16 Famous Celebrities Who Died At A Very Young Age

By Editorial Staff in Entertainment On 1st October 2015

#1 Aaliyah

This brilliant R&B singer and rising film star had her life and career cut short at age 22 in a tragic plane crash. Fans around the world mourned her sudden death.

#2 Brandon Lee

He followed in his father's footsteps in too many ways. Like his dad, Bruce Lee, Brandon was a rising film star and martial artist. A freak accident while filming the The Crow took his life at age 28.

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#4 Bruce Lee

He was taken from us too soon. Bruce Lee's fame as a martial artist was matched only by his amazing worldwide popularity as a movie star. When he suddenly died at age 32 from a brain swelling, the entire world mourned his death.

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#5 Cory Monteith

This popular character on the FOX TV show Glee was often in a battle with addiction and depression; an abrupt end to his career at the age of 31.

#6 Heath Ledger

It is often said that only the good die young. This rising star passed away at age 28 from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Heath died just before the hugely successful movie, The Dark Knight, was released to theaters. In his starring role as the Joker, Heath won a posthumous Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

#7 Jim Henson

He was the creator of The Muppets and beloved by millions of children and their parents around the world. Henson's brilliant career and life was cut short at age 53. His death was caused by toxic shock from a powerful streptococcal infection.

#8 Jim Morrison

Fans adored and worshipped this popular rock idol and "Doors" singer. It is believed that he died at age 27 from a heart attack, which may have been brought on by a possible drug overdose.

#9 Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain and Nirvana made music history as one of the greatest music groups ever. Although his death at age 27 is listed as a suicide, many people have wondered if foul play was involved.

#10 Marvin Gaye

This world-famous Motown singer was fatally shot by his father on April 1, 1984. While his parents were in a heated argument, Marvin tried to intervene on his mother's behalf. Ironically, the gun that killed him was the same gun Marvin had given to his father to protect their home from intruders. He died at age 44.

#11 Natalie Wood

It was reported that this beautiful star drowned in a tragic boating accident at age 43. Officially, the cause of her death is listed as "drowning and other undetermined factors." Recently, however, new information has come to light that has led some people to believe that her death may have involved foul play.

#12 Natasha Richardson

Natasha Richardson was a brilliant British film and Broadway stage actor and the beloved spouse of Liam Neeson. A skiing accident cut her life short at age 45.

#13 Paul Walker

The sudden death of this charismatic Fast & Furious actor shocked the world. After leaving a charity event in California, Walker got a lift from race car driving friend, Roger Rodas. Both were killed in the fiery crash for Paul, at just 40 years old while his career was taking off.

#14 Princess Diana

Diana, Princess of Wales, was married to Prince Charles, the heir apparent and oldest son of Queen August 31,1997, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash when her limo driver tried to lose the paparazzi that were tailing her car. She was 36 at the time. Her sons are Prince William and Prince Harry.

#15 River Phoenix

This popular rising film star died of heart failure at the young age of 23, while he was outside a West Hollywood nightclub, The Viper Room. It is believed an overdose of drugs and alcohol led to his death.

#16 Whitney Houston

She was one of the greatest singers of all time. In her later years, Whitney struggled with addiction and died at age 48; she drowned in a hotel bathtub from an apparent drug overdose.