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Famous people who died from cancer.

A list of celebrities and other famous people who passed away due to cancer.

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

Norm Macdonald

Comedian. Deceased
Died on September 14th, 2021
Died at the age of 61
Acute leukemia.

Sarah Harding

English singer. Deceased
Died on September 5th, 2021
Died at the age of 39
Breast cancer.

Paul Ritter

English actor. Deceased
Died on April 5th, 2021
Died at the age of 54
Brain tumor.

Rush Limbaugh

Talk-show host. Deceased
Died on February 17th, 2021
Died at the age of 70
Lung cancer.

Dustin Diamond

Actor. Deceased
Died on February 1st, 2021
Died at the age of 44
Small-cell lung cancer.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court judge. Deceased
Died on September 18th, 2020
Died at the age of 87
Pancreatic cancer.

Chadwick Boseman

Actor. Deceased
Died on August 28th, 2020
Died at the age of 43
Colon cancer.

Little Richard

Musician. Deceased
Died on May 9th, 2020
Died at the age of 87
Bone cancer.

John McCain

US presidential candidate. Deceased
Died on August 25th, 2018
Died at the age of 81
Brain cancer.

Stefán Karl Stefánsson

Actor. Deceased
Died on August 21st, 2018
Died at the age of 43
Bile duct cancer.

Aretha Franklin

Singer. Deceased
Died on August 16th, 2018
Died at the age of 76
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.

TotalBiscuit

Youtuber. Deceased
Died on May 24th, 2018
Died at the age of 33
Cancer.

Charles Manson

Criminal and cult leader. Deceased
Died on November 19th, 2017
Died at the age of 83
Respiratory failure and colon cancer.

Adam West

Actor. Deceased
Died on June 9th, 2017
Died at the age of 88
Leukemia.

Roger Moore

English actor. Deceased
Died on May 23rd, 2017
Died at the age of 89
Cancer.

John Hurt

Actor. Deceased
Died on January 25th, 2017
Died at the age of 77
Pancreatic cancer.

Johan Cruyff

Dutch soccer player. Deceased
Died on March 24th, 2016
Died at the age of 68
Lung cancer.

Rob Ford

Canadian politician. Deceased
Died on March 22nd, 2016
Died at the age of 46
Cancer.

Angela Raiola

Reality TV star. Deceased
Died on February 18th, 2016
Died at the age of 55
Complications of lung cancer and pneumonia.

David Bowie

Singer. Deceased
Died on January 10th, 2016
Died at the age of 69
Liver cancer.

Lemmy

English singer. Deceased
Died on December 28th, 2015
Died at the age of 70
Prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia and congestive heart failure.

Diem Brown

TV personality. Deceased
Died on November 14th, 2014
Died at the age of 34
Ovarian cancer.

Richard Ramirez

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

Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President. Deceased
Died on March 5th, 2013
Died at the age of 58
Cancer.

MCA

Beastie Boys member. Deceased
Died on May 4th, 2012
Died at the age of 47
Salivary cancer.

Edd Gould

British animator. Deceased
Died on March 25th, 2012
Died at the age of 23
Leukaemia.

Christopher Hitchens

Author. Deceased
Died on December 15th, 2011
Died at the age of 62
Oesophageal cancer.

Joe Frazier

Boxer. Deceased
Died on November 7th, 2011
Died at the age of 67
Liver cancer.

Steve Jobs

Entrepreneur. Deceased
Died on October 5th, 2011
Died at the age of 56
Pancreatic cancer.

Pete Postlethwaite

English actor. Deceased
Died on January 2nd, 2011
Died at the age of 64
Pancreatic cancer.

Denise Borino-Quinn

Actress. Deceased
Died on October 27th, 2010
Died at the age of 46
Liver cancer.

Patrick Swayze

Actor. Deceased
Died on September 14th, 2009
Died at the age of 57
Pancreatic cancer.

Farrah Fawcett

Actress. Deceased
Died on June 25th, 2009
Died at the age of 62
Cancer.

Jade Goody

English TV personality. Deceased
Died on March 22nd, 2009
Died at the age of 27
Cervical cancer.

Carl Eugene Watts

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

Luciano Pavarotti

Italian operatic tenor. Deceased
Died on September 6th, 2007
Died at the age of 71
Pancreatic cancer.

Charles Haughey

Irish prime minister. Deceased
Died on June 13th, 2006
Died at the age of 80
Prostate cancer.

