Celebrities which have died under the age of 30
We have put together a list of unfortunate celebrities that have died at a young age. in this list the people have died due to substance abuse, accidents, self-inflicted, illnesses, murders and suicides.
Billy Laughlin 16 years
July 5, 1932 – August 31, 1948 was an American Child star. He’s most famous role was Froggy in Our Gang. Laughlin died on the 31st August 1948, while he was on his paper round. A truck hit him and he died 6 hours later in hospital.
Norman Chaney 21 years
October 18, 1914 – May 29, 1936 was also an actor in Our Gang with the late Billy Laughlin. Chaney struggled with his weight throughout his life. It was discovered that he had a glandular ailment and in 1935 his underwent treatment for the ailment at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Chaney lost most of his weight and when he died he only weighed 110lb. He died from myocarditis on May 29, 1936 at age 21.
Anissa Jones 18 years
March 11, 1958 – August 28, 1976 was a child actress in the sitcom Family Affair. After the sitcom in her teenage years, Jones’ parents divorced leading her on a spiral downfall. She ran away, shop lifted then started on drugs, leading to hard drugs in the end.
Jones died of an accidental drug overdose after a full night of partying on the 28th August 1976. The coroner who examined Jones reported she died from one of the most severe drug overdoses he had ever seen.
River Phoenix 23 years
River Phoenix August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993 was an actor and musician. The film that set his acting off into the limelight was a film based on Stephen King’s novella The Body. That film was called Stand By Me, which also starred young actor Cory Feldman.
On the night that Phoenix died, on the evening of October 30, 1993, he was due to perform at The Viper Room with Michael “Flea” Balzary from Red Hot Chilli Peppers. He was at The Viper Room with bother Joaquin, sister Rain and girlfriend Samantha Mathis.
Phoenix was taken outside because he looked in ill health, he started to have seizures, his brother Joaquin dialled 911 while rain gave River mouth to mouth. The paramedics arrived and took River to hospital but he was pronounced dead at 1:51am. The reason he died was acute multiple drug intoxication including cocaine and morphine.
Brad Renfro 25 years
Brad Renfro July 25, 1982 – January 15, 2008, was an American Actor who started at a young age. When Renfro got older he started abusing alcohol and substances. He got in trouble with the law drug possession, theft and public intoxication.
In 2007 a judge ordered Renfro to do a long term drug program.
On the 15th January 2008, he was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment due to acute heroin/morphine intoxication.
Dominique Dunne 22 years
Dominique Dunne November 23, 1959 – November 4, 1982, was well known for the film The Poltergeist. Apart from that Dunne was in Television movies. Unfortunately Dunne got herself into a volatile relationship with a man called John Sweeney. After Dunne broke up with him a few weeks later on the 4th November 1982 she was found nearly dead and got put on a life support machine but she never recovered. Sweeney has strangled Dunne and waited for the police to arrive and confessed his crime, he was sentenced for only six and half years.
James Dean 24 years
James Dean February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955, was an actor who liked to race fast cars. One of his most famous films was Rebel Without a cause.
He loved driving cars so much Dean signed himself up to compete at a racing event in Salinas, California on October 1, 1955. Long story short Dean and stuntman Bill Hickman, was driving up to the race and after a short stop set off on the road again when they got pulled over by the California Highway Patrolmen at 3:30pm. They were done for speeding at around 65mph in a 55mph zone. Dean received a ticket and went on their way.
At 5:45pm driving West on Route 466 (now Route 46), Dean who was driving around 85mph swerved to avoid a head on crash with another car, the car flipped into the air and landed with its back wheels in the gully. Dean so badly injured that he was pronounced dead on arrival at the nearest hospital. His injuries included broken neck and several internal and external injuries.
Heath Ledger 28 years
Heath Ledger 4 April 1979 – 22 January 2008, was an American actor who has starred in several films and was in a relationship to Dawson’s Creek’s Michelle Williams, they had a daughter together. One of Ledger’s biggest films was Broke Back Mountain.
After a few years together the couple split up. Ledger had filmed a new Batman film “The Dark Night”. With the stress of the break up and the schedule of filming Ledger found it very difficult to sleep and relied on sleeping pills. He was also put on Anti-biotics at one point because of the venues he had to film in gave him bad colds, some people think he had Pneumonia.
