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People We Wish Were Still Alive

Updated September 25, 2020 2.3m votes 165.8k 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
    29,084
    11,251

    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
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.2
    32,428
    13,993

    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
  • Leonardo da Vinci3
    30,923
    14,474

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)

    BirthplaceVinci, Italy

    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect,...  more
  • Fredi Merkjuri4
    27,321
    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
  • Albert Einstein5
    35,227
    15,359

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April...  more
  • Alan Rickman6
    6,521
    2,415

    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
    28,351
    14,283

    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
    22,857
    11,359

    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
  • Steve Irwin9
    28,082
    13,601

    Steve Irwin

    Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)

    BirthplaceEssendon, Australia

    Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter",...  more
  • John F. Kennedy10
    29,516
    15,560

    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
  • David Bowie11
    6,864
    2,944

    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
    16,795
    8,534

    Nikola Tesla

    Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer,...  more
  • Heath Ledger13
    21,289
    9,841

    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
    28,964
    11,557

    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
  • Bruce Lee15
    22,069
    10,886

    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
  • Anne Frank16
    19,286
    10,307

    Anne Frank

    Dec. at 16 (1929-1945)

    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (German: [anəˈliːs maˈʁiː ˈfʁaŋk], Dutch: [ɑnəˈlis maːˈri...  more
  • Elvis Presley17
    21,990
    11,725

    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
  • Bob Ross18
    6,186
    1,753

    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
  • Louis Armstrong19
    3,591
    1,831

    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
  • Walt Disney20
    24,073
    13,482

    Walt Disney

    Dec. at 65 (1901-1966)

    BirthplaceHermosa, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Walter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur,...  more
  • Carrie Fisher21
    4,587
    1,564

    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
  • John Lennon22
    27,115
    15,140

    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
  • Gene Wilder23
    3,643
    1,250

    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
  • Bob Marley24
    20,088
    10,731

    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
  • Johnny Cash25
    15,506
    8,570

    Johnny Cash

    Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)

    BirthplaceKingsland, Arkansas, United States of America

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