Not having a large number of celebrity deaths in your state has to be a good thing. Fortunately, Iowa doesn't have too many. I'm sure you can come up with one in particular but the rest of this list might surprise you! came up with a list of famous people who died right here in the state of Iowa. Check it out!

  • 1

    Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper

    The most famous celebrity death in Iowa's history is called 'The Day The Music Died'. On the night of February 3rd, 1959 a plane carrying the three famous musicians took off from Clear Lake, Iowa. It crashed in a farm field shortly after take-off killing everyone on board.

    Getty Images
  • 2

    Grant Wood

    Most famous for his 'American Gothic' painting, Wood was born in Stone City and resided in Cedar Rapids for a time as well. He died of pancreatic cancer on February 12th, 1942.

  • 3

    Paul Gray, Slipknot

    Paul Gray was born in California but raised in Des Moines. He was found dead in his hotel room on May 24th, 2010. A needle and pills were scattered across the room. Gray died from an overdose of heroin and also suffered from heart disease.

    Getty Images
  • 4

    Cary Grant

    Cary Grant is a Hollywood legend. The actor was ranked by the American Film Institute as the second greatest male star of all time! While preparing for a performance in Davenport, Iowa, Grant suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in his hotel room and died. He was 82.

    Getty Images
  • 5

    Rocky Marciano

    Rocky Marciano was the undefeated heavyweight champion of the world from 1952 to 1956. He is the only person to hold the title without suffering a tie or a defeat. Many claim he is the inspiration for the 'Rocky' movies starring Sylvester Stalone. On August 31st, 1969, Rocky was flying on a private plane outside of Newton, Iowa. The pilot tried to make an emergency landing after some rough weather. He hit a tree and the crash killed everyone on board.

    Getty Images