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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 2007 was no exception. The world of professional wrestling was rocked when news came out that Chris Benoit had murdered his family before taking his own life. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the death of model Anna Nicole Smith as well, after she died of an apparent drug overdose.

Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2007, 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 2007? Scroll down and see for yourself.

Anna Nicole Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Drug overdose - Anna Nicole Smith was an American model, actress, and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy, winning the 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modeled for fashion companies ...more

Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Murder–suicide, Suicide - Christopher Michael Benoit(May 21, 1967 – June 24, 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler who wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling ...more

Luciano Pavarotti is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Pancreatic cancer - Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all ...more

Jane Wyman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Natural causes - Jane Wyman was an American singer, dancer, and film/television actress. She began her film career in 1932 and her work in television lasted into 1993. She was considered a prolific performer for ...more

Merv Griffin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Prostate cancer - Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. was an American television host, musician, actor, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film ...more

Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Traumatic brain injury - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was an American writer. His works, such as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions, blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen, he ...more

Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Parkinson's disease - Deborah Kerr CBE was a Scottish-born, internationally known film, theatre and television actress. During her career, she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the motion ...more

Jerry Falwell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Cardiovascular disease, Myocardial infarction - Jerry Lamon Falwell, Sr. was an American evangelical Southern Baptist pastor, televangelist, and a conservative political commentator. He was the founding pastor of the Thomas Road Baptist ...more

Evel Knievel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis - Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel was an American daredevil, painter, entertainer, and international icon. In his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 ...more

Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Natural causes - Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer and producer who worked in film, television, and theatre. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time ...more

Charles Nelson Reilly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Pneumonia - Charles Nelson Reilly was an American actor, comedian, director and drama teacher, known for his comedic roles in stages, films, children's television and cartoons, and as a game show panelist.

Aaron Russo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Cancer, Bladder cancer - Aaron Russo was an American entertainment businessman, film producer and director, and political activist. He was best known for producing such movies as Trading Places, Wise Guys, and The Rose. ...more

Phil Rizzuto is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Pneumonia - Philip Francis "Phil" Rizzuto, nicknamed "The Scooter", was an American Major League Baseball shortstop. He spent his entire 13-year baseball career with the New York ...more

Ernie Ladd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Cancer - Ernest "Ernie" Ladd, nicknamed "The Big Cat", was an American collegiate and professional football player and a professional wrestler. A standout athlete in high school, Ladd ...more

Leona Helmsley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Cardiovascular disease - Leona Mindy Roberts Helmsley was an American businesswoman. She was known for her flamboyant personality and had a reputation for tyrannical behavior that earned her the nickname Queen of Mean. ...more

John Inman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Hepatitis A - Frederick John Inman was an English actor and singer best known for his role as Mr. Humphries in Are You Being Served?, a British sitcom in the 1970s and 1980s. Inman was also well known in the ...more

Yvonne De Carlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Natural causes - Yvonne De Carlo was a Canadian American actress, singer, and dancer whose career in film, television, and musical theatre spanned six decades. She obtained her breakthrough role in Salome, Where ...more

Tom Snyder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Leukemia - Thomas James "Tom" Snyder was an American television personality, news anchor, and radio personality best known for his late night talk shows The Tomorrow Show, on the NBC television ...more

Robert Goulet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis - Robert Gerard Goulet was an American singer and actor of French Canadian ancestry and Canadian upbringing and training after birth in Massachusetts. He originated the role of Lancelot in the ...more

Robert Anton Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Post-polio syndrome - Robert Anton Wilson was an American author, novelist, essayist, editor, playwright, poet, futurist, psychologist, and self-described agnostic mystic. Recognized as an Episkopos, Pope, and saint ...more

Boris Yeltsin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease - Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was a Russian politician and the first President of the Russian Federation, serving from 1991 to 1999. Originally a supporter of Mikhail Gorbachev, Yeltsin emerged ...more

Chauncey Bailey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Assassination, Murder - Chauncey Wendell Bailey, Jr. was an American journalist, noted for his work primarily on issues of the African American community. He served as editor-in-chief of The Oakland Post in Oakland, ...more

Bam Bam Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Drug overdose - Scott Charles Bigelow was an American professional wrestler, best known by the ring name Bam Bam Bigelow. During his professional wrestling career spanning twenty-one years, Bigelow worked in ...more

The Fabulous Moolah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Mary Lillian Ellison was an American professional wrestler, better known by her ring name The Fabulous Moolah. She began her career working with promoter Billy Wolfe and his wife, wrestler and ...more

Benazir Bhutto is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Firearm, Assassination - Benazir Bhutto was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms in 1988–90 and then 1993–96. A scion of the politically powerful Bhutto family, she was the eldest ...more