Top 10 Famous Stars Who Died Too Young

Take a look at the below list of the world’s Top 10 Famous Stars Who Died Too Young till 2017. They say the only the good die young. Some also say that life is too uncertain to do anything other than live fast, play hard and leave a good-looking corpse. Frankly, there seems to be a paradoxical relationship between those two philosophies, but one thing you cannot deny is that the latter philosophy has seemed to appeal to a fairly broad swath of artistic types. The top 10 famous stars who died too young till 2017 should by all rights represent a cautionary tale rather than an enticement to follow suit. And yet, the one guarantee the subject of dying young is that the nominees for this list will almost certainly continue to expand.

List of Top 10 Famous Stars Who Died Too Young till 2017

10. Elvis Presley: Age 42

Elvis Presley Top 10 Famous Stars Who Died Too Young 2017

To some, of course, 42 hardly represents an age that could be considered young. If you are among that number, then please step out of line and sign the contract over there in which you agree to end your life when you turn 42. Yeah, the early 40s is starting to look not quite so ancient now, huh? The truth is that Elvis Presley did die too young. Consider that David Bowie had just completed an album when he died at 63. Or that Tony Bennett was still collecting Grammy Awards in his 80s. Yes, Elvis Presley died too young.

9. Thurman Munson: Age 32

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Thurman Munson was one of the linchpins of the return to glory by the New York Yankees in the 1970s when he was practicing taking off and landing in his new Cessna plane. The plane clipped a tree on one of those practice sessions and the plane crashed. Munson died as a result of his injuries which may have been blessing in disguise: the one time MVP would likely have been paralyzed from the neck down for the rest of his life had he lived.

8. Marilyn Monroe: Age 36


It can be difficult to wrap your head around the fact that Marilyn Monroe—the ultimate Hollywood sex symbol—was just 36 years old when she died. In some ways, of course, it may have been blessing for her to die so young. Who wants to see a sex symbol grow old, after all? In every other way, it is far more than a tragedy, however.

7. John Candy: Age 43

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Sure, John Belushi was younger and more famous, but John Candy was the truly great overweight comedian taken too early. Candy revealed the kind of range of emotion that Belushi and Chris Farley could only dream of matching. The worst thing about his passing is that he was just hitting his stride as more than a “fat comic” and was likely on the verge of breaking through to showing the real depth of his dramatic acting chops.

6. Hank Williams: Age 29

Hank Williams Top Popular Stars Who Died Too Young 2018

Maybe…just maybe…if Hank Williams had not died before he reached the age of 30, country music would not have fallen into the state of disrepair and hopelessness in which it finds itself. The same basic tune played over and over again with lyrics that only seem to change the names and the state are a far bit of distance of away from the incredible diversity that Hank Williams proved possible in a tragically short amount of time.

5. Tupac Shakur: Age 25


The world of rap is a tough one. And in a way Tupac Shakur’s death by gunshot and the subsequent murder of the lead suspect in the shooting that killed Shakur might well be considered a case of living by the sword and dying by the sword. Not that such an interpretation of the darker side of the rap industry make the passing of Shakur at such a young age any less tragic, of course.

4. Freddie Prinze: Age 22


It never fails to shock most people to be reminded that the star of Chico of the Man was just 22 years old when he died. Prinze looked a bit older and maybe that had to do with a lifelong battle with depression His death by a gunshot to the head had been various describe as a suicide and an accident and perhaps the truth will never be known. Not that it matters; dead is dead. And Prinze died too young either way.

3. Heath Ledger: Age 28


A short career that produced an unusual number of powerful performances ended on the highest note: his last performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight is sure to keep Ledger in the spotlight long after his death. Ledger’s unexpected and tragic passing pushed him into one of the most select groups in show business: actors who won Oscars after dying.

2. Ian Curtis: Age 23

Ian Curtis Top Most Famous Stars Who Died Too Young 2019

The leader of Manchester post-punk band Joy Division hanged himself on the eve of leaving for the band’s first tour of the United States. Curtis and Joy Division influenced a range of musicians and rock bands and the world can only imagine what the legacy of Joy Division would have been if he’d not committed suicide. For one thing, New Order would never have existed, which would also be an enormous tragedy, but remaining as Joy Division might well have made “Blue Monday” an even greater masterpiece than it already is.

1. James Dean: Age 24


The definitive icon of the famous person who died tragically early. James Dean was poised to become one of the biggest movie stars of all time when he hopped into his Porsche Spyder for his last ride. Three films and three Best Actor nominations certify his legacy as a major talent, but history has left unanswered whether he had true staying power.

So, this is the list of Top 10 Famous Stars Who Died Too Young till 2017. Really, when you think about it, isn’t any age qualified for dying too young? If James Dean had lived to be 74 instead of dying at 24, you can bet he would have thought 74 is too young. And so should we all. Any list of the top 10 famous stars who died too young is bound to controversial. Because there have been just way too many famous stars who have died too young.