Celebrities Who Have Died Young

Ritchie Valens, a famous Mexican-American singer and guitarist, died from a small plane crash at age 17. The same plane crash took the life of fellow musician, Buddy Holly.
Ritchie Valens Ritchie Valens, a famous Mexican-American singer and guitarist, died from a small plane crash at age 17. The same plane crash took the life of fellow musician, Buddy Holly.
American R&B recording artist, actress and model Aaliyah, died at the age of 22. (credit: AP)
Aaliyah American R&B recording artist, actress and model Aaliyah, died at the age of 22. (credit: AP)
Actor and teen icon River Phoenix died of a drug overdose at age 23. (credit: AP)
River Phoenix Actor and teen icon River Phoenix died of a drug overdose at age 23. (credit: AP)
Television and Film actor Heath Ledger died at the age of 28. (credit: AP Photo/Steve Holland)
Heath Ledger Television and Film actor Heath Ledger died at the age of 28. (credit: AP Photo/Steve Holland)
Actress, model and TV personality Anna Nicole Smith, passed away at age 39. (credit: Rob Griffith)
Anna Nicole Smith Actress, model and TV personality Anna Nicole Smith, passed away at age 39. (credit: Rob Griffith)
Actor and comedian John Ritter died at the age of 54. Ritter was best known for his roles in Three's Company and 8 Simple Rules. (credit:AP)
John Ritter Actor and comedian John Ritter died at the age of 54. Ritter was best known for his roles in <i>Three's Company</i> and <i>8 Simple Rules</i>. (credit:AP)
British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27 from a drug overdose. (credit: AP)
Amy Winehouse British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27 from a drug overdose. (credit: AP)
Keith Moon, located on the far right, died at the age of 32. Moon, drummer for The Who, is pictured here with fellow band members. (credit: AP)
Keith Moon Keith Moon, located on the far right, died at the age of 32. Moon, drummer for The Who, is pictured here with fellow band members. (credit: AP)
Actor Brad Renfro died from a heroin overdose at age 25. (credit: AP)
Brad Renfro Actor Brad Renfro died from a heroin overdose at age 25. (credit: AP)
Reality television personality and daredevil Ryan Dunn died in a fiery car accident at age 34. Dunn was known for his stunts in the TV series, Jackass. (credit: Jorge Herrera)
Ryan Dunn Reality television personality and daredevil Ryan Dunn died in a fiery car accident at age 34. Dunn was known for his stunts in the TV series, Jackass. (credit: Jorge Herrera)
Actress, singer and model Marilyn Monroe, died at the age of 36. (credit: AP)
Marilyn Monroe Actress, singer and model Marilyn Monroe, died at the age of 36. (credit: AP)
Actor, producer, and famed martial-arts instructor Bruce Lee died at the age of 32. Lee became a cultural icon through his influence as a martial artist. (credit: AP)
Bruce Lee Actor, producer, and famed martial-arts instructor Bruce Lee died at the age of 32. Lee became a cultural icon through his influence as a martial artist. (credit: AP)
Rapper Nathaniel Hale, commonly known as Nate Dogg, died from mulitple stroke complications at the age of 41. (credit: AP)
Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale Rapper Nathaniel Hale, commonly known as Nate Dogg, died from mulitple stroke complications at the age of 41. (credit: AP)
Singer-songwriter and famed American guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, died at the age of 27. (credit: AP)
James "Jimi" Hendrix Singer-songwriter and famed American guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, died at the age of 27. (credit: AP)
Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly died in an airplane crash at the age of 22. (credit: AP)
Buddy Holly Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly died in an airplane crash at the age of 22. (credit: AP)
Actor James Dean died in a car accident at age 24. (credit: AP)
James Dean Actor James Dean died in a car accident at age 24. (credit: AP)
Actor and comedian Chris Farley died at age 33 from an accidental drug overdose. (credit: AP)
Chris Farley Actor and comedian Chris Farley died at age 33 from an accidental drug overdose. (credit: AP)
Actress and singer Brittany Murphy died from a drug overdose at age 32. (credit: Getty Images)
Brittany Murphy Actress and singer Brittany Murphy died from a drug overdose at age 32. (credit: Getty Images)
Singer and songwriter, Jim Croce, died in a commercial plane crash at age 30. (credit: AP Photo)
Jim Croce Singer and songwriter, Jim Croce, died in a commercial plane crash at age 30. (credit: AP Photo)
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