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People We Wish Were Still Alive

Updated March 3, 2021 2.3m votes 166.7k voters 1.5m views753 items

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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    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
    Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian....  more
  • 2
    30,809
    14,515

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect,...  more
  • 3
    32,367
    14,002

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
    Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and...  more
  • 4
    35,105
    15,353

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April...  more
  • 5
    27,220
    12,011

    Freddie Mercury

    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British...  more
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    2,511

    Alan Rickman

    Dec. at 69 (1946-2016)
    Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and...  more
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    14,273

    Diana, Princess of Wales

    Dec. at 36 (1961-1997)
    Diana, Princess of Wales (born Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was a...  more
  • 8
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    11,405

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)
    Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who...  more
  • 9
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    13,598

    Steve Irwin

    Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)
    Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter",...  more
  • 10
    29,395
    15,532

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK...  more
  • 11
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    3,010

    David Bowie

    Dec. at 69 (1947-2016)
    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (,...  more
  • 12
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    8,583

    Nikola Tesla

    Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)
    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer,...  more
  • 13
    22,030
    10,873

    Bruce Lee

    Dec. at 33 (1940-1973)
    Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce...  more
  • 14
    21,199
    9,847

    Heath Ledger

    Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)
    Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and music video...  more
  • 15
    28,925
    11,436

    Prince

    Dec. at 57 (1958-2016)
    Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter,...  more
  • 16
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    10,344

    Anne Frank

    Dec. at 16 (1929-1945)
    Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (German: [anəˈliːs maˈʁiː ˈfʁaŋk], Dutch: [ɑnəˈlis maːˈri...  more
  • 17
    21,922
    11,742

    Elvis Presley

    Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was...  more
  • 18
    3,684
    1,894

    Louis Armstrong

    Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)
    Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops,...  more
  • 19
    6,274
    1,823

    Bob Ross

    Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)
    Robert Norman Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor,...  more
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    1,318

    Gene Wilder

    Dec. at 83 (1933-2016)
    Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was...  more
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    15,116

    John Lennon

    Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)
    John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an...  more
  • 22
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    13,444

    Walt Disney

    Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)
    Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur,...  more
  • 23
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    10,705

    Bob Marley

    Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)
    Robert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter....  more
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    1,607

    Carrie Fisher

    Dec. at 60 (1956-2016)
    Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer,...  more
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    8,537

    Johnny Cash

    Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)
    John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American...  more