Famous People Who Died of Stroke

Updated June 14, 2019 110.2k views 1,046 items

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List of famous people who died of stroke with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from stroke 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 stroke, including actors, musicians and athletes.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different victims of strokes, including Luke Perry, Bill Paxton, Cary Grant, Louis Pasteur, and Richard Nixon. 

This list, ranked loosely by popularity, answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from stroke?" and "Which famous people died due to stroke?"

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


Luke Perry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Stroke
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Coy Luther "Luke" Perry III (October 11, 1966 – March 4, 2019) was an American actor. He became a teen idol for playing Dylan McKay on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 from 1990 to 1995, and again from 1998 to 2000. He also starred as Fred Andrews on the CW series Riverdale, had guest roles on notable shows such as Criminal Minds, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Simpsons, and Will & Grace, and also starred in several films, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), 8 Seconds (1994), The Fifth Element (1997), and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), his final feature performance. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 52

Birthplace: Mansfield, Ohio, United States of America

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Bill Paxton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Stroke
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William Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor and director. He appeared in films such as The Terminator (1984), Commando (1985), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Near Dark (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Tombstone (1993), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), Titanic (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), U-571 (2000), Vertical Limit (2000), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Nightcrawler (2014), and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014). He also starred in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–2011), earning three Golden Globe Award nominations during the show's run. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for portraying Randall ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 63

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Stroke
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Cary Grant (born Archibald Alec Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an English-born American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. He began a career in Hollywood in the early 1930s, when he acquired his stage name, and became known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor, light-hearted approach to acting, and sense of comic timing. He became an American citizen in 1942. Grant was born in Horfield, Bristol. He became attracted to theater at a young age and began performing with a troupe known as "The Penders" at age six. He attended Bishop Road Primary School and Fairfield Grammar School in Bristol. At the age of 16, he went as a stage ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 82 (1904-1986)

Birthplace: United Kingdom

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Stroke
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when he led Britain to victory in the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill represented five constituencies during his career as a Member of Parliament (MP). Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, for most of his career he was a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955, but from 1904 to 1924 was a member of the Liberal Party. Of mixed English and American parentage, Churchill was born in Oxfordshire to a wealthy, aristocratic family. Joining the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)

Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, United Kingdom

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