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Audrey Hepburn


4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993 (Aged 63)

Hepburn was a legendary actress, renowned as a fashion icon and for being one of the most-loved leading ladies in history.

She is part of a select group to have won Emmy, Grammy Tony & Academy Awards.

Among her best-known films are Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, and My Fair Lady. 

Hepburn was born in Belgium, spending much of her childhood there, before living in England for a couple of years, prior to moving to the Netherlands to study.

During the entirety of World War II, she lived in the Netherlands, surviving its Nazi-occupation.

Hepburn suffered health problems as a result of malnutrition towards the end of the war.

Hepburn raised money for the Dutch Resistance during this time through silent dance performances.

After the war she pursued a career in dance, finding herself on Broadway by the age of 22.

Within 2 years, Hepburn had won the Academy Award for Best Actress in Roman Holiday, the first of many starring roles.

Hepburn also devoted much time to working on behalf of children in need during her life.

In December 1992, Hepburn was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom for her exemplary work with UNICEF.

She died of cancer the following month at the age of 63 in her Swiss home.

Pablo Escobar

(Drug Dealer)

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1 December 1949 – 2 December 1993 (Aged 44)

Escobar was a notorious Colombian drug lord who, at one time, was one of the wealthiest people in the world, with an estimated worth of $30 billion.

At the peak of his cocaine empire’s power, Escobar controlled over 80% of the cocaine being imported into the United States.

He also gained popularity by giving money to local projects and teams.

Escobar’s Medellín cartel was known for their ruthlessness and violence against anyone who got in their way. Eventually, the bloodshed saw the public turn against him and his gang.

After presidential hopeful, Luis Carlos Galán, was assassinated, law enforcement cracked down on Escobar and imprisoned him in 1991.

However, he escaped La Catedral prison in July 1992, which would result in Escobar spending the remainder of his life on the run.

To keep his daughter warm, he is said to have burned over $1 million in cash.

Escobar was finally tracked down and killed in Medellín the day after his 44th birthday. The first two seasons of the series Narcos are based on his rise and fall from power.

River Phoenix


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23 August 1970 – 31 October 1993 (Aged 23)

Phoenix was a talented young actor and musician who died from a drug overdose outside Hollywood’s Viper Room nightclub at the age of 23.

Among his most famous films is his breakout film Stand By Me, and Running on Empty, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.

River was the older brother of acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Arthur Ashe

(Tennis Player)

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10 July 1943 – 6 February 1993 (Aged 39)

Ashe was a groundbreaking American tennis player.

He became the first African-American to be ranked as world number one, as well as the first to win Wimbledon and US Open men’s singles titles.

In the 1980s, Ashe contracted HIV from a blood transfusion following surgery, leading him to found the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS.

A renowned activist during his life, Ashe was a trailblazer for African-Americans.

In 1985, he was arrested during an anti-apartheid protest outside the South African embassy in Washington, D.C.

Ashe died from pneumonia as a result of AIDS at the age of 49.

In June 1993, Ashe was posthumously awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.

James Hunt

(Racing Driver)

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29 August 1947 – 15 June 1993 (Aged 45)

Hunt was a British Formula One racing driver who starred for a short period in the 1970s, winning one world title.

During his prime racing years, Hunt was known as much for his playboy lifestyle, as he was for his driving prowess and his rivalry with Niki Lauda.

After only six years in the sport, Hunt retired from racing before going on to become a much-loved racing commentator with the BBC.

Hunt died from a heart attack at the age of only 45, having only proposed to his girlfriend a few hours earlier.

Vincent Price


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27 May 1911 – 25 October 1993 (Aged 82)

Price is a renowned American actor best known for his distinctive voice, and playing the role of the villain in many horror films.

Among his most famous films are The Fly, House of Wax, and House on Haunted Hill.

Outside of his film career, Price was a noted art collector and served as an art consultant to Sears during the 1960s.

He also co-wrote several cookery books with his second wife, Mary.

A life-long smoker, Price was diagnosed with emphysema in later life, before dying from lung cancer at the age of 82.

Andre the Giant


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19 May 1946 – 27 January 1993 (Aged 46)

André René Roussimoff was a French professional wrestler famed for his size, coming in just under 7 feet tall and weighing around 500 pounds.

During his wrestling career, he became one of the best-loved performers, becoming the sole inductee at the inaugural WWE Hall of Fame.

Outside of the ring, André starred as Fezzik the giant, in The Princess Bride.

His considerable size was due to an excessive growth hormone which caused gigantism.

André the Giant died of heart failure at the age of 46.

Oliver Tambo


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27 October 1917 – 24 April 1993 (Aged 75)

Tambo was a South African anti-apartheid activist who was president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991 while living in exile, primarily in London.

In 1952, Tambo and Nelson Mandela opened the first black South African law firm in Johannesburg, called Mandela and Tambo.

Tambo returned to South Africa in 1990 when the ban on the ANC was lifted and handed over the party leadership to Nelson Mandela in 1991.

He died from a stroke at the age of 75.