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Famous people who died at 42

This is list of celebrities and other famous people who died when they were 42 years old.

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

Ernie Kovacs

Ernie Kovacs

Comedian Deceased
Died on Jan 13, 1962, at the age of 42.
Car accident.

Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy

American politician Deceased
Died on Jun 6, 1968, at the age of 42.
Assassinated.

Albert DeSalvo

Albert DeSalvo

Suspected serial killer Deceased
Died on Nov 25, 1973, at the age of 42.
Stabbed to death in prison.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Singer Deceased
Died on Aug 16, 1977, at the age of 42.
Heart attack.

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy

Serial killer Deceased
Died on Jan 24, 1989, at the age of 42.
Executed by electric chair.

Margaux Hemingway

Margaux Hemingway

Fashion model Deceased
Died on Jul 1, 1996, at the age of 42.
Overdose of penobarbital.

Dodi Fayed

Dodi Fayed

Film producer Deceased
Died on Aug 31, 1997, at the age of 42.
Car crash.

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Actor Deceased
Died on May 28, 2010, at the age of 42.
Epidural hematoma.

Gary Speed

Gary Speed

Soccer manager Deceased
Died on Nov 27, 2011, at the age of 42.
Suicide by hanging.

Kimbo Slice

Kimbo Slice

MMA fighter Deceased
Died on Jun 6, 2016, at the age of 42.
Heart failure.

Prodigy

Prodigy

Rapper Deceased
Died on Jun 20, 2017, at the age of 42.
Accidental choking relating to sickle-cell anemia.

Papa Bouba Diop

Papa Bouba Diop

Soccer player Deceased
Died on Nov 29, 2020, at the age of 42.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Statistics about the 42-year-olds above

Statistics about the 12 celebrity deaths above:

  • Men make up the majority of celebrity deaths in this age group. 92% were male, whereas only 8% were female.
  • These deaths make up 2% of our database (12/649).
  • 17% of them were murdered or assassinated.
  • Suicide accounted for 8% of the deaths in this age group.
  • 17% of these celebrities died in accidents.
  • 8% of them died from a heart attack.
  • 8% of the deaths above were due to drug overdoses.

Other ages

Other ages that celebrities died at.


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