The youngest stooge and the first to perish was Curly Howard who was overweight and had high blood pressure. He suffered a series of strokes which ended his acting career in 1946 and he died from a cerebral hemorrage in 1952 at the age of 48.
Older brother Shemp Howard died from a sudden heart attack while telling a joke in the back of a taxi-cab while coming home from a Friday night boxing match in 1955. He was 60-years-old.
Larry Fine had his first stroke in 1970 which paralyzed him and slurred his speech. He suffered another stroke in early 1975 which put him in a coma where he died two weeks later. Cause of death was listed as cerebral thrombosis. He was 72.
Moe Howard succumbed to lung cancer in 1975 at the age of 77.
Joe Besser died at his home in North Hollywood from a heart attack in 1988. He was 80-years-old.
Curly-Joe DeRita died in 1993 just nine days before his 84th birthday after several strokes.
And it was once believed that Ted Healy, who started the Three Stooges act, died in 1937 from a heart attack following an evening of fast drinking and getting beaten up outside of a bar on Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. His death certificate lists “acute toxic nephritis” (inflammation of the kidneys) as his actual cause of death.
The Three Stooges kept their audiences heartily laughing for over a quarter of a century.