How Old 100 Iconic Stars Would Be If They Were Alive Today

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There are countless stars and public figures that we wish were still with us. Some died tragically young, others lived until a ripe, old age that still wasn't enough for their fans. It's anyone's guess what else these celebrities could have achieved if they had lived to see this year, but we do know what age they would be. So read on to learn how old these 100 iconic, late stars would be in 2021. And for the most famous person who shares your birth year, check out The Biggest Star Who's the Same Age as You.

1

Princess Diana, 60

Born: July 1, 1961

Died: Aug. 31, 1997

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2

James Dean, 90

Born: Feb. 1, 1931

Died: Sep. 30, 1955

3

Elvis, 86

Born: Jan. 8, 1935

Died: Aug. 16, 1977

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4

Anna Nicole Smith, 54

Born: Nov. 28, 1967

Died: Feb. 8, 2007

5

Kurt Cobain, 54

Born: Feb. 20. 1967

Died: Apr. 5, 1994

6

Freddie Mercury, 75

Born: Sept. 5, 1946

Died: Nov. 24, 1991

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7

Martin Luther King, Jr., 92

Born: Jan. 15, 1929

Died: Apr. 4 1968

8

Heath Ledger, 42

Born: Apr. 4, 1979

Died: Jan. 22, 2008

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9

John Lennon, 81

Born: Oct. 9, 1940

Died: Dec. 8, 1980

10

Jimi Hendrix, 79

Born: Nov. 27, 1942

Died: Sept. 18, 1970

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11

Amy Winehouse, 38

Born: Sept. 14, 1983

Died: July 23, 2011

12

Anton Yelchin, 32

Born: Mar. 11, 1989

Died: June 19, 2016

13

Sid Vicious, 64

Born: May 10, 1957

Died: Feb. 2, 1979

14

Keith Moon, 75

Born: Aug. 23, 1946

Died: Sept. 7, 1978

15

Aaliyah, 42

Born: Jan. 16, 1979

Died: Aug. 25, 2001

16

Paul Walker, 48

Born: Sept. 12, 1973

Died: Nov. 30, 2013

17

Janis Joplin, 78

Born: Jan. 19, 1943

Died: Oct. 4, 1970

18

Edie Sedgwick, 78

Born: Apr. 20, 1943

Died: Nov. 16, 1971

19

Tupac Shakur, 50

Born: June 16, 1971

Died: Sept. 13, 1996

20

Biggie Smalls, 49

Born: May 21, 1972

Died: Mar. 9, 1997

21

Bob Marley, 76

Born: Feb. 6, 1945

Died: May 11, 1981

22

Jim Morrison, 78

Born: Dec. 8, 1943

Died: July 3, 1971

23

Chris Farley, 57

Born: Feb. 15, 1964

Died: Dec. 18, 1997

24

Marilyn Monroe, 95

Born: June 1, 1926

Died: Aug. 4, 1962

25

River Phoenix, 51

Born: Aug. 23, 1970

Died: Oct. 31, 1993

26

Buddy Holly, 85

Born: Sept. 7, 1936

Died: Feb. 3, 1959

27

John Belushi, 72

Born: Jan. 24, 1949

Died: Mar. 5, 1982

28

Robin Williams, 70

Born: July 21, 1951

Died: Aug. 11, 2014

29

Brittany Murphy, 44

Born: Nov. 10, 1977

Died: Dec. 20, 2009

30

Steve Irwin, 59

Born: Feb. 22, 1962

Died: Sept. 4, 2006

31

Steve McQueen, 90

Born: Mar. 24, 1930

Died: Nov. 7, 1980

32

Marvin Gaye, 82

Born: Apr. 2, 1939

Died: Apr. 1, 1984

33

Cory Monteith, 39

Born: May 11, 1982

Died: July 13, 2013

34

Bruce Lee, 81

Born: Nov. 27, 1940

Died: July 20, 1973

35

Brandon Lee, 56

Born: Feb. 1, 1965

Died: Mar. 31, 1993

36

Alex Trebek, 81

Born: July 22, 1940

Died: Nov. 8, 2020

37

Bran Renfro, 39

Born: July 25, 1982

Died: Jan. 15, 2008

38

Stevie Ray Vaughan, 67

Born: Oct. 3, 1954

Died: Aug. 27, 1990

39

Sharon Tate, 78

Born: Jan. 24, 1943

Died: Aug. 9, 1969

40

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 54

Born: July 23, 1967

Died: Feb. 2, 2014

41

Mitch Hedberg, 53

Born: Feb. 24, 1968

Died: Mar. 29, 2005

42

Michael Jackson, 63

Born: Aug. 29, 1958

Died: June 25, 2009

43

Otis Redding, 80

Born: Sept. 9, 1941

Died: Dec. 10, 1967

44

John Bonham, 73

