It’s hard to ignore all the young talent and stars who died during the past ten years. They are entertainment legends like Johnny Cash and Michael Jackson to young actors like Heath Ledger. This is a list of some of those celebrities who left us way too soon.
Heath Ledger: Died of an accidental drug overdose in New York City, 2008. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was recast with several actors to compensate for Heath Ledger’s unexpected death. His portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight earned him a posthumous Academy Award.
Brittany Murphy: Died in Los Angeles at age 32, 2009. As of this writing, her exact cause of death is unknown, and her husband, Simon Monjack, opposes an autopsy.
Fritha Goodey: A promising young London actor who committed suicide in 2004. A graduate of LAMDA who worked both onstage and onscreen. Fritha Goodey’s career was starting to take off when her fater found her dead in her West London flat. She was 31.
Elliott Smith: Singer/songwriter who stabbed himself to death just as he was reaching mainstream fame. His website is still maintained: SweetAdeline. You’ve likely heard “Needle in the Hay”, even if you don’t know Elliott Smith by name. I was introduced to his music by my old flatmate, who was a massive fan.
Chris Henry: Wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals. Chris Henry died at age 26 in 2009 after falling from the back of a pickup truck during a fight with fiancee Loleini Tonga.
DJ AM: Adam Goldstein died in New York City in 2009. The 36-year-old DJ and friend and fellow musician Travis Barker were the only survivors of a plane crash in 2008. DJ AM died of a drug overdose.
Daul Kim: Only 20 years old, the Korean model committed suicide in Paris in 2009.
Jade Goody: The controversial Big Brother UK star became best known for her racist remarks against fellow housemate Shilpa Shetty. Jade Goody battled terminal cancer in a madd-media fishbowl, and passed away in 2009 at age 27.
Aaliyah: Aaliyah Haughton died in a plane crash in the Bahamas at age 22 in 2001, echoing the death of Buddy Holly. Aaliyah appeared in Queen of the Damned, which was released after her death; she was meant to have appeared in The Matrix: Reloaded.