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Famous People Who Died in 2004

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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.
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Paul Winfield is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
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
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
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
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
Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Traffic collision
Helmut Newton was a German-Australian photographer.
Paul Klebnikov is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
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
Diabetes mellitus, Stroke
Jane Adrian is an actor.
Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
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
Richard Avedon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pneumonia
Suzanne Kaaren was an American B-movie actress who starred in stock film genres of the 1930s and 1940s: horror, western and romances.