Stars That Passed Away Too Soon

It is absolutely sad when we hear the news of an actor, actress, singer or celebrity that passed away. We follow their everyday life as if they were our friends or family, and we feel as if we knew them. So it can really break us down if we hear of one of them leaving us, especially if they were young and had promising careers. I made a list of fifty famous people, from youtube young star to acclaimed actors and popular singers, let's take a look at these stars that left us way too soon...



Caleb Logan Leblanc aka Logan Bratayley


Logan Bratayley was the eldest child of the Bratayley family, based in Maryland: a dad, mum, and three kids vlogging since 2011. He passed away at the age of 13, due to an undetected heart condition.

Cathriona White


Cathriona White was a makeup artist from Ireland. He was Jim Carrey's girlfriend and suffered from depression. In 2015, she committed suicide after overdosing on a variety of prescription pills.

Simone Battle


Simone Battle was a singer and actress, known for being a finalist on the first season of The X Factor US. She was found dead in September 2014, at the age of 25. The cause of death was ruled as suicide by hanging.

Michael Johns


Michael Johns was an australian singer. He was one of the finalists in American Idol season 7. Johns died on 1 August 2014, at the age of 35 of dilated cardiomyopathy. Too soon and too sad.

Amy Winehouse


Amy Winehouse was a british singer and songwriter. She was such a talented artist. She died in July 2011 due to alcohol poisoning, at the age of 27. Her album Back to Black posthumously became, for a time, the UK's best-selling album of the 21st century.

Whitney Houston


Whitney Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In February 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at a hotel. She had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.

Anton Yelchin


Anton Yelchin was an American television and film actor, known for his roles in independent movies mostly. On June 2016, friends found Yelchin's body pinned between his Jeep and a brick pillar outside his home in what was described as a "freak accident". Horrific death.

Brad Bufanda


Brad Bufanda was an American actor. He appeared in a number of television shows. On November 2017, Bufanda committed suicide at the age of 34 by jumping off of his residential tower in his apartment community of Los Angeles. A note was found at the scene, thanking important people in his life.

Michael Jackson


As we all know, Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. He was the King of Pop and his death really shocked us all. He died in 2009 at his home in Los Angeles, due to an intoxication. He was found by his personal physician.

Andy Whitfield


Andy Whitfield was a Welsh actor known for his role in the tv series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Whitfield died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, September 2011, 18 months after his initial cancer diagnosis.

Lil Peep


Gustav Elijah Åhr aka Lil Peep was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He died in November 2017 of an accidental fentanyl-Xanax overdose.



Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, actress, and model. She was known for being "The Princess of R&B". On August 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat".

John F. Kennedy Jr


John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. was an American lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher. He was a son of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. He died in a plane crash in 1999.

Kim Jong-hyun


Kim Jong-hyun was a South Korean singer-songwriter, record producer, radio host, and author. He was the main vocalist of the South Korean boy band Shinee. He committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in December 2017.

Kurt Cobain


Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. During the last years of his life, Cobain struggled with heroin addiction, chronic health problems, and depression. On April 1994, he was found dead at his home. His death was ruled a suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.

Jimi Hendrix


James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music. He died at the age of 27 in September 1970, due to an accidental death from barbiturate-related asphyxia.

Elvis Presley


Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer, musician, and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King". Prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at 42.

River Phoenix


River Jude Phoenix was an American actor, musician, and activist. On October 1993, Phoenix collapsed and died of combined drug intoxication following a drug overdose on the sidewalk outside The Viper Room nightclub at 23.

Heath Ledger


Heathcliff Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. He was extremely talented. Ledger died on 22 January 2008 from an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs.

Marilyn Monroe


Norma Jeane Mortenson aka Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. She became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s. She struggled with substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. On August 1962, she died at age 36 from an overdose at her home in Los Angeles.

Brad Renfro


Brad Barron Renfro was an American actor and musician. He made his film debut at the age of 11 in the lead role in The Client. His career faded rapidly due to alcoholism and substance abuse. He died from a heroin overdose at the age of 25. Such a tragic death...

Cory Monteith


Cory Allan Michael Monteith was a Canadian actor and musician, known for his role as Finn Hudson on Glee. Monteith had a troubled adolescence involving substance abuse from age 13. On July 2013, he died of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol in a Vancouver hotel room.

Bruce Lee


Lee Jun-fan was a Hong Kong and American actor, film director, and martial artist. On July 1973, at the age of 32, Lee died because of an allergic reaction to a tranquilizer. He had suffered from seizures and headaches several months before.

Brandon Lee


Brandon Bruce Lee was an American actor and martial artist. He was the son of martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. On March 1993, when he was 28 years old, Lee died during the filming of The Crow after an accidental shooting.

James Dean


James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is remembered as a cultural icon. James Dean had previously competed in several auto racing events, and on September 1955, he was traveling to a sports car racing competition when his car crashed and he passed away. He was 24 years old.

Chris Farley


Christopher Crosby Farley was an American actor and comedian. He was known for being a member of Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995. Farley died of a drug overdose in December 1997, at the age of 33.

