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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 often died ahead of their time, while others passed from natural causes. 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, scientists like Albert Einstein, musicians like Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, politicians like Ronald Reagan and 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
Jesus Christ 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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Prince is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Prince 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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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
isadora added Leonardo da Vinci 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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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Albert Einstein 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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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
kierandell1409 added Robin Williams 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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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
John F. Kennedy 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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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Martin Luther King, Jr. 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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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
isadora added Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 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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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Freddie Mercury 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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Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Diana, Princess of Wales 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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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
John Lennon 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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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Abraham Lincoln 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

Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are

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Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Steve Irwin 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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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Walt Disney 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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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
William Shakespeare 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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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Bruce Lee 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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Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Anne Frank 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

The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Heath Ledger 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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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Elvis Presley 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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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Nikola Tesla 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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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
wiabux added Bob Marley 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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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Isaac Newton Died at 84 (1643-1727) Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific ...more

People Who Disappeared Mysteriously

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Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Jimi Hendrix 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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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
MadameLil added Edgar Allan Poe 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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Socrates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Socrates 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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Johnny Cash is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Johnny Cash 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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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Mahatma Gandhi 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

Famous Men Who Married Much Younger Women

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
MatthewGill added David Bowie 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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Mark Twain is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Mark Twain 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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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Randy Savage Died at 59 (1952-2011) Randy Mario Poffo, better known by his ring name "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler and color commentator best known for his time in the World Wrestling ...more

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Alan Rickman age 69 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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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Marilyn Monroe 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

The Best Qualities in a Man

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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Audrey Hepburn 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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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
George Washington 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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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Kurt Cobain 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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John Candy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
John Candy 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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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Gatvol added Michelangelo 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

The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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Plato is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Plato 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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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Charlie Chaplin 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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Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Mother Teresa 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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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
AnnieLarson added Galileo Galilei 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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James Dean is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Coolza added James Dean 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

The Absolute Worst People at the Movies

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Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Vincent van Gogh 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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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
isadora added Aristotle 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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Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Neil Armstrong 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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George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
George Harrison 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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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Steve Jobs 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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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Lucille Ball 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

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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Jim_In_Texas added Gene Wilder 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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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Benjamin Franklin 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