120 Famous People Who Died Young People
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120 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. I hope you like it. 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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  1. 7
    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.
    about... Age: Died at 40 (1940-1980)
    Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
    Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer + 9 more
    Institution: Liverpool College of Art, Dovedale Infant School, Dovedale Junior School, Calderstones School
    Height: 5'10"
    Died: 1980
    Cause Of Death: Ballistic trauma, Hypovolemia, Assassination
    Place Of Death: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Born: 1940
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  2. 8
    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.
    about... 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
    Institution: Cardozo Senior High School
    Height: 6'0"
    Died: 1984
    Cause Of Death: Filicide
    Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Born: 1939
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  3. 9
    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.
    about... Age: Died at 23 (1936-1959)
    Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States of America
    Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter
    Institution: Hutchinson Junior High School, Lubbock High School
    Height: 5'11"
    Died: 1959
    Cause Of Death: Aviation accident or incident
    Place Of Death: Grant Township, Iowa, United States of America
    Born: 1936
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  4. 10
    Jeff Buckley died on May 29, 1997 at age 30. He drowned in the Mississippi River, where he enjoyed swimming.
    about... Age: Died at 31 (1966-1997)
    Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States of America
    Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
    Institution: Musicians Institute, Loara High School
    Height: 5'7"
    Died: 1997
    Cause Of Death: Drowning
    Place Of Death: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    Born: 1966
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  5. 11
    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.
    about... Age: Died at 23 (1970-1993)
    Birthplace: Madras, Oregon, United States of America
    Profession: Activist, Guitarist, Environmentalist, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 1 more
    Height: 5'10"
    Died: 1993
    Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Drug overdose, Cocaine overdose, Heroin overdose, Combined drug intoxication
    Place Of Death: West Hollywood, California, United States of America
    Born: 1970
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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.
    about... Age: Died at 18 (1941-1959)
    Birthplace: Pacoima, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer
    Institution: San Fernando High School
    Height: 5'6"
    Died: 1959
    Cause Of Death: Aviation accident or incident
    Place Of Death: Grant Township, Iowa, United States of America
    Born: 1941
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