List of Famous people who died in 1996

Jonathan Larson

First Name Jonathan
Last Name Larson
Born on February 4, 1960
Died on January 25, 1996 (aged 35)

Jonathan David Larson was an American composer and playwright noted for exploring the social issues of multiculturalism, addiction, and homophobia in his work. Typical examples of his use of these themes are found in his works Rent and Tick, Tick... Boom! He received three posthumous Tony Awards and a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the rock musical Rent.

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Tupac Shakur

Lesane Parish Crooks
First Name Tupac
Last Name Shakur
Born on June 16, 1971
Died on September 13, 1996 (aged 25)
Height 176 cm | 5'9

Tupac Amaru Shakur, better known by his stage name 2Pac and by his alias Makaveli, was an American rapper and actor. He is considered by many to be one of the most influential rappers of all time. Much of Shakur's work has been noted for addressing contemporary social issues that plagued inner cities, and he is considered a symbol of resistance and activism against inequality.

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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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François Mitterrand

François Marie Adrien Maurice Mitterrand
First Name François
Last Name Mitterrand
Born on October 26, 1916
Died on January 8, 1996 (aged 79)

François Marie Adrien Maurice Mitterrand was a French statesman who served as President of France from 1981 to 1995, the longest time in office in the history of France. As First Secretary of the Socialist Party, he was the first left-wing politician to assume the presidency under the Fifth Republic.

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Gene Kelly

Eugene Curran Kelly
First Name Gene
Last Name Kelly
Born on August 23, 1912
Died on February 2, 1996 (aged 83)
Height 171 cm | 5'7

Eugene Curran Kelly was an American actor, dancer, singer, filmmaker, and choreographer. He was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks, and the likable characters that he played on screen. He starred in, choreographed, or co-directed some of the most well-regarded musical films of the 1940s and 1950s, until they fell out of fashion in the late 1950s.

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Christopher Robin Milne

First Name Christopher
Last Name Milne
Born on August 21, 1920
Died on April 20, 1996 (aged 75)

Christopher Robin Milne was an English author and bookseller and the only child of author A. A. Milne. As a child, he was the basis of the character Christopher Robin in his father's Winnie-the-Pooh stories and in two books of poems.

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Carl Sagan

Carl Edward Sagan
First Name Carl
Last Name Sagan
Born on November 9, 1934
Died on December 20, 1996 (aged 62)

Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, poet, and science communicator. His best known scientific contribution is research on extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation. Sagan assembled the first physical messages sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them. Sagan argued the now-accepted hypothesis that the high surface temperatures of Venus can be attributed to and calculated using the greenhouse effect.

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Rob Hall

First Name Rob
Last Name Hall
Born on January 14, 1961
Died on May 11, 1996 (aged 35)

Robert Edwin Hall was a New Zealand mountaineer. He was the head guide of a 1996 Mount Everest expedition during which he, a fellow guide, and two clients died. A best-selling account of the expedition was given in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, and the expedition has been dramatised in the 2015 film Everest. At the time of his death, Hall had just completed his fifth ascent to the summit of Everest, more at that time than any other non-Sherpa mountaineer.

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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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Baba Vanga

Вангелия Пандева Сурчева
First Name Baba
Last Name Vanga
Born on October 3, 1911
Died on August 11, 1996 (aged 84)

Vangeliya Pandeva Gushterova, commonly known as Baba Vanga, was a Bulgarian mystic, clairvoyant, and herbalist.

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José Santacruz Londoños

First Name José
Last Name Londoños
Born on October 1, 1943
Died on March 5, 1996 (aged 52)

José Santacruz Londoño, also known as Chepe Santacruz, was a Colombian drug lord. Along with Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela and Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela, Santacruz was a leader of the Cali Cartel.

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V. N. Janaki

Vaïkom Narayani Janaki
First Name V.
Last Name Janaki
Born on November 30, 1923
Died on May 19, 1996 (aged 72)
Born in India

Janaki Ramachandran, commonly known as V. N. Janaki, was an Indian politician, activist and the first woman Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She was the third wife of the actor and politician M. G. Ramachandran.

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Marianne Bachmeier

First Name Marianne
Born on June 3, 1950
Died on September 17, 1996 (aged 46)

Marianne Bachmeier became famous in Germany after she shot the alleged murderer of her daughter Anna Bachmeier in an act of vigilantism in the hall of the District Court of Lübeck in 1981.

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Richa Sharma

First Name Richa
Last Name Sharma
Born on August 6, 1964
Died on December 10, 1996 (aged 32)
Born in India

Richa Sharma also known by her married name Richa Sharma Dutt was an Indian film actress known for her works in Bollywood. Richa married actor Sanjay Dutt in New York City, United States in 1987. The couple has a daughter, Trishala Dutt. Within two years of marriage, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Richa died at her parents' home in New York on December 10, 1996.

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P. L. Travers

Helen Lyndon Goff
First Name P.
Last Name Travers
Born on August 9, 1899
Died on April 23, 1996 (aged 96)

Pamela Lyndon Travers was an Australian-British writer who spent most of her career in England. She is best known for the Mary Poppins series of children's books, which feature the magical nanny Mary Poppins.

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Silk Smitha

విజయ లక్ష్మి
First Name Silk
Last Name Smitha
Born on December 2, 1960
Died on September 23, 1996 (aged 35)
Born in India

Vijayalakshmi Vadlapatla, better known by her stage name Silk Smitha, was an Indian film actress who worked predominantly in Telugu, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi films. She entered the industry as a sideto supporting actress, and was first noticed for her role as "Silk" in the 1979 Tamil film, Vandichakkaram. She became a major sex symbol and was the most sought-after erotic actress in the 1980s. In a career spanning 17 years, she appeared in over 450 films. Due to uncanny similarities, Silk Smitha was popularly known as Marilyn Monroe of Indian cinema.

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Joseph Brodsky

First Name Joseph
Last Name Brodsky
Born on May 24, 1940
Died on January 28, 1996 (aged 55)
Born in Russia

Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky was a Russian-American poet and essayist.

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Rio Reiser

Ralph Christian Möbius
First Name Rio
Last Name Reiser
Born on January 9, 1950
Died on August 20, 1996 (aged 46)

Rio Reiser, was a German rock musician and singer of rock group Ton Steine Scherben. Reiser supported squatting in the early 1970s and later the green political party Die Grünen. After the German reunification, he joined the Party of Democratic Socialism.

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Luis Miguel Dominguín

Luis Miguel González Lucas
First Name Luis
Last Name Dominguín
Born on November 9, 1926
Died on May 8, 1996 (aged 69)

Luis Miguel González Lucas, better known as Luis Miguel Dominguín, was a bullfighter from Spain. His father was the legendary Domingo Dominguín; he adopted his father's name to gain popularity.

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JonBenét Ramsey

First Name JonBenét
Born on August 6, 1990
Died on December 27, 1996 (aged 6)

JonBenét Patricia Ramsey was an American child beauty queen who was killed at the age of six in her family's home in Boulder, Colorado. A lengthy handwritten ransom note was found in the home. Her father, John, found the girl's body in the basement of their house about seven hours after she had been reported missing. She had sustained a broken skull from a blow to the head and had been strangled; a garrote was found tied around her neck. The autopsy report stated that JonBenét's official cause of death was "asphyxia by strangulation associated with craniocerebral trauma". Her death was ruled a homicide. The case generated nationwide public and media interest, in part because her mother Patsy Ramsey had entered JonBenét into a series of child beauty pageants. The crime is still unsolved and remains an open investigation with the Boulder Police Department.

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