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1. Michael Jackson: Jackson's sudden death sparked an outpouring of grief around the world, but fans also opened their wallets to make him this year's top-earning dead celebrity with $ 275 million, Forbes said. A shadow of a dancer impersonating Michael Jackson is cast on the red carpet during the Taiwan premiere of "This Is It" in Taipei.

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Elvis Presley
2. Elvis Presley: Presley came in second, earning $ 60 million from admissions to his former home, Graceland, which is now a museum and tourist attraction in Memphis, Tennessee, a Cirque de Soleil show and more than 200 licensing and merchandise deals. Fans participate in a candlelight vigil inside Graceland in Memphis.
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J.R.R. Tolkien
3. J.R.R. Tolkien: "The Lord of the Rings" author Tolkien, whose trilogy of novels was made into films by director Peter Jackson, came in at No. 3 with earnings of $ 50 million. Star of the film "Lord of The Rings" Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in an undated publicity photograph from the film.
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Charles Schulz
4. Charles Schulz: Schulz, the creator of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, came in fourth with $ 33 million. "Peanuts" characters seen in this handout photo.
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John Lennon
5. John Lennon: Former Beatle Lennon, who would have turned 70 this year, was ranked No. 5 with an income of $ 17 million. A person lays a drawing of John Lennon on the Imagine mosaic in Strawberry Fields in Central Park to celebrate Lennon's birthday in New York.
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