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People We Wish Were Still Alive

Updated September 25, 2020 2.3m votes 164.0k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
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    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian.... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    31,107
    14,471

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)

    BirthplaceVinci, Italy

    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    32,452
    14,012

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    6,229
    2,288

    Alan Rickman

    Dec. at 69 (1946-2016)

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Fredi Merkjuri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    27,480
    11,993

    Fredi Merkjuri

    Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

    BirthplaceStone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

    Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    35,443
    15,466

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    22,902
    11,313

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceHodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    28,310
    14,346

    Diana, Princess of Wales

    Dec. at 36 (1961-1997)

    BirthplaceSandringham, England

    Diana, Princess of Wales (born Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    28,014
    13,665

    Steve Irwin

    Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)

    BirthplaceEssendon, Australia

    Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter",... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    6,677
    2,848

    David Bowie

    Dec. at 69 (1947-2016)

    BirthplaceBrixton, London, United Kingdom

    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    29,673
    15,629

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachussetts, Brookline

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Prince is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    29,031
    11,861

    Prince

    Dec. at 57 (1958-2016)

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter,... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    19,283
    10,329

    Anne Frank

    Dec. at 16 (1929-1945)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (German: [anəˈliːs maˈʁiː ˈfʁaŋk], Dutch: [ɑnəˈlis maːˈri... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    21,283
    9,859

    Heath Ledger

    Dec. at 29 (1979-2008)

    BirthplacePerth, Western Australia, Australia

    Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and music video... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    16,832
    8,518

    Nikola Tesla

    Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Bob Ross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    5,888
    1,686

    Bob Ross

    Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Robert Norman Ross (October 29, 1942 – July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    22,030
    11,717

    Elvis Presley

    Dec. at 42 (1935-1977)

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    22,113
    10,960

    Bruce Lee

    Dec. at 33 (1940-1973)

    BirthplaceUSA, California, Chinatown, San Francisco

    Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Walt Disney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    24,228
    13,493

    Walt Disney

    Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Hermosa, Illinois

    Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Carrie Fisher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    4,412
    1,481

    Carrie Fisher

    Dec. at 60 (1956-2016)

    BirthplaceBeverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    27,310
    15,222

    John Lennon

    Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

    BirthplaceLiverpool, Eurasia, Lancashire, North West England, United Kingdom

    John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Louis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    3,413
    1,747

    Louis Armstrong

    Dec. at 70 (1901-1971)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Louis Daniel Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops,... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    3,489
    1,185

    Gene Wilder

    Dec. at 83 (1933-2016)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    20,139
    10,813

    Bob Marley

    Dec. at 36 (1945-1981)

    BirthplaceNine Mile, Jamaica, Jamaica

    Robert Nesta Marley, (6 February 1945 – 11 May 1981) was a Jamaican singer and songwriter.... more on Wikipediabuy buy button
  • 25
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People We Wish Were Still Alive
    22,108
    13,541

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

    BirthplaceSalzburg, Austria

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus... more on Wikipedia
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