List of Famous People Who Died Young

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Ian C. Langtree - Content Writer/Editor for Disabled World
Published: 2017/11/10 - Updated: 2023/09/12
Publication Type: Informative
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: List of well known and famous people who died before their time in accidents, from health conditions, and other causes. The people included in this list are aged from shortly after birth and up to age 29.

Introduction

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

Main Digest

Our list below includes people like:

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.

Famous People who Died Young
Famous People Who Died Under 16
Alexei Romanov (13) - Russian - royal heir - assassination - 1918
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
Edward VI of England (15) - English - King of England - tuberculosis - 1553
Faisal ibn Hamad Al Khalifah (14) - Bahraini - prince - car accident - 2006
Heather O'Rourke (12) - American - child actress - bowel obstruction - 1988
Infante Alfonso (14) - Spanish - member of royal family - accidental gunshot wound - 1954
Jessica Dubroff (7) - American - young pilot - aircraft crash - 1996
Judith Barsi (10) - American - child actress - homicide - 1988
Julian Scriabin (11) - Russian - composer - drowning - 1919
Leo II (6/7) - Byzantine Emperor - unknown disease - 474
Lucille Ricksen (15) - American - actress - tuberculosis - 1925
Lungtok Gyatso (9) - the ninth Dalai Lama - 1815
Mattie Stepanek (13) - American - poet - muscular dystrophy - 2004
Nkosi Johnson (12) - South African - children's rights activist - AIDS - 2001
Patrick Bouvier Kennedy (2 days) - American - son of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy - RDS - 1963
Peter II of Russia (14) - Russian - Tsar - smallpox - 1730
Prince John of the United Kingdom (13) - English - British prince - epilepsy - 1919
Robin Bush (3) - American - sister of George W. Bush - leukemia - 1953
Rumwold (3 days) - English - Anglo-Saxon saint - 662
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
Sophie von Kuhn (15) - GERMAN - Novalis' fiancee - disease - 1797
Tokugawa Ietsugu (7) - Japanese - the 7th shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty - common cold - 1716
Famous People Who Died Aged 16
Billy Laughlin - American - child actor - traffic accident - 1948
Conradin - Duke of Swabia, King of Jerusalem, King of Sicily - execution - 1268
Francis II - French - king - ear infection - 1560
Heikki Suolahti - Finnish - classical music composer - not known - 1936
Julie Vega - Filipino - child actress and singer - bronchopneumonia - 1985
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
Lucretia Maria Davidson - American - poet - consumption - 1825
Michael Cuccione - Canadian - actor - respiratory failure - 2001
Petr Ginz - Czech - diarist - execution in a gas chamber - 1944
Tara Correa-McMullen - American - actress - homicide - 2005
Vladimir Garin - Russian - child actor - drowning - 2003
Famous People Who Died Aged 17
Anastasia Nicholaevna of Russia - Russian - Grand Duchess of Russia - assassination - 1918
Baroness Mary Vetsera - Austrian - Rudolf's mistress - possible suicide - 1889
Caesarion (Little Caesar) - Egyptian - pharaoh, son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar - executed by order of Augustus Caesar - 30 BC
Hersal Thomas - American - influential boogie woogie pianist and songwriter - probable poisoning - 1926
Jessica Jacobs - Australian - Actress - railway accident - 2008
Khendrup Gyatso - the eleventh Dalai Lama - 1856
Krissy Taylor - American - model - heart failure due to a rare condition - 1995
Mori Ranmaru - Japanese - samurai, Oda Nobunaga's attendant - killed in battle - 1582
Ritchie Valens - American - Chicano-rock singer - aircraft crash - 1959
Thomas Chatterton - English - poet - suicide - 1770
Famous People Who Died Aged 18
Anissa Jones - American - child actor - drug overdose - 1976
Charlotte Long - English - actress - car accident - 1984
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
John Spence - American - ska singer No Doubt) - suicide by gunshot - 1987
Mercedes of Orleans - Spanish - queen consort of Spain - tuberculosis - 1878
Norman "Chubby" Chaney - American - actor, best known for his role in the Little Rascals films - glandular ailment - 1936
