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Famous People Who Died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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List of famous people who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 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 amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, including actors, musicians and athletes.

List ranges from Lou Gehrig to Dennis Day and more.

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

These notable amyotrophic lateral sclerosis deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 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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  • Lou Gehrig
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    Henry Louis Gehrig (born Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig; June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941) was an American professional baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees (1923–1939). Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, which earned him his nickname "The Iron Horse". He was an All-Star seven consecutive times, a Triple Crown winner once, an American League (AL) Most Valuable Player twice, and a member of six World Series champion teams. He had a career .340 batting average, .632 slugging average, and a .447 on base average. He hit 493 home runs and had 1,995 runs batted in (RBI). He still has the highest ratio of runs... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1903-1941)
    • Birthplace: Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

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  • Samuel Shepard Rogers III (November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017), known professionally as Sam Shepard, was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director whose career spanned half a century. He won ten Obie Awards for writing and directing, the most won by any writer or director. He wrote 44 plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 film The Right Stuff. He received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1943-2017)
    • Birthplace: USA, Fort Sheridan, Illinois

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  • Dennis Day
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    Dennis Day (born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty; May 21, 1916 – June 22, 1988) was an American singer, radio, television and film personality and comedian of Irish descent.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1916-1988)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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    Stephen Hillenburg

    Stephen Hillenburg
    Photo: Carlos Cazurro Burgos / Wikimedia Commons
    Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American animator, voice actor, and marine science educator. He is best remembered for creating the Nickelodeon animated television series SpongeBob SquarePants which he also directed, produced, and wrote. He is the founder of the United Plankton Pictures. It has become the fifth-longest-running American animated series. Born in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in Anaheim, California, Hillenburg became fascinated with the ocean as a child and developed an interest in art. He started his professional career in 1984, instructing marine biology, at the Orange County Marine Institute, where he wrote The Intertidal Zone, an... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1961-2018)
    • Birthplace: Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America