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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
Died 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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35,313 17,336
Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
isadora added Died 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

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32,135 9,406
Prince is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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41,113 19,298
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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

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26,848 12,349
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
kierandell1409 added Died 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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35,487 19,167
John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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34,543 17,640
Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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27,713 16,053
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
isadora added Died 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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31,947 17,924
Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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27,720 14,503
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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

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33,868 19,263
John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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25,661 13,846
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died at 56 (1809-1865) Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war ...more

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30,391 18,030
Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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24,474 13,953
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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29,184 16,724
Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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18,767 11,263
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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17,238 10,093
Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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20,384 11,669
Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 18 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 wartime diary The Diary of a Young Girl has been the basis ...more

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22,978 12,031
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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26,183 14,740
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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23,463 13,886
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
wiabux added Died 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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23,344 13,937
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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15,825 10,215
Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
MadameLil added Died 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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1,546 670
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 24 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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18,474 10,762
Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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12,439 7,890
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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19,643 12,497
Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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898 265
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 in the original Star Wars trilogy, and will ...more

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3,075 1,544
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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18,321 11,635
Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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18,424 11,713
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died at 36 (1926-1962) Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After ...more

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657 198
Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Jim_In_Texas added age 84 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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13,397 8,482
Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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15,495 10,940
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died at 67 (1732-1799) George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the ...more

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11,163 6,942
John Candy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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15,693 11,270
Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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8,669 5,702
Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Gatvol added Died 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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10,472 8,365
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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8,485 6,202
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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13,023 8,616
Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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8,351 6,105
James Dean is listed (or ranked) 41 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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8,707 5,913
Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
AnnieLarson added Died 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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11,152 7,999
Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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8,315 5,972
Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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15,530 11,156
Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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9,562 7,012
Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
isadora added Died 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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10,999 7,399
Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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5,763 3,897
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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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13,892 9,626
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died 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

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9,518 6,369
Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died at 78 (1911-1989) Lucille Désirée Ball was an American actress, comedian, model, and film studio executive. She was the star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, ...more