On the 22nd January 2008 Ledger was staying in an apartment which belongs to Mary-Kate Olson on the fourth-floor loft apartment at 421 Broome Street in the SoHo neighbourhood of Manhattan. The housekeeper came around 2:45pm and found Ledger dead on his bed. The cause of death was combined drug intoxication.
Brandon Lee 28 years
Brandon Lee February 1, 1965 – March 31, 1993, was the son of martial arts film star Bruce Lee. Lee was also into Martial arts and was an Actor. Unfortunately lee was only 8 years old when his father passed and he started acting.
Lee is probably most famous for the film The Crow, this is the film which brought him to his death. The film was nearly made and only a few scenes needed to be redone. On one particular scene it involved his character being shot, when the other actor shoot at Lee which everyone thought it was a gun filled with dummy cartages. Instead of buying the prop cartages the crew made their own by pulling the bullets from live rounds, dumping the powder charge then reinserting the bullets. Anyway something was not right and Lee ended up getting shot. The cast originally thought he was acting when they realised he was rushed to the New Hanover Regional Medical Centre in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the surgeons operated on him for 6 hours however they were unsuccessful and lee was pronounced dead at 1:03pm on the 31st march 1993, he was 28 years old.
Peg Entwistle 24 years
Millicent Lilian “Peg” Entwistle 5th February 1908 – c. 16th September 1932, was born in Wales UK and spent her childhood in London. From a young age Entwistle was adventurous and wanted to be a star. So when she was old enough she migrated from Liverpool to New York City. She was in several plays in 1913.
By 1932 at the height of the Depression Entwistle was in Los Angeles trying to find work. After having a lot of unsuccessful auditions she felt like giving up, but not just on acting on her life.
The famous Hollywood sign back then was Hollywoodland and it was there to advertise some new houses. Anyway Entwistle Climbed up to the letter H and apparently threw herself off. She was found dead by a hiker. The cause of death was “multiple fractures of the pelvis”.
Jonathan Brandis 27 years
Jonathan Brandis April 13, 1976 – November 12, 2003 started out as a Child Model and Actor, and then progressed into a Director and Screenwriter. He starred in Lots of films and television programs.
On November 12, 2003, Brandis committed suicide by hanging himself. There was no Suicide letter but friends confirmed that he was deeply depressed and he drank a lot.
Heather O’Rourke 12 years
Heather O’Rourke December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988 was the youngest cast member in the film Poltergeist. She was discovered by Steven Spielberg at the age of 5.
O’Rourke became ill in early 1987 and was misdiagnosed by doctors by having Crohn’s disease. On January 31, 1988 she became very ill and died on the way to hospital of cardiac arrest. She has bowel instruction, septic shock and apparently Flu.
Johnny Lewis 28 years
Johnny Lewis October 29, 1983 – September 26, 2012, was a television and film actor. Lewis had a history of drug abuse and needed money. On September 26, 2012, Lewis and hid landlady 81 year old Catherine Davis were both found dead. Apparently the house was ransacked and the old lady’s body was found, what is unusual is witness claim to have seen Lewis on the roof on the house. He either jumped or was pushed but his body was found in the driveway. Lewis had no Substances or alcohol in his system at that time.
Sammi Kane Kraft 20 years
Sammi Kane Kraft April 2, 1992 – October 9, 2012, was a child actress, a recording artist and a Baseball Player. Kraft competed in the Junior Olympics.
At 1:30am on the 9th October 2012 Kraft died in a car accident and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Justin Mentell 27 years
Justin Mentell December 16, 1982 – February 1, 2010, is known for his role as Garrett Wells on Boston Legal. On the 1st February 2010 on Highway 39 in Wisconsin, Mentell died in a car crash when his car went down an embankment and struck two trees. The accident happened around 3:30am. Mentell was not wearing a seatbelt and it is possible that he could have fallen asleep.
Lucy Gordon 28 years
Lucy Gordon 22 May 1980 – 20 May 2009, was a British Actress and Model. She had small roles in movies such as Spiderman 3.
On 20 May 2009, Gordon was found dead after committing suicide by hanging in the Paris flat she shared with cinematographer Jérôme Alméras. She left two notes one for her parents and the other about her Estate.
