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The death of anyone is a horribly sad time for the surviving family and friends. But when a young actor or actress dies, especially one in Hollywood, the loss is felt around the world because of their many fans. In the recent past, Hollywood has lost a lot of stars that were just too young to die. Let’s look back on those stars that shined bright, even if it was for a short while.
Heath Ledger, like many stars, died of a drug overdose back in 2008 at the age of 28. While his movie reel is impressive, it was his performance as The Joker in Batman’s Dark Knight that not only showcased his real talent, but for which he was awarded an Oscar, sadly, just after his death.
This Fast And The Furious star’s death was all too ironic. He died in a speeding Porsche that slammed into a concrete lamppost. Paul was only 40 years old, and still had a role to fill in the movie series that made him famous.
Brittney’s claim to fame was her role in the movie Clueless, where she played Alicia Silverstone’s best friend. She also was the co-star in the film 8-mile with Eminem. Brittany, sadly, died at the age of 32 due to complications from anemia and pneumonia.
Before Lady Gaga, there was Amy Winehouse – a true creative and musical genius. Amy’s death is an all too common one in the rock scene, as she died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the young age of 27.
To this day, when anyone thinks of who the greatest fighters are, Bruce Lee is tops on the list. Bruce Lee had the most untimely of death’s as he died at the age of 32 due to a reaction to a painkiller he was taking, right before the premier of his movie Enter The Dragon – the film that made him famous around the world.
The lead singer of Nirvana inspired and led a whole generation of kids with his grunge rock. But Cobain is proof that fame and fortune just isn’t enough, as he committed suicide back in 1994 at the age of 27, leaving a suicide note (pictured beside).
Jim Morrison was the original Kurt Cobain. He influenced a generation with his music, and died at about the same age (28), except it was heart failure that took the young rocker, not suicide. Although, reports say his heart failed due to a heroin overdose, which if so, is yet another young star that caused their own death.
It appears that age 27 is about as long as you can expect to live if you’re a superbly talented musician. Because just like Kurt, Amy, and Jim – Jimi Hendrix (the revolutionary guitar player), passed away at the same age while choking on his own vomit after a night of very heavy drinking.