Gone Too Soon

by DeuxVies | created - 05 Mar 2013 | updated - 06 Jan 2014 | Public

A list of those who died before their time.


1. Jill Ireland

Actress | Hard Times

Jill Ireland was an Anglo-American actress best-known for her appearance as "Leila Kalomi", the only woman Mr. Spock ever loved (in the Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) episode, Star Trek: The Original Series: This Side of Paradise (1967)) and for her many supporting roles in the movies of ...

April 24, 1936 – May 18, 1990


Breast cancer.

2. Selena

Actress | Don Juan DeMarco

Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, a city 50 miles southeast of Houston, to Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Quintanilla. Abraham opened a Mexican restaurant, Papagayo, in Lake Jackson. Selena was 9-years-old when her father discovered her talent for singing. He formed a band consisting of...

April 16, 1971 - March 31, 1995

Iconic Tejano singer.


3. Jenni Rivera

Actress | Filly Brown

Dolores Janney "Jenni" Rivera was a Mexican-American actress, singer-songwriter, T.V. producer, spokesperson, philanthropist & entrepreneur known for her work within the banda and norteña music genres. She began recording in 1992, and her recordings often have themes of social issues, infidelity & ...

July 2, 1969 – December 9, 2012

Iconic Mexican-American singer.

Died in a plane crash.

4. Aaliyah

Soundtrack | Romeo Must Die

Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton. Her uncle was music manager Barry Hankerson and her brother is director Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was ...

January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001

Singer and actress.

Died in a plane crash.

5. Michael Hutchence

Soundtrack | Face/Off

Michael Hutchence is one of the greatest singers and performers in Australia's history, with a career that spanned 20 years. Born to Kelland Hutchence and Patricia Hutchence (a film and television make-up artist), Michael was the second of three children. He grew up in Hong Kong, USA, and Australia...

January 22, 1960 - November 22, 1997.

Lead singer of INXS.

Suicide/accidental asphyxiation death/murdered.

6. Mindy McCready

Soundtrack | Switchback

Mindy McCready was born on November 30, 1975 in Fort Meyers, Florida, USA as Malinda Gayle McCready. She died on February 17, 2013 in Heber Springs, Arkansas, USA.

November 30, 1975 - February 17, 2013

Country singer.


7. Amy Winehouse

Soundtrack | Amy

Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983 in Southgate, London, England to Janis Holly Collins (previously: Janis Holly Winehouse; born: Janis Holly Seaton), a pharmacist & Mitchell "Mitch" Winehouse, a taxi driver. Her family shared her love of theater and music. Amy was brought up on jazz...

September 14, 1983 - July 23, 2011


Alcohol poisoning.

8. Whitney Houston

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.

She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist ...

August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012

Iconic singer.

Drowning/Accidental overdose.

9. Teena Marie

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Teena Marie was born on March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Mary Christine Brockert. She died on December 26, 2010 in Pasadena, California.

March 5, 1956 - December 26, 2010

Soul singer.

Natural causes/unknown.

10. Gary Coleman

Actor | Diff'rent Strokes

Without a doubt Gary Coleman was THE child TV star of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A refreshingly confident little tyke with sparkling dark, saucer-like eyes and an ingratiating, take-on-anyone burst of personality, the boy charmed the pants right off of TV viewers the minute he was glimpsed in ...

February 8, 1968 – May 28, 2010

Actor, known for "Different Strokes".

Head injury.

11. Dana Plato

Actress | Diff'rent Strokes

Dana Michelle Plato was born in Maywood, California, on Saturday 7 November 1964. Her first excursion into the film world occurred when she was eleven in the television film Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (1975). Dana never really made an impact on the TV screen until she landed the role of Kimberly ...

November 7, 1964 – May 8, 1999

Actress, known for "Different Strokes".

Suicide/accidental overdose

11 years later, her son Tyler Lambert also committed suicide.

Tyler Lambert : July 2, 1984 – May 6, 2010

12. John Belushi

Actor | Saturday Night Live

John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was ...

January 24, 1949 – March 5, 1982



13. John Candy

Actor | Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in Uncle Buck (1989) and Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded.

Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in ...

October 31, 1950 – March 4, 1994


Heart attack.

14. Christian Brando

Actor | I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!

Christian Brando was born on May 11, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Christian Devi Brando. He was an actor, known for I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968), Unmasked Part 25 (1988) and The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968). He was married to Deborah Presley and Mary McKenna. He died on ...

May 11, 1958 – January 26, 2008

Actor, son of Marlon Brando.


Adding this because there is no iMDB page for her: His sister Cheyenne Brando [born 20 February 1970] committed suicide 16 April 1995 at age 25.

15. Princess Diana

Self | Gala Performance

Diana was born July 1, 1961 at 7:45pm weighing 7lb 12oz at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England. She had her christening at Sandringham Church in Norfolk. Her full name is Lady Diana Frances Spencer. On July 29, 1981 she married her Prince Charming - Prince Charles of Wales, the eldest son of ...

July 1, 1961 - August 31, 1997

Princess of Wales, Mother pf Prince William and Prince Harry.

Car accident.

16. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962.

Iconic actress.

Suicide/accidental overdose.

17. Sharon Tate

Actress | Valley of the Dolls

Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break ...

January 24, 1943 - August 9, 1969


She and her unborn child were murdered by Charles Manson and his followers.

18. Elvis Presley

Soundtrack | Tickle Me

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School. ...

January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977

Iconic singer.

Heart attack/accidental overdose.

19. Michael Jackson

Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson (no relation to Joe Jackson, also a musician), had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Michael's ...

August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009

Iconic singer.

Accidental overdose.

20. Brittany Murphy

Actress | Just Married

Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New...

November 10, 1977 - December 20, 2009



21. Nicole DeHuff

Actress | Meet the Parents

Nicole DeHuff was born on 6 January 1975 in Oklahoma. She began her acting studies at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Acting Conservatory. Her first screen role was in the comedy hit Meet the Parents (2000), in which she co-starred with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. Her character (Deborah Byrnes)...

January 6, 1975 – February 16, 2005



Her pneumonia was allegedly misdiagnosed twice by doctors and by the time it was finally discovered, it was too late.

22. Leslie Carter

Soundtrack | Shrek

Leslie Barbara Carter was born on June 6, 1986, in Tampa, Florida, into the family of Robert Gene Carter (aka Robert Carter) and his wife Jane Elizabeth Carter (née Spaulding) and become the third of their five children. Her parents were divorced in 2003 after more than 20 years of marriage. Leslie...

June 6, 1986 – January 31, 2012

Singer, sister of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and actor Aaron Carter.

Accidental overdose.

23. Michael Clarke Duncan

Actor | The Green Mile

Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let ...

December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012


Complications following a heart attack.

24. Bernie Mac

Actor | The Bernie Mac Show

Bernard Jeffrey McCollough was born in 1957 in Chicago, the son of Mary McCullough and Jeffery Harrison. He grew up in the city, in a rougher neighborhood than most others, with a large family living under one roof. This situation provided him with a great insight into his comedy, as his family, ...

October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008


Sarcoidosis / Pneumonia.

25. Vince Williams

Actor | Another World

Vince Williams was born on July 11, 1957 in Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA. He was an actor, known for Another World (1964), Loving (1983) and Guiding Light (1952). He was married to Kathryn Hunter. He died on January 6, 1997 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA.

July 11, 1957 – January 6, 1997

Known for his role of "Hampton Speakes" on Guiding Light.

Died of colon cancer.

26. Gerald Anthony

Actor | One Life to Live

Gerald Anthony was born on July 31, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Gerald Anthony Bucciarelli. He was an actor and director, known for One Life to Live (1968), General Hospital (1963) and All My Children (1970). He was married to Brynn Thayer. He died on May 28, 2004 in Butler, New Jersey...

July 31, 1951 – May 28, 2004

Known as "Marco Dane" on "General Hospital.

Heart attack.

