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10+ Celebrities Who Died Before They Turned 40

Sarah Kester

While we often see death portrayed in Hollywood, it's never an easy subject.

There have been many celebs who were taken from the world way too soon, thus proving that the good die young.

Whether it was a freak accident, an overdose, suicide, or even a murder, these celebs never lived to see their 40th birthday.

This past July, the Glee alum sadly passed away in an accidental drowning.

While she was able to muster the strength to get her son back onto the boat she rented, she soon disappeared. Her body was found six days later.

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Before his sudden passing in 2019, the actor was known for his roles in Grownups and the Disney Channel series, Jessie.

He passed away when he was just 20 as the result of a medical condition.

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3. Chris Farley

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In 1997, the world lost one of the greatest comedians of our generation.

He was 33 when he was found dead from an overdose. He passed away from the same lethal combination that killed his comedy idol, John Belushi.

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4. Amy Winehouse

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When the legendary singer's died at 27, this sadly earned her a place in the 27 Club.

This refers to popular public figures who have all died at 27, often due to suicide or substance abuse. The singer died from the latter.

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5. Cory Monteith

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Glee fans were devastated when the actor's body was found dead in his hotel room in 2013.

An autopsy showed that the 31-year-old recovering addict had died from an overdose of heroin and alchol in his system.

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6. Brittany Murphy

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The actress, best known for her roles in Clueless and Just Married, tragically died when she was 32.

According to the Los Angeles County coroner, her sudden death was caused by the combination of pneumonia, an iron deficiency, and "multiple drug intoxication."

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The singer had such a bright, promising career ahead of her when everything was taken away from her at 22.

After shooting a music video in the Bahamas, she and eight hours were killed in a tragic plane crash.

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8. XXXTentacion

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Before his sudden death in 2018, the hip-hop artist was poised to be the next big artist in the music industry.

He was only 20 when he was shot and killed in an apparent robbery in Florida.

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9. Anton Yelchin

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A freak accident killed the Star Trek actor at just 27. His car had rolled down his driveway, pinning him.

While he was most known for Star Trek, his career was just picking up at the time of his sudden death.

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After years of trying to recover from substance abuse, the rapper accidentally overdosed in September 2018.

He has always been so open about his struggles with substance abuse, which made his death sting even more.

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11. Notorious B.I.G

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Twenty-four was way too young an age for the legendary rapper to die.

Since he was shot and killed, there have been many conspiracy theories surrounding his death. Many believe his feud with Tupac was behind it.

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12. Tupac Shakur

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In 1996, the iconic rapper was shot several times in the chest at a red light in Las Vegas. He was 27.

Like Biggie, there are many conspiracy theories dedicated to uncovering the truth of the rapper's death.

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13. Selena Quintanilla

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The iconic singer was just 23 when she was tragically murdered by Yolanda Saldívar, the president of her fan club.

At the time, the Latin superstar was at the height of her musical career with her crossover to American music.

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The music world just hasn't been the same since the talented Swedish DJ took his own life in 2018.

He was 28. His family later claimed that he did so because he "wanted to find peace."

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15. Diana, Princess of Wales

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The late mother of Prince William and Prince Harry was tragically killed in a car crash in 1997. She was only 36 years old.

Her sudden passing left the world heartbroken and with many questions, as there have been many theories surrounding her death.

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The famous rapper, also known as Jarad Higgins, passed away in 2019. He was 27.

Sadly, he passed away from an accidental overdose of codeine and oxycodone. Substance abuse is a topic he often rapped about in his lyrics.

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17. Jimi Hendrix

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The legendary guitarist joined the 27 Club after asphyxiating on his own vomit in 1970.

To this day, the world doesn't know whether his death was an accident, suicide, or foul play. But there are many theories about each.

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18. River Phoenix

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This was Joaquin Phoenix's older brother. He was known for his roles in Stand By Me and My Own Private Idaho.

Sadly, he ended up dying from a drug overdose. Even more sad is the fact that Joaquin was the one who made the 911 call.

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19. Heath Ledger

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The world will never forget the talented actor who tragically died when he was just 28.

He died from an accidental overdose while filming The Dark Knight Rises. He left behind his daughter, Matilda, whom he shared with Michelle Williams.

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