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People We Wish Were Still Alive

List RulesVote 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. Robin Williams is another famous dead person who many still celebrate and miss. This list of dead people is really a space to celebrate those we wish had never passed.

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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    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
    28,994
    10,994

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    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 the  ...more
  • 2
    Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
    32,035
    13,485

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    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
  • 3
    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
    27,182
    11,715

    BirthplaceStone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

    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
  • 4
    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
    30,212
    13,910

    BirthplaceEurope, Vinci, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe

    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
  • 5
    Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)
    27,878
    13,136

    BirthplaceEssendon, Victoria, Australia

    Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality. Irwin achieved worldwide fame  ...more
  • 6
    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
    34,375
    14,603

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    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 two  ...more
  • 7
    Dec. at 36 (1961-1997)
    28,121
    13,729

    BirthplaceSandringham, England

    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 of  ...more
  • 8
    Dec. at 69 (1946-2016)
    7,496
    3,110

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    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 Royal  ...more
  • 9
    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)
    22,287
    10,860

    BirthplaceHodgenville, Kentucky, USA

    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
  • 10
    Dec. at 32 (1940-1973)
    21,658
    10,236

    BirthplaceChinatown, California, United States of America

    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 instructor, and  ...more
  • 11
    Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)
    20,954
    9,458

    BirthplacePerth, Australia

    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 1990s,  ...more
  • 12
    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
    28,578
    14,751

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    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 January  ...more
  • 13

    Bob Ross

    Dec. at 52 (1942-1995)
    7,048
    2,127

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, USA

    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
  • 14
    Dec. at 69 (1947-2016)
    7,459
    3,325

    BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

    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 and is  ...more
  • 15
    Age: 92
    18,844
    9,640

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    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 the most  ...more
  • 16
    Age: 63
    25,305
    10,801

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    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 known  ...more
  • 17
    Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
    21,472
    11,138

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

    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
  • 18
    Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)
    19,559
    10,118

    BirthplaceNine Mile, Jamaica, Jamaica

    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
  • 19
    Dec. at 86 (1856-1943)
    16,325
    8,032

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    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
  • 20
    Dec. at 60 (1956-2016)
    5,207
    1,857

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America

    Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer, and comedian. Fisher is best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role for which she  ...more
  • 21
    Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)
    26,171
    14,358

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    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 the  ...more
  • 22
    Dec. at 27 (1942-1970)
    18,123
    10,061

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted only four years,  ...more
  • 23
    Dec. at 83 (1933-2016)
    4,212
    1,649

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author. Wilder began his career  ...more
  • 24
    Dec. at 69 (1901-1971)
    4,122
    2,117

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and occasional actor who was one of the most influential  ...more
  • 25
    Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)
    23,126
    12,821

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    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 several  ...more