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This feature contains a list of famous people, their cause of death and a link to its spiritual component, and their claim to fame. Those passing from old age or natural causes are not listed here.


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Adam WestBorn: September 19, 1928
Died: June 9, 2017
Cause of death: Leukemia
Claim to fame: Actor
Al JarreauBorn: March 12, 1940
Died: February 12, 2017
Cause of death: Respiratory failure
Claim to fame: Singer
Alan RickmanBorn: February 21, 1946
Died: January 14, 2016
Cause of death: Pancreatic cancer
Claim to fame: Actor
Alan ThickeBorn: March 1, 1947
Died: December 13, 2016
Cause of death: Aortic dissection
Claim to fame: Actor, songwriter, game and talk show host
Alexis ArquetteBorn: July 28, 1969
Died: September 11, 2016
Cause of death: HIV
Claim to fame: Actress, cabaret performer, underground cartoonist, activist
Attrell CordesBorn: May 15, 1970
Died: June 17, 2016
Cause of death: Renal failure as a complcation of diabetes
Claim to fame: Musician, singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer
Barbara BlaineBorn: July 6, 1956
Died: September 24, 2017
Cause of death: Heart disease
Claim to fame: Founder of SNAP
Barbara HaleBorn: April 18, 1922
Died: January 26, 2017
Cause of death: Complications from COPD
Claim to fame: Actress
Barbara TarbuckBorn: January 15, 1942
Died: December 26, 2016
Cause of death: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
Claim to fame: Film, television, and stage actress
Barry JennerBorn: January 14, 1941
Died: August 8, 2016
Cause of death: Acute myeloid leukemia
Claim to fame: Actor
Bill PaxtonBorn: May 17, 1955
Died: February 25, 2017
Cause of death: Stroke
Claim to fame: Actor
Bobby VeeBorn: April 30, 1943
Died: October 24, 2016
Cause of death: Alzheimer's disease
Claim to fame: Singer
Burt KwoukBorn: July 18, 1930
Died: May 24, 2016
Cause of death: Cancer
Claim to fame: Actor
Carrie FisherBorn: October 21, 1956
Died: December 27, 2016
Cause of death: Sleep apnea, cardiac arrest
Claim to fame: Actress, writer, and humorist
Charlie MurphyBorn: July 12, 1959
Died: April 12, 2017
Cause of death: Leukemia
Claim to fame: Actor, comedian, and writer
Charlie GardBorn: August 4, 2016
Died: July 28, 2017
Cause of death: Mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (see birth defects)
Claim to fame: Infant boy, born with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome
Chester BenningtonBorn: March 20, 1976
Died: July 20, 2017
Cause of death: Suicide
Claim to fame: Singer, songwriter
Chuck BerryBorn: October 18, 1926
Died: March 18, 2017
Cause of death: Heart attack
Claim to fame: Singer, songwriter, musician, pioneer of rock and roll music
Cynthia SzigetiBorn: October 26, 1949
Died: August 10, 2016
Cause of death: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Claim to fame: Comic actress and acting teacher
David BowieBorn: January 8, 1947
Died: January 10, 2016
Cause of death: Liver cancer
Claim to fame: Singer, songwriter and actor
David GestBorn: May 11, 1953
Died: April 12, 2016
Cause of death: Stroke
Claim to fame: Entertainer, comedian, producer, and television personality
David RockefellerBorn: June 12, 1915
Died: March 20, 2017
Cause of death: Congestive heart failure
Claim to fame: Banker
Dawn Coe-JonesBorn: October 19, 1960
Died: November 12, 2016
Cause of death: Bone cancer
Claim to fame: Professional golfer, member of Canadian Golf Hall of Fame
Dean MercerBorn: November 24, 1969
Died: August 28, 2017
Cause of death: Cardiac arrest
Claim to fame: Sportsman, ironman
Debbie ReynoldsBorn: April 1, 1932
Died: December 28, 2016
Cause of death: Stroke
Claim to fame: Actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian, and mother of Carrie Fisher
Dennis BanksBorn: April 12, 1937
Died: October 29, 2017
Cause of death: Pneumonia as a complication of heart surgery
