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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 ...more

Age: Died at 74 (1936-2010)

Birthplace: Dodge City, Kansas, United States of America

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Artist, Film Director, + more

Credits: Speed, Apocalypse Now, Easy Rider, True Romance

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#26 on The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

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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, ...more

Age: Died at 53 (1940-1993)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Composer

Credits: Baby Snakes, Does Humor Belong in Music?, Uncle Meat, 200 Motels

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#54 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#41 on The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

#62 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#69 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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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 ...more

Age: Died at 82 (1925-2007)

Birthplace: USA, California, San Mateo

Profession: Film Score Composer, Business magnate, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, The Man with Two Brains, The Lonely Guy, Dance Fever, + more

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#16 on The Best Emmy Hosts Ever

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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

Age: Died at 79 (1895-1974)

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

Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Actor, Vaudeville Performer

Credits: The Abbott and Costello Show, Africa Screams, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Jack and the Beanstalk

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