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Famous People Who Died of Alcoholism

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List of famous people who died of alcoholism, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from alcoholism includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of alcoholism, including actors, musicians and athletes.

The list you're viewing has a variety of people in it, like George Best and Guy Burgess.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from alcoholism?" and "Which famous people died due to alcoholism?"

These notable alcoholism deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has alcoholism as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. {#nodes}
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    Guy Francis de Moncy Burgess (16 April 1911 – 30 August 1963) was a British diplomat and Soviet agent, belonging to the Cambridge Five spy ring that operated from the mid-1930s to the early years of the Cold War. His defection in 1951 to the Soviet Union, with his fellow spy, Donald Maclean, led to a serious breach in Anglo-American intelligence co-operation, and caused long-lasting disruption and demoralisation in Britain's foreign and diplomatic services. Born into a wealthy middle-class family, Burgess was educated at Eton College, the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and Trinity College, Cambridge. An assiduous networker, he embraced left-wing politics at Cambridge and joined the...  more
    • George Best was a Northern Irish footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United. He became one of the most popular footballers of all time and one of the first real celebrity football players. His celebrity lifestyle led to his problems with alcoholism which plagued him for the rest of his life. In August 2002, he received a successful liver transplant for his irreparably damaged liver. However, he continued to drink along with his prescribed medication, leading to kidney failure and eventual death.

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        Tom Conway was a successful film, television, and radio actor who was famous for playing detectives, doctors and psychiatrists. Over his career he played Sherlock Holmes, and even provided the voice to many characters in animated Disney films. Though he made millions during his career, he struggled to make ends meet due to a crippling drinking problem which killed him at age 63.
        • Jack Spicer was a famous American poet who is often associated with the San Fransisco renaissance. In 2009, his collected works of poetry won the American Book Award for poetry. Though he died of alcoholism in 1965, he has a lot of posthumous success.