Ray Jones - English - professional footballer - car accident - 2007
Rob Knox - English - Actor - stabbed - 2008
Ronnie Caldwell - American - soul musician - plane crash - 1967
Ryan White - American - AIDS activist - pneumonia a complication of HIV - 1990
Tutankhamun - Egyptian - pharaoh - possibly gangrene from an infected leg wound - 1323 BC
Yukiko Okada - Japanese - idol singer - suicide by jumping - 1986
Famous People Who Died Aged 19
Adam Petty - American - racing driver, grandson of Richard Petty - head injury during Busch Series practice - 2000
Adan Sanchez - American - singer - car accident - 2004
Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins - American - child actor - plane crash - 1945
Divya Bharti - Indian - actress - accidental fall from building - 1993
Dorothy Dell - American - actress - car accident - 1934
Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia - Russian - Grand Duchess of Russia - assassination - 1918
Hilary Grivich - American - Gymnast - car accident - 1997
Joan of Arc - French - military commander - burned at the stake - 1431
Juan Crisostomo Arriaga - Spanish - composer - disputed - 1826
Junior Durkin - American - actor - car accident - 1935
Lucius Caesar - Roman - Grandson and heir to Augustus - unknown illness - AD 2
Marcus Claudius Marcellus - Roman - heir to Augustus - illness - 23 BC
Margot Frank - Dutch - Jewish victim of the Holocaust, sister of Anne Frank - typhus in during The Holocaust - 1945
Pablo Santos - Mexican - actor - aircraft crash - 2006
Yaki Kadafi - American - rapper - gunshot - 1996
Famous People Who Died Aged 20
Ananda Mahidol - Thai - eighth king of the Chakri dynasty - murder - 1946
Antinous - Roman - Emperor Hadrian's lover - drowning - AD 130
Carol Willis - American - Playboy model - car accident - 1971
Charles Sorley - Scottish - war poet - shot in the head by a sniper at the Battle of Loos - 1915
Charles Starkweather - American - spree killer - executed - 1959
Daniel Wayne Smith - American - actor and reality television star - drug overdose - 2006
Dorothy Stratten - Canadian - Playboy model - homicide - 1980
Emilie Dionne - Canadian - one of the Dionne quintuplets - complications from an epileptic seizure - 1954
Evariste Galois - French - mathematician, inventor of group theory - gunshot in duel - 1832
Josh Ryan Evans - American - soap opera actor Passions - heart failure - 2002
Maribel Owen - American - figure skater - plane crash - 1961
Nancy Spungen - American - Sid Vicious' girlfriend - murdered - 1978
Ruslana Korshunova - Kazakh - model - suicide - 2008
Sauli Lehtonen - Finnish - tango singer - car accident - 1995
Vaishnavi - Indian - actress - suicide - 2006
Famous People Who Died Aged 21
Billy the Kid - American - outlaw - gunshot - 1881
Bridgette Andersen - American - actress - drug overdose - 1997
Dmitry Venevitinov - Russian - Romantic poet - arrest and cold - 1827
Duncan Edwards - English - footballer Manchester United - Munich air disaster - 1958
Eddie Cochran - American - rockabilly musician - car crash - 1960
Ernst Mielck - Finnish - composer - tuberculosis - 1899
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia - Russian - Grand Duchess of Russia - assassination - 1918
Henry Kirke White - English - poet - not known - 1806
J. Madison Wright - American - actress - cardiac arrest - 2006
James Crichton - Scottish - child prodigy ("the Admirable Crichton") - killed in a swordfight - 1582
Jan Palach - Czech - political protester - self immolation - 1969
Jared Nathan - American - child actor ZOOM - car crash - 2006
Luc Bourdon - Canadian - ice hockey player - car crash - 2008
Matthew Garber - English - actor - pancreatitis - 1977
Monisha Unni - Indian - Actress - Car Accident - 1992
Napoleon II - French - second Emperor of the French - tuberculosis - 1832
Nicolae Labis - Romanian - poet - tramway accident (possibly deliberate) - 1956
Otto III - German - Holy Roman Emperor - malaria - 1002
Rebecca Schaeffer - American - actress - homicide (shot by Robert John Bardo) - 1989
Sid Vicious - English - punk-rock bass guitarist Sex Pistols - heroin overdose, suicide - 1979
Sophie Scholl - German - Anti-Nazi activist - beheaded - 1943
Stuart Sutcliffe - Scottish - artist and bassist (briefly with The Beatles) - brain hemorrhage - 1962
Famous People Who Died Aged 22
