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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 2008 was no exception. The world saw the passing of one of comedy's finest, Mr. George Carlin. There was also the tragedy surrounding Heath Ledger, after he was found dead from a drug overdose.  Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2008, 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 2008? Scroll down and see for yourself.

George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease, Myocardial infarction - George Denis Patrick Carlin was an American comedian, social critic, actor, and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, ...more

Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Drug overdose, Combined drug intoxication - Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film ...more

Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Lung cancer - Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous ...more

Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Complications from pneumonia, Sarcoidosis - Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, ...more

Bettie Page is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Myocardial infarction - Bettie Mae Page was an American model who gained a significant profile in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. Often referred to as the "Queen of Pinups", her jet black hair, blue eyes, ...more

Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Complications from pneumonia - Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played the leading role in The Ten Commandments; Touch ...more

Eartha Kitt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Colorectal cancer - Eartha Mae Kitt was an American actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedienne, activist and voice artist, known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of ...more

Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Cancer, Cancer of the larynx - John Michael Crichton, MD was an American best-selling author, physician, producer, director, and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and thriller ...more

Yves Saint Laurent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Cancer - Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent, known as Yves Saint Laurent, was an Algerian-born French fashion designer, and is regarded as one of the greatest names in fashion history. In 1985, ...more

Cyd Charisse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Myocardial infarction - Cyd Charisse was an American actress and dancer. After recovering from polio as a child, and studying ballet, Charisse entered films in the 1940s. Her roles usually focused on her abilities as a ...more

Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Stroke - Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an ...more

Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Respiratory failure - Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for ...more

Jimmy Stewart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
James Robert Stewart was a British racing driver from Scotland who participated in a single Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, driving for Ecurie Ecosse. He was born in Milton, West ...more

Harvey Korman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Abdominal aortic aneurysm - Harvey Herschel Korman was an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions and was also a voice artist. His big break was being a featured performer on CBS's The ...more

Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Myocardial infarction - Ellas Otha Bates, known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American R&B and Chicago Blues vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and music producer. He was also known as The Originator because of ...more

Arthur Shawcross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Cardiac arrest - Arthur John Shawcross was an American serial killer, also known as the Genesee River Killer in Rochester, New York. He claimed most of his victims after being paroled early following a ...more

Katoucha Niane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Drowning - Katoucha Niane was a French model. Nicknamed "The Peul Princess", she worked, and later wrote, under the single name "Katoucha". She was the daughter of author, playwright ...more

Mel Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Heart failure - Mel Ferrer was an American actor, film director and film producer.

Suharto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Heart failure, Cardiovascular disease, Renal failure - Soeharto is one of the founders of Balai Perguruan Tinggi Gadjah Mada.

Brad Renfro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Drug overdose, Heroin overdose - Brad Barron Renfro was an American actor and musician. He made his film debut at the age of eleven in the lead role of Joel Schumacher's The Client, going on to star in 21 feature films, several ...more

Julie Ege is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Breast cancer - Julie Ege was a Norwegian actress and model. Ege was born in Høyland, Sandnes; she was a Miss Norway and Miss Universe contestant and a Penthouse Pet. In 1967, she moved to England as an ...more

Christopher Hyatt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Cancer - Christopher Hyatt, born Alan Ronald Miller, was an American occultist, author, and founder of the Extreme Individual Institute. He is best known as president of New Falcon Publications.

Estelle Getty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dementia with Lewy bodies - Estelle Scher-Gettleman, better known by her stage name Estelle Getty, was an American actress and comedienne, who appeared in film, television, and theatre. She was best known for her role as ...more

Georgia Frontiere is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Breast cancer - Georgia Frontiere is a theatrical producer.

