Famous smokers who died from smoking

All the famous people in this list were smokers and have died from diseases that are related to smoking tobacco.

Notable people in this list are the members of the Reynolds family, the family behind the cigaret brand Camel. Patrick Reynolds has seen many of his relatives die from the consequences of cigarettes and is now an anti-tobacco activist.

Four actors that once played the Marlboro Man have died from smoking related diseases: Wayne McLaren, David McLean, Dick Hammer and Eric Lawson.

  • Bill Hicks, American comedian
    32 years old, pancreatic cancer
  • Lorraine Hansberry, actress and painter
    34 years old, pancreatic cancer
  • Gerard Smith, bass player from the band TV on the radio
    36 years old, lung cancer
  • Wilhelmina Cooper, supermodel from the 60's
    40 years old, lung cancer
  • Eric Carr, drummer from the band Kiss
    41 years old, lung cancer
  • Nat King Cole, singer
    45 years old, lung cancer
  • Mary Reynolds, wife of R.J. Reynolds Jr., son of the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    45 years old, stomach cancer
  • James Hunt, Formule 1 pilot
    45 years old, heart attack
  • Kiel Martin, actor from the TV-show Hill Street Blues
    46 years old, lung cancer
  • Charles Day, gold medal winner in the 1936 Olympics
    47 years old, lung cancer
  • Graham Chapman, Monthy Python
    48 years old, throat cancer
  • Jacques Brel, singer
    49 years old, lung cancer
  • Jack Cassidy, actor
    49 years old, died in a fire caused by smoking in bed
  • Errol Flynn, actor
    50 years old, heart attack
  • Steve McQueen, actor
    50 years old, died from a heart attack the day after an operation to remove a mesothelioma (tumor of pleural cavity, caused by asbestos)
  • Carl Wilson, the Beach Boys
    51 years old, lung cancer
  • Wayne McLaren, Marlboro Man
    51 years old, lung cancer
  • Roy Orbison, singer
    52 years old, heart attack
  • Frank Zappa, singer
    52 years old, prostate cancer
  • Charlie, the smoking chimpansee
    52 years old, cause of death unknown
  • June Pointer, a Pointer Sister
    52 years old, lung cancer
  • Elizabeth "Blitz" Reynolds, first wife of R.J. Reynolds Jr., son of the founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (Camel)
    52 years old, colon cancer
  • Spike Jones, musician and comedian
    53 years old, emphysema
  • Babe Ruth, baseball player
    53 years old, cancer of the mouth
  • Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead
    53 years old, heart attack
  • Robert Palmer , singer
    54 years old, heart attack
  • Michael Landon, Little Joe uit Bonanza
    54 years old, pancreatic and liver cancer
  • Krzysztof Kieślowski, director (Trois Couleurs Rouge, Blanc, Blue)
    55 years old, heart attack
  • Edward Albert, actor
    55 years old, lung cancer
  • Michael Nyqvist, actor, best known for his part in Millennium and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
    56 years old, lung cancer
  • Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond
    56 years old, heart attack
  • Betty Grable, pin-up girl and actress
    56 years old, lung cancer
  • King George VI, father of queen Elisabeth II of England
    56 years old, lung cancer
  • Robert Taylor, actor
    57 years old, lung cancer
  • Patrick Swayze, actor
    57 years old, pancreatic cancer
  • Humphrey Bogart, actor
    57 years old, esophagus cancer
  • Gracie Allen, actress en vrouw van George Burns
    58 years old, heart attack
  • George Harrison, Beatle
    58, throat cancer.
  • Clark Gable, actor
    59 years old, heart attack
  • Andreas Katsulas, actor
    59 years old, lung cancer
  • Alex Chilton, singer/songwriter
    59 years old, heart attack
  • R.J. Reynolds, Jr., heir of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (Camel)
    59, emphysema
  • R.J. Reynolds, III, heir of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (Camel), son of R.J. Reynolds Jr. His wife Marie died from ovarian cancer
    60, emphysema and congestive heart failure
  • Ibrahim Rugova, president of Kosovo
    61 years old, lung cancer
  • Alex Higgins, twofold world champion snooker
    61 years old, throat cancer
  • Alain Bashung, french singer
    61 years old, lung cancer
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb
    62 years old, throat cancer
  • Serge Gainsbourg, singer
    62 years old, heart attack
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, American president during WWII
    63 years old, stroke