Aaliyah - American - R&B singer - aircraft crash - 2001
Alfie Anido - Filipino - actor - officially listed as suicide - 1981
Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt - American - first wife of Theodore Roosevelt - Bright's disease - 1884
Antonio Puerta - Spanish - heart disease - 2007
Brook Berringer - American - college football quarterback (University of Nebraska) - plane crash - 1996
Buddy Holly - American - rock & roll singer - aircraft crash - 1959
Christy Henrich - American - artistic gymnast - anorexia - 1994
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
Freddie Prinze - American - comedian, actor - suicide - 1977
Gift Leremi - South African - football player - car accident - 2007
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia - Russian - Grand Duchess of Russia - assassination - 1918
Ivo Van Damme - Belgian - middle distance runner - car accident - 1976
Jack Sheppard - English - thief - execution - 1724
Jarmo Wasama - Finnish - hockey player - car accident - 1966
John Thomson - Scottish - footballer - on-pitch collision - 1931
Len Bias - American - basketball player (University of Maryland) - cocaine overdose - 1986
Lillian Board - British - Olympic silver medallist (1968) - cancer - 1970
Mary Ann Ganser - American - The Shangri-Las) - encephalitis - 1970
Pedro Zamora - American - MTV The Real World participant - AIDS - 1994
Pepe - Portuguese - footballer - food poisoning - 1930
Pocahontas - Powhatan - chief's daughter ("princess") - uncertain, thought to be smallpox or tuberculosis - 1617
Robert Wadlow - American - tallest man ever - infection of the left ankle - 1940
Terry Fox - Canadian - athlete, humanitarian, cancer treatment activist - Cancer - 1981
Famous People Who Died Aged 23
Anton Maiden - Swedish - singer - suicide - 2003
Archie Jackson - Australian - cricketer - tubercolosis - 1933
Bobby Fuller - American - rock singer, guitarist - undetermined - 1966
Bonnie Parker - American - bank robber - killed in police ambush - 1934
Charles IX of France - French - King of France - tubercolosis - 1574
Christoph Probst - German - Anti-Nazi activist - beheaded - 1943
Duk Koo Kim - South Korean - boxer - died from injuries in boxing ring - 1982
Emilio Jacinto - Filipino - revolutionary leader, poet - malaria - 1899
Ernie Davis - American - college football running back (Syracuse University) - leukemia - 1963
Francisco "Pancho Villa" Guilledo - Filipino - boxing champion - Ludwig's angina - 1925
Gavrilo Princip - Serb - assassin - tuberculosis - 1918
Georg Buchner - German - writer - typhus - 1837
Hank Gathers - American - college basketball player (Loyola Marymount University) - Cardiac arrest - 1990
Ian Curtis - English - post-punk singer (Joy Division) - suicide by hanging - 1980
Ivan VI - Russian - Russian emperor - assassination - 1764
Jacques Herbrand - French - mathematician - mountaineering accident - 1931
Judy Tyler - American - actress - car accident - 1957
Karl "Hagbard" Koch - German - hacker - burned to death (suicide) - 1989
Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski - Polish - poet - war - 1944
Lilian Velez - Filipino - actress - murder - 1948
Otto Weininger - German - philosopher - suicide - 1903
River Phoenix - American - actor - heart failure due to drug overdose - 1993
Saima Harmaja - Finnish - author, poet - tuberculosis - 1937
Savannah - American - Porn Star - suicide - 1994
Selena - American - singer - homicide - 1995
Taki Rentaro - Japanese - composer - tuberculosis - 1903
Vitek Kieltyka - Polish - death metal drummer (Decapitated) - bus accident - 2007
Famous People Who Died Aged 24
Andrea Feldman - American - actress - suicide - 1972
Andrew Wood - American - grunge singer (Mother Love Bone) - heroin overdose - 1990
Ben Hollioake - English - cricketer - car accident - 2002
Berry Oakley - American - musician - motorcycle accident - 1972
Big L - American - rapper - gunshots - 1999
Charlotte Corday - French - assassin - execution - 1793
Christopher Pettiet - American - actor - accidental drug overdose - 2000
Clarence "Pine Top" Smith - American - boogie woogie singer and pianist - gunshot - 1929
Cliff Burton - American - thrash metal (Metallica) - tour bus accident - 1986
Damien Nash - American - NFLrunning back (Denver Broncos) - unknown - 2007
