The Top 10 most shocking celebrity deaths

By Joann Vaglica,
The untimely deaths of celebrities are hard to grasp at times.

Celebrities: They are a species of their own, whether they are dead or alive. What is it about them that people obsess over? Is it their lifestyle, their voice (activism), their skill, or maybe even their power?

The life, soul, and legacy of celebrities live on even after their passing. There are many famous people that have left this world too abruptly, accidentally, and unnaturally. How they’ve broken into superstardom and how they’ve demised is a topic that is always at hand.

As the old saying goes, “Only the good die young.”

Below is a list of fairly recent Top 10 most shocking celebrity deaths.

10. Natasha Richardson: May 11, 1963 – March 18, 2009
Natasha Richardson, an actress of British descent, is most famous for her role in The Parent Trap and Maid in Manhattan, although she did play in numerous other films and TV shows. While learning how to ski at the Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec, Canada, she accidentally fell and sustained head injuries. After regaining consciousness, she turned away help from paramedics, twice. After returning to her hotel room, hours after the incident, she did in fact go to the hospital, complaining about a headache. She eventually was flown from a hospital in Canada to Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC, where she died from an epidural hematoma. She was survived by her famous husband, Liam Neeson, and their two sons, Micheál and Daniel Neeson.

9. Ryan Dunn: June 11, 1977 – June 20, 2011)
TV personality Ryan Dunn, who was famously known as the stunt man on Jackass and Viva La Bam, was killed in a car accident in 2011. Dunn, the driver of the vehicle, was under the influence at the time of the accident, which occurred in West Goshen Township in Pennsylvania. His passenger, Zachary Hartwell, the production assistant on Jackass Number Two, also died.

8. Heath Ledger: April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008
Australian actor Heath Ledger starred in an array of well known films, including Brokeback Mountain, 10 Things I Hate About You and The Dark Knight. Ledger died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. He is survived by his partner at the time, Michelle Williams, and their daughter Matilda.

7. Aaliyah (Haughton): January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001
Singer Aaliyah truly was “one in a million.” After only two albums and a major film role, Aaliyah’s career was cut short after she died in a plane crash in 2001. After filming ended early for her hit song's music video, “Rock the Boat,” she, along with her entourage, wanted to immediately fly back to the states from The Bahamas. The airplane, not the original one to be flown on the original date of departure, was carrying over 700 pounds of excess, between equipment and passengers. Due to the aircraft being excessively overweight, it crashed soon after takeoff. All passengers on board were killed.

6. Steve Jobs: February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011
The reason we have everything right at our finger tips is because of the inventor of the most up-to-date technology we use today, co-founder of Apple Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios, Steve Jobs. After initially being diagnosed with a pancreas neuroendocrine tumor in 2003, he lost his battle with cancer in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Laurene Powell, and four children, Lisa, Reed, Erin and Eve.

5. Brittany Murphy: November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009
American actress Brittany Murphy starred in films such as Clueless, Just Married, 8 Mile and Happy Feet. Her untimely death came when she suffered from pneumonia, with a secondary reason being noted as anemia and drug intoxication. Her death was ruled an accident. She was survived by her husband, Simon Monjack, who died within a year of her death from the same reason.

4. Amy Winehouse: September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011
Whether she felt comfortable or not, Amy Winehouse lived her life in the public eye, from the beginning days of superstardom to her very last, it was all captured. The tatted-up GRAMMY winner lost her battle with alcohol and drug addiction in 2011, her cause of death being alcohol poisoning. It has been said Winehouse was on the road to recovery at the time of her death.

3. Whitney Houston: August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012
Who’s the best selling music artist? It was her. Who sold over 170 million (and counting) albums and singles worldwide? She did. Who released seven studio albums and three movie soundtracks? The list of accomplishments run to infinity, but there is only one who conquered all of this and that is the late Whitney Houston. Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room in Calif. Media outlets are speculating the cause of death to be alcohol and drug related, but there has not been an official cause of death released yet. She is survived by her daughter with Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina. “[We] Will Always Love You,” Houston.

2. Anna Nicole Smith: November 28, 1967 – February 8, 2007
Actress and model Anna Nicole Smith was first introduced to the world as 1993’s Playmate of the Year for Playboy. Smith was a staple in the news towards the end of her life when it seemingly spiraled out of control. She had been cozying up to Larry Birkhead and Howard K. Stern and ultimately became pregnant. After DNA testing, Birkhead was ruled Dannielyn’s father. Immediately after her birth, Smith’s 20-year-old son, Daniel, died from a drug related accident. Shortly after his death, Smith was found dead in her room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The cause of death is from an accidental overdose.

1. Michael Jackson: August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009
The King of Pop first started out as a singer for the group, Jackson 5, before he pursued a solo career in which he conquered the world by storm. Some of his most popular hits include “Thriller,” Billie Jean,” and “Beat it.” Not only did he contribute to the world musically, but he was also a fashion icon and incredible dancer, his most notable move being the moon walk. He’s toured multiple times and won an abundant amount of awards. At the time of his death, he was planning a comeback tour which was put together for the big screen. Jackson was found unresponsive at his home in Holmby Hills in Los Angeles by Dr. Conrad Murray, the man who is arguably responsible for his death. He is survived by his three children, Prince, Blanket and Paris.

It’s such a shame these 10 celebrities (of the many) died at such a young age. They could have had an even brighter future ahead of them, conquering the world little by little.



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