The Good Die Young: 10 Celebrities Who Passed Away Much Too Soon
It’s undoubtedly a considerable shame when anyone passes away, but it’s even more upsetting when someone dies at such a young age.
An age at which a person has not yet completed all he or she set out to do — an age at which a person’s life was cut drastically short.
It’s been said that there is no worse feeling than a parent having to bury a child and this is what the parents of these 10 celebrities were forced to do.
So in memoriam, we honor 10 stars who passed away too soon:
Paul Walker (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013)
He was the latest celebrity to pass away at such a young age. Walker was riding in the passenger seat of his friend Roger Rodas’ Porsche this past Saturday. The car smashed into a tree and light pole and exploded into flames, instantly killing both passengers.
Lee Thompson Young (February 1, 1984 – August 19, 2013)
Lee Thompson Young was best known for his role on Disney‘s “The Famous Jett Jackson.” Fans everywhere were in utter disbelief after learning that the young actor had taken his own life. He died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. It was later revealed that he suffered from Bipolar Disorder and had been receiving treatment for it, as well as for depression, at the time of his death.
Gia Allemand (December 20, 1983 – August 14, 2013)
Gia Allemand was best known for her appearance on “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” and “Bachelor Pad.” She was admitted to a hospital in New Orleans after an attempted suicide by hanging. After being declared brain dead, she was removed from life support two days later. At the time, she was dating NBA player Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Pelicans.
Cory Monteith (May 11, 1982 – July 13, 2013)
At the young age of 31, “Glee” star Cory Monteith was found dead by hotel staff in his room at the Fairmont Pacific in Vancouver. The autopsy reveled he had died from a mixed drug toxicity. At the time of death, Monteith had codeine and morphine in his system, and drug paraphernalia was discovered in the hotel room. This included a spoon with drug residue, an already-used hypodermic needle and empty bottles of alcohol in the room.
Amy Winehouse (September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011)
English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse had an extensive history of binge drinking after she apparently kicked her drug habit. Over the next few years, she experienced different periods of relapse. One of these relapses proved fatal and resulted in her ultimate demise.
Brittany Murphy (Nov. 10, 1977 – Dec. 20, 2009)
The cause of Brittany Murphy’s death is still not fully determined. The latest hypothesis is that the young actress was poisoned. Her husband died shortly after from identical circumstances. The latest toxicology report postulates, according to Daily Mail, that “rat poisoning may have been the real cause behind the death.”
DJ AM (March 30, 1973 – Aug. 28, 2009)
DJ AM, also known as Adam Goldstein, died from an apparent drug overdose. Many people know him as Nicole Richie‘s ex-fiancé, but he really was so much more. The music producer was found dead in his New York City apartment. His autopsy revealed that a variety of drugs were found in his system and the combination was clearly deadly.
Natasha Richardson (May 11, 1963 – March 18, 2009)
Richardson, most known to Gen-Y for her role in “The Parent Trap,” passed away due to a freak accident while taking a beginner skiing lesson. The English actress sustained a severe head injury while on vacation in Quebec, Canada.
She initially refused medical attention and went back to her hotel room where she began complaining of headaches. She eventually passed away due to an epidural hematoma caused by the blunt impact. Her husband Liam Neeson and their two children were present at the time of her accident.
Heath Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008)
Australian-born Heath Ledger was honestly one of Gen-Y’s favorite actors. He was best known for his roles in “10 Things I Hate About You,” “The Patriot,” “Brokeback Mountain” and “The Dark Night.” Ultimately, it was determined that Heath Ledger died from an accidental drug overdose of prescription medication.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002)
Best known as part of the TLC trio, Lisa Lopes died in a horrific car accident that launched her out of her vehicle. She died from the injuries she sustained in the crash — a neck injury and severe head trauma. Lyrics from TLC’s biggest hit “Waterfalls” were engraved on her casket.
Aaliyah (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001)
Everyone’s heart broke when the death of young singer Aaliyah was announced. She and her crew were flying back early from filming the video for “Rock The Boat” in the Bahamas. The plane’s weight limit was exceeded with the addition of one extra passenger and supplemental baggage. As a result, the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, killing her and the eight other passengers aboard.
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