Darrent Williams - American - NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos) - drive-by shooting - 2007
Dino Ferrari - Italian - son of Enzo Ferrari - muscular distrophy - 1956
Duane Allman - American - southern-rock slide-guitarist (Allman Brothers Band) - motorcycle accident - 1971
Fabio Casartelli - Italian - professional cyclist - crash during Tour de France - 1995
Gaius Caesar - Roman - Grandson and heir to Augustus - died after receiving injuries in battle - AD 4
Georg Heym - German - Expressionist poet - drowned - 1912
Greg Moore - Canadian - racing driver - car accident during race - 1999
Gregorio del Pilar - Filipino - general - died in battle - 1899
Hans Scholl - German - Anti-Nazi activist - beheaded - 1943
Higuchi Ichiyo - Japanese - novelist - pulmonary tuberculosis - 1896
Huo Qubing - Chinese - general - plague - 117 BC
James Dean - American - actor - car accident - 1955
Joaquin Murrieta - Mexican - bandit - shot by California State Rangers - 1853
Joe Delaney - American - American football running back (Kansas City Chiefs) - drowning - 1983
Katy French - Irish - model - cocaine overdose - 2007
La Malinche - Indigenous Mexican - interpreter - unknown - 1529
Lee Eun-ju - South Korean - actress - suicide - 2005
Lee Harvey Oswald - American - alleged assassin of US President John F Kennedy - gunshot - 1963
Leon Kilat - Filipino - revolutionary leader - murder - 1898
Lili Boulanger - French - composer - Crohn's disease - 1918
Matthew Jay - English - musician - fall from an apartment building - 2003
Maury Muehleisen - American - songwriter/guitarist - aircraft crash - 1973
Miklos Feher - Hungarian - football player - heart failure - 2004
Nile Kinnick - American - college football running back (University of Iowa) - plane crash - 1943
Notorious B.I.G. - American - rapper - gunshot - 1997
Peg Entwistle - Welsh - actress - suicide - 1932
Razzle - English - drummer (Hanoi Rocks) - car accident - 1984
Robert Fergusson - Scottish - poet - head trauma - 1774
Sammy Babitzin - Finnish - schlager-singer - car accident - 1973
Sean Taylor - American - NFL free safety (Washington Redskins) - gunshot - 2007
St. Therese de Lisieux - French - Catholic saint - tuberculosis - 1897
Stanley Ketchel - American - boxer - gunshot - 1910
Steve Prefontaine - American - Olympic long-distance runner - car accident - 1975
Tammi Terrell - American - Motown singer - brain tumour - 1970
Wang Bi - Chinese - philosopher - plague - AD 249
Wilhelm Heinrich Wackenroder - German - Romantic writer - typhus - 1798
Famous People Who Died Aged 25
Abigail Folger - American - socialite, heiress - homicide by followers of Charles Manson - 1969
Alexander Schmorell - German - Anti-Nazi activist - beheaded - 1943
Aubrey Beardsley - English - artist - tuberculosis - 1898
Baby Face Nelson - American - bank robber - killed in police shootout - 1934
Belinda Lee - English - actress - car accident - 1961
Benny Paret - Cuban - boxer - killed in boxing ring - 1962
Blaise Alexander - American - Racecar driver - head injury - 2001
Brad Renfro - American - actor - heroin overdose - 2008
Charlie Christian - American - jazz guitarist - tuberculosis - 1942
Clyde Barrow - American - bank robber - killed in ambush - 1934
Dan Snyder - Canadian - ice hockey player - nosocomial infection - 2003
Eddie Griffin - American - basketball player - car accident - 2007
Euronymous - Norwegian - black metal guitarist (Mayhem) - stabbed by Varg Vikernes - 1993
Francoise Dorleac - French - actress - car accident - 1967
Frankie Lymon - American - Singer - heroin overdose - 1968
George Charles Grey - English - Liberal politician, youngest Member of Parliament - killed in action - 1944
Ion Rimaru - Romanian - serial killer - execution by firing squad - 1971
John Keats - English - Romantic poet - tuberculosis - 1821
Johnny Ace - American - rock 'n' roll musician - gunshot (Russian roulette) - 1954
Josephine Bracken - Irish - common-law wife of Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal - tuberculosis - 1902
Manfred von Richthofen - German - World War I "ace of aces" - shot down over Morlancourt Ridge - 1918
Marinus van der Lubbe - Dutch - convicted of setting Reichstag fire - execution by decapitation - 1934
Mike Darr - American - Major League Baseball outfielder - car accident - 2002
Nafisa Joseph - Indian - Model, - Suicide - 2004
