artist who died young

Hollywood stories don’t always have a happy ending. Especially in real life. Today we present you a list of celebrities who left us too early. Many of them still had a lot to say in the film industry and could have become legends of world cinema.

Let us remember those who will still be immortal through their impressive performances.

1. James Dean

On September 30, 1955, James Dean lost his life in a car accident. He was only 24 years old. Although he had a very short career in Hollywood, he became a legend and remains the male sex symbol of the 50s. One of his flagship roles is that in Rebel Without a Cause. He is the only actor to receive two Oscar nominations after his death for his roles in East of Eden and Giant.

2. John Lennon

Lennon (1840-1980) was one of the founders of The Beatles, where he worked as a musician, singer, composer and lyricist. He died on December 8, 1980, pierced by four bullets fired by an unbalanced person, Mark David Chapman, under the eyes of his terrified wife. Shortly before, the star gave Chapman an autograph.

At the desire of his wife, Lennon was cremated. The criminal was trialed and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.

3. Heath Ledger

Ledger died on January 22, 2008, at the age of 28. He was found dead in his apartment in New York. He died of an accidental overdose of powerful medications based on prescriptions. He became famous for his roles in 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot or Brokeback Mountain. He got an Oscar nomination after his death for his perfect interpretation of the role of Joker in The Dark Knight.

4. Natasha Richardson

British actress Natasha Richardson died at the age of 45, following a skiing accident. The actress had notable performances both in theaters and on theater stages. She received a Tony Award in 1998 for her role in the Broadway show Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes.

5. Brandon Lee

Bruce Lee, the martial arts master, died at only 32 years due to a cerebral edema. His son, Brandon Lee, was at the beginning of his career in 1993 when he was accidentally shot during the filming of the feature film The Crow. He was only 28 years old.

6. Sharon Tate

She was cruelly murdered on August 9, 1969, by members of Charles Manson’s cult in her own home. She was eight months pregnant with the child of director Roman Polanski. She was considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. She distinguished herself in productions such as Eye of the Devil, The Fearless Vampire Killers and the Valley of the Dolls.

7. Jimy Hendrix

James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (1942-1970) was considered one of the best guitarists in the world, making a brief but fulminant career in the ’60s and ’70s. Trained in the world of celebrity lifestyle, he never said no to anything, including to alcohol abuse. He died strangely at 27, while sleeping, in an advanced state of intoxication, choked by his own vomit.

8. Aaliyah

In July 2001, she released her third album and a month later he died in a plane crash. The plane in which the singer was  along with eight other people crashed in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, where the team shot the video for Rock the Boat.

Aaliyah and her collaborators have overloaded the plane with luggage and camera equipment, and he plane crashed from 60 meters high, shortly after takeoff. The artist, aged only 22 years old, suffered severe injuries, major burns and a blow to the head.

9. Stephen Gately

Former member of the band Boyzone died in Spain in the flat he shared with his life partner. He was found dead one morning of October 2009. Following autopsy, it was determined that death was natural, caused by a malformation of the heart. The singer was not drugged.

10. James Gandolfini

Actor James Gandolfini, Emmy Award winner and famous for his role as Tony Soprano in the series The Sopranos, died at the age of 51 in Italy. The artist suffered a heart attack while on holiday with the family. He was supposed to attend the Taormina Film Festival while in Italy.