Famous People Who Died of Tuberculosis

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List of famous people who died of tuberculosis, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from tuberculosis AKA consumption includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. You might also be interested in celebrity lung cancer deaths and celebs who died from emphysema. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of tuberculosis, including actors, musicians and athletes.

This is a list that features victims of lung disease like Andrew Jackson and Vivien Leigh.

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

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

Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Tuberculosis
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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements. A member of the Roosevelt and Livingston families, Eleanor had an unhappy childhood. At 15, she attended Allenwood Academy in London, and was deeply influenced by its feminist headmistress Marie Souvestre. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 78 (1884-1962)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Tuberculosis
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Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh, was an English stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as "Southern belle" Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire, a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway version of Tovarich. After her drama school education, Leigh appeared in small roles in four films in 1935 and progressed to the role of heroine in Fire Over England. Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that it sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress. Despite her fame as a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 54 (1913-1967)

Birthplace: Darjeeling, India

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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Tuberculosis
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Fryderyk Chopin is a film score composer. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

Birthplace: Żelazowa Wola, Poland

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Andrew Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Tuberculosis
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Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States. He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently immigrated Scots-Irish farming family of relatively modest means. Jackson, whose family supported the revolutionary cause, acted as a courier. He was captured, at age 13, and mistreated by his British captors. He later became a lawyer, and in 1796 he was in Nashville and helped found the state of Tennessee. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and then to the U.S. Senate. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 78 (1767-1845)

Birthplace: Waxhaws

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