27. Herb Ritts

Camera_department | Flashdance

Herb Ritts was born in Los Angeles in 1952 and majored in economics at New York's Bard College. Shortly after college, in the mid-1970s, Ritts taught himself photography, snapping pictures of friends. One of his subjects was a friend's boyfriend, a then-unknown Richard Gere. His shots of the future...

Iconic fashion photographer.

August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002


28. Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes

Soundtrack | Space Cowboys

Controversial, flamboyant, and spontaneous are probably the best words to describe Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Born in Philadelphia, and raised throughout the world as the daughter of a U.S. Army serviceman, Lisa Lopes became one of the most important trendsetters in the 1990s music scene. After ...

May 27, 1971 - April 25, 2002

Rapper, member of TLC.

Car accident.

29. Natina Reed

Actress | Bring It On

Natina Reed was born on October 28, 1980 in New York City, New York, USA as Natina Tiawana Reed. She was an actress and composer, known for Bring It On (2000), Honey (2003) and Blaque: I Do (1999). She died on October 26, 2012 in Duluth, Georgia, USA.

October 28, 1979 – October 26, 2012

Singer, member of the group Blaque.

Struck by a car.

30. Anna Nicole Smith

Actress | Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

Anna Nicole Smith was born on November 28, 1967 in Houston, Texas, USA as Vickie Lynn Hogan. She is known for her work on Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Be Cool (2005) and Illegal Aliens (2007). She was married to J. Howard Marshall II and Billy Smith. She died on February 8, 2007 in ...

November 28, 1967 - February 8, 2007

Model and actress.

Accidental overdose.

31. Thuy Trang

Actress | The Crow: City of Angels

Thuy Trang was born on December 14th of 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam. After the fall of Saigon in 1975 to Communist forces, her father who had fought in the Vietnam War, traveled to America to seek political asylum. However, his entire family, unable to follow, were left behind.

In 1979, Thuy and her ...

December 14, 1973 – September 3, 2001

Actress known for "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers".

Car accident.

32. Chris Penn

Actor | Reservoir Dogs

Christopher Shannon Penn was born on October 10, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, the third son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director, actor, and writer Leo Penn. His siblings are musician Michael Penn and actor Sean Penn. His father was from a Lithuanian Jewish/Russian Jewish family, ...

October 10, 1965 – January 24, 2006


Heart disease.

33. Tammi Terrell

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy

Tammi Terrell was born on April 29, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Thomasina Winifred Montgomery. She died on March 16, 1970 in Philadelphia.

April 29, 1945 – March 16, 1970

Singer. Known as frequent duet partner with Marvin Gaye.

Died from brain cancer.

34. Marvin Gaye

Soundtrack | R.I.P.D.

Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. He was married to Jan Gaye and Anna Gordy Gaye. He died on April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984

Iconic soul singer.


Shot to death by his father the day before his 45th birthday.

35. Sal Mineo

Actor | Rebel Without a Cause

Salvatore (Sal) Mineo Jr. was born to Josephine and Sal Sr. (a casket maker), who emigrated to the U.S. from Sicily. His siblings were Michael, Victor and Sarina. Sal was thrown out of parochial school and, by age eight, was a member of a street gang in a tough Bronx neighborhood. His mother ...

January 10, 1939 – February 12, 1976



36. Rebecca Schaeffer

Actress | Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills

Rebecca began modeling at the age of 16, going off to New York on her own to begin her career. Four months later, she found herself in Japan, modeling. Eventually, she landed a co-starring role on My Sister Sam (1986), for which she is now best known. In 1989 she also became a spokesperson for ...

November 6, 1967 – July 18, 1989


Murdered by an obsessed fan.

Her murder inspired anti-stalking laws.

37. Adrienne Shelly

Actress | Waitress

The late Adrienne Shelley was born in Queens, New York, to Sheldon Levine and Elaine Langbaum. After graduating Jericho High School, located in Jericho, New York, she enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where ...

June 24, 1966 – November 1, 2006

Actress and director.


38. Jennifer Stahl

Actress | Dirty Dancing

Jennifer Stahl was born on April 11, 1962 in New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Firehouse (1987) and Identity Crisis (1989). She died on May 10, 2001 in New York City, New York, USA.

