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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
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 WWII, being listed by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America's top ten box office draws ...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.
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.