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Famous people who died at 52

This is list of celebrities and other famous people who died when they were 52 years old.

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

Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

Illusionist Deceased
Died on Oct 31, 1926, at the age of 52.
Peritonitis and a ruptured appendix.

Erwin Rommel

Erwin Rommel

German Field Marshal Deceased
Died on Oct 14, 1944, at the age of 52.
Forced to take a cyanide capsule following a failed coup against Adolf Hitler.

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Actress Deceased
Died on Sep 14, 1982, at the age of 52.
Car accident caused by a hemorrhagic stroke.

Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison

Singer Deceased
Died on Dec 6, 1988, at the age of 52.
Heart attack.

Frank Zappa

Frank Zappa

Musician Deceased
Died on Dec 4, 1993, at the age of 52.
Prostate cancer.

John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy

Serial killer Deceased
Died on May 10, 1994, at the age of 52.
Executed by lethal injection.

Bob Ross

Bob Ross

American painter Deceased
Died on Jul 4, 1995, at the age of 52.
Complications from lymphoma.

Robert F. Chew

Robert F. Chew

Actor Deceased
Died on Jan 17, 2013, at the age of 52.
Heart attack.

Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell

American singer Deceased
Died on May 18, 2017, at the age of 52.
Suicide by hanging.

Luke Perry

Luke Perry

Actor Deceased
Died on Mar 4, 2019, at the age of 52.
Stroke.

Statistics about the 52-year-olds above

Statistics about the 10 celebrity deaths above:

  • Men make up the majority of celebrity deaths in this age group. 90% were male, whereas only 10% were female.
  • These deaths make up 2% of our database (10/649).
  • Suicide accounted for 20% of the deaths in this age group.
  • 20% of these celebrities died in accidents.
  • Out of the 10 people on this list, 20% passed away due to cancer.
  • 20% of them died from a heart attack.
  • 10% suffered a stroke.

Other ages

Other ages that celebrities died at.


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