Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer

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

With people ranging from Frank Zappa to Dennis Hopper, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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

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

Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, making his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared in two films with James Dean. In the next ten years he made a name in television, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in several films. Hopper also began a prolific and acclaimed photography career in the 1960s. In 1969 Hopper directed and starred in Easy Rider, winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer. Journalist Ann Hornaday wrote: "With its portrait of counterculture heroes raising their middle fingers to the uptight ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 74 (1936-2010)

Birthplace: Dodge City, Kansas, United States of America

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Frank Zappa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern, along with 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 53 (1940-1993)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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Merv Griffin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. was an American television host, musician, actor, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway. From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show, produced by Westinghouse Broadcasting. He also created the game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Click, Ruckus, and Merv Griffin's Crosswords with his own television production companies, Merv Griffin Enterprises and Merv Griffin Entertainment. During his lifetime, Griffin was considered an entertainment business magnate. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 82 (1925-2007)

Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States of America

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Bud Abbott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer
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William Alexander "Bud" Abbott was an American actor, producer and comedian. He is best remembered as the straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 79 (1895-1974)

Birthplace: Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States of America

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