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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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    Died at 28 (1942-1970) 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.

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    Died at 28 (1943-1971) 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.

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    Died at 27 (1967-1994) Kurt Cobain died on April 5, 1994 at the age of 27. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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    Died at 24 (1931-1955) James Dean died on September 30, 1955 at the age of 24. He death was the result of a car accident.

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    Died at 26 (1941-1967) Otis Redding died on December 10, 1967 at age 26. He died tragically in a plane crash traveling between gigs.

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    Died at 33 (1931-1964) 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.

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    Died at 40 (1940-1980) 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.

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    Died at 45 (1939-1984) 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.

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    Died at 23 (1936-1959) 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.

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    Died at 31 (1966-1997) Jeff Buckley died on May 29, 1997 at age 30. He drowned in the Mississippi River, where he enjoyed swimming.

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    Died at 23 (1970-1993) 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

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    Died at 18 (1941-1959) 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.

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    Died at 22 (1938-1960) Eddie Cochran died on April 17, 1960 at age 21. He died after riding in a taxi that was involved in an accident.

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    Died at 27 (1942-1969) 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."

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    Died at 27 (1943-1970) Janis Joplin died on October 4, 1970 at age 27. She died of a heroin overdose.

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    Died at 30 (1958-1988) Andy Gibb died on March, 10 1988 at age 30. He died of myocarditis, a heart condition, which was amplified by drug use.

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    Died at 30 (1923-1953) Hank Williams died on January 1, 1953 at age 29. His death was due to an insufficiency of the right ventricle of the heart.

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    Died at 42 (1935-1977) 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.

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    Died at 36 (1945-1981) 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.

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    Died at 30 (1943-1973) Jim Croce died on September 20, 1973 at age 30. He died in a plane crash.

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    Died at 33 (1940-1973) Bruce Lee died on July 20, 1973 at age 32. He had a brain condition called cerebral edema.

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    Died at 32 (1946-1978) Keith Moon died on September 7, 1978 at age 32. He died after ingesting 32 clomethiazole tablets.

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    Died at 35 (1920-1955) Charlie Parker died on March 12, 1955 when he was 34. His cause of death was listed as lobar pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer.

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    Died at 41 (1926-1967) John Coltrane died on July 17, 1967 at age 40. He died from liver cancer.

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    Died at 27 (1911-1938) Robert Johnson died on August 16, 1938 at age 27. His cause of death is unknown, but many believe that he was poisoned.

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    Died at 39 (1929-1968) Martin Luther King, Jr. died on April 4, 1968 at age 39. He was assassinated by James Earl Ray in Memphis, Tennessee.

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    Died at 33 (1949-1982) John Belushi died on March 5, 1982 at age 33. His death was due to an overdose of heroin and cocaine.

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    Jesus Christ died in 30–33 AD. His death was caused by crucifixion.

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    Died at 36 (1961-1997) Diana, Princess of Wales died on August 31, 1997 at age 36. She died after being involved in a deadly car accident.

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    Died at 22 (1957-1979) Sid Vicious died on February 2, 1979 at age 21. He died of a heroin overdose.

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    Died at 16 (1929-1945) Anne Frank died in early March 1945 when she was 15 years old.  She died in s Nazi prison camp due to an unknown illness which was enhanced by starvation and deplorable conditions.

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    Died at 36 (1926-1962) Marilyn Monroe died on August 5, 1962 at age 36. There are many theories about Monroe's cause of death, but she likely died of a purposeful drug overdose.

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    Died at 37 (1960-1997) Michael Hutchence died on November 22, 1997 at age 37. He died after strangling himself with his belt. There is a debate about whether Hutchence intended to commit suicide or if his death was a result

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    Died at 39 (1898-1937) George Gershwin died on July 11, 1937 at age 38. He died as a result of complications due to a tumor.

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    Died at 38 (1809-1847) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy died in 1847 at the age of 38. He had suffered a series of strokes.

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    Died at 39 (1810-1849) Frederic Chopin died on October 17, 1849 at the age of 39. His cause of death was listed as tuberculosis.

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    Died at 31 (1797-1828) Franz Schubert died on November 19, 1828 when he was 31 years old. He was diagnosed with typhoid fever.

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    Died at 22 (1918-1940) Robert Wadlow died on July 15, 1940 at age 22. His death was related to a parasitic infection.

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    Died at 46 (1917-1963) John F. Kennedy died on November 22, 1963 at age 46. He was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.

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    Died at 40 (1967-2007) Anna Nicole Smith died on February 8, 2007 at age 39. She died from an accidental drug overdoes of prescription medication.

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    Died at 29 (1979-2008) Heath Ledger died on January 22, 2008 at age 28. He died of an accidental drug overdose of prescription medication.

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    Died at 31 (1895-1926) Rudolph Valentino died on August 23, 1926 at age 31. He died from complications with peritonitis and pleuritis, which inflamed the linings of his internal organs.

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    Died at 25 (1971-1996) Tupac Shakur died on September 13, 1996 at age 25. He was killed in Las Vegas. His murder remains unsolved to this day.

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    Died at 25 (1972-1997) The Notorious B.I.G. died on March 9, 1997 at age 24. He was killed in Los Angeles. His murder is unsolved to this day.

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    Died at 33 (1919-1952) Eva Peron died on July 26, 1952 at age 33. She died due to complications with cancer.

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    Tutankhamum died in 323 BC when he was approximately 18 years old. There is no known cause of death, but many believe that it was accidental.

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    Died at 44 (1962-2006) Steve Irwin died on September 4, 2006 when he was 44 years old. His death was the result of a stingray accident.

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    Died at 22 (1979-2001) Aaliyah died on August 25, 2001 at age 22. She died in a plane crash.

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    Died at 25 (1946-1971) Duane Allman died on October 29, 1971 at age 24. He was killed in a motorcycle accident.

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