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 Dec. at 71 (1937-2008) from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic. He was known for his black comedy and reflections on politics, the ...more
Bettie Page Dec. at 85 (1923-2008) from Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
Betty Mae Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008), known professionally as Bettie Page, was an American model who gained a significant profile in the 1950s for her pin-up photos. Often ...more
Bo Diddley Dec. at 80 (1928-2008) from Mississippi, Pike County, McComb, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area, United States of America, United States, with Territories, McComb
Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates, December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the ...more
Mel Ferrer Dec. at 91 (1917-2008) from Elberon, New Jersey, United States of America
Melchior Gastón Ferrer (August 25, 1917 – June 2, 2008) was an American actor and director of stage and screen, film producer and the first husband of Audrey Hepburn.
Julie Ege Dec. at 65 (1943-2008) from Høyland, Norway
Julie Ege (Norwegian pronunciation: [jʉːliə ˈeːɡə]; 12 November 1943 – 29 April 2008) was a Norwegian actress and model, who appeared in many British films of the 1960s and 1970s.
Christopher Hyatt Dec. at 65 (1943-2008) from Chicago, Illinois
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.