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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
Cardiac arrest, Ballistic trauma, Respiratory failure - Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one ...more

Margaux Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Suicide - Margaux Louise Hemingway was an American fashion model and actress. The statuesque Hemingway experienced visible success as a 'supermodel' in the mid-1970s appearing on the covers of ...more

Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Pneumonia - Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright.

George Burns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Cardiac arrest, Natural causes - George Burns, born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, award-winning actor and best-selling writer. George Burns was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned ...more

Gene Kelly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Stroke - Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks ...more

Greer Garson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Heart failure - Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson Fogelson, CBE, was a English-American actress who was very popular during World War II, being listed by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America's top ten box ...more

Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Diabetes mellitus - Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and ...more

William Bonin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Lethal injection, Capital punishment - William George Bonin was an American serial killer and twice-paroled sex offender, who committed the rape, torture and murder of a minimum of 21 boys and young men in a series of killings ...more

Marcello Mastroianni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Pancreatic cancer - Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni, Knight Grand Cross was an Italian film actor. His prominent films include La Dolce Vita; 8½; La Notte; Divorce, Italian Style; Yesterday, Today and ...more

Stephen Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
AIDS - Stephen Donaldson, 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 his pioneering activism in ...more

Dick Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Myocardial infarction - Hoyt Richard "Dick" Murdoch was an American professional wrestler.

JonBenét Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Murder - JonBenét Patricia Ramsey; was an American girl who was murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado in 1996. The six-year-old's body was found about eight hours after she was reported ...more

Timothy Leary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Prostate cancer - Timothy Francis Leary was an American psychologist and writer who was known for advocating psychedelic drugs. During American legality of LSD and psilocybin, Leary conducted experiments under ...more

Marguerite Duras is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Cancer of the larynx - Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras, was a French writer and film director.

Audrey Meadows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Lung cancer - Audrey Meadows was an American actress best known for her role as the deadpan housewife Alice Kramden on the 1950s American television comedy The Honeymooners.

Dorothy Lamour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Myocardial infarction - Dorothy Lamour was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for appearing in the Road to... movies, a series of successful comedies starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Lamour began ...more

Spiro Agnew is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Leukemia - Spiro Theodore Agnew was a Greek-American politician who served as the 39th Vice President of the United States from 1969 to 1973, under President Richard Nixon. Agnew was born in Baltimore, ...more

Mel Allen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Mel Allen was an American sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. During the peak of his career in the 1940s, 1950s and ...more

Bradley Nowell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Heroin overdose - Bradley James Nowell was an American musician who served as the founder, lead singer, and guitarist of the band Sublime. Raised in Long Beach, California, Nowell developed an interest in music ...more

Ray Stevens is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Carl Ray Stevens, better known as Ray "The Crippler" Stevens or Ray "Blond Bomber" Stevens, was an American professional wrestler. Stevens was a wrestling superstar since the ...more

Herb Baumeister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Suicide - Herbert Richard "Herb" Baumeister was an American alleged serial killer from Westfield near Indianapolis, Indiana. Baumeister committed suicide before he could be brought to trial, and ...more

Carl Stokes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Cancer, Cancer of the larynx - Carl Burton Stokes was an American politician of the Democratic party who served as the 51st mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Elected on November 7, 1967, and taking office on January 1, 1968, he was ...more

Ottis Toole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Cirrhosis - Ottis Elwood Toole was an American drifter who was convicted of six counts of murder. Like his companion Henry Lee Lucas, Toole made confessions he later recanted, but which resulted in murder ...more

Andreas Papandreou is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Andreas G. Papandreou was a Greek economist, a socialist politician and a dominant figure in Greek politics. The son of Georgios Papandreou, Andreas was a Harvard-trained academic. He served two ...more

Lew Ayres is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Coma - Lew Ayres was an American actor, best known for starring as German soldier Paul Bäumer in the film classic All Quiet on the Western Front and for playing Dr. Kildare in nine movies.

