Click through to remember these celebrities and stars who died too early, some at the height of their careers.
Paul Walker, who shot to fame as star of the high-octane street racing franchise "Fast & Furious," died in a fiery car crash in Southern California on Nov. 30. The 40-year-old actor was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by racing team partner Roger Rodus, who also died in the crash, that slammed into a light pole and burst into flames in an office park in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood.
Singer and actor Bobby Darin, a 1950s teen idol best known for the songs "Splish Splash," "Dream Lover", "Mack the Knife" and "Beyond the Sea," died at age 37 on Dec. 20, 1973, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after undergoing surgery to repair two artificial heart valves he had received in January 1971.
Thirty-six years to the day Bobby Darin died, on Dec. 20, 2009, actress Brittany Murphy, best known for her role in the 1995 comedy "Clueless," died at age 32 after collapsing in her Los Angeles home. The Los Angeles County coroner later ruled that the primary cause of Murphy's death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication of over-the-counter and prescription medications.
"Glee" star Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room at the age of 31 on July 13, 2013. Three days later the British Columbia Coroners Service announced his death was caused by "a mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol." Monteith had a history of drug use, telling Parade magazine in 2011 that he used "anything and everything, as much as possible." He entered rehab at age 19, but it took a family ultimatum after stealing money from a relative to convince him to get clean. He entered rehab again in April 2013, about three months before his death.
Actor Heath Ledger, best known for his films "The Dark Knight" and "Brokeback Mountain," died from an accidental prescription drug overdose on Jan. 22, 2008, at age 28. The Australia-born actor graduated early and left school at age 16 to begin his acting career.
Whitney Houston died at the Beverly Hilton hotel on the eve of the Grammys on Feb. 11, 2012. She was 48. The coroner later named the cause of death as drowning due to atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.
The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison died at the age of 27 on July 3, 1971. Before his rise to fame, Morrison attended UCLA, where he was enrolled in the film program.
Guitar hero Jimi Hendrix also passed when he was 27. He was found dead in a London flat on Sept. 18, 1970.
Just 16 days after Hendrix's death, on Oct. 4, 1970, strong-voiced Janis Joplin also died at age 27. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol.
Former Beatle John Lennon was 40 when Mark David Chapman shot him in the back four times on Dec. 8, 1980, as Lennon and wife Yoko Ono returned to their New York apartment. Lennon was taken to the emergency room of the nearby Roosevelt Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 11:07 p.m.
Amy Winehouse, who won five Grammys for her 2006 album "Back to Black," was found dead on July, 23, 2011, at her home in London. A coroner later ruled the 27-year-old's cause of death to be alcohol poisoning.
Actor James Dean's short lived career ended with his death on Sept. 30, 1955. He is best known for his starring role in "Rebel Without a Cause," in which he personified the restless American youth of the mid-50's. His acting career only lasted a little over a year, but his three films and tragic car crash death made him an American legend.
Fate wasn't kind to either of Dean's "Rebel" co-stars, including Natalie Wood, who died by accidental drowning while on a weekend trip to Santa Catalina Island at the age of 43 on Nov. 29, 1981.
Sal Mineo, another star of "Rebel Without a Cause," was stabbed to death in the alley behind his apartment building in West Hollywood on Feb. 12, 1976. He was 37 years old.
Buddy Holly, a singer-songwriter from the 1950s, is known as a pioneer of rock and roll. He died at the young age of 22 on Feb. 3, 1959, in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. His successful career lasted less than two years.
Rock and Roll pioneer Ritchie Valens had a recording career that lasted all of eight months, scoring several hits, including "La Bamba," before dying at age 17 in the same plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
Actress, model, showgirl, and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe died at age 36 on August 5, 1962. The photogenic actress made only 30 films in her lifetime, but still became a cultural icon and was nicknamed "The Blonde Bombshell." She was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute in 1999.
English musician Sid Vicious died at the young age of 21 on Feb. 2, 1979, from a heroin overdose. In 1977 he joined the Sex Pistols, the band that initiated the punk movement in the U.K. Vicious was the bass player, and he became known for his charisma and wild antics on and off stage.
Actor Bruce Lee died on July 20, 1973, at age 32. He is considered the greatest icon of martial arts cinema, and is known for his roles in "Enter the Dragon" and "Fists of Fury," among others. Raised in Hong Kong, Lee came to America at age 18 and made a career teaching martial arts before he became an actor.
R&B singer Sam Cooke, whose hits included "Cupid," "You Send Me" and "Twistin' the Night Away," was shot and killed on Dec. 11, 1964, at the age of 33.
Actor, comedian and musician John Belushi died from a drug overdose at age 33 on March 5, 1982. He was well known for his acting roles in "The Blues Brothers" and "Animal House," and was a regular on the sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live."
Actor Brandon Lee was 28 years old when he died during filming of his movie "The Crow" on March 31, 1993. He was best known for being the son of actor Bruce Lee, but was on the road to making a name for himself as an actor. He signed a deal with 20th Century Fox in 1991 and landed his first starring role in 1992 in "Rapid Fire."
NBA Basketball star Reggie Lewis played for the Boston Celtics from 1987 to 1993. He was 27 when he suffered sudden cardiac death on the basketball court at an off-season practice on July 27, 1993.
