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Famous People Who Died in 1998

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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 1998 was no exception. Fans of The Simpsons were devastated after Phil Hartman, known for voicing Troy McClure, was murdered by his own wife. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 1998, 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 1998? Scroll down and see for yourself.
Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Dementia, Myocardial infarction, Bladder cancer
Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, ...more
Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Myocardial infarction
Pol Pot, born Saloth Sar, was a Cambodian socialist revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until 1997. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of ...more
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Homicide
Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to the United States ...more
Sonny Bono is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Skiing accident, Skiing
Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono was an American recording artist and producer, who came to fame in partnership with his second wife Cher, as the popular singing duo Sonny & Cher. He ...more
Gene Autry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Lymphoma
Orvon Grover Autry, better known as Gene Autry, was an American performer who gained fame as a singing cowboy on the radio, in movies, and on television for more than three decades beginning in ...more
Roy Rogers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Heart failure
Roy Rogers was an American singer and actor. Known as the "King of the Cowboys", he appeared in over 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. His ...more
Linda McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Breast cancer
Linda Louise, Lady McCartney was an American musician, photographer and animal rights activist, and was married to Paul McCartney, of the Beatles. In 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman, ...more
Shari Lewis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Uterine cancer, Viral pneumonia, Pneumonia
Sonia Phyllis Hurwitz better known as Shari Lewis was an American ventriloquist, puppeteer, and children's entertainer and television show host. She was best known as the original puppeteer of ...more
George Wallace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Parkinson's disease
George Corley Wallace, Jr. was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and ...more
Alan Shepard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Leukemia
Alan Bartlett "Al" Shepard, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, flag officer, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and businessman, who in 1961 ...more
Eldridge Cleaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Prostate cancer
Leroy Eldridge Cleaver, better known as Eldridge Cleaver, was an American writer, and political activist, who became an early leader of the Black Panther Party. His 1968 book Soul On Ice is a ...more
Roddy McDowall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Lung cancer
Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude "Roddy" McDowall was an English actor, film director, photographer, and voice artist. His roles included Cornelius, Caesar, and Galen in the Planet of the ...more
Harry Caray is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Cardiovascular disease
Harry Caray, born Harry Christopher Carabina was an American baseball broadcaster on radio and television. He covered four Major League Baseball teams, beginning with 25 years of calling the ...more
Akira Kurosawa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Stroke
Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese filmmaker. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films in a career spanning 57 years. ...more
Junkyard Dog is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Traffic collision
Sylvester Ritter was an American professional wrestler and professional football player, best known for his work in Mid-South Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation as the Junkyard Dog, a ...more
Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Thrombus
Virginia Wynette Pugh, known professionally by her stage name Tammy Wynette, was an American country music singer-songwriter and one of country music's best-known artists and biggest-selling ...more
James Earl Ray is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Hepatitis C
James Earl Ray was an American criminal convicted of the assassination of civil rights and anti-war activist Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray was convicted on March 10, 1969, after entering a guilty ...more
Jimmy
Murder
Jimmy Hughes Bell was an American singer. Known internationally for his singing ability and dynamic personal appearances, he appeared with many artists including Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, ...more
Robert (Tex) Allen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Cancer
Robert "Tex" Allen was a leading actor in both feature films and B-movie westerns between 1935 and 1944. Born as Irvine E. Theodore Baehr on March 28, 1906, in Mount Vernon, New York, ...more
Bobo Brazil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Houston Harris was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Bobo Brazil. Credited with breaking down barriers of racial segregation in professional wrestling, Harris is ...more
Esther Rolle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Diabetes mellitus
Esther Elizabeth Rolle was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Florida Evans, a no-nonsense wife and mother on the CBS television sitcom Maude for two seasons and its spin-off ...more
Rob Pilatus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Drug overdose
Robert "Rob" Pilatus was a German model, dancer, and singer. Pilatus was half of the pop music duo Milli Vanilli.
Henny Youngman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Pneumonia
Henry "Henny" Youngman was a British-born American comedian and violinist famous for his mastery of the "one-liner". His best known one-liner was "Take my ...more
Benjamin Spock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Benjamin McLane Spock was an American pediatrician whose book Baby and Child Care, published in 1946, is one of the best-sellers of all time. Its message to mothers is that "you know more ...more
Justin Fashanu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Suicide
Justinus Soni "Justin" Fashanu was an English footballer who played for a variety of clubs between 1978 and 1997. He was known by his early clubs to be gay, and came out to the press ...more