List of pneumonia victims

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In alphabetical order, this is a list of famous people who died of pneumonia. Also known as pneumonic individuals.

Name Profession Date of Death Notes
Carl Sagan American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator 1996-12-20 Died at age 62 in Seattle.
Tamerlan Aguzarov Russian governor of North Ossetia-Alania 2016-06-19 Died at age 52 in Moscow.
George Allen Football coach 1990-12-31 Died at age 72. His death may have been indirectly caused by a Gatorade shower following a season-ending victory.
Arthur Anderson Actor/Voice Actor/Film/Radio/Television 2016-04-13 Died at age 93 in Manhattan, New York.
Melanie Appleby Singer/Dancer/Model 1990-01-18 Died at age 23. One-half of the famous British sister duo Mel and Kim. Appleby was diagnosed with spinal cancer in 1987 and died from pneumonia due to her immune system being weakened by chemotherapy treatments. Interred at St Marylebone Cemetery in East Finchley, London.
Sudirman Haji Arshad Famous Malaysian singer,lawyer,actor and businessman 1992-02-22 Died at 37 at his sister's house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fred Astaire (born Frederic Austerlitz) Actor/Singer/Dancer 1987-06-22 Died at age 88 in Los Angeles, California. Interred at Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, CA (the same cemetery where long-time dance partner Ginger Rogers was buried)
Jim Backus Actor 1989-07-03 Played millionaire Thurston Howell, III on the TV show Gilligan's Island; died at St. John's Hospital, Santa Monica CA.
James Matthew Barrie Scottish novelist and dramatist, author of "Peter Pan" 1937-06-19 Buried at Kirriemuir next to his parents and two of his siblings.
Jyoti Basu Politician, CPIM, West Bengal 2010-01-17 Died at age 96 in Kolkata, India.
Barney Battles, Sr.[1] Scottish footballer 1905-02-17 Died at the age of 30.
Jean-Dominique Bauby French journalist and author and editor of the French fashion magazine ELLE 1997-03-09 Died at age 45. On December 8, 1995 at the age of 43, Bauby suffered a massive stroke. When he woke up twenty days later, he found he was entirely speechless; he could only blink his left eyelid. This rare condition is called locked-in syndrome, a condition wherein the mental facilities remain intact but most of the body is paralyzed. Despite his condition, he wrote the book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking when the correct letter was reached by a person slowly reciting the alphabet over and over again. Bauby had to compose and edit the book entirely in his head, and convey it one letter at a time. The book was published in France on March 7, 1997. Bauby died just two days after the publication of his book, and is buried in a family grave at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France.
Jeremy Beadle British television presenter and prankster 2008-01-30 Died at the age of 59, leaving behind his partner Sue and two daughters. He was best known for his hidden camera show "Beadle's About", and "You've Been Framed".
Bix Beiderbecke American musician 1931-08-06 Died at age 28 in New York City of untreated pneumonia during a period of heavy drinking. One of the most important figures in early jazz, he played cornet with notables like Paul Whiteman and Jean Goldkette.
James Best American actor, musician and college professor 2015-04-06 Died at the age of 88 in Hickory, North Carolina. Leaving behind his wife Dorothy, his three children. He was best known as bumbling Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on 1979 CBS television series "Dukes of Hazzard"
Sir Donald Bradman One of the best cricketers of all time. 2001-02-25 Died at the age of 92
Christian Brando Actor, Son of Marlon Brando 2008-01-26 Died at the age of 49. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of the boyfriend of his half-sister Cheyenne.
Charles Bronson (born Charles Buchinski) Actor 2003-08-30 Died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
James Brown Singer 2006-12-25 "The Godfather of Soul", died at age 73 in Atlanta, Georgia, hospitalized the previous day with "severe pneumonia".
Calamity Jane (born Martha Jane Canary-Burke) Sharpshooter, Wild West Show Entertainer 1903-08-01 In accord with Jane's dying wishes, she was buried next to Wild Bill Hickok.
Chris Candido Professional Wrestler 2005-05-28 Died while in surgery to drain his lungs.
