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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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36,440 17,761
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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42,475 19,785
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

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28,220 12,747
Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 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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32,895 10,178
Prince is listed (or ranked) 5 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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36,448 19,568
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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35,897 17,879
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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29,224 14,808
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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28,320 16,463
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 9 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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32,997 18,249
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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34,756 19,619
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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26,545 14,112
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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31,356 18,294
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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25,344 14,197
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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30,003 17,048
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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18,009 10,315
Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 16 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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19,329 11,562
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 17 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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21,115 11,920
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 diary The Diary of a Young Girl has been the basis for ...more

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23,811 12,269
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 19 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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2,212 864
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
age 73 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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26,914 14,976
Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 21 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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24,136 14,093
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 22 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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23,883 14,151
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 23 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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16,165 10,460
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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1,469 467
Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
age 62 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