60 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Had Died


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58. Lee Thompson Young

At the time of his death, Lee Thompson Young had shaken off his Disney Channel past to shine as detective Barry Frost in TNT cop show Rizzoli & Isles. Behind the scenes, though, Young was afflicted with depression and bipolar disorder – factors that may have contributed to him deciding to take his own life in 2013, aged only 29.

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57. Heather O’Rourke

Better known as little girl Carol Anne Freeling from horror classic Poltergeist, Heather O’Rourke tragically passed away while undergoing surgery, aged just 12. Her role in the aforementioned film secured her a place in pop culture history, but few people these days are likely to know of her 1988 death unless they take a “Haunted Hollywood” tour, where her grave is rather ghoulishly an attraction.


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56. Andy Whitfield

Andy Whitfield looked lined up to hit the big time after coming to prominence as the eponymous hero of Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. However, before the Welsh-born actor ever got to make a second season of the show, he sadly became a victim of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, dying at the age of 39. News of Whitfield’s passing may have been overshadowed owing to the time at which it occurred, coinciding as it did with the tenth anniversary of 9/11.