Johnny Palermo 27 years
Johnny Palermo March 1, 1982 — June 8, 2009, was an American television actor. He was a regular on Nickelodeons “Just for kicks” and “Everybody hates Chris”.
On June 8, 2009, he and his girlfriend Alessandra Giangrande were both killed in an early morning car crash in North Hollywood, California. She was driving at the time.
Nicole DeHuff 30 years
Nicole DeHuff January 6, 1975 – February 16, 2005, was most famous for a small role in the comedy “Meet The parents”.
DeHuff was misdiagnosed twice by doctors who failed to recognize her as having pneumonia. On the morning of the February 16, 2005 she was so ill that she could not move and begged her husband to take her to the hospital. At the hospital she was found to have an aggressive form of viral pneumonia which led to a staph infection, sepsis, and then cardiac arrest. She died on February 16, 2005, in Los Angeles.
Josh Ryan Evans 20 years
Josh Ryan January 10, 1982 – August 5, 2002, was an American actor. It was clear from a young age that he suffered a form of dwarfism called Achondroplasia.
At 20 years old he was only He was 3 feet 2 inches tall.
Evans died of a Heart complication on the 5th August 2002.
Merlin Santana 26 years
Merlin Santana March 14, 1976 – November 9, 2002, was an Actor, mostly known for sitcoms like The Crosby Show.
While leaving a friend’s house Crenshaw District of Los Angeles Santana was shot in the head which went all the way through the car he was in with former child actor Brandon Quintin Adams. He died instantly.
Aaliyah 22 years
Aaliyah Dana Haughton January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001, was a beautiful singer, dancer, actor and model. The song she was famous for was “try Again” and the film “Queen of the Damned”.
On August 25, 2001, at 6:45 p.m. Aaliyah had finished filming her new video “Rock The Boat” early and her and her team wanted to try and get home earlier, as they are in Bahamas.
The only plane which was available was the smaller than the Cessna 404. The plane crashed shortly after take-off due to overweight on the smaller plane. It was just 200 feet from the runway.
Aaliyah suffered from “severe burns and a blow to the head”, in addition to severe shock and a weak heart.  The coroner theorized that she went into such a state of shock, even if Aaliyah had survived the crash, her recovery would have been virtually impossible.
Tupac Shakur 25 years
Tupac Shakur June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996, he is known as 2pac to his fans. He was a Rapper and an Actor. 2Pac was also known to be in a gang. He became participant in the so-called East Coast – West Coast hip hop rivalry having conflicts with other Rappers such as The Notorious B.I.G.
On the 7thSeptember 1996, 2Pac attended a boxing match with a few friends, when after finishing and walking out, they got into a car and he was shot. At the hospital was heavily sedated, was placed on life support machines, and was ultimately put under a barbiturate-induced coma after repeatedly trying to get out of the bed.
On the 13th September 2Pac died of internal bleeding, doctors attempted to revive him but could not stop the haemorrhaging. He was pronounced dead at 4:03 pm.
Lee Thompson Young 29 years
Lee Thompson Young February 1, 1984 – August 19, 2013, was an Actor and was known for his teenage role as the title character on the Disney Channel television series The Famous Jett Jackson.
At the time of his death Young was filming Rizzoli & Isles. After he failed to turn up on the On August 19, 2013 the police were called to check on him.
Police confirmed a self-inflicting gunshot wound. Young has previously suffered from Bipolar disorder, which he was taking medication for.
Dorothy Dell 19 years
Dorothy Dell January 30, 1915 – June 8, 1934 was an American film actress who starred in four films before her early death.
When she was younger she had several near-death experiences. She died in a traffic collision in 1934.
Michael Cuccione 16 years
Michael Cuccione January 5, 1985 – January 13, 2001, he was an actor, singer, dancer, actor and cancer research activist from Canada.
Cuccione was filming the second season of 2ge+her when he started suffering from breathing problems the complications from his early cancer treatment. He got so bad that it was requested that he had an oxygen tank on set.
On the 4th December 2000, Cuccione was in a minor car accident and was taken to hospital. Unfortunately he never out again and he was put on respirator and celebrated his last Christmas, New Year’s, and birthday in the hospital before succumbing to respiratory failure on January 13, 2001, eight days after his 16th birthday.
