Famous People Who Died At 44

The list of famous people who died at 44 includes Pablo Escobar, Mary, Queen of Scots, Steve Irwin, Marvin Gaye, Heinrich Himmler. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, emperors & kings, poets and composers and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 44 includes people from United States, Italy, United Kingdom & Russia and many more countries.
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Steve Irwin
(Television Celebrity & Wildlife Conservationist Who Died After Getting Stung by a Stingray Barb)
Steve Irwin
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Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: September 4, 2006

Australian Steve Irwin was a world famous, high-spirited, lively host of The Crocodile Hunter television series. A conservationist, he was also part of other shows and documentaries on wildlife and environment. He was known for close encounters with some of the most dangerous and endangered animals in various jungles. He died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

 2 
F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Best Known for His Novel 'The Great Gatsby')
F. Scott Fitzgerald
40
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 24, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 21, 1940

Novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and short-story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. However, he wasn’t much popular during his lifetime. His works gained international acclaim only in the years following his untimely death at 44. Many of his works have been adapted into films.

 3 
Marvin Gaye
(Known as the 'Prince of Soul' and Popular for His Song 'Sexual Healing')
Marvin Gaye
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 1, 1984

American singer Marvin Gaye is one of the most successful black artists ever and his albums have sold in millions. His success reached great heights with the 1972 song What's Going On. The 1982 single Sexual Healing was the biggest hit of his career and was a chartbuster. He was tragically shot dead by his father after a family altercation.

 4 
Jackson Pollock
(American Abstract Expressionist Artist Known for His ‘Drip Technique’ Work)
Jackson Pollock
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Birthdate: January 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cody, Wyoming, United States
Died: August 11, 1956
Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock pioneered the drip technique or action painting, which involved moving his whole body to paint on a horizontal surface. Unfortunately, he struggled with alcoholism and died in a car accident, while drunk driving. He inspired a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography and the 2000 film Pollock.
 5 
Robert Louis Stevenson
(Author of Famous Novels: 'Treasure Island' and 'Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde')
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 13, 1850
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 3, 1894

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish travel writer, poet, and novelist. A popular writer in his lifetime, Stevenson went about traveling widely and writing prolifically even as he suffered from bronchial trouble; his will power and love for writing won the hearts of many other writers. In 2018, he was ranked as the world's 26th-most-translated author.

 6 
Anton Chekhov
(One of the Greatest Writers of All Time)
Anton Chekhov
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 29, 1860
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Taganrog, Russia
Died: July 15, 1904

Anton Chekhov was a Russian short-story writer and playwright. Widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of short fiction, Chekhov's works have influenced the progression of the modern short story. As a playwright, Anton Chekhov is credited with influencing the rise of modernism in theatre, along with August Strindberg and Henrik Ibsen.

 7 
Baruch Spinoza
(One of the Most Important Philosophers of the Early Modern Period)
Baruch Spinoza
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Birthdate: November 24, 1632
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: February 21, 1677
Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza is best remembered for his rationalist ideas and his posthumously released book Ethics. He opposed Rene Descartes’s ideas and believed that God was an abstract entity. He was later expelled from the Jewish society, while his books were banned by the Catholic Church.
 8 
Henry David Thoreau
(Naturalist, Philosopher & Author Of 'Walden')
Henry David Thoreau
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 12, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 6, 1862

Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher, essayist, poet, and naturalist. He is credited with popularizing transcendentalism and simple living. His philosophy of civil disobedience, which was detailed in his essay of the same name, later influenced world-renowned personalities like Leo Tolstoy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi.

 9 
Domitian
(Roman Emperor)
Domitian
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Birthdate: October 24, 0051
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome
Died: September 18, 0096
Domitian, son of Vespasian, reigned as the Roman emperor from 81 to 96. He was the last ruler of the Flavian dynasty and was assassinated by his own court officials. His authoritarian regime witnessed the reduction of the Senate’s powers and the strengthening of the defenses and the Roman economy.
 10 
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
(French Poet, Author, and Aviator Best Known for His Novella ‘The Little Prince’)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 29, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: July 31, 1944

French writer, poet, aristocrat, and journalist, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, is best remembered for his novella, The Little Prince. He was a pioneering aviator as a young man. A successful commercial pilot before World War II, he joined the French Air Force at the start of the war. Equally successful as a writer, he won several of France's highest literary awards.

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Heavy D
(Leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, he was a popular rapper through much of the 1990s.)
Heavy D
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mandeville, Jamaica
Died: November 8, 2011
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 12 
D. H. Lawrence
(English Writer and Poet Known for His Novels: ‘Sons and Lovers’, ‘The Rainbow’ and ‘Women in Love’)
D. H. Lawrence
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eastwood, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 2, 1930

English writer, D. H. Lawrence, was known for exploring sensitive issues, such as sexuality, emotional health,  and instinct. In his works, he often reflected upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. The sexual nature of his writings earned him many enemies. Even though he died at the relatively young age of 44, he left behind a rich literary legacy.

