Didn't make 40, died too young.

by kamcgregor | created - 13 Mar 2013 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

Actors and actresses that were dead before they were 40. Listed are the people of my generation or close to it, those that died from 1980 and onwards.

1. River Phoenix

Actor | My Own Private Idaho

River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally ...

On October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed and died of drug-induced heart failure on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub, The Viper Room which was owned by Johnny Depp.

2. Brittany Murphy

Actress | Just Married

Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New...

On February 4, 2010, the Los Angeles County coroner stated that the primary cause of Murphy's death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication. On February 25, 2010, the coroner released a report stating that Murphy had been taking a range of over-the-counter and prescription medications, with the most likely reason being to treat a cold or respiratory infection. These included "elevated levels" of hydrocodone, acetaminophen, L-methamphetamine and chlorpheniramine. All of the drugs were legal and the death was ruled to be an accident, but the report observed: "the possible adverse physiological effects of elevated levels of these medications cannot be discounted, especially in her weakened state." Murphy's husband died shortly after in similar circumstances, her mother is currently trying to find answers, believing something more sinister may have happened.

3. Brandon Lee

Actor | The Crow

Born on February 1, 1965 to Bruce Lee (Martial Arts idol) and Linda Lee Cadwell. Brother to Shannon Lee. In 1970-71, they moved to Hong Kong where Brandon became fluent in Cantonese by the age of 8. He attended Boston's Art-Oriented Emerson College in Massachusetts. He studied Martial Arts and ...

Brandon Lee died of a fatal gunshot wound on March 31, 1993 after an accidental shooting on set of The Crow. The props crew had incorrectly placed what they thought would be dummy bullets in the gun. Due to the way the bullet was prepared, it did in fact fire with similar force to a regular bullet, hitting Lee in the abdomen, his injuries proving fatal.

4. Brad Renfro

Actor | Apt Pupil

Brad Renfro was born on July 25, 1982 in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Angela Denise McCrory and Mark Renfro, a factory worker. He was discovered at age 10 by director Joel Schumacher and was cast in the motion picture The Client (1994), which starred Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. Although this ...

Renfro was found dead on January 15, 2008 in his Los Angeles apartment. He was 25 years old. On February 8, 2008, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office ruled that Renfro's death was accidental, attributing it to acute heroin/morphine intoxication.

5. Heath Ledger

Actor | Brokeback Mountain

When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...

Ledger died on 22 January 2008 from an accidental "toxic combination of prescription drugs".

6. Jonathan Brandis

Actor | Seaquest DSV

Born in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, to Greg and Mary, Jonathan Brandis began his career at age 5, acting in television commercials. He appeared in small parts in several films and TV shows before his first starring role in the 1990 film The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990). He starred ...

On November 12, 2003, Brandis died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood from injuries he suffered after he hanged himself.

7. Heather O'Rourke

Actress | Poltergeist

Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry.

Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting ...

O'Rourke died at the age of 12 of cardiac arrest and septic shock caused by a misdiagnosed intestinal stenosis in February 1988.

8. Corey Haim

Actor | The Lost Boys

Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, a clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. He was raised mostly in Willowdale.

Corey appeared in 26 episodes of the early 1980s ...

On March 10, 2010, after Haim's mother phoned 9-1-1, paramedics took Haim from their home to Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where he was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. He was 38 years old. Los Angeles police stated that his death appeared to be an accidental overdose and that four bottles containing Valium, Vicodin, Soma (a muscle relaxant) and Haloperidol (an anti-psychotic) were retrieved. Autopsy results later showed his death was caused by pneumonia.

9. Sage Stallone

Actor | Rocky V

Sage Stallone was born on May 5, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Sage Moonblood Stallone. He was an actor, known for Rocky V (1990), Daylight (1996) and Vic (2006). He was married to Starlin Wright. He died on July 13, 2012 in Studio City, Los Angeles.

On August 30, 2012, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office announced that Stallone died of atherosclerosis, which caused a heart attack

10. Johnny Lewis

Actor | Sons of Anarchy

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the middle of three siblings, Johnny began performing from the age of 5 at a small performing arts school, making his debut as a Chanukah candle.

Pursuing the acting profession, he appeared with success in many TV and film projects, handling both drama and...

