List of Famous people who died at 50

Michael Jackson

Michael Joseph Jackson
First Name Michael
Last Name Jackson
Born on August 29, 1958
Died on June 25, 2009 (aged 50)
Height 175 cm | 5'9

Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Through stage and video performances, he popularized complicated dance moves such as the moonwalk, to which he gave the name, and the robot. His sound and style have influenced artists of various genres, and his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. Jackson is the most awarded artist in the history of popular music.

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Gianni Versace

First Name Gianni
Born on December 2, 1946
Died on July 15, 1997 (aged 50)
Born in Italy, Calabria

Giovanni Maria "Gianni" Versace was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house that produces accessories, fragrances, make-up, home furnishings, and clothes. He also designed costumes for theatre and films. As a friend of Eric Clapton; Diana, Princess of Wales; Naomi Campbell; Kate Moss; Madonna; Elton John; Tupac Shakur and many other celebrities, he was one of the first designers to link fashion to the music world.

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Steve McQueen

Terrence Steven McQueen
First Name Steve
Last Name McQueen
Born on March 24, 1930
Died on November 7, 1980 (aged 50)
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Terrence Stephen McQueen, nicknamed the "King of Cool", was an American actor. His antihero persona, emphasized during the height of the counterculture of the 1960s, made him a top box-office draw during the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Cincinnati Kid, Love With the Proper Stranger, The Thomas Crown Affair, Le Mans, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering Inferno.

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Theuns Jordaan

First Name Theuns
Last Name Jordaan
Born on January 10, 1971
Died on November 17, 2021 (aged 50)

Theuns Jordaan was a South African singer-songwriter.

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Pablo Acosta Villarreal

First Name Pablo
Last Name Villarreal
Born on January 26, 1937
Died on April 1, 1987 (aged 50)
Born in Mexico

Pablo Acosta Villarreal, commonly referred to as El Zorro de Ojinaga was a Mexican narcotics smuggler who controlled crime along a two-hundred mile stretch of U.S.-Mexico border. At the height of his power, he was smuggling 60 tons of cocaine per year for the Colombians—in addition to the incalculable amounts of marijuana and heroin that were the mainstay of his business. He was the mentor and business partner of Amado Carrillo Fuentes, the so-called 'Lord of the Skies', who took over after Acosta's death.

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Andrei Panin

First Name Andrei
Last Name Panin
Born on May 28, 1962
Died on March 6, 2013 (aged 50)

Andrei Vladimirovich Panin was a Nika Award-winner Russian actor appearing in film and television, and a director.

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Alan Hull

First Name Alan
Last Name Hull
Born on February 20, 1945
Died on November 17, 1995 (aged 50)

James Alan Hull was an English singer-songwriter and founding member of the Tyneside folk rock band Lindisfarne.

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Hervé Villechaize

Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize
First Name Hervé
Last Name Villechaize
Born on April 23, 1943
Died on September 4, 1993 (aged 50)
Height 122 cm | 4'0

Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize was a French American actor. He is best remembered for his roles as the evil henchman, Nick Nack, in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, and for playing Mr. Roarke's assistant, Tattoo, on the 1977–1984 American television series Fantasy Island, where his catch phrase was "Ze plane! Ze plane!"

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David Ruffin

First Name David
Last Name Ruffin
Born on January 18, 1941
Died on June 1, 1991 (aged 50)

David Eli Ruffin was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of the Temptations (1964–68) during the group's "Classic Five" period as it was later known. He was the lead voice on such famous songs as "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."

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Naim Süleymanoğlu

First Name Naim
Last Name Süleymanoğlu
Born on January 23, 1967
Died on November 18, 2017 (aged 50)
Height 147 cm | 4'10

Naim Süleymanoğlu was a Bulgarian-Turkish Olympic weightlifter. He was a seven-time World Weightlifting champion and a three-time Olympic gold medalist and set multiple world records. He is widely considered to have been the best pound for pound Olympic weightlifter of all time, and one of the greatest Olympic weightlifters ever.