Paul Kossoff - British - rock guitarist - drug-related heart problems - 1976
Randy Rhoads - American - hard-rock guitarist (Quiet Riot - OZZY Osbourne - aircraft crash - 1982
Rene Gateaux - French - mathematician - killed in action - 1914
Rudolf IV of Austria - Austrian - Duke - 1365
Scott La Rock - American - DJ - gun violence - 1987
Teddy Diaz - Filipino - guitarist The Dawn - stabbing - 1988
Tommy Bolin - American - musician - drug overdose - 1976
Tupac Shakur (2pac) - American - rapper singer, poet, actor - gunshots from drive-by - 1996
U;Nee - South Korean - actress and singer - suicide - 2007
Wilfred Owen - English - poet - killed while crossing the Sambre-Oise Canal (World War I) - 1918
Willi Graf - German - Anti-Nazi activist - beheaded - 1943
Famous People Who Died Aged 26
Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami - Iranian - basketball player - car accident - 2007
Al Lucas - American - American football player - spinal cord injury during game - 2005
Alexander Beresch - Ukrainian - artistic gymnast - car accident - 2004
Alisher Saipov - Kyrgyz - journalist - gunshot - 2007
Ashleigh Aston Moore - Canadian - actress - drug overdose - 2007
Asmahan - Syrian - musician - car accident - 1944
Barbara Yung Mei-ling - Chinese - actress - Suicide - 1985
Barcroft Boake - Australian - poet - suicide by hanging - 1892
Boris "Tron" Floricic - German - hacker and phreaker - hanging, apparently self-inflicted - 1998
Brian Piccolo - American - American footballrunning back (Chicago Bears) - testicular cancer that metastasised into lung cancer - 1970
Casey Calvert - American - guitarist for rock band Hawthorne Heights - accidental drug overdose - 2007
Daijiro Kato - Japanese - motorcycle racer - brain stem stoppage by crashing while racing - 2003
Dave Sands - Australian - boxer - truck accident - 1952
David Di Tommaso - French - French footballer - cardiac arrest - 2005
Disco D - American - music producer - suicide - 2007
Fergus Bowes-Lyon - British - soldier, brother to the Queen Mother - killed during the Battle of Loos - 1915
Frank P. Ramsey - English - economist, philosopher and mathematician - jaundice - 1930
Gia Carangi - American - fashion model - AIDS - 1986
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Italian - composer - tuberculosis - 1736
Gram Parsons - American - folk and country-rock singer (The Byrds) - drug overdose - 1973
Gustav Roch - German - mathematician - tuberculosis - 1866
Hans Hermann von Katte - Prussian - royal's lover - execution - 1730
Hermano Pule - Filipino - cult leader and revolutionary - execution - 1841
Hillel Slovak - Israeli - rock guitarist (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - heroin overdose - 1988
Hobey Baker - American - ice hockey and American football player - plane crash - 1918
Ishikawa Takuboku - Japanese - poet - tuberculosis - 1912
James "Baby Huey" Ramey - American - musician - drug overdose - 1970
Jarno Saarinen - Finnish - motorcyclist - motorcycle accident - 1973
Jean Harlow - American - actress - uremic poisoning and kidney failure - 1937
Jimmy McCulloch - Scottish - guitarist (Wings) - heroin overdose - 1979
Joe C - American - rapper - coeliac disease - 2000
Joey Stefano - American - porn star - drug overdose - 1994
Jon-Erik Hexum - American - actor/model - Brain trauma after shooting a blank into his temple - 1984
Jose Palma - Filipino - poet, lyricist of Philippine national anthem - unknown - 1903
Josef Hassid - Polish - violinist - meningitis - 1950
Jung Da Bin - South Korean - actress - suicide - 2007
Kamimura Ukyou/Kami (musician) - Japanese - Drummer to the visual kei band, Malice Mizer - subarachnoid hemorrhage - 1999
Louis de Saint-Just - French - revolutionary leader - execution - 1794
Mikhail Lermontov - Russian - writer and poet - gunshot in duel - 1841
Monty Bowden - English - England's youngest ever cricket captain - officially epilepsy, also trampled by his own oxen - 1892
Ned Kelly - Australian - bushranger - executed - 1880
Nick Drake - British - folk guitarist/singer - antidepressant overdose, probably intentional - 1974
Niels Henrik Abel - Norwegian - mathematician - tuberculosis - 1829
Olive Thomas - American - actress - accidental overdose of mercury bichloride - 1920
Otis Redding - American - soul singer - aircraft crash - 1967
Pekka Streng - Finnish - progressive rock-musician - sarcoma - 1975
