Famous People Who Died of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Famous People Who Died of Traumatic Brain Injury

List of famous people who died of traumatic brain injury, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from traumatic brain injury 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 traumatic brain injury, including actors, musicians and athletes.

Examples include Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Culp.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from traumatic brain injury?" and "Which famous people died due to traumatic brain injury?"

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

  • Kurt Vonnegut
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    Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most respected satirical counterculture writers of all time. His novels Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions are considered American classics. He taught classes at Harvard later in life until 2007 when he fell down a flight of stairs and died at age 87.
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1922-2007)
    • Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
  • A comedian and actor, Bob Saget was on a stand-up tour in Florida when he missed his scheduled pick-up time and was found unresponsive in his room by hotel staff at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando. No cause of death was immediately announced by Saget's family but after the autopsy they revealed the cause of death was head trauma. The family shared the results, stating "he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep."

    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • Jon-Erik Hexum was an actor and model who played the lead in the TV series "Cover-Up" in 1984. While on set, he pretended to shoot himself with a prop gun as a joke, and the blank round in the gun blew a hole in his skull, killing him. His character was replaced for the remaining episodes of the first season, but was then cancelled.
    • Age: Dec. at 26 (1957-1984)
    • Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, USA
  • Robert Fergusson (5 September 1750 – 16 October 1774) was a Scottish poet. After formal education at the University of St Andrews, Fergusson led a bohemian life in Edinburgh, the city of his birth, then at the height of intellectual and cultural ferment as part of the Scottish enlightenment. Many of his extant poems were printed from 1771 onwards in Walter Ruddiman's Weekly Magazine, and a collected works was first published early in 1773. Despite a short life, his career was highly influential, especially through its impact on Robert Burns. He wrote both Scottish English and the Scots language, and it is his vivid and masterly writing in the latter leid for which he is principally ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 24 (1750-1774)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom