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Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors

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List of famous people who died of brain tumor, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died of brain cancer are listed alphabetically and include the famous brain cancer victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. Here are also celebrity brain cancer deaths and celebrities who died of traumatic brain injury

List people include James William Benson, Pat Kavanagh, Gene Siskel, Susan Hayward, Meredith Macrae, Bert Convy, Lou Rawlsand, and more.

These notable brain tumor deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has rain tumor 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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    John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician and military officer, who served as a United States senator from Arizona from January 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for president of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama. McCain graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958 and received a commission in the United States Navy. He became a naval aviator and flew ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he almost died in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. While on a bombing mission during  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1936 - 2018)
    • Birthplace: Coco Solo

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    Ethel Merman (born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann, January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her distinctive, powerful voice and leading roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage".Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm" (from Girl Crazy); "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Some People", and "Rose's Turn" (from Gypsy—Merman starred as Rose in the original 1959 Broadway production); and the Cole Porter songs "It's De-Lovely" (from Red, Hot and Blue), "Friendship" (from DuBarry Was a Lady), and "I Get a Kick Out of You", "You're the Top", and  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1908-1984)
    • Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

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    Susan Hayward (born Edythe Marrenner; June 30, 1917 – March 14, 1975) was an American actress and model. After working as a fashion model, Hayward traveled to Hollywood in 1937. She secured a film contract and played several small supporting roles over the next few years. By the late 1940s, the quality of her film roles had improved, and she achieved recognition for her dramatic abilities with the first of five Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her performance as an alcoholic in Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (1947). Her career continued successfully through the 1950s and she received subsequent nominations for My Foolish Heart (1949), With a Song in My Heart (1952), and I'll  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1917-1975)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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    George Gershwin (; born Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz, September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), the songs Swanee (1919) and Fascinating Rhythm (1924), the jazz standard I Got Rhythm (1930), and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935) which spawned the hit Summertime. Gershwin studied piano under Charles Hambitzer and composition with Rubin Goldmark, Henry Cowell, and Joseph Brody. He began his career as a song plugger but soon started composing Broadway theater works with Buddy DeSylva and his  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1898-1937)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York

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