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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 26 (1795-1821) John Keats died on February 23, 1821 at age 25. His death was caused by tuberculosis.

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    Died at 26 (1956-1982) Randy Rhoads died on March 19, 1982 at age 25. His death was the result of a plane crash.

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    Died at 25 (1945-1970) Tammi Terrell died on March 16, 1970 at age 24. She died of cancer.

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    Died at 36 (1954-1990) Stevie Ray Vaughan died on August 27, 1990 at age 35. He died in a helicopter crash.

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    Died at 45 (1946-1991) Feddie Mercury died on November 24, 1991 at age 45. He died due to complications with AIDS.

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    Died at 32 (1953-1985) Ricky Wilson died on October 12, 1985 when he was 32 years old. He died from complications with AIDS.

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    Died at 32 (1948-1980) John Bonham died on September 25, 1980 at age 32. He died after drinking too much alcohol and choking on his own vomit.

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    Died at 27 (1946-1973) Gram Parsons died on September 19, 1973 at age 26. He overdosed on morphine and alcohol.

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    Died at 28 (1947-1975) Tim Buckley died on June 29, 1975 at age 28. He died of a heroin overdose.

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    Died at 30 (1947-1977) Marc Bolan died on September 16, 1977 at age 29. He was involved in a deadly car accident.

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    Died at 33 (355 BC-322 BC) Alexander the Great died on either 10 or 11 June 323 BC when he was 32 years old. He had a fever before his death, but many suspect foul play.

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    Died at 32 (1950-1982) Gilles Villeneuve died on May 8, 1982 when he was 32 years old. He died in a car accident while competing at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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    Died at 34 (1946-1980) Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980 when he was 33 years old. He died as a result of alcohol poisoning.

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    Died at 34 (1934-1968) Yuri Gargarin died on March 27, 1968 when he was 34 years old. He died in a plane crash.

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    Died at 37 (1965-2002) Jam Master Jay died on October 30, 2002 at age 37. He was shot and killed in Queens, Jamaica.

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    Died at 37 (1853-1890) Vincent van Gogh died on July 29, 1890 when he was 37 years old. He shot himself in the chest with a revolver.

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    Died at 38 (1921-1959) Mario Lanza died on October 7, 1959 when he was 38 years old. He died from a heart attack and double pneumonia.

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    Amelia Earhart disappeared on July 2, 1937 when she was 39 years old. It is presumed that she died in a plane crash while attempting to fly around the world.

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    Died at 39 (1928-1967) Che Guevara died on October 9, 1967 at age 39. He was executed after Bolivian President René Barrientos ordered him to be killed.

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    Died at 29 (1948-1977) Ronnie Van Zant died on October 20, 1977 when he was 29 years old. He died in a plane crash in Mississippi while touring with his band Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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    Died at 43 (1944-1987) Peter Tosh died on September 11, 1987 at age 42. He was tortured and killed by a group of men who attempted to rob him in his home.

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    Died at 39 (1571-1610) Caravaggio died on July 18, 1610 at age 38. It was reported that he died from a fever, but there is much debate over the actual cause of his death.

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    Died at 38 (1967-2005) Eddie Guerrero died on November 13, 2005 at the age of 38. He died of heart failure.

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    Died at 29 (1930-1959) The Big Bopper died on February 3, 1959 at age 28. He died in a plane crash that also killed Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly.

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    Died at 28 (1943-1971) Edie Sedgwick died on November 16, 1971 when she was 28 years old. She died during her sleep and was found with large amounts of drugs and alcohol in her system.

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    Christopher Marlowe died on May 30, 1593 at age 29. He was stabbed in his right eye and died instantly.

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    Died at 40 (1904-1944) Glenn Miller died on December 15, 1944 when he was 40 years old. He was flying in a plane that disappeared over the English Channel.

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    Died at 50 (1938-1988) Nico died on July 18, 1988 when she was 49 years old. She had a heart attack when she was a riding a bicycle. She fell off the bike and hit her head, which caused a severe cerebral hemorrhage.

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    Died at 64 (246 BC-182 BC) Hannibal Barca died on 83, 182 or 181 BC.

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    Died at 27 (1967-1994) Andres Escobar died on July 2, 1994 when he was 27 years old. He was shot by three men, who wanted to punish him for scoring a goal against his own team.

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    Died at 37 (1483-1520) Raphael died on April 6, 1520 when he was 37 years old. He developed a fever after an evening of "excessive sex."

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    Died at 46 (1887-1933) Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle died on June 29, 1933 when he was 46 years old. He died of a heart attack.

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    Died at 46 (1920-1966) Montgomery Clift died on July 23, 1966 when he was 45 years old. He died of a heart attack, but excessive drug use was believed to be a factor.

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    Died at 47 (1922-1969) Judy Garland died on June 22, 1969 when she was 47 years old. She died of an accidental overdose of prescription pills.

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    Died at 37 (1922-1959) Gerard Philipe died on November 25, 1959 when he was 36 years old. He died as a result of liver cancer.

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    Died at 50 (1930-1980) Steve McQueen died on November 7, 1980 when he was 50 years old. He died from a form of cancer that is associated with asbestos exposure.

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    Died at 34 (1933-1967) Jayne Mansfield died on June 29, 1967 when she was 34 years old. She died in a car accident.

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    Died at 37 (1939-1976) Sal Mineo died on February 12, 1976 when he was 37 years old. He was stabbed to death in an attempted robbery.

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    Died at 55 (624 BC-569 BC) Sappho died around 570 BC.

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    Died at 42 (1775-1817) Jane Austen died on July 18, 1817 when she was 41 years old. She died from Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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    Died at 38 (1799-1837) Aleksandr Pushkin died on February 10, 1837 when he was 37 years old. He died in a duel with his wife's supposed lover. He was shot in the spleen.

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    Died at 46 (1854-1900) Oscar Wilde died on November 30, 1900 when he was 46 years old. He died from cerebral meningitis.

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    Died at 47 (1903-1950) George Orwell died on January 21, 1950 when he was 46 years old. He died as a result of complications with tuberculosis.

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    Died at 38 (1952-1990) Allen Collins died on January 23, 1990 when he was 37 years old. He died from chronic pneumonia.

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    Died at 28 (1947-1975) Peter Ham died on April 24, 1975 when he was 27 years old. He committed suicide by hanging himself.

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    Died at 35 (1756-1791) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died on December 5, 1791 when he was 35 years old. The exact cause of death is unknown, but he did have a severe fever.

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    Died at 28 (1983-2011) Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011 when she was 27 years old. She died from accidental alcohol poisoning.

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    Died at 28 (1968-1996) Sublime front man Bradley Nowell died on May 25, 1996 when he was 28 years old. He overdosed on heroin.

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    Died at 23 (1954-1977) Freddie Prinze died on January 29, 1977 when he was 22 years old. He committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.

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    Died at 31 (1971-2002) Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died on April 25, 2002 when she was 30 years old. She died in a car accident in Honduras.

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