Katrin Cartlidge Actress, (Career Girls) 2002-09-07 Cartlidge died at age 41, due to complications from pneumonia and septicaemia, stemming from a pheochromocytoma.
Herbert Chapman Association football player and manager 1934-01-06 Died aged 55 after attending a football match in the rain whilst nursing a cold.
Roscoe Conkling Politician 1888-04-18 Died at age 58. He contracted pneumonia attempting to travel during the Great Blizzard of 1888 and died several weeks later.
Allen Collins Musician 1990-01-23 Died at age 37. Lynyrd Skynyrd guitar player. Was paralyzed in 1986
Dick Curtis Actor 1952-01-02 Died at age 49. Character actor best known for his villainous roles in Three Stooges films such as Crash Goes the Hash and Yes, We Have No Bonanza.
Nicole DeHuff Actress 2005-02-16 Died at age 30. DeHuff had visited a hospital twice shortly before her death complaining of chest pain and flu-like symptoms, but was sent home both times. She collapsed in her Hollywood Hills home gasping for breath and arrived at the third hospital unconscious. She died of sepsis caused by viral pneumonia and a staph infection.
Guillaume Depardieu French Actor 2008-10-13 Died at age 37 from pneumonia contracted on set in Romania.
René Descartes French philosopher, mathematician and scientist 1650-02-11 Died from pneumonia contracted in Stockholm, where Descartes was required to teach Queen Christina of Sweden philosophy in the early hours of the morning during the harsh winter.
Betty Driver Actress 2011-10-15 Died at age 91.
Bernard Edwards Musician 1996-04-18 Bassist for the disco group Chic and producer for songs by Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Sister Sledge died in Tokyo at age 43.
Blake Edwards Director 2010-12-15 Producer of Peter Sellers Pink Panther movies.
John Forsythe actor 2010-04-01 Died at age 92
Donald Paige Frary Professor, Author 1919-04-08 Died at age 25 while attending the Paris Peace Conference, 1919.
Arthur Gamgee[2] Physiologist 1909-05-29 Born on 11 October 1841. Died at age 67 during a visit to Paris.
Geronimo Leader of the Chiricahua Apache 1909-02-17 He fought against Mexico and the United States and their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades. Died at the age of 79.
Kathi Goertzen News Anchor (KOMO-TV) 2012-08-13 Died at 54. She was a long-time news anchor for KOMO-TV. Contracted pneumonia because of a complication with recurring meningiomas.
Nathan Goodell Politician 1883-06-02 Died at age 84
Frank Gorshin Actor, Impressionist 2005-05-17 The show biz veteran best known as The Riddler to TV's Batman and as Bele on Star Trek also succumbed to lung cancer and emphysema.
Corey Haim Actor 2010-03-10 Died at age 38. The Canadian actor broke through in the 1980s as a teenager and was best known for License to Drive and The Lost Boys. He had been ill with flu-like symptoms for a few days before collapsing in his apartment in the early morning hours of March 10, 2010. Official autopsy reports showed Haim died of pneumonia. He also suffered a pulmonary edema and an enlarged heart.
Paul Halmos Mathematician 2006-10-02 Died at age 90.
William Henry Harrison 9th U.S. President 1841-05-04 Died at age 68, one month after taking office.
Ofra Haza Singer 2000-02-23 Ofra Haza died at the age of 42, of AIDS-related pneumonia.
Jim Henson Puppeteer/film producer 1990-05-16 Creator of the Muppets and founder of The Jim Henson Company; died at age 53 in New York City.
Christopher Hitchens Writer/Journalist 2011-12-15 Prolific intellectual writer and speaker; author of God Is Not Great; anti-theist; was diagnosed with metastasized esophageal cancer in 2010.
Bob Hope Actor 2003-07-27 Best remembered for his work with the US Armed Forces and his numerous USO tours entertaining American military personnel. He died at the age of 100.
Bob Hoskins Actor 2014-04-30 Died at age 71.
