Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
35. Heavy D
Heavy D’s performance at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards was his first to be shown on TV for 15 years, and it could very well have led to a career renaissance. But that wasn’t to be: the ex-Heavy D & the Boyz frontman would collapse at his home less than a month later, in November 2011, then pass away thanks to a pulmonary embolism. He was only 44.
Image: via Maglomaniac
34. Lynne Thigpen
A generation of children grew up watching Lynne Thigpen on such shows as Bear in the Big Blue House and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? – then, perhaps, when the viewers were slightly more grown-up, on All My Children and The District. But Thigpen’s absence from TV screens in recent years is down to one sad reason: she passed away in 2003 of a cerebral hemorrhage, aged only 54.