When tragedy takes a celebrity, news media can make it an event in an everyday person’s life. For instance, anyone who ever watched The Fast & Furious will remember the day they heard about actor Paul Walker’s passing.
These are the most famous actors who died young. Specifically focusing on the celebrities who have passed in recent history:
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Paul Walker, 40
Paul Walker rocketed to fame with his role as a street-racing cop in the Fast & Furious franchise. However, tragedy struck, when on November 30, 2013, the actor died after his luxury car crashed into a light pole and burst into flames. He was 40 years old at that time.
Brittany Murphy, 32
Brittany Murphy starred in many movies, including Girl Interrupted, Sin City, 8 Mile, but she rose to fame for her role in Clueless as Tai Frasier. There were many rumors of drug abuse surrounding her death, but the official cause of death was listed as lack of iron and pneumonia. Brittany Murphy died at the age of 32 on December 20, 2009.
Cory Monteith, 31
Cory Monteith is best known for playing the role of Finn Hudson in Glee. However, the actor had a troubled past using drugs from the age of 13. Cory entered a drug rehabilitation program at the age of 19.
On July 13, 2013, at the age of 31, he was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada. Reports stated his death was down to a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol.
Heath Ledger, 28
One of the most famous actors who died young on this list is Heath Ledger. The Australian star rose to popularity and fame starring in 10 Things I Hate About You. He was one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role in the movie Brokeback Mountain:
Ledger died shortly after his famous role portraying the Joker in The Dark Knight. He was posthumously awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this role. Heath Ledger died on January 22, 2009, at the age of 28 years. He died from an accidental toxic combination of prescription drugs.
River Phoenix, 23
River Phoenix was an American actor, and one of the most famous celebrities who died young. He was best known for his starring role in the movie Stand by Me. River Phoenix died on October 31, 1993, at the age of 23. He died from a combined drug intoxication following a drug overdose.
The famous R&B singer and actress Aaliyah is best known for her hits like Are You That Somebody? and Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. She was just 15 years old when rumors emerged of her marrying R. Kelly:
Aaliyah’s music even today continues to achieve commercial success, and there have been many posthumous releases. Aaliyah died in a plane crash at the age of 22. She died on August 25, 2001.