (or lucky, depend on how you look at it) enough that it happened. In fact, studies have shown that the people over 60 are more likely to die on their birthdays, and that birthday deaths, in general, are on the rise. Which famous actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes have died on their birthdays?

Dying on one's birthday is actually more likely than you might think. Researchers studied more than two million people during a 40-year study and found that deaths from heart attacks, strokes, falls, and suicides all increased, and that people turning 60 and older were 14 percent more likely to die on their birthday.

Read through the list below to learn which other famous celebrities died on their birthdays, and share your thoughts in the comments section. What do you think when a celebrity dies on the same date he or she was born? Is this a coincidence or fate? 


Ingrid Bergman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 31 Famous People Who Died on Their Birthdays
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Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American ...more

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Age: Died at 67 (1915-1982)

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Profession: Actor

Credits: Casablanca, Spellbound, Notorious, Autumn Sonata

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#8 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#21 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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

#41 on The Greatest Actress Performances of All Time

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 31 Famous People Who Died on Their Birthdays
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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about ...more

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Age: Died at 52 (April 23, 1564-1616)

Profession: Poet, Lyricist, Author, Playwright

Credits: Romeo + Juliet, Ran, Macbeth, Haider

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#1 on The Best Writers of All Time

#12 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#55 on The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True

#1 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

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Betty Friedan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 31 Famous People Who Died on Their Birthdays
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Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan was a writer, activist and actress. ...more

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Age: Died at 85 (February 4, 1921-2006)

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Author, Actor, Writer

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#46 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#6 on Celebrities You Would Not Want as a Stepmom

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Machine Gun Kelly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 31 Famous People Who Died on Their Birthdays
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George Francis Barnes Jr., better known as "Machine Gun Kelly", was an Irish American gangster during the prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. His most infamous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933 ...more

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Age: Died at 54 (July 18, 1900-1954)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Gangster

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