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Famous People who Died Young


List of well known and famous people who died in accidents, health conditions, and from other causes.

It is always a shock when anyone is taken before living their life to old age, these well known people died in accidents, health conditions, and from other causes - (See our average life span expectancy chart (Opens new window))

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Hank Williams who died at the age of 29, (Sep17, 1923 - Jan 1, 1953), who was a famous American singer, songwriter and musician, and who has become an icon of country music and one of the most influential musicians and songwriters of the 20th century.

Brandon Lee (Feb 1, 1965 - Mar 31, 1993). Brandon Lee was born in Oakland, California, and was an American actor, son of the late legendary martial arts film star Bruce Lee and Linda Lee Cadwell, and the brother of actress Shannon Lee. Tragically On March 31, 1993, while making the film The Crow actor Michael Massee was supposed to fire a gun loaded with blanks at Lee. A cartridge with only a primer and a bullet was fired in the pistol before shooting the scene. Firing the gun caused a squib load, in which the primer provided enough force eject the bullet out of the cartridge and into the barrel of the revolver, where it became lodged. Later the same gun was re-loaded with blanks and used to shoot the films death scene. However, the squib load was still stuck in the barrel, and was propelled out of the barrel and into Brandon Lee's body. Following a six hour operation to remove the bullet and despite being given 60 pints of blood, Lee was pronounced dead at 1:30pm on March 31, 1993. The shooting was ruled an accident, and the theory of the Lee "family curse" was carried over from Bruce Lee's death to Brandon's, as he had died almost 20 years after his father and before the release of the film which catapulted him to stardom.

Famous People who Died Young
Famous People who Died Young Aged under 16
Patrick Bouvier Kennedy (2 days) - American - son of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy - RDS - 1963
Rumwold (3 days) - English - Anglo-Saxon saint - - 662
Robin Bush (3) - American - sister of George W. Bush - leukemia - 1953
Leo II (6/7) - - Byzantine Emperor - unknown disease - 474
Jessica Dubroff (7) - American - young pilot - aircraft crash - 1996
Tokugawa Ietsugu (7) - Japanese - the 7th shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty - common cold - 1716
Lungtok Gyatso (9) - - the ninth Dalai Lama - - 1815
Judith Barsi (10) - American - child actress - homicide - 1988
Julian Scriabin (11) - Russian - composer - drowning - 1919
Nkosi Johnson (12) - South African - children's rights activist - AIDS - 2001
Heather O'Rourke (12) - American - child actress - bowel obstruction - 1988
Sadako Sasaki (12) - Japanese - runner, origami artist - leukemia caused by Hiroshima atom bomb - 1955
Samantha Smith (13) - American - social activist, actress, author - aircraft crash - 1985
Alexei Romanov (13) - Russian - royal heir - assassination - 1918
Prince John of the United Kingdom (13) - English - British prince - epilepsy - 1919
Mattie Stepanek (13) - American - poet - muscular dystrophy - 2004
Infante Alfonso (14) - Spanish - member of royal family - accidental gunshot wound - 1954
Peter II of Russia (14) - Russian - Tsar - smallpox - 1730
Faisal ibn Hamad Al Khalifah (14) - Bahraini - prince - car accident - 2006
Sophie von Kuhn (15) - GERMAN - Novalis' fiancee - disease - 1797
Edward VI of England (15) - English - King of England - tuberculosis - 1553
Anne Frank (15) - Dutch - diarist - As a jew, she was a victim of the Nazi holocaust and died of starvation in concentration camp Bergen Belsen. Three weeks later, the camp was liberated. - 1945
Lucille Ricksen (15) - American - actress - tuberculosis - 1925
Famous People who Died Young Aged 16
Conradin - - Duke of Swabia, King of Jerusalem, King of Sicily - execution - 1268
Tara Correa-McMullen - American - actress - homicide - 2005
Francis II - French - king - ear infection - 1560
Michael Cuccione - Canadian - actor - respiratory failure - 2001
Lucretia Maria Davidson - American - poet - consumption - 1825
Vladimir Garin - Russian - child actor - drowning - 2003
Petr Ginz - Czech - diarist - execution in a gas chamber - 1944
Lady Jane Grey - English - Queen for 9 to 13 days - beheaded by order of Mary I - 1554
Laurence Owen - American - figure skater - aircraft crash - 1961
Heikki Suolahti - Finnish - classical music composer - not known - 1936
