Weird History Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia  

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Here is a list of famous people who died of pneumonia. Death due to pneumonia has plagued mankind for ages. Only in the last 100 years has the number of deaths by pneumonia been reduced due to the proliferation of antibiotics. Did you know, the fatal pneumonia disease took away almost 17% of soldiers & people during Civil War? This list includes all people with pneumonia as cause of death along with our beloved celebrities who died of pneumonia.

Famous people on this list include Sister Sledge, Jim Henson, Bert Lahr, Bernard Edwards, and Bernie Mac.

Who are some of the famous people who died from pneumonia? Take a look at this unfortunate list and you'll see what celebrities couldn't outrun this potentially deadly affliction.

Alexandros Papadiamantis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 60 (1851-1911) A very influential writer of the 19th century who never married and was referred to as the worldly monk. Alexandros Pepekas Papadiamantis was an influential Greek novelist, short-story writer and poet.

Barney Battles, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Barney Battles, Sr. Dec. at 30 (1875-1905) Barney Battles was a Scottish footballer, most notable for playing for Celtic. Battles was born in Springburn, Glasgow, he moved to Midlothian when still a boy and played his early football with ...more

Beatrice Straight is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 87 (1914-2001) Beatrice Whitney Straight was an American theatre, film and television actress. She was an Academy Award and Tony Award winner. Straight made her Broadway debut in 1939 in The Possessed. Her ...more

Bernard Edwards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 44 (1952-1996) Bassist for the disco group Chic and producer for songs by Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Sister Sledge died in Tokyo at age 43. Bernard Edwards was an American bass player, singer, songwriter and record producer, both as a member of the funk/disco band Chic and on his own projects.

Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008) He suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but was reported that the pneumonia was not related to the disease. He died in a Chicago area hospital at the age of 50. Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, ...more

Bert Lahr is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 72 (1895-1967) Bert Lahr, born Irving Lahrheim, was an American actor and comedian. Lahr is principally known for his role as Kansas farmworker Zeke and the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. He was very well ...more

Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 96 (1906-2002) Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most ...more

Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 100 (1903-2003) Best remembered for his work with the US Armed Forces and his numerous USO tours entertaining American military personnel. He died at the age of 100. Leslie Townes "Bob" Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS, was an English-born American comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career spanning nearly 80 years, Hope ...more

Brittany Murphy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 32 (1977-2009) Died at age 32 when she was subsequently transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, after 911 was called after she collapsed in her bathroom, where she was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:04 on Dec. 20, 2009 after going into full cardiac arrest. On February 4, 2010, the Los Angeles County coroner stated that the primary cause of Murphy's death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication. Brittany Murphy-Monjack, known professionally as Brittany Murphy, was an American film and stage actress, singer, and voice artist. Murphy, a native of Atlanta, moved to Los Angeles as a ...more

Bruce Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 59 (1943-2002) The father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and husband of actress Blythe Danner, died from complications of oral cancer and pneumonia. He was best known for his work on The White Shadow, St. Elsewhere, and Duets. Bruce Weigert Paltrow was an American television and film director and producer. He was the husband of actress Blythe Danner, and was the father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake

Calamity Jane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 51 (1852-1903) In accord with Jane's dying wishes, she was buried next to Wild Bill Hickok. Martha Jane Canary or Cannary, better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman and professional scout known for her claim of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok and fighting ...more

Carl Schlechter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 44 (1874-1918) Drew a match for the world chess championship vs. Emanuel Lasker. Pneumonia was brought on by privations following World War I; according to some sources, death was due to starvation. Carl Schlechter was a leading Austrian chess master and theoretician at the turn of the 20th century. He is best known for drawing a World Chess Championship match with Emanuel Lasker.

Carlos Eugenio Restrepo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 70 (1867-1937)

President of Colombia from 1910 to 1914. He was born in Medellín, Antioquia, he was a lawyer, professor and journalist, and also served as Ambassador to the Holy See. He died in Medellín alongside his family.

Carlos Eugenio Restrepo Restrepo was a Colombian lawyer, writer, and statesman, who was elected President of Colombia in 1910. During his administration he worked towards making political ...more

Charles Bronson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003) Died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Charles Bronson was an American film and television actor. He starred in films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Rider on the Rain, ...more

Charles Nelson Reilly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 76 (1931-2007) Charles Nelson Reilly was an American actor, comedian, director and drama teacher, known for his comedic roles in stages, films, children's television and cartoons, and as a game show panelist.

Chris Candido is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 33 (1972-2005) Died while in surgery to drain his lungs. Christopher B. "Chris" Candito was an American professional wrestler. Candito was best known for his appearances with professional wrestling promotions such as World Championship ...more

Chris Wood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
age 49 Died at age 39 in Birmingham, England. Christopher Barry Wood is an American bass player, best known for playing with the avant-garde jazz-funk trio Medeski Martin & Wood.

Christian Brando is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 50 (1958-2008) Died at the age of 49. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of the boyfriend of his half-sister Cheyenne. Christian Devi Brando was the eldest child of actor Marlon Brando and Anna Kashfi. On May 16, 1990, Christian Brando fatally shot Dag Drollet, the boyfriend of his half-sister Cheyenne at his ...more

Chuck Schuldiner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 34 (1967-2001) Schuldiner was diagnosed with brain cancer and received a chemotherapy drug to help with his therapy. As a side effect, the drug weakened Chuck. He died the same year he was diagnosed with cancer. Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He also recorded as guitarist and songwriter with his other band, Control Denied.

Dick Curtis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 50 (1902-1952) Dick Curtis was an American actor who made over 230 film and television appearances during his career.

Donald Paige Frary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Donald Paige Frary Dec. at 26 (1893-1919) Died at age 25 while attending the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. Donald Paige Frary was a noted American professor and author. Frary was born in Charlemont, Massachusetts on 9 August 1893 to Edward Sanderson and Caroline Louisa Frary. Frary was a graduate of ...more

Dr Henry Edward Roberts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dr Henry Edward Roberts Died at the age of 68. Credited as the "father of the personal computer" by inventing the Altair 8800, a machine that sparked the home computer era, kicking starting the careers of Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen. [2]

Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 79 (1927-2006) He scored a remarkable 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary and 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues. Died at the age of 79. Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, and 514 goals ...more

Frank Gorshin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 72 (1933-2005) The show biz veteran best known as The Riddler to TV's Batman and as Bele on Star Trek also succumbed to lung cancer and emphysema. Frank John Gorshin, Jr. was an American character actor, impressionist, and comedian. He was perhaps best known as an impressionist, with many guest appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and ...more

Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died Of Pneumonia
Dec. at 75 (1811-1886) Died in Bayreuth aged 74 after contracting pneumonia during a festival held there in honour of Richard Wagner. Franz Liszt is a film score composer.