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Famous People Who Died of Cirrhosis

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

This list below has a variety of people, like Billie Holiday and Franklin Pierce, in it.

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

These notable cirrhosis deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has cirrhosis 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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  • Billie Holiday
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    Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills.After a turbulent childhood, Holiday began singing in nightclubs in Harlem, where she was heard by the producer John Hammond, who commended her voice. She signed a recording contract with Brunswick in 1935. Collaborations with Teddy... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 44 (1915-1959)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Jack Kerouac
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    Jack Kerouac (; born Jean-Louis Kérouac (though he called himself Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac); March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet of French-Canadian descent.He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his method of spontaneous prose. Thematically, his work covers topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. He became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the hippie movement, although he remained antagonistic toward some of its politically radical elements.In 1969, at age... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
    • Birthplace: Middlesex County, United States of America, Lowell, United States, with Territories

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  • Ottis Toole
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    Ottis Elwood Toole (March 5, 1947 – September 15, 1996) was an American drifter and serial killer who was convicted of six counts of murder. Like his companion Henry Lee Lucas, Toole made confessions he then later recanted, which resulted in murder convictions. The discrediting of the case against Lucas for crimes Toole had offered corroborating statements created doubts as to whether either was a genuine serial killer or, as Hugh Aynesworth suggested, both were merely compliant interviewees whom police used to clear unsolved murders from the books. Toole received two death sentences, but on appeal they were commuted to life imprisonment. He died in his cell from cirrhosis, aged 49. Police... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1947-1996)
    • Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

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  • John Barrymore
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    John Sidney Barrymore (February 15, 1882 – May 29, 1942) was an American actor on stage, screen and radio. A member of the Drew and Barrymore theatrical families, he initially tried to avoid the stage, and briefly attempted a career as an artist, but appeared on stage together with his father Maurice in 1900, and then his sister Ethel the following year. He began his career in 1903 and first gained attention as a stage actor in light comedy, then high drama, culminating in productions of Justice (1916), Richard III (1920) and Hamlet (1922); his portrayal of Hamlet led to him being called the "greatest living American tragedian".After a success as Hamlet in London in 1925, Barrymore left the... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1882-1942)
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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