Famous People Who Died At 24

The list of famous people who died at 24 includes The Notorious B.I.G., James Dean, Lee Harvey Oswald, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Cliff Burton. Famous personalities featured on this list, include emperors & kings, political leaders, soldiers and spiritual & religious leaders and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 24 includes people from United States, France, India & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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The Notorious B.I.G.
(One of the Greatest Rappers of All Time)
The Notorious B.I.G.
122
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 21, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1997

The Notorious B.I.G. was a rapper and songwriter and is considered one of the best ever. His debut album Ready to Die in 1994 was critically acclaimed. He was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in September 1996. His album Life After Death was released two weeks after his death. 

 2 
James Dean
(American Actor Who is Remembered as a Cultural Icon of Teenage Disillusionment and Social Estrangement)
James Dean
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Birthdate: February 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, United States
Died: September 30, 1955

Best remembered for his role in the film, Rebel Without a Cause, actor James Dean was a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment. Despite having a difficult childhood, he was an exceptional student. He began acting as a young man and was quite successful. Sadly, he was killed in a car crash at the young age of 24.

 3 
Sacagawea
(Interpreter)
Sacagawea
31
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1788 AD
Birthplace: Salmon
Died: 1812 AD
Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone woman, became a significant part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, helping its members connect with the Native Americans along the trail. The National American Woman Suffrage Association later honored her by erecting several statues in her memory. She finds mention in many books and films.
 4 
Cliff Burton
(Bass Guitarist for the American heavy metal band Metallica.)
Cliff Burton
24
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Castro Valley, California, United States
Died: September 27, 1986

Cliff Burton was an American songwriter and musician. He was part of the famous heavy metal band Metallica as the bassist from 1982 until his death in 1986. He died in a bus crash when Metallica was touring in support of their third studio album. Regarded as one of the greatest bassists of all time, Burton remains an influential musician.

 5 
José Fernández
(Cuban-American Professional Baseball Pitcher)
José Fernández
28
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba
Died: September 25, 2016

José Fernández was a Cuban-American baseball player who played for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball from 2013 to 2016. Renowned for his skills as a pitcher, José had four pitches in his armory: a four-seam fastball, a slurve, a changeup, and a sinker. He died at the age of 24 when a speedboat, which he was piloting, crashed.

 6 
Sean Taylor
(American football player)
Sean Taylor
34
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florida City, Florida, United States
Died: November 27, 2007
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 7 
Duane Allman
(Guitarist, Singer, Musician, Songwriter)
Duane Allman
21
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nashville
Died: October 29, 1971
 8 
Tammi Terrell
(Known as a star singer for Motown Records during the 1960s, notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye)
Tammi Terrell
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 16, 1970
 9 
Steve Prefontaine
(American Long-Distance Runner)
Steve Prefontaine
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coos Bay, Oregon, United States
Died: May 30, 1975

Long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine had competed in only one Olympic, finishing fourth in the 5000m race in Munich. However, he had begun breaking records since high school and excelled in cross-country running. His tragic death in a car accident after attending a party ended his life and his sports dreams.

 10 
Chris McCandless
(American Adventurer Who Led a Nomadic Lifestyle and Trekked and Lived Alone through the Alaskan Wilderness)
Chris McCandless
13
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States
Died: August 18, 1992

Chris McCandless, also known as Alexander Supertramp, was made famous by Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild, which was later made into a movie. The adventurer had hitchhiked through Alaska, and later took shelter in an abandoned bus, where he eventually died of starvation and poisoning, cut off from civilization.

 11 
Doris Miller
(Navy Man)
Doris Miller
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States
Died: November 24, 1943

Doris Miller was a US Navy cook third class. He became the first black American to be honored with the Navy Cross for saving the lives of many sailors aboard West Virginia by manning an anti-aircraft machine gun to shoot down Japanese planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was killed in action while serving in World War II.

 12 
Bruce Kingsbury
(Victoria Cross Winner)
Bruce Kingsbury
21
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne
Died: August 29, 1942

Bruce Kingsbury was an Australian soldier best remembered for his efforts during the Second World War. Kingsbury lost his life while counter-attacking the Japanese forces during the Battle of Isurava. Kingsbury's counter-attack proved beneficial for the Australians and his bravery during the battle was honored with the Victoria Cross. 

