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In the year 2008

719 Notable deaths

Heath Ledger

Australian actor (1979–2008).

Born April 4th, 1979 in Perth. [ref]

Died January 22nd, 2008 at 28 years old in Manhattan (opioid overdose). [ref]

Paul Newman

American actor and film director (1925–2008).

Born January 26th, 1925 in Shaker Heights. [ref]

Died September 26th, 2008 at 83 years old in Westport (lung cancer). [ref]

Bobby Fischer

American chess player and chess writer.

Born March 9th, 1943 in Chicago. [ref]

Died January 18th, 2008 at 64 years old in Reykjavík (kidney failure). [ref]

George Carlin

American stand-up comedian (1937–2008).

Born May 12th, 1937 in New York City. [ref]

Died June 22nd, 2008 at 71 years old in Santa Monica (heart failure). [ref]

Nina Simone

American singer, songwriter and pianist.

Born February 21st, 1933 in Tryon. [ref]

Died April 21st, 2008 at 75 years old in Carry-le-Rouet (breast cancer). [ref]

Bernie Mac

American actor.

Born October 5th, 1957 in Chicago.

Died August 9th, 2008 at 50 years old in Chicago (pneumonia). [ref]

Charlton Heston

American actor and political activist (1923–2008).

Born October 4th, 1923 in Evanston.

Died April 5th, 2008 at 84 years old in Beverly Hills (pneumonia, leukemia). [ref]

Estelle Getty

Actress (1923-2008).

Born July 25th, 1923 in New York City. [ref]

Died July 22nd, 2008 at 84 years old in Hollywood (dementia). [ref]

David Foster Wallace

American fiction writer and essayist.

Born February 21st, 1962 in Ithaca. [ref]

Died September 12th, 2008 at 46 years old in Claremont (hanging). [ref]

Michael Crichton

American author, screenwriter, film producer (1942-2008).

Born October 23rd, 1942 in Chicago. [ref]

Died November 4th, 2008 at 66 years old in Los Angeles (lymphoma). [ref]

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