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Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks

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List of famous people who were killed in animal attacks, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died in animal attacks are listed alphabetically and include the famous animal attack victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. You might also be interested in people who were killed by bugs and hunters who became the hunted. If you'd like the celebrities to win, then see which celebrities are pro-hunting.

This list of people who were attacked, mauled, and killed by animals includes Timothy Treadwell, Steve Irwin, Diane Whipple, and more. Some of these cases of animals attacking humans are unsolved, but still tragic. Featuring fatal stingray attacks, dogs mauling owners, and more, this list has it all. 

These notable animal attack deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has killed in animal attacks as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death.

Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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Steve Irwin was the beloved host of The Crocodile Hunter, a hugely popular nature documentary series in which he encountered crocodiles and other dangerous wild animals. The show was hugely popular and spawned multiple spin-off series' and even a feature length film.

While filming another documentary series about dangerous underwater creatures, Irwin was stabbed in the heart by a stingray and bled out shortly afterward. He is survived by his wife Terri and his daughter Bindi, who continue to work with animals.

Age: Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)

Birthplace: Essendon, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Profession: Conservationist, Actor, Zoologist, Voice acting, Naturalist, + more

Credits: The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, Ocean's Deadliest, The Crocodile Hunter

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Timothy Treadwell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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Timothy Treadwell

Timothy Treadwell was the self-proclaimed bear expert who was the subject of the 2005 documentary Grizzly Man. Treadwell spent years filming himself observing and often approaching several grizzly bears in Katmai National Park. After around 13 years of doing so, he and his girlfriend were mauled, torn apart, and partially eaten by a bear while the camera recorded audio.

The audio is not included in the film because director Werner Herzog found it too disturbing.

Age: Dec. at 46 (1957-2003)

Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Environmentalist, Film Producer, Actor

Credits: The Grizzly Man Diaries

Diane Whipple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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Diane Whipple is a lacrosse player who made headlines when she was mauled and killed by two dogs owned by her neighbors. Whipple lived in a San Francisco apartment building and was coming home with groceries when her neighbors Perro de Presa Canario got loose and viciously tore her apart.

Before being owned by her neighbors, the dogs were trained as part of an illegal dogfighting ring which was most likely the reason for their aggression. She died on January 26, 2001, from massive blood loss.

Age: Dec. at 33 (1968-2001)

Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey

Nationality: United States of America

Surinder Singh Bajwa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Were Killed in Animal Attacks
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Surinder Singh Bajwa was the deputy mayor of Dehli. He was elected into office in April of 2007 but tragically died later that year. Bajwa's tragic death was caused by a large swarm of rhesus macaques monkeys at his home.

The monkeys caused him to fall from the second floor balcony, which left him with fatal massive head injuries.

Age: Dec. at 52 (1955-2007)

Profession: Politician