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Martin MacNeill

First Name Martin
Last Name MacNeill
Born on January 15, 1957
Died on April 11, 2007 (aged 50)

Michele Marie MacNeill, née Somers, was an American homemaker and model. Michele was married for nearly 30 years to the physician Martin MacNeill and was the mother of eight children. She died in Pleasant Grove, Utah, on April 11, 2007, while at home recovering from cosmetic surgery performed eight days earlier. At her husband's request, the operating surgeon prescribed four medicines for her recovery; two of the drugs, Diazepam and Oxycodone, would not normally be prescribed to his patients.

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Mike Webster

First Name Mike
Last Name Webster
Born on March 18, 1952
Died on September 24, 2002 (aged 50)

Michael Lewis Webster was an American professional football player who was a center in the National Football League (NFL) from 1974 to 1990 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, class of 1997. Nicknamed "Iron Mike", Webster anchored the Steelers' offensive line during much of their run of four Super Bowl victories from 1974 to 1979 and is considered by many as the greatest center in NFL history.

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Andrea Jürgens

Andrea Elisabeth Maria Jürgen
First Name Andrea
Last Name Jürgens
Born on May 15, 1967
Died on July 20, 2017 (aged 50)

Andrea Elisabeth Maria Jürgens was a German schlager singer. She became famous as a child star in the late 1970s when she had her first hit with "Und dabei liebe ich euch beide" at age 10. She had been active in the music business ever since with more than 60 single releases.

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Rod Serling

Rodman Edward Serling
First Name Rod
Born on December 25, 1924
Died on June 28, 1975 (aged 50)
Height 163 cm | 5'4

Rodman Edward Serling, was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the "angry young man" of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war.

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Stella Tennant

First Name Stella
Last Name Tennant
Born on December 17, 1970
Died on December 22, 2020 (aged 50)
Height 180 cm | 5'11

Stella Tennant was a British model and fashion designer, who rose to fame in the early 1990s and had a career that spanned almost 30 years. From an unconventional aristocratic family, she worked with Helmut Lang, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, and Gianni Versace. and worked for haute couture names like Valentino, and Dior by John Galliano and with photographers Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Paolo Roversi, and Tim Walker. Over the years she appeared in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Hermès and Burberry.

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Wyatt Emory Cooper

First Name Wyatt
Last Name Cooper
Born on September 1, 1927
Died on January 5, 1978 (aged 50)

Wyatt Emory Cooper was an American author, screenwriter, and actor. He was the fourth husband of Vanderbilt heiress and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt and the father of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. As an actor, he was usually billed as Wyatt Cooper.

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Bernie Mac

First Name Bernie
Born on October 5, 1957
Died on August 9, 2008 (aged 50)
Height 189 cm | 6'2

Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American comedian, actor, and voice actor. Born and raised on Chicago's South Side, Mac gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. He joined fellow comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D. L. Hughley in the film The Original Kings of Comedy. After briefly hosting the HBO show Midnight Mac, Mac appeared in several films in smaller roles. His most noted film roles were as Frank Catton in the 2001 remake of Ocean's Eleven and as the title character of Mr. 3000. He was the star of his eponymous show, which ran from 2001 through 2006, earning him two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Mac's other films included starring roles in Mo Money, Booty Call, Friday, B*A*P*S, Life, The Players Club, Head of State, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Bad Santa, Guess Who, Pride, Soul Men, Transformers, Old Dogs, and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

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Barbara Rudnik

First Name Barbara
Last Name Rudnik
Born on July 27, 1958
Died on May 23, 2009 (aged 50)

Barbara Rudnik was a German actress.

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Nasir Khan

First Name Nasir
Last Name Khan
Born on January 11, 1924
Died on May 3, 1974 (aged 50)
Born in India

Nasir Khan was an Indian film actor. He was the younger brother of actor Dilip Kumar and is the father of actor Ayub Khan.

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Matthew Strachan

First Name Matthew
Last Name Strachan
Born on December 11, 1970
Died on September 22, 2021 (aged 50)

Matthew Strachan was an English composer and singer-songwriter.

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