 13 
JayDaYoungan
(American Rapper and Singer)
JayDaYoungan
18
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 15, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bogalusa, Louisiana, United States
Died: July 27, 2022
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 14 
Thérèse of Lisieux
(Roman Catholic Nun Known as the ‘Little Flower of Jesus’)
Thérèse of Lisieux
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 2, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alençon, France
Died: September 30, 1897
French nun Thérèse of Lisieux, known as "The Little Flower of Jesus,” became one of the most well-known Catholic saints ever. She became the youngest Doctor of the Church and the third woman to receive the honor. A devoted Carmelite, she died of tuberculosis at age 24.
 15 
Vikram Batra
Vikram Batra
33
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palampur
Died: July 7, 1999
 16 
Peg Entwistle
(Actress)
Peg Entwistle
9
Birthdate: February 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port Talbot, Glamorgan, England
Died: September 16, 1932
 17 
Alfredo Ferrari
(Engineer)
Alfredo Ferrari
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Modena
Died: June 30, 1956
Baldwin IV of Jerusalem
5
Birthdate: 1161 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Jerusalem
Died: March 16, 1185

Though seriously hindered by leprosy, Baldwin IV, who came to power at the age of 13, was successful in defending his Jerusalem kingdom during his nearly 11-year rule. His reign was marked by his confrontations with Saladin, the ruler of Egypt and Syria. Also known as The Leper King, Baldwin slowed Saladin’s military campaigns. He was succeeded by his nephew.

 19 
Charlotte Corday
(French Revolutionary Who Was Executed for the Assassination of Jacobin Leader Jean-Paul Marat)
Charlotte Corday
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 27, 1768
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Écorches, Normandy, France
Died: July 17, 1793

Charlotte Corday was an important figure of the French Revolution. She is remembered for murdering Jacobin leader Jean-Paul Marat, for which she was executed by guillotine. Her action changed the political position and role of women at the time. She was also considered a hero by those who opposed the teachings of Jean-Paul Marat.

 20 
Chandra Shekhar Azad
(Indian Revolutionary Who Reorganised Hindustan Socialist Republican Association)
Chandra Shekhar Azad
16
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 23, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Badarka, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: February 27, 1931

Chandra Shekhar Azad joined India’s freedom struggle against the British after being deeply affected by the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Born Chandra Shekhar Tiwari, he declared himself as Azad when arrested in connection with Gandhiji’s non-cooperation movement. He shot himself to death to escape being held captive by the British.

 21 
Richard Bong
(Aircraft pilot, Military personnel)
Richard Bong
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Superior, Wisconsin, United States
Died: August 6, 1945
 22 
Birsa Munda
(Tribal Leader Who Revolted Against the British Rule)
Birsa Munda
52
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 15, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ulihatu, Khunti, India
Died: June 9, 1900

In spite of his short life, which ended at age 24, Birsa Munda is remembered for spearheading the tribal movement against the British. He also made the British introduce new laws for the protection of the tribal land rights. He died in prison while undergoing trials.

 23 
Elizabeth of Hungary
(Saint and Princess of the Kingdom of Hungary)
Elizabeth of Hungary
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 7, 1207
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: November 17, 1231

Elizabeth, the daughter of Hungarian king Andrew II, was married at 14 but lost her husband to a plague in Italy at 20. She then joined the Third Order of St. Francis and opened a hospital for the poor. She is revered as the patron saint of the homeless.

 24 
Berry Oakley
(Musician)
Berry Oakley
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 11, 1972
 25 
Claude of France
(Queen)
Claude of France
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 13, 1499
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Romorantin-Lanthenay
Died: July 20, 1524
 26 
Miklós Fehér
(Hungarian Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Miklós Fehér
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tatabánya, Hungary
Died: January 25, 2004
 27 
Darrent Williams
(American football player)
Darrent Williams
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: January 1, 2007
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 28 
Young Tom Morris
(Scottish Professional Golfer)
Young Tom Morris
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 20, 1851
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Andrews, Scotland
Died: December 25, 1875
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 29 
Lee Eun-ju
(Actress)
Lee Eun-ju
4
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gunsan-si
Died: February 22, 2005
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 30 
Marco Simoncelli
(Italian Professional Motorcycle Racer Who Died in an Accident at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix)
Marco Simoncelli
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cattolica, Italy
Died: October 23, 2011

Marco Simoncelli was an Italian motorcycle racer. From 2002 to 2011, Simoncelli competed in the Grand Prix motorcycle racing and won the 2008 Grand Prix Championship. While competing in the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix on 23 October, Simoncelli lost control over his motorcycle and was run over by other vehicles on the track. He died of wounds at age 24.

