Thirty:

Emily Bronte, Yorkshire-born novelist who wrote "Wuthering Heights" (July 30, 1818 -- December 19, 1848)
Steve Clark, co-lead guitarist for Sheffield band Def Leppard (April 23, 1960 -- January 8, 1991)
Patsy Cline, Virginia-born country icon who sang "I Fall to Pieces" (September 8, 1932 -- March 5, 1963)
Jim Croce, mellow American singer-songwriter and guitar player (January 10, 1943 -- September 20, 1973)
Andy Gibb, Manchester-born singer, younger brother of the Bee Gees (March 5, 1958 -- March 10, 1988)
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, R&B singer, rapper, keyboardist, member of TLC (May 27, 1971 -- April 25, 2002)
Sylvia Plath, Boston-born poet and author, adopted Londoner (October 27, 1932 -- February 11, 1963)

Thirty-one:

Rufus Bowen, mathematician from California who worked in graph theory and dynamical systems (February 23, 1947 -- July 30, 1978)
Keith Haring, Pennsylvania-born pop artist whose work was colourful and graffiti-inspired (May 4, 1958 -- February 16, 1990)
John Kennedy Toole, writer from New Orleans best remembered for "A Confederacy of Dunces" (December 17, 1937 -- March 26, 1969)
Rudolph Valentino, Italian-bred star of American silent films (May 6, 1895 -- August 23, 1926)
Eric "Eazy-E" Wright, Compton-born rapper and record producer, founder of N.W.A (September 7, 1963 -- March 26, 1995)

Thirty-two:

Scott Amedure, Pittsburgh-born Jenny Jones guest murdered after revealing a same-sex crush (January 26, 1963 -- March 9, 1995)
Florence Ballard, Detroit-born Motown singer and one of the Supremes (June 30, 1943 -- February 22, 1976)
John Bonham, innovative and energetic drummer for British supergroup Led Zeppelin (May 31, 1948 -- September 24, 1980)
Karen Carpenter, Connecticut-born singer, comprised The Carpenters with her brother (March 2, 1950 -- February 4, 1983)
Cass Elliot, Baltimore-born singer, member of The Mamas and The Papas (September 19, 1941 -- July 29, 1974)
Bill Hicks, provocative and misanthropic standup comic, "Chomsky with dick jokes" (December 16, 1961 -- February 26, 1994)
Bruce Lee, San Francisco-born and Hong Kong-raised film star, martial arts icon (November 27, 1940 -- July 20, 1973)
Keith Moon, innovative and energetic drummer for British supergroup The Who (August 23, 1946 -- September 7, 1978)
Srinivasa Ramanujan, self-taught mathematical genius from south India, collaborator of G.H. Hardy (December 22, 1887 -- April 26, 1920)
Gilles Villeneuve, Quebec-born Formula One race car driver and father of a driver (January 18, 1950 -- May 8, 1982)

Thirty-three:

Lester Bangs, influentical music journalist who may have coined the term "punk" (December 14, 1948 -- April 30, 1982)
John Belushi, energetic Midwestern comedian and SNL alumnus (January 24, 1949 -- March 5, 1982)
Sam Cooke, Mississippi-born gospel and R&B singer (January 22, 1931 -- December 11, 1964)
Chris Farley, energetic Midwestern comedian and SNL alumnus (February 15, 1964 -- December 18, 1997)
Jesus of Nazareth is traditionally regarded as leaving the Earth at the age of 33
Carole Lombard, Indiana-born actress who was married to Clark Gable (October 6, 1908 -- January 16, 1942)
Eva Peron, First Lady of Argentina later portrayed by Madonna (May 7, 1919 -- July 26, 1952)
Bon Scott, Scotto-Australian original frontman for AC/DC (July 9, 1946 -- February 19, 1980)

Thirty-four:

Owen Hart, Calgary-born wrestler, younger brother of Bret "the Hitman" (May 7, 1965 -- May 23, 1999)
Jayne Mansfield, voluptuous blonde bombshell and Mariska Hargitay's mom (April 19, 1933 -- June 29, 1967)
Ernesto Miranda, Arizona native after whom a police warning is named (March 9, 1941 -- January 31, 1976)
Dana Plato, actress from Los Angeles best known for playing Kimberly on "Diff'rent Strokes" (November 7, 1964 -- May 8, 1999)
Layne Staley, lead singer of Seattle band Alice In Chains (August 22, 1967 -- April 5, 2002)
Simone Weil, French philosopher and mystic, sister of a mathematician (February 3, 1909 -- August 24, 1943)

Thirty-five:

