List of Famous people who died at 42

Ted Bundy

Theodore Robert Cowell
First Name Ted
Died on January 24, 1989 (aged 19)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Theodore Robert Bundy was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. After more than a decade of denials, before his execution in 1989 he confessed to 30 homicides that he committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. The true number of victims is believed to be higher.

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley
First Name Elvis
Last Name Presley
Born on January 8, 1935
Died on August 16, 1977 (aged 42)
Height 182 cm | 6'0

Elvis Aaron Presley, also known simply as Elvis, was an American singer, musician and actor. He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines during a transformative era in race relations, led him to both great success and initial controversy.

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Halyna Hutchins

First Name Halyna
Died on October 21, 2021 (aged 51)

Halyna Hutchins was a Ukrainian cinematographer and journalist credited with work on more than 30 films, short films and TV miniseries, including the films Archenemy, Darlin', and Blindfire.

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Gary Speed

Gary Andrew Speed
First Name Gary
Last Name Speed
Born on September 8, 1969
Died on November 27, 2011 (aged 42)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Gary Andrew Speed, MBE was a Welsh professional footballer and manager.

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Gary Coleman

Gary Wayne Coleman
First Name Gary
Last Name Coleman
Born on February 8, 1968
Died on May 28, 2010 (aged 42)
Height 140 cm | 4'7

Gary Wayne Coleman was an American actor, comedian, and writer. One of the highest-paid child actors in the late 1970s and early 1980s, he was rated first on a list of VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars" on television, and received several awards and nominations throughout his career, including winning two Young Artist Awards and four People's Choice Awards.

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Vladimir Vysotsky

First Name Vladimir
Last Name Vysotsky
Born on January 25, 1938
Died on July 25, 1980 (aged 42)
Born in Russia

Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky was a Soviet singer-songwriter, poet, and actor whose career had an immense and enduring effect on Soviet culture. He became widely known for his unique singing style and for his lyrics, which featured social and political commentary in often humorous street jargon. He was also a prominent stage and screen actor. Though his work was largely ignored by the official Soviet cultural establishment, he achieved remarkable fame during his lifetime, and to this day exerts significant influence on many of Russia's popular musicians and actors years after his death.

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Kimbo Slice

Kevin Ferguson
First Name Kimbo
Born on February 8, 1974
Died on June 6, 2016 (aged 42)
Born in The Bahamas
Height 185 cm | 6'1

Kevin Ferguson, better known as Kimbo Slice, was a Bahamian mixed martial artist, boxer, professional wrestler and occasional actor. He became noted for mutual combat street fights which were spread across the Internet, leading Rolling Stone to call him "The King of the Web Brawlers".

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John Cazale

John Holland Cazale
First Name John
Last Name Cazale
Born on August 12, 1935
Died on March 13, 1978 (aged 42)
Height 179 cm | 5'10

John Holland Cazale was an American actor. He appeared in five films over seven years, all of which were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), and The Deer Hunter (1978), with the two Godfather films and The Deer Hunter winning. Cazale started as a theater actor in New York City, ranging from regional, to off-Broadway, to Broadway acting alongside Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Sam Waterston. Cazale soon became one of Hollywood's premier character actors, starting with his role as the doomed, weak-minded Fredo Corleone opposite longtime friend Al Pacino in Francis Ford Coppola's film The Godfather, its 1974 sequel, and Dog Day Afternoon. Cazale chose to continue acting despite having been diagnosed with lung cancer. He died in New York City on March 13, 1978, shortly after completing his role in The Deer Hunter.

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Dodi Fayed

Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Muna'im Al-Fayed
First Name Dodi
Last Name Fayed
Died on August 31, 1997 (aged 27)

Emad El-Din Mohamed Abdel Mena'em Fayed, better known as Dodi Fayed, was an Egyptian film producer and the son of billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed. He was the romantic partner of Diana, Princess of Wales, when they both died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

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Gilda Radner

First Name Gilda
Born on June 28, 1946
Died on May 20, 1989 (aged 42)
Height 168 cm | 5'6

Gilda Susan Radner was an American actress and comedian, who was one of the seven original cast members for the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). In her routines, Radner specialized in parodies of television stereotypes, such as advice specialists and news anchors. In 1978, she won an Emmy Award for her performances on the show. She also portrayed those characters in her highly successful one-woman show on Broadway in 1979. Radner's SNL work established her as an iconic figure in the history of American comedy.

