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Famous People Who Died in California

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List of famous people who died in California, with photos when available. These notable California deaths are loosely ordered by how famous each person was, meaning the most well-known people are at the top of the list. Some of the people mentioned below were celebrities who died in California, while others were just renowned in their line of work. Either way everyone on this list has California listed as their official place of death in any public records. Each prominent person who passed away in California has information about them next to their names, including the year they were born and their place of birth.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Chris Penn and Charles Lane.

If you're trying to answer the questions, "Which famous people died in California?" and "Which celebrities died in California?" then this list will have you covered.

This list of historic deaths in California includes athletes, musicians, celebrities and notable local figures.
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Bettie Page is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 85 (1923-2008)
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Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 80 (1894-1974)
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John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 33 (1949-1982)
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Anne Francis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 81 (1930-2011)
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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 43 (1938-1981)
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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)
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River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 23 (1970-1993)
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Margaux Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 42 (1954-1996)
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Yvette Vickers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 82 (1928-2010)
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Freddie Prinze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 23 (1954-1977)
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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
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Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 57 (1952-2009)
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Anthony Perkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 60 (1932-1992)
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Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 39 (1971-2010)
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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 66 (1942-2008)
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Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 76 (1925-2001)
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Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 39 (1953-1992)
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William Shockley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 79 (1910-1989)
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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 59 (1901-1960)
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Suzy Parker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)
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Steve Allen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 79 (1921-2000)
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Peter Graves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)
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Phyllis Diller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)
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Shannon Wilsey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dec. at 24 (1970-1994)
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Lorne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in California