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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 2004 was no exception. America weeped as former president Ronald Reagan died. Other included legendary musician Ray Charles, and renowned chef Julia Child. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2004, 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 2004? Scroll down and see for yourself.

Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Ronald Reagan Alzheimer's disease, Pneumonia - Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. Before his presidency he served as the 33rd Governor of California and was also an actor from 1937–1964. Born and raised in ...more

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Marlon Brando Cardiovascular disease, Liver tumour, Respiratory failure - Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor and film director. He is hailed for bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential ...more

Rodney Dangerfield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Rodney Dangerfield Surgical complications - Rodney Dangerfield was an American comedian and actor, known for the catchphrase "I don't get no respect!" and his monologues on that theme. He is also remembered for his 1980s film ...more

Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Julia Child Renal failure - Julia Carolyn Child was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of ...more

Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Christopher Reeve Cardiac arrest, Cardiovascular disease, Myocardial infarction - Christopher D'Olier Reeve was an American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, author, and activist. He achieved stardom for his acting achievements, in particular his motion picture ...more

Janet Leigh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Janet Leigh Myocardial infarction - Jeanette Helen Morrison, known professionally as Janet Leigh, was an American actress and author. She is best remembered for her performance in Psycho, for which she was awarded the Golden Globe ...more

Harold Shipman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Harold Shipman Suicide, Hanging - Harold Frederick Shipman was a British doctor and one of the most prolific serial killers in recorded history. On 31 January 2000, a jury found Shipman guilty of 15 murders. He was sentenced to ...more

Ray Charles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Ray Charles Acute Liver Disease, Hepatitis - Ray Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He pioneered the ...more

Jerry Orbach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Jerry Orbach Prostate cancer - Jerome Bernard "Jerry" Orbach was an American actor and singer, described at his death as "one of the last bona fide leading men of the Broadway musical and global celebrity on ...more

Donna Michelle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Donna Michelle Myocardial infarction - Donna Michelle was the adopted name of Donna M. Ronne, an American model, actress, and photographer. She was born Donna Michelle Fick on December 8, 1945 in Los Angeles. Her mother's maiden name ...more

Johnny Ramone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Johnny Ramone Prostate cancer, Cancer - John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones. He was a ...more

Michael Kelway Oliver is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Michael Kelway Oliver Michael Kelway Oliver, OC was a Canadian academic, political organizer and the sixth president of Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Oliver was born in North Bay, Ontario on February 2, ...more

Ann Miller is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Ann Miller Lung cancer - Johnnie Lucille Collier, known professionally as Ann Miller, was an American dancer, singer and actress. She is best remembered for her work in the Hollywood musical films of the 1940s and

Fay Wray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Fay Wray Natural causes - Fay Wray was a Canadian-American actress most noted for playing the female lead in King Kong. Through an acting career that spanned 57 years, Wray attained international renown as an actress in ...more

Yasser Arafat is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Yasser Arafat Cerebral hemorrhage - Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa, popularly known as Yasser Arafat or by his kunya Abu Ammar, was a Palestinian leader. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation ...more

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Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Reggie White Cardiovascular disease - Reginald Howard "Reggie" White was an American college and professional football player who was mostly a defensive end but also played some defensive tackle in the National Football ...more

Arthur Kane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Arthur Kane Leukemia - Arthur Harold Kane Jr. was a musician best known as the bass guitarist for the pioneering glam rock band the New York Dolls. Kane was a founding member of the Dolls in 1971 and remained an ...more

Alan King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Alan King Lung cancer - Alan King was an American actor and comedian known for his biting wit and often angry humorous rants. King became well known as a Jewish comedian and satirist. He was also a serious actor who ...more

Ol' Dirty Bastard is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Ol' Dirty Bastard Heart failure, Drug overdose - Russell Tyrone Jones, better known under his stage name Ol' Dirty Bastard, was an American rapper and occasional producer. He was one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group ...more

Spalding Gray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Spalding Gray Drowning, Suicide - Spalding Rockwell Gray was an American actor and writer. He is known for the autobiographical monologues that he wrote and performed for the theater in the 1980s and 1990s. Theater critics John ...more

David Brudnoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
David Brudnoy Kidney cancer, Lung cancer - David Brudnoy was an American talk radio host in Boston from 1976 to 2004. His radio talk show aired on WBZ radio. He was known for espousing his libertarian views on a wide range of political ...more

Alistair Cooke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Alistair Cooke Cancer, Bone cancer, Lung cancer - Alistair Cooke KBE was a British journalist, television personality and broadcaster. Outside his journalistic output, which included Letter from America and Alistair Cooke's America, he was well ...more

Francesco Scavullo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Francesco Scavullo Myocardial infarction - Francesco Scavullo was an American fashion photographer best known for his work on the covers of Cosmopolitan and his celebrity portraits.

