List of Famous people who died at 72

Ferdinand Marcos

First Name Ferdinand
Last Name Marcos
Born on September 11, 1917
Died on September 28, 1989 (aged 72)

Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. was a Filipino politician and kleptocrat who served as the 10th President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. Espousing an ideology of "constitutional authoritarianism" under the New Society Movement, he ruled as a dictator under martial law from 1972 until 1981, and kept most of his martial law powers until he was deposed in 1986. One of the most controversial leaders of the 20th century, Marcos' rule was infamous for its corruption, extravagance, and brutality.

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John Wayne

Marion Robert Morrison
First Name John
Last Name Wayne
Born on May 26, 1907
Died on June 11, 1979 (aged 72)
Height 192 cm | 6'4

Marion Robert Morrison, known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed The Duke, was an American actor and filmmaker who became a popular icon through his starring roles in Western films. His career spanned from the silent era of the 1920s, through the Golden Age of Hollywood and eventually American New Wave, appearing in a total of 179 film and television productions. He was among the top box office draws for three decades, and appeared with many important Hollywood stars of his era.

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Isaac Asimov

Исаáк Ази́мов
First Name Isaac
Last Name Asimov
Born on January 2, 1920
Died on April 6, 1992 (aged 72)

Isaac Asimov was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer, and wrote or edited more than 500 books. He also wrote an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards.

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Sivaji Ganesan

First Name Sivaji
Born on October 1, 1928
Died on July 21, 2001 (aged 72)
Born in India

Villupuram Chinnaiya Manrayar Ganesamoorthy, better known by his stage name Sivaji Ganesan, was an Indian actor and producer. He was active in Tamil cinema during the latter half of the 20th century. He was known for his versatility and the variety of roles he depicted on screen, which gave him also the Tamil nickname Nadigar Thilagam. In a career that spanned close to five decades, he had acted in 288 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.

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K. Sivasankar

First Name K.
Last Name Sivasankar
Born on December 7, 1948
Died on November 28, 2021 (aged 72)
Born in India

K. Sivasankar was an Indian dance choreographer who worked in more than 10 languages but majorly with South Indian films, including Tamil films & Telugu films.

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N. T. Rama Rao

First Name N.
Last Name Rao
Born on May 28, 1923
Died on January 18, 1996 (aged 72)
Born in India

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, popularly known as NTR, was an Indian actor, producer, director, film editor and politician who served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh for seven years over three terms. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest actors of Indian cinema and one of the two legends of Telugu cinema, along with Akkineni Nageswara Rao. NTR received three National Film Awards for co-producing Thodu Dongalu (1954) and Seetharama Kalyanam (1960) under National Art Theater, Madras, and for directing Varakatnam (1970). NTR has received the erstwhile Rashtrapati Awards for his performance(s) in the Raju Peda (1954) and the Lava Kusa (1963). He garnered the Nandi Award for Best Actor for Kodalu Diddina Kapuram in 1970, and the Inaugural Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu in 1972 for Badi Panthulu.

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Dennis Nilsen

Dennis Andrew Nilsen
First Name Dennis
Last Name Nilsen
Born on November 23, 1945
Died on May 12, 2018 (aged 72)

Dennis Andrew Nilsen was a Scottish serial killer and necrophile who murdered at least twelve young men and boys between 1978 and 1983 in London, England. Convicted at the Old Bailey of six counts of murder and two of attempted murder, Nilsen was sentenced to life imprisonment on 4 November 1983, with a recommendation that he serve a minimum of twenty-five years. This recommendation was later changed to a whole life tariff. In his later years, Nilsen was imprisoned at Full Sutton maximum security prison.

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Mick Rock

Michael Edward Chester Smith
First Name Mick
Born on November 21, 1948
Died on November 18, 2021 (aged 72)

Michael David Rock was a British photographer. He photographed rock music acts such as Queen, David Bowie, T. Rex, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, The Sex Pistols, Ozzy Osbourne, The Ramones, Joan Jett, Talking Heads, Roxy Music, Thin Lizzy, Geordie, Mötley Crüe, and Blondie. Often referred to as "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", most of the memorable shots of Bowie as Ziggy Stardust were shot by Rock in his capacity as Bowie's official photographer.

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Don Ohlmeyer

First Name Don
Last Name Ohlmeyer
Born on February 3, 1945
Died on September 10, 2017 (aged 72)

Donald Winfred Ohlmeyer Jr. was an American television producer and president of the NBC network's west coast division. Ohlmeyer also directed the Olympics and other sporting events and worked for ABC and ESPN.