On September 26, 2012, Lewis and an 81-year-old woman, Catherine Davis, were found dead at a home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) found Lewis' body on the home's driveway. Davis was found dead inside the dwelling, which appeared to have been ransacked. Broken glass and a dead cat were found in the home, as well. Davis' death is being investigated as a homicide, in which Lewis is a suspect. According to multiple reports, police were called to the scene after neighbors heard the 81-year-old woman screaming. Neighbors told police they saw a man jump the fence on the Davis property, assault a homeowner and painter next door, then jump back over the fence. According to the LAPD, Lewis then either fell or jumped from the home's roof, garage, or patio. An autopsy report released on November 29, 2012 stated that Lewis did not have any drugs or alcohol in his system when he died. Lewis had a history of drug abuse, leading to speculation by his attorney that the actor may have suffered a drug-induced psychosis when he allegedly killed his landlady. Toxicology reports came back negative for marijuana, cocaine, alcohol, psychedelic drugs or anti-psychotic medication. The autopsy report did indicate he had suffered partial strangulation and had fingernail marks on his neck when he died. There was no indication that Lewis had been pushed or jumped from the roof in an act of suicide. His death was ruled accidental.

11. Sammi Kane Kraft

Actress | Bad News Bears

Sammi Kane Kraft was born on April 2, 1992 in Livingston, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for Bad News Bears (2005) and Today (1952). She died on October 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

On October 9, 2012, at 1:30 AM, Kraft was riding in the passenger seat of a car when it rear-ended a semi trailer and was then struck by another vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.[5] Subsequently, she was pronounced dead at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

12. Natina Reed

Actress | Bring It On

Natina Reed was born on October 28, 1980 in New York City, New York, USA as Natina Tiawana Reed. She was an actress and composer, known for Bring It On (2000), Honey (2003) and Blaque: I Do (1999). She died on October 26, 2012 in Duluth, Georgia, USA.

Reed died on October 26, 2012, two days shy of her 33rd birthday, in a road accident. She was struck while talking on the phone in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on U.S. Highway 29 (near Hamilton Road) while crossing the street

13. Mark Priestley

Actor | All Saints

Mark Priestley was born on August 9, 1976 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia as Mark Damien Priestley. He was an actor, known for All Saints (1998), Changi (2001) and Blue Heelers (1994). He died on August 27, 2008 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

On the afternoon of 27 August 2008 Priestley checked into the Swissotel in Market Street, Sydney, under the name 'Damien Barker'. He jumped from a window at the hotel at about 2PM. Police confirmed that his body was found in an awning. A police spokesperson said that the incident was not being treated as suspicious. The actor was believed to have been suffering from depression. Priestley continued to be seen posthumously in his All Saints role until November 18, 2008

14. Ryan Dunn

Actor | Close-Up

Ryan Dunn (June 11, 1977 - June 20, 2011) was an American reality television personality, actor and stunt man. He was a member of the Jackass and Viva La Bam crew.

Ryan Matthew Dunn was born in Medina, Ohio, to Linda Sue (Reese) and Ronald James Dunn. He came to prominence as a member of the CKY ...

Dunn died in an alcohol-related car crash in West Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, on the morning of June 20, 2011, alongside his friend Zachary Hartwell, a production assistant on Jackass Number Two.

15. Andy Whitfield

Actor | Spartacus: Blood and Sand

Andy Whitfield was born on October 17, 1971 in Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales. He was an actor, known for Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010), Gabriel (2007) and The Clinic (2010). He was married to Vashti Whitfield. He died on September 11, 2011 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Whitfield died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Sydney, Australia, on 11 September 2011, 18 months after his initial cancer diagnosis

16. Justin Mentell

Actor | G-Force

Justin Mentell was born on December 16, 1982 in Austin, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for G-Force (2009), Boston Legal (2004) and 5-25-77 (2007). He died on February 1, 2010 in Blanchardville, Wisconsin, USA.

On February 1, 2010, Mentell died in a car crash near Hollandale, Wisconsin.

17. Andy Hallett

Actor | Angel

Andy Hallett is from the tiny Cape Cod village of Osterville, part of the town of Barnstable. He attended Barnstable High School and then Assumption College in Worcester. Always shy, he didn't begin singing until Patti LaBelle invited him onstage at a concert. After moving to Los Angeles he worked ...

Five years after first experiencing heart problems, and after at least three additional hospitalizations, Hallett died from congestive heart failure on March 29, 2009 at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles with his father by his bedside

18. Lucy Gordon

Actress | Spider-Man 3

Lucy Gordon was born on May 22, 1980 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. She was an actress, known for Spider-Man 3 (2007), Serendipity (2001) and The Four Feathers (2002). She died on May 20, 2009 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.

On 20 May 2009, Gordon was found hanging in the Paris flat she shared with cinematographer Jerome Almeras.

19. Johnny Palermo

Actor | Cold Case

Johnny Palermo was born on March 12, 1982 in Rochester, New York, USA as John J. Palermo. He was an actor, known for Cold Case (2003), Days of Our Lives (1965) and Just for Kicks (2006). He died on June 8, 2009 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.

On June 8, 2009, he and his girlfriend Alessandra Giangrande were both killed in an early morning car crash in North Hollywood, California. Giangrande was driving at the time. Palermo was 27 years old at his death.

