Unexpected Celebrity Deaths That SHOCKED The World And Left Fans Devastated

by Anna Halkidis
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Paul Walker’s unexpected death left Fast and the Furious fans devastated. His co-stars, who were even more grief-stricken, continue to mourn the loss of their beloved friend.

“I love that boy so much,” actress Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Letty, said in an interview with Today while holding back tears. “I just can’t talk without cracking.”

Vin Diesel, who stars as Dominic Toretto, even says he still feels his presence.

On November 30, 2013, Walker was the passenger in his friend’s Porsche when it crashed, killing him and the driver, Roger Rodas. He was 40.

Although he appeared in several films, Walker was beloved for his role as Brian O’Conner in the highly successful Fast and the Furious franchiseHe died during production of the seventh installment, but his two brothers, Cody and Caleb, stepped in as body doubles to help finish the film.

“We all knew that it was our job to leave a legacy for someone we love and someone the world loved,” Diesel said.

Walker is among several other stars who passed away leaving behind an unforgettable legacy.

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Robin Williams

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The Oscar-winning actor died on August 11, 2014 from a suicide at the age of 63. He was suffering from depression, anxiety, and early stages of Parkinson’s.

Williams will always be remembered for his undeniable humor with roles like 1993’s Mrs. Doubtfire and his unmatchable improv skills. Yet, he also was able to master more serious roles, including 1997’s Good Will Hunting. It’s safe to say there will never be another!



Fans were shocked when Selena’s fan club president Yolanda Saldivar murdered her on March 31, 1995. Selena was 23.

Dubbed the “Queen of Tejano Music,” Selena crossed musical boundaries becoming embraced not only by the Latin American community, but by an American audience as well. Her posthumous album Dreaming of You went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

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The actor was 46 when he died from a drug overdose in 2014.

Like Williams, Hoffman was able to captivate audiences with his humor – nothing compares to his big speech in Along Came Polly – and impress them with more serious roles like Capote, which earned him an Oscar in 2006.

L'Wren Scott

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The fashion designer and longtime girlfriend of rocker Mick died in 2014 from an apparent suicide.

Scott’s designs were worn by some huge names like Michelle Obama, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, and Amy Adams.

Michael Jackson

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The King of Pop died in 2009 from a mix of prescription drugs. He was 50.

Jackson, one of the greatest performers of all time, will always be remembered for breaking boundaries, his countless hits – 13 of his songs went to No. 1 – and his unparalleled dance moves.

Brittany Murphy

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The actress died in 2009 from a mix of pneumonia, anemia, and prescription drugs. She was 32.

Murphy was able to light up the screen with her huge smile. From her humorous role in 1995’s Clueless, to her incredible portrayal of Daisy in 1999’s Girl, Interrupted, Murphy’s talent was undeniable.

Cory Monteith

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The actor suffered from addiction for years before he died of an overdose at the age of 31 in 2013.

Monteith may have had a short career, but he stole everyone’s hearts as Finn Hudson on Fox’s hit show Glee.

Whitney Houston

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The Grammy winner drowned in her bathtub after an overdose in 2012. She was 48.

The vocal powerhouse had one of the greatest voices of all time. Her song “I Will Always Love You” is also easily one of most popular songs ever.

Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

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The TLC member died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002. She was 30.

Along with Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Left Eye was one-third of one of the most popular girl groups ever.

Heath Ledger

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When he was 28, the Brokeback Mountain actor overdosed on prescription pills.

Although, the Australian actor passed away as his career was heating up, he still proved his talent, especially with his portrayal of the Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight.


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The R&B singer was only 22 when she died in a plane crash while leaving the Bahamas.

Like Heath Ledger, Aaliyah left the world at a time when her career was blowing up. Aaliyah was on her way to be an inimitable triple threat. Yet, she’ll always be remembered for her sweet vocals, dance moves, and unique style.

Amy Winehouse

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The singer was 27 when she died from alcohol poisoning.

Winehouse had a one-of-a-kind talent with a voice full of color and passion. Her music will always live on.

James Gandolfini

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The actor died in 2013 from cardiac arrest. He was 51.

There was no one else who could play Tony Soprano on HBO’s hit show The Sopranos better than Gandolfini.

Natasha Richardson

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The actress and wife of actor Liam Neeson died in 2009 from a head injury while skiing. She was 45.

Richardson won the Tony Awards in 1998 for her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Aside from her successful career, she also devoted a lot of her time to raising awareness for HIV.

John Ritter

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In 2003, the actor died from aortic dissection at the age of 54.

Ritter, whose career spanned decades and was known for his role as Jack Tripper on Three’s Company, was able to make us laugh till we cried.

Bernie Mac

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The comedian was 50 when he died from pneumonia in 2008.

Not only was he hilarious, Mac broke boundaries and became an American icon.

James Avery

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The actor, known for his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, died in 2013 after complications from open heart surgery. He was 68.

As his co-star Will Smith put it: “Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.”