Born: May 31, 1948

Died: Sept. 25, 1980

45

Whitney Houston, 58

Born: Aug. 9, 1963

Died: Feb. 11, 2012

46

Bernie Mac, 64

Born: Oct. 5, 1957

Died: Aug. 9, 2008

47

John F. Kennedy, Jr., 61

Born: Nov. 25, 1960

Died: July 16, 1999

48

Andy Kaufman, 72

Born: Jan. 17, 1949

Died: May 16, 1984

49

Sylvia Plath, 89

Born: Oct. 27, 1932

Died: Feb. 11, 1963

50

Anne Frank, 92

Born: June 12, 1929

Died: Feb. or Mar. 1945

51

Sam Cooke, 90

Born: Jan. 22, 1931

Died: Dec. 11, 1964

52

Jeff Buckley, 55

Born: Nov. 17, 1966

Died: May 29, 1997

53

Ritchie Valens, 80

Born: May 13, 1941

Died: Feb. 3, 1959

54

Corey Haim, 50

Born: Dec. 23, 1971

Died: Mar. 10, 2010

55

Brian Jones, 79

Born: Feb. 28, 1942

Died: July 3, 1969

56

Hank Williams, 98

Born: Sept. 17, 1923

Died: Jan. 1, 1953

57

Jim Croce, 78

Born: Jan. 10, 1943

Died: Sept. 20, 1973

58

John Coltrane, 95

Born: Sept. 23, 1926

Died: July 17, 1967

59

Michael Hutchence, 61

Born: Jan. 22, 1960

Died: Nov. 22, 1997

60

John Singleton, 53

Born: Jan. 6, 1968

Died: Apr. 28, 2019

61

Luke Perry, 55

Born: Oct. 11, 1966

Died: Mar. 4, 2019

62

Tom Petty, 71

Born: Oct. 20, 1950

Died: Oct. 2, 2017

63

Jam Master Jay, 56

Born: Jan. 21, 1965

Died: Oct. 30, 2002

64

Chadwick Boseman, 45

Born: Nov. 29, 1976

Died: Aug. 28, 2020

65

Jayne Mansfield, 88

Born: Apr. 19, 1933

Died: June 29, 1967

66

Mac Miller, 29

Born: Jan. 19, 1992

Died: Sept. 7, 2018

67

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, 50

Born: May 27, 1971

Died: Apr. 25, 2002

68

Bea Arthur, 99

Born: May 13, 1922

Died: Apr. 25, 2009

69

Lenny Bruce, 96

Born: Apr. 13, 1925

Died: Aug. 3, 1966

70

Mary Tyler Moore, 85

Born: Dec. 29, 1936

Died: Jan. 25, 2017

71

John Candy, 71

Born: Oct. 31, 1950

Died: Mar. 4, 1994

72

Carrie Fisher, 65

Born: Oct. 21, 1956

Died: Dec. 27, 2016

73

Selena, 49

Born: April 16, 1971

Died: Mar. 31, 1995

74

Patsy Cline, 89

Born: Sept. 8, 1932

Died: Mar. 5, 1963

75

Prince, 63

Born: June 7, 1958

Died: Apr. 21, 2016

76

Gary Coleman, 53

Born: Feb. 8, 1968

Died: May 28, 2010

77

Natalie Wood, 83

Born: July 20, 1938

Died: Nov. 29, 1981

78

Cass Elliot, 80

Born: Sept. 19, 1941

Died: July 29, 1974

79

Karen Carpenter, 71

Born: Mar. 2, 1950

Died: Feb. 4, 1983

80

Farrah Fawcett, 74

Born: Feb. 2, 1947

Died: June 25, 2009

81

Roberto Clemente, 87

Born: Aug. 18, 1934

Died: Dec. 31, 1972

82

Malcolm X, 96

Born: May 19, 1925

Died: Feb. 21, 1965

83

James Gandolfini, 61

Born: Sept. 18, 1961

Died: June 19, 2013

84

Andy Gibb, 63

Born: Mar. 5, 1958

Died: Mar. 10, 1988

85

Phil Hartman, 73

Born: Sept. 24, 1948

Died: May 28, 1998

86

David Bowie, 73

Born: Jan. 8, 1947

Died: Jan. 10, 2016

87

Natalie Cole, 71

Born: Feb. 6, 1950

Died: Dec. 31, 2015

88

Audrey Hepburn, 92

Born: May 4, 1929

Died: Jan. 20, 1993

89

George Michael, 58

Born: June 25, 1963

Died: Dec. 25, 2016

90

Gregory Peck, 105

Born: Apr. 5, 1916

Died: June 12, 2003

91

Judy Garland, 99

Born: June 10, 1922

Died: June 22, 1969

92

Alan Rickman, 75

Born: Feb. 21, 1946

Died: Jan. 14, 2016

93

Sammy Davis. Jr, 96

Born: Dec. 8, 1925

Died: May 16, 1990

94

Grace Kelly, 92

Born: Nov. 12, 1929

Died: Sep. 14, 1982

95

Freddie Prinze, 67

Born: June 22, 1954

Died: Jan. 29, 1977

96

Elizabeth Taylor, 89

Born: Feb. 27, 1932

Died: Mar. 23, 2011

97

Russell Tyrone Jones (ODB), 53

Born: Nov. 15, 1968

Died: Nov. 13, 2004

98

Adam Yauch, 57

Born: Aug. 5, 1964

Died: May 4, 2012

99

David Foster Wallace, 59

Born: Feb. 21, 1962

Died: Sept. 12, 2008

100

Dorothy Dandridge, 99

Born: Nov. 9, 1922

Died: Sept. 8, 1965