Rochelle Hudson Actress 1972-01-17 Best remembered as: Natalie Wood's mother in Rebel Without A Cause (1955); Richard Cromwell's love interest in the Will Rogers showcase Life Begins at 40 (1935); and the daughter of carnival barker W.C. Fields in Poppy (1936).
Josef Issels Doctor 1998-02-11 Holistic doctor who treated Bob Marley in Bavaria; died in California.
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson Confederate Lieutenant General 1863-05-10 Famous Confederate general; shot in friendly fire incident during the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2; caught pneumonia during recovery, died eight days later from complications.
Trish Keenan Singer 2011-01-14 Lead singer of the band Broadcast; died of pneumonia relating to complications from H1N1.
Kim Mu-saeng Actor 2005-04-16 Died at age 62
Koichiro Kimura Professional wrestler and mixed martial artist 2014-10-28 Died at age 44.
Ante Kovačić Writer 1889-03-10 Died in mental hospital in Vrapče.
Kevin Laffan Writer, creator of Emmerdale 2003-03-11 Died at age 80.
Bert Lahr Actor 1967-12-04 Died in New York City at age 72.
Jack LaLanne Fitness Expert 2011-01-23 Died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia at his home in Morro Bay, California.
Lee Kuan Yew Former Prime Minister of Singapore 2015-03-23 Died at the age of 91 in Singapore General Hospital in Singapore.
Shari Lewis ventriloquist and puppeteer 1998-08-02 Diagnosed with uterine cancer as well, the combination proved to be fatal. Died at age 65 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Franz Liszt Musician 1886-07-31 Died in Bayreuth aged 74 after contracting pneumonia during a festival held there in honour of Richard Wagner.
Bernie Mac Comedian 2008-08-09 He suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but was reported that the pneumonia was not related to the disease. He died in a Chicago area hospital at the age of 50.
Marie-Thérèse Charlotte de France Princess 1851-10-19 Died at age 72. She was the eldest child of King Louis XVI of France and his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette.
Magic Alex (birthname: Yanni John Alexis Mardas) Electronic Engineer 2017-01-13 Died at age 74.
John Marmaduke 25th Governor of Missouri 1887-12-28 Died at age 54 in Jefferson City, Missouri.
John Martyn Musician 2009-01-29 The British innovative and influential folk, rock, jazz musician died in Ireland of double pneumonia.
Miyu Matsuki Voice actress 2015-10-26 Died at age 38. She been hospitalized for acute pneumonia since the previous July.
Freddie Mercury Musician 1991-11-24 A little over 24 hours after issuing a statement to the press he died at his home in Kensington, London, England at the age of 45. The official cause of death was bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS.
Léon Minkus Famous Czech composer of ballet music for the Russian Imperial Ballet 1917-12-07 Died at age 91 in Vienna, Austria.
Brittany Murphy Actress, singer and voice artist 2009-12-20 Died at age 32 when she was subsequently transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, after 911 was called after she collapsed in her bathroom, where she was pronounced dead on arrival after going into full cardiac arrest. The primary cause of Murphy's death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication.
Leslie Nielsen Actor/Comedian 2010-11-28 Died at the age of 84.
Bruce Paltrow T.V. and film producer 2002-10-03 The father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and husband of actress Blythe Danner, died from complications of oral cancer and pneumonia. He was best known for his work on The White Shadow, St. Elsewhere, and Duets.
Alexandros Papadiamantis Greek writer 1911-10-03 A very influential writer of the 19th century who never married and was referred to as the worldly monk.
Pieter Paulus Dutch lawyer and politician 1796-03-17 One of the main ideologues of the Dutch Patriot movement for democracy, he was elected unanimously to become chairman of the Batavian Republic's National Assembly, the first democratic Dutch parliament. At the inauguration on the first of March, he caught a serious cold from which he died.
Luciano Pavarotti Italian tenor 2007-09-06 Died in Modena, Italy of pneumonia resulting from pancreatic cancer.
George Peppard American actor 1994-05-08 Heavy smoker most of his life contributed to his condition, but official cause of death was pneumonia.
