Famous people who died at the age of 40.

This is list of celebrities and other famous people who died when they were 40 years old.

The list below is ordered by the person's date of death.

Edgar Allan Poe

Author. Deceased
Died on October 7th, 1849
Died at the age of 40

John Lennon

Singer. Deceased
Died on December 8th, 1980
Died at the age of 40
Shot dead by a crazed fan.

Rick Rude

Wrestler. Deceased
Died on April 20th, 1999
Died at the age of 40
Overdose from mixed medications.

Lana Clarkson

American actress. Deceased
Died on February 3rd, 2003
Died at the age of 40
Shot dead at the mansion of record producer Phil Spector.

Chris Penn

Actor. Deceased
Died on January 24th, 2006
Died at the age of 40
Heart disease.

Adrienne Shelly

Actress / Director. Deceased
Died on November 1st, 2006
Died at the age of 40
She was hanged to death in a staged suicide.

Chris Benoit

Wrestler. Deceased
Died on June 24th, 2007
Died at the age of 40
Committed suicide after murdering his wife and son.

Chris Kanyon

Professional wrestler. Deceased
Died on April 2nd, 2010
Died at the age of 40
Suicide by antidepressant overdose.

Paul Walker

Actor. Deceased
Died on November 30th, 2013
Died at the age of 40
Car crash.

Jonah Lomu

Rugby player. Deceased
Died on November 18th, 2015
Died at the age of 40
Heart attack due to kidney disease.

Caroline Flack

English TV presenter. Deceased
Died on February 15th, 2020
Died at the age of 40
Suicide by hanging.

Statistics about the 40-year-olds above.

Statistics about the 11 celebrity deaths above:

  • Men make up the majority of celebrity deaths in this age group. 73% were male, whereas only 27% were female.
  • These deaths make up 2% of our database (11/642).
  • 27% of them were murdered or assassinated.
  • Suicide accounted for 27% of the deaths in this age group.
  • 9% of these celebrities died in accidents.
  • 9% of them died from a heart attack.
  • 9% of the deaths above were due to drug overdoses.

Other ages.

Other ages that celebrities died at.

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