 13 
Mike Starr
Mike Starr
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Honolulu
Died: March 8, 2011
 14 
Jean Moulin
(An Emblem of the Resistance)
Jean Moulin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Béziers
Died: July 8, 1943

Jean Moulin was a French civil servant who played an important role during the French Resistance, which took place during the Second World War. In 1943, Moulin served as the president of the National Resistance Council, a body that directed the various movements of the French Resistance. Today, Moulin is remembered as one of the heroes of the French Resistance.

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Steve Marriott
(Rock Singer and Frontman Guitarist for the Rock Bands 'Small Faces' and 'Humble Pie')
Steve Marriott
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 30, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manor Park, London, England
Died: April 20, 1991

Steve Marriott was an English musician who served as the frontman guitarist of popular rock bands like Small Faces and Humble Pie. In Britain, he became a mod-style icon during his career and was one of the most photographed celebrities at that time. Steve Marriott died at the age of 44 and was posthumously honored with an Ivor Novello Award.

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Carlos Gardel
(One the Most Popular Tango Singer of All Time)
Carlos Gardel
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 11, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
Died: June 24, 1935

Carlos Gardel was a French Argentine composer, singer-songwriter, and actor. Widely regarded as the most important personality in the history of tango, Gardel is the world's most famous tango singer of all time. Remembered for his baritone voice, Gardel is often referred to as The King of Tango. His life inspired the 1939 musical film, The Life of Carlos Gardel.

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Ernie Pyle
(Journalist)
Ernie Pyle
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Birthdate: August 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dana, Indiana, United States
Died: April 18, 1945
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James Beck
(Actor)
James Beck
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Birthdate: February 21, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: August 6, 1973
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Paul Butterfield
(American Blues Harmonica Player, Singer and Bandleader)
Paul Butterfield
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 4, 1987
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Mark Reynolds Hughes
(Businessman)
Mark Reynolds Hughes
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Mirada, California, United States
Died: May 21, 2000
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Frank Silva
(Actor)
Frank Silva
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Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Died: September 13, 1995
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Hermann Minkowski
(German Mathematician and Professor Who Created and Developed the Geometry of Numbers)
Hermann Minkowski
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 22, 1864
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: January 12, 1909

Hermann Minkowski was a mathematician who served as a professor at the University of Göttingen, the University of Königsberg, and the University of Zurich. He is credited with creating and developing the geometry of numbers. He is also credited with using geometrical methods to resolve problems in the theory of relativity, mathematical physics, and number theory.

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Lucretius
(Roman Poet and Philosopher)
Lucretius
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 0099 BC
Birthplace: Ancient Rome
Died: 0055 BC

Lucretius was a Roman philosopher and poet. He is credited with originating the three-age system, which was formalized by C. J. Thomsen in 1836. His only known work De rerum natura, a philosophical poem, influenced several Augustan poets, including Virgil. The poem also played a prominent role in the development of atomism.

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Constantius II
(Roman ruler)
Constantius II
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 7, 0317
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sirmium
Died: November 3, 0361
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Alexander III of Scotland
(King)
Alexander III of Scotland
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Birthdate: September 4, 1241
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roxburgh Castle, Roxburghshire
Died: March 19, 1286
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Thomas H. Ince
(Film Producer)
Thomas H. Ince
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Birthdate: November 16, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died: November 19, 1924
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Arshile Gorky
(A Leading American Painter of 20th Century and a Founding Father of 'Abstract Expressionism')
Arshile Gorky
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Birthdate: April 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Khorgom, Vilayet of Van, Ottoman Empire
Died: July 21, 1948

Arshile Gorky, a powerful Armenian-American painter of 20th century, is counted among founding fathers of abstract expressionism. His experience, suffering and loss during Armenian genocide strongly influenced his development as an artist. With notable works like Landscape in the Manner of Cézanne and Nighttime, Enigma, Nostalgia, Gorky emerged as one of the major artists whose works defined American abstract expressionism.

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P. Ramlee
(Actor)
P. Ramlee
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Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Died: May 29, 1973
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Berta Cáceres
(Activist)
Berta Cáceres
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Esperanza, Honduras
Died: March 2, 2016
 30 
Carl Ruiz
(Chef)
Carl Ruiz
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: April 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: September 21, 2019
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Clara Immerwahr
(German Chemist)
Clara Immerwahr
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 21, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wojczyce, Poland
Died: May 2, 1915

Clara Immerwahr was a German chemist who became the first German woman to receive a doctorate in chemistry. Apart from being a chemist, Clara Immerwahr was also a pacifist and a women's rights activist. Her work, marriage with the popular chemist Fritz Haber, and her suicide at the age of 44 have inspired films, novels, and TV series.

