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

Princess Diana receiving flowersPrincess Diana receiving flowers
Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

Born: July 1, 1961

Died: Aug. 31, 1997

For more memories of Diana, check out 10 Photos That Perfectly Capture Princess Diana’s ’80s Style Evolution.

2

James Dean, 90

James Dean in 1955James Dean in 1955
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Born: Feb. 1, 1931

Died: Sep. 30, 1955

3

Elvis, 86

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
Wikimedia Commons/Ollie Atkins

Born: Jan. 8, 1935

Died: Aug. 16, 1977

For more superstars who defined the culture, check out The Biggest Male Icon Every Year Since You Were Born.

4

Anna Nicole Smith, 54

Anna Nicole SmithAnna Nicole Smith
Tinseltown/Shutterstock

Born: Nov. 28, 1967

Died: Feb. 8, 2007

5

Kurt Cobain, 54

Kurt Cobain performingKurt Cobain performing
Fabio Diena/Shutterstock

Born: Feb. 20. 1967

Died: Apr. 5, 1994

6

Freddie Mercury, 75

Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
Steve Wood/Express/Getty Images

Born: Sept. 5, 1946

Died: Nov. 24, 1991

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7

Martin Luther King, Jr., 92

Martin Luther King Jr.Martin Luther King Jr.
Dick DeMarsico/Library of Congress

Born: Jan. 15, 1929

Died: Apr. 4 1968

8

Heath Ledger, 42

Heath Ledger in 2006Heath Ledger in 2006
carrie-nelson/Shutterstock

Born: Apr. 4, 1979

Died: Jan. 22, 2008

For more on the late star, read Heather Graham Just Shared These Personal Photos of Late Ex Heath Ledger.

9

John Lennon, 81

John Lennon in 1971John Lennon in 1971
Central Press/Getty Images

Born: Oct. 9, 1940

Died: Dec. 8, 1980

10

Jimi Hendrix, 79

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
Evening Standard/Getty Images

Born: Nov. 27, 1942

Died: Sept. 18, 1970

For more nostalgia, here are 20 Things All ’70s Kids Remember.

11

Amy Winehouse, 38

Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse
Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock

Born: Sept. 14, 1983

Died: July 23, 2011

12

Anton Yelchin, 32

Anton YelchinAnton Yelchin
Matteo Chinellato/Shutterstock

Born: Mar. 11, 1989

Died: June 19, 2016

13

Sid Vicious, 64

Sid Vicious performingSid Vicious performing
Virgin

Born: May 10, 1957

Died: Feb. 2, 1979

14

Keith Moon, 75

Keith MoonKeith Moon
Jack Kay/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Born: Aug. 23, 1946

Died: Sept. 7, 1978

15

Aaliyah, 42

Aaliyah in 2000Aaliyah in 2000
Everett Collection/Shutterstock

Born: Jan. 16, 1979

Died: Aug. 25, 2001

16

Paul Walker, 48

Paul WalkerPaul Walker
miguelca/Shutterstock

Born: Sept. 12, 1973

Died: Nov. 30, 2013

17

Janis Joplin, 78

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin
Archive PL/Alamy Stock Photo

Born: Jan. 19, 1943

Died: Oct. 4, 1970

18

Edie Sedgwick, 78

Edie Sedgwick in Ciao ManhattanEdie Sedgwick in Ciao Manhattan
Plexifilms

Born: Apr. 20, 1943

Died: Nov. 16, 1971

19

Tupac Shakur, 50

TupacTupac
PictureLux/The Hollywood Archive /Alamy Stock Photo

Born: June 16, 1971

Died: Sept. 13, 1996

20

Biggie Smalls, 49

Notorious BIG in the "Hypnotize" videoNotorious BIG in the "Hypnotize" video
The Notorious B.I.G./YouTube

Born: May 21, 1972

Died: Mar. 9, 1997

21

Bob Marley, 76

Bob Marley in 1976Bob Marley in 1976
Pictorial Press Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo

Born: Feb. 6, 1945

Died: May 11, 1981

22

Jim Morrison, 78

Jim Morrison in 1970Jim Morrison in 1970
Andrew Maclear/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Born: Dec. 8, 1943

Died: July 3, 1971

23

Chris Farley, 57

Chris Farley in Tommy BoyChris Farley in Tommy Boy
Paramount Pictures

Born: Feb. 15, 1964

Died: Dec. 18, 1997

24

Marilyn Monroe, 95

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
Pictorial Press Ltd./Alamy Stock Photo

