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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 (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, made his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and Giant (1956). 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.Hopper made his directorial film debut with Easy Rider (1969), which he and co-star Peter Fonda wrote with Terry Southern. The film earned Hopper a Cannes Film Festival Award for "Best First Work" and a nomination for the Academy ...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 (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, and bandleader. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his ...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 Griffin Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was an American television host 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. He also created the internationally popular game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune through his television production companies, Merv Griffin Enterprises and Merv Griffin Entertainment. ...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 (October 2, 1897 – April 24, 1974) was an American actor, best known for his film comedy double act, as straight man to Lou Costello. Groucho Marx declared Abbott "the greatest straight man ever." ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 79 (1895-1974)

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

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