Shocking celebrity deaths
Christina Grimmie, Prince, Scott Weiland, Bobbi Kristina Brown and more: Remember celebrities who left us too soon in some of the most shocking deaths of all time.
Alan Thicke(Credit: Getty Images for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational / Isaac Brekken)
Alan Thicke, best known as the patriach on "Growing Pains," has died at age 69.
Pete Burns, who died at the age of 57 on Oct. 23, 2016, was the lead singer for British pop band Dead or Alive.
Anton Yelchin(Credit: Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP)
Anton Yelchin (March 11, 1989 -- June 19, 2016): The actor, best known for playing Chekov in the latest "Star Trek" films, died in a freak car accident. He was 27.
Christina Grimmie(Credit: AP)
Christina Grimmie (March 12, 1994 -- June 10, 2016): A season 6 contestant on "The Voice," Grimmie was shot to death by a gunman while signing autographs at a Florida concert venue. The gunman then fatally shot himself. Grimmie is seen here on June 29, 2014, performing as part of "The Voice Tour" at Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta.
Prince(Credit: Getty Images)
Prince (June 7, 1958 -- April 21, 2016): The pop music superstar was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
Scott Weiland(Credit: Getty Images / Theo Wargo)
Scott Weiland (Oct. 27, 1967 -- Dec. 3, 2015): The former Stone Temple Pilots frontman was found dead on his tour bus in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington on Dec. 3, while on tour with his band Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts. A medical examiner ruled two weeks later that his cause of death was a toxic mix of drugs, including cocaine. The medical examiner also noted a history of cardiovascular disease, asthma and addiction.
Bobbi Kristina Brown(Credit: AP / Dan Steinberg)
Bobbi Kristina Brown (March 4, 1993 -- July 26, 2015): Brown, only child of the late pop star Whitney Houston, pictured here on Feb. 12, 2011, died nearly six months after having been found unresponsive in a bathtub at her town house in suburban Roswell, Ga., on Jan. 31, 2015.
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez(Credit: AP)
Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 -- March 31, 1995): A Latin-American crossover phenomenon, the artist known simply as "Selena," left, was fatally shot by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar, right, at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi, Texas, when the singer met Saldívar there to confront her about embezzling funds. Selena was 23.
Greg Plitt(Credit: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez)
Greg Plitt (Nov. 3, 1977 -- Jan. 17, 2015): The fitness model and TV actor was killed by a train in Burbank, Calif., on Jan. 17, 2015.
Christine Cavanaugh(Credit: AP / Mark J. Terrill)
Christine Cavanaugh (Aug. 16, 1963 -- Dec. 22, 2014): The actress, known for voicing the pig in the film "Babe," died at her home from unknown causes. She was 51.
Brittany Murphy (Nov. 10, 1977 -- Dec. 20, 2009): The actress died after collapsing at her home in the Hollywood Hills from a combination of pneumonia, iron deficiency and (legal) drug intoxication. She was 32.
Misty Upham(Credit: Getty Images / Samir Hussein)
Misty Upham (July 6, 1982 -- Oct. 5, 2014): The actress is known for roles in "August: Osage County," "Frozen River" and "Django Unchained." Upham's family, who said she battled with bipolar disorder and depression, reported her missing to police; her body was found along a river in suburban Seattle by a search party of family and friends on Oct. 16, 2014. She was 32.
Sarah Goldberg(Credit: Goldberg family)
Sarah Goldberg (Sept. 6, 1974 -- Sept. 27, 2014): The actress, whose resume included roles on "7th Heaven" and "90210" and "Jurassic Park III," died of natural causes, according to her mother. She was 40.
Simone Battle(Credit: AP / Casey Curry)
Singer and actress Simone Battle (June 17, 1989 -- Sept. 5, 2014): According to the Los Angeles County coroner's office, Battle, was found dead in her West Hollywood home. She was 25.
Robin Williams(Credit: Getty Images / Jason Kempin)
Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 -- Aug. 11, 2014): The actor was found dead of an apparent suicide at his residence in Tiburon, Calif., according to the Marin County police. He was 63.
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Eric Jonathan Hill (1982 -- April 23, 2014): A contestant on the Andi Dorfman edition of ABC's "The Bachelorette," Hill died of injuries suffered in a paragliding accident. He was 32.
L'Wren Scott(Credit: AP / Jon Furniss)
L'Wren Scott (April 28, 1964 -- March 17, 2014): The designer, and Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend, was found dead in Manhattan of a possible suicide. Scott's assistant found her hanging from a doorknob, according to a law enforcement official who spoke to The Associated Press.