20. Robert Knox

Actor | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Son of Colin and Sally Knox. Brother of Jamie Knox.

Stabbed to death in bar brawl in London on 24 May 2008, while protecting his 16-year-old brother, four days after his last scene on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was shot. His attacker was convicted of his murder on 4 March 2009.

Knox died after being stabbed outside of a bar in Sidcup, Greater London, in May 2008, when he intervened in a fight to protect his brother.

21. De'Angelo Wilson

Actor | 8 Mile

De'Angelo Wilson was born on March 29, 1979 in Dayton, Ohio, USA as De'Angelo Ke'Shine Hill Wilson. He was an actor, known for 8 Mile (2002), Antwone Fisher (2002) and The Salon (2005). He died on November 26, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Wilson was found hanged in the back room of a commercial building in Los Angeles, California; his death was ruled a suicide.

22. Sophie Heathcote

Actress | Water Rats

Sophie Heathcote was born on December 25, 1972 in Melbourne, Australia. She was an actress, known for Water Rats (1996), Grass Roots (2000) and A Country Practice (1981). She was married to Chris Clark. She died on January 4, 2006 in Connecticut, USA.

Heathcote died suddenly in Connecticut from an aneurism. She had also been suffering from advanced skin and pancreatic cancer.

23. Adrienne Shelly

Actress | Waitress

The late Adrienne Shelley was born in Queens, New York, to Sheldon Levine and Elaine Langbaum. After graduating Jericho High School, located in Jericho, New York, she enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where ...

On November 1, 2006, Shelley was murdered in her Greenwich Village work studio. Found hanging from a curtain rod in the studio's bathroom, her death was initially thought to be a suicide. After a police investigation, and with her husband insisting a suicide was out of the question, an Ecuadorian illegal immigrant who was part of a construction crew working at the building was arrested and later confessed to her murder. Shelley had confronted him after he had crept into her studio and found him rummaging through her purse.

24. Belinda Emmett

Actress | Home and Away

Belinda Emmett was born on 12 April 1974 in Umina Beach, New South Wales, Australia. As a teenager, she worked for local radio station Coast Rock FM before landing her first major acting role as "Tracy Russell" in the popular sitcom Hey Dad..! (1987). She became a household name two years later ...

On 11 November 2006, Emmett died from cancer at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney. She had been there since reportedly suffering "stroke-like symptoms" the previous Monday

25. Lamont Bentley

Actor | The Wash

A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lamont Bentley moved to Los Angeles with his mother, an aspiring singer. His aptitude for comedy became apparent as he constantly made people laugh at his mother's auditions. It was then that he was encouraged to begin his own entertainment career. He began with ...

Shortly after midnight on January 19, 2005, Bentley was driving alone when he was killed in a single-car accident in southern California's Ventura County. He was driving on Highway 118 near Simi Valley (30 miles northwest of Los Angeles). Witnesses to the accident stated that Bentley's vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed towards the Rocky Peak Fire Road off ramp. After running through a stop sign, the vehicle went through a chain-link fence situated across the street and rolled down an embankment. Bentley was ejected from the vehicle into traffic where five cars struck him before help could arrive.

26. Nicole DeHuff

Actress | Meet the Parents

Nicole DeHuff was born on 6 January 1975 in Oklahoma. She began her acting studies at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Acting Conservatory. Her first screen role was in the comedy hit Meet the Parents (2000), in which she co-starred with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. Her character (Deborah Byrnes)...

DeHuff became ill and was allegedly misdiagnosed twice by doctors who failed to recognize her as having pneumonia. She collapsed at her Hollywood Hills home. Taken unconscious to Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, she was found to have an aggressive form of pneumonia that, a friend says, led to a staph infection and cardiac arrest. When it was finally discovered, it was already well advanced and she died on February 16, 2005, in Los Angeles

27. Matthew McGrory

Actor | Big Fish

Originally a student of pre-law at Widener University, and later majoring in Criminal Justice at West Chester University, Matthew started his career by making appearances on The Howard Stern Show (1990), The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984), and music videos of Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson, and Blondie. ...

He lived in Sherman Oaks, California, with his girlfriend Melissa. On August 9, 2005, Matthew McGrory died of natural causes (he was never diagnosed as having gigantism) at age 32

28. Lloyd Avery II

Actor | Boyz n the Hood

Lloyd Avery II was born on June 21, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Lloyd Fernandez Avery. He is known for his work on Boyz n the Hood (1991), Lockdown (2000) and Poetic Justice (1993). He died on September 4, 2005 in Crescent City, California.

In 2001, Avery was arrested in connection with a double homicide soon after wrapping Focus. He was later convicted and sentenced to prison. On the evening of September 6, 2005, Avery was found dead in his cell at Pelican Bay State Prison. His body was discovered two days after he was strangled and struck on the head. Avery's cellmate, Kevin Roby, is the prime suspect in the murder. He is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery, in Inglewood, California.

