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Famous People Who Died in Illinois

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List of famous people who died in Illinois, with photos when available. These notable Illinois 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 Illinois, while others were just renowned in their line of work. Either way everyone on this list has Illinois listed as their official place of death in any public records. Each prominent person who passed away in Illinois has information about them next to their names, including the year they were born and their place of birth.

With people ranging from Frederick G. Williams to Samuel H. Shapiro, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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

This list of historic deaths in Illinois includes athletes, musicians, celebrities and notable local figures.
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Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008) from USA, Chicago, Illinois
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John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 52 (1942-1994) from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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Jane Addams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 75 (1860-1935) from Cedarville, Illinois
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Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 33 (1964-1997) from Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
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Ida B. Wells is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 69 (1862-1931) from Holly Springs, Mississippi
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Cyrus McCormick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 75 (1809-1884) from Virginia
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Claude McKay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 59 (1889-1948) from Clarendon Parish, Jamaica
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Muddy Waters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 70 (1913-1983) from Mississippi, Issaquena County, United States, with Territories
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Red Grange is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 88 (1903-1991) from Forksville, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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George Pullman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 66 (1831-1897) from Brocton, New York
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Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 59 (1903-1962) from Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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Charles Horace Mayo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 74 (1865-1939) from Rochester, Minnesota
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Louis R. Vitullo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
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Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 67 (1896-1963) from Winters, Texas, United States of America
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George Safford Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 74 (1863-1937) from Shullsburg, Wisconsin
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Dorr Felt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 68 (1862-1930) from Newark, Wisconsin
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Mahalia Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 61 (1911-1972) from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
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Allan Bloom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 62 (1930-1992) from Indianapolis, Indiana
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Marshall Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 54 (1878-1932) from Indianapolis, Indiana
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George Halas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983) from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 53 (1901-1954) from Rome, Italy
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Joseph Smith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 39 (1805-1844) from Sharon, Vermont, United States of America
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Mikey Welsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 40 (1971-2011) from Syracuse, New York, United States of America
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Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 46 (1953-1999) from Columbia, Mississippi, United States of America
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William Heirens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in Illinois
Dec. at 84 (1928-2012) from Evanston, Illinois