Billy Laughlin - American - child actor - traffic accident - 1948
Julie Vega - Filipino - child actress and singer - bronchopneumonia - 1985
Famous People who Died Young Aged 17
Anastasia Nicholaevna of Russia - Russian - Grand Duchess of Russia - assassination - 1918
Baroness Mary Vetsera - Austrian - Rudolf's mistress - possible suicide - 1889
Mori Ranmaru - Japanese - samurai, Oda Nobunaga's attendant - killed in battle - 1582
Caesarion (Little Caesar) - Egyptian - pharaoh, son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar - executed by order of Augustus Caesar - 30 BC
Thomas Chatterton - English - poet - suicide - 1770
Khendrup Gyatso - - the eleventh Dalai Lama - - 1856
Krissy Taylor - American - model - heart failure due to a rare condition - 1995
Hersal Thomas - American - influential boogie woogie pianist and songwriter - probable poisoning - 1926
Jessica Jacobs - Australian - Actress - railway accident - 2008
Ritchie Valens - American - Chicano-rock singer - aircraft crash - 1959
Famous People who Died Young Aged 18
Ronnie Caldwell - American - soul musician - plane crash - 1967
Norman "Chubby" Chaney - American - actor, best known for his role in the Little Rascals films - glandular ailment - 1936
Do-Hum-Me - Sac - dancer - possibly influenza - ca. 1845
Edwy of England - English - King of England - unknown - 959
Elagabalus - Roman - Roman emperor - assassination - 222
Henry Frederick - English - Prince of Wales - typhoid fever - 1612
Rob Knox - English - Actor - stabbed - 2008
Anissa Jones - American - child actor - drug overdose - 1976
Ray Jones - English - professional footballer - car accident - 2007
Charlotte Long - English - actress - car accident - 1984
Mercedes of Orleans - Spanish - queen consort of Spain - tuberculosis - 1878
Yukiko Okada - Japanese - idol singer - suicide by jumping - 1986
John Spence - American - ska singer No Doubt) - suicide by gunshot - 1987
Tutankhamun - Egyptian - pharaoh - possibly gangrene from an infected leg wound - 1323 BC
Ryan White - American - AIDS activist - pneumonia a complication of HIV - 1990
Famous People who Died Young Aged 19
Juan Crisostomo Arriaga - Spanish - composer - disputed - 1826
Divya Bharti - Indian - actress - accidental fall from building - 1993
Lucius Caesar - Roman - Grandson and heir to Augustus - unknown illness - AD 2
Dorothy Dell - American - actress - car accident - 1934
Junior Durkin - American - actor - car accident - 1935
Margot Frank - Dutch - Jewish victim of the Holocaust, sister of Anne Frank - typhus in during The Holocaust - 1945
Hilary Grivich - American - Gymnast - car accident - 1997
Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins - American - child actor - plane crash - 1945
Joan of Arc - French - military commander - burned at the stake - 1431
Marcus Claudius Marcellus - Roman - heir to Augustus - illness - 23 BC
Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia - Russian - Grand Duchess of Russia - assassination - 1918
Yaki Kadafi - American - rapper - gunshot - 1996
Adam Petty - American - racing driver, grandson of Richard Petty - head injury during Busch Series practice - 2000
Adan Sanchez - American - singer - car accident - 2004
Pablo Santos - Mexican - actor - aircraft crash - 2006
Famous People who Died Young Aged 20
Antinous - Roman - Emperor Hadrian's lover - drowning - AD 130
Emilie Dionne - Canadian - one of the Dionne quintuplets - complications from an epileptic seizure - 1954
Josh Ryan Evans - American - soap opera actor Passions - heart failure - 2002
evariste Galois - French - mathematician, inventor of group theory - gunshot in duel - 1832
Ruslana Korshunova - Kazakh - model - suicide - 2008
Sauli Lehtonen - Finnish - tango singer - car accident - 1995
Ananda Mahidol - Thai - eighth king of the Chakri dynasty - murder - 1946
Maribel Owen - American - figure skater - plane crash - 1961
Daniel Wayne Smith - American - actor and reality television star - drug overdose - 2006
Charles Sorley - Scottish - war poet - shot in the head by a sniper at the Battle of Loos - 1915
Nancy Spungen - American - Sid Vicious' girlfriend - murdered - 1978
Charles Starkweather - American - spree killer - executed - 1959
Dorothy Stratten - Canadian - Playboy model - homicide - 1980
Vaishnavi - Indian - actress - suicide - 2006
Carol Willis - American - Playboy model - car accident - 1971
Famous People who Died Young Aged 21
Jan Palach - Czech - political protester - self immolation - 1969
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia - Russian - Grand Duchess of Russia - assassination - 1918
Bridgette Andersen - American - actress - drug overdose - 1997
Billy the Kid - American - outlaw - gunshot - 1881
Luc Bourdon - Canadian - ice hockey player - car crash - 2008
Eddie Cochran - American - rockabilly musician - car crash - 1960
James Crichton - Scottish - child prodigy ("the Admirable Crichton") - killed in a swordfight - 1582
Duncan Edwards - English - footballer Manchester United - Munich air disaster - 1958
Matthew Garber - English - actor - pancreatitis - 1977
Jared Nathan - American - child actor ZOOM - car crash - 2006
Nicolae Labis - Romanian - poet - tramway accident (possibly deliberate) - 1956
Ernst Mielck - Finnish - composer - tuberculosis - 1899
Napoleon II - French - second Emperor of the French - tuberculosis - 1832
Otto III - German - Holy Roman Emperor - malaria - 1002
Stuart Sutcliffe - Scottish - artist and bassist (briefly with The Beatles) - brain hemorrhage - 1962
Rebecca Schaeffer - American - actress - homicide (shot by Robert John Bardo) - 1989
Sophie Scholl - German - Anti-Nazi activist - beheaded - 1943
Monisha Unni - Indian - Actress - Car Accident - 1992
Sid Vicious - English - punk-rock bass guitarist Sex Pistols - heroin overdose, suicide - 1979
Dmitry Venevitinov - Russian - Romantic poet - arrest and cold - 1827
Henry Kirke White - English - poet - not known - 1806
J. Madison Wright - American - actress - cardiac arrest - 2006
Famous People who Died Young Aged 22
Aaliyah - American - R&B singer - aircraft crash - 2001
Alfie Anido - Filipino - actor - officially listed as suicide - 1981
Brook Berringer - American - college football quarterback (University of Nebraska) - plane crash - 1996
Len Bias - American - basketball player (University of Maryland) - cocaine overdose - 1986
Lillian Board - British - Olympic silver medallist (1968) - cancer - 1970
Darby Crash - American - punk-rock singer (The Germs) - suicide by heroin overdose - 1980
Dead - Swedish - black metal vocalist (Mayhem) - suicide by shotgun - 1991
Dominique Dunne - American - actress - strangled into coma by ex-boyfriend - 1982
Terry Fox - Canadian - athlete, humanitarian, cancer treatment activist - Cancer - 1981
Mary Ann Ganser - American - The Shangri-Las) - encephalitis - 1970
Christy Henrich - American - artistic gymnast - anorexia - 1994
Buddy Holly - American - rock & roll singer - aircraft crash - 1959
Gift Leremi - South African - football player - car accident - 2007
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia - Russian - Grand Duchess of Russia - assassination - 1918
Pepe - Portuguese - footballer - food poisoning - 1930
Pocahontas - Powhatan - chief's daughter ("princess") - uncertain, thought to be smallpox or tuberculosis - 1617
Antonio Puerta - Spanish - heart disease - 2007
Freddie Prinze - American - comedian, actor - suicide - 1977
Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt - American - first wife of Theodore Roosevelt - Bright's disease - 1884
Jack Sheppard - English - thief - execution - 1724
John Thomson - Scottish - footballer - on-pitch collision - 1931
Ivo Van Damme - Belgian - middle distance runner - car accident - 1976
Robert Wadlow - American - tallest man ever - infection of the left ankle - 1940
Jarmo Wasama - Finnish - hockey player - car accident - 1966
Pedro Zamora - American - MTV The Real World participant - AIDS - 1994
Famous People who Died Young Aged 23
Archie Jackson - Australian - cricketer - tubercolosis - 1933
Georg Buchner - German - writer - typhus - 1837
Charles IX of France - French - King of France - tubercolosis - 1574
Ian Curtis - English - post-punk singer (Joy Division) - suicide by hanging - 1980
Taki Rentaro - Japanese - composer - tuberculosis - 1903
Ernie Davis - American - college football running back (Syracuse University) - leukemia - 1963
Bobby Fuller - American - rock singer, guitarist - undetermined - 1966
Hank Gathers - American - college basketball player (Loyola Marymount University) - Cardiac arrest - 1990
Saima Harmaja - Finnish - author, poet - tuberculosis - 1937
Jacques Herbrand - French - mathematician - mountaineering accident - 1931
Ivan VI - Russian - Russian emperor - assassination - 1764
Emilio Jacinto - Filipino - revolutionary leader, poet - malaria - 1899
Karl "Hagbard" Koch - German - hacker - burned to death (suicide) - 1989
Vitek Kieltyka - Polish - death metal drummer (Decapitated) - bus accident - 2007
Duk Koo Kim - South Korean - boxer - died from injuries in boxing ring - 1982
Bonnie Parker - American - bank robber - killed in police ambush - 1934
River Phoenix - American - actor - heart failure due to drug overdose - 1993
Gavrilo Princip - Serb - assassin - tuberculosis - 1918
Christoph Probst - German - Anti-Nazi activist - beheaded - 1943
Savannah - American - Porn Star - suicide - 1994
Selena - American - singer - homicide - 1995
Judy Tyler - American - actress - car accident - 1957
Anton Maiden - Swedish - singer - suicide - 2003
Lilian Velez - Filipino - actress - murder - 1948
Francisco "Pancho Villa" Guilledo - Filipino - boxing champion - Ludwig's angina - 1925
Otto Weininger - German - philosopher - suicide - 1903
Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski - Polish - poet - war - 1944
Famous People who Died Young Aged 24
Higuchi Ichiyo - Japanese - novelist - pulmonary tuberculosis - 1896
Duane Allman - American - southern-rock slide-guitarist (Allman Brothers Band) - motorcycle accident - 1971
Sammy Babitzin - Finnish - schlager-singer - car accident - 1973
Lili Boulanger - French - composer - Crohn's disease - 1918
Cliff Burton - American - thrash metal (Metallica) - tour bus accident - 1986
Gaius Caesar - Roman - Grandson and heir to Augustus - died after receiving injuries in battle - AD 4
Fabio Casartelli - Italian - professional cyclist - crash during Tour de France - 1995
Charlotte Corday - French - assassin - execution - 1793
James Dean - American - actor - car accident - 1955
Gregorio del Pilar - Filipino - general - died in battle - 1899
Joe Delaney - American - American football running back (Kansas City Chiefs) - drowning - 1983
Peg Entwistle - Welsh - actress - suicide - 1932
Miklos Feher - Hungarian - football player - heart failure - 2004
Andrea Feldman - American - actress - suicide - 1972
Robert Fergusson - Scottish - poet - head trauma - 1774
Dino Ferrari - Italian - son of Enzo Ferrari - muscular distrophy - 1956
Katy French - Irish - model - cocaine overdose - 2007
Georg Heym - German - Expressionist poet - drowned - 1912
Ben Hollioake - English - cricketer - car accident - 2002
Huo Qubing - Chinese - general - plague - 117 BC
Big L - American - rapper - gunshots - 1999
Leon Kilat - Filipino - revolutionary leader - murder - 1898
Stanley Ketchel - American - boxer - gunshot - 1910
Nile Kinnick - American - college football running back (University of Iowa) - plane crash - 1943
Lee Eun-ju - South Korean - actress - suicide - 2005
La Malinche - Indigenous Mexican - interpreter - unknown - 1529
Greg Moore - Canadian - racing driver - car accident during race - 1999
Maury Muehleisen - American - songwriter/guitarist - aircraft crash - 1973
Joaquin Murrieta - Mexican - bandit - shot by California State Rangers - 1853
Damien Nash - American - NFLrunning back (Denver Broncos) - unknown - 2007
Notorious B.I.G. - American - rapper - gunshot - 1997
Berry Oakley - American - musician - motorcycle accident - 1972
Lee Harvey Oswald - American - alleged assassin of US President John F Kennedy - gunshot - 1963
Christopher Pettiet - American - actor - accidental drug overdose - 2000
Steve Prefontaine - American - Olympic long-distance runner - car accident - 1975
Razzle - English - drummer (Hanoi Rocks) - car accident - 1984
Hans Scholl - German - Anti-Nazi activist - beheaded - 1943
Clarence "Pine Top" Smith - American - boogie woogie singer and pianist - gunshot - 1929
Tammi Terrell - American - Motown singer - brain tumour - 1970
Wang Bi - Chinese - philosopher - plague - AD 249
Sean Taylor - American - NFL free safety (Washington Redskins) - gunshot - 2007
Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder - German - Romantic writer - typhus - 1798
Darrent Williams - American - NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos) - drive-by shooting - 2007
Andrew Wood - American - grunge singer (Mother Love Bone) - heroin overdose - 1990
St. Therese de Lisieux - French - Catholic saint - tuberculosis - 1897
Matthew Jay - English - musician - fall from an apartment building - 2003
Famous People who Died Young Aged 25
Rudolf IV of Austria - Austrian - Duke - -- - 1365
Johnny Ace - American - rock 'n' roll musician - gunshot (Russian roulette) - 1954
Clyde Barrow - American - bank robber - killed in ambush - 1934
Aubrey Beardsley - English - artist - tuberculosis - 1898
Tommy Bolin - American - musician - drug overdose - 1976
Josephine Bracken - Irish - common-law wife of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal - tuberculosis - 1902
Charlie Christian - American - jazz guitarist - tuberculosis - 1942
Mike Darr - American - Major League Baseball outfielder - car accident - 2002
Teddy Diaz - Filipino - guitarist The Dawn - stabbing - 1988
Francoise Dorleac - French - actress - car accident - 1967
Euronymous - Norwegian - black metal guitarist (Mayhem) - stabbed by Varg Vikernes - 1993
Abigail Folger - American - socialite, heiress - homicide by followers of Charles Manson - 1969
Rene Gateaux - French - mathematician - killed in action - 1914
Willi Graf - German - Anti-Nazi activist - beheaded - 1943
Eddie Griffin - American - basketball player - car accident - 2007
George Charles Grey - English - Liberal politician, youngest Member of Parliament - killed in action - 1944
John Keats - English - Romantic poet - tuberculosis - 1821
Paul Kossoff - British - rock guitarist - drug-related heart problems - 1976
Scott La Rock - American - DJ - gun violence - 1987
Belinda Lee - English - actress - car accident - 1961
Frankie Lymon - American - Singer - heroin overdose - 1968
Wilfred Owen - English - poet - killed while crossing the Sambre-Oise Canal (World War I) - 1918
Nafisa Joseph - Indian - Model, - Suicide - 2004
Baby Face Nelson - American - bank robber - killed in police shootout - 1934
Benny Paret - Cuban - boxer - killed in boxing ring - 1962
Brad Renfro - American - actor - heroin overdose - 2008
Randy Rhoads - American - hard-rock guitarist (Quiet Riot - OZZY Osbourne - aircraft crash - 1982
Ion Rimaru - Romanian - serial killer - execution by firing squad - 1971
Alexander Schmorell - German - Anti-Nazi activist - beheaded - 1943
Dan Snyder - Canadian - ice hockey player - nosocomial infection - 2003
Manfred von Richthofen - German - World War I "ace of aces" - shot down over Morlancourt Ridge - 1918
Tupac Shakur (2pac) - American - rapper singer, poet, actor - gunshots from drive-by - 1996
U;Nee - South Korean - actress and singer - suicide - 2007
Marinus van der Lubbe - Dutch - convicted of setting Reichstag fire - execution by decapitation - 1934
Blaise Alexander - American - Racecar driver - head injury - 2001
Famous People who Died Young Aged 26
Niels Henrik Abel - Norwegian - mathematician - tuberculosis - 1829
Asmahan - Syrian - musician - car accident - 1944
Ross Gregory - Australian - cricketer - died on active service - 1942
Hobey Baker - American - ice hockey and American football player - plane crash - 1918
Alexander Beresch - Ukrainian - artistic gymnast - car accident - 2004
Timothy Birdsall - English - cartoonist - leukaemia - 1963
Barcroft Boake - Australian - poet - suicide by hanging - 1892
Monty Bowden - English - England's youngest ever cricket captain - officially epilepsy, also trampled by his own oxen - 1892
Fergus Bowes-Lyon - British - soldier, brother to the Queen Mother - killed during the Battle of Loos - 1915
Joe C - American - rapper - coeliac disease - 2000
Casey Calvert - American - guitarist for rock band Hawthorne Heights - accidental drug overdose - 2007
Gia Carangi - American - fashion model - AIDS - 1986
Rudolf Charousek - Hungarian - chess player - tuberculosis - 1900
Disco D - American - music producer - suicide - 2007
Nick Drake - British - folk guitarist/singer - antidepressant overdose, probably intentional - 1974
Richey James Edwards - Welsh - rock guitarist (Manic Street Preachers) - presumed dead, likely jumped from bridge - 1995
Boris "Tron" Floricic - German - hacker and phreaker - hanging, apparently self-inflicted - 1998
Josef Hassid - Polish - violinist - meningitis - 1950
Jean Harlow - American - actress - uremic poisoning and kidney failure - 1937
Jon-Erik Hexum - American - actor/model - Brain trauma after shooting a blank into his temple - 1984
Ishikawa Takuboku - Japanese - poet - tuberculosis - 1912
Daijiro Kato - Japanese - motorcycle racer - brain stem stoppage by crashing while racing - 2003
Ned Kelly - Australian - bushranger - executed - 1880
Mikhail Lermontov - Russian - writer and poet - gunshot in duel - 1841
Pelle Lindbergh - Swedish - ice hockeygoaltender (Philadelphia Flyers) - car accident - 1985
Al Lucas - American - American football player - spinal cord injury during game - 2005
Ulrike Maier - Austrian - Alpine skier - skiing accident while racing - 1994
Tommaso Masaccio - Republic of Florence - artist - unknown cause of death - 1428
Jimmy McCulloch - Scottish - guitarist (Wings) - heroin overdose - 1979
Barbara Yung Mei-ling - Chinese - actress - Suicide - 1985
Ashleigh Aston Moore - Canadian - actress - drug overdose - 2007
Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami - Iranian - basketball player - car accident - 2007
Yutaka Ozaki - Japanese - musician - possibly pulmonary edema - 1992
Raymond Paley - English - mathematician - skiing accident - 1933
Jose Palma - Filipino - poet, lyricist of Philippine national anthem - unknown - 1903
Gram Parsons - American - folk and country-rock singer (The Byrds) - drug overdose - 1973
