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Died Too Young

List of People Who Died Too Young? Only The Good Die Young[song]

It’s certainly true that most, if not all, of the people in our list died too young. Maybe that’s why they’ve achieved immortality? We’ll certainly never know how their lives would have unfolded if they hadn’t died too young.

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NameAgeDateWhereProfession/sCircumstances in which they sadly died too young
Bizet, Georges3625 Oct 1838Paris, France.Classical composer.Georges Bizet died aged 36,  just a few months before his final opera, Carmen, was first performed. Carmen was initially derided immoral and disreputable, but went on to gain worldwide popularity.
Bolan, Marc
aka T. Rex
2916 Sep 1977London, England.Musician, singer, songwriter.Marc Bolan was frontman of the glam rock group T. Rex. Bolan died in a car crash. The Mini car, driven by his girlfriend Gloria Jones (musician, singer, songwriter), hit a fence post then a tree. Bolan died instantly. Jones survived and lives in Los Angeles, USA.
Boleyn, Anne28-3519 May 1536London, England.Royal.Ann Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII. Despite no convincing evidence of any wrongdoing on her part the English ruler had her executed in the grounds of the Tower of London on a scaffold in front of a crowd where she was beheaded.
Bowie, David6710 Jan 2016New York, USA.Musician, singer, songwriter, artist.Born David Robert Jones, he died of liver cancer, which had been diagnosed 18 months before his death and which he kept secret from his fans. While considerably older than many others on this page, we consider David Bowie certainly died too young and would have wished him many happy years of old age.
Cobain, Kurt275 Apr 1994Seattle, USA.Musician, singer, songwriter.The founder and singer of “Nirvana” died too young when he shot himself in the head with a shotgun.
Curtis, Ian2318 May 1980Macclesfield, England.Musician, singer, songwriter.The head of the punk band “Joy Division” took his own life.
Dean, James2430 Sep 1955Los Angeles, USA.Actor.The popular film star died too young in a car crash in his Porsche 550 Spyder.
Duncan, Isadora5014 Sep 1927Nice, France.Dancer, choreographer.Isadora Duncan tragically died too young when the scarf she was wearing caught around the rear axle of her open car and broke her neck.
Falco406 Feb 1998Dominican Republic.Musician, singer, songwriter.Falco, a famous Austrian singer died in a car accident. His car was rammed by a bus.
Fassbinder, Rainer Werner3710 Jun 1982Munich, Germany.Actor, director, producer.Famous German director Rainer Fassbinder died after taking an overdose of barbiturates and cocaine.
Frank, Anne15Mar 1945Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, Germany.Child, diarist.Anne Frank was a Jewish girl, born in Frankfurt, Germany. She was hidden from the Nazis in Amsterdam until being arrested and subsequently murdered in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Anne certainly died too young, research suggests Anne Frank may have died in February 1945.
Ché Guevara4310 Sep 1967Bolivia.Revolutionary.Ché Guevara was a freedom fighter who was executed by the Bolivian army.
Gallagher, Rory4714 Jun 1995London, England.Musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist.Rory Gallagher was an Irish guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was an alcoholic and died shortly after a liver transplant.
Hendrix, Jimi2718 Sep 1970London, England.Musician, singer.Jimi Hendrix was a gifted guitarist. He suffocated on his own vomit after taking sleeping pills and alcohol.
Houston, Whitney4811 Feb 2012Beverly Hills, USA.Musician, singer.Whitney Houston was one of the most successful singers of all time. She drowned in a bathtub under the influence of drugs.
Hutchence, Michael3722 Nov 1997Sydney, Australia.Musician, singer, songwriter.Michael Hutchence, lead singer of the rock band INXS, was found hanged with a belt at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sydney, Australia. The autopsy report concluded Hutchence death was suicide while suffering depression and under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
Jackson, Michael5025 Jun 2009Los Angeles, USA.Musician, singer, songwriter, dancer.Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop“, died of cardiac arrest in the home of his personal physician, Conrad Murray. The heart failure was induced by the effects of drug misuse.
Jesus of Nazareth aka Jesus Christ30-3330-33 ADJerusalem.Prophet.Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem on the orders of Pontius Pilate, the Roman prefect.
Jobs, Steve565 Oct 2011Palo Alto, USA.Inventor, designer, businessman.Steve Jobs, the visionary Apple co-founder and also NeXT and Pixar, died from complications of Pancreatic cancer at this home in Palo Alto, California, USA. Steve Job’s final words were:

Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.