Pelle Lindbergh - Swedish - ice hockeygoaltender (Philadelphia Flyers) - car accident - 1985
Petri Walli - Finnish - rock-singer (Kingston Wall) - suicide - 1995
Raymond Paley - English - mathematician - skiing accident - 1933
Richey James Edwards - Welsh - rock guitarist (Manic Street Preachers) - presumed dead, likely jumped from bridge - 1995
Robert Gould Shaw - American - Colonel - 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry (U.S. Army) - Killed during the assault on Fort Wagner, SC - 1863
Ross Gregory - Australian - cricketer - died on active service - 1942
Rudolf Charousek - Hungarian - chess player - tuberculosis - 1900
Sandor Petofi - Hungarian - poet - killed in Battle of Segesvar - 1849
Sharon Tate - American - actress - homicide by followers of Charles Manson - 1969
Timothy Birdsall - English - cartoonist - leukaemia - 1963
Tommaso Masaccio - Republic of Florence - artist - unknown cause of death - 1428
Tommy Taylor - British - Soccer player - Munich Air Disaster - 1958
Tose Proeski - Macedonian - singer - car accident - 2007
Ulrike Maier - Austrian - Alpine skier - skiing accident while racing - 1994
Vicki Van Meter - American - youngest pilot to fly across the continental United States - suicide - 2008
Yutaka Ozaki - Japanese - musician - possibly pulmonary edema - 1992
Famous People Who Died Aged 27
Abraham Sarmiento, Jr. - Filipino - journalist and student-activist - heart attack after health weakened by imprisonment - 1977
Alain-Fournier - French - author and soldier - killed in battle during World War I - 1914
Alan Wilson - American - blues rock singer and songwriter (Canned Heat) - barbiturate overdose - 1970
Alfonso XII - Spanish - king - tuberculosis - 1885
Andres Escobar - Colombian - footballer - shot - 1994
Andrew Cunanan - American - spree killer - suicide - 1997
Barry Brown - American - actor - suicide - 1978
Bobby Sands - Northern Irish - hunger striker, British Member of Parliament - self-imposed starvation - 1981
Brian Jones - British - rock guitarist (The Rolling Stones) - drug-related drowning, possibly homicide - 1969
Chris Bell - American - musician - car accident - 1978
D. Boon - American - punk rock musician (The Minutemen) - car accident - 1985
Dave Alexander - American - bassist (The Stooges) - pneumonia - 1974
Francois Proth - French - mathematician - unknown - 1879
Gary Thain - New Zealander - bassist (Uriah Heep) - drug overdose - 1975
Georg Trakl - German - Expressionist poet - suicide - 1914
Gloria Dickson - American - actress - asphyxiation in a house fire - 1945
Gregory V - Papal States - pope - possible poison - 999
Henry Moseley - British - physicist - killed in action - 1915
Janis Joplin - American - rock/soul singer (Big Brother & the Holding Company) - heroin overdose - 1970
Jean-Michel Basquiat - American - artist - heroin overdose - 1988
Jeremy Michael Ward - American - sound technician (The Mars Volta) - heroin overdose - 2003
Jesse Belvin - American - R&B singer and songwriter ("Earth Angel") - car accident - 1960
Jim Morrison - American - rock singer (The Doors) - Heart failure - 1971
Jimi Hendrix - American - hard rock guitarist/singer - choked on own vomit - 1970
Johann Christian Gunther - German - Baroque poet - tuberculosis - 1723
John Wilkes Booth - American - assassin of President Abraham Lincoln - gunshot - 1865
John XII - Papal States - pope - assassination (presumably because of jealousy) - 964
Johnny Kidd - British - rock-singer - motor car accident - 1966
Jon Hooker - American - former University of Kentucky baseball pitcher - plane crash - 2006
Jonathan Brandis - American - actor - suicide - 2003
Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) - British - Deformed celebrity of Victorian London - suffocation, possibly suicide - 1890
Jules Laforgue - French - poet - tuberculosis - 1887
King Ghazi - Iraqi - king - possible murder - 1939
Korey Stringer - American - NFL player - complications of heatstroke - 2001
Kristen Pfaff - American - rock/bassist (Hole) - heroin overdose - 1994
Kurt Cobain - American - grunge singer/guitarist (Nirvana) - gunshot after lethal overdose of heroin, ruled suicide - 1994
Les Harvey - Scottish - guitarist (Stone the Crows) - electrocution - 1972
Li He - Chinese - poet - unknown - 816/817
Louis Chauvin - American - ragtime musician - syphilis - 1908
