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Famous People Who Died Young

I often find these kinds of lists floating around the net, but they are often not very concise and don't include people from all professions and countries. I have done my best to include everyone I can think of who has had a major impact on our lives and has consequently garnered fame. If you think I have missed out anyone fundamental to a complete list, comment and I will add them.

Hopefully, I can make this list into a definitive one. Also, please note there is no ranking system. I have merely added them as I think of them, as opposed to ranking them by fame. My criteria has only one limitation: they must have passed on before 50 years old. Their nationality and reason for being "nationally" famous is irrelevant, as long as they are well known, they are suitable for adding.

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    Jimi Hendrix died on September 18, 1970 at the age of 27. His cause of death is disputed, but the coroner believed that he choked to death on his own vomit.
    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 28 (1942-1970)
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Musician + 5 more
    • Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Inhalation of vomit
    • Place Of Death: Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom
    • Children: James Daniel Sundquist, Tamika Hendrix
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    Jim Morrison died on July 3, 1971 at age 27. He was found dead in his bathtub, but no official autopsy was completed. He is suspected to have died from a drug overdose.
    James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, poet and songwriter best remembered as the lead vocalist of the Doors. Due to his songwriting, baritone voice, wild personality and performances, he is regarded by critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock music ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 28 (1943-1971)
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Musician, Screenwriter + 4 more
    • Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Drug overdose
    • Place Of Death: Paris, France
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    Kurt Cobain died on April 5, 1994 at the age of 27. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1985 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene, having its debut album ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)
    • Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Artist
    • Cause Of Death: Suicide, Gunshot
    • Place Of Death: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Children: Frances Bean Cobain
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    James Dean died on September 30, 1955 at the age of 24. He death was the result of a car accident.
    James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 24 (1931-1955)
    • Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Cause Of Death: Traffic collision
    • Place Of Death: Cholame, California, United States of America
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    Otis Redding died on December 10, 1967 at age 26. He died tragically in a plane crash traveling between gigs.
    Otis Ray Redding, Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, record producer, arranger and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul and rhythm and blues. His singing style was powerfully influential among soul artists of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 26 (1941-1967)
    • Birthplace: Dawson, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Aviation accident or incident
    • Place Of Death: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
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    Sam Cooke died on December 11, 1964 at age 33. He was shot by a hotel manager who claimed that she was acting in self-defense.
    Samuel "Sam" Cooke was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 33 (1931-1964)
    • Birthplace: Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Firearm, Murder
    • Place Of Death: Hacienda Motel, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Children: Linda Womack
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    John Lennon died on December 8, 1980 at age 40. He was shot in the back by Mark David Chapman, whom Lennon gave an autograph to earlier that day.
    John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership. Born and raised in Liverpool, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 40 (1940-1980)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer + 9 more
    • Cause Of Death: Ballistic trauma, Hypovolemia, Assassination
    • Place Of Death: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Children: Sean Lennon, Julian Lennon
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    Marvin Gaye died on April 1, 1984 at age 44. He was shot by his father, who used a gun that Gaye had given him as a gift.
    Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, including How Sweet It Is and I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and duet recordings with Mary ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 45 (1939-1984)
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer + 1 more
    • Cause Of Death: Filicide
    • Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Children: Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye, Marvin Pentz Gaye
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    Buddy Holly died on February 3, 1959 at age 22. He died in a plane crash that also killed Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.
    Charles Hardin Holley, known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, often considered one of the main figures of the rock and roll genre in the mid-1950s. Born in Lubbock, Texas, to a musical family during the Great Depression, Holly learned to play the guitar and sing with his ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 23 (1936-1959)
    • Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter
    • Cause Of Death: Aviation accident or incident
    • Place Of Death: Grant Township, Iowa, United States of America
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    Jeff Buckley died on May 29, 1997 at age 30. He drowned in the Mississippi River, where he enjoyed swimming.
    Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley, raised as Scott "Scottie" Moorhead, was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. After a decade as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Buckley amassed a following in the early 1990s by playing cover songs at venues in Manhattan's East Village, such as Sin-é, gradually ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 31 (1966-1997)
    • Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Drowning
    • Place Of Death: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