J. Madison Wright Morris 21 years
J. Madison Wright Morris July 29, 1984 – July 21, 2006, was a child model and an American actress.
In 1999 she moved away from her acting career and moved back home to Kentucky. Morris suffered from restrictive cardiomyopathy, which required her to have a heart transplant. In March 2000 she received a new heart.
After that she spent her spare time campaigning for awareness for organ donors. She carried on with her life finished school and got married.
In 2006 when she had just got back from her honeymoon Morris suffered a heart attack and died on the 21st July 2006 at University of Kentucky Medical Centre.
Lucille Ricksen 14 years
Lucille Ricksen August 22, 1910 – March 13, 1925, was a silent film actress who was in over 30 films for such a young age.
While filming The Galloping Fish in 1924 Ricksen fell ill. However by 1925 her condition worsened and she found out that she was suffering from tuberculosis.
The poor girl was bed ridden for the last months of her life with her mother by her side, her father walked away from them. In late February 1925, her mother succumbed to a fatal heart attack and collapsed on top of her bedridden daughter. Afterwards, she spent her days being taken care of by others from the movie colony, including actress Lois Wilson. Ricksen died two weeks after her mother’s death, on March 13, 1925 at the age of fourteen.
Tara Correa-McMullen 16 years
Tara Correa-McMullen May 24, 1989 – October 21, 2005, most famous for the CBS show Judging Amy and played a small role in Zoey 101.
At just 16 years old Tara moved into an Apartment by herself in Inglewood, California. She started dating a man ten years her senior and he was part of a local gang. On the October 21, 2005, Tara was stood outside her apartment block when she was shot by a gang member called Damien Watts. Two other people were shot but they survived and Tara did not.
Matthew Garber 21 years
Matthew Garber 25 March 1956 – 13 June 1977, was a British child actor. He is best known for his role as Michael Banks in the 1964 film Mary Poppins.
While travelling around India in 1976 Garber unknowingly contracted hepatitis. By the time he could get back to London (several months later) the infection had spread to his pancreas and was untreatable.
On 13 June 1977, Garber died at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, London, of haemorrhagic narcotising pancreatitis, aged 21.
Michelle Thomas 30 years
Michelle Thomas 23rd September 1968-22nd December 1998, was an American actress and was known for being in The Crosby show and Family Matters.
In August 2007 Thomas was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer. She underwent surgery to get rid of the tumour which was the size of a lemon but in October 1998 another growth had ruptured. After this treatment she was allowed home to spend time with her family.
Thomas battled her way till the 22nd December, she died surrounded by the people she loved the most
Rob Knox 18 years
Rob Knox 21 August 1989 – 24 May 2008, was an English actor who portrayed the character of Marcus Belby in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He was expected to sign for the next harry potter film. But before they started filming Knox was dead. He was murdered outside the Metro Bar in Sidcup, South East London on the 24 May 2008 as he tried to stick up for his 17 year old brother because two men were threatening him. Both men were convicted for a minimum of 20 years.
Christopher Lee Pettiet 24 years
Christopher Pettiet February 12, 1976 – April 12, 2000, was a television actor and also was in a few films. The most famous one was 1991’s “Don’t tell mom the babysitters dead”.
Pettiet died of an accidental drug overdose on April 12, 2000, in Los Angeles at the age of 24. After his death, his acting coach, Kevin McDermott, founded a scholarship fund in his name to help young actors attend Centre Stage LA where he had trained.
Ashleigh Aston Moore 26 years
Ashleigh Aston Moore September 30, 1981 – December 10, 2007, was a Canadian child actress. She worked on the Series called The Odyssey in 1992. She appeared in 37 episodes.
Moore died of a heroin overdose on the 10th December 1997.
Bridgette Andersen 21 years
Bridgette Andersen July 11, 1975 – May 18, 1997 was an American actress. She began her career as a child model, and then went on to television movies. By 1987 her career had more or less ended. Her last part was in a Pepsi commercial in 1996.
During her teens it was well known that Andersen was struggling with an addiction to Heroin. That left her with No or little contact with her family. On May 18, 1997, Andersen died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and heroin.
Judith Barsi 10 years
Judith Barsi June 6, 1978 – July 25, 1988, was a child actress who was in Jaws: The revenge, The land before time and All dogs go to heaven.
By the time she entered fourth grade, Judith was earning an estimated $100,000 a year and because he was small in height she was able to play younger roles for longer.
