Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

List of famous people who died of motor neuron disease, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from motor neuron disease includes information like the victim’s hometown and other biographical information when available. Unfortunately many famous people’s lives have been cut short because of motor neuron disease, including actors, musicians and athletes.

List of victims of motor neuron diseases features Mao Zedong, Lou Gehrig and more.

This list answers the questions, “Which celebrities have died from motor neuron disease?” and “Which famous people died due to motor neuron disease?”

These notable motor neuron disease deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has motor neuron disease as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death.

1 Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese Communist revolutionary and the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949 until his death in …more

Age: Died at 83 (1893-1976)

Birthplace: Shaoshan, China

 

2 David Niven

David Niven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

James David Graham Niven was an English actor and novelist who was popular in Europe and in the United States. He may be best known for his roles as Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days and as Sir Charles Lytton, a.k.a. “the …more

Age: Died at 73 (1910-1983)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

3 Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

Charles Mingus Jr. was a highly influential American jazz double bassist, composer and bandleader. Mingus’s compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel music while sometimes drawing on elements of Third Stream, free jazz, and classical music. Yet …more

Age: Died at 57 (1922-1979)

Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States of America

4 Dennis Day

Dennis Day is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

Dennis Day born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty, was an American singer and radio, television and film personality of Irish descent. …more

Age: Died at 72 (1916-1988)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

5 Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

Henry Louis “Lou” or “Buster” Gehrig was an American professional baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1939. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, a trait which earned him his nickname “The Iron …more

Age: Died at 38 (1903-1941)

Birthplace: Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

6 Lane Smith

Lane Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

Walter Lane Smith III, known as Lane Smith, was an American actor. Some of his well known roles included portraying collaborator entrepreneur Nathan Bates in the NBC television series V, Mayor Bates in the film Red Dawn, newspaper editor Perry White in the ABC series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures …more

Age: Died at 69 (1936-2005)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

7 Harry Browne

Harry Browne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

Harry Edson Browne was an American writer, politician, and investment analyst. He was the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nominee in the U.S. elections of 1996 and 2000. He is the author of 12 books that in total have sold more than 2 million copies. …more

Age: Died at 73 (1933-2006)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

8 Marc Harrison

Marc Harrison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

Marc Harrison was an industrial designer and pioneer of universal design. As the result of a brain injury when he was 11 years old, Harrison had to relearn basic functions such as walking and talking and thus gained inspiration for this career in industrial design. Harrison earned his BFA in industr …more

Age: Died at 62 (1936-1998)

9 Donald Neilson

Donald Neilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

Donald Neilson, born Donald Nappey and also known as the “Black Panther”, was a British armed robber who murdered multiple people. Following three murders committed during robberies of sub-post offices from 1971 to 1974, his last victim was Lesley Whittle, an heiress from Highley, Shropshire, Englan …more

Age: Died at 75 (1936-2011)

Birthplace: Bradford, United Kingdom

10 Jacob K. Javits

Jacob K. Javits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

Jacob Koppel “Jake” Javits was a Republican Party politician who served as a United States Senator from New York from 1957 to 1981. He was one of the most liberal of liberal Republicans serving in Congress in the 20th Century. He was originally allied with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and fellow Sen …more

Age: Died at 82 (1904-1986)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

11 Huddie William Ledbetter

Huddie William Ledbetter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died of Motor Neuron Disease

Huddie William Ledbetter was an American folk and blues musician notable for his strong vocals, virtuosity on the twelve-string guitar, and the songbook of folk standards he introduced. He is best known as Lead Belly. Though many releases list him as “Leadbelly”, he himself wrote it as “Lead Belly”. …more

Age: Died at 61 (1888-1949)

Birthplace: Mooringsport, Louisiana, United States of America

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