29. Fritha Goodey

Actress | About a Boy

Fritha Goodey was born on October 23, 1972 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England as Fritha Jane Goodey. She was an actress, known for About a Boy (2002), She Stoops to Conquer (2003) and Sherlock (2002). She died on September 7, 2004 in Notting Hill, London, England.

Having struggled with anorexia for years, Goodey committed suicide by stabbing herself in the chest on 7 September 2004.

30. Lana Clarkson

Actress | Scarface

This beautiful, long-legged blonde actress was known to be a kind, intelligent and dependable actor with a comedic talent as well. She appeared in many American TV hits of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Three's Company (1976), The Jeffersons (1975), The New Mike Hammer (1984), Riptide (1984), Knight ...

In February 2003, Clarkson was fatally shot in the mansion of songwriter and producer Phil Spector.

31. Kellie Waymire

Actress | Enterprise

Received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and graduated in 1993 from University of California at San Diego with a Masters of Fine Arts.

Waymire died on November 13, 2003 in her home in Los Angeles, California from an undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmia (cardiac arrest), likely related to mitral valve prolapse, a condition she was diagnosed with as a teenager.

32. Josh Ryan Evans

Actor | Passions

Despite being one of the smallest actors in Hollywood at 37 inches, Josh proved quality early on in life. By creating and distributing his own business cards before he was even a teenager, Josh landed a spot on "The Dancing Baby" ice cream commercial, which led to his role in Baby Geniuses (1999), ...

On August 5, 2002, Evans died from complications related to a congenital heart condition.

33. Merlin Santana

Actor | Showtime

Originally from New York, both of Merlin's parents were from the Dominican Republic. His mother pushed for a career in show business to keep him out of trouble and off the mean streets. He began as an advertising model for a fast-food chain at the age of 3. He first began getting noticed as Stanley...

On November 9, 2002, Santana was shot in the head and killed as he and his best friend, former child actor Brandon Quintin Adams were in a car leaving another man's home in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles on Nov. 9, 2002. He was 26 years old.

34. Glenn Quinn

Actor | Angel

Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to the United States with his mother and two sisters in 1988. His first role was as a pool shark in the Richard Marx video Satisfied. He later landed a major role in the John Travolta film Shout (1991), where he shared a screen kiss with Gwyneth Paltrow....

Quinn was found dead on 3 December 2002 of a drug overdose. He was 32 years old. Police and autopsy reports revealed the cause of death to be an accidental heroin overdose. His body was found on the couch of a friend he was visiting in North Hollywood, California.

35. Aaliyah

Soundtrack | Romeo Must Die

Talented. Beautiful. Modest. These three words described R&B singer-turned-actress Aaliyah perfectly.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Diane (Hankerson) and Michael Haughton. Her uncle was music manager Barry Hankerson and her brother is director Rashad Haughton. Aaliyah was ...

Plane crash.

36. Megan Connolly

Actress | Home and Away

After making her film debut in "The Crossing", Megan was one of the leading soap stars in Australia. After her role in Paradise Beach ended in 1994, she co-hosted the morning kids show "The Zone" for a year. In late 1995 she hosted the Foxtel's fitness show "Body Corp" for cable television, before ...

Connolly died from a heroin overdose on 6 September 2001 at the age of 27.

37. Justin Pierce

Actor | Kids

Born in London, England to a Welsh mother and an Australian father, Justin Charles Pierce was raised in the Marble Hill section of Manhattan, New York City. He attended P.S. 7 in the Bronx for Elementary School and J.H.S. 141 in the Riverdale section of the Bronx for Junior High School. Pierce's ...

On July 10, 2000, aged 25, Pierce was discovered hanged in his room at the Bellagio Hotel by hotel security. His death was a determined to be a suicide

38. Dana Plato

Actress | Diff'rent Strokes

Dana Michelle Plato was born in Maywood, California, on Saturday 7 November 1964. Her first excursion into the film world occurred when she was eleven in the television film Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (1975). Dana never really made an impact on the TV screen until she landed the part of Kimberly ...

Plato died at the age of 34 of an overdose of the painkiller Lortab along with Soma.

39. Rodney Harvey

Actor | My Own Private Idaho

Rodney Harvey was born on July 31, 1967 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Rodney Michael Harvey. He was an actor, known for My Own Private Idaho (1991), The Outsiders (1990) and Twin Peaks (1990). He died on April 11, 1998 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

During the making of My Own Private Idaho, Harvey began using heroin. After several stints in jail and attempts to get clean, he died of a heroin and cocaine overdose on April 10, 1998 at the Hotel Barbizon in Los Angeles.