April 11, 1962 - May 10, 2001



39. Phil Hartman

Actor | NewsRadio

Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His surname was originally "Hartmann", but he later dropped the second "n". He was one of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman. He was of German, Irish, ...

September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998

Actor and comedian.


Murdered by his wife, Brynn Hartman [April 11, 1958 - May 28, 1998] who then committed suicide.

40. Karyn Kupcinet

Actress | The Little Shop of Horrors

Karyn Kupcinet was born on March 6, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Roberta Lynn Kupcinet. She was an actress, known for The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Gertrude Berg Show (1961) and G.E. True (1962). She died on November 28, 1963 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

March 6, 1941 – November 28, 1963



41. Lana Clarkson

Actress | Scarface

This beautiful, long-legged blonde actress was known to be a kind, intelligent and dependable actor with a comedic talent as well. She appeared in many American TV hits of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Three's Company (1976), The Jeffersons (1975), The New Mike Hammer (1984), Riptide (1984), Knight ...

April 5, 1962 – February 3, 2003



42. Bob Crane

Actor | Hogan's Heroes

Handsome Bob Crane had many careers including working as a disc jockey for a while. He started acting around the age of 33. One of his first acting jobs was in Return to Peyton Place (1961). After a guest appearance on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and a supporting role on The Donna Reed Show (1958)...

July 13, 1928 – June 29, 1978



43. Marie Trintignant

Actress | Colette, une femme libre

Marie Trintignant died tragically on the 1st of August, 2003 from a cerebral edema in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris, France, following a violent fight with her boyfriend, Bertrand Cantat, lead singer in the French rock band, Noir Désir. She was just finishing filming a TV movie about Colette, ...

21 January 1962 – 1 August 2003

French actress.

Murdered by her boyfriend.

44. Dominique Dunne

Actress | Poltergeist

Dominique Dunne was born to a life of privilege in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne and Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer. Actor Griffin Dunne is her brother. After her parents' divorce, she moved first to New York, and then to a posh home in ...

November 23, 1959 – November 4, 1982


Murdered by her boyfriend.

45. Carolyn Craig

Actress | House on Haunted Hill

Carolyn Craig was born on October 27, 1934 in Green Acres, Long Island, New York, USA as Adele Ruth Crago. She was an actress, known for House on Haunted Hill (1959), Giant (1956) and Studs Lonigan (1960). She was married to Arthur Francis Bryden and Charles Edward Graham. She died on December 12, ...

October 27, 1934 – December 12, 1970

Actress - "House on Haunted Hill".

Died from a gunshot wound.

46. Anne Pressly

Actress | W.

Anne Pressly was born on August 28, 1982 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. She was an actress, known for W. (2008). She died on October 25, 2008 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.

August 28, 1982 – October 25, 2008

TV News Anchor


47. Dalida

Soundtrack | L'instinct de mort

Dalida was born on January 17, 1933 in Cairo, Egypt as Yolande Christina Gigliotti. She was married to Lucien Morisse. She died on May 3, 1987 in Paris, France.

17 January 1933 – 3 May 1987



48. Soraya

Soundtrack | Barrera de amor

Soraya was born on March 11, 1969 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, USA as Soraya Raquel Lamilla Cuevas. She died on May 10, 2006 in Miami, Florida, USA.

March 11, 1969 – May 10, 2006


Breast cancer.

Her mother, grandmother and maternal aunt all died of breast cancer.

49. Farrah Fawcett

Actress | Logan's Run

Farrah Fawcett is a true Hollywood success story. A native of Texas, she was the daughter of Pauline Fawcett (Pauline Alice Evans), a homemaker, and James Fawcett, an oil field contractor. She was a natural athlete, something that her father encouraged, and she attended a high school with a strong ...

February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009

Iconic actress.

Anal cancer.

50. Casey Johnson

Self | E! True Hollywood Story

Casey Johnson was born on September 24, 1979 in Florida, USA. She died on January 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

September 24, 1979 – January 2010

American heiress an socialite.

She died of diabetic shock.

51. Christopher Reeve

Actor | Superman

Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his ...

