20 Celebrities Who Died in Shocking Circumstances

Celebrity deaths are always sad and unfortunate events; just look at the unexpected loss of both David Bowie and Prince early in 2016. But while many stars have met peaceful ends, the extreme circumstances behind the following celebrities’ deaths are far more tragic, shocking and heartbreaking than we could ever imagine.

20. Elliott Smith

Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter Elliott Smith cast a haunting spell over his fans thanks to melancholy anthems such as “Between the Bars.” And although he had been struggling with depression and substance abuse for many years, the violent nature of his death in 2003 still rocked the music world. Why? Because, following a fight with his girlfriend, Smith knifed himself through the heart and died. He was 34.

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