Born: June 1, 1926

Died: Aug. 4, 1962

25

River Phoenix, 51

River PhoenixRiver Phoenix
George Rose/Getty Images

Born: Aug. 23, 1970

Died: Oct. 31, 1993

26

Buddy Holly, 85

Buddy HollyBuddy Holly
Historic Collection/Alamy Stock Photo

Born: Sept. 7, 1936

Died: Feb. 3, 1959

27

John Belushi, 72

John Belushi in Animal HouseJohn Belushi in Animal House
Universal Pictures

Born: Jan. 24, 1949

Died: Mar. 5, 1982

28

Robin Williams, 70

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams
Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock

Born: July 21, 1951

Died: Aug. 11, 2014

29

Brittany Murphy, 44

Brittany MurphyBrittany Murphy
s_bukley/Shutterstock

Born: Nov. 10, 1977

Died: Dec. 20, 2009

30

Steve Irwin, 59

Steve IrwinSteve Irwin
Featureflash Photo Agency

Born: Feb. 22, 1962

Died: Sept. 4, 2006

31

Steve McQueen, 90

Steve McQueen in The Great EscapeSteve McQueen in The Great Escape
United Artists

Born: Mar. 24, 1930

Died: Nov. 7, 1980

32

Marvin Gaye, 82

Marvin Gaye "What's Going On" Album CoverMarvin Gaye "What's Going On" Album Cover
Tamia

Born: Apr. 2, 1939

Died: Apr. 1, 1984

33

Cory Monteith, 39

Cory MonteithCory Monteith
DFree/Shutterstock

Born: May 11, 1982

Died: July 13, 2013

34

Bruce Lee, 81

Bruce LeeBruce Lee
GOLDEN HARVEST GROUP/Album/Alamy

Born: Nov. 27, 1940

Died: July 20, 1973

35

Brandon Lee, 56

Brandon LeeBrandon Lee
Barry King/WireImage

Born: Feb. 1, 1965

Died: Mar. 31, 1993

36

Alex Trebek, 81

Alex Trebek in the press room at The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Kodak Theatre on April 28, 2006 in Hollywood, CA.Alex Trebek in the press room at The 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Kodak Theatre on April 28, 2006 in Hollywood, CA.
s_bukley/Shutterstock

Born: July 22, 1940

Died: Nov. 8, 2020

37

Bran Renfro, 39

Brad RenfroBrad Renfro
Everett Collection/Shutterstock

Born: July 25, 1982

Died: Jan. 15, 2008

38

Stevie Ray Vaughan, 67

Stevie Ray Vaughan "Greatest Hits" album coverStevie Ray Vaughan "Greatest Hits" album cover
Sony Legacy

Born: Oct. 3, 1954

Died: Aug. 27, 1990

39

Sharon Tate, 78

Sharon TateSharon Tate
Keystone/Getty Images

Born: Jan. 24, 1943

Died: Aug. 9, 1969

40

Philip Seymour Hoffman, 54

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman
Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock

Born: July 23, 1967

Died: Feb. 2, 2014

41

Mitch Hedberg, 53

Mitch Hedberg on Conan O'BrienMitch Hedberg on Conan O'Brien
Team Coco/YouTube

Born: Feb. 24, 1968

Died: Mar. 29, 2005

42

Michael Jackson, 63

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
Vicki L. Miller/Shutterstock

Born: Aug. 29, 1958

Died: June 25, 2009

43

Otis Redding, 80

Otis Redding "Love Man" album coverOtis Redding "Love Man" album cover
Rhino/Wea UK

Born: Sept. 9, 1941

Died: Dec. 10, 1967

44

John Bonham, 73

John Bonham performing with Led ZeppelinJohn Bonham performing with Led Zeppelin
ichard E. Aaron/Redferns

Born: May 31, 1948

Died: Sept. 25, 1980

45

Whitney Houston, 58

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock

Born: Aug. 9, 1963

Died: Feb. 11, 2012

46

Bernie Mac, 64

Bernie MacBernie Mac
Tinseltown/Shutterstock

Born: Oct. 5, 1957

Died: Aug. 9, 2008

47

John F. Kennedy, Jr., 61

John F. Kennedy Jr. and Caroline BissettJohn F. Kennedy Jr. and Caroline Bissett
Manna Ceneta/AFP/Getty Images

Born: Nov. 25, 1960

Died: July 16, 1999

48

Andy Kaufman, 72

Andy KaufmanAndy Kaufman
NBC

Born: Jan. 17, 1949

Died: May 16, 1984

49

Sylvia Plath, 89

"The Letters of Sylvia Plath" book cover"The Letters of Sylvia Plath" book cover
Allen & Unwin

