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55. Dana Plato
Dana Plato found fame in ever-popular ’70s and ’80s sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, but once her days playing Kimberly Drummond were over, she sadly descended into poverty and substance addiction. A hostile reception from callers when Plato was on The Howard Stern Show in 1999 may have been the final straw, as the day after the broadcast she tragically committed suicide – at the all-too-young age of 34.
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54. Justin Pierce
Justin Pierce’s turn as Casper in Larry Clark’s provocative 1995 movie Kids was outstanding – so much so, in fact, that it netted the young actor an Independent Spirit Award. Tragically, though, rising fame and acclaim didn’t stop Pierce from committing suicide in 2000 when he was still just 25 years old.