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Matthew Harding

First Name Matthew
Last Name Harding
Born on December 26, 1953
Died on October 22, 1996 (aged 42)

Matthew Charles Harding was a British businessman, vice-chairman of Chelsea Football Club and a major financial supporter of New Labour.

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Teresa Teng

First Name Teresa
Last Name Teng
Born on January 29, 1953
Died on May 8, 1995 (aged 42)

Teng Li-chun, commonly known as Teresa Teng, was a Taiwanese singer, actress, and musician. Referred as "Asia's eternal queen of pop," Teng became a cultural icon for her contributions to Mandopop, giving birth to the phrase, "Wherever there are Chinese people, there is the music of Teresa Teng".

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Albert Johnson
Born on November 2, 1974
Died on June 20, 2017 (aged 42)

Albert Johnson, better known by his stage name Prodigy, was an American rapper, author, and entrepreneur. With Havoc, he was one half of the hip hop duo Mobb Deep.

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Jacqueline du Pré

First Name Jacqueline
Born on January 26, 1945
Died on October 19, 1987 (aged 42)

Jacqueline Mary du Pré was a British cellist. At a young age, she achieved enduring mainstream popularity. Despite her short career, she is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time.

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Marcy Borders

First Name Marcy
Last Name Borders
Born on August 12, 1973
Died on August 24, 2015 (aged 42)

Marcy Borders was an American legal assistant who worked at the Bank of America located in the World Trade Center and survived its collapse, following the al-Qaeda attacks on September 11, 2001.

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José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha

First Name José
Last Name Gacha
Born on May 14, 1947
Died on December 15, 1989 (aged 42)

José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha, also known by the nickname El Mexicano, was a Colombian drug lord who was one of the leaders of the notorious Medellín Cartel along with the Ochoa Brothers and Pablo Escobar. At the height of his criminal career, Rodríguez was acknowledged as one of the world's most successful drug dealers. In 1988, Forbes magazine included him in their annual list of the world's billionaires.

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Jacques Mesrine

Jacques René Mesrine
First Name Jacques
Last Name Mesrine
Born on December 28, 1936
Died on November 2, 1979 (aged 42)

Jacques Mesrine was a French criminal responsible for numerous murders, bank robberies, burglaries, and kidnappings in France, the US, and Canada. Mesrine repeatedly escaped from prison and made international headlines during a final period as a fugitive when his exploits included trying to kidnap the judge who had previously sentenced him. An aptitude for disguise earned him the moniker "The Man of a Thousand Faces" and enabled him to remain at large while receiving massive publicity as a wanted man. Mesrine was widely seen as an anti-establishment 'Robin Hood' figure. In keeping with his charismatic image, he was rarely without a glamorous female companion. A two-part film which came out in 2008 was based on Mesrine's life.

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Dzyanis Kowba

First Name Dzyanis
Born on September 6, 1979
Died on November 18, 2021 (aged 42)
Height 188 cm | 6'2

Dzyanis Yur'evich Kowba was a Belarusian professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He was a member of Belarus national team between 2002 and 2007.

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Papa Bouba Diop

First Name Papa
Last Name Diop
Born on January 28, 1978
Died on November 29, 2020 (aged 42)
Born in Senegal, Dakar
Height 194 cm | 6'4

Papa Bouba Diop was a Senegalese professional footballer. His preferred position was defensive midfield but he could also play as a centre back, where he previously played at Lens. Diop was considered a strong and aggressive player. His playing style and ability drew comparisons to Patrick Vieira.

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Born on April 9, 1970
Died on March 6, 2013 (aged 42)

Alexandre Magno Abrão, better known by his stage name Chorão, was a Brazilian singer-songwriter, rapper, lyricist, guitarist, skateboarder, record and film producer, screenwriter and entrepreneur. Best known for being a founding member and the vocalist/main lyricist of the influential alternative rock band Charlie Brown Jr., Folha de S.Paulo critic André Barcinski considered him "the nearest thing to a punk hero Brazilian mainstream music ever had", and Eduardo Tristão Girão of Portal Uai called him "the bad boy of Brazilian rock" and "the spokesman of the youth of the 1990s". Having been born and raised for most of his childhood in São Paulo, Chorão was the only Charlie Brown Jr. member not to hail originally from Santos, and its only founding member to remain consistently in all of the group's line-ups.

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