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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
Frank Sinatra 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

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Pol Pot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Pol Pot 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
Phil Hartman 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
Sonny Bono 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
Gene Autry 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
Roy Rogers Heart failure - Roy Rogers was an actor and a singer.

Linda McCartney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Linda McCartney 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
Shari Lewis 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
George Wallace 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
Alan Shepard 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
Eldridge Cleaver 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
Roddy McDowall 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
Harry Caray 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
Akira Kurosawa 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
Junkyard Dog 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

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Tammy Wynette is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Tammy Wynette 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
James Earl Ray 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

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Jimmy "Orion" Ellis 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
Robert (Tex) Allen 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
Bobo Brazil 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
Esther Rolle 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
Rob Pilatus 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
Henny Youngman 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 Spock 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
Justin Fashanu 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

Maureen O'Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Maureen O'Sullivan Surgical complications - Maureen O'Sullivan Cushing was an actress and a theater producer.

Matthew Shepard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Matthew Shepard Homicide, Torture - Matthew Wayne "Matt" Shepard was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 6, 1998, and ...more

Lloyd Bridges is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Lloyd Bridges Natural causes - Lloyd Vernet Bridges, Jr. was an American actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 feature films. He was the father of actors Beau Bridges and Jeff

Jerome Robbins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Jerome Robbins Stroke - Jerome Robbins, was an American theater producer, director, and dance choreographer known primarily for Broadway Theater and Ballet/Dance, but who also occasionally directed films and ...more

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Flip Wilson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Flip Wilson Liver cancer - Flip Wilson was an African American comedian and actor. In the early 1970s, Wilson hosted his own weekly variety series, The Flip Wilson Show. The series earned Wilson a Golden Globe and two ...more

Robert Young is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Robert Young Respiratory failure - Robert George Young was an American television, film, and radio actor, best known for his leading roles as Jim Anderson, the father character in Father Knows Best, and the physician Marcus Welby ...more

Gerald Stano is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Gerald Stano Electric chair, Capital punishment - Gerald Eugene Stano was an American convicted serial killer. He killed at least 22 women; he confessed killing 41.

Barry Goldwater is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Barry Goldwater Stroke - Barry Morris Goldwater was a businessman and five-term United States Senator from Arizona and the Republican Party's nominee for president in the 1964 election. Goldwater is the politician most ...more

Gene Raymond is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Gene Raymond Pneumonia - Gene Raymond was an American film, television, and stage actor of the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to acting, Raymond was also a composer, writer, director, producer, and decorated military

Norman Fell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Norman Fell Cancer - Norman Fell, born Norman Noah Feld, was an American actor of film and television, most famous for his role as landlord Mr. Roper on the sitcom Three's Company and its spin-off, The Ropers.

Tara Singh Hayer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Tara Singh Hayer Firearm, Assassination, Murder - Tara Singh Hayer, OBC was an Indo-Canadian newspaper publisher who was murdered.

Alice Faye is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Alice Faye Stomach cancer - Alice Faye was an American actress and singer, called by The New York Times "one of the few movie stars to walk away from stardom at the peak of her career". She is often associated ...more

Carlos Castaneda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Carlos Castaneda Liver tumour - Carlos Castaneda was an American author with a Ph.D. in anthropology. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, ...more

Trinity Loren is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Trinity Loren Trinity Loren was a pornographic film actor, model, and stripper.

Enoch Powell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Enoch Powell Brigadier John Enoch Powell, MBE was an English politician, classical scholar, linguist, and poet. He served as a Conservative Member of Parliament, Ulster Unionist Party MP, and Minister of ...more

Mary Frann is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Mary Frann Myocardial infarction - Mary Frann was an American actress best known for her role as Bob Newhart's wife, Joanna Loudon, on the television series Newhart.

Kavi Pradeep is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Kavi Pradeep Pradeep is a film score composer.

Richard Plant is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Richard Plant Richard Plant was a German-American writer. He is said to have written, in addition to the works published under his own name, several detective novels or Kriminalromane, on which he ...more

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Jerry Clower is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Jerry Clower Surgical complications - Howard Gerald "Jerry" Clower was a popular country comedian best known for his stories of the rural South and nicknamed "The Mouth of Mississippi". Clower was born in ...more

Charles Diggs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Charles Diggs Charles Coles Diggs, Jr. was an African-American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. Diggs was an early member of the civil rights movement. He attended the trial of Emmett Till's ...more

Sani Abacha is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Sani Abacha Sani Abacha was a Nigerian Army general and politician who served as the de facto President of Nigeria from 1993 to 1998. Abacha's regime is controversial: although it saw dramatic economic ...more

Eileen Lonergan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Eileen Lonergan Speculative - Eileen Lonergan died with her husband, Tom Lonergan, while SCUBA diving with a group of divers off Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The cause of death is unknown. The bodies were never found.

June Byers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
June Byers Pneumonia - DeAlva Eyvonnie Sibley, better known by her ring name of June Byers, was an American women's professional wrestler famous in the 1950s and early 1960s. She held the World Women's Championship ...more

Michael Tippett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Michael Tippett Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE was an English composer who rose to prominence during and immediately after the Second World War. In his lifetime he was sometimes ranked with his contemporary ...more

Falco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1998
Falco Traffic collision - Johann Hölzel, better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian pop and rock musician and rapper. Falco had several international hits, "Rock Me Amadeus", "Der ...more