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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
Anna Nicole Smith 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

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Chris Benoit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Chris Benoit 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
Luciano Pavarotti 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
Jane Wyman 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
Merv Griffin 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
Kurt Vonnegut 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
Deborah Kerr 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
Jerry Falwell 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
Evel Knievel 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
Ingmar Bergman 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
Charles Nelson Reilly 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
Aaron Russo 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
Phil Rizzuto 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
Ernie Ladd 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
Leona Helmsley 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

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John Inman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
John Inman 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
Yvonne De Carlo 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
Tom Snyder 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
Robert Goulet 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
Robert Anton Wilson 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
Boris Yeltsin 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
Chauncey Bailey 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
Bam Bam Bigelow 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
The Fabulous Moolah 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
Benazir Bhutto 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

Norman Mailer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Norman Mailer Renal failure - Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor and political activist. His first novel, The Naked and the Dead, was published in 1948. His ...more

Ned Sherrin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Ned Sherrin Cancer of the larynx, Head and neck cancer - Edward George "Ned" Sherrin, CBE was an English broadcaster, author and stage director. He qualified as a barrister and then worked in independent television before joining the BBC. He ...more

Wally Schirra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Wally Schirra Myocardial infarction, Cancer - Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, ...more

Joey Bishop is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Joey Bishop Heart failure - Joey Bishop was an actor.

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Bowie Kuhn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Bowie Kuhn Bowie Kent Kuhn was an American lawyer and sports administrator who served as the fifth Commissioner of Major League Baseball from February 4, 1969, to September 30, 1984. He served as legal ...more

Richard Jeni is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Richard Jeni Suicide - Richard John Colangelo, better known by the stage name of Richard Jeni, was an American stand-up comedian and actor.

Michelangelo Antonioni is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Michelangelo Antonioni Michelangelo Antonioni, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI, was an Italian film director, screenwriter, editor, and short story writer. Best known for his "trilogy on modernity and its ...more

Curtis Harrington is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Curtis Harrington Stroke - Gene Curtis Harrington was an American film and television director whose work included experimental films, horror films, and episodic television. He is considered one of the forerunners of New ...more

Harold Berman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Harold Berman Harold J. Berman was an American legal scholar who was an expert in comparative, international and Soviet/Russian law as well as legal history, philosophy of law and the intersection of law and ...more

Brian Adams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Brian Adams Accidental drug overdose - Brian Keith Adams was an American professional wrestler. Adams is well known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation, under the name Crush, and for World Championship Wrestling under ...more

Al Viola is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Al Viola Cancer - Alfred Viola was an American jazz guitarist who worked with Frank Sinatra for 25 years and also played the mandolin on the soundtrack of the film The Godfather.

D. James Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
D. James Kennedy Myocardial infarction - Dennis James Kennedy, better known as D. James Kennedy, was an American pastor, evangelist, and Christian broadcaster. He founded the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ...more

Lady Bird Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Lady Bird Johnson Natural causes - Claudia Alta Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson was First Lady of the United States, as the wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. Notably well-educated for a ...more

Ike Turner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Ike Turner Drug overdose - Ike Wister Turner was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of fifties rock and roll, he is most popularly known for his ...more

Benny Parsons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Benny Parsons Lung cancer - Benjamin Stewart Parsons was an American NASCAR driver, and later an announcer/analyst/pit reporter on SETN, TBS, ABC, ESPN, NBC and TNT. He became famous as the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup ...more

Molly Ivins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Molly Ivins Breast cancer, Inflammatory breast cancer - Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins was an American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist. Born in California and raised in Texas, Ivins attended Smith College and the ...more

Hal Fishman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Hal Fishman Colorectal cancer, Liver tumour - Harold "Hal" Fishman was a local news anchor in the Los Angeles area, serving on-air with Los Angeles-area television stations continuously between 1960 until his death in 2007. ...more

Sidney Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Sidney Sheldon Pneumonia - Sidney Sheldon was an American writer. His TV works spanned a 20-year period during which he created The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie and Hart to Hart, but he became most famous after he ...more

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Mike Awesome is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Mike Awesome Suicide - Michael Lee "Mike" Alfonso was an American professional wrestler. He was best known for his appearances with the American professional wrestling promotions Extreme Championship ...more

George Seddon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
George Seddon George Seddon was an Australian academic who held university chairs in a range of subjects. He wrote popular books on the Australian landscape embracing diverse points of view. He was well known ...more

Art Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Art Buchwald Renal failure - Arthur "Art" Buchwald was an American humorist best known for his long-running column in The Washington Post, which in turn was carried as a syndicated column in many other newspapers. ...more

Phyllis Sherwood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007

Katy French is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Katy French Cocaine overdose - Katy Ellen French was an Irish socialite, model, writer, television personality and charity worker. According to the BBC, "in the space of less than two years, she had become one of ...more

William Morris Meredith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
William Morris Meredith William Morris Meredith, Jr. was an American poet and educator. He was Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1978 to 1980.

Michael Deaver is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2007
Michael Deaver Pancreatic cancer - Michael Keith Deaver was a member of President Ronald Reagan's White House staff serving as White House Deputy Chief of Staff under James Baker III and Donald Regan from January 1981 until May