Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack

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List of famous people who died of heart attack, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from heart attack includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. You might also be interested in celebrities who died of heart failure and maybe even these gripping GIFs that might give you a heart attack. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of heart attack, including actors, musicians and athletes.

This list of famous heart attack victims contains people like Orson Welles, Celeste Holm, Alan Thicke, and more.

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

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

Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most notably Caesar, a groundbreaking Broadway adaptation of Julius Caesar. Welles directed a number of high-profile stage productions for the Federal Theatre Project in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 70 (1915-1985)

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

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J. Edgar Hoover is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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John Edgar Hoover was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. Appointed director of the Bureau of Investigation—predecessor to the FBI—in 1924, he was instrumental in founding the FBI in 1935, where he remained director until his death in 1972 at age 77. Hoover is credited with building the FBI into a larger crime-fighting agency, and with instituting a number of modernizations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories. Late in life and after his death Hoover became a controversial figure, as evidence of his secretive abuses of power began to surface. He was found to have exceeded the jurisdiction of the FBI ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 77 (1895-1972)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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Celeste Holm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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Celeste Holm was an American stage, film and television actress. Holm won an Academy Award for her performance in Gentleman's Agreement, and was Oscar nominated for her roles in Come to the Stable and All About Eve. She originated the role of Ado Annie in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Alan Thicke is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Heart Attack
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Alan Willis Thicke is a Canadian actor, songwriter, and game and talk show host. He is known for his role as Jason Seaver, the father on the ABC television series Growing Pains. He is the father of actor Brennan Thicke and singer Robin Thicke. In 2013, Thicke was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 69

Birthplace: Kirkland Lake, Canada

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