Culture

People We Wish Were Still Alive

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. 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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  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
    1
    Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
  • Diana, Princess of Wales
    2
    Dec. at 36 (1961-1997)
    • Birthplace: Sandringham, England
  • Albert Einstein
    3
    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
    • Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
  • Bob Ross
    4
    Dec. at 52 (1942-1995)
    • Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America
  • Abraham Lincoln
    5
    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)
    • Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America
  • Stan Lee
    6
    Dec. at 95 (1922-2018)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Robin Williams
    7
    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Prince
    8
    Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
  • John F. Kennedy
    9
    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachussetts, Brookline
  • John Lennon
    10
    Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Leonardo da Vinci
    11
    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)
    • Birthplace: Vinci, Italy
  • Elvis Presley
    12
    Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)
    • Birthplace: USA, Mississippi, Tupelo
  • Freddie Mercury
    13
    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)
    • Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
  • Alan Rickman
    14
    Dec. at 69 (1946-2016)
    • Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
  • Heath Ledger
    15
    Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)
    • Birthplace: Perth, Australia
  • Steve Irwin
    16
    Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)
    • Birthplace: Essendon, Victoria, Australia
  • Bruce Lee
    17
    Dec. at 32 (1940-1973)
    • Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Marilyn Monroe
    18
    Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
  • John Candy
    19
    Dec. at 43 (1950-1994)
    • Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada
  • Carrie Fisher
    20
    Dec. at 60 (1956-2016)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America
  • Walt Disney
    21
    Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Johnny Cash
    22
    Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)
    • Birthplace: Kingsland, Arkansas, United States of America
  • George Harrison
    23
    Dec. at 58 (1943-2001)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Paul Walker
    24
    Dec. at 40 (1973-2013)
    • Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States of America
  • Anne Frank
    25
    Dec. at 15 (1929-1945)
    • Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany