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Famous People Who Died in 2005

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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
Hunter S. Thompson Suicide
Hunter Stockton Thompson was an American journalist and author. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, to a middle-class family. He was unable to formally finish high school as he was incarcerated for 60 ...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
Chloe Jones 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 WWII. He later reversed himself on ...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, The Crucible and A ...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