Philip Seymour Hoffman(Credit: AP )
Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 -- Feb. 2, 2014): The Oscar-winning actor -- known for "Capote," "Doubt" and "The Master," among several other films -- was found dead on the bathroom floor of his West Village apartment at age 46. The New York City medical examiner later determined Hoffman was killed by a poisonous mix of drugs that included heroin, cocaine, amphetamines and sedatives.
Paul Walker(Credit: AP)
Paul Walker (Sept. 12, 1973 -- Nov. 30, 2013): The star of the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise was killed when the Porsche he was a passenger in smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded into flames.
Lee Thompson Young(Credit: AP)
Lee Thompson Young (Feb. 1, 1984 -- Aug. 19, 2013): Young, who started his career as a teenager on the TV series "The Famous Jett Jackson," was found dead in his North Hollywood home after he failed to show up for taping of his TV series, "Rizzoli & Isles." He was 29.
Lisa Robin Kelly(Credit: MCT, 2000)
Lisa Robin Kelly (March 5, 1970 -- Aug. 14, 2013): The actress best known for playing the older sister of Topher Grace's character on the hit sitcom "That '70s Show" from 1998 to 2006 died in her sleep at her Los Angeles home. She was 43.
Gia Allemand(Credit: Getty Images)
Gia Allemand (Dec. 20, 1983 -- Aug. 14, 2013): The onetime Manorville resident who came in third on the Jake Pavelka season of ABC's "The Bachelor" in 2010 died when she was taken off life support after a suicide attempt by hanging two days earlier. She was 29.
David "Kidd" Kraddick(Credit: AP )
David "Kidd" Kraddick (Aug. 22, 1959 -- July 27, 2013): The TV and radio host of "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" died of heart disease complications while at his Kidd's Kids charity function in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna. He was 53.
Cory Monteith(Credit: Getty Images)
Cory Monteith (May 11, 1982 -- July 13, 2013): The "Glee" actor, who struggled with addiction, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room just two months after he spent time in rehab. A coroner's report later said the cause of death was "mixed drug toxicity" from intravenous heroin use and alcohol.
Jeff Hanneman(Credit: Getty Images)
Jeff Hanneman (Jan. 31, 1964 -- May 2, 2013): The guitarist and founding member of the metal band Slayer died of liver failure caused by a spider bite he did not immediate seek medical treatment for. He was 49.
Shain Gandee(Credit: AP)
Shain Gandee (Nov. 1, 1991 - April 1, 2013): The breakout star of MTV's reality show "Buckwild" was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning, along with his uncle and a family friend, after his Ford Bronco got stuck in mud when the trio went off-roading in Gandee's hometown of Sissonville, W. Va. He was 21.
Whitney Houston(Credit: AP)
Whitney Houston (Aug. 9, 1963 - Feb. 11, 2012): The six-time Grammy winner was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel room on the eve of the Grammy Awards, from accidental drowning, cocaine overdose and coronary artery disease. She was 48.
Amy Winehouse(Credit: Getty Images)
Amy Winehouse (Sept. 14, 1983 - July 23, 2011): The "Rehab" singer was found dead in her bed at her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning. She was 27.
Michael Jackson(Credit: Getty Images)
Michael Jackson (Aug. 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009): The king of pop died at age 50 from a fatal combination of prescription drugs that shut down his already weak heart. The doctor who administered the drugs, Conrad Murray, was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 4 years in prison.
Jenni Rivera(Credit: Getty Images)
Jenni Rivera (July 2, 1969 - Dec. 9, 2012): The Mexican singer died when her private jet crashed in Mexico after a concert, also killing several members of her entourage. She was 43.
John Lennon(Credit: Getty Images)
John Lennon (Oct. 9, 1940 - Dec. 8, 1980): The founding member of The Beatles was assassinated by a crazed fan in front of his apartment complex in New York. He was 40.
Janis Joplin(Credit: Baron Wolman)
Janis Joplin (Jan. 19, 1943 - Oct. 4, 1970): The singer-songwriter died of an accidental heroin overdose after a long struggle with substance abuse. She was 27.
Princess Diana(Credit: AP)
Diana, Princess of Wales (July 1, 1961 - Aug. 31, 1997): Princess Diana died from injuries sustained during a Paris car crash, in which paparazzi were following her black Mercedes at high speeds. She was 36.