Born: Oct. 27, 1932

Died: Feb. 11, 1963

50

Anne Frank, 92

Anne Frank "The Diary of a Young Girl" book coverAnne Frank "The Diary of a Young Girl" book cover
Bantam Dell

Born: June 12, 1929

Died: Feb. or Mar. 1945

51

Sam Cooke, 90

Sam CookeSam Cooke
Alamy

Born: Jan. 22, 1931

Died: Dec. 11, 1964

52

Jeff Buckley, 55

Jeff Buckley performingJeff Buckley performing
Jeff Buckley Music/YouTube

Born: Nov. 17, 1966

Died: May 29, 1997

53

Ritchie Valens, 80

Ritchie Valens "La Bamba: The Definitive Collection" album coverRitchie Valens "La Bamba: The Definitive Collection" album cover
One Day Music

Born: May 13, 1941

Died: Feb. 3, 1959

54

Corey Haim, 50

Corey HaimCorey Haim
s_bukley/Shutterstock

Born: Dec. 23, 1971

Died: Mar. 10, 2010

55

Brian Jones, 79

Brian JonesBrian Jones
Keystone/Getty Images

Born: Feb. 28, 1942

Died: July 3, 1969

56

Hank Williams, 98

Hank Williams "Gold" album coverHank Williams "Gold" album cover
Mercury Nashville

Born: Sept. 17, 1923

Died: Jan. 1, 1953

57

Jim Croce, 78

Jim Croce "Photographs and Memories" album coverJim Croce "Photographs and Memories" album cover
ABC Records

Born: Jan. 10, 1943

Died: Sept. 20, 1973

58

John Coltrane, 95

John Coltrane "Blue Train" album coverJohn Coltrane "Blue Train" album cover
Blue Note

Born: Sept. 23, 1926

Died: July 17, 1967

59

Michael Hutchence, 61

Michael HutchenceMichael Hutchence
Frans Schellekens/Redferns

Born: Jan. 22, 1960

Died: Nov. 22, 1997

60

John Singleton, 53

John SingletonJohn Singleton
Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock

Born: Jan. 6, 1968

Died: Apr. 28, 2019

61

Luke Perry, 55

Luke PerryLuke Perry
Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock

Born: Oct. 11, 1966

Died: Mar. 4, 2019

62

Tom Petty, 71

Tom PettyTom Petty
Jack Fordyce/Shutterstock

Born: Oct. 20, 1950

Died: Oct. 2, 2017

63

Jam Master Jay, 56

Jam Master Jay performingJam Master Jay performing
Eros Combo Box/YouTube

Born: Jan. 21, 1965

Died: Oct. 30, 2002

64

Chadwick Boseman, 45

Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman
DFree/Shutterstock

Born: Nov. 29, 1976

Died: Aug. 28, 2020

65

Jayne Mansfield, 88

Jayne MansfieldJayne Mansfield
Album/Alamy Stock Photo

Born: Apr. 19, 1933

Died: June 29, 1967

66

Mac Miller, 29

Mac MillerMac Miller
Jack Fordyce/Shutterstock

Born: Jan. 19, 1992

Died: Sept. 7, 2018

67

Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, 50

Lisa "Left Eye" LopesLisa "Left Eye" Lopes
Everett Collection/Shutterstock

Born: May 27, 1971

Died: Apr. 25, 2002

68

Bea Arthur, 99

Bea ArthurBea Arthur
Alamy

Born: May 13, 1922

Died: Apr. 25, 2009

69

Lenny Bruce, 96

Lenny Bruce performingLenny Bruce performing
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Born: Apr. 13, 1925

Died: Aug. 3, 1966

70

Mary Tyler Moore, 85

Mary Tyler Moore ShowMary Tyler Moore Show
PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive/Alamy Stock Photo

Born: Dec. 29, 1936

Died: Jan. 25, 2017

71

John Candy, 71

John CandyJohn Candy
Vicki L. Miller/Shutterstock

Born: Oct. 31, 1950

Died: Mar. 4, 1994

72

Carrie Fisher, 65

Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher
Joe Seer/Shutterstock

Born: Oct. 21, 1956

Died: Dec. 27, 2016

73

Selena, 49

Selena "Amor Prohibido" album coverSelena "Amor Prohibido" album cover
EMI Latin

Born: April 16, 1971

Died: Mar. 31, 1995

74

Patsy Cline, 89

Patsy Cline "Showcase" album coverPatsy Cline "Showcase" album cover
MCA Nashville

