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Famous People Who Died in 1984

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For one reason or another, we as human beings seem to be fascinated by celebrity deaths. Every year we mourn the loss of famous people who pass away, and 1984 was no exception. Perhaps the greatest tragedy was the passing of singer/songerwriter Marvin Gaye, who was shot twice by his own father. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 1984, ordered by how well-known they were.

All walks of famous people are on this list, including actors, athletes, musicians, politicians and more.Although the rich and famous are just like the rest of us, it's alarming how many of them have their lives cut short because of drug overdoses or other accidents. Still others live out many long years only to succumb to diseases like cancer late in life.

Examples of people on this list include Richard Burton and Andy Kaufman. Which celebrities died in 1984? Scroll down and see for yourself.
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 59 (1925-1984) from Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom
Richard Burton, (; born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice, Burton established himself as a formidable ...more
Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 45 (1939-1984) from Washington, D.C., United States of America
Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an ...more
Andy Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 35 (1949-1984) from New York City, New York, USA
Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman (; January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer, actor, writer, and performance artist. While often called a comedian, Kaufman described himself instead ...more
Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 60 (1924-1984) from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
Truman Garcia Capote (; born Truman Streckfus Persons, September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) was an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Several of his ...more
Michel Foucault is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 58 (1926-1984) from Poitiers, France
Paul-Michel Foucault (UK: FOO-koh, US: foo-KOH, French: [pɔl miʃɛl fuko]; 15 October 1926 – 25 June 1984), generally known as Michel Foucault, was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, ...more
Ethel Merman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 76 (1908-1984) from Astoria, New York City, New York, USA
Ethel Merman (born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her distinctive, powerful voice and leading roles in ...more
James Mason is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 75 (1909-1984) from Huddersfield, Yorkshire, Eurasia, United Kingdom, England
James Neville Mason (; 15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984) was an English actor. Mason achieved considerable success in British cinema before becoming one of Hollywood's biggest stars. He was the top ...more
Indira Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 67 (1917-1984) from Allahabad, India
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi (Hindi: [ˈɪndɪraː ˈɡaːndʱiː] (listen); née Nehru; 19 November 1917 – 31 October 1984) was an Indian politician, stateswoman and a central figure of the Indian ...more
Ed Gein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 78 (1906-1984) from Wisconsin, United States of America
Edward Theodore Gein (; August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984), also known as the Butcher of Plainfield or the Plainfield Ghoul, was an American murderer and body snatcher. His crimes, committed ...more
Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Ansel Adams Dec. at 82 (1902-1984) from Western Addition, California
Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984) was a landscape photographer and environmentalist known for his black-and-white images of the American West. He helped found Group f/64, ...more
Ray Kroc is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 82 (1902-1984) from Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America
Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984) was an American fast-food tycoon. He joined the California company McDonald's in 1954, after the McDonald brothers had ...more
Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 80 (1904-1984) from Red Bank, New Jersey, United States of America
William James "Count" Basie (; August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the ...more
Janet Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 78 (1906-1984) from Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Janet Gaynor (born Laura Augusta Gainor; October 6, 1906 – September 14, 1984) was an American film, stage and television actress and painter. Gaynor began her career as an extra in shorts and ...more
Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 63 (1921-1984) from Caerphilly, United Kingdom
Thomas Frederick Cooper (19 March 1921 – 15 April 1984) was a British prop comedian and magician. He habitually wore a red fez, and his appearance was large and lumbering, at 6 feet 4 inches ...more
Diana Dors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 53 (1931-1984) from Swindon, United Kingdom
Diana Dors (born Diana Mary Fluck; 23 October 1931 – 4 May 1984) was an English film actress and singer. She first came to public notice as a blonde bombshell in the style of American Marilyn ...more
Jon-Erik Hexum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 27 (1957-1984) from Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America
Jon-Erik Hexum (; November 5, 1957 – October 18, 1984) was an American actor, known for his lead roles in the TV series Voyagers! and Cover Up, and his supporting role as Pat Trammell in the ...more
Alan Berg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 50 (1934-1984) from Chicago, Illinois
Alan Harrison Berg (January 1, 1934 – June 18, 1984) was an American attorney and talk radio show host in Denver, Colorado. Berg was known for his liberal, outspoken viewpoints and ...more
Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 58 (1926-1984) from Morecambe, United Kingdom
John Eric Bartholomew, (14 May 1926 – 28 May 1984), known by his stage name Eric Morecambe, was an English comedian who together with Ernie Wise formed the award-winning double act Morecambe and ...more
Peter Lawford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 61 (1923-1984) from England, London
Peter Sydney Ernest Lawford (born Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen; 7 September 1923 – 24 December 1984) was an English actor, producer, and socialite, who lived in the United States throughout his ...more
Ursula Bloom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Ursula Bloom Dec. at 92 (1892-1984) from Essex, United Kingdom
Ursula Bloom was a British novelist.
Rodrigo Lara Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 38 (1946-1984) from Neiva, Huila, Colombia
Rodrigo Lara Bonilla (August 11, 1946 – April 30, 1984) was a Colombian lawyer and politician, who served as Minister of Justice under President Belisario Betancur, and was assassinated by ...more
Richard Basehart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 70 (1914-1984) from USA, Zanesville, Ohio
John Richard Basehart (August 31, 1914 – September 17, 1984) was an American actor. He starred as Admiral Harriman Nelson in the television science fiction-drama Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ...more
Carl D. Perkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 72 (1912-1984) from Hindman, Kentucky, United States of America
Carl Dewey Perkins (October 15, 1912 – August 3, 1984), a Democrat, was a politician and member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Kentucky serving from 1949 until ...more
Paul Dirac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Dec. at 82 (1902-1984) from Bristol, United Kingdom
Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (; 8 August 1902 – 20 October 1984) was an English theoretical physicist who is regarded as one of the most significant physicists of the 20th century.Dirac made ...more
Onie Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Onie Wheeler Dec. at 63 (1921-1984) from Senath, Missouri
Onie Wheeler was an American country and bluegrass musician. Wheeler was born in Senath, Missouri, and learned to play guitar and harmonica as a child. After serving in World War II, he started ...more