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Italian - composer - tuberculosis - 1736
Sandor Petofi - Hungarian - poet - killed in Battle of Segesvar - 1849
Brian Piccolo - American - American footballrunning back (Chicago Bears) - testicular cancer that metastasised into lung cancer - 1970
Tose Proeski - Macedonian - singer - car accident - 2007
Hermano Pule - Filipino - cult leader and revolutionary - execution - 1841
James "Baby Huey" Ramey - American - musician - drug overdose - 1970
Frank P. Ramsey - English - economist, philosopher and mathematician - jaundice - 1930
Otis Redding - American - soul singer - aircraft crash - 1967
Gustav Roch - German - mathematician - tuberculosis - 1866
Jarno Saarinen - Finnish - motorcyclist - motorcycle accident - 1973
Louis de Saint-Just - French - revolutionary leader - execution - 1794
Alisher Saipov - Kyrgyz - journalist - gunshot - 2007
Dave Sands - Australian - boxer - truck accident - 1952
Hillel Slovak - Israeli - rock guitarist (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - heroin overdose - 1988
Joey Stefano - American - porn star - drug overdose - 1994
Pekka Streng - Finnish - progressive rock-musician - sarcoma - 1975
Jung Da Bin - South Korean - actress - suicide - 2007
Sharon Tate - American - actress - homicide by followers of Charles Manson - 1969
Tommy Taylor - British - Soccer player - Munich Air Disaster - 1958
Olive Thomas - American - actress - accidental overdose of mercury bichloride - 1920
Hans Hermann von Katte - Prussian - royal's lover - execution - 1730
David Di Tommaso - French - French footballer - cardiac arrest - 2005
Kamimura Ukyou/Kami (musician) - Japanese - Drummer to the visual kei band, Malice Mizer - subarachnoid hemorrhage - 1999
Vicki Van Meter - American - youngest pilot to fly across the continental United States - suicide - 2008
Petri Walli - Finnish - rock-singer (Kingston Wall) - suicide - 1995
Robert Gould Shaw - American - Colonel - 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (U.S. Army) - Killed during the assault on Fort Wagner, SC - 1863
Famous People who Died Young Aged 27
Alfonso XII - Spanish - king - tuberculosis - 1885
Dave Alexander - American - bassist (The Stooges) - pneumonia - 1974
Jean-Michel Basquiat - American - artist - heroin overdose - 1988
Chris Bell - American - musician - car accident - 1978
Stefan Bellof - German - World Sportscar Championship and Formula 1 driver - Car accident in a race - 1985
Jesse Belvin - American - R&B singer and songwriter ("Earth Angel") - car accident - 1960
D. Boon - American - punk rock musician (The Minutemen) - car accident - 1985
John Wilkes Booth - American - assassin of President Abraham Lincoln - gunshot - 1865
Jonathan Brandis - American - actor - suicide - 2003
Rupert Brooke - British - poet - septic pneumonia - 1915
Barry Brown - American - actor - suicide - 1978
Louis Chauvin - American - ragtime musician - syphilis - 1908
Kurt Cobain - American - grunge singer/guitarist (Nirvana) - gunshot after lethal overdose of heroin, ruled suicide - 1994
Andrew Cunanan - American - spree killer - suicide - 1997
Pete de Freitas - Trinidadian - drummer (Echo & The Bunnymen) - motorcycle accident - 1989
Gloria Dickson - American - actress - asphyxiation in a house fire - 1945
Andres Escobar - Colombian - footballer - shot - 1994
Alain-Fournier - French - author and soldier - killed in battle during World War I - 1914
King Ghazi - Iraqi - king - possible murder - 1939
Gregory V - Papal States - pope - possible poison - 999
Johann Christian Gunther - German - Baroque poet - tuberculosis - 1723
Peter Ham - British - musician (Badfinger) - suicide by hanging - 1975
Robert Harron - American - actor - gun accident - 1920
Les Harvey - Scottish - guitarist (Stone the Crows) - electrocution - 1972
Jimi Hendrix - American - hard rock guitarist/singer - choked on own vomit - 1970
Jon Hooker - American - former University of Kentucky baseball pitcher - plane crash - 2006
Paul Hunter - British - snooker player - cancer - 2006
John XII - Papal States - pope - assassination (presumably because of jealousy) - 964
Robert Johnson - American - delta blues guitarist/singer - alleged poisoning - 1938
Brian Jones - British - rock guitarist (The Rolling Stones) - drug-related drowning, possibly homicide - 1969
Janis Joplin - American - rock/soul singer (Big Brother & the Holding Company) - heroin overdose - 1970
Terrence Kiel - American - football player - car accident - 2008
Johnny Kidd - British - rock-singer - motor car accident - 1966
Jules Laforgue - French - poet - tuberculosis - 1887