Born: Sept. 8, 1932

Died: Mar. 5, 1963

75

Prince, 63

Prince playing the pianoPrince playing the piano
Alamy

Born: June 7, 1958

Died: Apr. 21, 2016

76

Gary Coleman, 53

Gary ColemanGary Coleman
Featureflash Photo Agency

Born: Feb. 8, 1968

Died: May 28, 2010

77

Natalie Wood, 83

Natalie Wood in Splendor in the GrassNatalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass
Warner Bros. Pictures

Born: July 20, 1938

Died: Nov. 29, 1981

78

Cass Elliot, 80

Cass Elliot performingCass Elliot performing
Steve Bronson/YouTube

Born: Sept. 19, 1941

Died: July 29, 1974

79

Karen Carpenter, 71

Karen Carpenter performingKaren Carpenter performing
Carpenters/YouTube

Born: Mar. 2, 1950

Died: Feb. 4, 1983

80

Farrah Fawcett, 74

Farrah FawcettFarrah Fawcett
Allstar Picture Library Ltd./Alamy Stock Photo

Born: Feb. 2, 1947

Died: June 25, 2009

81

Roberto Clemente, 87

Roberto ClementeRoberto Clemente
Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Born: Aug. 18, 1934

Died: Dec. 31, 1972

82

Malcolm X, 96

Malcolm X Malcolm X
World Report Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress

Born: May 19, 1925

Died: Feb. 21, 1965

83

James Gandolfini, 61

James Gandolfini in The SopranosJames Gandolfini in The Sopranos
Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Born: Sept. 18, 1961

Died: June 19, 2013

84

Andy Gibb, 63

Andy Gibb "Shadow Dancing" album coverAndy Gibb "Shadow Dancing" album cover
Rhino

Born: Mar. 5, 1958

Died: Mar. 10, 1988

85

Phil Hartman, 73

Phil Hartman hosting SNLPhil Hartman hosting SNL
Saturday Night Live/YouTube

Born: Sept. 24, 1948

Died: May 28, 1998

86

David Bowie, 73

David BowieDavid Bowie
Everett Collection/Shutterstock

Born: Jan. 8, 1947

Died: Jan. 10, 2016

87

Natalie Cole, 71

Natalie ColeNatalie Cole
Barry King/Alamy Stock Photo

Born: Feb. 6, 1950

Died: Dec. 31, 2015

88

Audrey Hepburn, 92

Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn
Moviestore Collection Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo

Born: May 4, 1929

Died: Jan. 20, 1993

89

George Michael, 58

George Michael George Michael
Sodel Vladyslav/Shutterstock

Born: June 25, 1963

Died: Dec. 25, 2016

90

Gregory Peck, 105

Gregory PeckGregory Peck
Alamy

Born: Apr. 5, 1916

Died: June 12, 2003

91

Judy Garland, 99

Judy GarlandJudy Garland
Alamy

Born: June 10, 1922

Died: June 22, 1969

92

Alan Rickman, 75

Alan Rickman Alan Rickman
Matteo Chinellato/Shutterstock

Born: Feb. 21, 1946

Died: Jan. 14, 2016

93

Sammy Davis. Jr, 96

Sammy Davis Jr "Mr. Bojangles" album coverSammy Davis Jr "Mr. Bojangles" album cover
Polydor

Born: Dec. 8, 1925

Died: May 16, 1990

94

Grace Kelly, 92

Grace KellyGrace Kelly
Allstar Picture Library Ltd./Alamy Stock Photo

Born: Nov. 12, 1929

Died: Sep. 14, 1982

95

Freddie Prinze, 67

Freddie PrinzeFreddie Prinze
Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Born: June 22, 1954

Died: Jan. 29, 1977

96

Elizabeth Taylor, 89

Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor
Hollywood Photo Archive/MediaPunch Inc./Alamy Stock Photo

Born: Feb. 27, 1932

Died: Mar. 23, 2011

97

Russell Tyrone Jones (ODB), 53

Russell Tyrone JonesRussell Tyrone Jones
Shutterstock

Born: Nov. 15, 1968

Died: Nov. 13, 2004

98

Adam Yauch, 57

Adam YauchAdam Yauch
Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images

Born: Aug. 5, 1964

Died: May 4, 2012

99

David Foster Wallace, 59

David Foster WallaceDavid Foster Wallace
PBS

Born: Feb. 21, 1962

Died: Sept. 12, 2008

100

Dorothy Dandridge, 99

Dorothy DandridgeDorothy Dandridge
colaimages/Alamy Stock Photo

Born: Nov. 9, 1922

Died: Sept. 8, 1965

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