Masako Natsume - Japanese - actress - acute myeloid leukemia - 1985
Mia Zapata - American - lead singer (The Gits) - murdered - 1993
Pat Tillman - American - NFL player - "friendly fire" in Afghanistan - 2004
Paul Hunter - British - snooker player - cancer - 2006
Pete de Freitas - Trinidadian - drummer (Echo & The Bunnymen) - motorcycle accident - 1989
Peter Ham - British - musician (Badfinger) - suicide by hanging - 1975
Reggie Lewis - American - basketball player (Boston Celtics) - heart attack - 1993
Rico Yan - Filipino - actor - either acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis or bangungot - 2002
Robert Harron - American - actor - gun accident - 1920
Robert Johnson - American - delta blues guitarist/singer - alleged poisoning - 1938
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - American - rock/blues singer (The Grateful Dead) - gastrointestinal hemorrhage - 1973
Rupert Brooke - British - poet - septic pneumonia - 1915
Stefan Bellof - German - World Sportscar Championship and Formula 1 driver - Car accident in a race - 1985
Steve Olin - American - Major League Baseball pitcher - boating accident - 1993
Terrence Kiel - American - football player - car accident - 2008
Thuy Trang - Vietnamese/American - Actress - car accident - 2001
William Henry Lane, "Master Juba" - American - dancer and entertainer - unknown - 1852
William Quantrill - American - Confederate guerrilla - Killed by Union army - 1865
Famous People Who Died Aged 28
Alexander Fu Sheng - Chinese - actor - car accident - 1983
Alexandru Sahia - Romanian - author - tuberculosis - 1937
Big Pun - American - rapper - heart attack brought on by obesity - 2000
Bradley Nowell - American - reggae/ska/punk rock/hip hop singer (Sublime) - heroin overdose - 1996
Brandon Lee - American - actor - accidentally shot when prop gun malfunctioned on set of The Crow - 1993
Caligula - Roman - emperor - assassination - AD 41
Chaswe Nsofwa - Zambian - soccer striker - heart attack - 2007
David Kennedy - American - son of RFK - drug overdose - 1984
Drazen Petrovic - Yugoslavian - basketball player - car accident - 1993
Edie Sedgwick - American - actress - barbiturate overdose - 1971
Egon Schiele - Austrian - painter - influenza - 1918
Elisa Bridges - American - Playboy model - drug overdose - 2002
Fanny Kaplan - Russian - Attempted assassin of Lenin - Shot - 1918
Heath Ledger - Australian - Actor - Accidental prescription drug overdose - 2008
Hristo Botev - Bulgarian - poet and national revolutionary - killed in battle - 1876
Hsu Wei Lun - Taiwanese - Actress - cardiac arrest following car accident - 2007
Isabella Beeton - English - author of "Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management" - puerperal fever - 1865
Jason Collier - American - basketball player - cardiac arrest - 2005
Jason Thirsk - American - rock bassist (Pennywise) - suicide - 1996
Jesse Marunde - American - Strongman athlete - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy - 2007
Jim Elliot - American - Christian missionary - killed by Huaorani Indians - 1956
Jochen Rindt - Austrian - Formula 1 racing driver - crash during race practice - 1970
Joe Kennedy - American - baseball pitcher - hypertensive heart disease - 2007
John Glascock - British - bassist (Jethro Tull) - congenital heart defect - 1979
Jules Leotard - French - acrobat; inventor of the leotard - smallpox or cholera - 1870
Kathleen Kennedy - American - sister of JFK - plane crash - 1948
Keith Green - American - Gospel music pioneer - plane crash - 1982
Luigi Tenco - Italian - singer - suicide - 1967
Lyman Bostock - American - baseball player - gunshot to the head - 1978
Maggie Dixon - American - Women's basketball coach - cardiac arrest - 2006
Marc-Vivien Foe - Cameroonian - footballer - heart attack during match - 2003
Maria Malibran - Spanish-French - singer - Fall from a horse - 1836
Novalis - German - poet and philosopher - tuberculosis - 1801
Philip I of Castile - first Habsburg ruler of Spain - fever - 1506
Roger Byrne - English - footballer (Manchester United) - Munich air disaster - 1958
Ryan Shay - American - marathoner - collapsed during marathon - 2007
Sarah Kane - British - playwright - suicide - 1999
Sergei Grinkov - Russian - Olympic pairs skater - heart attack - 1995
Shannon Hoon - American - rock singer (Blind Melon) - drug overdose - 1995