Her father József, was an alcoholic who abused his wife and daughter. He became jealous of Judith. Her mum Maria reported him to the police but because there was no physical evidence she decided to drop the charges.
On the morning of July 25, 1988 Judith was last seen riding her bike. That night József shot Judith in the head, while she was sleeping and then did the same to his wife. He spent the next two days hanging around the house until he decided to leave the house for good, so he poured petrol over the two bodies and burnt them. He went to the garage and committed suicide.
Kurt Cobain 27 years
Kurt Cobain February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994, was famous for being the leader of the band Nirvana.
After his parents divorced Cobain struggled to cope and lived from sofa to sofa. He felt like his parent who now had new families didn’t care about him.
Cobain was in and out of trouble with his drug abuse, struggled to stay sober. He married Courtney Love and they had a daughter together in 1992. After Love made an intervention about his habit Cobain left the rehab centre and flew home.
Nobody had heard or seen Cobain. Love sent a private investigator to find him.
Cobain’s body was found on the 8th April 1994 by an electrician who was there to install a security system. From a distance all the electrician could see was a little bit of blood coming out of his ear, apart from that they were no other signs of trauma.
It turns out that Cobain took a lethal amount of heroin and took a shot gun and put it to his mouth and pulled the trigger. It was said by the coroner that Cobain died around the 5th April.
Jim Morrison 27 years
James Douglas “Jim” Morrison December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971. He was the lead singer of the band called The Doors. He was also a songwriter and a poet.
Morrison went to Paris in 1971 and rented an apartment on the rue Beautreillis.
He died on the 3rd July 1971 after being found in a bath tub. There was no autopsy because there were no sign of foul play.
It has been said that Morrison died of a drug overdose or he died of a haemorrhage after snorting heroin. We will never know the exact story of how his life ended.
Sharon Tate 26 years
Sharon Tate January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969, was a famous actress and today she is more known for how she died.
Tate and her friends were staying at her house as her husband was delayed getting home and Tate was due to have a baby in two weeks’ time. It was 8th August, the friends had been settling down for the evening when Charles Manson’s “family” murdered everyone in the building apart from the caretaker who lived in a separate building.
Their brutal murders were cut, stabbed and hung up for all the forensic team to see.
Tate apparently was the last one to die, meaning she saw the death of everyone there and knew what was going to happen.
Janis Joplin 27 years
Janis Joplin January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970, was a singer-songwriter. She started off in a band and then ventured out into a solo career.
On October 4, 1970, Joplin had failed to turn up at the recording studio, so her producer went to the hotel where she was staying.
He entered room 105 and found her dead on the floor near her bed. She was 27 years old. The cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly compounded by alcohol.
Buddy Holly 22 years
Charles Hardin Holley September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959 known as Buddy Holly was an entertainer. Holly and his band were active for ten years.
Holly was preforming at the Winter Dance Party, which was a three-week tour across the Midwest. It opened on January 23, 1959. There were other performers with him such as Dion and the Belmonts, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson.
After finishing the performance at the Surf Ballroom in lowa it was February 2, 1959. Holly got on a small plane to take him and two others, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson to the next stop in Moorhead, Minnesota.
In the early hours of the morning the plane crashed shortly after take-off due to the snow storm. All on board died. It wasn’t until the morning when the wreckage and the bodies were found in the snow.
Immediate cause of death is listed as Gross trauma to brain due to Crash of airplane. Holly also had multiple lacerations face, crushing of chest, and multiple fractures of all extremities when he was thrown from the plane.
Ritchie Valens 17 years
Richard Steven Valenzuela May 13, 1941 – February 3, 1959, like Buddy Holly was a singer and he was at the performance at the Surf Ballroom in lowa it was February 2, 1959. He also got onto the small plane. When it crashed it killed him. Valens was badly injured which included Multiple fractures, left forearm and both legs. The head was badly crushed and deformed, the calvarium region wide open and the brain tissue almost completely eviscerated; the right side of the face was crushed and flattened and the right eye socket eviscerated. The facial features were not identifiable.
Jean Harlow 26 years
Jean Harlow March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937, was an American sex symbol and actress of the 1930’s.
Harlow’s final film was called Saratoga, co-starring Clark Gable. Due to Harlow’s illness the film was delayed when she developed septicaemia after a wisdom tooth extraction and had to be hospitalized.