River Phoenix was an actor and teen icon in the 1980s. The older brother of actor Joaquin Phoenix, he died on Oct. 31, 1993. He began acting at age 10, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Danny in "Running on Empty" in 1988.
Kurt Cobain, lead singer and guitarist for Nirvana, committed suicide on April 5, 1994, at age 27. The band's breakthrough came in 1991 when they released the song "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Rapper Tupac Shakur died on Sept. 13, 1996, at age 25 after being shot four times six days earlier in Las Vegas. In addition to his rapping career, Shakur did some acting. His greatest hits album sold over 10 million copies in the U.S.
New York rapper Chris Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls or Notorious B.I.G., was 24 years old when he was gunned down by an unknown assailant in a Los Angeles drive-by shooting on March 9, 1997. Two of his albums were released after his death, and the rapper was ranked No. 3 on MTV's "Greatest MC's of All Time" list.
Popular comedian and actor Chris Farley was known for his skits on "Saturday Night Live," as well as his film roles, especially "Tommy Boy." He died from a drug overdose at age 33 on Dec. 18, 1997.
R&B and soul legend Otis Redding was only 26 when his plane crashed into Lake Monona in Madison, Wis., on Dec. 10, 1967.
Popular R&B artist Aaliyah died on Aug. 25, 2001, at age 22 in a plane crash in the Bahamas. She was also an actress and a model. At age 10 she performed on the TV show "Star Search," and signed a record deal at age 12.
Mexican-American singer Selena, who was called "The Queen of Tejano music," was murdered by her fan club president in 1995. She was 23.
Michael Jackson was preparing for a worldwide comeback tour when he died in June 2009 at age 50.
Singer and actor Elvis Presley was found dead at Graceland, his home in Memphis, Tenn., in 1977. He was 42.
On April 1, 1984, soul music legend Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father after he intervened in an argument between his parents over misplaced business documents. Gaye was 44 when he died.
"Diff'rent Strokes" actor Gary Coleman had many health issues over his life, including congenital autoimmune kidney disease, heart surgery and two seizures. He died on May 28, 2010, at the age of 42, two days after falling down the stairs at his home, possibly after another seizure.
"Saturday Night Live" funnyman Phil Hartman was shot and killed by his wife on May 28, 1998, while he slept in their Encino, Calif., home. His wife committed suicide several hours later. Hartman was 49 when he died.
Steve Irwin, better known as "The Crocodile Hunter," died at age 44 on Sept. 4, 2006, after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film.
"Wizard of Oz" star Judy Garland had a long struggle with alcohol and drug use during most of her career, dying of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 47 on June 22, 1969.
Andy Kaufman became a mainstream success thanks to his role of Latka on the sitcom "Taxi." Diagnosed in late 1983 with a rare form of lung cancer, Kaufman died at age 35 on May 16, 1984, in a Los Angeles hospital. The cause of death was kidney failure, caused by metastasized large cell carcinoma.
Corey Haim rose to fame along with Corey Feldman in the 1980s. Although he was troubled by drug addiction throughout his later career, the Los Angeles County coroner's office ruled that his death at age 38 on March 10, 2010, was due to pneumonia.
Singer-songwriter Jim Croce, known for such songs as "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "Time in a Bottle," died along with five others in a plane crash in Natchitoches, La., on Sept. 20, 1973. Croce was 30.
John Ritter, who became famous thanks to his "Three's Company" role, fell ill while on the set of his sitcom "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" on Sept. 11, 2003. Ritter died later that evening, at 54 years old, from an aortic dissection caused by a previously undiagnosed congenital heart defect.
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, one-third of the group TLC, died of neck injuries and severe head trauma following a car accident in Honduras on April 25, 2002. Lopes was 30 years old when she died.
Cass Elliot, known Mama Cass and a member of The Mamas & the Papas, died in her sleep from a heart attack at the age of 32.
Blues rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was 35 when, on Aug. 27, 1990, he died when the helicopter he was riding crashed into the side of a ski hill after leaving a concert in East Troy, Wis.
Bernie Mac, the comedic actor known for roles in "Ocean's Eleven," "Mr. 3000" and "The Bernie Mac Show," died at the age of 50 on Aug. 9, 2008, from sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in tissue, complicated by pneumonia.
Queen frontman Freddie Mercury was 45 when he died of bronchopneumonia brought on by AIDS on Nov. 24, 1991, only one day after publicly acknowledging he had the disease.
John Candy, known best for comic roles in movies such as "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and "Uncle Buck," died in his sleep after suffering a heart attack on March 4, 1994, while on location filming "Wagons East!" He was 43 years old.
Actress and Playboy Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smith died at age 39 on Feb. 8, 2007, in a Hollywood, Fla., hotel room as a result of an overdose of prescription drugs.
Race car driver Dan Wheldon was a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner. He died on October 16, 2011 at age 33 after a crash during the IndyCar series season finale. He had 16 wins in his IndyCar driving career.
Ryan Dunn, a star of MTV's "Jackass," and member of the "Viva La Bam" crew died at age 34 on June 20, 2011. The Ohio-born actor was best known for his stunts on the show, including crashing golf carts and other gags with co-star Johnny Knoxville.