William Henry Lane, "Master Juba" - American - dancer and entertainer - unknown - 1852
Reggie Lewis - American - basketball player (Boston Celtics) - heart attack - 1993
Li He - Chinese - poet - unknown - 816/817
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - American - rock/blues singer (The Grateful Dead) - gastrointestinal hemorrhage - 1973
Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) - British - Deformed celebrity of Victorian London - suffocation, possibly suicide - 1890
Jim Morrison - American - rock singer (The Doors) - Heart failure - 1971
Henry Moseley - British - physicist - killed in action - 1915
Masako Natsume - Japanese - actress - acute myeloid leukemia - 1985
Steve Olin - American - Major League Baseball pitcher - boating accident - 1993
Kristen Pfaff - American - rock/bassist (Hole) - heroin overdose - 1994
Francois Proth - French - mathematician - unknown - 1879
William Quantrill - American - Confederate guerrilla - Killed by Union army - 1865
Bobby Sands - Northern Irish - hunger striker, British Member of Parliament - self-imposed starvation - 1981
Abraham Sarmiento, Jr. - Filipino - journalist and student-activist - heart attack after health weakened by imprisonment - 1977
Korey Stringer - American - NFL player - complications of heatstroke - 2001
Gary Thain - New Zealander - bassist (Uriah Heep) - drug overdose - 1975
Thuy Trang - Vietnamese/American - Actress - car accident - 2001
Pat Tillman - American - NFL player - "friendly fire" in Afghanistan - 2004
Georg Trakl - German - Expressionist poet - suicide - 1914
Jeremy Michael Ward - American - sound technician (The Mars Volta) - heroin overdose - 2003
Alan Wilson - American - blues rock singer and songwriter (Canned Heat) - barbiturate overdose - 1970
Rico Yan - Filipino - actor - either acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis or bangungot - 2002
Mia Zapata - American - lead singer (The Gits) - murdered - 1993
Famous People who Died Young Aged 28
Isabella Beeton - English - author of "Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management" - puerperal fever - 1865
The Big Bopper - American - Rock & roll singer - aircraft crash - 1959
Big Pun - American - rapper - heart attack brought on by obesity - 2000
Lyman Bostock - American - baseball player - gunshot to the head - 1978
Hristo Botev - Bulgarian - poet and national revolutionary - killed in battle - 1876
Elisa Bridges - American - Playboy model - drug overdose - 2002
Tim Buckley - American - folk singer - drug overdose - 1975
Roger Byrne - English - footballer (Manchester United) - Munich air disaster - 1958
Caligula - Roman - emperor - assassination - AD 41
Jason Collier - American - basketball player - cardiac arrest - 2005
Stephen Crane - American - novelist - tuberculosis - 1900
Maggie Dixon - American - Women's basketball coach - cardiac arrest - 2006
Jim Elliot - American - Christian missionary - killed by Huaorani Indians - 1956
Marc-Vivien Foe - Cameroonian - footballer - heart attack during match - 2003
John Glascock - British - bassist (Jethro Tull) - congenital heart defect - 1979
Keith Green - American - Gospel music pioneer - plane crash - 1982
Sergei Grinkov - Russian - Olympic pairs skater - heart attack - 1995
Shannon Hoon - American - rock singer (Blind Melon) - drug overdose - 1995
Hsu Wei Lun - Taiwanese - Actress - cardiac arrest following car accident - 2007
Sarah Kane - British - playwright - suicide - 1999
Fanny Kaplan - Russian - Attempted assassin of Lenin - Shot - 1918
David Kennedy - American - son of RFK - drug overdose - 1984
Joe Kennedy - American - baseball pitcher - hypertensive heart disease - 2007
Kathleen Kennedy - American - sister of JFK - plane crash - 1948
Heath Ledger - Australian - Actor - Accidental prescription drug overdose - 2008
Brandon Lee - American - actor - accidentally shot when prop gun malfunctioned on set of The Crow - 1993
Jules Leotard - French - acrobat; inventor of the leotard - smallpox or cholera - 1870
Maria Malibran - Spanish-French - singer - Fall from a horse - 1836
Jesse Marunde - American - Strongman athlete - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy - 2007
Timo K. Mukka - Finnish - author and poet - heart failure - 1973
Novalis - German - poet and philosopher - tuberculosis - 1801
Bradley Nowell - American - reggae/ska/punk rock/hip hop singer (Sublime) - heroin overdose - 1996
Chaswe Nsofwa - Zambian - soccer striker - heart attack - 2007
Drazen Petrovic - Yugoslavian - basketball player - car accident - 1993
Philip I of Castile - - first Habsburg ruler of Spain - fever - 1506