40. Michelle Thomas

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Michelle Thomas was born in Boston but raised in New York and New Jersey. She attended the Montclair School of Arts and the Broadway Dance Center. She is survived by her parents, Phynjuar Thomas (a stage actress and acting coach) and Dennis D.T. Thomas (a founder and current member of the 1970s ...

In August 1997, Thomas was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer, intra-abdominal desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor. She underwent surgery to remove a lemon-sized tumor shortly before landing her Young and the Restless role in the spring of 1998. In October 1998, she underwent surgery after a second cancerous growth ruptured. After being released from the hospital, Thomas flew home to New Jersey to spend Thanksgiving with her family. On December 22 or 23, Thomas died surrounded by her family and friends in New York City at Manhattan's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, aged 29 or 30. On December 26, 1998, a Muslim funeral service was held, as she had requested. She was buried in Montclair, New Jersey, near her home.

41. Dana Hill

Actress | National Lampoon's European Vacation

Dana Hill was born Dana Lynne Goetz on May 6, 1964, in a suburb of Los Angeles, to parents Sandy Hill and Ted Goetz, a commercial director. Despite diabetes ending a promising future in athletics when she was just ten years old, Dana gamely threw herself into acting when still in her early teen ...

Hill slipped into a diabetic coma in May 1996 and suffered a massive paralytic stroke the following month. On July 15, 1996, Hill died at age 32

42. Tupac Shakur

Soundtrack | Poetic Justice

Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital ...

Murdered.

43. David Rappaport

Actor | Time Bandits

British actor David Rappaport earned more roles and respect than most guys his size (or any size for that matter) who attempted a professional acting career. Born with the genetic condition dwarfism (he was 3' 11"), he was often typecast in bizarre, sometimes silly and demeaning roles; but, like ...

Rappaport struggled with depression later in his life. On May 2, 1990, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest in Laurel Canyon Park in the San Fernando Valley, California.

44. Franklyn Seales

Actor | The Onion Field

Franklyn Seales was a stage and television actor best remembered for playing the finicky business manager Dexter Stuffins on the NBC sit-com "Silver Spoons." He also appeared in films, most notably as the real-life cop killer in "The Onion Field."

One of eight children, Seales was born in 1952 on ...

On May 14, 1990, Seales died of complications from AIDS at his family's home in New York City. He was 37 years old.

45. Cory Monteith

Actor | Glee

Cory Monteith was born on May 11, 1982 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada as Cory Allan Michael Monteith. He was an actor, known for playing the singing jock Finn on the American TV show Glee (2009) and films such as Monte Carlo (2011), and Final Destination 3 (2006). He died on July 13, 2013 in Vancouver...

The 31-year-old actor, who played Finn in the popular TV series, Glee reportedly died of a drug overdose in Vancouver in July 2013.

46. Jiah Khan

Actress | Ghajini

Jiah Khan was born on February 20, 1988 in New York City, New York, USA as Nafisa Khan. She is known for her work on Ghajini (2008), Nishabd (2007) and Housefull (2010). She died on June 3, 2013 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

On 4 June 2013, she was found dead in her apartment in her residence in the Sagar Sangeet building in Juhu, Mumbai after hanging herself

47. Lee Thompson Young

Actor | Friday Night Lights

Lee Thompson Young was born as the son of Velma Love and Tommy Scott Young. When he was in second grade his parents split up and he went to live with his mother. At age ten, he portrayed Dr. Martin Luther King in a play called "A Night of Stars and Dreams". That's when Lee decided he wanted to be ...

On August 19, 2013, Young failed to show up for filming an episode of Rizzoli & Isles. Police were called to do a well-being check on him at his Los Angeles apartment, where he was found dead. His manager confirmed the actor took his own life. Police confirmed cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

48. Gia Allemand

Actress | Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report

Gia Allemand was born on December 20, 1983 in Howard Beach, New York, USA as Gia Marie Allemand. She was an actress, known for Ghost Trek: The Kinsey Report (2011), Ghost Trek: Goomba Body Snatchers Mortuary Lockdown (2013) and The Bachelor (2002). She died on August 14, 2013 in New Orleans, ...

On August 12, 2013, Allemand was admitted to University Hospital in New Orleans after an attempted suicide by hanging. She was declared brain dead and removed from life support two days later at age 29.

49. Paul Walker

Actor | The Fast and the Furious

Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, California. He grew up together with his brothers, Caleb and Cody, and sisters, Ashlie and Amie. Their parents, Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, and Cheryl (Crabtree) Walker, a model, separated around September 2004. His grandfather, William ...

Died in a single vehicle car crash on November 30th, 2013 during a charity event. Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the accident. Paul was a passenger of the vehicle. I have included Paul in the list even though he was 40, he had only just celebrated his 40th a couple of months before his death.

50. Max Cantor

Actor | Dirty Dancing

Max Cantor was born on May 15, 1959. He was an actor, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989) and Diner (1983). He died on October 3, 1991 in New York City, New York, USA.

