Famous People Who Died Young

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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.
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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

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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

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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

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    • Age: Died at 23 (1970-1993)
    • Birthplace: Madras, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Guitarist, Environmentalist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + 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

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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

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    • Age: Died at 22 (1938-1960)
    • Birthplace: Albert Lea, Freeborn County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • 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

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    • Age: Died at 27 (1942-1969)
    • Birthplace: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, + 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

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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

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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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