Famous people who died in 1988.

A list of 4 celebrities and other famous people who passed away in the year 1988.

Roughly 34 years have passed since these people died.

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

Heather O'Rourke

American child actress. Deceased
Died on February 1st, 1988
Died at the age of 12
Heart attack due to a congenital health condition.

Andy Gibb

English singer. Deceased
Died on March 10th, 1988
Died at the age of 30
Myocarditis following years of cocaine abuse.

Judith Barsi

Child actress. Deceased
Died on July 25th, 1988
Died at the age of 10
Murdered by her father during a murder-suicide.

Roy Orbison

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

To put it into perspective.

A few facts that highlight just how long ago 1988 was.

  • These people passed away before the Internet became a thing.
  • The Soviet Union still existed in 1988.
  • These celebrities died before TV shows such as "Quantum Leap", "Seinfeld", "Family Matters" and "One Foot in the Grave" started to air on television.
  • These people did not get to see movies such as "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier", "Ghostbusters II", "Batman", "Lethal Weapon 2" or "Turner & Hooch".
  • They never got the chance to send or receive a text message.
  • The people on this list did not live long enough to see the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • Celebrities such as Nina Dobrev, Peaches Geldof, Zyzz and Chris Brown were not even born yet.
  • In 1988, celebrities such as Rebecca Schaeffer, Bette Davis, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Miles Davis were still alive.
  • In 1988, television shows such as "Moonlighting", "Family Ties", "Miami Vice" and "Kate & Allie" were still running.
  • The people on this list never got to play the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive.

Statistics about celebrity deaths in 1988.

Statistics about the 4 celebrity deaths above.

  • Only 25% of the deaths in 1988 were male, whereas 75% were female.
  • 25% of the people in this list were either murdered or assassinated.
  • 50% of them died from a heart attack.

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