Jones, Brian273 July 1969Hartfield, England.Musician, guitarist.Brian Jones, lead guitarist and founder member of the Rolling Stones, drowned in a swimming pool. It was never proven if it was an accident or murder.
Joplin, Janis2710 Apr 1970Los Angeles, USA.Musician, singer, songwriter.Janis Joplin took a heroin overdose and died in her hotel room.
Kelly, Grace5213 Sep 1982Monaco, Italy.Actor, royal.Grace Kelly, American actress and Princess of Monaco, crashed her car down a slope. Her daughter Stephanie survived the accident.
Ledger, Heath2822 Jan 2008New York, USA.Actor.Heath Ledger, the Australian actor, died after taking a lethal drug cocktail.
Lee, Brandon2831 Mar 1993North Carolina, USA.Martial artist.Lee Brandon was a martial artist who died accidentally during the filming of the movie “The Crow” when part of a dummy bullet hit him fatally.
Lee, Bruce3220 Jul 1973Cowloon Tong, Hong Kong.Martial artist.Bruce Lee was found unresponsive in bed, following a headache at the home of actress Betty Ting Pei, by movie director Raymond Chow. Bruce Lee died of an acute cerebral edema caused by either a reaction to meprobamate in Equagesic painkiller or as a result of heatstroke caused by over-exertion. Autopsy report concluded “death by misadventure”.
Lennon, John409 Oct 1940Liverpool, England.Musician, singer, songwriter.John Lennon was a founder member of “The Beatles”. John was shot in the back four times at the entrance to his New York apartment by Mark David Chapman who remains in jail. Ono said:

John loved and prayed for the human race. Please pray the same for him.

