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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 2006 was no exception. The world watched as Saddam Hussein died, which certainly wasn't a tragedy by any stretch. Animal lovers were saddded as well, when iconic TV host Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2006, 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 2006? Scroll down and see for yourself.

Saddam Hussein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Capital punishment, Hanging - Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath ...more

James Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cardiovascular disease, Pneumonia - James Brown is a film score composer.

Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cardiovascular disease - Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving ...more

Shelley Winters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Myocardial infarction - Shelley Winters was an American actress who appeared in dozens of films, as well as on stage and television; her career spanned over 50 years until 2006. Winters won Academy Awards for The Diary ...more

Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Stingray injury - Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. Irwin achieved worldwide fame ...more

Robert Altman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Leukemia - Robert Bernard Altman was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. A five time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director and an enduring figure from the New Hollywood era, ...more

Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cardiovascular disease - Red Buttons was an American comedian and Academy Award winning actor.

Glenn Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Stroke - Glenn Ford was a Canadian-born American actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that lasted over 50 years. Despite his versatility, Ford was best known for playing ordinary men in ...more

Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Lung cancer - Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts was an American comedic actor best known for a 1968 film The Shakiest Gun in the West as Jesse W. Haywood and for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s ...more

Augusto Pinochet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cardiovascular disease, Myocardial infarction - Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte, more commonly known as Augusto Pinochet, was dictator of Chile between 1973 and 1990 and Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army from 1973 to ...more

June Allyson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Bronchitis, Respiratory failure - June Allyson was an American stage, film, and television actress, dancer and singer. Allyson began her career as a dancer on Broadway in 1938. She signed with MGM in 1943, and rose to fame the ...more

Dorothea Church is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cardiovascular disease - Dorothea Towles Church was the first successful black fashion model in Paris.

Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Natural causes - Jack Palance was an American actor. During half a century of film and television appearances, Palance was nominated for three Academy Awards, all for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, winning in ...more

John Kenneth Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
John Kenneth "Ken" Galbraith, OC was a Canadian and, later, American economist, public official, and diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism. His books on ...more

Coretta Scott King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Respiratory failure - Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, and civil rights leader. Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. King was an active advocate ...more

Aaron Spelling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Stroke - Aaron Spelling was an American film and television producer. As of 2009, Spelling's eponymous production company Spelling Television holds the record as the most prolific television writer, with ...more

Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
James Bradford Brown is an American film director, primarily known for his work in documentary film. He has won four Emmys, most recently for Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. He has directed and ...more

Darren McGavin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Natural causes - Darren McGavin was an American actor best known for his portrayal of the grumpy father in the film A Christmas Story, and for the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night ...more

Tamara Dobson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Multiple sclerosis, Pneumonia - Tamara Janice Dobson was an African-American actress and fashion model. Though she appeared in a few films in Hollywood, she became best known for her title roles in the 1973 Blaxploitation film ...more

Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cancer, Pancreatic cancer - Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead vocalist, ...more

Anna Politkovskaya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Assassination - Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya was a Russian journalist, writer, and human rights activist. Politkovskaya made her reputation reporting from Chechnya. Her post-1999 articles about conditions in ...more

Alexander Litvinenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Assassination, Murder, Poison - Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko was a fugitive officer of the Russian FSB secret service who specialised in tackling organised crime. In November 1998, Litvinenko and several other FSB officers ...more

Zola Levitt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Lung cancer - Zola Levitt was a Jewish convert to evangelical Christianity who founded a church, Zola Levitt Ministries, in Dallas, Texas.

Marian Stafford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Marian Stafford was an American actress and model born in Houston, Texas. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the March 1956 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Ruth ...more

Milton Friedman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cardiovascular disease - Milton Friedman was an American economist, statistician and writer who taught at the University of Chicago for more than three decades. He received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic ...more

Betty Friedan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease - Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan was a writer, activist and actress.