  • Ulysses S. Grant, president of the USA
    63 years old, throat cancer
  • Edwin Hubble, famous astronomist
    64 years old, cerebral thrombosis
  • Howard Carter, discoverer of Tutankhamun's tomb
    64 years old, Hodgkin's disease
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, president J.F. Kennedy's wife
    64 years old, cancer
  • Sammy Davis Jr., singer and actor
    64 years old, throat cancer
  • Walt Disney, founder of the Walt Disney studios
    65 years old, lung cancer
  • Yul Brynner, actor
    65 years old, lung cancer
  • Muriel Marston Reynolds, ex-wife of R.J. Reynolds Jr. from the R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Company
    65 years old, lung cancer
  • Paul Avery, American reporter
    66 years old, emphysema
  • Tom Petty, musician
    66 years old, heart attack
  • Gert 'Kralle' Krawinkel, member of the band Trio, known for their hitsingle 'Da da da'
    66 years old, lung cancer
  • R.J. Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (Camel)
    68, pancreatic cancer
  • Johan Cruijff, legendary Dutch football player and coach
    68 years old, lung cancer, suffered from heart problems earlier
  • David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke
    69 years old, liver cancer, previously recovered from a hearth attack at the age of 57
  • Freddy Fender, country singer
    69 years old, lung cancer
  • Michelle Delpeche, French chansonnier - best known for Pour un flirt avec toi
    69 years old, cancer of the throat and tongue
  • Dick Hammer, Marlboro Man
    69 years old, lung cancer
  • Alan Rickman, actor, known as Professor Snape from Harry Potter
    69 years old, pancreatic cancer
  • Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister , rock god, founder of the band Motörhead
    70 years old, metastasized prostate cancer, cardiac arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure
  • King George V, British monarch
    70 years old, COPD
  • Johnny Cash, singer
    71 years old, complications of diabetes
  • Marion Robert Morrison, aka John Wayne
    72 years old, stomach cancer - underwent a successfully surgery for lung cancer earlier
  • Lou Rawls, soul singer
    72 years old, lung cancer
  • Eric Lawson , Marlboro Man
    72 years old, COPD
  • David McLean, Marlboro Man
    73 years old, emphysema
  • Paul Kantner, founder and guitarist of the band Jefferson Airplane
    74 years old, complications of heart attack, previously suffered from cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 39
  • Johnny Hallyday, the "French Elvis Presley"
    74 years old, lung cancer
  • Phil Everly, The Everly Brothers
    74 years old, COPD
  • Mark Twain, famous writer
    74 years old, heart attack
  • Václav Havel, Tsjechisch president
    75 years old, suffered from COPD - official cause of death was not made public
  • Nancy Reynolds, daughter of RJ Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
    75 years old, lung cancer and emphysema
  • Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone
    75 years old, complications of diabetes
  • Marianne O'Brien, atrice, ex-wife of R.J. Reynolds Jr.
    75 years old, aneurism
  • Albert Einstein, nobel prize winner and inventor of theory of relativity
    76 years old, aneurism
  • King Edward VIII, British monarch
    77 years old, throat cancer
  • Johnny Carson, talk show host
    79 years old, emphysema
  • Richard Briers, British actor - Tom Good from The good life, a TV-show from the 70's
    79 years old, emphysema
  • Don Knotts, actor
    81 years old, lung cancer
  • John Huston, director
    81 years old, emphysema
  • Frank Sinatra, singer, actor, producer, director and conductor
    82 years old, heart attack
  • Leonard Nimoy, Mr Spock from the original Star Trek series
    83 years old, COPD
  • Aaron Spelling, famous producer
    83 years old, stroke, suffered from oral cancer earlier
  • Paul Newman , actor
    83 years old, lung cancer
  • Omar Sharif , actor "Lawrence of Arabia"
    83 years old, heart attack, also suffered from Alzheimer's disease
  • Sigmund Freud, psychiatrist
    83 years old, euthanasia because of cancer of the mouth
  • Thomas Edison, inventor
    84 years old, complications of diabetes
  • Henry Corden, Fred Flintstone's voice
    85 years old, emphysema
  • Jim Trimble, Football coach
    87 years old, emphysema
  • Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during WWII
    90 years old, stroke
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