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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. {#nodes}
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  • 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 85 (1922-2007)
    • Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

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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.
    • Age: Dec. at 27 (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 on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 24 (1750-1774)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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    Brittanie Cecil

    Brittanie Cecil
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    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.