Everyone has a one in 365 chance that they will die on their birthdays and several celebrities were unlucky (or lucky, depend on how you look at it) enough that it happened. In fact, studies have shown that the people over 60 are more likely to die on their birthdays, and that birthday deaths, in general, are on the rise. Which famous actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes have died on their birthdays?
Dying on one's birthday is actually more likely than you might think. Researchers studied more than two million people during a 40-year study and found that deaths from heart attacks, strokes, falls, and suicides all increased, and that people turning 60 and older were 14 percent more likely to die on their birthday.
Read through the list below to learn which other famous celebrities died on their birthdays, and share your thoughts in the comments section. What do you think when a celebrity dies on the same date he or she was born? Is this a coincidence or fate?
Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. She is best remembered for her roles as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca, and as Alicia Huberman in Notorious, an Alfred Hitchcock thriller co-starring Cary Grant. Before becoming a star in American films, she had been a leading actress in Swedish films. Her first introduction to U.S. audiences came with her starring role in the English-language remake of Intermezzo in 1939. In the United ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 67 (1915-1982)
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, of which the authorship of some is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 52 (April 23, 1564-1616)
Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Betty Naomi Goldstein Friedan was a writer, activist and actress. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 85 (February 4, 1921-2006)
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
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George Francis Barnes Jr., better known as "Machine Gun Kelly", was an Irish American gangster during the prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. His most infamous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his gang, collected a $200,000 ransom. Their victim had collected and left considerable evidence that assisted the subsequent FBI investigation that eventually led to Kelly's arrest in Memphis, Tennessee, on September 26, 1933. His crimes also included bootlegging and armed robbery. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 54 (July 18, 1900-1954)
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of Americasee more on Machine Gun Kelly