They film carried on shooting but Harlow started to complain about ill-health. Her symptoms were fatigue, nausea, water weight and abdominal pain. These on their own were not bad enough to see a doctor so it got left. People thought that she might be suffered from the flu. On May 29, Harlow was shooting a scene in which the character she was playing had a fever. Harlow was clearly sicker than her character and, when she leaned against her co-star Clark Gable between scenes, said; “I feel terrible. Get me back to my dressing room.”
It was requested that she needed to see a doctor. After time she seemed to get better, and kept on working. On the 6th June she fell into ill health again and rang the doctors. Harlow slipping in and out of sleep and having breathing difficulties was taken into hospital where she slipped into a coma.
11:37am the next day Harlow died. Her cause of death was cerebral edema, which is a complication of kidney failure.
Selena 26 years
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995, was one of the top Latin singers of the 1990’s. She was a loveable character who could not see the bad side in anyone, until her fan club manager Yolanda Saldívar was embezzling money. She fired Yolanda Saldívar straight away and organised a date to meet up with her and pick up the paperwork.
Three weeks later she agreed to meet her at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. Selena picked the paperwork up and left, but it wasn’t long before she discovered it was not all there. So the following day Selena went back alone. Saldívar drew a pistol from her purse and pointed it at Selena. Selena tried to flee, but Saldívar shot her once in her right shoulder, severing an artery. Critically wounding Selena, she then ran to the lobby for help.
Selena died in hospital due to loss of blood on the 31st March 1995.
Brian Jones 27 years
Brian Jones 28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969, was one of the original founders of the band The Rolling Stones.
Jones was in and out of trouble with the police mainly for drug possession.
Because of his substance abuse Jones left the Rolling Stones on the 9 June 1969.
At around midnight 2–3 July 1969, jones’ body was found at the bottom of his swimming pool at his house at Cotchford Farm.
The coroner said the cause of death was by misadventure. Other people think that he was murdered.
Jimi Hendrix 27 years
Jimi Hendrix November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970, was a singer, musician and songwriter.
On the evening of September 17, 1970, Hendrix spent the evening with Monika Dannemann. They had a meal and talked till around 7am. They eventually fell asleep and she woke at 11am to find Hendrix, breathing but unconscious. She rang the emergency services and was taken to the nearest hospital. Hendrix died 12:45 p.m. on September 18, 1970.
His cause of death was aspirated his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates.
Patsy Cline 30 years
Virginia Patterson Hensley September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963. She was a country singer and one of her most famous for her song “crazy”.
Cline has a couple of car crashes in her lifetime which she nearly died from but it was a plane crash which eventually took her life on the 5th March 1963, as she was on her way to Tennessee.
According to forensics everyone aboard had been killed instantly from their injuries and did not suffer.
Eddie Cochran 21 years
Edward Raymond ‘Eddie’ Cochran October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960, was a musician and sang songs like c’mon everybody and summertime blues.
Cochran died on a trip to London with his girlfriend. They were travelling in the backseat of a taxi down the A4 when the taxi’s tire burst and they lost control and hit a lamppost. Cochran’s reaction was to try and shield his girlfriend and threw himself on her, but the door opened and he fell out. He died at 4:10 p.m. the following day of severe head injuries.
Freddie Prinze 22 years
Freddie James Prinze was born Frederick Karl Pruetzel in June 22, 1954 – January 29, 1977, was a stand-up comedian and is also the father to Freddie Prinze Jr.
His marriage was very rocky and on the 16thNovember 1976, Prinze was arrested for driving under the influence of Quaaludes. After this his wife filed for divorce because his drug dependence was endangering their son.
Prinze suffered from depression even more after the separation. One evening on the 28th January 1977 after speaking to his estranged wife and his manager on the phone, Prinze shot himself in the head. He was rushed in hospital and put on life support but the following day his family took him off. He died on the 29th January 1977 at 1pm.
Otis Redding 26 years
Otis Ray Redding, Jr. September 9, 1941–December 10, 1967 was a songwriter and a record producer. He was also known as the king of soul.
He was travelling to Madison, Wisconsin on the December 9, 1967 when his plane crashed into the sea. Redding being a non-swimmer had a slim chance of surviving.
The cause of the crash was never determined.