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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
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