Rick James is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Rick James Myocardial infarction, Stroke - Rick James was an American musician and composer. Influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, James started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown ...more

Francis Crick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Francis Crick Colorectal cancer - Francis Harry Compton Crick, OM, FRS was a British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, most noted for being a co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953 with ...more

Paul Winfield is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Paul Winfield Myocardial infarction - Paul Edward Winfield was an American television, film and stage actor. He was known for his portrayal of a Louisiana sharecropper who struggles to support his family during the Great Depression ...more

Theo van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Theo van Gogh Firearm, Assassination, Murder - Theodoor "Theo" van Gogh was a Dutch film director, film producer, columnist, author and actor. Van Gogh worked with the Somali-born writer and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali to produce ...more

Isabel Sanford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Isabel Sanford Cardiovascular disease - Isabel Sanford was an American stage, film and television actress best known for her role as Louise "Weezy" Mills-Jefferson on the CBS sitcoms All in the Family and The Jeffersons. In ...more

John Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
John Drew Barrymore Cancer - John Drew Barrymore was a film actor and member of the Barrymore family of actors, which included his father, John Barrymore, and his father's siblings, Lionel and Ethel. He was the father of ...more

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Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Dimebag Darrell Firearm, Assassination, Murder - Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside ...more

Marianna Komlos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Marianna Komlos Breast cancer - Marianna Komlos was a Canadian bodybuilder, fitness model and Valet. She is perhaps best known for her stint in World Wrestling Federation in 1999 as Marianna and"Mrs. Cleavage", where ...more

June Cochran is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
June Cochran June Cochran was an American model and beauty queen. Cochran won the Miss Indiana USA pageant in 1960, but was unplaced at the national competition. She later was Playboy magazine's Playmate of ...more

Francisco Ortiz Franco is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Francisco Ortiz Franco Firearm, Assassination - Francisco Javier Ortiz Franco was a Mexican journalist, who was murdered after writing about drug trafficking.

Bob Keeshan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Bob Keeshan Robert James "Bob" Keeshan was an American television producer and actor. He is most notable as the title character of the children's television program Captain Kangaroo, which became ...more

Gordon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Gordon Cooper Parkinson's disease - Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper, Jr., better known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and one of the seven original astronauts ...more

Artie Shaw is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Artie Shaw Natural causes - Artie Shaw was an American clarinetist, composer, and bandleader. Also an author, Shaw wrote both fiction and non-fiction. Widely regarded as "one of jazz's finest clarinetists," Shaw ...more

Soundarya is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Soundarya Aviation accident or incident - Soundarya born as Sowmya was a popular Indian film actress who appeared in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Bollywood films in lead roles. She was a much sought-after star in the 1990s and ...more

Arnold Orville Beckman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Arnold Orville Beckman Arnold Orville Beckman was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at Caltech, he founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, ...more

Tony Randall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Tony Randall Pneumonia - Tony Randall was an American actor, producer, and director, best known for his role as Felix Unger in the television adaptation of Neil Simon's play The Odd Couple.

Helmut Newton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Helmut Newton Traffic collision - Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer. He was a "prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged black-and-white photos were a mainstay of ...more

Paul Klebnikov is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Paul Klebnikov Assassination, Murder - Paul Klebnikov was an American journalist and historian of Russian history. He worked for Forbes magazine for more than 10 years and at the time of his death was chief editor of the Russian ...more

Jan Sterling is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Jan Sterling Diabetes mellitus, Stroke - Jane Adrian is an actor.

Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Peter Ustinov Cardiovascular disease, Myocardial infarction - Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, ...more

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Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Richard Avedon Cerebral hemorrhage - Richard Avedon was an American fashion and portrait photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that "his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America's image ...more

Elmer Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Elmer Bernstein Cancer - Elmer Bernstein was an American composer and conductor best known for his many film scores. In a career which spanned fifty years, he composed music for hundreds of film and television ...more

Brenda Fassie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Brenda Fassie Drug overdose - Brenda Nokuzola Fassie was a South African anti-apartheid Afropop singer. Her bold stage antics earned a reputation for "outrageousness". Affectionately called MaBrrr by her fans, she ...more

Howard Keel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Howard Keel Colorectal cancer - Harry Clifford Keel, known professionally as Howard Keel, was an American actor and singer. He starred in many film musicals of the 1950s. He is best known to modern audiences for his starring ...more

Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi Assassination - Abdel Aziz Ali Abdul Majid al-Rantisi, nicknamed the "Lion of Palestine," was the co-founder of the Palestinian movement Hamas along with Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Rantisi was Hamas's ...more

Akhmad Kadyrov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Akhmad Kadyrov Assassination - Akhmad Abdulkhamidovich Kadyrov, also spelled Akhmat, was the Chief Mufti of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in the 1990s during and after the First Chechen War. At the outbreak of the Second ...more

Suzanne Kaaren is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
Suzanne Kaaren Pneumonia - Suzanne Kaaren was an American B-movie actress who starred in stock film genres of the 1930s and 1940s: horror, western and romances.