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10 Celebrities Who Died Very Young.

Updated on August 4, 2015

Tupac Shakur (6/16/1971-9/13/96)

He was know as one of the best music artists of his time selling 75 million records worldwide. Tupac was an actor, songwriter, and an American rapper. Most of his music centered around violence, racism, hardship, growing up in the ghetto, and other real life social problem. He was also a verbal participant in the East Coast vs West Coast war in his later career. Tupac was the victim of a drive by shooting in Las, Vegas. He was taken to the University Medical Center of Nevada where he died six days later. Tupac was only 25 years old when he passed away from the injuries of the drive by shooting.

Biggie Smalls (5/21/72-3/9/97)

Biggie Smalls also known as the The Notorious B.I.G. was an American rapper who was raised in Brooklyn. The artist was orginally born as Christopher George Latore Wallace. He was also a large part of the growing East Coast vs. West Coast feud. When the rap and hip hop scene was mainly ruled by the West Coast Biggie helped put the East Coast more on the map for the ongoing feud. At the age of just 24 years old B.I.G. was shot by an unknown assailant in Los Angeles, California during a drive by shooting.

Heather O'Rourke

Heather O'Rourke (12/27/75-2/1/88)

The famous American child actress in best known for her starring role of the Steven Speilberg movie The Poltergeist and the two sequels that followed. Speilberg discovered O'Rourke when she was just five years old. He spotted her while she was eating lunch with her mother at the MGM commissary. Her character Carol Anne from the Poltergeist is the source of the movies most memorable phrases "They're Here." Heather O'Rourke also had a reoccurring role on the television show Happy Days from 1982 to 1983. Sadly the actress passed away at the very young age of twelve when she suffered cardiac arrest and septic shock caused by a misdiagnosed intestinal stenosis. Kaiser Permanente wrongfuly diagnosed her with Krohns disease and prescribed her a steroid regularly used for the treatment of Khrons Disease. The hospital spokesman later announced that Heather O'Rourke died during surgery to repair an acute bowel obstruction. The report was later confirmed by her autopsy.

River Pheonix (8/23/70-10/31/93)

Known as a "teen sensation" River Pheonix was originally born as River June Bottom. His work as an American actor includes 24 films and television appearances. He is best known for his role in the movie Stand by Me based on the Stephen King novel.River Pheonix was and American actor, musician, and activist who was the oldest of four siblings. The actor won a Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival. Him and his brother are also well know for being the only set of brothers who were both nominated for the Academy Awards. At the age of 24 Pheonix collapsed outside of the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room. He dies of drug induced heart failure.

Judith Barsi

Judith Barsi (6/6/78-7/25/88)

Best known for playing the voice of Ducky in Land Before Time and her role in the movie Jaws: The revenge Judith was discovered at the young age of five in a skating rink. She also appeared in 70 commercials and guest roles on television during her short career. When Judith began fourth grade is was estimated she was already earning $100,000 per year. Both of Judith's parents were originally from Hungary both coming to the United States separately and eventually meeting in California. Sadly Judth's dad was very verbally and physically abusive towards Judith and her mother Marie. As Judith became more successful the abuse became worse. At a singing audition for All Dogs Go To Heaven Judith broke down crying which lead to Maria taking her to a child psychologist who reported the sever mental and physical abuse to Child Services. Nothing was done because Maria told Child Services she was divorcing Judith's father and moving out immediately. Sadly the plans were never carried out and Judith was last seen riding her bicycle on July 25, 1988. Her father then shot her while she was sleeping and Maria as well. He then wandered around the house for two days before pouring gas on the bodies and the house and then lighting it all on fire. Afterwards he went to the garage and shot himself as well.

Matthew Garber (3/25/56-6/13/77)

British child actor Matthew Garber is best known for his starring role in the 1964 Mary Poppins where he played Michael Banks. He also starred in two other Disney movies both with Karen Dotrice as his co-star. The two Disney productions were The Three Lives Of Thomasina and The Gnome-Mobile. Matthew Garber's first role was in The Three Lives of Thomasina when he was just seven years old. Sadly Garber unknowingly contracted hepititus in India in 1976. By the time Garber returned to London the hepititus spread to his pancreas and was untreatable. The actor died at the age of 21 on June 13, 1977 in the Royal Free Hospital due to haemorrhagic necrotising pancreatitis.

Rob Knox

Rob Knox (8/21/89-5/24/08)

Known for his role in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince where he portrayed Marcus Belby and had also made small appearances in British television on shows like Trust Me I'm a Teenager and The Bill, After You've Gone through out his career. Knox has also signed up to play in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows but sadly would not live long enough to be in the movie. Knox began acting at the age of ten and continued to act until his untimely death in 2008.Knox passed away after being stabbed for intervening in a fight to protect his brother. The murder happened outside of a bar in Sidcup, Southeast London and attracted widespread attention from the British press. The man responsible for his murder is Karl Norman Bishop who received a life sentence for the attack and 20 years where he is not eligible for parole. There is now an annual film festival called the Rob Knox film festival created in the young actors name to commemorate him. This festival is also put on by The Rob Knox Foundation which is a charity that helps support local young people in the arts.

Lucille Ricksen (8/22/10-3/13/25)

Ricksen was a popular actress during the silent film era. She began modeling and acting at just four years old much like other actresses her age. In 1920, her mother and her moved to Holywood at the request of Samuel Goldwyn who cast her in The Adventures Of Edgar Pomeroy at age eleven. Her acting offers improved greatly when she left the show and was cast in the comedy The Married Flapper. Ricksen fell ill during the filming of The Galloping Fish which was filmed in 1924. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis and by the beginnng of 1925 it was increasingly getting worse. The young actresses mother watched over her as she was bedridden for the final months of her life. In February 1925 Ricken's mother suffered a heart attack and collapsed on her. Ricksen passed away two weeks after her mother on March 23, 1925.

Sammi Krane Kraft

Sammi Kane Kraft (4/2/92-10/9/12)

This young American actress, baseball player, and recording artist was best known for her starring role in the remake of the movie The Bad New Bears. In this movie she played the role of Amanda Whurlitzer who was played by Tatum O'Neal in the original version of The Bad News Bears. She also had a garage folk project name The Scary Girls. Sadly at the age of 20 Sammi was in a major car accident. She was the passenger of an Audi that was rear ended by a semi truck and then struck by another car at around 1:30am. The talented young actress was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Anissa Jones (3/11/58-8/28/76)

Anissa Jones is known for her role as Buffy on the television show Family Affair. The series was featured on the CBS Network. Although Family Affair was her most famous role her first television appearance was actually in a cereal commercial that she auditioned for at six years old. After the actress turned 18 she was awarded her trust which included her earnings from Family Affair and several savings bonds. After a long night of partying with her boyfriend Butch and some friends she was found dead in the bedroom of a 14 year old friend's house. Her death was ruled an accidental overdose after the toxicity report showed she had PCP, Cocaine, Quaalude, and Seconal. When Anissa was found she also had a small vile of blue liquid that was never identified.


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    • bat115 profile image


      3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Such talent taken from us all too soon!


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