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Peggy Lipton

Margaret Ann Lipton
First Name Peggy
Born on August 30, 1946
Died on May 11, 2019 (aged 72)
Height 168 cm | 5'6

Margaret Ann Lipton was an American actress, model, and singer. She made appearances in many of the most popular television shows of the 1960s before she landed her defining role as flower child Julie Barnes in the crime drama The Mod Squad (1968–1973), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1970.

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Frank Sinatra Jr.

Francis Wayne Sinatra
First Name Frank
Last Name Jr.
Born on January 10, 1944
Died on March 16, 2016 (aged 72)

Francis Wayne Sinatra, professionally known as Frank Sinatra Jr., was an American singer, songwriter, and conductor.

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Charles Lindbergh

Charles Augustus Lindbergh
First Name Charles
Last Name Lindbergh
Born on February 4, 1902
Died on August 26, 1974 (aged 72)

Charles Augustus Lindbergh was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, and activist. At the age of 25 in 1927, he went from obscurity as a U.S. Air Mail pilot to instantaneous world fame by winning the Orteig Prize for making a nonstop flight from New York City to Paris. Lindbergh covered the ​33 12-hour, 3,600-statute-mile (5,800 km) flight alone in a purpose-built, single-engine Ryan monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis. While the first non-stop transatlantic flight had been made 8 years earlier, this was the first solo transatlantic flight, the first transatlantic flight between two major city hubs, and the longest transatlantic flight by almost 2,000 miles. Thus it is widely considered a turning point in world history for the development and advancement of aviation.

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Lola Flores

María Dolores Flores y Ruiz
First Name Lola
Born on January 21, 1923
Died on May 16, 1995 (aged 72)
Born in Spain, Andalusia

María Dolores Flores Ruiz was a Spanish singer, actress, dancer and businesswoman. Popularly known as (La Faraona) since the 1950s, Lola is known for her overwhelming personality onstage. As a bailaora, she enraged several generations of continents, although she distanced herself from flamenco canons. Lola performed more than 35 films, pigeonholed, in many of them, in Andalusian folklore, although she also interpreted rumbas and rancheras.

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Michael Tylo

First Name Michael
Last Name Tylo
Born on October 16, 1948
Died on September 28, 2021 (aged 72)

Michael Edward Tylo was an American actor.

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Slobodan Praljak

First Name Slobodan
Born on January 2, 1945
Died on November 29, 2017 (aged 72)

Slobodan Praljak was a Bosnian Croat general who served in the Croatian Army and the Croatian Defence Council, an army of the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia, between 1992 and 1995. Praljak was found guilty of committing violations of the laws of war, crimes against humanity and breaches of the Geneva Conventions during the Croat–Bosniak War by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2017.

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Camilo Sesto

Camilo Blanes Cortés
First Name Camilo
Last Name Sesto
Born on September 16, 1946
Died on September 8, 2019 (aged 72)

Camilo Blanes Cortés, known professionally as Camilo Sesto "El Rey del Amor", was a Spanish singer, songwriter and music producer.

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Edward Bullard

First Name Edward
Last Name Bullard
Born on September 21, 1907
Died on April 3, 1980 (aged 72)

Sir Edward "Teddy" Crisp Bullard FRS was a British geophysicist who is considered, along with Maurice Ewing, to have founded the discipline of marine geophysics. He developed the theory of the geodynamo, pioneered the use of seismology to study the sea floor, measured geothermal heat flow through the ocean crust, and found new evidence for the theory of continental drift.

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John Eleuthère du Pont

First Name John
Last Name Pont
Born on November 22, 1938
Died on December 9, 2010 (aged 72)

John Eleuthère du Pont was a convicted murderer and former philanthropist. An heir to the Du Pont family fortune, he was a published ornithologist, philatelist, conchologist, and sports enthusiast. He died in prison while serving a sentence of 30 years for the murder of Dave Schultz.

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Kathy Kirby

Catherine Ethel O'Rourke
First Name Kathy
Last Name Kirby
Born on October 20, 1938
Died on May 19, 2011 (aged 72)

Kathy Kirby was an English singer, reportedly the highest-paid female singer of her generation. She is best known for her cover version of Doris Day's "Secret Love" and for representing the United Kingdom in the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest where she finished in second place. Her physical appearance often drew comparisons with Marilyn Monroe. Her popularity peaked in the 1960s, when she was one of the best-known and most-recognised personalities in British show business.

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Leonard Bernstein

Louis Bernstein
First Name Leonard
Last Name Bernstein
Born on August 25, 1918
Died on October 14, 1990 (aged 72)

Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, pianist, music educator, author, and lifelong humanitarian. He was one of the most significant American cultural personalities of the 20th century. According to music critic Donal Henahan, he was "one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history".

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