Bobby Fischer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Renal failure - Robert James "Bobby" Fischer was an American chess prodigy, grandmaster, and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him the greatest chess player of all time. At age 13 ...more

William F. Buckley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
William Frank Buckley, Jr. was an American conservative author and commentator. He founded the political magazine National Review in 1955, which had a major impact in stimulating the ...more

Dorian Leigh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Alzheimer's disease - Dorian Leigh, born Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker, was an American model and one of the earliest modelling icons of the fashion industry. She is considered one of the first supermodels, and was ...more

Rob Knox is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Stabbing, Murder - Robert Arthur "Rob" Knox was an English actor who portrayed the character of Marcus Belby in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and had signed to appear in the planned ...more

Roy Scheider is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Multiple myeloma - Roy Richard Scheider was an American actor and amateur boxer. He was best known for his leading roles as Police Chief Martin C. Brody in the first two Jaws movies, choreographer and film ...more

Avery Cardinal Dulles is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Avery Robert Dulles, S.J. was a Jesuit priest, theologian, cardinal of the Catholic Church and served as the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University from ...more

Richard Widmark is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Illness - Richard Weedt Widmark was an American film, stage and television actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as the villainous Tommy Udo in his debut film, Kiss of Death, for which ...more

Suzanne Pleshette is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Respiratory failure - Suzanne Pleshette was an American actress and voice actress. After beginning her career in the theatre, she began appearing in films in the early 1960s, such as Rome Adventure and Alfred ...more

Van Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Natural causes - Van Johnson was an American film and television actor and dancer who was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and after World War II. Johnson was the embodiment of the "boy-next-door ...more

Jesse Helms is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Natural causes - Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. was an American politician and leader of the conservative movement. He was elected five times as a Republican to the United States Senate from North Carolina. As ...more

Edie Adams is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Cancer, Pneumonia - Edie Adams was an American businesswoman, singer, Broadway, television and film actress, and comedienne. Adams, an Emmy and Tony Award winner, "both embodied and winked at the stereotypes ...more

Sydney Pollack is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Stomach cancer - Sydney Irwin Pollack was an American film director, producer and actor. Pollack directed more than 21 films and 10 television shows, acted in over 30 films or shows, and produced over 44 films. ...more

Harold Pinter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Cancer - Harold Pinter, CH, CBE was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than ...more

Carol Vitale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

Debbie Boostrom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008

Rudy Ray Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Complications of diabetes mellitus - Rudolph Frank Moore, known as Rudy Ray Moore, was an American comedian, musician, singer, film actor, and film producer. He was perhaps best known as Dolemite, the uniquely articulate pimp from ...more

Evelyn Keyes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Uterine cancer, Alzheimer's disease - Evelyn Louise Keyes was an American film actress. She is best known for her role as Suellen O'Hara in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind.

Don LaFontaine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Pneumothorax - Donald Leroy "Don" LaFontaine was an American voice actor who recorded more than 5,000 film trailers and thousands of television advertisements, network promotions, and video game ...more

David Watkin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Prostate cancer - David Watkin BSC was a British cinematographer, an innovator who was among the first directors of photography to experiment heavily with the usage of bounce light as a soft light source. He ...more

James Barrier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
James "Buffalo Jim" Barrier, born in Buffalo, New York, was a local wrestling promoter in Las Vegas. His legal struggle with business owner and landlord Frederick "Rick" ...more

Richey Edwards is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Richard James Edwards was a Welsh musician who was lyricist and rhythm guitarist of the alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers. He was known for his politicised and intellectual ...more

Joy Page is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Pneumonia - Joy Page was an American actress best known for her role as the Bulgarian bride Annina Brandel in the film Casablanca. Born Joy Cerrette Paige, she was the daughter of Mexican-American silent ...more

Allan Spear is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Allan Henry Spear was an American politician and educator from Minnesota who served almost thirty years in the Minnesota Senate, including nearly a decade as President of the Senate.

Robert Rauschenberg is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Heart failure - Robert Rauschenberg did not originally set out to become an artist. Born in Texas in the 1920s, Rauschenberg grew up in a fairly strict and frugal Christian household. As a teenager, he hoped to ...more

Bharath Gopi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Gopinathan Velayudhan Nair, also known as Bharat Gopy, was an Indian film actor, producer, and director. He was one of the first actors to be associated with the New Wave cinema movement in ...more

David Foster Wallace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Suicide, Hanging - David Foster Wallace was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, ...more