Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease

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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. 

Rita Hayworth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease
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Rita Hayworth was an American actress and dancer. She achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era's top stars, appearing in a total of 61 films over 37 years. She is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1946 film noir, Gilda. She is listed as one of the top 25 female motion picture stars of all time in the American Film Institute's survey, AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars. Hayworth was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1980. The following year she moved to Manhattan, New York, where her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, could care for her. Hayworth died at her home from complications associated with Alzheimer's on May 14, 1987, at age 68. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 69 (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

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Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease
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Ronald Wilson Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. Before his presidency he served as the 33rd Governor of California and was also an actor from 1937–1964. Born and raised in small towns in Illinois, Reagan graduated from Eureka College and then worked as a radio broadcaster. He moved to Hollywood in 1937, where he began a career as an actor, first in films and later in television. Reagan served as President of the Screen Actors Guild and later as a spokesman for General Electric; his start in politics occurred during his work for G.E. Originally, he was a member of the Democratic Party, but due to the parties' shifting platforms during the 1950s, he switched to the Republican ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 93 (1911-2004)

Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, USA

Profession: Spokesperson, Politician, Soldier, Lifeguard, Radio personality, + more

Credits: General Electric Theater, Kings Row, Knute Rockne All American, Bedtime for Bonzo

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease
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James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics. He was known for portraying the American middle class man with everyday life struggles. Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition and receiving one Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend in cinema history by the American Film Institute. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Television director, Military Officer, Actor

Credits: Rear Window, It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Anatomy of a Murder

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Charlton Heston is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease
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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 of Evil with Orson Welles; Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor; El Cid; and Planet of the Apes. He also starred in the films The Greatest Show on Earth; Secret of the Incas; and The Agony and the Ecstasy. The starring roles gave the actor a grave, authoritative persona and embodied responsibility, individualism and masculinity; later in his career, he rejected scripts that did not emphasize those virtues. His media image as a spokesman for Judeo-Christian moral values enabled ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 85 (1923-2008)

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, USA

Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Political Activist, Film Director

Credits: Ben-Hur, Planet of the Apes, Touch of Evil, Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War

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