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Famous People Who Choked to Death

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List of famous people who choked to death. Choking is a blockage of the upper airway by food or other objects, which prevents a person from breathing effectively. Choking can cause a simple coughing fit, but complete blockage of the airway may lead to death. When someone is choking with a completely blocked airway, no oxygen can enter the lungs. The brain is extremely sensitive to this lack of oxygen and begins to die within four to six minutes. It is during this time that first aid must take place. Irreversible brain death occurs in as little as 10 minutes.

Tennessee Williams famously choked to death on the cap from a bottle of eye drops he frequently used. Rock star Jimi Hendrix is another famous person to choke to death. The iconic guitar player died when he famously choked to death on his vomit. Even one of the most famous military leaders of all time, like the feared Attila the Hun died from choking. The same goes for Hall of Fame baseball star Jimmie Foxx.

Wondering what other famous people have died by choking? You can reference the items on this list to find out.
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  • Alexander Alekhine
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    24 March 1946 (53)
    • Age: Dec. at 54 (1892-1946)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
  • 453 (47)
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (406-453)
    • Birthplace: Hajdúböszörmény, Hungary

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  • Tommy Dorsey
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    26 November 1956 (51)
    • Age: Dec. at 51 (1905-1956)
    • Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Jimmie Foxx
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    21 July 1967 (59)
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1907-1967)
    • Birthplace: Sudlersville, Maryland

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