Famous People Who Died In 2008

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 2008. This list includes people like Heath Ledger, Paul Newman, Bernie Mac, Michael Crichton, George Carlin and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include journalists, political leaders, poets and directors who died in 2008. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & France and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
Heath Ledger
(Actor, Photographer)

Heath Ledger
80
Birthdate: April 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Died: January 22
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 2 

Paul Newman
62
Birthdate: January 26, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States
Died: September 26
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 3 
Nina Simone
(Singer-songwriter)

Nina Simone
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tryon, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 21

 4 
Bernie Mac
(Actor, Comedian)

Bernie Mac
9
Birthdate: October 5, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 9
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 5 
George Carlin
(Comedian)

George Carlin
11
Birthdate: May 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: June 22
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 6 
Estelle Getty
(Actress)

Estelle Getty
12
Birthdate: July 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: July 22
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)

 7 
Bobby Fischer
(Chess Grandmaster)

Bobby Fischer
37
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 18
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 8 
Edmund Hillary
(First person to climb Mt. Everest)

Edmund Hillary
24
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 20, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: January 11

 9 
Jeff Healey
(Singer)

Jeff Healey
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: March 2

 10 

Roy Scheider
3
Birthdate: November 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 10
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 11 

Suzanne Pleshette
11
Birthdate: January 31, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn Heights, New York, United States
Died: January 19
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 12 

Charlton Heston
19
Birthdate: October 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Died: April 5
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 13 
Eartha Kitt
(Singer)

Eartha Kitt
24
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 14 
Isaac Hayes
(Singer-songwriter)

Isaac Hayes
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Covington, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 10

 15 

David Foster Wallace
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States
Died: September 12

 16 

Michael Crichton
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 4
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)

 17 
Tsutomu Miyazaki
(Serial Killer)

Tsutomu Miyazaki
17
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: August 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Itsukaichi, Tokyo
Died: June 17

 18 
Irena Sendler
(Humanitarian & Social worker)

Irena Sendler
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: May 12

Bettie Page
9
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, US
Died: December 11

 20 

Harvey Korman
6
Birthdate: February 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 29
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 21 
Yves Saint Laurent
(Fashion Designer)

Yves Saint Laurent
5
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria
Died: June 1

 22 
Christian Brando
(Son of Marlon Brando)

Christian Brando
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Died: January 26
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 23 

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kislovodsk, Russia
Died: August 3

 24 
Richard Wright (Musician)
(Co-Founder of The Progressive Rock Band 'Pink Floyd')

Richard Wright (Musician)
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hatch End, Middlesex, England
Died: September 15

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minehead, Somerset, England
Died: March 19

 26 
Majel Barrett
(Actress)

Majel Barrett
4
Birthdate: February 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Died: December 18
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 27 
Sydney Pollack
(Film Director)

Sydney Pollack
4
Birthdate: July 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Died: May 26

 28 
Mel Ferrer
(Actor)

Mel Ferrer
5
Birthdate: August 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Elberon, Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 2
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 29 

Van Johnson
3
Birthdate: August 25, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died: December 12
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 30 
John List
(Murderer)

John List
6
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: September 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States
Died: March 21

 31 
Bo Diddley
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)

Bo Diddley
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 30, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: McComb
Died: June 2
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 32 
Jerry Reed
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)

Jerry Reed
8
Birthdate: March 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 1
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 33 

Miriam Makeba
4
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: November 10

 34 
Albert Hofmann
(The First Person to Synthesize LSD)

Albert Hofmann
4
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baden
Died: April 29

 35 
Dorothy Vaughan
(Mathematician)

Dorothy Vaughan
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: November 10

Sam Manekshaw
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 3, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab
Died: June 27

 37 
Harold Pinter
(Playwright, Screenwriter)

Harold Pinter
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Metropolitan Borough of Hackney
Died: December 24

 38 
Richard Widmark
(Villainous Tommy Udo in his debut film, Kiss of Death)

Richard Widmark
7
Birthdate: December 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sunrise Township, Minnesota, United States
Died: March 24
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 39 
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
(Founder of Transcendental Meditation Technique)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
9
Birthdate: January 12, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rajim, Chhattisgarh, India
Died: February 5

 40 
Yma Súmac
(American-Peruvian soprano)

Yma Súmac
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cajamarca, Peru
Died: November 1

 41 
Tim Russert
(Journalist)

Tim Russert
1
Birthdate: May 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA
Died: June 13
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 42 
Rocky Aoki
(Restaurateur)

Rocky Aoki
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 10

William F. Buckley, Jr.
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 24, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 27
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 44 

Robert Prosky
1
Birthdate: December 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: December 8
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 45 

Baba Amte
13
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wardha, Maharashtra
Died: February 9

 46 

Dee Dee Warwick
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 18

 47 
Gary Gygax
(Game designer)

Gary Gygax
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 27, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 4

 48 
Cyd Charisse
(Dancer,actress)

Cyd Charisse
7
Birthdate: March 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amarillo
Died: June 17

 49 

Lois Nettleton
5
Birthdate: August 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: January 18
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 50 
Randy Pausch
(Educationist)

Randy Pausch
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: July 25