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Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

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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. 

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  • Mao Zedong
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    Mao Zedong (; December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976), also known as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary who became the founding father of the People's Republic of China (PRC), which he ruled as the Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. Idelogically a Marxist, his theories, military strategies, and political policies are collectively known as Maoism. Mao was the son of a prosperous peasant in Shaoshan, Hunan. He had a Chinese nationalist and an anti-imperialist outlook early in his life, and was particularly influenced by the events of the Xinhai Revolution of 1911 and May Fourth Movement of 1919. He later adopted... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1893-1976)
    • Birthplace: Shaoshan, China

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  • David Niven
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    James David Graham Niven (; 1 March 1910 – 29 July 1983) was a British actor, memoirist and novelist. His many roles included Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, and Sir Charles Lytton ("the Phantom") in The Pink Panther. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Separate Tables (1958). Born in London, Niven attended Heatherdown Preparatory School and Stowe before gaining a place at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. After Sandhurst, he joined the British Army and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry. Having developed an interest in acting, he left the army,... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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  • Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered to be one of the greatest jazz musicians and composers in history, with a career spanning three decades and collaborations with other jazz legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Dannie Richmond, and Herbie Hancock. Mingus' compositions continue to be played by contemporary musicians ranging from the repertory bands Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra, to the high school students who play the charts and compete in the Charles Mingus High School... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1922-1979)
    • Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States of America

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  • Dennis Day
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    Dennis Day (born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty; May 21, 1916 – June 22, 1988) was an American singer, radio, television and film personality and comedian of Irish descent.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1916-1988)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America