READ Famous People Who Died in 1984

Reference
14k views 100 items

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
Cerebral hemorrhage
Richard Burton, CBE (10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award, six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role (without ever ...more

Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Filicide
Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a ...more

Andy Kaufman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Cancer, Lung cancer
Andrew Geoffrey "Andy" Kaufman was a popular and eccentric American entertainer, actor, and performance artist. While often referred to as a comedian, Kaufman did not consider himself ...more

Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Liver failure
Truman Streckfus Persons, known as Truman Capote, was an American author, screenwriter, playwright, actor, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary ...more

Michel Foucault is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
AIDS
Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, philologist and literary critic. His theories addressed the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they ...more

Ethel Merman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Brain tumor
Ethel Merman was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her belting voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy ...more

James Mason is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Cardiac arrest
James Neville Mason was an English actor. After achieving stardom in his native Great Britain, he made the transition to the United States and became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, ...more

Indira Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Firearm, Assassination
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the fourth Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Indira Gandhi was the only child of the first Indian Prime ...more

Ed Gein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Cardiovascular disease, Respiratory failure
Edward Theodore "Ed" Gein was an American body snatcher. He committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, gathered widespread notoriety after authorities discovered Gein had ...more

Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Cardiovascular disease
Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely ...more

Ray Kroc is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease
Raymond Albert "Ray" Kroc was an American businessman. He joined McDonald's in 1954 or 1955 and built it into the most successful fast food operation in the world. Kroc was included in ...more

Count Basie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Pancreatic cancer
William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. His mother taught him to play the piano and he started performing in his teens. Dropping ...more

Janet Gaynor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Pneumonia
Janet Gaynor was an American film, stage and television actress and painter. Gaynor began her career as an extra in shorts and silent films. After signing with Fox Film Corporation in 1926, she ...more

Tommy Cooper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Myocardial infarction
Thomas Frederick "Tommy" Cooper was a British prop comedian and magician. Cooper was a member of the Magic Circle, and respected by traditional magicians. He was famed for his red fez, ...more

Diana Dors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Ovarian cancer
Diana Dors was an English actress. She first came to public notice as a ‘blonde bombshell’ of the Monroe style, as promoted by her first husband, Dennis Hamilton. When it turned out that ...more

Jon-Erik Hexum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Firearm, Traumatic brain injury
Jon-Erik Hexum was an American model and actor. He died as a result of an accidental self-inflicted blank cartridge gunshot wound to the head on the set of the CBS television series Cover Up in ...more

Alan Berg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Assassination, Murder
Alan Berg was an American attorney and Denver, Colorado, talk radio show host. Berg was notable for his largely liberal, outspoken viewpoints and confrontational interview style. On the evening ...more

Eric Morecambe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Myocardial infarction
John Eric Bartholomew, OBE, known by his stage name Eric Morecambe, was an English comedian who together with Ernie Wise formed the award-winning double act Morecambe and Wise. The partnership ...more

Peter Lawford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Cardiac arrest, Liver failure
Peter Sydney Ernest Lawford was an English-born American actor. He was a member of the "Rat Pack" and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy, and more noted in later years for his ...more

Ursula Bloom is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Ursula Bloom
Ursula Bloom was a British novelist.

Rodrigo Lara Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Assassination
Rodrigo Lara Bonilla was a Colombian lawyer and politician, who served as Minister of Justice under President Belisario Betancur, and was assassinated by orders of Pablo Escobar because of his ...more

Richard Basehart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Stroke
John Richard Basehart was an American actor. He starred in the 1960s television science fiction drama Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, in the role of Admiral Harriman Nelson.

Carl D. Perkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Carl Dewey Perkins, a Democrat, was a politician and member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Kentucky.

Paul Dirac is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac OM FRS was an English theoretical physicist who made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. He was ...more

Onie Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1984
Onie Wheeler
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