Tupac Shakur


Lesane Parish Crooks aka 2Pac was an American rapper and actor. On September 1996, Shakur was shot four times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He was taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries six days later. He was just 25.

Brittany Murphy


Brittany Anne Bertolotti was an American actress and singer. She was a really talented actress. Unfortunately, in December 2009, Murphy died of pneumonia at the age of 32. Her widower died from the same illness six months later. Such a tragedy.

Sage Stallone


Sage Moonblood Stallone was an American actor, film director, film producer, and film distributor. He was the elder son of Sylvester Stallone. Stallone was found dead on July 2012 at his home. He died of a heart attack caused by atherosclerosis.

Sharon Tate


Sharon Marie Tate Polanski was an American actress and model. Tate was one of Hollywood's most promising actresses. In 1968, Tate married Roman Polanski but on August 1969, Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home she shared with Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant.

Matthew Adam Garber


Matthew Adam Garber was a British child actor, best known for his role as Michael Banks in Mary Poppins. Garber contracted hepatitis while traveling across India, which later affected his pancreas. He died of pancreatitis. He was only 21.

Matthew McGrory


Matthew McGrory was an American actor, known for his great height. On August 2005, McGrory died at age 32 of heart failure. Another young actor gone too soon.

Paul Walker


Paul William Walker IV was an American actor best known for his role as in The Fast and Furious franchise. Walker died on November 2013, at the age of 40 in a single-car crash alongside friend and driver Roger Rodas. Walker was working on three films at the time of his death which were released posthumously.

Gary Coleman


Gary Wayne Coleman was an American actor, best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes. He was such a promising star. He had money problems and sued his family and unfortunately, in May 2010 Coleman died of an epidural hematoma at 42.

Johnny Lewis


Jonathan Kendrick Lewis was an American film and television actor. Lewis is best known for his role on Sons of Anarchy. His death was very tragic: he killed her landlady and her cat and when he tried to escape, fell from the roof and died too. Absolutely sad.

Natasha Richardson


Natasha Jane Richardson was an English stage and screen actress. She was very talented and was married to Liam Neeson with whom he had 2 children. Richardson died on March 2009 from an epidural hematoma, after hitting her head in a skiing accident in Quebec, Canada.

Philip Seymour Hoffman


Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer. Best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles, typically low lives and bullies. He was regarded one of the best actors of his generation. Hoffman struggled with drug addiction as a young adult and in February 2014, he died of an overdose.

Sawyer Sweeten


Sawyer Storm Sweeten was an American child actor. He was best known for playing Geoffrey Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. On April 2015, Sweeten died at the age of 19. The cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Selena Quintanilla


Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer.She also ranks among the most influential Latin artists of all time. Sadly, In March 1995 she was murdered by the manager of her Mexico boutiques, Yolanda Saldivar.

Lee Thompson Young


Lee Thompson Young was an American actor. He was known for his role on the Disney Channel tv series The Famous Jett Jackson. Young had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had been suffering from depression and sadly, on August 2013, he was found dead by the police in his apartment. He had committed suicide.

Chris Cornell


Christopher John Boyle was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. Cornell suffered from depression and substance abuse problems. He was found dead on May 2017, after performing at a Soundgarden concert hours earlier. He had committed suicide.

Robert Knox


Robert Arthur Knox was an English actor who portrayed the character of Marcus Belby in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Knox died at the age of 18 after he was stabbed outside a pub in South East London, on May 2008. He had intervened in a fight to protect his 17-year-old brother Jamie, who was being threatened by two men, one of whom was armed.

Dolores O'Riordan


Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was an Irish singer, songwriter, and musician. She led the rock band The Cranberries. On January 2018, while in London for a recording session, O'Riordan died unexpectedly. She was 46.

Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor, best known for his breakout role in The Green Mile. He suffered a heart attack in July 2012 but unfortunately died on September 3.

Patrick Swayze


Patrick Wayne Swayze was an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Swayze became popular for playing tough guys and romantic lead males, gaining him status as a sex symbol. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008 and died in 2009.

Donna Summer


LaDonna Adrian Gaines was an American singer, songwriter, and painter. She was described as the "undisputed queen of the Seventies disco boom". Summer died on May 2012, from lung cancer, at her home in Florida.

Jim Morrison


James Douglas Morrison was an American singer, songwriter, and poet, best remembered as the lead singer of the Doors. He is regarded by music critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock history. Morrison developed an alcohol dependency during the 1960s. He died at the age of 27 in Paris. The exact cause of Morrison's death remains unknown to this day.

Lady Diana


Diana, Princess of Wales was a member of the British royal family as the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, She was the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. In August 1997, Diana was killed in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris.

James Gandolfini


James Joseph Gandolfini Jr. was an American actor and producer. He was best known for his role as Tony Soprano, in The Sopranos. Gandolfini died at the age of 51 in Rome, on June 2013 of a heart attack.

Chester Bennington


Chester Charles Bennington was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. He was the lead singer of the bands Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, and Stone Temple Pilots. In July 2017, Bennington was found dead at his home in California, having committed suicide by hanging.