Famous People Who Died At 40

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The list of famous people who died at 40 includes John Lennon, Paul Walker, Edgar Allan Poe, Kalpana Chawla, Alexander McQueen. Famous personalities featured on this list, include emperors & kings, political leaders, military leaders and actors and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 40 includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Turkey and many more countries.
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 1 
Paul Walker
(Best Known for His Role as 'Brian O'Conner' in the 'Fast & Furious' Franchise)
Paul Walker
62
Birthdate: September 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
Died: November 30, 2013
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 2 
John Lennon
(The Founder, Co-Songwriter, Co-Lead Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist of 'The Beatles')
John Lennon
130
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 8, 1980
 3 
Edgar Allan Poe
(Writer and Poet - Widely Regarded as a Central Figure of Romanticism in the United States)
Edgar Allan Poe
46
Birthdate: January 19, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7, 1849
 4 
Nefertiti
(Queen of the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt)
Nefertiti
23
Birthdate: 1370 BC
Birthplace: Thebes, Egypt
Died: 1330 BC
 5 
John Coltrane
(One of the Most Influential Saxophonists in Music History)
John Coltrane
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: HaHamlet, North Carolina, United States
Died: July 17, 1967
 6 
Franz Kafka
(Novelist and Short-Story Writer, Widely Regarded as One of the Major Figures of 20th-Century Literature)
Franz Kafka
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: June 3, 1924
 7 
Gus Grissom
(Fighter Pilot, Test Pilot and Astronaut)
Gus Grissom
22
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mitchell, Indiana, United States
Died: January 27, 1967
 8 
Jonah Lomu
(New Zealand Rugby Union Player)
Jonah Lomu
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: November 18, 2015
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 9 
Jack London
(Novelist & Journalist)
Jack London
18
Birthdate: January 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: November 22, 1916
 10 
Chris Benoit
(Canadian Professional Wrestler Known for Winning 22 Championships Under WWF/WWE, WCW, NJPW, and ECW)
Chris Benoit
31
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 25, 2007
 11 
Caroline Flack
(Television Presenter)
Caroline Flack
36
Birthdate: November 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Enfield, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Died: February 15, 2020
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 12 
Lenny Bruce
(American Stand-Up Comedian and Social Critic)
Lenny Bruce
8
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States
Died: August 3, 1966
 13 
Pete Maravich
(American Professional Basketball Player and One of the Best Ball Handlers of All Time)
Pete Maravich
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 5, 1988
 14 
Glenn Miller
(Trombonist)
Glenn Miller
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clarinda, Iowa, United States
Died: December 15, 1944
 15 
Jean Seberg
(Known for Her Performance in the French Film ‘Breathless’)
Jean Seberg
11
Birthdate: November 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
Died: August 30, 1979
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 16 
Edward IV of England
(King of England from 1461 to 1470 and from 1471 to 1483)
Edward IV of England
6
Birthdate: April 28, 1442
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: April 9, 1483
 17 
Maryam Mirzakhani
(First Iranian to Be Honored With the ‘Fields Medal’, the Most Prestigious Award in Mathematics)
Maryam Mirzakhani
11
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: July 14, 2017
 18 
Chris Penn
(Actor)
Chris Penn
8
Birthdate: October 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 24, 2006
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 19 
Alexander McQueen
(British Fashion Designer and Couturier)
Alexander McQueen
11
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
Died: February 11, 2010
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 20 
Kalpana Chawla
(Indian-Born American Astronaut Who Was the First Woman of Indian Origin to Go to Space)
Kalpana Chawla
69
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karnal, Haryana, India
Died: February 1, 2003
 21 
Falco
(Austrian Singer and Musician)
Falco
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 6, 1998
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 22 
Rick Rude
(American Professional Wrestler)
Rick Rude
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Peter, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 20, 1999
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 23 
Henry II of France
(King of France (1547 - 1559))
Henry II of France
7
Birthdate: March 31, 1519
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: July 10, 1559
 24 
Emily Davison
(English Suffragette Who Fought for Votes for Women in Britain in the Early 20th Century)
Emily Davison
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 11, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 8, 1913
 25 
Jim Reeves
(Singer-Songwriter)
Jim Reeves
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galloway, Texas, United States
Died: July 31, 1964
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 26 
Vladimir Komarov
(First Cosmonaut to Fly into Space Twice and the First Human to Die in a Space Flight)
Vladimir Komarov
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: April 24, 1967
 27 
Scott Fischer
(First American to Summit Mt. Lhotse)
Scott Fischer
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Muskegon, Michigan, United States
Died: May 11, 1996
 28 
Ray Combs
(Actor, Television actor)
Ray Combs
6
Birthdate: April 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamilton
Died: June 2, 1996
 29 
Roy Halladay
(Baseball Players)
Roy Halladay
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA
Died: November 7, 2017
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 30 
Gerald Levert
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: November 10, 2006
 31 
Lana Clarkson
(American Actress and Fashion Model)
Lana Clarkson
6
Birthdate: April 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: February 3, 2003
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 32 
Joey Feek
(Singer-songwriter)
Joey Feek
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alexandria, Indiana, United States
Died: March 4, 2016
 33 
Eli Cohen
(Egyptian-born Israeli Spy)
Eli Cohen
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 26, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: May 18, 1965
 34 
Robert Capa
(Photographer, Photojournalist)
Robert Capa
5
Birthdate: October 22, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 25, 1954
 35 
Adrienne Shelly
4
Birthdate: June 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 1, 2006
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 36 
Lawrence Phillips
(American football player)
Lawrence Phillips
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 13, 2016
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 37 
Matthew Flinders
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 16, 1774
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Donington
Died: July 19, 1814
 38 
Howard Ashman
(Playwright, Lyricist & Stage Director)
Howard Ashman
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: March 14, 1991
 39 
Trevor Goddard
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Kano’ in the Martial Arts Action Film ‘Mortal Kombat’)
Trevor Goddard
2
Birthdate: October 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England
Died: June 7, 2003
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 40 
Anita Mui
(Legendary Hong Kong Cantopop Singer and Actor)
Anita Mui
2
Birthdate: October 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: British Hong Kong
Died: December 30, 2003
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 41 
Alaric I
(King of the Visigoths from 395 to 410)
Alaric I
0
Birthdate: 0370 AD
Birthplace: Peuce Island
Died: 0410 AD
 42 
Ian Charleson
(Scottish actor)
Ian Charleson
1
Birthdate: August 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: January 6, 1990
 43 
Paddy Mayne
(British Army Officer and Rugby Union Player)
Paddy Mayne
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newtownards, County Down, Ireland
Died: December 14, 1955
 44 
Agustín de Iturbide
(Emperor of Mexico (1822 - 1823))
Agustín de Iturbide
0
Birthdate: September 27, 1783
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Morelia, Mexico
Died: July 19, 1824
 45 
Margaret Fuller
(American Journalist, Critic, Editor, and Women's Rights Advocate)
Margaret Fuller
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 23, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 19, 1850
Michael J. Smith
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaufort
Died: January 28, 1986
 47 
Vitas Gerulaitis
(Tennis player)
Vitas Gerulaitis
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 17, 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 48 
Juan Gris
(Spanish Cubist Painter)
Juan Gris
0
Birthdate: March 23, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: May 11, 1927
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Dawn Brancheau
(Animal Trainer)
Dawn Brancheau
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cedar Lake, Indiana
Died: February 24, 2010
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Diana Turbay
(Colombian Journalist Who Was Kidnapped and by the Medellín Cartel and Later Killed)
Diana Turbay
5
Birthdate: March 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bogota
Died: January 25, 1991