Died of a heroin overdose in 1991 aged 32.

51. Chris Farley

Actor | Tommy Boy

Christopher Crosby Farley was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors Kevin P. Farley and John Farley. He was of Irish heritage. Farley studied theatre and communications on Marquette ...

Died in 1997 from a drug overdose, aged 33.

52. John Belushi

Actor | Saturday Night Live

John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was ...

Died from at drug overdose in 1982 at the age of 33.

53. Judith Barsi

Actress | The Land Before Time

The only child of Jozsef Barsi and Maria Benko, Judith Eva Barsi beat 10,000 to 1 odds when she was discovered at a San Fernando Valley skating rink at 5 1/2 years old in 1983. She was mistaken for a three year old child. Her first commercial was for Donald Duck Orange Juice and she went on to ...

Died in 1988 at the age of 10 after her father killed her in a murder suicide in Los Angeles.

54. Ashleigh Aston Moore

Actress | Now and Then

Ashleigh Ashton Moore was born as Ashley Rogers on September 30, 1981. Her parents were Cynthia Moore, a CNA (Certified nursing assistant) and James Moore, who wasn't around for much of her life. She attended a private school in Sunnyvalle until third grade when she left to spend full time on her ...

Died from an accidental heroin overdose, age 26 in 2007.

55. Bridgette Andersen

Actress | Savannah Smiles

Bridgette Andersen was born on July eleventh, 1975 to Frank Glass and Teresa Andersen in Inglewood, California and grew up in Malibu. She always considered it good luck to have her birthday read as 7-11 rather than of July 11th. She would always kiss the first two fingers on her right hand and then...

An accidental drug overdose in 1997, aged 21.

56. Christopher Pettiet

Actor | Point Break

Born in Dallas, Texas, Christopher Pettiet began career as a child actor making appearances in television series, made-for-television movies and films. He starred in two hit flicks, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead and Point Break, and then joined the cast of the Western TV series The Young ...

Died in 2000 of a drug overdose at the age of 24 in Los Angeles.

57. Tara Correa-McMullen

Actress | Rebound

Tara Correa-McMullen was born on May 24, 1989 in Westminster, Vermont, USA as Shalvah McMullen. She was an actress, known for Rebound (2005), Judging Amy (1999) and Zoey 101 (2005). She died on October 21, 2005 in Inglewood, California, USA.

Murdered by gang member in 2005 at the age of 16 in California. She was shot outside her own apartment.

58. J. Madison Wright

Actress | Earth 2

Jessica Madison Wright was born in Cincinnati on July 29th 1984, the eldest of four children. A pretty youngster who enjoyed dressing up and was very much a 'girlie' child, Madison began modeling at the age of five. Her interest in modeling and acting - something she shared with her younger sister ...

Died of a heart attack just before her 21st birthday in 2006 in Kentucky.

59. Michael Cuccione

Actor | 2gether

Michael James Cuccione was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada on January 5th, 1985, to Domenic and Gloria Cuccione. In 1994, when he was only 9 years old, he was diagnosed with 2A Hodgkin's Disease. He recovered from two bouts of the cancer, but was left with permanent damage to and around ...

Died in 2001 at 16 of respiratory failure just after his 16th birthday in Vancouver.

60. Misty Upham

Actress | August: Osage County

Misty Anne Upham, born in Kallispell, Montana, grew up in south Seattle, the fourth of five children. She began her career at the age of thirteen when she joined a community theater group, Red Eagle Soaring. What began as a summer workshop soon turned into a full-time job. By the age of fourteen ...

Died in October 2014 at the age of 32. Best known for her role in Frozen River. It is debated whether her death was a suicide or accident after being found at the bottom of a cliff.

61. Jason Jurman

Actor | The Bedford Diaries

Jason Jurman was born on November 6, 1979. He was an actor, known for The Bedford Diaries (2006), Cougar Club (2007) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). He died on October 11, 2014 in Los Gatos, California, USA.

Died in October 2014 at the age of 34.

62. Justin Gocke

Actor | Santa Barbara

Justin Gocke was born on January 31, 1978 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Justin Earle Gocke. He was an actor, known for Santa Barbara (1984), Simon & Simon (1981) and Godzilla 1985 (1984). He died on September 8, 2014 in Lancaster, California.

Best known as the child actor in Santa Barbara, Justin died in September 2014 at the age of 36.

63. Skye McCole Bartusiak

Actress | The Patriot

Skye McCole Bartusiak was born on September 28, 1992 in Houston, Texas, USA. She was an actress and producer, known for The Patriot (2000), Don't Say a Word (2001) and Love Comes Softly (2003). She died on July 19, 2014 in Houston.

Accidental drug overdose at the age of 21 in July 2014 in Houston.

