Famous People Who Died of Traumatic Brain Injury

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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. (6 items)
Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Traumatic Brain Injury
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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.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction, with further collections being published after his death. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five (1969). Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Vonnegut attended Cornell University but dropped out in January 1943 and enlisted in the United States Army. As part of his training, he studied mechanical engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and the University of Tennessee. He was then ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 85 (1922-2007)

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

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Jon-Erik Hexum is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Traumatic Brain Injury
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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.

Jon-Erik Hexum (; November 5, 1957 – October 18, 1984) was an American actor, known for his lead roles in the TV series Voyagers! and Cover Up, and his supporting role as Pat Trammell in the biopic The Bear. He died as a result of an accidental self-inflicted blank cartridge gunshot to the head on the set of Cover Up. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 27 (1957-1984)

Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America

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Robert Fergusson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Traumatic Brain Injury
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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 on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 24 (1750-1774)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Brittanie Cecil is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Traumatic Brain Injury
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Brittanie Cecil
Brittanie Cecil is to this day the only fan to be killed during an NHL game by a deflected puck. During a hockey game on March 16, 2002, Cecil was struck in the temple by a puck that went over the glass. Her injury seemed minor at the time but caused swelling in her brain, killing her a few days later.

Brittanie Nichole Cecil was a hockey fan who died from injuries suffered when a puck was deflected into the stands and struck her in the left temple at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on March 16, 2002. It was the first and currently only fan fatality in the NHL's 85-year history. Because of Brittanie's death, the league implemented mandatory netting at either end of the rink in every stadium at the beginning of the next NHL season in 2002–03 to protect spectators from errant pucks. In April 2004, a little over two years after Brittanie's death, her parents received $1.2 million in a settlement with the NHL and other groups. ...more on Wikipedia