Steve Jobs and Other Popular Figures That Died at Age 56

October 6, 2011 By:
Steve Jobs and Other Popular Figures That Died at Age 56

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs died today at the age of 56. He's not the only popular figure to pass away at the age of 56.

People say that there is a "27 Club," a group of musicians who passed away at the age of 27. These individuals include Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, who all passed away before their 28th birthdays.

You'd be surprised to know that Steve Jobs joined an interesting group of men and women who passed away at the age of 56.

Abraham Lincoln: The 16th president of the United States and arguably one of the greatest U.S. presidents was assassinated in 1865 when he was 56. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, just two years before his death, effectively abolishing slavery as one of his last greatest accomplishments.

King George VI: King George VI was the King of the UK and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 1936 until his death in 1952, also at the age of 56. Although he was not expected to ever become King, when his brother Edward abdicated the throne, George VI became his fathers successor. George was the focus the of the film, "The Kings Speech" overcoming his socially debilitating stutter to lead his country during the very difficult era just before World War II.

Rick James: The iconic America singer known for his hit songs, "Super Freak," "Mary Jane" and "You and I." He was famous for his drug use. He was popularized again in 2003 during a skit on "Chapelle's Show" where Dave Chappelle made famous the catchphrase, "I'm Rick James, Bitch!" At the time of his death Rick James was working on a autobiography, "The Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs of a Super Freak." James passed away in 2004 from complications surrounding cardiac failure.

Betty Grable: Famous for being essentially the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. It was her iconic bathing suit photo where she faces with her back to the camera and peers over her right shoulder that inducted her the LIFE magazine project, "100 Photos that changed the world." She rocketed to fame as the go-to pin up actress in the 1940's and 50's. Hugh Hefner actually said in 2007 that Grable was his influence for founding the Playboy Empire. Her legs were also famously insured for a million dollars. She died of lung cancer.

Billy Powell: While you may not recognize his name, Billy Powell was the keyboardist for famous American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band was formed in Florida in 1966 and shot to fame during the 70's, especially for their hit song, "Sweet Home Alabama." In 1977, three members of Skynyrd died in a plane crash, Powelll was one of the survivors. Sadly, Powell died in 2009 due to a heart attack.

Adolf Hitler: While I don't want to group this awful genocidal tyrant in the same category at all as Steve Jobs or any of the above persons, it is interesting that he also died at age 56. Hitler committed suicide in 1945, less than two days later his corpse was burned.