Famous People Who Died At 40

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
39
Birthdate: September 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States
Died: November 30, 2013

 2 
John Lennon
(The Founder, Co-Songwriter, Co-Lead Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist of 'The Beatles')

John Lennon
87
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
27
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
14
Birthdate: 1370 BC
Birthplace: Thebes, Egypt
Died: 1330 BC

 5 
Spartacus
(Thracian Gladiator)

Spartacus
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 0111 BC
Birthplace: Thrace
Died: 0071 BC

 6 
John Coltrane
(One of the Most Influential Saxophonists in Music History)

John Coltrane
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: HaHamlet, North Carolina, United States
Died: July 17, 1967

 7 
Gus Grissom
(Astronaut)

Gus Grissom
19
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mitchell, Indiana, United States
Died: January 27, 1967
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 8 
Kalpana Chawla
(Astronaut)

Kalpana Chawla
56
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Karnal, Haryana, India
Died: February 1, 2003

 9 
Franz Kafka
(Novelist)

Franz Kafka
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: June 3, 1924

 10 
Jonah Lomu
(Rugby Player)

Jonah Lomu
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: November 18, 2015
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 11 
Jack London
(Novelist & Journalist)

Jack London
12
Birthdate: January 12, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: November 22, 1916

 12 
Chris Benoit
(Professional wrestler)

Chris Benoit
23
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: June 25, 2007

 13 
Caroline Flack
(Television Presenter)

Caroline Flack
21
Birthdate: November 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Enfield, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Died: February 15, 2020
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 14 
Lenny Bruce
(Standup Comedian)

Lenny Bruce
3
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States
Died: August 3, 1966

 15 
Alexander McQueen
(Fashion designer)

Alexander McQueen
7
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 11, 2010
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 16 
Edward IV of England
(King of England (1460-70, 1471-83))

Edward IV of England
6
Birthdate: April 28, 1442
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: April 9, 1483

 17 
Pete Maravich
(Basketball player)

Pete Maravich
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 5, 1988

 18 
Jean Seberg
(Actress)

Jean Seberg
8
Birthdate: November 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
Died: August 30, 1979
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 19 
Glenn Miller
(Trombonist)

Glenn Miller
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clarinda, Iowa, United States
Died: December 15, 1944

 20 
Maryam Mirzakhani
(First Iranian to Be Honored With the ‘Fields Medal’, the Most Prestigious Award in Mathematics)

Maryam Mirzakhani
8
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: July 14, 2017

 21 
Chris Penn
(Actor)

Chris Penn
5
Birthdate: October 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 24, 2006
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 22 
Henry II of France
(King of France (1547-1559))

Henry II of France
4
Birthdate: March 31, 1519
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: July 10, 1559

 23 
Dawn Brancheau
(Animal Trainer)

Dawn Brancheau
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cedar Lake, Indiana
Died: February 24, 2010

 24 
Mary Ann Cotton
(Serial Killer)

Mary Ann Cotton
20
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: October 15, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Low Moorsley, England
Died: March 24, 1873

 25 
Vladimir Komarov
(First Cosmonaut to Fly into Space Twice and the First Human to Die in a Space Flight)

Vladimir Komarov
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: April 24, 1967

 26 
Rick Rude
(Professional Wrestler)

Rick Rude
10
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)

 27 
Falco
(Singer)

Falco
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 6, 1998
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 28 
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

 29 
Ray Combs
(Actor, Television actor)

Ray Combs
2
Birthdate: April 3, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamilton
Died: June 2, 1996

 30 
Jim Reeves
(Singer-Songwriter)

Jim Reeves
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galloway, Texas, United States
Died: July 31, 1964
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 31 

Gerald Levert
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: November 10, 2006

 32 
Joey Feek
(Singer-songwriter)

Joey Feek
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Alexandria, Indiana, United States
Died: March 4, 2016

 33 
Robert Capa
(Photographer, Photojournalist)

Robert Capa
5
Birthdate: October 22, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 25, 1954

 34 
Ike Clanton
(Member of Brigand Group - The Cowboys)

Ike Clanton
4
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: 1847 AD
Birthplace: Callaway County, Missouri
Died: June 1, 1887

 35 

Trevor Goddard
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Croydon, Surrey, England
Died: June 7, 2003
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 36 

Eli Cohen
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 26, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: May 18, 1965

 37 
Belle Starr
(Outlaw)

Belle Starr
6
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: February 5, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carthage, Missouri, United States
Died: February 3, 1889

 38 
Anita Mui
(Singer)

Anita Mui
1
Birthdate: October 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: British Hong Kong
Died: December 30, 2003
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 39 

Matthew Flinders
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 16, 1774
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Donington
Died: July 19, 1814

 40 

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)

 41 
Lana Clarkson
(Actress)

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)

 42 
Alaric I
(King of the Visigoths (395-410))

Alaric I
0
Birthdate: 0370 AD
Birthplace: Peuce Island
Died: 0410 AD

 43 
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

 44 
Margaret Fuller
(Journalist, Activist)

Margaret Fuller
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 23, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 19, 1850

 45 
Agustín de Iturbide
(Emperor of Mexico (1822-23))

Agustín de Iturbide
0
Birthdate: September 27, 1783
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Morelia, Mexico
Died: July 19, 1824

 46 
Simon Monjack
(Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer)

Simon Monjack
5
Birthdate: March 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London Borough of Hillingdon
Died: May 23, 2010

 47 
Muhammad Ahmad
(Ruler of Sudan (1881-85))

Muhammad Ahmad
9
Birthdate: August 12, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dongola, Sudan
Died: June 22, 1885

 48 
Shawty Lo
(Rapper)

Shawty Lo
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 31, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Died: September 21, 2016

 49 
Enver Pasha
(Minister of War of the Ottoman Empire (1914-18))

Enver Pasha
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 22, 1881
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: August 4, 1922

 50 
Victor of Aveyron
(Feral Child)

Victor of Aveyron
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1788 AD
Birthplace: Aveyron, France
Died: 1828 AD