Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease

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Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease

List of famous people who died of Alzheimer's disease, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from Alzheimer's disease includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. You might also be interested in celebrities who kept their illnesses secret and good movies that involve Alzheimer's disease. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of Alzheimer's disease, including actors, musicians and athletes.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, including Ronald Reagan, Etta James, and Rita Hayworth.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from Alzheimer's disease?" and "Which famous people died due to Alzheimer's disease?"

These notable Alzheimer's disease deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has Alzheimer's disease as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. 

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  • Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino; October 17, 1918 – May 14, 1987) was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in 61 films over 37 years. The press coined the term "The Love Goddess" to describe Hayworth after she had become the most glamorous screen idol of the 1940s. She was the top pin-up girl for GIs during World War II.Hayworth is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir, Gilda, opposite Glenn Ford, in which she played the femme fatale in her first major dramatic role. Fred Astaire, with whom she made two films, once called her his favorite dance partner. Her greatest success was in the ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1918-1987)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Singer, Dancer
    • Credits: Cover Girl, Gilda, The Lady from Shanghai, Pal Joey
  • Ronald Reagan
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    Ronald Wilson Reagan (; February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was an American politician who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he was a Hollywood actor and union leader before serving as the 33rd governor of California from 1967 to 1975. Reagan was raised in a poor family in small towns of northern Illinois. He graduated from Eureka College in 1932 and worked as a sports commentator on several regional radio stations. After moving to California in 1937, he found work as an actor and starred in a few major productions. Reagan was twice elected President of the Screen Actors Guild—the labor union for actors—where he worked to root out ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)
    • Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, USA
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Politician, Soldier, Lifeguard, Radio personality
    • Credits: General Electric Theater, Kings Row, Knute Rockne All American, Bedtime for Bonzo
  • James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history. Known for his distinctive drawl, down-to-earth persona, and authentic, everyman acting style, Stewart's film career spanned over 55 years and 80 films. With the strong morals he portrayed both on screen and in his personal life, Stewart epitomized the "American ideal" in the 20th-century United States. The characters he played spanned a wide range of subjects and appealed to large audiences. His emotional film performances contributed to his cinematic acclaim. Stewart began his career as a performer on Broadway which earned him a ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
    • Birthplace: USA, Indiana, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Pilot, Television director, Military Officer, Actor
    • Credits: Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Anatomy of a Murder
  • Charlton Heston
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    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 60 years. He played Moses in the epic film The Ten Commandments (1956), for which he received his first nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. He also starred in Touch of Evil (1958) with Orson Welles, Ben-Hur (1959), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, El Cid (1961), Planet of the Apes (1968), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Secret of the Incas (1954), The Big Country (1958) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965).Even though he was a supporter ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1923-2008)
    • Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Political Activist, Film Director
    • Credits: Ben-Hur,Planet of the Apes,Touch of Evil,Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War
  • Charles Bronson
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    Charles Bronson (born Charles Dennis Buchinsky; Lithuanian: Karolis Dionyzas Bučinskis; November 3, 1921 – August 30, 2003) was an American actor. He was often cast in the role of a police officer, gunfighter, or vigilante in revenge-oriented plot lines, had long-term collaborations with film directors Michael Winner and J. Lee Thompson, and appeared in fifteen films with his second wife Jill Ireland.
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1921-2003)
    • Birthplace: USA, Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Miner, Soldier, Actor
    • Credits: Once Upon a Time in the West, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent Seven
  • Etta James
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    Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind". She faced a number of personal problems, including heroin addiction, severe physical abuse, and incarceration, before making a musical comeback in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.James's powerful, deep, earthy voice bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll. She won six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards. She ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1938-2012)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
    • Credits: Back to the Future, Rain Man, American Pie, Burlesque