35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young

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Many stars begin their careers in Hollywood with hopes of fame and fortune. Some might even enjoy a brief spell of success, and then gradually fade into oblivion, grateful they even made it that far. However, every once in a while, there is a crop of artists who attain icon status. Sadly, some of these icons were taken from us way too soon.

Here, we take a look at a long line of stars who achieved significant fame, only to pass away before their careers had really taken off.

1. Vic Morrow

35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young


The Twilight Zone was quite a trippy experience for viewers, and when it came to filming the movie, producers must have thought a similar thing because of the sheer gruesomeness of the tragedy involving the actor Vic Morrow and two children.

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Recording a scene that involved going back in time to the Vietnam War, a series of explosions were arranged by the director. Sadly, one connected with a low-flying helicopter, causing it to decapitate Morrow and one of the children; while the other was crushed.

2. Bruce Lee

35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young


Whilst dubbing his film Enter The Dragon,  Lee suffered from intense migraines and seizures before collapsing. He was rushed to hospital as diagnosed with cerebral edema and swelling of the brain.

An allergic reaction to a painkiller had caused the swelling and, although doctors were able to treat him at the time, Lee died two months later. He was only 33-years-old.

3. John Ritter

35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young


The Three’s Company star also played the much-beloved father figure in the comedy 8Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter but in 2003 collapsed during a rehearsal and was rushed to a medical center across from the studio where he was misdiagnosed with a heart attack.

Instead, Ritter was suffering from aortic dissection, but it was some time before the doctors realized their mistake. Sadly, Ritter passed away during surgery.

4. Paul Walker

35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young


Arguably the face of the Fast And Furious Franchise, Walker, 40, was last pictured in his Porsche with friend Roger Roads before the car fatally collided with a pole and tree just minutes later.

It was thought the car was going over 94mph- more than twice the legal speed limit. However, a successful lawsuit, filed by Paul’s daughter Meadow, disputed those claims. Eventually, it was ruled that the model lacked “the safety features” necessary for a car of its speed, resulting in an undisclosed payout to the Walker estate.

5. Sharon Tate

35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young


Married to the film director Roman Polanski and pregnant with his child, everything seemed to be going just great for the 26-year-old actress Sharon Tate. She was living the dream and appeared destined to continue living it for years to come until Charles Manson directed his “family” of followers to kill her.

The late serial killer was actually indirectly responsible for the murders of seven people, which included the eight-month pregnant actress Sharon Tate. While not taking part in the killings, Manson was held accountable for instructing the murders, which were carried out by Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkle, and Leslie Van Houten.

Manson’s motive was to start a race war between African Americans and white people by murdering residents in the wealthy, predominately white suburbs of L.A. and then blaming the killings on members of the black community.

The 83-year-old eventually served over 40 years before he succumbed to his death in a hospital in Bakersfield, California last year, with this elegant photo of the beautiful actress thought to be the last captured image of the star alive before Manson’s cult killed her.

6.  Amy Winehouse

35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young


Troubled singer Amy Winehouse was an accident waiting to happen to many who observed her career as the 27-year-old just couldn’t curb her drug addictions, which tragically led to her death in her London home after consuming over five times the legal drink-drive limit.

Here, the late star looked in better health, looking less gaunt than past photos, but by that sage in her life, it was common knowledge that the Grammy-winner was fighting a losing battle with drink and drugs.

7. Brian Jones

35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young


Brian Jones was one of the founders of rock-and-roll demigods The Rolling Stones. He was the one who formed the band and spearheaded creative and commercial decision-making in their early days.

Uncomfortable with his diminishing role with the rise of the Jagger-Richards duo, Jones developed a drug problem. He was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool on 3rd July 1969. He was aged 27.

8. Jimi Hendrix

35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young


Jimi Hendrix was one of the most talented guitarists of all time, but on September 18th, 1970, the world lost one of its most flamboyant and talented musicians. Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm during the 60s with his wild guitar playing and psychedelic lyrics.

Within a span of four years, Hendrix became a household name with his trademark guitar sound. He was found dead in a hotel room. The cause was specified as asphyxiation due to an over-intake of barbiturates. He was also aged 27.

9. Janis Joplin

35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young


Janis Joplin was one the most charismatic singers the world has seen. A singer, and multi-instrumentalist, Joplin was originally part of the psychedelic band Big Brother and the Holding Company.

She was among the most popular artists of her time renowned for her singing ability. She was found dead in her hotel room in Hollywood. She was found dead of a heroin overdose. She was aged 27.

10. Jim Morrison

35 Celebrities Who Passed Away Too Young


Jim Morrison was known for his poetic lyrics and unique singing style attributes that served him well as the controversial frontman of the Los Angeles rock band, The Doors.

Jim also had widespread popularity and notoriety for his onstage antics. His drug and alcohol abuse worsened with the mercurial rise of The Doors. He was found dead in his bathtub in Paris on July 3, 1971. The cause of death was attributed as a heart failure due to a heroin overdose. His body was buried in Paris, near the grave of Sir Isaac Newton.

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