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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. 
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cirrhosis
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Billie Holiday was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. ...more

Age: Died at 44 (1915-1959)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Also Ranked

#29 on The Best Singers of All Time

#13 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#55 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#16 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cirrhosis
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Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet. 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 47, Kerouac died from internal bleeding due to long-term alcohol abuse. Since his death Kerouac's literary prestige has grown and several ...more

Age: Died at 47 (1922-1969)

Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States of America

Also Ranked

#70 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#82 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#69 on The Best American Poets

#9 on The Most Unbearably Pretentious Authors In Literary History

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Ottis Toole is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cirrhosis
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Ottis Elwood Toole was an American drifter who was convicted of six counts of murder. Like his companion Henry Lee Lucas, Toole made confessions he later recanted, but which resulted in murder convictions. The discrediting of the case against Lucas for crimes in which Toole had offered collaborating statements created doubts as to whether either was a genuine serial killer or, as Hugh Aynesworth suggested, both merely compliant interviewees who 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 attributed the murder of Adam Walsh to Toole on the ...more

Age: Died at 49 (1947-1996)

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

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John Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cirrhosis
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John Barrymore was an American actor on stage, screen and radio. A member of the Drew and Barrymore theatrical dynasties, 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, Richard III and Hamlet; 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 stage for 14 years and instead focused entirely on films. In ...more

Age: Died at 60 (1882-1942)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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