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Famous People Who Died in 2008

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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
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
Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 29 (1979-2008) from Perth, Australia
Heath Andrew Ledger (4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008) was an Australian actor and music video director. After performing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the ...more
Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 83 (1925-2008) from Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America
Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He won and was ...more
Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008) from USA, Chicago, Illinois
Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008), better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American comedian, actor, and voice actor. Born and raised on Chicago's South ...more
Bettie Page is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
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
Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 85 (1923-2008) from USA, Evanston, Illinois
Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American actor and political activist.As a Hollywood star, he appeared in almost 100 films over the course of ...more
Eartha Kitt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 81 (1927-2008) from North, South Carolina, United States of America
Eartha Kitt (born Eartha Mae Keith, January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, dancer, comedian, activist, author, and songwriter known for her highly distinctive ...more
Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 66 (1942-2008) from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
John Michael Crichton (; October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American author, screenwriter, and film director and producer best known for his work in the science fiction, thriller, and ...more
Yves Saint Laurent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 72 (1936-2008) from Oran, Algeria
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent (French: [iv sɛ̃ lɔʁɑ̃]; 1 August 1936 – 1 June 2008), professionally known as Yves Saint-Laurent, was a French fashion designer who, in 1961, founded his ...more
Cyd Charisse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 86 (1922-2008) from Texas, USA, Amarillo
Tula Ellice Charisse (née Finklea; March 8, 1922 – June 17, 2008), known professionally as Cyd Charisse, was an American dancer and actress. After recovering from polio as a child and ...more
Isaac Hayes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 66 (1942-2008) from Tennessee, USA, Covington
Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the Southern soul music label Stax ...more
Arthur C. Clarke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 91 (1917-2008) from Minehead, United Kingdom
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He ...more
Jimmy Stewart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 77 (1931-2008) from Milton, United Kingdom
James Robert Stewart (6 March 1931 – 3 January 2008) was a British racing driver from Scotland who participated in a single Formula One World Championship Grand Prix, driving for Ecurie Ecosse. ...more
Harvey Korman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 81 (1927-2008) from USA, Chicago, Illinois
Harvey Herschel Korman (February 15, 1927 – May 29, 2008) was an American actor and comedian, who performed in television and film productions. His big break was being a featured performer on ...more
Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
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
Arthur Shawcross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 63 (1945-2008) from Kittery, Maine, United States of America
Arthur John Shawcross (June 6, 1945 – November 10, 2008), also known as the Genesee River Killer, was an American serial killer active in Rochester, New York. His first known murders were in ...more
Katoucha Niane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 48 (1960-2008) from Conakry, Guinea
Katoucha Niane (23 October 1960 – 2 February 2008) was a Guinean model. Nicknamed "The Peul Princess" (in reference to her ethnic Fula background), she worked, and later wrote, under ...more
Mel Ferrer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
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.
Suharto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 87 (1921-2008) from Kemusuk, Indonesia
Suharto (, Indonesian pronunciation ; 8 June 1921 – 27 January 2008) was an Indonesian military leader and politician who served as the second President of Indonesia, holding the office for 31 ...more
Brad Renfro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 26 (1982-2008) from Tennessee, USA, Knoxville
Brad Barron Renfro (July 25, 1982 – January 15, 2008) was an American actor. He made his film debut at the age of 11 in the lead role in The Client, and went on to star in 21 feature films. His ...more
Julie Ege is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
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 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
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.
Estelle Getty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 85 (1923-2008) from New York City, USA, New York
Estelle Getty (née Scher; also known as Estelle Gettleman; July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008) was an American actress and comedian, who appeared in film, television, and theatre. She was best ...more
Georgia Frontiere is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 81 (1927-2008) from St. Louis, Missouri
Georgia Frontiere (born Violet Frances Irwin; November 21, 1927 – January 18, 2008) was an American businesswoman and entertainer. She was the majority owner and chairperson of the Los ...more
Bobby Fischer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2008
Dec. at 65 (1943-2008) from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Robert James Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all ...more