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    River Phoenix died on October 31, 1993 at age 23. He died of a cardiac arrest that was caused by having large amounts of heroin and cocaine in his system. His brother Joaquin, sister Rain, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and Samantha Mathis were all present at the time of his death.
    River Jude Phoenix was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Summer Phoenix, and Liberty Phoenix. Phoenix's work encompassed 24 films and television appearances, including the science fiction adventure film Explorers, the coming-of-age film ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 23 (1970-1993)
    • Birthplace: Madras, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Guitarist, Environmentalist, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 1 more
    • Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Drug overdose, Cocaine overdose, Heroin overdose, Combined drug intoxication
    • Place Of Death: West Hollywood, California, United States of America
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    Ritchie Valens died on February 3, 1959 at age 17. He died in a plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.
    Richard Steven Valenzuela, known professionally as Ritchie Valens, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, Valens' recording career lasted eight months, as it abruptly ended when he was killed in a plane crash. During this ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 18 (1941-1959)
    • Birthplace: Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Aviation accident or incident
    • Place Of Death: Grant Township, Iowa, United States of America
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    Eddie Cochran died on April 17, 1960 at age 21. He died after riding in a taxi that was involved in an accident.
    Edward Raymond 'Eddie' Cochran was an American musician. Cochran's rockabilly songs, such as "C'mon Everybody", "Somethin' Else", and "Summertime Blues", captured teenage frustration and desire in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He experimented with multitrack recording and overdubbing even on his ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 22 (1938-1960)
    • Birthplace: Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Traffic collision
    • Place Of Death: Bath, United Kingdom
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    Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones died on July 3, 1969 at age 27. He was discovered dead in his swimming pool. The coroner reported the incident as "death by misadventure."
    Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was the founder and original bandleader of the Rolling Stones. Jones was a multi-instrumentalist, with his main instruments being the guitar, harmonica and keyboards. His innovative use of traditional or folk instruments, such as the sitar and marimba, was integral to the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1942-1969)
    • Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader + 3 more
    • Cause Of Death: Drowning
    • Place Of Death: Hartfield
    • Children: Julian Mark Andrews, Julian Mark Jones, Julian Brian Jones, John Paul Andrew Jones
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    Janis Joplin died on October 4, 1970 at age 27. She died of a heroin overdose.
    Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. Her first ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1943-1970)
    • Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Heroin overdose
    • Place Of Death: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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    Andy Gibb died on March, 10 1988 at age 30. He died of myocarditis, a heart condition, which was amplified by drug use.
    Andrew Roy "Andy" Gibb was an English singer, songwriter, musician, performer, and teen idol. He was the younger brother of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, the members of Bee Gees. Gibb came to international prominence in the late 1970s with six singles that reached the Top 10 in the United States ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 30 (1958-1988)
    • Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Guitarist, Actor, Singer
    • Place Of Death: Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Children: Peta Gibb
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    Hank Williams died on January 1, 1953 at age 29. His death was due to an insufficiency of the right ventricle of the heart.
    Hiram King "Hank" Williams, Sr. was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential singers and songwriters of the 20th Century, Williams recorded 35 singles that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 30 (1923-1953)
    • Birthplace: Mount Olive, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author
    • Place Of Death: Oak Hill, West Virginia, United States of America
    • Children: Hank Williams Jr., Jett Williams
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    Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 at age 42. Elvis suffered from glaucoma, high blood pressure, liver damage, and his body was weakened from years of drug abuse.
    Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll", or simply, "the King". Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and when he was 13 years old, he and his family ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)
    • Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Soldier, Musician, Actor, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Myocardial infarction, Combined drug intoxication
    • Place Of Death: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Children: Lisa Marie Presley
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    Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981 at age 36. He died as a result of a rare type of cancer, which was first seen under his toenail, but it was later revealed throughout his entire body.
    Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley OM was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group the Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. The Wailers ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 36 (1945-1981)
    • Birthplace: Nine Mile, Jamaica, Jamaica
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Metastatic Melanoma, Acral lentiginous melanoma
    • Place Of Death: Miami, Florida, United States of America
    • Children: Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Julian Marley + 9 more
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    Jim Croce died on September 20, 1973 at age 30. He died in a plane crash.
    James Joseph "Jim" Croce was an American singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and 11 singles. His singles "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle" were both number one hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 30 (1943-1973)
    • Birthplace: South Philadelphia, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Aviation accident or incident
    • Place Of Death: Natchitoches, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Children: A. J. Croce
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