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Famous People Who Died Young

Updated July 31, 2020 2.7m views165 items

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.
  • 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.
    Edith Minturn Sedgwick (April 20, 1943 – November 16, 1971) was an American actress and fashion model. She is best known for being one of Andy Warhol's superstars. Sedgwick became known as "The Girl of the Year" in 1965 after starring in several of Warhol's short films in the 1960s. She was dubbed an "It Girl", while Vogue magazine also named her a "Youthquaker"....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 28 (1943-1971)
    • Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
    • Gender: Female
    • Profession: Socialite, Model, Actor, Artist
    • Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Barbiturate overdose, Barbiturate

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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 (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted only four years, but he is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in history and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music".Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at age 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the Army and trained as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, but he was discharged the following year. He moved to Clarksville, Tennessee soon after...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Gender: Male
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Musician
    • Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Inhalation of vomit

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    Malinda Gayle McCready (November 30, 1975 – February 17, 2013) was an American country music singer. Active from 1995 until her death in 2013, she recorded a total of five studio albums. Her debut album, 1996's Ten Thousand Angels, was released on BNA Records and was certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA, while 1997's If I Don't Stay the Night was certified Gold. 1999's I'm Not So Tough, her final album for BNA, was less successful, and she left the label. A self-titled fourth album followed in 2002 on Capitol Records. McCready's fifth and final studio album, I'm Still Here, was released in March 2010 on Iconic Records. McCready's first four studio albums yielded twelve singles on the Billboard...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1975-2013)
    • Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America
    • Gender: Female
    • Profession: Singer
    • Cause Of Death: Suicide, Gunshot

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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.
    • Age: Dec. at 23 (1970-1993)
    • Birthplace: Madras, Oregon, United States of America
    • Gender: Male
    • Profession: Activist, Guitarist, Environmentalist, Musician, Singer-songwriter
    • Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Drug overdose, Cocaine overdose, Heroin overdose, Combined drug intoxication

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