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Famous People Who Died in 2006

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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
Dec. at 69 (1937-2006) from Al-Awja, Iraq
Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (; Arabic: صدام حسين عبد المجيد التكريتي Ṣaddām Ḥusayn ʿAbd al-Maǧīd al-Tikrītī; 28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was President of Iraq from 16 July 1979 ...more
James Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 73 (1933-2006) from Barnwell, South Carolina, United States of America
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of ...more
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 93 (1913-2006) from Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006) was an American politician who served as the 38th president of the United States from August 1974 to ...more
Shelley Winters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 86 (1920-2006) from St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Shelley Winters (born Shirley Schrift; August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006) was an American actress whose career spanned almost six decades. She appeared in numerous films, and won Academy Awards ...more
Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 44 (1962-2006) from Essendon, Melbourne, Australia
Stephen Robert Irwin (22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006), nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian zookeeper, conservationist and television personality. Irwin achieved ...more
Robert Altman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 81 (1925-2006) from Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
Robert Bernard Altman (; February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. A five-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director and an ...more
Red Buttons is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 87 (1919-2006) from New York City, USA, New York
Red Buttons (born Aaron Chwatt; February 5, 1919 – July 13, 2006) was an American actor and comedian. He won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his supporting role in the 1957 film Sayonara.
Glenn Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 90 (1916-2006) from Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada
Gwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" Ford (May 1, 1916 – August 30, 2006) was a Canadian-American actor whose career lasted more than 50 years. Although he played many different types of ...more
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 82 (1924-2006) from Morgantown, USA, West Virginia
Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, a 1960s sitcom for ...more
Augusto Pinochet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 91 (1915-2006) from Valparaíso, Chile
Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte (UK: , US: , Spanish: [auˈɣusto pinoˈ(t)ʃe(t)]; 25 November 1915 – 10 December 2006) was a Chilean general, politician and dictator of Chile ...more
June Allyson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 89 (1917-2006) from New York City, USA, New York
June Allyson (born Eleanor Geisman; October 7, 1917 – July 8, 2006) was an American stage, film, and television actress, dancer, and singer. Allyson began her career in 1937 as a dancer in short ...more
Dorothea Church is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 84 (1922-2006) from Texarkana, Texas
Dorothea Towles Church (July 26, 1922 – July 7, 2006) 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
Dec. at 87 (1919-2006) from USA, Hazle Township, Pennsylvania
Jack Palance ( PAL-əns; born Volodymyr Palahniuk (Ukrainian: Володимир Палагню́к); February 18, 1919 – November 10, 2006) was an American actor of Ukrainian descent. He was nominated for three ...more
John Kenneth Galbraith ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 98 (1908-2006) from Iona Station, Ontario, Canada
John Kenneth Galbraith (October 15, 1908 – April 29, 2006), also known as Ken Galbraith, was a Canadian-born economist, public official, and diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century ...more
Coretta Scott King is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 79 (1927-2006) from USA, Heiberger, Alabama
Coretta Scott King (née Scott; April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. An active advocate for ...more
Aaron Spelling is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 83 (1923-2006) from Texas, Dallas, Contiguous United States, Area code 972, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 214, Area code 469, Continental United States
Aaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. Some of his works include the TV programs Charlie's Angels (1976–81), The Love Boat (1977–86), Hart ...more
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 56 (1950-2006) from New York
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
Dec. at 84 (1922-2006) from Spokane, Washington, United States of America
William Lyle Richardson (May 7, 1922 – February 25, 2006), known professionally as Darren McGavin, was an American actor. He was known for his portrayals of worldly, often somewhat gruff ...more
Tamara Dobson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 59 (1947-2006) from Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Tamara Janice Dobson (May 14, 1947 – October 2, 2006) was an American actress and fashion model. Beginning her career in modeling during the late 1960s, Dobson became best known for her title ...more
Syd Barrett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 60 (1946-2006) from Cambridge, United Kingdom
Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett (6 January 1946 – 7 July 2006) was an English singer, songwriter, and musician who co-founded the rock band Pink Floyd in 1965. Characterised for his ...more
Anna Politkovskaya is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 48 (1958-2006) from New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Continental United States
Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya (Russian: А́нна Степа́новна Политко́вская, IPA: [ˈanːə sʲtʲɪˈpanəvnə pəlʲɪtˈkofskəjə]; Ukrainian: Га́нна Степа́нівна Політко́вська [ˈɦɑnːɐ steˈpɑnʲiu̯nɐ ...more
Alexander Litvinenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Age Died at 44 (1962-2006) from Voronezh Oblast, Eurasia, Voronezh, Russia
Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ва́льтерович Литвине́нко, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ˈvaltɨrəvʲɪtɕ lʲɪtvʲɪˈnʲɛnkə]; 30 August 1962 or 4 December 1962 by father's account – 23 ...more
Zola Levitt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 68 (1938-2006) from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Zola Levitt was a Jewish convert to evangelical Christianity who founded a church, Zola Levitt Ministries, in Dallas, Texas.
Milton Friedman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Milton Friedman Dec. at 94 (1912-2006) from New York City, New York
Milton Friedman (; July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary ...more
Betty Friedan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2006
Dec. at 85 (1921-2006) from Peoria, Illinois
Betty Friedan ( February 4, 1921 – February 4, 2006) was an American feminist writer and activist. A leading figure in the women's movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine ...more