Stephen Crane - American - novelist - tuberculosis - 1900
The Big Bopper - American - Rock & roll singer - aircraft crash - 1959
Tim Buckley - American - folk singer - drug overdose - 1975
Timo K. Mukka - Finnish - author and poet - heart failure - 1973
Viktor Tsoi - Russian - rock music musician singer - car accident - 1990
Yu Xuanji - Chinese - Female poet - executed for beating her maid to death - c.871
Famous People Who Died Aged 29
"Barbecue Bob" Hicks - American - blues singer - pneumonia - 1931
Anna Loginova - Russian - bodyguard and model - carjacking - 2008
Anne Bronte - English - novelist - tuberculosis - 1849
Astrid of Belgium - Belgian - queen - car accident - 1935
Barbara La Marr - American - actress - tuberculosis and nephritis - 1926
Bill Masterton - Canadian - ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars) - on-ice head injury - 1968
Bubber Miley - American - jazz-musician - tuberculosis - 1932
Candy Darling - American - actress - leukemia - 1974
Carole Landis - American - actress - suicide - 1948
Charmaine Dragun - Australian - news presenter - apparent suicide - 2007
Christine Chubbuck - American - news reporter - suicide - 1974
Christopher Marlowe - English - Renaissance playwright and poet, rival of Shakespeare - dagger wound during knife-fight - 1593
Claudia Jennings - American - Playboy model - car accident - 1979
DJ Screw - American - musician - overdose of codeine - 2000
Darrell Russell - American - American football player - car crash - 2005
Davey Moore - American - boxer - crushed by his own car - 1988
Davey Moore - American - boxer - died from complications of boxing match against Sugar Ramos - 1963
David Bacon - American - actor - possible murder - 1943
David Brainerd - American - missionary - tuberculosis - 1747
David Strickland - American - actor - suicide - 1999
Diego Corrales - American - lightweight boxer - motorcycle accident - 2007
Dipendra of Nepal - Nepali - crown prince and briefly king - alleged suicide by gunshot - 2001
Don Wilson - American - baseball pitcher - accidental - 1975
Elmer Symons - South African - motorcyclist - accident during race - 2007
Erik Brodreskift - Norwegian - black metal drummer - suicide by drug overdose - 1999
Ernst Knaack - German - resistance fighter - execution - 1944
Eugen Schauman - Finnish - nationalist, Nikolai Ivanovich Bobrikov's assassin - suicide - 1904
Feodor Deahna - German - mathematician - unknown - 1844
Ferdinand Eisenstein - German - mathematician - tuberculosis - 1852
Fred Grace - English - cricketer - pneumonia - 1880
George Jackson - American - militant - shot while attempting to escape prison - 1971
Hank Williams - American - country musician - accidental overdose of morphine and alcohol - 1953
Howell Davis - Welsh - pirate - homicide - 1719
Ingo Schwichtenberg - German - drummer (Helloween) - suicide - 1995
Jean Vigo - French - Film maker - tuberculosis - 1934
Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. - American - brother of JFK - killed in action - 1944
Josh Hancock - American - baseball pitcher - car accident - 2007
Ken Wadsworth - New Zealander - cricketer - skin cancer - 1976
Major Booth - English - cricketer - died in action on the Somme - 1916
Marc Bolan - British - rock musician (T.Rex) - car accident - 1977
Maria Cioncan - Romanian - runner - car accident - 2007
Merritt Butrick - American - actor - AIDS - 1989
Michelle Thomas - American - actress - stomach cancer - 1998
Mike Hawthorn - English - racing driver - car accident - 1959
Percy Bysshe Shelley - English - Romantic poet (Ozymandias) - drowned at sea during storm - 1822
Rafael Moreno Aranzadi - Spanish - footballer, gave his nickname to the Pichichi trophy - typhoid - 1922
Ray Chapman - American - baseball player (Cleveland Indians) - hit in head by a pitch from Carl Mays - 1920
Robert Murray M'Cheyne - Scottish - minister - typhus - 1843
Ronnie Van Zant - American - singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - aircraft crash - 1977
Sabine Dunser - Liechtenstein - singer - cerebral haemorrhage - 2006
Tom Simpson - British - professional cyclist - exhaustion during Tour de France - 1967
Valentina Zimina - Russian-American - actress - influenza - 1928
Walt Bond - American - baseball player - leukemia - 1967

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