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People We Wish Were Still Alive

Updated March 3, 2021 2.3m votes 165.9k 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 Williams1
    28,920
    11,207

    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian....  more
  • Leonardo da Vinci2
    30,777
    14,431

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)

    BirthplaceVinci, Italy

    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect,...  more
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.3
    32,269
    13,947

    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
  • Albert Einstein4
    35,066
    15,313

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April...  more
  • Freddie Mercury5
    27,158
    11,952

    Freddie Mercury

    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
  • Alan Rickman6
    6,494
    2,408

    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
  • Diana, Princess of Wales7
    28,230
    14,230

    Diana, Princess of Wales

    Dec. at 36 (1961-1997)

    BirthplaceSandringham, United Kingdom

    Diana, Princess of Wales (born Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was a...  more
  • Abraham Lincoln8
    22,743
    11,330

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceKentucky, Hodgenville, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who...  more
  • John F. Kennedy9
    29,384
    15,494

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK...  more
  • Steve Irwin10
    27,950
    13,560

    Steve Irwin

    Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)

    BirthplaceEssendon, Australia

    Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter",...  more
  • David Bowie11
    6,817
    2,934

    David Bowie

    Dec. at 69 (1947-2016)

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (,...  more
  • Nikola Tesla12
    16,694
    8,508

    Nikola Tesla

    Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer,...  more
  • Heath Ledger13
    21,178
    9,805

    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
  • Prince14
    28,886
    11,454

    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
  • Anne Frank15
    19,204
    10,278

    Anne Frank

    Dec. at 16 (1929-1945)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (German: [anəˈliːs maˈʁiː ˈfʁaŋk], Dutch: [ɑnəˈlis maːˈri...  more
  • Bruce Lee16
    21,972
    10,848

    Bruce Lee

    Dec. at 33 (1940-1973)

    BirthplaceChinatown, California, United States of America

    Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce...  more
  • Elvis Presley17
    21,893
    11,697

    Elvis Presley

    Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)

    BirthplaceTupelo, Mississippi, USA

    Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known mononymously as Elvis, was...  more
  • Louis Armstrong18
    3,570
    1,823

    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
  • Bob Ross19
    6,151
    1,751

    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
  • John Lennon20
    26,996
    15,082

    John Lennon

    Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an...  more
  • Walt Disney21
    23,972
    13,435

    Walt Disney

    Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

    BirthplaceHermosa, Chicago, Illinois, USA

    Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur,...  more
  • Carrie Fisher22
    4,557
    1,561

    Carrie Fisher

    Dec. at 60 (1956-2016)

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

    Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was an American actress, writer,...  more
  • Bob Marley23
    19,996
    10,693

    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
  • Gene Wilder24
    3,618
    1,249

    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
  • Ludwig van Beethoven25
    5,318
    3,060

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

    BirthplaceBonn, Germany

    Ludwig van Beethoven ( (listen); German: [ˈluːtvɪç fan ˈbeːthoːfn̩] (listen); baptised 17...  more