Hillevi Rombin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Hillevi Rombin Schine was a Swedish actress and beauty queen who was crowned as Miss Sweden and is the fourth winner of Miss Universe in 1955. She was crowned Miss Sweden Universe 1955 by Miss ...more

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Pneumonia - Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was the sixth President of India, serving from 1977 to 1982. Beginning a long political career with the Indian National Congress party in the Indian independence movement, ...more

Jean-Bédel Bokassa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Jean-Bédel Bokassa, also known as Bokassa I of Central Africa and Salah Eddine Ahmed Bokassa, was a military officer and the head of state of the Central African Republic and its ...more

McLean Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Myocardial infarction - Edgar McLean Stevenson, Jr., better known as McLean Stevenson, was an American actor most recognized for his role as Lt. Colonel Henry Blake on the TV series M*A*S*H. He was also recognized for ...more

Piet Hein is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Piet Hein was a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author, and poet, often writing under the Old Norse pseudonym "Kumbel" meaning "tombstone". His short ...more

Audrey Munson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Audrey Marie Munson was an American artist's model and film actress, known variously as "Miss Manhattan," "the Exposition Girl," and "American Venus." She was the ...more

Veronica Guerin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Firearm, Assassination, Murder - Veronica Guerin was an Irish crime reporter who was murdered on 26 June 1996 by drug lords, an event which helped establish the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Ray Combs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Suicide by hanging, Suicide - Raymond Neil "Ray" Combs, Jr. was an American comedian, actor, and game show host. Combs began his professional career as a stand-up comedian in the 1980s. His popularity on the ...more

Jack Nance is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Homicide, Craniocerebral Trauma - Marvin John Nance, known professionally as Jack Nance and occasionally credited as John Nance, was an American actor of stage and screen. He was known for his work with director David Lynch, ...more

Minnie Pearl is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Stroke - Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, known professionally as Minnie Pearl, was an American country comedian who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and on the television show Hee Haw ...more

Dana Hill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Diabetes mellitus, Stroke - Dana Hill was an American actress and voice actress with a raspy voice whose childlike appearance limited her to playing young adolescent roles into her thirties. Hill is best known for having ...more

Barbara Jordan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Barbara Charline Jordan was an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement. She was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction, the first ...more

Houn Jiyu-Kennett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Houn Jiyu-Kennett Houn Jiyu-Kennett, born Peggy Teresa Nancy Kennett, was a British roshi most famous for having been the first female to be sanctioned by the Soto School of Japan to teach in the West.

Amber Hagerman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Murder - Amber Rene Hagerman (November 25, 1986 – c. January 15, 1996) was an American kidnap victim after whom the AMBER Alert System is named. On January 13, 1996, at age nine, Hagerman was abducted ...more

Claudette Colbert is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Stroke - Claudette Colbert was a French-born American actress, and a leading lady for two decades. Colbert began her career in Broadway productions during the 1920s, progressing to film with the advent ...more

Yahya Ayyash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Assassination - Yahya Abd-al-Latif Ayyash was the chief bombmaker of Hamas and the leader of the West Bank battalion of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. In that capacity, he earned the nickname the Engineer. ...more

Melvin Belli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Pancreatic cancer - Melvin Mouron Belli was a prominent American lawyer known as "The King of Torts" and by insurance companies as 'Melvin Bellicose'. He had many celebrity clients, including Zsa Zsa ...more

John Vassall is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
William John Christopher Vassall was a British civil servant who spied for the Soviet Union under pressure of homosexual blackmail. Although operating only at a junior level, he was able to ...more

Thomas Samuel Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Lung cancer - Thomas Samuel Kuhn was an American physicist, historian, and philosopher of science whose controversial 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was influential in both academic and ...more

Sophie Toscan du Plantier is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Sophie Toscan du Plantier was a French film producer beaten to death outside her holiday home near Toormore, Schull, County Cork, Ireland on the night of 22 December 1996. She was the wife of ...more

Albert R. Broccoli is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Heart failure - Albert R. Broccoli was an American film producer.

Renato Russo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
AIDS - Renato Russo was a Brazilian singer and songwriter. His first band was a punk rock band called "Aborto Elétrico". The band then broke up and split in two different ones: ...more

Gene Nelson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Cancer - Gene Nelson is a composer.

Henri Nouwen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen, was a Dutch-born Catholic priest, professor and writer. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and ...more

Morey Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1996
Myocardial infarction - Morey Amsterdam was an American television actor and comedian, best known for the role of Buddy Sorrell on CBS's The Dick Van Dyke Show from 1961 to 1966.