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People We Wish Were Still Alive  

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List Rules Vote up the famous people who died before they lived up to their complete potential.

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 passed 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. This list of dead celebrities features many beloved icons who are still very missed. You'll see great people who have died, like Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana. Prince is a famous dead entertainer who many would likely kill to have back in this world. 

Who are some famous dead celebrities who should still be alive? These famous deceased people were gone way too soon. 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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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
kierandell1409 added Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Born in Chicago, Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during ...more
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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
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Prince is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 57 (1958-2016)
Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, actor, and filmmaker. With a career spanning four decades, Prince was ...more
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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the ...more
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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from ...more
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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 ...more
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
isadora added Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era. Born in ...more
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Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the ...more
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Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 36 (1961-1997)
Diana, Princess of Wales (born Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was a member of the British royal family. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the mother ...more
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Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)
Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality. Irwin achieved ...more
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Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 16 (1929-1945)
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (German: [anəˈliːs maˈʁiː ˈfʁaŋk], Dutch: [ɑnəˈlis maːˈri ˈfrɑŋk]); 12 June 1929 – February or March 1945) was a German-born Dutch-Jewish diarist. One of ...more
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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
age 69
Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and director. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the ...more
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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)
John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the rhythm guitarist for ...more
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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. ...more
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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 33 (1940-1973)
Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍), was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts ...more
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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 52 (1564-1616)
William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest ...more
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Bob Ross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
TheShaqAttaq added Bob Ross Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)
Robert Norman Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He was the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television ...more
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Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Died at 29 (1979-2008)
Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and music video director. After performing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the ...more
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Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)
Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced ...more
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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 Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter. Considered one of the pioneers of reggae, his musical career was marked by blending elements of reggae, ...more
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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
MadameLil added Dec. at 40 (1809-1849)
Edgar Allan Poe (; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his ...more
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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
MatthewGill added age 72
David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (, BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry ...more
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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th ...more
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Socrates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
Socrates (; Ancient Greek: Σωκρᾰ́της, romanized: Sōkrátēs, [sɔːkrátɛːs]; c. 470 – 399 BC) was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western ...more