Nicole Brown Simpson, Orange County-raised ex-wife of O.J. Simpson, victim of spousal abuse and murder (May 19, 1959 -- June 12, 1994)
Russell "Ol' Dirty Bastard" Jones, New York-born rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan (November 15, 1968 -- November 13, 2004)
Andy Kaufman, New York-born performance artist and R.E.M. song topic (January 17, 1949 -- May 16, 1984)
Amedeo Modigliani, Tuscan-born painter and sculptor, adopted Parisian (July 12, 1884 -- January 24, 1920)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Salzburgian child prodigy and immortal composer (January 27, 1756 -- December 5, 1791)
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texan electric blues guitar legend, ill-fated helicopter passenger (October 3, 1954 -- August 27, 1990)

Thirty-six:

George Gordon Byron, prolific and flamboyant Romantic poet, soldier (January 22, 1788 -- April 19, 1824)
Phil Lynott, lead singer and bassist for Irish rock band Thin Lizzy (August 20, 1949 -- January 4, 1986)
Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae musician, political songwriter, cannabis defender (February 6, 1945 -- May 11, 1981)
Marilyn Monroe, much-photographed glamorous blonde and Elton John song topic (June 1, 1926 -- August 5, 1962)
Diana Spencer, much-photographed glamorous blonde and Elton John song topic (July 1, 1961 -- August 31, 1997)

Thirty-seven:

Robert Burns, Scottish poet and national hero, writer of "Auld Lang Syne" (January 25, 1759 -- July 21, 1796)
Bobby Darin, 1950s rock and roll teen idol, Kevin Spacey character (May 14, 1936 -- December 20, 1973)
Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painting genius troubled with bipolar disorder (March 30, 1853 -- July 29, 1890)
Mitch Hedberg, Minnesota-born spacy and surrealist standup comedian (February 24, 1968 -- March 30, 2005)
Michael Hutchence, Frontman of Australian band INXS, paramour of Paula Yates (January 20, 1960 -- November 22, 1997)
Christa McAuliffe, New Hampshire teacher selected to become the first civilian in space (September 2, 1948 -- January 28, 1986)
Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, Queens native, founder and DJ of Run-DMC (January 21, 1965 -- October 30, 2002)

Thirty-eight:

"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, double-letter-laden lead guitarist for Pantera and Damageplan (August 20, 1966 -- December 8, 2004)
Mary Kay Bergman, voice actor who played most of the female characters on South Park (June 5, 1961 -- November 11, 1999)
Charlotte Bronte, Yorkshire-born author of "Jane Eyre", oldest of the Bronte sisters (April 21, 1816 -- March 31, 1855)
Harry Chapin, American singer-songwriter and anti-hunger campaigner (December 7, 1942 -- July 16, 1981)
Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rico-born baseball hall-of-famer, earthquake victim helper (August 18, 1934 -- December 31, 1972)
George Gershwin, Brooklyn-born composer influential in cinema and jazz worlds (September 26, 1898 -- July 11, 1937)
Florence Griffith Joyner, L.A.-born record-setting sprinter, wife and sister-in-law of track stars (December 21, 1959 -- September 21, 1998)
John F. Kennedy, Jr., Manhattan-raised lawyer, founder of "George" magazine (November 25, 1960 -- July 16, 1999)
Sam Kinison, loud and colourful standup comedian, former preacher (December 8, 1953 -- April 10, 1992)
Jeff Porcaro, Connecticut-born session drummer and co-founder of Toto (April 1, 1954 -- August 5, 1992)
Mary Wollstonecraft, author, feminist, adopted Parisian, Frankenstein's creator's mom (April 27, 1759 -- September 10, 1797)

Thirty-nine:

Ernesto "Che" Guevara, doctor, Marxist guerrilla and revolutionary, T-shirt inhabiter (June 14(?), 1928 -- October 9, 1967)
Martin Luther King, reverend, Nobel laureate, civil rights activist, nonviolence advocate (January 15, 1929 -- April 4, 1968)
Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher (June 19, 1623 -- August 19, 1662)
Bernhard Riemann, German mathematician, pioneer of complex analysis and non-Euclidean geometry (September 17, 1826 -- June 20, 1866)
Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet known for, among other things, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" (October 27, 1914 -- November 9, 1953)
Dennis Wilson, Los Angeles musician and composer, Beach Boy, drowning victim (December 4, 1944 -- December 28, 1983)
Malcolm X, black nationalist leader, Nation of Islam spokesperson (May 19, 1925 -- February 21, 1965)
Emiliano Zapata, Mexican general, revolutionary, and national hero (August 8, 1879 -- April 10, 1919)

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