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Amadeo I of Spain
(King)
Amadeo I of Spain
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Birthdate: May 30, 1845
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Turin, Turin, Italy
Died: January 18, 1890
 33 
Haym Salomon
(Businessman and Principal Financier During the American Revolutionary War)
Haym Salomon
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 7, 1740
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leszno, Poland
Died: January 6, 1785

Polish-American businessman Haym Salomon not only contributed to the establishment of the Philadelphia synagogue Mikveh Israel, but also lent huge amounts of interest-free money to soldiers and other borrowers during the American Revolutionary War. The financier eventually died in poverty, with the American government owing thousands of dollars to him.

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Krystyna Skarbek
(Britain's First and Longest-Serving Female Secret Agent)
Krystyna Skarbek
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trzepnica, Poland
Died: June 15, 1952

The first and the longest-serving British female secret agent, Krystyna Skarbek was born in Poland. Her contribution to the Allies during World War II won her honors such as the OBE and the Croix de Guerre. She was 37 when she was stabbed to death in a London hotel.

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Franco Moschino
(Italian Fashion Designer Best Known as the Founder of the Italian Fashion House 'Moschino')
Franco Moschino
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abbiategrasso, Italy
Died: September 18, 1994

Franco Moschino was an Italian fashion designer. Interested in fine arts from a young age, he became an illustrator for designer Gianni Versace and also worked as a freelance fashion illustrator. He later launched his own fashion house, Moschino, which specialized in leather accessories, shoes, and luggage. He also designed lingerie, casual wear, and evening wear. 

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John Curry
(British Figure Skater and Olympic Gold Medalist)
John Curry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: April 15, 1994
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Michael Taliferro
(Actor, Singer)
Michael Taliferro
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Birthdate: August 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: May 4, 2006
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Wayman Lawrence Tisdale
(Basketball player)
Wayman Lawrence Tisdale
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: May 15, 2009
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
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Abbas Mirza
(Crown prince of Iran)
Abbas Mirza
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Birthdate: August 20, 1789
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nava, Iran
Died: October 25, 1833

Abbas Mirza was the son of Fath Ali Shah, the second Shah of Qajar Iran, and his wife Asiyeh Khanum. As the crown prince, he developed a reputation as a military commander during the Russo-Persian War. He made many attempts to modernize the Persian army but without any success. He predeceased his father and died in 1833. 

Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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Birthdate: 1525 AD
Birthplace: Breda or nearby, Duchy of Brabant, Habsburg Netherlands (modern-day Netherlands)
Died: September 9, 1569
Sixteenth-century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder is remembered for his depiction of peasants through his paintings. His origins remain elusive, though most of his paintings carried his signature, which made it easy for researchers to trace the evolution of his art. Both his sons, too, became painters.
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Orlando Letelier
(Chilean Politician, Economist, and Diplomat)
Orlando Letelier
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Temuco
Died: September 21, 1976

Orlando Letelier was a Chilean politician, economist, and diplomat. After his arrest due to his participation in the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, Letelier was exiled from Chile. In 1975, Letelier left for Washington D.C., where he achieved popularity as an economist and teacher. Orlando Letelier was murdered in 1976 by agents of the Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional.

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Henryk Wieniawski
(Polish Composer and Violinist Who is Regarded Amongst the Greatest Violinists in History)
Henryk Wieniawski
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 10, 1835
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lublin, Poland
Died: March 31, 1880

Henryk Wieniawski was a Polish composer, violinist, and pedagogue. He is often counted among the greatest violinists of all time. He was also one of the most important players in London's Beethoven Quartet Society. Henryk Wieniawski is still revered by violinists all over the world. 

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Kate Wolf
(Composer, Singer-songwriter)
Kate Wolf
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco
Died: December 10, 1986
 44 
Chico Mendes
(Brazilian environmentalist)
Chico Mendes
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Xapuri, Brazil
Died: December 22, 1988
 45 
Greg Giraldo
(Stand-up comedian)
Greg Giraldo
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Birthdate: December 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 29, 2010
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Sean Sasser
(Chef)
Sean Sasser
1
Birthdate: October 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: August 7, 2013
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Lorena Rojas
(Actress)
Lorena Rojas
2
Birthdate: February 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: February 16, 2015
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Prince William, Duke of Cumberland
(Military commander)
Prince William, Duke of Cumberland
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 26, 1721
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leicester House, London, England
Died: October 31, 1765
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Kevin Duckworth
(Basketball Player)
Kevin Duckworth
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois, United States
Died: August 25, 2008
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
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Woody Shaw
(Trumpeter, Composer)
Woody Shaw
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Laurinburg, North Carolina, United States
Died: May 10, 1989