The most famous celebrities to die on Christmas Day include early film industry pioneers W.C. Fields and Charlie Chaplin. Other famous people who have died on this day are singing legends Dean Martin and James Brown and actress Eartha Kitt.
Acclaimed vaudeville performer and early comedian W.C. Fields died on Christmas Day, 1946. He died of cirrhosis of the liver due to his long-time alcoholism. One of film's most famous legends, Charlie Chaplin, also died on Christmas Day. In 1977, he passed away from natural causes at age 88 in his home in Switzerland. Chaplin had been denied re-entry to the United States since 1952 though he returned to receive his honorary Oscar six years before his death.
In 1995, Rat Pack member Dean Martin died on Christmas Day, at the age of 78. The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, died on Christmas Day, 2006. He was 73 years old and had been hospitalized for pneumonia on the advice of his dentist. Actress, singer and comedian Eartha Kitt died of colon cancer in 2008. She was 81 years old.
These are not the only celebrities or notable figures to die on Christmas. Political figures, athletes, and musicians from around the world have died on December 25th. For example, child beauty queen Jon Benet Ramsey was famously murdered on Christmas in 1996.