64. Stephanie Moseley

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Stephanie Moseley was born on February 14, 1984 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Stephanie Elyse Moseley. She is known for her work on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011), Idlewild (2006) and Mirror Mirror (2012). She was married to Earl Hayes. She died on December 8, 2014 in ...

Died in December 2014 at the age of 30 in an apparent murder/suicide with her partner.

65. Jon-Erik Hexum

Actor | Voyagers!

In the early 1980s, this ruggedly handsome young man of Norwegian parentage was seen as the "next big thing", and then suddenly he was dead from an accident via a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Hexum was born and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where he was a musically gifted student at school playing...

Died in 1984 after playing a game of Russian roulette with a prop gun loaded with blanks, unaware that it would be dangerous. He was 26.

66. Rebecca Schaeffer

Actress | Radio Days

Rebecca began modeling at the age of 16, going off to New York on her own to begin her career. Four months later, she found herself in Japan, modeling. Eventually, she landed a co-starring role on My Sister Sam (1986), for which she is now best known. In 1989 she also became a spokesperson for ...

Died in West Hollywood in 1989 after being fatally shot by a stalker. She was 21.

67. Dorothy Stratten

Actress | Galaxina

Dorothy Stratten's story was brief, glorious and tragic. She was born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on February 28, 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up in a rough neighborhood in Vancouver, but kept out of trouble and went through the motions of school. While not a beauty as a child...

Dorothy was killed by her estranged husband in Los Angeles in 1980. She was 20.

68. Anne Pressly

Actress | W.

Anne Pressly was born on August 28, 1982 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. She was an actress, known for W. (2008). She died on October 25, 2008 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.

Brutally murdered in Arkansas in 2008. She was 26.

69. Dominique Dunne

Actress | Poltergeist

Dominique Dunne was born to a life of privilege in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne and Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer. Actor Griffin Dunne is her brother. After her parents' divorce, she moved first to New York, and then to a posh home in ...

Dominique was murdered by her former boyfriend in Los Angeles in 1982. She was 22.

70. Wade Dominguez

Actor | Dangerous Minds

Wade Dominguez was born in Northern California. While on a modeling assignment in Italy he landed an American soap Opera. He was in the video "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. Of course he was in "Dangerous Minds".

Died in Los Angeles in 1998 at the age of 32 from respiratory failure.

71. Chris Hardman

Actor | Dani's House

Chris Hardman was born on August 26, 1990 in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England as Christopher James Hardman. He was an actor, known for Dani's House (2008), Rock School (2005) and Beal High School (2011). He died on March 23, 2015 in Lowestoft.

Committed suicide in March 2015 at the age of 24 in England.

72. Windell Middlebrooks

Actor | Scrubs

Windell Middlebrooks was born on January 8, 1979 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA as Windell Dwain Middlebrooks Jr. He was an actor and writer, known for Scrubs (2001), Body of Proof (2011) and The Suite Life on Deck (2008). He died on March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Suffered a pulmonary embolism and died at the age of 36 in Los Angeles.

73. Ben Woolf

Actor | American Horror Story

Ben Woolf was born on September 15, 1980 in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA as Benjamin Eric Woolf. He was an actor, known for American Horror Story (2011), Woggie (2012) and Haunting Charles Manson (2014). He died on February 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Died in February 2015 in Los Angeles after sustaining a head injury after being in a traffic accident.

74. Greg Plitt

Actor | Terminator Salvation

Greg Plitt was born on November 3, 1977 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as George Gregory Plitt Jr. He was an actor, known for Terminator Salvation (2009), The Good Shepherd (2006) and Grudge Match (2013). He died on January 17, 2015 in Burbank, California, USA.

Killed after being hit by a train in California in January 2015, he was 37.

75. Sawyer Sweeten

Actor | Everybody Loves Raymond

Sawyer Sweeten was born on May 12, 1995 in Brownwood, Texas, USA as Sawyer Storm Sweeten. He was an actor, known for Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), Frank McKlusky, C.I. (2002) and Even Stevens (2000). He died on April 23, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

Played one of the young boys in Everybody Loves Raymond. Sawyer committed suicide in Texas in April 2015. He was 19.

76. Selena

Soundtrack | Don Juan DeMarco

Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, a city 50 miles southeast of Houston, to Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Quintanilla. Abraham opened a Mexican restaurant, Papagayo, in Lake Jackson. Selena was 9-years-old when her father discovered her talent for singing. He formed a band consisting of...

Selena was murdered by her former agent in March 1995. She was 23 years old.

77. Max Prado

Actor | The Benchwarmers

Max Prado was born on April 15, 1992 in Bakersfield, California, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for The Benchwarmers (2006), Chuck (2007) and How I Met Your Mother (2005). He died on March 13, 2016 in Bakersfield.

