Stars Who Died Shockingly Young


Cory Monteith died age 31.



In 2013, the much-loved Glee star was found dead in his hotel room of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.


Paul Walker died age 40.



The Fast and Furious star tragically died in a high-speed car crash.


Heath Ledger died age 28.



Ledger died alone in his apartment from an accidental overdose of prescription painkillers, anti-anxiety meds, and sleeping pills. At the time he had just finished filming his role as the Joker in Dark Knight. His death shocked the world.

Amy Winehouse died age 27.



The singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse died in her London apartment from accidental alcohol poisoning. She was the first British woman to win five Grammy awards.

Brittany Murphy died age 32.



The star of 8 Mile died suddenly after collapsing at her home. She died from a combination of pneumonia and legal prescription drugs.

Philip Seymour Hoffman died age 46.



The Oscar-winning actor died in his apartment bathroom after taking cocaine, amphetamines, heroine, and sedatives.

Kurt Cobain died age 27.



The Nirvana singer and guitarist died from a gunshot to the head and a lethal dose of heroin in a presumed suicide.

Freddie Mercury died age 45.



The iconic singer died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS just a day after publicly announcing that he had the disease.

Diana, Princess of Wales, died age 36.



The "People's Princess" was killed in a high-speed car crash in Paris while fleeing press photographers.

River Phoenix died age 23.



The iconic young actor died from overdosing on cocaine and morphine outside a Hollywood nightclub in 1993.

Corey Haim died age 38.



The 1980s teen star died of pneumonia and heart complications. The drugs found in his system were ruled out as a cause of death.

Whitney Houston died age 48.



The legendary singer drowned in a hotel bathtub after a cocaine overdose, complicated by heart disease.

Tupac Shakur died age 25.



The rapper died of six gunshots wounds after a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. The shooter was never caught, but police suspected it was linked to 2Pac's East-Coast-West-Coast rivalry with the Notorious B.I.G, who was killed a year later.

The Notorious B.I.G died age 24.



Hip-hop superstar Christopher George Latore Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls, died from multiple gunshot wounds. His killer was never found.

Aaliyah died age 22.



The R&B singer died in a plane crash in 2001.

Natasha Richardson died age 45.



The actress died from internal bleeding after a fairly minor head injury while skiing.

Natalie Wood died age 43.



Wood drowned in mysterious circumstances on a boat trip with her husband Robert Wagner and the actor Christopher Walken, with whom she was co-starring in the movie Brainstorm. Allegedly no one saw her enter the water.

John Belushi died age 33.



The comedian and actor died in a Hollywood nightclub from an accidental overdose of heroine and cocaine. He'll be remembered as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live, for his role in the film Animal House, and for his performance as one of the The Blues Brothers.

Marilyn Monroe died age 36.



The 20th-century movie icon died from a tranquilizer overdose in 1962.

Michael Jackson died age 50.



The king of pop died from a prescription drug cocktail complicated by his weakened heart. Conrad Murray, Jackson's doctor, was sentenced to 4 years' prison for involuntary manslaughter.

John Candy died age 43.



The much-loved comedian and actor died of a heart attack. He'll be most widely remembered for his stellar performance in the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Lisa 'Left-Eye' Lopes (TLC) died age 30.



The singer from female rap group TLC died in a car crash in Honduras.

James Gandolfini died age 51.



The Emmy-winning Sopranos star died from a heart attack while on vacation in Italy in 2013.

Misty Upham died age 32.



The actress went missing in October 2014 and was found dead weeks later at the bottom of a cliff. An autopsy stated that the actress had died of blunt-force injuries to her head and torso on the day she disappeared. Upham is best known for her role in Frozen River (2008), which saw her nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Brandon Lee died age 28.



The actor died in an accidental shooting while filming The Crow in 1993.

Jim Morrison (The Doors) died age 27.



The Doors singer died from a heart attack, perhaps caused by a drug overdose.

Bob Marley died age 36.



The outstanding reggae musician died in 1981 from skin cancer that metastasized into lung and brain tumors.

Anna Nicole Smith died age 40.



The Playboy model and TV personality, who famously married an octogenarian, died from a mix of prescription drugs.

Patrick Swayze died age 57.



The Golden Globe-winning actor died from pancreatic cancer that he attributed in part to chain-smoking. He starred in Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and Point Break, among other much-loved films.

Otis Redding died age 26.



The soul singer was killed in a plane crash in 1967.

Janis Joplin died age 27.



The legendary singer died of a heroin overdose in 1970.


Jimi Hendrix died age 27.



The incredible rock guitarist died from a sleeping pill overdose in 1970.

James Dean died age 24.



The Rebel Without A Cause star was killed in a car accident in 1955.

Selena died age 23.



Selena Quintanilla-Perez was murdered by Yolanda Saldavar, the former president of her fan club. She had been named "top Latin artist of the '90s" and "Best selling Latin artist of the decade" by Billboard.

Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys) died age 47.



The Beastie Boys' co-founder died from cancer in 2012.

Stevie Ray Vaughan died age 35.



The influential guitarist tragically died in a helicopter crash in 1990.

Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) died age 34.



The co-founder and lead singer of rock band Alice in Chains died from a mix of heroin and cocaine after suffering for years with severe depression.

Bernie Mac died age 51.



The Emmy Award-winning comedian died of complications from pneumonia in 2008. His death was related to a chronic lung disease, sarcoidosis.

Heather O'Rourke died age 13.



This American child actress was discovered at age 5 by Steven Spielberg, who cast her as Carol Anne Freeling in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist and its two sequels. She died of cardiac arrest after surgery to treat a suspected bowel obstruction.

Karen Carpenter died age 32.



The singer-songwriter died of a heart attack caused by anorexia nervosa.

Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin died age 44.



Irwin was killed by a stringray's spine that pierced his heart while filming his TV show on the Great Barrier Reef.

Chris Farley died age 33.



The comedian was introduced on Saturday Night Live at the same time as Chris Rock in 1990. In 1997, he died from an accidental overdose of cocaine and heroin.


Diem Brown died age 34.



MTV Challenge star Diem Brown lost her 9-year battle with ovarian cancer in November 2014. Brown had huge online following as the founder of MedGift, a website that provides support and resources, including a patient gift registry, for anyone going through a medical challenge.

Gary Coleman died age 42.



The child star of Diff'rent Strokes passed away after a brain hemorrhage.

Jonathan Brandis died age 27.



The child actor died of injuries sustained after hanging himself in 2003.

Andy Whitfield died age 39.



Whitfield died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma while filming the TV series Spartacus: War of the Damned in 2011. His role was taken over for two more seasons by Liam McIntyre.

Buddy Holly died age 22.



The rock 'n' roll singer died in a plane crash in 1959.

Jean Harlow died age 26.



Harlow's death while filming Saratoga stunned everyone. She collapsed on the set and died of kidney failure about a week later. The few remaining scenes were shot with another actress.

L'Wren Scott died age 49.



The fashion designer and girlfriend of Mick Jagger apparently hanged herself with a scarf.

Peaches Geldof died age 25.



Peaches Geldof died in April 2014 from a heroin overdose. She was a television presenter and model, and was the second daughter of Live Aid founder and musician Bob Geldof and TV Paula Yates, who also died tragically young.

Jayne Mansfield died age 34.



The witty actress died in a car crash in 1967.

Richey Edwards (Manic Street Preachers) vanished age 27.



Edwards mysteriously disappeared in 1995 at age 27. He was presumed dead in 2008.





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