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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.
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  • Richard Pryor

    Richard Pryor

    Myocardial infarction, Multiple sclerosis
    Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American...  more
  • Hunter S. Thompson
    Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and...  more
  • Johnny Carson

    Johnny Carson

    Emphysema
    John William Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host,...  more
  • Eddie Guerrero

    Eddie Guerrero

    Heart failure
    Eduardo Gory Guerrero Llanes (October 9, 1967 – November 13, 2005) was an American...  more
  • Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks

    Natural causes
    Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an American activist in...  more
  • Pope John Paul II

    Pope John Paul II

    Myocardial infarction, Parkinson's disease
    Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II; Italian: Giovanni Paolo II; Polish: Jan Paweł II;...  more
  • Anne Bancroft

    Anne Bancroft

    Uterine cancer
    Anna Maria Louisa Italiano (September 17, 1931 – June 6, 2005), known professionally as Anne...  more
  • Mitch Hedberg

    Mitch Hedberg

    Heroin overdose
    Mitchell Lee Hedberg (February 24, 1968 – March 29, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian...  more
  • Sandra Dee

    Sandra Dee

    Renal failure, Pneumonia
    Sandra Dee (born April 23, 1942 – February 20, 2005) was an American actress. Dee began her...  more
  • Pat Morita

    Pat Morita

    Renal failure
    Noriyuki "Pat" Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an American actor and comedian...  more
  • Don Adams

    Don Adams

    Cancer, Bone cancer
    Donald James Yarmy (April 13, 1923 – September 25, 2005), known professionally as Don Adams,...  more
  • Domino Harvey

    Domino Harvey

    Drug overdose
    Domino Harvey (7 August 1969 – 27 June 2005) was a British bounty hunter in the United States....  more
  • James Doohan

    James Doohan

    Alzheimer's disease, Pneumonia
    James Montgomery Doohan ( DOO-ən; March 3, 1920 – July 20, 2005) was a Canadian actor, voice...  more
  • Teresa Wright

    Teresa Wright

    Myocardial infarction
    Muriel Teresa Wright (October 27, 1918 – March 6, 2005) was an American actress. She was...  more
  • Eddie Albert

    Eddie Albert

    Pneumonia
    Edward Albert Heimberger (April 22, 1906 – May 26, 2005), known professionally as Eddie...  more
  • Virginia Mayo

    Virginia Mayo

    Heart failure, Myocardial infarction
    Virginia Mayo (born Virginia Clara Jones; November 30, 1920 – January 17, 2005) was an...  more
  • Ossie Davis

    Ossie Davis

    Natural causes
    Ossie Davis (born Raiford Chatman Davis; December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an American...  more
  • Eugene McCarthy

    Eugene McCarthy

    Parkinson's disease
    Eugene Joseph McCarthy (March 29, 1916 – December 10, 2005) was an American politician and...  more
  • George F. Kennan
    George Frost Kennan (February 16, 1904 – March 17, 2005) was an American diplomat and...  more
  • Luther Vandross

    Luther Vandross

    Myocardial infarction
    Luther Vandross Jr. (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an American singer, songwriter and...  more
  • Chris Candido

    Chris Candido

    Surgical complications
    Christopher Barrett Candito (March 21, 1972 – April 28, 2005) was an American professional...  more
  • Arthur Miller

    Arthur Miller

    Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease
    Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright,...  more
  • Saul Bellow
    Saul Bellow (born Solomon Bellows; 10 June 1915 – 5 April 2005) was a Canadian-American...  more
  • Robert Wise

    Robert Wise

    Myocardial infarction
    Robert Earl Wise (September 10, 1914 – September 14, 2005) was an American film director,...  more
  • Amrish Puri

    Amrish Puri

    Cerebral hemorrhage
    Amrish Lal Puri (22 June 1932 – 12 January 2005) was an Indian actor, who was an important...  more