 31 
Kateri Tekakwitha
(Saint)
Kateri Tekakwitha
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1656 AD
Birthplace: Auriesville, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 1680
Kateri Tekakwitha was a Catholic saint known for her virtue of chastity and mortification of the flesh. She was the first North American Indian canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. Tekakwitha was known as “Lily of the Mohawks” in recognition of her kindness. Pope Benedict XVI recognized Tekakwitha as a saint and she was later canonized.
 32 
Michael Schwerner
(Civil Rights Activist)
Michael Schwerner
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 21, 1964
 33 
Marinus van der Lubbe
(Politician, Trade unionist)
Marinus van der Lubbe
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden
Died: January 10, 1934
 34 
Nile Kinnick
(American football player)
Nile Kinnick
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Adel, Iowa, United States
Died: June 2, 1943
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 35 
Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
(Engineer)
Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche
1
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cap-Haïtien, Haiti
Died: April 15, 1912
 36 
Gratian
(Roman emperor)
Gratian
2
Birthdate: April 18, 0359
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia
Died: August 25, 0383
 37 
Steven Stayner
(Kidnap Victim)
Steven Stayner
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Merced, California, United States
Died: September 17, 1989

Steven Stayner was kidnapped by Kenneth Parnell at age 7. Steven escaped with fellow captive Timothy White after being held captive and sexually abused for 7 years. He died in a motorcycle accident later. His older brother, Cary Stayner, turned out to be a serial killer years later.

 38 
Lili Boulanger
(Composer)
Lili Boulanger
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 21, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 15, 1918
 39 
Sebastian of Portugal
(King of Portugal from 11 June 1557 to 4 August 1578)
Sebastian of Portugal
1
Birthdate: January 20, 1554
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: August 4, 1578
 40 
Pier Giorgio Frassati
(Activist)
Pier Giorgio Frassati
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 6, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: July 4, 1925
 41 
Ruan Lingyu
(Silent film actress. One of the most prominent Chinese film stars of the 1930s)
Ruan Lingyu
2
Birthdate: April 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: March 8, 1935
 42 
Milos Milos
(Serbian-born American Stunt Double and Actor)
Milos Milos
2
Birthdate: July 1, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Knjazevac, Serbia
Died: January 30, 1966

Milos Milos was a Serbian-born American stunt double, actor, and bodyguard for Alain Delon. He is best remembered for his portrayal of a naval officer in the American comedy film The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming. Milos Milos also played the titular role in the 1966 American horror film Incubus before committing suicide at the age of 24.

 43 
Anthony Babington
(Nobleman)
Anthony Babington
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 24, 1561
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Derbyshire, England
Died: September 20, 1586
 44 
Stanley Ketchel
(Boxer)
Stanley Ketchel
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died: October 15, 1910
 45 
Salman Shah
(Actor)
Salman Shah
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zakiganj, Sylhet, Bangladesh
Died: September 6, 1996

Bangladeshi actor Salman Shah started his career with the film Keyamat Theke Keyamat, a remake of the hit Indian film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. His mysterious death at the early age of 24 was initially suspected to be a murder but was later ruled as a suicide.

 46 
Samuel Wanjiru
(Kenyan Long-Distance Runner)
Samuel Wanjiru
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nyahururu, Kenya
Died: May 15, 2011
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 47 
Dutty Boukman
(Haitian Revolutionary Who was Active During the Haitian Revolution)
Dutty Boukman
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1767 AD
Birthplace: Senegambia
Died: November 7, 1791

Dutty Boukman was a Haitian revolutionary who was active during the Haitian Revolution. It is believed that Boukman and a Vodou mambo named Cécile Fatiman presided over a religious ceremony at Bois Caïman that instigated the 1791 slave revolt which came to be known as the Haitian Revolution.

 48 
Gabriel Prosser
(Blacksmith)
Gabriel Prosser
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: Henrico County, Virginia, United States
Died: October 10, 1800

One of the rare literate slaves of the colonial era, Gabriel Prosser was born into slavery at a tobacco plantation in Virginia. He led one of the first great slave revolutions of the U.S., aspiring to create an all-Black state, with himself as the king. He was eventually hanged.

 49 
Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia
(Duke of Bohemia (921-935))
Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0911 AD
Birthplace: Stochov, Czech Republic
Died: September 28, 0935
 50 
Marquise Hill
(American football player)
Marquise Hill
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 28, 2007
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)