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List of famous people who drowned, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who drowned are listed alphabetically and include the famous drowning victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people who died by drowning, including singer Whitney Houston, Virginia Woolf, Rajeev Motwani, and Ward Beysen.

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

Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Drowned
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Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170-200 million records sold worldwide. She ...more

Age: Died at 49 (1963-2012)

Birthplace: USA, Newark, New Jersey

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, Model, + more

Credits: The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher's Wife, Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits

Also Ranked

#87 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#3 on The Best Singers of All Time

#25 on The Best Current Female Singers

#1 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Drowned
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Natalie Wood was an American film and television actress best known for her screen roles in Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, and West Side Story. After first working in films as a child, Wood became a successful Hollywood star as a young adult, receiving three ...more

Age: Died at 43 (1938-1981)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Singer

Credits: Rebel Without a Cause, The Searchers, West Side Story, Splendor in the Grass

Also Ranked

#41 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#19 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#21 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#45 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

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Josef Mengele is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Drowned
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Josef Mengele was a German Schutzstaffel officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. He was notorious for the selection of victims to be killed in the gas chambers and for performing unscientific and often deadly human experiments on prisoners. After the war, he fled ...more

Age: Died at 68 (1911-1979)

Birthplace: Günzburg, Germany

Profession: Physician

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Grigori Rasputin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Drowned
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Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was a Russian peasant, mystical faith healer and a trusted friend to the Tsar's family. He became an influential figure in Saint Petersburg, especially after August 1915 when Tsar Nicholas II took command of the army at the front. There is much uncertainty over Rasputin's ...more

Age: Died at 47 (1869-1916)

Birthplace: Russia, Pokrovskoye

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