September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004


Died from a heart attack brought on sepsis.

52. Dana Reeve

Actress | Everyone's Hero

Dana Reeve was born on March 17, 1961 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Dana Charles Morosini. She was an actress, known for Everyone's Hero (2006), Above Suspicion (1995) and Law & Order (1990). She was married to Christopher Reeve. She died on March 6, 2006 in Manhattan, New York City, New York,...

March 17, 1961 – March 6, 2006

Actress, wife of Christopher Reeve.

Died of lung cancer.

Dana was never a smoker!

53. Florence Griffith Joyner

Actress | Santa Barbara

Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner (December 21, 1959 - September 21, 1998), also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. She is considered the fastest woman of all time based on the fact that the world records she set in 1988 for both the 100 m and 200 m still stand and have yet to...

December 21, 1959 – September 21, 1998

American Track & Field athlete.

She died from a seisure.

54. Minnie Riperton

Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Minnie Riperton was born November 8, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thelma Inez (Matthews) and Daniel Webster Riperton, a Pullman porter. At a young age, Riperton, the youngest of eight children, began taking dancing and ballet. Once she reached high school, she began singing in the Hyde Park A ...

November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979


Died of breast cancer.

55. John Lennon

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...

9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980

Singer, The Beatles


56. Lyric Marie Benson

Actress | Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Lyric Marie Benson was born on September 20, 1980 in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. She was an actress, known for Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) and Chappelle's Show (2003). She died on April 25, 2003 in Soho, New York City, New York, USA.

September 20, 1980 - April 25, 2003


Murdered by her boyfriend.

57. Junior Seau

Self | Sports Jobs with Junior Seau

Junior Seau, was a native of Oceanside, CA. He attended Oceanside High School where he lettered in football, basketball, and track. Parade magazine named him to its High School All-American team simply as an athlete and refused to specify a particular sport. In 2010, Junior was inducted into the ...

January 19, 1969 – May 2, 2012

American football player.


58. Judy Garland

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.

She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...

June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969

Actress and singer.


59. Kurt Cobain

Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!

Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt's outlook on the world forever scarred. He...

February 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994

Singer, with Nirvana.


60. Jim Morrison

Soundtrack | Forrest Gump

James Douglas Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, to Clara Virginia (Clarke) and George Stephen Morrison, a U.S. Naval Officer who fought in World War II. Jim eventually became so estranged from his parents that he would later claim that they were dead. Not much is known ...

December 8, 1943 – July 3, 1971

Singer, with The Doors


61. Janis Joplin

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...

January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970

Iconic singer and musician.


62. Jimi Hendrix

Soundtrack | Woodstock

Widely regarded as the greatest and most influential guitarist in rock history, Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al ...

November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970

Iconic musician.


63. Teresa Teng

Soundtrack | Gomorra

Teresa Teng, sometimes spelled or written as Teresa Tang or Teresa Deng, was a popular and influential Chinese pop singer. She was born in Baozhong Township, Yunlin County, Taiwan, on 29 January 1953, to Waishengren parents. Her father (from Daming, Hebei) was a soldier in the Republic of China ...

January 29, 1953 – May 8, 1995

Chinese singer.

She died of an asthma attack.

64. Phyllis Hyman

Soundtrack | The Kill Reflex

Deep-voiced and statuesque, Phyllis Hyman sang with a life-affirming energy and emotional intensity found in few other female vocalists. Born in Philadelphia in 1949 (and raised in Pittsburgh), her professional career began in New York City where, during an engagement, she was spotted by producer ...

July 6, 1949 – June 30, 1995



65. Susanna McCorkle

Soundtrack | Heartbreakers

Susanna McCorkle was born on January 4, 1946 in Berkeley, California, USA as Susannah McCorkle. She was married to Keith Ingham and Dan DiNicola. She died on May 19, 2001 in New York City, New York, USA.

January 1, 1946 – May 19, 2001

Jazz Singer.