Gerry Studds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Pulmonary embolism - Gerry Eastman Studds was an American Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts who served from 1973 until 1997. He was the first openly gay member of Congress. In 1983 he was censured by the ...more

Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Natural causes - Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez was an American character actor best known for his appearances in a number of John Wayne movies.

Gordon Parks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cancer - Gordon Parks was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft.

Ana Carolina Reston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Starvation - Ana Carolina Reston Macan was a Brazilian fashion model. Reston was born to a middle-class family in Jundiaí, on the outskirts of São Paulo, Brazil. At the age of 13, she began her ...more

John Crank is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
John Crank was a mathematical physicist, best known for his work on the numerical solution of partial differential equations. Crank was born in Hindley in Lancashire, England. His father was a ...more

Jane Wyatt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Natural causes - Jane Wyatt was an American actress best known for her role as the housewife and mother on the NBC and CBS television comedy series, Father Knows Best, and as Amanda Grayson, the human mother of ...more

Lou Rawls is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Lung cancer, Brain tumor - Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his singing ability: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had ...more

Louis Rukeyser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cancer, Bone cancer, Multiple myeloma - Louis Richard "Lou" Rukeyser was an American financial journalist, columnist, and commentator, through print, radio, and television. He was best known for his role as host of two ...more

June Pointer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cancer, Liver tumour, Lung cancer - June Antoinette Pointer was an American pop/R&B singer and a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning vocal group The Pointer Sisters.

Oriana Fallaci is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Breast cancer, Lung cancer - Oriana Fallaci was an Italian journalist, author, and political interviewer. A partisan during World War II, she had a long and successful journalistic career. Fallaci became famous worldwide ...more

Ann Richards is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cancer of the larynx - Dorothy Ann Willis Richards was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Texas. A Democrat, she first came to national attention as the state treasurer of Texas, when she delivered the ...more

Buck Owens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Myocardial infarction - Alvis Edgar Owens, Jr., known professionally as Buck Owens, was an American musician, singer, songwriter and band leader who had 21 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country music charts with his band ...more

Caspar Weinberger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Pneumonia - Caspar Willard "Cap" Weinberger, GBE, was an American politician and businessman. As a prominent Republican, he served in a variety of prominent state and federal positions for three ...more

Joseph Barbera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Natural causes - Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera was an Italian-American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist, whose film and television cartoon characters entertained ...more

Robert Rosenblum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Colorectal cancer - Robert Rosenblum is a writer.

Marilyn Waltz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006

Curt Gowdy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Leukemia - Curtis Edward "Curt" Gowdy was an American sportscaster, well known as the longtime "voice" of the Boston Red Sox and for his coverage of many nationally televised sporting ...more

Patrick Quinn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Myocardial infarction - Patrick Dominic Quinn was an American actor and a former president of the Actors' Equity Association. Quinn's father was a mortician. Quinn studied theater at Temple University. After graduation ...more

Srividya is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Breast cancer - Srividya also known as Sreevidya, was an Indian film actress who appeared in films in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries for 40 years. In the latter part of her career, she concentrated on ...more

Gloria Root is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cancer - Gloria Root was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the December 1969 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar.

William Sloane Coffin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cardiovascular disease - William Sloane Coffin, Jr. was an American Christian clergyman and long-time peace activist. He was ordained in the Presbyterian church and later received ministerial standing in the United ...more

Mike Douglas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Mike Douglas was an American "Big Band" era singer, entertainer, and television talk show host.

Freddy Fender is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Lung cancer - Freddy Fender, born Baldemar Garza Huerta in San Benito, Texas, United States, was a Mexican American Tejano, country and rock and roll musician, known for his work as a solo artist and in the ...more

Dennis Weaver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Cancer - William Dennis Weaver was an American actor who was best known for his work in television. Weaver's two most notable roles were as Marshal Matt Dillon's trusty helper Chester Goode on the ...more