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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.
Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died Young
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 28 (1942-1970)

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Entrepreneur Musician, + more

Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Inhalation of vomit

Place Of Death: Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom

Children: James Daniel Sundquist, Tamika Hendrix

Also Ranked

#14 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#52 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#82 on The Best Singers of All Time

#77 on The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died Young
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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

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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, + more

Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Drug overdose

Place Of Death: Paris, France

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#5 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#28 on The Best Singers of All Time

#5 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#4 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died Young
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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

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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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#24 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#91 on The Best Singers of All Time

#30 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#18 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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James Dean is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died Young
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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 ...more

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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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#41 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#88 on The Best Actors in Film History

#3 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#55 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Otis Redding is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died Young
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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 ...more

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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

Also Ranked

#81 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#63 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#36 on The Best Singers of All Time

#54 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died Young
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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 ...more

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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

Also Ranked

#72 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#40 on The Best Singers of All Time

#21 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#71 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died Young
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 40 (1940-1980)

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician Film Producer, + 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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#6 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#28 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#11 on The Best Singers of All Time

#63 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died Young
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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 ...more

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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, + more

Cause Of Death: Filicide

Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Children: Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye, Marvin Pentz Gaye

Also Ranked

#58 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#27 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#12 on The Best Singers of All Time

#70 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

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