66. Sid Vicious

Soundtrack | The Astronaut's Wife

Along with fellow Sex Pistol member, Johnny Rotten, lanky, sneering, pock faced Sid epitomised the punk movement born in the mid 1970s in working class England. Sid Vicious (real name John Beverly) wasn't an original member of the Pistols, but rather joined the band after original bassist, Glen ...

10 May 1957 – 2 February 1979)

Singer & musician with The Sex Pistols.


67. Wendy O. Williams

Actress | Reform School Girls

Wendy O. Williams was born on May 28, 1949 in Rochester, New York, USA as Wendy Orleans Williams. She was an actress, known for Reform School Girls (1986), Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog (1989) and MacGyver (1985). She died on April 6, 1998 in Storrs, Connecticut, USA.

May 28, 1949 – April 6, 1998



68. Nafisa Joseph

Actress | C.A.T.S

Nafisa Joseph was born March 28, 1978 Bangalore, Karnataka, India to Nirmal Joseph, a Keralite Syrian Christian and Usha Joseph, a Bengali, who was a descendant of Tagore and first cousin of Sharmila Tagore. Nafisa studied at Bishop Cotton Girls' School and St. Joseph's College, both at Bangalore. ...

28 March 1978 − 29 July 2004



69. Peter Jennings

Producer | ABC Evening News

Peter Jennings was born on July 29, 1938 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings. He was a writer and producer, known for ABC World News Tonight with David Muir (1953), FDR (1982) and ABC 2000: The Millennium (1999). He was married to Kayce Freed, Kati Marton, Anouchka...

July 29, 1938 – August 7, 2005

Journalist and ABC News Anchorman

He died of lung cancer.

70. Steve Irwin

Actor | Dr. Dolittle 2

Steve Irwin was born in 1962 to parents Lyn and Bob Irwin, who were animal naturalists. He shared the love for animals all his life, stemming from being raised at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. There, he partook in daily duties of animal feeding and care. He quickly established himself with...

22 February 1962 – 4 September 2006

TV Personality & Conservationist.

Died from injuries from a stingray attack.

71. Linda Martinez

Soundtrack | Teeth

Linda Martinez was born on December 2, 1975 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Linda Suzanna Martinez. She died on May 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.

1975 - May 19, 2005

Musician and composer.


72. Donna Summer

Soundtrack | Thank God It's Friday

Donna Summer rocketed to international super-stardom in the mid-1970s when her groundbreaking merger of R&B, soul, pop, funk, rock, disco and avant-garde electronica catapulted underground dance music out of the clubs of Europe to the pinnacles of sales and radio charts around the world. ...

December 31, 1948 - May 17, 2012.

Iconic singer.

She died from breast cancer.

73. Elizabeth Montgomery

Actress | Bewitched

Elizabeth Montgomery was born into show business. Her parents were screen actor Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years' intensive training, she made ...

April 15, 1933 – May 18, 1995


She died of colon cancer.

October 9, 1970 - July 11, 1994



75. JonBenét Ramsey

Born JonBenet Patricia Ramsey, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on August 6th, 1990 to John Bennett Ramsey and Patricia Paugh Ramsey. JonBenet moved to Colorado with her family when she was just a year old. Her first name is a combination of her father's first and middle names, John ...

August 6, 1990 - December 25, 1996

Child Beauty Queen


76. Mary Frann

Actress | Newhart

Mary Frann was born on February 27, 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Mary Frances Luecke. She was an actress, known for Newhart (1982), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and The Wild Wild West (1965). She was married to T.J. Escott. She died on September 23, 1998 in Beverly...

February 27, 1943 – September 23, 1998


Heart Attack

77. Gilda Radner

Actress | Saturday Night Live

Gilda Radner was one of the great comic geniuses of the 20th century, ranked with Lucille Ball and other comedy legends of the highest caliber. She was born on June 28, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan, the younger of two children of Henrietta (Dworkin), a legal secretary, and Herman Radner, a ...

June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989

Actress and Comedienne

Ovarian cancer

78. Natalie Wood

Actress | Rebel Without a Cause

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Zudilov and Nikolai Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens. When she was...

July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981



79. Grace Kelly

Actress | Rear Window

On November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace ...