House Peters Jr. Actor, best known for Mr. Clean ad 2008-10-01 Died in Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital at the age of 92.
John Pettus 20th and 23rd Governor of Mississippi 1867-01-28 Died at age 53 in Pulaski County (present-day Lonoke County), Arkansas.
Ferenc Puskás Hungarian footballer and manager 2006-11-17 He scored a remarkable 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary and 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues. Died at the age of 79.
Tony Randall Actor 2004-05-17 Died at 84 in New York City.
Ronald Reagan 40th President of the United States 2004-06-05 Died at the age of 93 from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Bel-Air, Los Angeles.
Charles Nelson Reilly American actor, comedian, director 2007-05-25 Died at 76 in Beverly Hills, California.
Carlos Eugenio Restrepo Restrepo Colombian President, journalist 1937-07-06 President of Colombia from 1910 to 1914. He was born in Medellín, Antioquia, he was a lawyer, professor and journalist, and also served as Ambassador to the Holy See. He died in Medellín alongside his family.
Ed Roberts Inventor 2010-04-01 Died at the age of 68. Credited as the "father of the personal computer" by inventing the Altair 8800, a machine that sparked the home computer era, kick-starting the careers of Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen.[3]
Oral Roberts Evangelist 2009-12-15 Died at the age of 91.
Fred Rogers Television Personality 2003-02-27 He died from pneumonia in his hometown in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at age 74. He was best known as the host of the PBS kids show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Wayne Rogers Actor, director, screenwriter, investor and television personality 2015-12-31 Known as Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in the 1972 CBS television sitcom M*A*S*H. Died at the age of 82.
Carl Schlechter Chessmaster 1918-12-27 Drew a match for the world chess championship vs. Emanuel Lasker. Pneumonia was brought on by privations following World War I; according to some sources, death was due to starvation.
Chuck Schuldiner Band Leader for death metal band Death 2001-12-13 Schuldiner was diagnosed with brain cancer and received a chemotherapy drug to help with his therapy. As a side effect, the drug weakened him; he died the same year he was diagnosed with cancer.
Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr. American general 2012-12-27 Died in Tampa at the age of 78.
Will Shade Musician 1966-09-18 Died at age 68 at John Gaston Hospital and was buried in Shelby County Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.
David Smyrl African American actor, singer, and producer 2016-03-23 Died at the age of 80 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was best known as Mr. Handford on the PBS kids series Sesame Street
Beatrice Straight Actress 2001-04-07 Died in Los Angeles at age 86.
Johann Strauss II Composer 1899-06-03 Died at age 73 in Vienna.
Irving Thalberg MGM's "Boy Wonder" Movie Producer of the 1920s and 1930s, husband of actress Norma Shearer 1936-09-14 Afflicted with a weak heart, he died at his home on Palisades Beach Road in Santa Monica.
Leo Tolstoy Russian novelist 1910-11-20 Died at Astapovo Railway Station, during an attempt to satisfy his wanderlust.
Paul Tsongas Greek-American US Senator and a one-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination 1997-01-18 Died at the age of 55.
Harriet Tubman Abolitionist and humanitarian 1913-03-10 Buried at Fort Hill Cemetery, Auburn, NY.
Thomas W. Wallace Lieutenant Governor of New York 1943-07-17 Died at age 43. Began suffering from pneumonia two days after contracting chicken pox from his two children.
Marcia Wallace Actress, Voice Artist, and Comedian 2013-10-25 Died at age 70. She was the voice of Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons. After she died, The character was killed off.
Lawrence Welk Big band leader 1992-03-17 Died at his home in Santa Monica. Buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA.
Billy Wilder Writer and director 2002-03-27 Died at age 95 at his home in Beverly Hills.
Chris Wood Rock musician 1983-07-12 Died at age 39 in Birmingham, England.
Hiroshi Yamauchi President and Chairman, Nintendo (1949–2002, 2002–2005) 2013-09-19 Died at 85 in the hospital.
Akira Yoshizawa Origami master 2005-03-14 Died in hospital in Ogikubo, on his 94th birthday.


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