Claim to fame: Actor and American indigenous activist
Dick GregoryBorn: October 12, 1932
Died: August 19, 2017
Cause of death: Heart failure
Claim to fame: Comedian, civil rights activist, social critic, writer, entrepreneur, conspiracy theorist, and occasional actor
DJ Official
(Nelson J. Chu)
Born: September 16, 1976
Died: August 14, 2016
Cause of death: Complications following a double lung transplant
Claim to fame: Christian hip hop musician
Don RicklesBorn: May 8, 1926
Died: April 6, 2017
Cause of death: Kidney failure
Claim to fame: Stand-up comedian, actor, and author
Don WilliamsBorn: May 27, 1939
Died: September 8, 2017
Cause of death: Emphysema
Claim to fame: American Hall of Fame country music singer and songwriter
Dylan RiederBorn: May 26, 1988
Died: October 12, 2016
Cause of death: Bone cancer
Claim to fame: Professional skateboarder and model
Eman Ahmed Abd El AtyBorn: September 9, 1980
Died: September 25, 2017
Cause of death: Kidney failure and intestinal shock
Claim to fame: Second heaviest woman ever recorded
Erin MoranBorn: October 18, 1960
Died: April 22, 2017
Cause of death: Throat cancer
Claim to fame: Actress
Florence HendersonBorn: February 14, 1934
Died: November 24, 2016
Cause of death: Heart failure
Claim to fame: actress and singer
Frank PellegrinoBorn: May 19, 1944
Died: January 31, 2017
Cause of death: Lung cancer
Claim to fame: Actor
Frank Sinatra Jr.Born: January 10, 1944
Died: March 16, 2016
Cause of death: Cardiac arrest
Claim to fame: Singer, songwriter, and conductor
Frank SinatraBorn: December 12, 1915
Died: May 14, 1998
Cause of death: Heart attack
Claim to fame: Singer, actor, and producer
Garry MarshallBorn: November 13, 1934
Died: July 19, 2016
Cause of death: Complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke
Claim to fame: Actor, director, producer, writer, and voice artist
Garry ShandlingBorn: November 29, 1949
Died: March 24, 2016
Cause of death: Pulmonary embolism
Claim to fame: Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer
Gary DubinBorn: May 5, 1959
Died: October 8, 2016
Cause of death: Bone cancer
Claim to fame: Actor and voice actor
Gene WilderBorn: June 11, 1933
Died: August 29, 2016
Cause of death: Complications of Alzheimer’s disease
Claim to fame: Actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author
George MichaelBorn: June 25, 1963
Died: December 25, 2016
Cause of death: Heart disease and Fatty liver
Claim to fame: Singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist
George A. RomeroBorn: February 4, 1940
Died: July 16, 2017
Cause of death: Lung cancer
Claim to fame: Filmmaker, writer and editor
Glen CampbellBorn: April 22, 1936
Died: August 8, 2017
Cause of death: Alzheimer’s disease
Claim to fame: Singer, songwriter, guitarist, television host, and actor
Gord DownieBorn: February 6, 1964
Died: October 17, 2017
Cause of death: Brain cancer
Claim to fame: Rock musician, writer, and occasional actor
Greg LakeBorn: November 10, 1947
Died: December 7, 2016
Cause of death: Cancer
Claim to fame: Bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer
Gregg AllmanBorn: December 8, 1947
Died: May 27, 2017
Cause of death: Complications from liver cancer
Claim to fame: Singer, songwriter and musician
Hersh WolchBorn: April 18, 1940
Died: July 17, 2017
Cause of death: Heart attack
Claim to fame: Prominent Canadian lawyer
Jack RileyBorn: December 30, 1935
Died: August 19, 2016
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Claim to fame: Comic actor
Jay ThomasBorn: July 12, 1948
Died: August 24, 2017
Cause of death: Cancer
Claim to fame: Actor, comedian, and morning radio personality
Jean HarlowBorn: March 3, 1911
Died: June 7, 1937
Cause of death: Kidney failure
Claim to fame: Film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s
Jerome TeasleyBorn: August 13, 1948
Died: June 16, 2016
Cause of death: Complications of lung and liver cancer
Claim to fame: American soul drummer