November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982

Princess of Monaco and Actress

Car accident caused by a stroke.

80. Margaux Hemingway

Actress | Killer Fish

Born in Portland, Oregon, she grew up in on a farm in Ketchum, Idaho. But dad was Jack Hemingway, son of the Nobel prize winning author Ernest Hemingway and, with that heritage, fame was almost foreordained. By the time she was 21, after the lead in the rape melodrama Lipstick (1976), she had a ...

February 16, 1954 – July 1, 1996

Actress and model


81. Natasha Richardson

Actress | Asylum

Natasha Jane Richardson was born in Marylebone, London, England, to director and producer Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Joely Richardson, the niece of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel ...

May 11, 1963 - March 18, 2009


Head injury

82. Katrin Cartlidge

Actress | Breaking the Waves

Katrin Cartlidge began her career as a doing backstage & front of house work at London's Royal Court Theatre, having appeared with their Young People's Theatre group. She progressed to appearing in play readings and workshops before winning a regular role in Brookside (1982).

She went on to forge an...

May 15, 1961 — September 7, 2002



83. Audrey Hepburn

Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian ancestry.

After her parents' divorce, ...

May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993


Cancer of the appendix

84. Brandon Lee

Actor | The Crow

Born on February 1, 1965 to Bruce Lee (Martial Arts idol) and Linda Lee Cadwell. Brother to Shannon Lee. In 1970-71, they moved to Hong Kong where Brandon became fluent in Cantonese by the age of 8. He attended Boston's Art-Oriented Emerson College in Massachusetts. He studied Martial Arts and ...

February 1, 1965 - March 31, 1993

Actor and Martial Artist

Accidental gunshot/Murdered

85. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973

Actor and Martial Artist

Cerebral Edema/Allergic reaction/Murdered

86. Sergei Grinkov

Actor | Greatest Hits on Ice

Sergei started skating at the age of five. Russian born. He was Russian to his soul. He started as a single skater but was paired up with his only partner Ekaterina Gordeeva in 1982 when he was 15. They won the Junior World Championships in 1985 after placing 5th the year before. In 1986 they won ...

February 4, 1967 - November 20, 1995

Olympic Gold Medal Pairs Skater

Heart Attack

87. Vic Morrow

Actor | Combat!

Vic Morrow was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jean (Kress) and Harry Morrow, an electrical engineer. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Morrow dropped out of high school at 17 to join the U.S. Navy. When he left the Navy, he used the G.I. Bill to study pre-law at Florida State. While ...

February 14, 1929 – July 23, 1982


On set accident

88. Jennifer Lyon

Actress | Long Pig

Jennifer Lyon was born on February 27, 1972 in Boulder City, Nevada, USA. She was an actress, known for Long Pig (2008), Daddy Day Camp (2007) and Cannibal Feast (2011). She died on January 19, 2010 in Sublimity, Oregon, USA.

February 27, 1972 – January 19, 2010

Reality Star

Breast Cancer

89. Michelle Thomas

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Michelle Thomas was born in Boston but raised in New York and New Jersey. She attended the Montclair School of Arts and the Broadway Dance Center. She is survived by her parents, Phynjuar Thomas (a stage actress and acting coach) and Dennis D.T. Thomas (a founder and current member of the 1970s ...

September 23, 1968/9 - December 22/23, 1998


Stomach Cancer

90. Cassandra Harris

Actress | For Your Eyes Only

Cassandra Harris was born on December 15, 1948 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Sandra Colleen Waites. She was an actress, known for For Your Eyes Only (1981), Remington Steele (1982) and Rough Cut (1980). She was married to Pierce Brosnan, Dermot Harris and William Firth. She died on ...

December 15, 1948 – December 28, 1991

Actress. Wife of Pierce Brosnan.

Ovarian Cancer

Her mother Roma and her daughter Charlotte (Harris) Bronson (November 27, 1971 - June 28, 2013) also died of Ovarian Cancer.

91. Robert Urich

Actor | Magnum Force

Robert grew up in Toronto, Ohio, where his athletic ability led to a four year football scholarship at Florida State University (FSU). There he earned a B.A. in Communications. He later received an M.A. at Michigan State University and then joined WGN radio in Chicago as a sales account ...

