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Famous People Who Died of Leukemia

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List of famous people who died of leukemia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from leukemia 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 leukemia, including actors, musicians and athletes. For some good news, here are athletes who beat cancer and celebrity cancer survivors

List is made up of many different people, including Etta James, Charlie Murphy, Fred MacMurray, and Craig Sager.

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

These notable leukemia deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has leukemia 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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  • Marie Curie
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    Marie Skłodowska Curie ( KEWR-ee, French: [kyʁi], Polish: [kʲiˈri]; born Maria Salomea Skłodowska; 7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win the Nobel prize twice, and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields. She was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris. She was born in Warsaw, in what was... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1867-1934)
    • Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic
    • Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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  • Joan Blondell
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    Rose Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress who performed in movies and on television for half a century. She began her career in vaudeville. After winning a beauty pageant, Blondell embarked upon a film career. Establishing herself as a sexy, wisecracking blonde, she was a pre-Code staple of Warner Bros. pictures, and appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions. She was most active in films during the 1930s, and during this time, she co-starred with Glenda Farrell in nine films, in which the duo portrayed gold diggers. Blondell continued acting in major film roles for the rest of her life, often in small character roles or supporting... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1906-1979)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion Model, Author, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Grease, The Public Enemy, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Topper Returns

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  • Charlie Murphy
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    Charles Quinton Murphy (July 12, 1959 – April 12, 2017) was an American actor, comedian, and writer. Murphy was best known as a writer and cast member of the Comedy Central sketch-comedy series Chappelle's Show, and as the costar of the sitcom Black Jesus. He was the older brother of comedian Eddie Murphy and the older half-brother of Vernon Lynch Jr.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 57
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Soldier, Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Night at the Museum, Chappelle's Show, Harlem Nights, Norbit, Mo' Better Blues

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  • Craig Graham Sager Sr. (June 29, 1951 – December 15, 2016) was an American sports reporter, covering, from 1981 until the year of his death, an array of sports for CNN and its sister stations, TBS and TNT. Sager is best known for his having worked as a sideline reporter who paced the floors of the National Basketball Association, as he invariably sported a specimen from his vast collection of garishly eccentric jackets and suits. He was a 2016 inductee of the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. During the 2017 National Basketball Association All-Star game, it was announced that Sager was the 2017 recipient of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: Batavia, Illinois
    • Profession: Journalist
    • Credits: Major League Baseball on TBS