List of Famous people who died at 45

Yukio Mishima

平岡 公威
First Name Yukio
Last Name Mishima
Born on January 14, 1925
Died on November 25, 1970 (aged 45)
Born in Japan, Tokyo
Height 163 cm | 5'4

Yukio Mishima , born Kimitake Hiraoka was a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, model, Shintoist, nationalist, and founder of the Tatenokai , an unarmed civilian militia. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. He was considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968, but the award went to his countryman and benefactor Yasunari Kawabata. His works include the novels Confessions of a Mask and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion , and the autobiographical essay "Sun and Steel" . Mishima's work is characterized by "its luxurious vocabulary and decadent metaphors, its fusion of traditional Japanese and modern Western literary styles, and its obsessive assertions of the unity of beauty, eroticism and death".

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Roger Cicero

Roger Marcel Cicero Ciceu
First Name Roger
Last Name Cicero
Born on July 6, 1970
Died on March 24, 2016 (aged 45)

Roger Marcel Cicero Ciceu was a German jazz and pop musician.

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Betty Ong

First Name Betty
Last Name Ong
Born on February 5, 1956
Died on September 11, 2001 (aged 45)

Betty Ann Ong was an American flight attendant aboard American Airlines Flight 11, the first airplane to become hijacked during the September 11 attacks. Shortly after the hijacking, Ong notified the American Airlines ground crew of the hijacking, staying on the telephone for 25 minutes and relaying vital information that eventually led to the closing of airspace by the FAA for the first time in United States history.

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Phife Dawg

Malik Izaak Taylor
First Name Phife
Born on November 20, 1970
Died on March 22, 2016 (aged 45)

Malik Izaak Taylor, known professionally as Phife Dawg, was an American rapper and a member of the group A Tribe Called Quest with Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. He was also known as the "Five-Foot Assassin" and "The Five-Footer", because he stood at 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m).

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Walter Payton

First Name Walter
Last Name Payton
Born on July 25, 1954
Died on November 1, 1999 (aged 45)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Walter Jerry Payton was an American professional football player who was a running back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He is regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. A nine-time Pro Bowl selectee, Payton is remembered as a prolific rusher, once holding records for career rushing yards, touchdowns, carries, yards from scrimmage, all-purpose yards, and many other categories. He was also versatile, and retired with the most receptions by a non-receiver, and had eight career touchdown passes. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame that same year, and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. He was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1994, and the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team in 2019. Hall of Fame NFL player and coach Mike Ditka described Payton as the greatest football player he had ever seen—but even greater as a human being.

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Ralphie May

First Name Ralphie
Born on February 17, 1972
Died on October 6, 2017 (aged 45)

Ralph Duren May was an American stand-up comedian and actor, known for his extensive touring and comedy specials on Netflix and other outlets.

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Ricky Nelson

First Name Ricky
Last Name Nelson
Born on May 8, 1940
Died on December 31, 1985 (aged 45)
Height 182 cm | 6'0

Eric Hilliard Nelson, known professionally as Ricky Nelson until his 21st birthday when he officially dropped the "y" and simply became Rick Nelson, was an American rock & roll star, pop pioneer, musician, singer-songwriter and actor. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1957, he began a long and successful career as a popular recording artist. As one of the top "teen idols" of the 1950s, his fame led to a motion picture role co-starring alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks's western feature film Rio Bravo (1959). He placed 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and its predecessors, between 1957 and 1973, including "Poor Little Fool" in 1958, which was the first number 1 song on Billboard magazine's then-newly created Hot 100 chart. He recorded 19 additional Top 10 hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987. In 1996 Nelson was ranked No. 49 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

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Vasily Shukshin

First Name Vasily
Died on October 2, 1974 (aged 4)

Vasily Makarovich Shukshin was a Soviet Russian writer, actor, screenwriter and film director from the Altai region who specialized in rural themes. A prominent memeber of the Village Prose movement, he began writing short stories in his early teenage years and later transition to acting by his late 20-s.

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Richard Carlson

First Name Richard
Last Name Carlson
Born on May 16, 1961
Died on December 13, 2006 (aged 45)

Richard Carlson was an American author, psychotherapist, and motivational speaker. His book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff... and it’s all Small Stuff (1997), was USA Today's bestselling book for two consecutive years. and spent over 101 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. It was published in 135 countries and translated into Latvian, Polish, Icelandic, Serbian and 26 other languages. Carlson went on to write 20 books.

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Barby Kelly

Barbara Ann Kelly
First Name Barby
Last Name Kelly
Died on April 15, 2021 (aged 51)
Born in Spain, Navarre

Barbara Ann "Barby" Kelly was a German singer. She was a member of The Kelly Family since 1982.

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