December 19, 1946 – April 16, 2002


Synovial Cell Sarcoma

92. Lee Remick

Actress | Anatomy of a Murder

Lee Remick was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Gertrude Margaret (Waldo), an actress, and Francis Edwin Remick, a department store owner. She had Irish and English ancestry. Remick was educated at Barnard College, studied dance and worked on stage and TV, before making her film debut as a sexy ...

December 14, 1935 – July 2, 1991


Kidney Cancer

93. Benjamin Hendrickson

Actor | Manhunter

Benjamin Hendrickson was born on August 26, 1950 in Huntington, Long Island, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Manhunter (1986), As the World Turns (1956) and Regarding Henry (1991). He died on July 3, 2006 in Huntington.

August 26, 1950 – July 3, 2006



94. Jennifer Syme

Actress | Lost Highway

Not much is known about Jennifer Syme, except that she was a girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves. A lot of what is known about her centered around tragic circumstances: First, the 1999 stillbirth of the baby she expected with Reeves, and second, her untimely death at age 28. Around the time she met ...

December 7, 1972 – April 2, 2001


Car accident

95. Jacqueline Kennedy

Self | A Tour of the White House

Jacqueline Lee Bouvier was born on July 28, 1929 in Southampton, New York, to Janet Norton (Lee) and John Vernou "Blackjack" Bouvier III, a stockbroker. Her sister Caroline Lee (aka Lee Radziwill) was born four years after her. Her mother was of Irish descent and her father had French, English, ...

July 28, 1929 - May 19, 1994

First Lady Kennedy & later Mrs. Aristotle Onassis

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

96. Christina Onassis

Self | Reporters

Christina Onassis was born on December 11, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA. She was married to Thierry Roussel, Sergei Kausov, Alexandre Adreadis and Joseph Bolker. She died on November 19, 1988 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

December 11, 1950 – November 19, 1988

Greek Entrepreneur, Socialite & Heir to the Onassis Fortune. Daughter of Aristotle and Mother of Athina.

Pulmonary Edema

97. John Kennedy Jr.

Actor | A Matter of Degrees

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. was born on November 25, 1960, in Washington, DC, to John Fitzgerald Kennedy (President-to-be John F. Kennedy) and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy (Jacqueline Kennedy). Three weeks before his birth, his father was elected President of the United States, and the nation ...

November 25, 1960 - July 16, 1999

Attorney. Son of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Plane crash.

Died with his wife Carolyn and her sister Lauren.

98. Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

Self | The Kennedys: The Curse of Power

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy was born on January 7, 1966 in White Plains, New York, USA as Carolyn Jeanne Bessette. She was married to John Kennedy Jr.. She died on July 16, 1999.

January 7, 1966 – July 16, 1999

Wife of John F. Kennedy, Jr. Was a publicist at Calvin Klein.

Plane Crash.

Died in the crash with her husband, John F. Kennedy, Jr. Her sister Lauren Gail Bessette (November 5, 1964 - July 16, 1999) also perished in the crash.

99. Anita Mui

Actress | Yim ji kau

With a career that began in her early childhood, Anita Mui is the queen of Hong Kong's pop-music industry. After she won a singing contest in 1982, her life in the limelight began. In the early stages of her career her image was a little bit tomboy-ish and sexy (which was the reason she was called ...

October 10, 1963 – December 30, 2003


Cervical Cancer

Her sister Ann Mui (1959 - April 16, 2000) also died of Cervical Cancer.

100. Ann Mui

Actress | Ging chaat goo si juk jaap

Ann Mui was born on May 12, 1959 in British Hong Kong as Mei Ai Fang. She was an actress, known for Police Story 2 (1988), Long zhi zheng ba (1989) and Touch and Go (1991). She was married to Lap-Tak Poon. She died on April 16, 2000.

1959 - April 16, 2000


Cervical Cancer

Her sister Anita Mui (October 10, 1963 – December 30, 2003) also died of Cervical Cancer.

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