Passed away on March 13th 2016 at the age of 23. After years of struggling with addiction, Max passed away after a drug overdose as stated in his obituary.

78. Michael Galeota

Actor | Bailey Kipper's P.O.V.

Michael Galeota was born on August 28, 1984 in Smithtown, Long Island, New York, USA as Michael James Galeota. He was an actor, known for Bailey Kipper's P.O.V. (1996), The Jersey (1999) and Clubhouse Detectives (1996). He died on January 10, 2016 in Glendale, California, USA.

Michael died on January 10th 2016 at the age of 31. He had suffered abdominal pain in the days leading up to his death, the exact cause of death is as yet unknown.

79. Joseph Cure

Actor | Miracle

Joseph Cure was born on December 10, 1983 in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. He was an actor, known for Miracle (2004). He died on November 8, 2015 in Ennis, Montana, USA.

Joseph died in a traffic accident in Montana on November 8th 2015. He was only 31.

80. Nathaniel Marston

Actor | One Life to Live

Nathaniel Marston was born on July 9, 1975 in Sharon, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for One Life to Live (1968), The Craft (1996) and As the World Turns (1956). He was married to Rita Bias. He died on November 11, 2015.

Nathaniel passed away on November 11th 2015 after a car accident in Nevada that left him with severe injuries. He was 40.

81. Sam Sarpong

Producer | Woman Scorned

Sam Sarpong was born on December 19, 1975 in London, England as Samuel Osei Sarpong. He was an actor and producer, known for Woman Scorned (2016), Johnny Was (2006) and Scary Movie 5 (2013). He died on October 26, 2015 in Pasadena, California, USA.

Sam passed away on 26th October 2015. He committed suicide by jumping from a bridge. He was 40.

82. Kristian Ealey

Actor | In His Life: The John Lennon Story

Kristian Ealey was born on November 21, 1977 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England as Kristian John Ealey. He was an actor, known for In His Life: The John Lennon Story (2000), Hollyoaks (1995) and Brookside (1982). He died on May 3, 2016 in Italy.

Kristian died in his sleep in Italy on 3rd May 2016, he was 38.

83. Nick Lashaway

Actor | The 40 Year Old Virgin

Nick Lashaway was born on March 24, 1988 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He was an actor, known for The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), In Time (2011) and The Last Song (2010). He died on May 8, 2016 in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA.

Nick died in a car accident on 8th May 2016, he was 28.

84. Anton Yelchin

Actor | Star Trek

Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Chekov in the Star Trek (2009) reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night (2011) remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy (2011).

He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His ...

Anton was accidentally killed on 19th June 2016 when his car rolled forward after he had parked it, crushing him against a fence, he was 27.

85. Neil Fingleton

Actor | X: First Class

Neil Fingleton was born on February 18, 1980 in Durham, England. He is known for his work on X: First Class (2011), 47 Ronin (2013) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). He died on February 25, 2017 in London, England.

Neil died 25th February 2017, at the age of 36 from reported heart failure.

86. Michael Mantenuto

Actor | Miracle

Michael Mantenuto was born on May 13, 1981 in Holliston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Miracle (2004), Surfer, Dude (2008) and Dirtbags (2006). He was married to Kati Vienneau. He died on April 24, 2017 in Des Moines, Washington, USA.

Michael died on 24th April 2017 when he committed suicide. He was 35.

87. Stevie Ryan

Actress | The Heavy Show

Actress and writer Stevie Ryan was born and raised in the small town of Victorville, California. She made the move to Los Angeles at the age of 19 to pursue her dreams in the entertainment industry. An innate go-getter equipped with a tenacious work ethic, she hit the ground running, booking and ...

Stevie committed suicide by hanging on 1st July 2017, she was 33.

88. Nelsan Ellis

Actor | The Butler

Nelsan Ellis was an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood (2008).

Nelsan was born on November 30, 1977, in Harvey, Illinois, the son of Jackie Ellis and Tommie Lee Thompson. Following his parents' divorce, Ellis ...

Nelsan died on 8th July 2017 after complications from heart failure, he was 39.

89. Evan Helmuth

Actor | Fever Pitch

Evan Helmuth was born in 1977 as Evan Hershey Helmuth. He was an actor and producer, known for Fever Pitch (2005), Jobs (2013) and The Devil Inside (2012). He died on July 17, 2017.

Evan passed away on the 17th July 2017 after complications from a stroke, he was 40.

90. Blake Heron

Actor | We Were Soldiers

Blake Heron was born in Massapequa, New York, in Long Island on January 11th, 1982. At the age of 7 he moved to Marietta, Georgia. Having been fixated on movies and being an actor at a very young age, it was in Marietta where he got his first agent at an agency in Atlanta called Kiddin' Around. The...

Blake died on 8th September 2017 after he was found unresponsive in his apartment, he was 35.