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Cancer strikes indiscriminately, and can even affect some of the most famous people in the world. This is a list of famous people who died of cancer, including photos, birth dates, professions, and other information. You might also be interested in celebrities who were diagnosed with cancer before 40 and famous cancer survivors. These celebrities who died by cancer are listed alphabetically and include the famous cancer victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. Famous people with cancer who later passed away from the disease include actress Farrah Fawcett, Lyn Nofziger, George Low, and more. These notable cancer deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. 

Cancer is a disease that ravages millions of people every year, and unfortunately for these athletes, actors, musicians, and other celebrities, it doesn't matter how much money or fame you possess. There are plenty of well-known names who have succumbed to the disease, like Steve Jobs, Bob Marley, Ronald Reagan, singer David Bowie, and Frank Zappa. It's always tragic when an actor dies of cancer, so we hope for those who are currently dying of any major illnesses. 

Featuring recently dead movie stars and many more, 

Everyone on this list has cancer as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death.

Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett was an American actress and artist. A four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she posed for her iconic red swimsuit poster and starred as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the ...more

Age: Died at 62 (1947-2009)

Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Artist

Credits: Logan's Run, The Cannonball Run, Saturn 3, The Burning Bed

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The ...more

Age: Died at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Racing driver, + more

Credits: Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cars

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in ...more

Age: 70

Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more

Credits: Labyrinth, Basquiat, The Hunger, The Man Who Fell to Earth

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman is ...more

Age: 69

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Graphic Designer, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Credits: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Die Hard, Galaxy Quest

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