Johnnie Cochran

American lawyer. Deceased
Died on March 29th, 2005
Died at the age of 67
Brain tumor.

Fred Rogers

Television host. Deceased
Died on February 27th, 2003
Died at the age of 74
Stomach cancer.

John Gotti

Organized crime boss. Deceased
Died on June 10th, 2002
Died at the age of 61
Throat cancer.

George Harrison

Musician. Deceased
Died on November 29th, 2001
Died at the age of 58
Throat cancer.

Joey Ramone

Singer. Deceased
Died on April 15th, 2001
Died at the age of 49
Lymphoma.

Tom Landry

NFL coach. Deceased
Died on February 12th, 2000
Died at the age of 75
Leukemia.

Joe DiMaggio

Baseball player. Deceased
Died on March 8th, 1999
Died at the age of 84
Lung cancer.

Carl Sagan

Scientist. Deceased
Died on December 20th, 1996
Died at the age of 62
Pneumonia / cancer.

Dean Martin

Singer. Deceased
Died on December 25th, 1995
Died at the age of 78
Lung cancer.

Roxie Roker

Actress. Deceased
Died on December 2nd, 1995
Died at the age of 66
Breast cancer.

Mickey Mantle

Baseball player. Deceased
Died on August 13th, 1995
Died at the age of 63
Liver cancer.

Bob Ross

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

Bill Hicks

Stand-up comedian. Deceased
Died on February 26th, 1994
Died at the age of 32
Pancreatic cancer.

Frank Zappa

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

Vincent Price

Actor. Deceased
Died on October 25th, 1993
Died at the age of 82
Lung cancer.

Pat Nixon

First Lady of the United States. Deceased
Died on June 22nd, 1993
Died at the age of 81
Lung cancer.

Bobby Moore

Soccer player. Deceased
Died on February 24th, 1993
Died at the age of 51
Bowel and liver cancer.

Audrey Hepburn

Actress. Deceased
Died on January 20th, 1993
Died at the age of 63
Abdominal cancer.

Robert Reed

Actor. Deceased
Died on May 12th, 1992
Died at the age of 59
Colon cancer / HIV.

Roald Dahl

Author. Deceased
Died on November 23rd, 1990
Died at the age of 74
Cancer of the blood.

Sammy Davis, Jr

Entertainer. Deceased
Died on May 16th, 1990
Died at the age of 64
Throat cancer.

James Baldwin

Writer. Deceased
Died on December 1st, 1987
Died at the age of 63
Stomach cancer.

Ed Gein

Murderer. Deceased
Died on July 26th, 1984
Died at the age of 77
Lung cancer.

Bob Marley

Reggae singer. Deceased
Died on May 11th, 1981
Died at the age of 36
Cancer.

Steve McQueen

Actor. Deceased
Died on November 7th, 1980
Died at the age of 50
Heart attack following surgery for cancer.

John Wayne

Actor. Deceased
Died on June 11th, 1979
Died at the age of 72
Stomach cancer.

Tammi Terrell

Motown singer. Deceased
Died on March 16th, 1970
Died at the age of 24
Brain cancer.

Walt Disney

Business magnate. Deceased
Died on December 15th, 1966
Died at the age of 65
Lung cancer.

Nat King Cole

Singer. Deceased
Died on February 15th, 1965
Died at the age of 45
Lung cancer.

Ernie Davis

American football player. Deceased
Died on May 18th, 1963
Died at the age of 23
Leukemia.

Humphrey Bogart

Actor. Deceased
Died on January 14th, 1957
Died at the age of 57
Esophageal cancer.

Babe Ruth

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

Sigmund Freud

Father of psychoanalysis. Deceased
Died on September 23rd, 1939
Died at the age of 83
Cancer of the jaw.

Claude Monet

Artist. Deceased
Died on December 5th, 1926
Died at the age of 86
Lung cancer.

Ulysses S. Grant

US President. Deceased
Died on July 23rd, 1885
Died at the age of 63
Throat cancer.

Hans Christian Andersen

Author. Deceased
Died on August 4th, 1875
Died at the age of 70
Liver cancer.

Statistics.

A few statistics about the people above.

  • Using the list above, the average age for a celebrity to die from cancer is 61.
  • The median age is 62.
  • Men made up the majority of the deaths in this category. 82% of these deaths were male, whereas only 18% were female.

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