Coronary bipass General

Neil Armstrong: Death from Coronary Bipass

This week Neil Armstrong died following surgery to open blockages in his coronary arteries.  To date, only 25 famous persons (VIP’s) have died from this procedure, accounting for only 0.35% of the 7,006 VIP deaths recorded since the procedure was developed (see list below).   The first of these (Eisenstadt, Jacobs and Kieslowski) occurred in 1996. 

VIPatients lists the diseases / causes of deaths for 61 Astronauts and Cosmonauts.  35 of these have died of vehicular accidents (including 13 airplane accidents), 11 from cancer and 9 from heart attack..  One Astronaut, Charles Jones was murdered – a passenger aboard a hijacked airplane on September 11, 2001.

Death Associated with Coronary Bypass or Angioplasty

  Armstrong, Neil

  Clower, Jerry 

  de Marco, Guido 


  Eisenstadt, Benjamin 

  Eisner, Will 

  Gemmell, David 

  Glickman, Marty 

  Griffey, Dick 

  Guinzburg, Thomas 

  Jacobs, Bernard 

  Jones (Singer), Joe 

  Kieslowski, Krysztof 

  Leela, Chindodi 

  Maddoux, Marlin 

  Mansfield, Mike 

  Norden, Christine 

  Randall, Tony 

  Rock, Joe 

  Serling, Rod 

  Sutton, Ed 

  Thesz, Lou 

  Trafficante, Santo 

  Wando (Wanderley Alves dos Reis) 

  Waxman, Al 

  Wise, Ernie 

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General Suicide

Movie Directors: Suicide

This week, Tony Scott jumped to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles- the 17th Producer/Director to commit suicide (full list below). As of August 20, 2012 the VIPatients app documents the diseases / deaths of 19,766 famous people.   A cause of death is listed for 17,676 of these – of whom 1,132 (6.4%) have committed suicide.  

203 (6.3%) of people in the Movie Industry have taken their own lives, including 17 (3.7%) of Producers / Directors.   

 Jumping was listed as the specific suicide method for 7.2% of all famous persons, 8.8% of  Movie People … and 29.4% of Producers / Directors !

Producers / Directors who have committed suicide:

Berkeley, Busby 

Bern, Paul 

Davidson, Paul 

Desai, Manmohan *

Fassbinder, Rainer Werner 

Itami, Juzo  *

Jutra, Claude 

Monicelli, Mario  *

Moore, Perry 

Quine, Richard 


Rosson, Richard

Scott, Tony *

Smith, Pete  *

Van Dyke, W.S. 

Whale, James 

Woodbridge, Strong Van Dyke

 * Committed suicide by jumping


1. One additional Director, Akira Kurosawa, attempted suicide by slashing his wrists and throat in 1971 (unsucessful) 

2. During 1941 to 2012, three Producers / Directors (Monicelli, Van Dyke and Wooodbridge) committed suicide while under treatment for cancer … accounting for 18% of suicides in this profession.   Concurrent cancer is listed for only 4.3% of suicides in other professions which occurred during the same period.

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AIDS Among Adult-Film Actors

I currently maintain a Smartphone application which follows the diseases and deaths of all famous persons (VIP’s). [1]  Primary sources include biographies, anthologies, nationally-published obituaries and relevant Internet sites.  The first VIP death ascribed to AIDS was recorded in 1982.   AIDS is listed as the cause of death in 302 (3.06%) of 9,873 VIP’s who died during 1982 to July 2012.  These figures include 33 of 1,511 movie actors (2.18%) and 71 of 171 adult-film actors (41.5%).  Although publication bias and other sampling errors could contribute to these differences, the risk for AIDS among adult-film actors is obvious.


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