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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 2005 was no exception. The comedy world was in shambles, as both Richard Pryor and Mitch Hedberg passed on to the next life. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2005, 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 2005? Scroll down and see for yourself.

Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Myocardial infarction, Multiple sclerosis - Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC. Pryor was known for uncompromising examinations of racism and ...more

Hunter S. Thompson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Suicide - Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, to a middle-class family, Thompson had a turbulent youth after the death of his father left the ...more

Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Emphysema - John William "Johnny" Carson was an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, actor, and musician known for thirty years as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ...more

Eddie Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Heart failure - Eduardo Gory Llanes Guerrero, better known by his ring name Eddie Guerrero, was a Mexican American professional wrestler. Born into a legendary Mexican wrestling family, Eddie Guerrero managed ...more

Rosa Parks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Natural causes - Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an African-American Civil Rights activist, whom the United States Congress called "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom ...more

Pope John Paul II is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Myocardial infarction, Parkinson's disease - Pope Saint John Paul II born Karol Józef Wojtyła was a Roman Catholic priest, bishop, and Cardinal who eventually rose to become Pope. He was elected by the second Papal conclave of 1978, ...more

Anne Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Uterine cancer - Anna Maria Louisa Italiano, known professionally as Anne Bancroft, was an American actress associated with the Method acting school, which she had studied under Lee Strasberg. Respected for her ...more

Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Heroin overdose - Mitchell Lee "Mitch" Hedberg was an American stand-up comedian known for his surreal humor and unconventional comedic delivery. His comedy typically featured short, sometimes one-line ...more

Sandra Dee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Renal failure, Pneumonia - Sandra Dee was an American actress. Dee began her career as a model and progressed to film. Best known for her portrayal of ingenues, Dee won a Golden Globe Award in 1959 as one of the year's ...more

Chloe Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Liver failure, Hepatitis - Chloe Jones was an American adult film actress.

Pat Morita is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Renal failure - Noriyuki "Pat" Morita was an American film and television actor who was well known for playing the roles of Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi on Happy Days and Kesuke Miyagi in the ...more

Don Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Cancer, Bone cancer, Lymphoma - Don Adams was an American actor, comedian and director. In his five decades on television, he was best known as Maxwell Smart in the television situation comedy Get Smart, which he also ...more

Domino Harvey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Drug overdose - Domino Harvey was an English bounty hunter in the United States, notable within that field for being female and from a well-to-do background. Harvey's fame was increased posthumously by the 2005 ...more

James Doohan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Alzheimer's disease, Pneumonia - James Doohan was an actor and a voice actor.

Teresa Wright is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Myocardial infarction - Teresa Wright was an American actress. Her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination came in 1941 for her work in The Little Foxes. She received the Academy Award for Best ...more

Eddie Albert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Pneumonia - Edward Albert Heimberger, known professionally as Eddie Albert, was an American actor and activist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1954 for his performance ...more

Virginia Mayo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Heart failure, Myocardial infarction, Pneumonia - Virginia Mayo was an American actress and dancer. Best known for a series of comedic films with Danny Kaye, Mayo was Warner Brothers's biggest box office money maker in the late 1940s. She also ...more

Ossie Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Natural causes - Ossie Davis was an American film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and social activist.

Eugene McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Parkinson's disease - Eugene Joseph "Gene" McCarthy was an American politician, poet, and a long-time member of the United States Congress from Minnesota. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from ...more

George F. Kennan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
George Frost Kennan was an American advisor, diplomat, and historian, known best as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion at the end of World War II. He later reversed ...more

Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Myocardial infarction - Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists including ...more

Chris Candido is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Surgical complications - Christopher B. "Chris" Candito was an American professional wrestler. Candito was best known for his appearances with professional wrestling promotions such as World Championship ...more

Arthur Miller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease - Arthur Asher Miller was a prolific American playwright, essayist, and prominent figure in twentieth-century American theatre. Among his most popular plays are All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, ...more

Saul Bellow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Saul Bellow was a Canadian-born American writer. For his literary contributions, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the ...more

Robert Wise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Myocardial infarction - Robert Earl Wise was an American film director, producer and editor. He won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture for both West Side Story and The Sound of Music. He was also ...more

Amrish Puri is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Cerebral hemorrhage - Amrish Lal Puri was an Indian leading theatre and film actor, who was a key player in the Indian theatre movement that picked up steam in the 1960s. He worked with notable playwrights of the ...more

Tara Correa-McMullen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Firearm, Homicide, Murder - Tara Correa-McMullen was an American actress. She played gang member Graciela Reyes on the CBS TV series Judging Amy. On October 21, 2005, she was shot dead in front of an apartment complex in ...more

Geraldine Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Alzheimer's disease - Geraldine Fitzgerald was an actress.