Heath Ledger(Credit: AP)
Heath Ledger (April 4, 1979 - Jan. 22, 2008): Acclaimed for his role in "Brokeback Mountain," and then posthumously for his portrayal of the Joker in 2008's "The Dark Knight," Ledger accidentally overdosed on a prescription drug cocktail at his SoHo apartment in Manhattan. He was 28.
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes(Credit: AP)
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (May 27, 1971 - April 25, 2002): The singer-rapper who made up one-third of the girl group TLC died in a car crash in Honduras. She was 30.
Jim Morrison(Credit: AP)
Jim Morrison (Dec. 8, 1943 - July 3, 1971): The Doors lead singer died in the bathtub of his Paris apartment of apparent heart failure at 27. However, an autopsy was never performed because police did not suspect foul play, which has led to endless speculation and a string of conspiracy theories about the cause of his death.
David Carradine(Credit: AP)
David Carradine (Dec. 8, 1936 - June 3, 2009): Though the actor from the "Kung Fu" 1970s TV series was initially thought to have committed suicide when he was found hanging in a closet in his hotel room in Bangkok, the cause of death was later deemed to be accidental suffocation, possibly from a dangerous form of sex play called autoerotic asphyxiation. He was 72.
Anna Nicole Smith(Credit: AP)
Anna Nicole Smith (Nov. 28, 1967 - Feb. 8, 2007): The former Playboy model was found dead in a Florida hotel room after ingesting a combination of sleeping pills and other medications. She was 39.
Aaliyah (Jan. 16, 1979 - Aug. 25, 2001): Successful recording artist Aaliyah's star was on the rise when a small Cessna plane carrying the singer and her video crew crashed and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the Bahamas, where they had just shot a music video. She was 22.
Steve Irwin(Credit: AP)
Steve Irwin (Feb. 22, 1962 - Sept. 4, 2006): The "Crocodile Hunter" died when his heart was pierced by the poisonous spine of a stringray while shooting a TV show on the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.
Natasha Richardson(Credit: AP)
Natasha Richardson (May 11, 1963 - March 18, 2009): After a relatively minor head injury during a ski vacation with one of her sons in Canada, the actress died from internal bleeding in the brain. She was 45.
Phil Hartman(Credit: AP)
Phil Hartman (Sept. 24, 1948 - May 28, 1998): A regular on "Saturday Night Live," the comedian was shot and killed by his wife, who then turned the gun on herself. The couple's two children were in the home at the time of the murder-suicide. He was 49.
Kurt Cobain(Credit: AP)
Kurt Cobain (Feb. 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994): Nirvana's lead singer killed himself with a gunshot wound to the head at his Seattle home. He was 27.
Corey Haim(Credit: AP)
Corey Haim (Dec. 23, 1971 - March 10, 2010): A 1980s teen idol, Haim succumbed to a combination of pneumonia and a bad heart. Though eight drugs were found in his system, including marijuana and cold medicine, a coroner ruled they did not play a role in his death. He was 38.
Elvis Presley(Credit: AP)
Elvis Presley (Jan. 8, 1935 - Aug. 16, 1977): "The King" died of a drug overdose in his bathroom at Graceland, his famed white-columned mansion. He was 42.
Marilyn Monroe(Credit: AP)
Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 - Aug. 5, 1962): Though her death was ruled a suicide by barbiturate poisoning, speculation persists more than 50 years later that the curvy screen siren may not have died by her own hand at her Brentwood, Calif., home. She was 36.
Tupac Shakur (June 16, 1971 - Sept. 13, 1996): The rapper known as 2Pac died six days after being wounded in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He was 25. Though no arrests have been made in the years since his death, it is thought to have been linked to an East Coast-West Coast beef between 2Pac and rival rapper Notorious B.I.G., who was also killed in a shooting six months later.
Bob Marley(Credit: AP)
Bob Marley (Feb. 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981): The Jamaican reggae musician died of melanoma that had spread to his lungs and brain. He was 36.
Jimi Hendrix(Credit: AP)
Jimi Hendrix (Nov. 27, 1942 - Sept. 18, 1970): The guitarist died of drug-related complications. He was 27.
John F. Kennedy Jr.(Credit: AP)
John F. Kennedy Jr. (Nov. 25, 1960 - July 16, 1999): The son of President John F. Kennedy died at sea, along with his wife, Caroline Bessette, and sister-in-law when the plane he was flying mysteriously crashed about 200 yards off Martha's Vineyard. He was 38.