Too Soon — 9 Celebrities Who Departed Too Early

Too Soon — 9 Celebrities Who Departed Too Early

Rachel and Finn, Glee
GLEE: Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith) in "The Purple Piano Project" the season three premiere episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Sept. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

1
Cory Monteith
Cory Monteith
FOX
The Glee star was only 31 when he was discovered in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver from an apparent drug overdose.
2
Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
Warner Bros.
In the midst of hearing buzz about his portrayal of The Joker in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger passed away from an apparent overdose of prescription drugs at 28.
3
James Dean
James Dean
Warner Bros
A fateful car accident stopped James Dean's rapidly rising career in 1955. At only 24, Dean was posthumously nominated for two Oscars.
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Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
20th Century Fox
The ultimate '50s sex symbol was found dead at her home on August 5, 1962. Monroe starred in such classic films as Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Seven Year Itch.
5
River Phoenix
River Phoenix
Warner Bros.
River Phoenix was set to star alongside Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire when he passed away in 1993. The young actor was only 23 and had been nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Running on Empty.
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John Belushi
John Belushi
Universal Pictures
As one of the funniest men in Hollywood, John Belushi's death was a sudden shock in 1982. The star of Animal House and The Blues Brothers was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live.
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Aaliya
Aaliya
Warner Bros.
After filming the music video for her song "Rock the Boat," Aaliyah and her entourage flew back to the United States from the Bahamas. Her plane crashed shortly after taking off, killing the young singer/actress and everyone else aboard the plane.
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Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee
Warner Bros.
After finding success with the iconic martial arts movie Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee suddenly passed away July 20, 1973. The official cause of death for the 32-year-old actor was cerebral edema.

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