Mark Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Mark Carlisle, Baron Carlisle of Bucklow QC DL PC was a Conservative British politician and was Member of Parliament for Runcorn 1964-1983 and Warrington South 1983-1987. Created a life peer in ...more

Bob Denver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Surgical complications, Pneumonia, Cancer of the larynx - Robert Osbourne "Bob" Denver was an American comedic actor known for his roles as Gilligan on the television series Gilligan's Island and the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on the 1959–1963 ...more

Frank Gorshin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Emphysema, Lung cancer, Pneumonia - Frank John Gorshin, Jr. was an American character actor, impressionist, and comedian. He was perhaps best known as an impressionist, with many guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and ...more

Candy Barr is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Pneumonia - Candy Barr was an American stripper, burlesque dancer, actress, and adult model in men's magazines of the mid-20th century. During the 1950s she received nationwide attention for her stripping ...more

Nipsey Russell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Stomach cancer - Julius "Nipsey" Russell was an American comedian, best known today for his appearances as a guest panelist on game shows from the 1960s through the 1990s, especially Match Game, ...more

Johnnie Cochran is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Brain tumor - Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. was an actor.

June Haver is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Respiratory failure - June Haver was an American film actress. She is best remembered as a popular alternative to the musical film stars Betty Grable and Alice Faye in several musicals in the 1940s. Haver's second ...more

Dave Allen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
David Tynan O'Mahony, better known as Dave Allen, was an Irish comedian.

Edward Bunker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Surgical complications - Edward Heward Bunker was an American author of crime fiction, a screenwriter, and an actor. He wrote numerous books, some of which have been adapted into films. He was a screenwriter on Straight ...more

Barbara Bel Geddes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Lung cancer - Barbara Bel Geddes was an American actress, artist and children's author, whose career spanned six decades. She was best known for her starring role in the television drama series Dallas as ...more

Leland Clark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Leland C. Clark Jr. was an American biochemist born in Rochester, New York. He is most well known as the inventor of the Clark electrode, a device used for measuring oxygen in blood, water and ...more

August Wilson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Liver cancer - August Wilson was an American playwright whose work included a series of ten plays, The Pittsburgh Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each is set in a different decade, ...more

Jean Cannon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Cancer -

Mohammed Bijeh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Capital punishment, Hanging - Mohammed Bijeh was an Iranian serial killer. He confessed in court to raping and killing 16 young boys between March and September 2004, and was sentenced to 100 lashes followed by execution. ...more

Lane Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Motor neuron disease - Walter Lane Smith III, known as Lane Smith, was an American actor. Some of his well known roles included portraying collaborator entrepreneur Nathan Bates in the NBC television series V, Mayor ...more

Aslan Maskhadov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Assassination - Aslan Aliyevich Maskhadov was a leader of the Chechen independence movement and the third President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. He was credited by many with the Chechen victory in the ...more

John Wayne Glover is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Suicide, Hanging - John Wayne Glover was an English-born Australian serial killer convicted for the murders of six elderly women on Sydney's North Shore. Over a fourteen-month period in 1989/90, Glover killed six ...more

William Rehnquist is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
William Hubbs Rehnquist was an American lawyer, jurist, and political figure who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the 16th Chief Justice of ...more

Lakshman Kadirgamar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Firearm, Assassination - Sri Lankabhimanya Lakshman Kadirgamar PC was a Sri Lankan Tamil diplomat, politician and a lawyer. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka from 1994 to 2001 and again from April ...more

Ronnie Barker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease - Ronald William George "Ronnie" Barker, OBE was an English actor, comedian and writer. He was known for roles in British comedy television series such as Porridge, The Two Ronnies and ...more

Ismail Merchant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Ismail Merchant was an Indian-born film producer and director. He worked for many years in collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions which included director James Ivory as well as ...more

Ernest Lehman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2005
Myocardial infarction - Ernest Paul Lehman was an American screenwriter. He received six Academy Award nominations during his career, without a single win. At the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001, he received an Honorary ...more