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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.

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This list of historic deaths in California includes athletes, musicians, celebrities and notable local figures.

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Marilyn Monroe Died at 36 (1926-1962)

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George Carlin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
George Carlin Died at 71 (1937-2008)

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Steve Jobs Died at 56 (1955-2011)

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Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Ronald Reagan Died at 93 (1911-2004)

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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Richard Pryor Died at 65 (1940-2005)

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Michael Jackson Died at 51 (1958-2009)

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Elizabeth Taylor Died at 79 (1932-2011)

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Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Farrah Fawcett Died at 62 (1947-2009)

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Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Lenny Bruce Died at 41 (1925-1966)

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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dr. Seuss Died at 87 (1904-1991)

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Brittany Murphy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Brittany Murphy Died at 32 (1977-2009)

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Bob Hope is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Bob Hope Died at 100 (1903-2003)

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Rodney Dangerfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Rodney Dangerfield Died at 83 (1921-2004)

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Marlon Brando is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Marlon Brando Died at 80 (1924-2004)

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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Whitney Houston Died at 49 (1963-2012)

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Janis Joplin Died at 27 (1943-1970)

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Dennis Hopper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Dennis Hopper Died at 74 (1936-2010)

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Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Robert F. Kennedy Died at 43 (1925-1968)

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Frank Sinatra Died at 83 (1915-1998)

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Milton Berle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Milton Berle Died at 94 (1908-2002)

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Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Lucille Ball Died at 78 (1911-1989)

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Redd Foxx is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Redd Foxx Died at 69 (1922-1991)

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Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Gore Vidal Died at 87 (1925-2012)

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Johnny Carson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Johnny Carson Died at 80 (1925-2005)

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Buckminster Fuller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Buckminster Fuller Died at 88 (1895-1983)

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Bettie Page is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Bettie Page Died at 85 (1923-2008)

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Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Jack Benny Died at 80 (1894-1974)

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John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
John Belushi Died at 33 (1949-1982)

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Anne Francis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Anne Francis Died at 81 (1930-2011)

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Natalie Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Natalie Wood Died at 43 (1938-1981)

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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Henry Fonda Died at 77 (1905-1982)

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River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
River Phoenix Died at 23 (1970-1993)

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Margaux Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Margaux Hemingway Died at 42 (1954-1996)

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Yvette Vickers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Yvette Vickers Died at 82 (1928-2010)

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Freddie Prinze is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Freddie Prinze Died at 23 (1954-1977)

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
John Wayne Died at 72 (1907-1979)

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Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Patrick Swayze Died at 57 (1952-2009)

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Anthony Perkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Anthony Perkins Died at 60 (1932-1992)

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Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Corey Haim Died at 39 (1971-2010)

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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Michael Crichton Died at 66 (1942-2008)

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Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Jack Lemmon Died at 76 (1925-2001)

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Sam Kinison is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Sam Kinison Died at 39 (1953-1992)

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William Shockley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
William Shockley Died at 79 (1910-1989)

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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Clark Gable Died at 59 (1901-1960)

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Suzy Parker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Suzy Parker Died at 71 (1932-2003)

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Steve Allen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Steve Allen Died at 79 (1921-2000)

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Peter Graves is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Peter Graves Died at 84 (1926-2010)

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Phyllis Diller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Phyllis Diller Died at 95 (1917-2012)

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Shannon Wilsey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in California
Shannon Wilsey Died at 24 (1970-1994)

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Lorne Michaels is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in California