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Famous People Who Died in 1996

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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 1996 was no exception. Some extremely famous and prominent people died in '96, including rapper Tupac Shakur, astrophysicist Carl Sagan, and actor/dancer Gene Kelly. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 1996, 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.

Which celebrities died in 1996? Scroll down and see for yourself.
Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 25 (1971-1996) from East Harlem, New York City, USA, New York
Tupac Amaru Shakur ( TOO-pahk shə-KOOR; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac and Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is ...more
Margaux Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 42 (1954-1996) from Portland, Oregon, United States of America
Margot Louise Hemingway (February 16, 1954 – July 1, 1996) was an American fashion model and actress, known as Margaux Hemingway. The statuesque Hemingway earned success as a supermodel in the ...more
Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 62 (1934-1996) from New York City, New York, United States of America
Carl Edward Sagan (; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in ...more
George Burns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 100 (1896-1996) from New York City, USA, New York
George Burns (born Nathan Birnbaum; Yiddish: נתן בירנבוים‎; January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996) was an American comedian, actor, singer, and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career ...more
Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 84 (1912-1996) from Pittsburgh, USA, Highland Park, Pennsylvania
Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor of film, stage, and television, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. He was known for his ...more
Greer Garson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 92 (1904-1996) from Manor Park, London, United Kingdom
Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson, (29 September 1904 – 6 April 1996) was a British-American actress popular during the Second World War, being listed by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America's ...more
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 79 (1917-1996) from Virginia, United States of America
Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an African-American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her ...more
William Bonin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 49 (1947-1996) from Connecticut
William George Bonin (January 8, 1947 – February 23, 1996), also known as the Freeway Killer, was an American serial killer and twice-paroled sex offender who committed the rape, torture, and ...more
Marcello Mastroianni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 72 (1924-1996) from Fontana Liri, Italy
Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni (Italian pronunciation: [marˈtʃɛllo mastroˈjanni]; 28 September 1924 – 19 December 1996) was an Italian film actor. His prominent films include: La Dolce ...more
Stephen Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 50 (1946-1996) from Virginia
Stephen Donaldson (July 27, 1946 – July 18, 1996), born Robert Anthony Martin Jr and also known by the pseudonym Donny the Punk, was an American bisexual political activist. He is best known for ...more
Dick Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 50 (1946-1996) from Waxahachie, Texas, United States of America
Hoyt Richard "Dick" Murdoch (August 16, 1946 – June 15, 1996) was an American professional wrestler.
JonBenét Ramsey ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
JonBenét Ramsey Dec. at 6 (1990-1996) from Atlanta, Georgia
JonBenét Patricia Ramsey (; August 6, 1990 – December 25, 1996) was an American child beauty queen who was killed at the age of 6 in her family's home in Boulder, Colorado. A lengthy ...more
Timothy Leary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 76 (1920-1996) from USA, Massachusetts, Springfield
Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996) was an American psychologist and writer known for advocating the exploration of the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs under ...more
Marguerite Duras is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 82 (1914-1996) from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras (French: [maʁ.ɡə.ʁit dy.ʁas]; 4 April 1914 – 3 March 1996), was a French novelist, playwright, screenwriter, essayist, and experimental filmmaker. ...more
Audrey Meadows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 74 (1922-1996) from New York City, New York, United States of America
Audrey Meadows (born Audrey Cotter, February 8, 1922 – February 3, 1996) was an American actress best known for her role as the deadpan housewife Alice Kramden on the 1950s American television ...more
Dorothy Lamour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 82 (1914-1996) from USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
Mary Leta Dorothy Lamour (née Slaton; December 10, 1914 – September 22, 1996) was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for appearing in the Road to... movies, a series ...more
Spiro Agnew is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 78 (1918-1996) from Towson, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Spiro Theodore Agnew (; November 9, 1918 – September 17, 1996) was the 39th vice president of the United States from 1969 until his resignation in 1973. He is the second and most recent vice ...more
Mel Allen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 83 (1913-1996) from Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
Mel Allen (born Melvin Allen Israel; February 14, 1913 – June 16, 1996) was an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York ...more
Bradley Nowell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 28 (1968-1996) from Belmont Shore, Long Beach, California
Bradley James Nowell (February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996) was an American musician and the lead singer and guitarist of the ska punk band Sublime. Born and raised in Belmont Shore, Long Beach, ...more
Ray Stevens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 61 (1935-1996) from Point Pleasant
Carl Ray Stevens (September 5, 1935 – May 3, 1996), better known as Ray "The Crippler" Stevens or Ray "Blond Bomber" Stevens, was an American professional wrestler. Stevens ...more
Herb Baumeister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 49 (1947-1996) from Indianapolis, Indiana
Herbert Richard Baumeister (April 7, 1947 – July 3, 1996) was an American suspected serial killer. A resident of Westfield, Indiana, Baumeister was under investigation for murdering over a dozen ...more
Carl Stokes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 69 (1927-1996) from Cleveland
Carl Burton Stokes (June 21, 1927 – April 3, 1996) was an American politician and diplomat of the Democratic party who served as the 51st mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Elected on November 7, 1967, ...more
Ottis Toole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 49 (1947-1996) from Jacksonville
Ottis Elwood Toole (March 5, 1947 – September 15, 1996) was an American drifter and serial killer who was convicted of six counts of murder. Like his companion Henry Lee Lucas, Toole made ...more
Andreas Papandreou is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 77 (1919-1996) from Chios, Greece
Andreas Georgios Papandreou (Greek: Ανδρέας Γεώργιος Παπανδρέου, pronounced [anˈðreas papanˈðreu]; 5 February 1919 – 23 June 1996) was a Greek economist, politician and a dominant figure ...more
Lew Ayres is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Dec. at 88 (1908-1996) from Minneapolis, USA, Minnesota
Lewis Frederick Ayres III (December 28, 1908 – December 30, 1996) was an American actor whose film and television career spanned 65 years. He is best known for starring as German soldier Paul ...more