Jimmie Van ZantBorn: 1956
Died: April 7, 2016
Cause of death: Liver cancer
Claim to fame: Singer, songwriter, and guitarist
Joe SantoBorn: June 9, 1931
Died: March 18, 2016
Cause of death: Heart attack
Claim to fame: Film and television actor
Joey FeekBorn: September 9, 1975
Died: March 4, 2016
Cause of death: Cervical cancer
Claim to fame: Country music singer and songwriter
John Goadsby (Goldy McJohn)Born: May 2, 1945
Died: August 1, 2017
Cause of death: Heart attack
Claim to fame: Keyboard player
John HostetterBorn: October 6, 1946
Died: September 2, 2016
Cause of death: Cancer
Claim to fame: Actor, voice artist, and visual artist
John HurtBorn: January 22, 1940
Died: January 25, 2017
Cause of death: Pancreatic cancer
Claim to fame: Screen and stage actor
John WettonBorn: June 12, 1949
Died: January 31, 2017
Cause of death: Colon cancer
Claim to fame: Singer, bassist, and songwriter
Johnnie CochranBorn: October 2, 1937
Died: March 29, 2005
Cause of death: Brain tumour
Claim to fame: Lawyer, O J Simpson murder trial
Joseph BolognaBorn: December 30, 1934
Died: August 13, 2017
Cause of death: Pancreatic cancer
Claim to fame: Actor, playwright and screenwriter
Kenny ShieldsBorn: 1947
Died: July 21, 2017
Cause of death: Complications from cardiac surgery
Claim to fame: Musician, lead singer of rock band Streetheart
Larkin MalloyBorn: September 24, 1954
Died: September 28, 2016
Cause of death: Complications of heart attack
Claim to fame: Soap opera actor, announcer, voice-over artist and acting teacher
Lawrence ColburnBorn: July 6, 1949
Died: December 13, 2016
Cause of death: Cancer
Claim to fame: United States Army veteran who, while serving as a helicopter gunner in Vietnam War, intervened in March 16, 1968 My Lai Massacre
Lou PearlmanBorn: June 19, 1954
Died: August 19, 2016
Cause of death: Cardiac arrest
Claim to fame: Record producer and fraudster
Mary Tyler MooreBorn: December 29, 1936
Died: January 25, 2017
Cause of death: Cardiopulmonary arrest due to pneumonia
Claim to fame: Actress
Miguel FerrerBorn: February 7, 1955
Died: January 19, 2017
Cause of death: Throat cancer
Claim to fame: Actor and voice actor, son of José Ferrer
Miss CleoBorn: August 12, 1962
Died: July 26, 2016Glioblastoma
Cause of death: Colon cancer
Claim to fame: Television personality, spokeswoman for a psychic pay-per-call service
Monty HallBorn: August 25, 1921
Died: September 30, 2017
Cause of death: Heart failure
Claim to fame: Game show host, producer, and philanthropist
Morley SaferBorn: November 8, 1932
Died: May 19, 2016
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Claim to fame: Broadcast journalist, reporter, and correspondent for CBS News
Muhammad AliBorn: January 17, 1942
Died: June 3, 2016
Cause of death: Septic shock
Claim to fame: Professional boxer and activist
Nancy ZiemanBorn: June 21, 1953
Died: November 14, 2017
Cause of death: Osteosarcoma (a type of bone cancer) and breast cancer
Claim to fame: Writer and television host (Sewing with Nancy)
Nelsan EllisBorn: November 30, 1977
Died: July 8, 2017
Cause of death: Complications from heart failure
Claim to fame: Film and television actor and playwright
Phife DawgBorn: November 20, 1970
Died: March 22, 2016
Cause of death: Complications related to diabetes
Claim to fame: Rapper, member of A Tribe Called Quest
Ray TurnbullBorn: July 19, 1939
Died: October 6, 2017
Cause of death: Leukemia
Claim to fame: Hall of Fame curler, TSN curling broadcaster
René AngélilBorn: January 16, 1942
Died: January 14, 2016
Cause of death: Throat cancer
Claim to fame: Musical producer, talent manager and singer, and manager and husband of singer Celine Dion
Richard FaganBorn: April 24, 1947
Died: August 6, 2016
Cause of death: Liver cancer
Claim to fame: Songwriter and musician
Richard HatchBorn: May 21, 1945
Died: February 7, 2017
Cause of death: Pancreatic cancer
Claim to fame: Actor, writer and producer
Richard LibertiniBorn: May 21, 1933
