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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.
Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
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
Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Prostate cancer
Jerome Bernard "Jerry" Orbach was an American actor and singer, described 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
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
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
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
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
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
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2004
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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