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Famous People Who Died in 2007

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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.
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  • Anna Nicole Smith

    Anna Nicole Smith

    Drug overdose
    Anna Nicole Smith (born Vickie Lynn Hogan; November 28, 1967 – February 8, 2007) was an...  more
  • Chris Benoit

    Chris Benoit

    Murder–suicide, Suicide
    Christopher Michael Benoit (; May 21, 1967 – June 24, 2007) was a Canadian professional...  more
  • Luciano Pavarotti

    Luciano Pavarotti

    Pancreatic cancer
    Luciano Pavarotti (, also US: , Italian: [luˈtʃaːno pavaˈrɔtti]; 12 October 1935 – 6...  more
  • Jane Wyman

    Jane Wyman

    Natural causes
    Sarah Jane Wyman (née Mayfield; January 5, 1917 – September 10, 2007) was an American actress,...  more
  • Merv Griffin

    Merv Griffin

    Prostate cancer
    Mervyn Edward Griffin Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American television host and...  more
  • Kurt Vonnegut

    Kurt Vonnegut

    Traumatic brain injury
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career...  more
  • Deborah Kerr

    Deborah Kerr

    Parkinson's disease
    Deborah Jane Trimmer CBE (30 September 1921 – 16 October 2007), known professionally as...  more
  • Jerry Falwell

    Jerry Falwell

    Cardiovascular disease, Myocardial infarction
    Jerry Lamon Falwell Sr. (; August 11, 1933 – May 15, 2007) was an American Southern Baptist...  more
  • Evel Knievel

    Evel Knievel

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
    Robert Craig Knievel (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007), professionally known as Evel...  more
  • Ingmar Bergman

    Ingmar Bergman

    Natural causes
    Ernst Ingmar Bergman (14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and...  more
  • Charles Nelson Reilly
    Charles Nelson Reilly II (January 13, 1931 – May 25, 2007) was an American actor, comedian,...  more
  • Aaron Russo

    Aaron Russo

    Cancer, Bladder cancer
    Aaron Russo (February 14, 1943 – August 24, 2007) was an American entertainment businessman,...  more
  • Phil Rizzuto

    Phil Rizzuto

    Pneumonia
    Philip Francis Rizzuto (September 25, 1917 – August 13, 2007), nicknamed "The Scooter", was an...  more
  • Ernie Ladd
    Ernest Ladd (November 28, 1938 – March 10, 2007), nicknamed "the Big Cat", was an American...  more
  • Leona Helmsley

    Leona Helmsley

    Cardiovascular disease
    Leona Mindy Roberts Helmsley (July 4, 1920 – August 20, 2007) was an American businesswoman,...  more
  • John Inman

    John Inman

    Hepatitis A
    Frederick John Inman (28 June 1935 – 8 March 2007) known as John Inman, was an English actor...  more
  • Yvonne De Carlo

    Yvonne De Carlo

    Natural causes
    Yvonne De Carlo (born Margaret Yvonne Middleton; September 1, 1922 – January 8, 2007) was a...  more
  • Tom Snyder

    Tom Snyder

    Leukemia
    Thomas James Snyder (May 12, 1936 – July 29, 2007) was an American television personality,...  more
  • Robert Goulet

    Robert Goulet

    Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis
    Robert Gérard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was an American singer and actor...  more
  • Robert Anton Wilson

    Robert Anton Wilson

    Post-polio syndrome
    Robert Anton Wilson (born Robert Edward Wilson; January 18, 1932 – January 11, 2007) was an...  more
  • Boris Yeltsin

    Boris Yeltsin

    Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease
    Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin (Russian: Бори́с Никола́евич Е́льцин, IPA: [bɐˈrʲis nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ...  more
  • Chauncey Bailey

    Chauncey Bailey

    Assassination, Murder
    Chauncey Wendell Bailey Jr. (October 20, 1949 – August 2, 2007) was an American journalist...  more
  • Bam Bam Bigelow

    Bam Bam Bigelow

    Drug overdose
    Scott Charles Bigelow (September 1, 1961 – January 19, 2007) was an American professional...  more
  • The Fabulous Moolah

    The Fabulous Moolah

    Mary Lillian Ellison (July 22, 1923 – November 2, 2007) was an American professional wrestler,...  more
  • Benazir Bhutto

    Benazir Bhutto

    Firearm, Assassination
    Benazir Bhutto (Sindhi: بينظير ڀُٽو‎; Urdu: [beːnəˈziːr ˈbʱʊʈ.ʈoː]; 21 June 1953 – 27 December...  more