Died: January 7, 2016
Cause of death: Cancer
Claim to fame: Stage, film and television actor
Rob FordBorn: May 28, 1969
Died: March 22, 2016
Cause of death: Pleomorphic liposarcoma cancer
Claim to fame: Politician, businessman, 64th Mayor of Toronto (2010-2014)
Robert GuillaumeBorn: November 30, 1927
Died: October 24, 2017
Cause of death: Prostate cancer
Claim to fame: Actor and singer
Robert VaughnBorn: November 22, 1932
Died: November 11, 2016
Cause of death: Cancer
Claim to fame: Actor noted for his stage, film and television work
Roger AilesBorn: May 15, 1940
Died: May 18, 2017
Cause of death: Subdural hematoma aggravated by hemophilia
Claim to fame: Television executive and media consultant. Founder and one-time Chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations Group
Roger MooreBorn: October 14, 1927
Died: May 23, 2017
Cause of death: Cancer
Claim to fame: Actor
Roger SmithBorn: December 18, 1932
Died: June 4, 2017
Cause of death: Complications due to Parkinson's Disease
Claim to fame: Television and film actor, producer and screenwriter
Ron GlassBorn: July 10, 1945
Died: November 25, 2016
Cause of death: Respiratory failure
Claim to fame: Actor
Ronnie Claire EdwardsBorn: February 9, 1933
Died: June 14, 2016
Cause of death: COPD
Claim to fame: Actress
Sagan LewisBorn: November 30, 1952
Died: August 7, 2016
Cause of death: Cancer
Claim to fame: Actress
Sam ShepardBorn: November 5, 1943
Died: July 27, 2017
Cause of death: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Claim to fame: Playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director
Sharon JonesBorn: May 4, 1956
Died: November 18, 2016
Cause of death: Stroke
Claim to fame: Soul and funk singer
Shimon PeresBorn: August 2, 1923
Died: September 28, 2016
Cause of death: Stroke
Claim to fame: Israeli politician
Stephen FurstBorn: May 8, 1954
Died: June 17, 2017
Cause of death: Complications related to diabetes
Claim to fame: Actor and film and television director
Stuart McLeanBorn: April 19, 1948
Died: February 15, 2017
Cause of death: Melanoma
Claim to fame: Canadian radio broadcaster, humorist, monologist, and author, best known as host of CBC Radio program 'The Vinyl Cafe'
Tammi TerrellBorn: April 29, 1945
Died: March 16, 1970
Cause of death: Complications from brain cancer
Claim to fame:  Recording artist for Motown Records during the 1960s, most notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye
Theresa SaldanaBorn: August 20, 1954
Died: June 6, 2016
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Claim to fame: Actress and author
Todd KimseyBorn: June 6, 1962
Died: September 16, 2016
Cause of death: Lymphoma
Claim to fame: Film, stage and television actor
Tom HarpurBorn: April 24, 1929
Died: January 2, 2017
Cause of death: Kidney troubles
Claim to fame: Canadian author, broadcaster, columnist and theologian
Tom PettyBorn: October 20, 1950
Died: October 2, 2017
Cause of death: Cardiac arrest
Claim to fame: Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor
Tommy PageBorn: May 24, 1970
Died: March 3, 2017
Cause of death: Suicide
Claim to fame: Singer-songwriter, music industry executive
Tony RosatoBorn: December 26, 1954
Died: January 10, 2017
Cause of death: Heart attack
Claim to fame: Italian-Canadian actor, voice actor and comedian
Troy ShondellBorn: May 14, 1939
Died: January 7, 2016
Cause of death: Complications from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
Claim to fame: Vocalist of the early 1960s
Van WilliamsBorn: February 27, 1934
Died: November 28, 2016
Cause of death: Renal failure
Claim to fame: Actor
Wayne DyerBorn: May 10, 1940
Died: August 29, 2015
Cause of death: Heart failure
Claim to fame: Philosopher, self-help author, and motivational speaker
William ChristopherBorn: October 20, 1932
Died: December 31, 2016
Cause of death: Cancer
Claim to fame: Actor



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