Mandela, Nelson955 Dec 2013Johannesburg, South Africa.Revolutionary, politician.Nelson Mandela is the oldest person who died too young on this list. We included him as a tribute to his life’s work as a “Giant of Justice” who was ahead of his time and young at heart and was too young to die at any age.
Mansfield, Jayne3429 Jun 1967Louisiana, USA.Actor.Jane Mansfield, the American actress,  died with her husband, in a car accident.
Marley, Bob3611 May 1981Miami, USA.Musician, singer, songwriter.Bob Marley died as a result of a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of one of his toes, diagnosed in July 1977. He was advised to have the toe amputated but, for religious reasons, that did not happen. He died less than four years later in the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami when he landed there on his way home to Jamaica from Germany.
Mayall, Rik569 Jun 2014London, England.Actor, comedian.Rik Mayall was an English comedian and actor famous for pioneering alternative comedy in the early ’80s was found dead in his home. He co-wrote or starred in series such as Blackadder, and The Young Ones and the films Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.
Mercury, Freddy4524 Nov 1991London, England.Musician, singer, songwriter.Freddy Mercury, founder and lead singer of the rock group “Queen”, died of bronchial pneumonia at his home in Kensington, London, after suffering AIDS for several years.
Michael, George5325 Dec 2016Oxford, England.Musician, singer, songwriter.George Michael had a series of hits with Wham! together with Andrew Ridgeley from 1981, and had a successful solo career until his death, apparently of heart failure, in 2016.
Mitchell, Margaret488 Nov 1949Atlanta, USA.Author.Margaret Mitchell, the author of “Gone with the wind”, was run over by a drunken taxi driver, in Atlanta. USA, she died five days later in hospital without fully regaining consciousness.
Monroe, Marilyn365 Aug 1962Los Angeles, USA.Actor.Marilyn Monroe, famous American film actress and diva, suffered from depression. She took a lethal overdose of sleeping pills in bed at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, USA. The cause of death was acute barbiturate poisoning.
Morrison, Jim277 Mar 1971Paris, France.Musician, singer, songwriter.Jim Morrison The 27-year old, drug-addicted singer of the “Doors” was found dead in the bathtub at his apartment in Paris. The cause of death was heart failure. No autopsy was performed.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus355 Dec 1791Vienna, Austria.Musician, composer.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musical prodigy. He was taken seriously ill, then bedridden for several months of pain and vomiting before dying of uncertain causes.
Wallace, Christopher George Latore
aka Notorious B.I.G.
253 Sep 1997Los Angeles, USA.Musician, singer, songwriter.The Notorious B.I.G., an American rapper died too young when he was shot dead in this truck at a red light in a so-called “drive-by shooting”. To date the murderer has not been identified.
Phoenix, River2331 Oct 1993Hollywood, USA.Actor.River Phoenix, the US actor, collapsed and died too young on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub The Viper Room nightclub on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles County, USA. The cause of death was combined drug intoxication.
Presley, Elvis4216 Aug 1977Graceland, Memphis, USA.Musician, singer, songwriter.Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” died of heart failure caused by Hirschsprung’s bowel disease.
Prince Rogers Nelson
aka Prince
5721 Apr 2016Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA.Musician, singer, songwriter.Prince, the popular US pop singer, was treated for flu in hospital only a week before his death. According to a press release, from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Anoka County, Prince died as a result of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a pain medication, sometimes used as a recreational drug.
Spencer, Diana
aka Diana, Princess of Wales
3631 Aug 1997Paris, France.Royal.Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales, died too young fleeing from paparazzi. The car she was traveling in crashed in a tunnel in Paris. Her companion Dodi Al Fayed (aged 42) and the driver Henri Paul also died in the crash.
Reeve, Christopher5210 Oct 2004Mount Kisco, NY, USA.Actor.Christopher Reeve, famous for his role as “Superman” was paralyzed by a riding accident and later died from an infection.
Rindt, Jochen289 May 1970Monza, Italy.Racing driver.Due to a technical defect his Formula One car slammed into the barriers. Jochen Rindt posthumously became world champion with points he had accumulated before the accident.
Saint-Exupéry, de Antoine4431 Jul 1944Mediterranean, near France.Author, pilot, soldier.Saint- Exupéry was an excellent author, pilot and soldier. During a reconnaissance flight, the world famous author of “little prince” crashed into the sea near Marseille.
Schiele, Egon2831 Oct 1918Vienna, Austria.Artist, painter.Egon Schiele was a famous painter and victim of “Spanish flu”. He died just three days after his wife.
Schneider, Romy4429 May 1982Paris, France.Actor.After the accidental death of her son (he climbed over a fence, slipped and speared himself) the actress Romy Schneider took too many pills and died of a broken heart.
Schubert, Franz3319 Nov 1828Vienna, Austria.Musician, composer.Franz Schubert was a famous composer who died with a high fever (today presumed to have been typhoid).
Scott, Bon3319 Feb 1980London, England.Musician, singer, songwriter.Bon Scott was the lead singer of the hard rock band AC/DC. He suffocated on his own vomit.
Senna, Ayrton341 May 1994Imola, Italy.Racing driver.Ayrton Senna was a famous Formula One racing driver who died racing for the Williams racing team in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Stuart, Mary448 Feb 1587London, England.Royal.Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was found guilty of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth I in 1586, after eighteen years in custody. She was beheaded on a scaffold in the grounds of Fotheringhay Castle in 1587.
Tate, Sharon279 Aug 1969Hollywood, USA.Actor, model.Sharon Tate was brutally murdered in her Los Angeles home by Charles Manson and his gang. Tate married Roman Ponlanski (director, writer, actor) in 1968 and was due to give birth in two weeks. Manson died in prison in 2017.
Thornton, Melanie3424 Nov 2001Zurich, Switzerland.Musician, singer, songwriter.Melanie Thornton was an American pop singer who died in the Crossair flight 3597 which crashed, in driving snow, into a forest shortly before landing. 24 people died and 9 survived.
Valentino, Rudolf2623 Aug 1926New York City, USA.Actor.Rudolf Valentino was one of the greatest silent film actors in history. The Italian-born actor died suddenly of pneumonia causing mass hysteria around the world (especially among his female fans).
Vicious, Sid222 Feb 1979New York City, USA.Musician, singer, songwriter.Sid Vicious, the punk-rock bassist of the “Sex Pistols”, died too young when he injected his “golden shot”.
Walker, Paul4030 Nov 2013Los Angeles, USA.Actor.Paul Walker starred in the US series “Fast & Furious”. He was the passenger in a car which crashed into a tree.
Williams, Robin McLaurin6311 Aug 2014Tiburon, California, USA.Actor, comedian.Robin Williams became famous as the alien in Mork & Mindy who went on to star in films including The World According to Garp, Dead Poets Society and Mrs Doubtfire. The most likely cause of death is asphyxiation.
Winehouse, Amy2723 Jul 2011Camden, London, England.Musician, singer, songwriter.Amy Winehouse was an English singer who died too young of accidental alcohol poisoning. The alcohol level in her blood was 416 mg per 100 ml in her blood, a level of alcohol commonly associated with fatality, according to the Coroner, Dr Shirley Radcliffe.
Wood, Natalie4329 Nov 1981California, USA.Actor.Natalie Wood was a famous American actress who drowned under mysterious circumstances during a sailing excursion.
[song]Artists who recorded songs titled “Only The Good Die Young’ include Billy Joel, Iron Maiden and Queen.

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