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

List of victims of motor neuron diseases features Mao Zedong, Lou Gehrig and more.

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

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

Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. His Marxist-Leninist theories, military strategies and political policies are collectively known as Marxism-Leninism-Maoism or Mao Zedong Thought. Born the son of a wealthy farmer in Shaoshan, Hunan, Mao adopted a Chinese nationalist and anti-imperialist outlook in early life, particularly influenced by the events of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and May Fourth Movement of 1919. Mao converted ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 83 (1893-1976)

Birthplace: Shaoshan, China

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#63 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#86 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#10 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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David Niven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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James David Graham Niven was an English actor and novelist who was popular in Europe and in the United States. He may be best known for his roles as Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and as Sir Charles Lytton, a.k.a. "the Phantom", in The Pink Panther. He was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Separate Tables. Born in London, Niven attended Heatherdown Preparatory School and Stowe before gaining a place at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. After Sandhurst he was gazetted a lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry. Having developed an interest in acting, he left the Highland Light ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 73 (1910-1983)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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#35 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

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

#34 on The Best English Actors of All Time

#79 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

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Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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Charles Mingus Jr. was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel music while sometimes drawing on elements of Third Stream, free jazz, and classical music. Yet Mingus avoided categorization, forging his own brand of music that fused tradition with unique and unexplored realms of jazz. He once cited Duke Ellington and church as his main influences. Mingus focused on collective improvisation, similar to the old New Orleans jazz parades, paying particular attention to how each band member interacted with the group as a whole. In creating his bands, he looked ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 57 (1922-1979)

Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States of America

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Dennis Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease
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Dennis Day born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty, was an American singer and radio, television and film personality of Irish descent. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 72 (1916-1988)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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