Very Famous People Who Died On Their Birthdays

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Mel Street
> Lifespan: Oct. 21, 1935-1978
> Known as: Country singer
> Cause of death: Self-inflicted gunshot wound

Mel Street was a country music singer who had over 10 top-20 Billboard 200 hits. He suffered from depression and alcoholism for much of his life and eventually committed suiсide at the age of 43.

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Merle Haggard
> Lifespan: April 6, 1937-2016
> Known as: Country singer
> Cause of death: Pneumonia

Haggard was a country singer/songwriter and guitarist, who after a few stints in prison early in his life, went on to become a successful musician. He had dozens of No. 1 hits on the country charts and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.

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Ian Marter
> Lifespan: Oct. 28, 1944-1986
> Known as: Actor
> Cause of death: Heart attack

The English-born Marter started as a stage actor before transitioning into television. He was involved with several series, notably writing for and acting in “Dr. Who.” He died suddenly of a diabetic heart attack on his 42nd birthday.

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Maury Chaykin
> Lifespan: July 27, 1949-2010
> Known as: Actor
> Cause of death: Complications of a heart valve infection

Chaykin was most Known as his portrayal of the titular detective in television show “Nero Wolfe.” Chaykin grew up in New York City but moved to Toronto as an adult until he died of a heart valve infection at the age of 61.

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Frankie Lons
> Lifespan: July 18, 1960-2021
> Known as: Reality TV star
> Cause of death: Drug overdose

Frankie Lons was the mother of singer Keyshia Cole, and originally became known for her appearances in the reality series “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is.” Lons eventually got her own BET reality series, “Frankie & Neffie,” alongside Cole’s sister, Neffeteria Pugh.

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