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Famous people who died at 53

This is list of celebrities and other famous people who died when they were 53 years old.

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

Rene Descartes

Rene Descartes

Philosopher Deceased
Died on February 11, 1650
Died at the age of 53
Pneumonia.

James K. Polk

James K. Polk

US President Deceased
Died on June 15, 1849
Died at the age of 53
Cholera.

Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin

Communist leader Deceased
Died on January 21, 1924
Died at the age of 53
Stroke.

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth

Baseball player Deceased
Died on August 16, 1948
Died at the age of 53
Cancer.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Baseball player Deceased
Died on October 24, 1972
Died at the age of 53
Complications from heart disease and diabetes.

Fred West

Fred West

English serial killer Deceased
Died on January 1, 1995
Died at the age of 53
Hanged himself in prison.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

Guitarist Deceased
Died on August 9, 1995
Died at the age of 53
Suffered a heart attack during his stay at a drug rehabilitation clinic.

John Denver

John Denver

American singer Deceased
Died on October 12, 1997
Died at the age of 53
Light airplane crash.

Carl Eugene Watts

Carl Eugene Watts

American serial killer Deceased
Died on September 21, 2007
Died at the age of 53
Prostate cancer.

Richard Ramirez

Richard Ramirez

Serial killer Deceased
Died on June 7, 2013
Died at the age of 53
Cancer.

George Michael

George Michael

Singer Deceased
Died on December 25, 2016
Died at the age of 53
Dilated cardiomyopathy, myocarditis and fatty liver.

Anne Heche

Anne Heche

Actress Deceased
Died on August 11, 2022
Died at the age of 53
Crashed into a house in Los Angeles.

Statistics about the 53-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 (12/647).
  • Suicide accounted for 8% of the deaths in this age group.
  • 17% of these celebrities died in accidents.
  • Out of the 12 people on this list, 25% passed away due to cancer.
  • 8% of them died from a heart attack.
  • 8% suffered a stroke.

Other ages

Other ages that celebrities died at.


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