Jochen Rindt - Austrian - Formula 1 racing driver - crash during race practice - 1970
Alexandru Sahia - Romanian - author - tuberculosis - 1937
Egon Schiele - Austrian - painter - influenza - 1918
Edie Sedgwick - American - actress - barbiturate overdose - 1971
Ryan Shay - American - marathoner - collapsed during marathon - 2007
Alexander Fu Sheng - Chinese - actor - car accident - 1983
Luigi Tenco - Italian - singer - suicide - 1967
Jason Thirsk - American - rock bassist (Pennywise) - suicide - 1996
Viktor Tsoi - Russian - rock music musician singer - car accident - 1990
Yu Xuanji - Chinese - Female poet - executed for beating her maid to death - c.871
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Major Booth - English - cricketer - died in action on the Somme - 1916
Christine Chubbuck - American - news reporter - suicide - 1974
Rafael Moreno Aranzadi - Spanish - footballer, gave his nickname to the Pichichi trophy - typhoid - 1922
David Bacon - American - actor - possible murder - 1943
Marc Bolan - British - rock musician (T.Rex) - car accident - 1977
Walt Bond - American - baseball player - leukemia - 1967
David Brainerd - American - missionary - tuberculosis - 1747
Anne Bronte - English - novelist - tuberculosis - 1849
Merritt Butrick - American - actor - AIDS - 1989
Ken Wadsworth - New Zealander - cricketer - skin cancer - 1976
Erik Brodreskift - Norwegian - black metal drummer - suicide by drug overdose - 1999
Ray Chapman - American - baseball player (Cleveland Indians) - hit in head by a pitch from Carl Mays - 1920
Maria Cioncan - Romanian - runner - car accident - 2007
Diego Corrales - American - lightweight boxer - motorcycle accident - 2007
Candy Darling - American - actress - leukemia - 1974
Fred Grace - English - cricketer - pneumonia - 1880
Howell Davis - Welsh - pirate - homicide - 1719
Charmaine Dragun - Australian - news presenter - apparent suicide - 2007
Feodor Deahna - German - mathematician - unknown - 1844
Sabine Dunser - Liechtenstein - singer - cerebral haemorrhage - 2006
Dipendra of Nepal - Nepali - crown prince and briefly king - alleged suicide by gunshot - 2001
Ferdinand Eisenstein - German - mathematician - tuberculosis - 1852
Astrid of Belgium - Belgian - queen - car accident - 1935
Josh Hancock - American - baseball pitcher - car accident - 2007
Mike Hawthorn - English - racing driver - car accident - 1959
"Barbecue Bob" Hicks - American - blues singer - pneumonia - 1931
George Jackson - American - militant - shot while attempting to escape prison - 1971
Claudia Jennings - American - Playboy model - car accident - 1979
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. - American - brother of JFK - killed in action - 1944
Ernst Knaack - German - resistance fighter - execution - 1944
Barbara La Marr - American - actress - tuberculosis and nephritis - 1926
Carole Landis - American - actress - suicide - 1948
Anna Loginova - Russian - bodyguard and model - carjacking - 2008
Christopher Marlowe - English - Renaissance playwright and poet, rival of Shakespeare - dagger wound during knife-fight - 1593
Bill Masterton - Canadian - ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars) - on-ice head injury - 1968
Robert Murray M'Cheyne - Scottish - minister - typhus - 1843
Bubber Miley - American - jazz-musician - tuberculosis - 1932
Davey Moore - American - boxer - died from complications of boxing match against Sugar Ramos - 1963
Davey Moore - American - boxer - crushed by his own car - 1988
Darrell Russell - American - American football player - car crash - 2005
DJ Screw - American - musician - overdose of codeine - 2000
Eugen Schauman - Finnish - nationalist, Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov's assassin - suicide - 1904
Ingo Schwichtenberg - German - drummer (Helloween) - suicide - 1995
Percy Bysshe Shelley - English - Romantic poet (Ozymandias) - drowned at sea during storm - 1822
Tom Simpson - British - professional cyclist - exhaustion during Tour de France - 1967
David Strickland - American - actor - suicide - 1999
Elmer Symons - South African - motorcyclist - accident during race - 2007
Michelle Thomas - American - actress - stomach cancer - 1998
Ronnie Van Zant - American - singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - aircraft crash - 1977
Jean Vigo - French - Film maker - tuberculosis - 1934
Hank Williams - American - country musician - accidental overdose of morphine and alcohol - 1953
Don Wilson - American - baseball pitcher - accidental - 1975
Valentina Zimina - Russian-American - actress - influenza - 1928


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