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RIP to our world's greatest achievers, those who changed the way we live and the ways we thought. This list of people we wish were still alive includes some of the greatest humanitarians, artists, politicians, and celebrities we wished could have stayed with us longer. These notable dead people died ahead of their time; regardless of the reason or timing, these are famous people who died while they still had very much to contribute to the world.

There are myriad great people who died too soon on this list. Among them, composers like Mozart, rock musicians like Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, politicians like JFK, and even celebrity personalities like the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. All these famous dead people left too soon, and left a void most people can never fill.

Who are some famous dead celebrities who should still be alive? Who are the celebrities that died before their time? There are many reasons you might want to vote up your favorite notable deceased person, so make sure to do so on this list of famous people you wish were still alive. If your favorite dead celebrity isn't listed, feel free to add them to the discussion.

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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 33 Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity, whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God. Christianity regards Jesus as ...more

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35,856 17,538
Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
isadora added Dec. at 67 (1452-1519) Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is ...more

3
41,775 19,556
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955) Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

4
32,511 9,831
Prince is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 57 (1958-2016) Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned ...more

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27,477 12,532
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
kierandell1409 added Dec. at 63 (1951-2014) Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy ...more

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35,943 19,356
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963) John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from ...more

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35,154 17,765
Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 39 (1929-1968) Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for ...more

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28,008 16,244
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
isadora added Dec. at 35 (1756-1791) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his ...more

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28,398 14,654
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991) Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona ...more

10
32,446 18,087
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 36 (1961-1997) Diana, Princess of Wales, was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into an aristocratic British family with ...more

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34,299 19,430
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980) John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more

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26,085 13,988
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 56 (1809-1865) Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his life was taken in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States and its greatest moral, constitutional ...more

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30,836 18,147
Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 44 (1962-2006) Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame ...more

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24,897 14,051
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 33 (1940-1973) Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese ...more

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29,588 16,877
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 65 (1901-1966) Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. As a prominent figure within the American animation industry and ...more

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19,029 11,424
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 52 (1564-1616) 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 ...more

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17,577 10,194
Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 87 (1856-1943) Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current ...more

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23,363 12,135
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 29 (1979-2008) Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film ...more

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20,717 11,802
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died at 16 (1929-1945) Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was a diarist and writer. She is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her diary The Diary of a Young Girl has been the basis for ...more

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26,522 14,850
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977) Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more

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23,786 13,996
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
wiabux added Dec. at 36 (1945-1981) Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the ...more

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23,581 14,046
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 28 (1942-1970) James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most ...more

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1,811 762
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
age 72 Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as the ...more

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15,983 10,340
Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
MadameLil added Dec. at 40 (1809-1849) Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of ...more

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18,671 10,851
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003) John R. "Johnny" Cash was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as ...more

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12,605 8,002
Socrates is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially ...more

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19,887 12,616
Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 79 (1869-1948) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and ...more

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1,159 365
Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
age 61 Carrie Frances Fisher is an American actress, novelist, screenwriter, and performance artist. She is best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia. She is also known for her bestselling novel ...more

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3,299 1,629
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
MatthewGill added age 71 David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more

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836 276
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Jim_In_Texas added age 82 Jerome Silberman, known professionally as Gene Wilder, is an American stage and screen comic actor, director, screenwriter, author, and activist. Wilder began his career on stage, and made his ...more

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18,658 11,802
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 36 (1926-1962) Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood ...more

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18,439 11,731
Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 75 (1835-1910) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the ...more

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13,572 8,560
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 64 (1929-1993) Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as ...more

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15,665 11,033
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 67 (1732-1799) George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the ...more

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15,928 11,370
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 27 (1967-1994) Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in ...more

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11,286 7,039
John Candy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 44 (1950-1994) John Franklin Candy was a Canadian actor and comedian. Candy rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and its related Second City Television series and through his ...more

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8,797 5,766
Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Gatvol added Dec. at 89 (1475-1564) Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled ...more

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10,587 8,439
Plato is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Plato was a philosopher, as well as mathematician, in Classical Greece. He is considered an essential figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition, and he founded ...more

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8,671 6,074
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009) Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal ...more

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13,195 8,721
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 87 (1910-1997) Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, MC, commonly known as Mother Teresa, was a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary who lived most of her life in India. She was born in today's Macedonia, with ...more

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8,610 6,291
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977) Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona ...more

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8,835 5,969
Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
AnnieLarson added Dec. at 78 (1564-1642) Galileo Galilei, often known mononymously as Galileo, was an Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution during ...more

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11,294 8,062
Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 37 (1853-1890) Vincent Willem van Gogh was a major Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, ...more

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8,466 6,176
James Dean is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Coolza added Died at 24 (1931-1955) James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in ...more

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15,740 11,234
Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 56 (1955-2011) Steven Paul Jobs was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic and ...more

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11,152 7,462
Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 82 (1930-2012) Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming ...more

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5,887 3,948
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 84 (1706-1790) Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, ...more

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3,922 2,627
Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 57 (1770-1827) Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and ...more

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9,648 7,072
Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
isadora added Dec. at 62 (383 BC-321 BC) Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the Macedonian city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was ...more

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14,007 9,683
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 58 (1943-2001) George Harrison, MBE was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. ...more